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Coffee is Contraband in This Cop Dramedy Parody for 1850

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Publicis' PSOne teams with Biscuit Filmworks' Andreas Nilsson on brilliantly absurd campaign

Coffee is Contraband in This Cop Dramedy Parody for 1850

The J.M. Smucker Company is at it again, redefining modern creative excellence in the CPG category as it launches its new cinematic ad campaign for 1850 Coffee, featuring creative as bold as the ‘contraband caffeine’ itself. The centrepiece of the campaign from Publicis' PSOne is a cop dramedy, a two-minute short film which smartly blends creative storytelling and craft, with some pure, never cut, brand equity. 1850 Coffee is a brand with quality so high, so pure, it’s questionable if coffee this good is even legal.

Since its launch in 2018, 1850 Coffee’s loyal fans have been praising its bold and balanced flavour, saying it’s so delicious 'you don’t even need to add milk'. Creatively, that translated into a wonderfully outrageous story arc: the best brew on the Black Market, coffee quality so high, so pure, it’s questionable if a coffee this good is even legal.

In the showcase two-minute film, and the 60-second broadcast spot, Quality That’s Criminal, 1850 Coffee is humorously treated as illegal contraband. We witness men in ascots hiding steamy hot mugs in their blazer pockets, stockbrokers pouring it from carafes on street corners and Hollywood 'it' stars getting cuffed for possession. The creative is an overtly absurd cop dramedy that’ll make you want to get your hands on your own steamy hot mug of 1850 Coffee.

The campaign was directed by award winning director Andreas Nilsson from Biscuit Filmworks. Andreas played an integral role in developing the unique neon-noir meets cop dramedy genre for 1850 Coffee. The two-minute song accompanying the edit is an original track composed by Christoffer Berg, world-renowned electronic music composer/writer/producer.

The Quality That’s Criminal campaign includes broadcast, online video and social activation. The campaign is from Publicis Groupe’s Power of One solution, PSOne, a bespoke agency for The J.M. Smucker Company.

“Publicis injected breakthrough creative on 1850 Coffee in a way that is completely unexpected from a coffee brand,” stated Liz Mayer, consumer engagement & omnichannel customer marketing lead, The J.M. Smucker Company. “Storytelling, art and craft are all taken to an entirely new level, resulting in the perfect blend of humour and style. I really believe this distinctive body of work will drive incredible awareness and attention.”

“We’re still growing awareness with the 1850 Coffee brand,” commented Tina Meyer-Hawkes, vice president of marketing on coffee, The J.M. Smucker Company. “I can’t imagine a more highly charged narrative to position the brand front and centre in people’s minds and funny bones. It’s engaging, witty and cinematic. A truly powerful creative-coffee-combination.”

“Coffee has been in and around the advertising industry and Wall Street for many decades. The biggest deals and creative ideas are fuelled by it,” stated Andy Bird, chief creative officer, PSOne. “So our debut national TV campaign for 1850 Coffee makes sense in every way. This work was just waiting to be made, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team and our brilliant client partner who made it happen.”

“This work is the result of the most incredible client/agency relationship I’ve ever been a part of,” commented Erica Roberts, executive creative officer, PSOne. “Five months ago, we had a completely different campaign for 1850. It was solid and smart, but it was safe. And there was no way that it’d breakthrough in the way we needed. So while on set during a different J.M. Smucker Company  production, our teams sat down and decided to blow up the current work and start over. It meant walking away from months of creative development and consumer testing, and that we’d only have three weeks to land on a new campaign. It paid off.” 

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Client: The J.M. Smucker Company

Brand: 1850® Coffee


Agency: PSOne

Chief Creative Officer: Andy Bird

Executive Creative Director: Erica Roberts

Assoc. Creative Director/Copy: Alan Wilson

Assoc. Creative Director/Art: Peter Defries

Director of Integrated Production: Jenny Read

Executive Producer: Lauren Schneidmuller

Associate Producer Kathryn Lemke

Director of Business Affairs: Robin Oksenhendler

Business Manager: Deanna Gattie

Audio Post-Production Company: Super Exploder

Senior Sound Designer/Mixer: Jody Nazzaro

Group Account Director: Yuri Lee

VP, Account Director: Tabatha Roman

Account Executive: Nia Bolling

Strategy Director Jennifer Baldwin
Strategist Jessica Neira


Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks

Director: Andreas Nilsson

Partner / Managing Director: Shawn Lacy

Executive Producer: Holly Vega

UPM: Jay Veal

Head of Production: Mercedes Allen-Sarria, Rachel Glaub

Director of Photography: Larkin Seiple

Production Designer: Alexis Ross


Editorial Company: MackCut Editorial

Editor: Ian Mackenzie

Assistant Editor: Cooper McLane

Executive Producer: Gina Pagano

Music and Sound

Composer: Christoffer Berg


VFX Company: The Mill UK

Producer: Tom Manton

Executive Creative Director: Jonathan "Wes" Westley

Colourist: Seamus O’Kane

2D Lead: Brad Wood

2D artist: Peter Atack

Genres: Comedy

Categories: Soft Drinks, Hot Beverages

Publicis New York, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:07:47 GMT