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Rosetta Stone Highlights How There’s a Word for Everything in Campaign from Duncan Channon

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Director Marie Schuller reintroduces Rosetta Stone as a modern language learning brand at a time when it faces competition from challenger apps

Rosetta Stone Highlights How There’s a Word for Everything in Campaign from Duncan Channon

At a time when many Americans are finally taking to the skies for much-postponed international vacations, Duncan Channon is launching a new campaign launching today for Rosetta Stone, the most respected name in language learning. It’s the first work by Duncan Channon since being named Rosetta Stone’s new creative agency of record. 

Entitled 'There’s a Word for That', the new campaign reintroduces Rosetta Stone as a modern language learning brand at a time when it faces competition from challenger apps and the trend towards gamification. ‘There’s a Word for That’ is inspired by the relatable experience of finding the perfect word to describe that familiar feeling you’ve never quite been able to. The campaign reminds the audience how satisfying learning a language can be - even if it’s just one word or phrase. Two TV spots ‘The Appointment’ and ‘Turf War’ unfold like quirky indie short films, using physical comedy that translates across languages and cultures. 

“Everyone knows language learning is a process that takes time and effort, so we made an intentional choice to tell playful stories that focus on the other side of the coin - the joy that comes with even small wins in a new language,” said Kelly McCullough, creative director, Duncan Channon. ‘There’s a Word for That’ shows how satisfying it is to strike upon the perfect word or phrase in comedic vignettes that mark a fresh approach for the legacy brand.” 

The clever spots are directed by RSA Films’ Marie Schuller, who is best known for her character-driven fashion and beauty work. In the stories, words in different languages are featured like main characters. Rather than imposing the typography digitally in post production, the words are painted, printed, stamped and embroidered into the physical set -- adding cinematic detail. Intentionally inclusive, the spots feature voice talent from Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, Nigeria and The Philippines. The result is a multicultural tapestry of voices from around the world.

"Duncan Channon asked us to turn these Rosetta Stone concepts into playful and strange movie trailers of foreign films that never happened,” said Marie Schuller, director, RSA Films. “I pushed for shooting 16mm film for a look that works perfectly with the cinematic feel of our worlds and highlights the charming ingenuity of our films. It's massively rewarding for a director to work with creativity-led agencies like Duncan Channon."

The campaign includes TV, digital video and paid social media including Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Duncan Channon also handled the media strategy and buying, which targets active language learners as well as those with a variety of cultural interests. 

“For nearly 30 years, Rosetta Stone has offered the world’s most effective language learning experience, helping everyone from casual learners to language enthusiasts make deeper connections with the world,” said Paul Mishkin, CEO of IXL Learning, Rosetta Stone’s parent company. “When we were looking for a partner to develop fresh new ways to show how fun and approachable it is to learn with Rosetta Stone, Duncan Channon impressed us with their thoughtful creativity and humorous approach. We are excited to kick off our partnership with this clever campaign so that people from all walks of life are inspired to pick up another language with Rosetta Stone.”

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Agency: Duncan Channon

Creative director: Kelly McCullough

Associate creative director: Madeline Lambie

Art director: Luis Gonzalez

Associate director of strategy: Suzanne Montgomery

Brand strategist: Adam Flynn

CEO + Partner: Andy Berkenfield

Account director: Jamie Katz

Associate account director + Equity manager: Valerie Nerio

Account manager: Sarah Nassar

Senior Project manager: Arista Ware II

Group director of comms planning + paid social: Emily McCormick

Director of data + technology: Robert Griffin

Associate director of paid social: Sam Sickles

Communications planning supervisor: Michelle Gomez

Senior data analyst: Paul Callaway

Communications planner: Kacey Hsu

Digital media manager: Tilden Oliver

Communications planning associate: Sara Wiler

Paid social media associate: Jessica Pressman

Head of tv and content production: Keenan Hemje

Executive producer: Rita Ribera Channon

Executive producer: Susan Crimely

Production company : RSA

Director: Marie Schuller

RSA US President: Luke Ricci

Executive Producer: Matilde Ramos Pinto

Head of Production: Carolyn Pedrossian

Producer: Julie Sawyer

Producer: Laura Diez

Director of photography: Carlos Feher

Production Designer: Jon Blud

Wardrobe: Isabel Greece

Service Company: Camino Films

Sounds design/Music - Handsome Sound:

Sound Design/Mix: Eben Carr

Music Composition: Dario Tatoli

Editorial - The Den:

Editor: Katie Cali

Assistant Editor: Stephen Shirk

Producer: Marta Navarrete

Colorist: Gabe Sanchez

Lead Flame Artist: Gabe Sanchez

Flame Assist: Denley Ryan

Finishing Producer: Lamont Lamar

Executive Producer: Jennifer Mersis

Managing Director: Vic Palumbo

Client : Rosetta Stone

CEO: Paul Mishkin

COO: Jennifer Gu

VP of Marketing: Jessica Lee

VP of Digital Marketing: John Barth

Genres: Comedy

Duncan Channon, Mon, 25 Jul 2022 08:31:57 GMT