Grand Marnier's Genre-blending Beatboxer Will Have You Spitting Along
The House of Marnier Lapostolle launched today a one-of-a-kind campaign for its iconic brand Grand Marnier. The advertising running in the US will be 100% digital, a first for the company.
The campaign launched under the new tagline: Blend Out. The act of blending elements together to form unique creations is the essence of Grand Marnier. Louis Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, in creating Grand Marnier, a blend of Cognac and Orange, gave birth to the original flavored brown spirit in 1880.
“We have always been about transformation through blending”, says R. Scott Green, House of Marnier Lapostolle’s SVP Sales & Marketing. “And, we believe the idea of blending – as expressed though our new campaign – is a potent motivator for the millennial generation.”
To tell their unique Blend Out story, Grand Marnier created a short film and accompanying digital assets about a beatboxer that has a transformative evening. The night takes a serendipitous turn when he teams up with other musicians from disparate genres and creates a new sound.
The 99-second film lives on grandmarnier.com and will be accompanied by other video content pieces as the campaign unfolds over the coming weeks. Notable elements include a SoundCloud promotion in collaboration with world renowned DJ A-Trak, where users will be asked to re-mix the original music from the campaign. Blend Out messaging will also be seen in music videos on VEVO, a Universal Music Group property, through newly created branded integration technology.
The entire campaign was developed for Grand Marnier by JWT Canada, The House of Marnier Lapostolle’s North American agency of record, alongside media agency partner, Havas New York.
“It’s not often you get to be involved in re-thinking and re-launching an iconic brand,” says Don Saynor, the campaign’s Creative Director at JWT Canada. “Grand Marnier is one of those. It’s a famous brand with great history, quality and authenticity. While still held in very high esteem, its modern day challenge is millennial velocity. Our job was to create reappraisal with this audience and the solution was Blend Out.”
Advertiser: Grand Marnier
Account Manager: Ali Dalfen, Kathleen Dusk, Corrine Luxon, Dina Qahwaji
Creative Agency: JWT Canada
Art Director: Jason Souce
Associate Creative Directors: Don Saynor
Chief Creative Officer: Brent Choi
Copywriter: Gord Yungblut
Designer: Rasna Jaswal, Julie Seo
Music Supervisor: Courtney Jenkins
Producer: Shelby Spigelman
Media Agency: Havas
Music and Sound
Creative Director: Elijah B Torn
Music Production: Massive Music NY
Producer: Courtney Jenkins
Sound Design: MassiveMusic London
Sound Engineer: MassiveMusic London
Sound Mix: Apollo Studios Toronto
Edit Company: Saints Editorial
Editor: Mark Paiva
Executive Producer: Michelle Rich
Post Production / VFX
Colourist: Eric Whipp, Wade Odlum
Flame: James Andrews
Post Production House: Alter Ego / AXYZ
Producer: Karen Huybers
Director: Arno Salters
DOP: Shawn Kim
Executive Producer: Carlo Trulli and Marni Luftspring
Producer: Stephanie Walker-Wells, Erik Wilson
Production Company: Spy Films
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