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Deutsche Telekom and Billie Eilish Celebrate Digital Optimism of Gen-Z in Influential Campaign

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Editors' Choice: In collaboration with Saatchi & Saatchi and Somesuch, Gen-Z turn negative perceptions of their tech usage on its head with stereotype-busting film directed by Vincent Haycock

Deutsche Telekom and Billie Eilish Celebrate Digital Optimism of Gen-Z in Influential Campaign
Saatchi & Saatchi London is behind a new creative campaign for Deutsche Telekom starring five-time GRAMMY award-winner Billie Eilish. #WhatWeDoNext shines a light on Gen-Z tech positivity with a universal message of digital optimism.

The campaign breaks internationally today in line with UN International Youth Day, demonstrating the power and potential of youth in creating a better future. At its heart is a two-minute film building into a wide reaching digital and social campaign, featuring Billie Eilish and a host of inspirational Gen-Z contributors with real stories to tell. Created by Saatchi & Saatchi London and directed by Vincent Haycock, it celebrates the incredible things young people are doing today with a powerful message delivered by the voice of the generation, Billie Eilish.

In the film, with footage shot pre Covid-19, Gen-Z turn the negative perception of their tech usage on its head, showing how connected technology is actually a powerful tool to affect the things they really care about, from campaigning for the climate and human rights, to creativity and even cyber security.

This sentiment that has only grown in importance during the unprecedented events of 2020. Research released by Deutsche Telekom reveals that Gen-Z show a high level of optimism for the potential that technology can offer, with 83% saying that connected technology is key to building a better future. Following the disruptions caused by Covid-19, 93% of European Gen-Z think that connected technology can be a useful tool for learning and education. 86% feel that it enables them to connect with online communities through shared passions. 90% say that the engagement of young people is key to building a better future, with 75% saying that social media supports them in standing up for what they believe in.

Kate Stanners, chairwoman and global chief creative officer, at Saatchi & Saatchi, said: “There is a misconception about Gen-Z that they stare at their screens and do nothing. Deutsche Telekom believe in harnessing the power of technology to improve their lives and the lives of others. They want to enable this generation to fully participate in the opportunities that connected technology can give them, be that social, cultural or economic.”

After kick starting Deutsche Telekom’s mission to support this generation as they find their way in a new world, the brand will continue to explore #WhatWeDoNext on their music marketing channel, Telekom Electronic Beats, providing a platform for Gen-Z to take an active role in the conversation.

“We all have the potential to make a positive impact on our planet, and I’m hopeful our generation will use their platforms to collaborate and communicate, and make a difference.” commented Billie Eilish.

Wolfgang Kampbartold, VP international market communications at Deutsche Telekom, said: “The seismic events of 2020 will impact the younger generation for years to come; culturally, socially, economically. We want to provide Gen-Z with a voice and a platform from which to demonstrate how they are harnessing the power of connected technology to make a real difference. In collaborating with Billie and our team of young people, we are shining a light on the incredible potential of this generation, as they navigate a new future. The campaign that Saatchi & Saatchi have developed for us has perfectly captured that positive potential of this first generation of true digital natives.”

Franki Goodwin, creative director, Saatchi & Saatchi added: “When we first met Billie she was 17 and about to play Glastonbury. She blew us away with her authenticity and her understanding of her fans and their relationships with their phones. As I talked to more and more young people I realised that they didn’t need our ideas, they needed us to listen to theirs. That’s why, for Deutsche Telekom, we created a platform to stand up for Billie’s generation and their use of technology for good. Enabling and amplifying young people’s ideas feels like a great thing a brand can do right now”. 

The film is running online and in social media during August and September. Saatchi & Saatchi is also creating Instagram Stories content to feature exclusive BTS interview content with Billie Eilish.

Director, Vincent Haycock, says: “We wanted to capture the spirit of this generation and show their collective voice harnessed by their use of social media. They are a generation that uses technology and social media to raise awareness and create communities. We set out to make a film that felt honest to each of the characters' world. Most of what you see is either their actual world or inspired very closely by who they are or what they represent. Billie's is the voice of this generation, her music and words are very important to Gen-Z. Having her narrate the film couldn’t have been a better choice.”

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Client: Deutsche Telekom

Chief Brand Officer: Ulrich Klenke

VP International: Wolfgang Kampbartold


Head of International Market Communication: Ayten Pekerman

International Market Communication: Maren Ruddat

Head of International Media: Daniel Jaeger

Head of International Music Marketing: Ralf Luelsdorf

International Music Marketing: Kathleen Karrer


Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi London

Chairwoman and Global Chief Creative Officer: Kate Stanners

CCO: Guillermo Vega 

ECDs: Franki Goodwin and William John


Copywriters: Mia Silverman & Francesco Grandi

Art Director: Mia Silverman

Saatchi Producers

Senior Creative Producer: Nayab Malik

Senior Producer: Ally Dean and Jodie Sibson 


Head of Planning: Sam Wise 

Planning Partner: Mathieu Abet 

Senior Planner: Laura Pugh 

Business Lead

International Client Services Director: Clare Shaw 

Account Team

Business Leader: Anne Schlicht

Senior Account Director: Terri Turner 

Account Manager: Cali Fish


Design Lead: Talveer Uppal 

Designer: Nicholas Pires

Photographer: Vincent Haycock

Photographer’s agency: Somesuch


Production Company: Somesuch

Producer: Elly Camisa

Exec Producer: Tash Tan

PM: Max Harrison

Costume Stylist: Larissa Bechtold

LA Shoot

LA Service Company: Somesuch LA

Line Producer: Youree Henley 

Production Designer: Chris Jones

Poland Shoot

Poland Service Company: Papaya Films 

Line Producer: Marta Spychalska

Production Designer: Paulina Szpila

Director: Vincent Haycock

DOP: Mátyás Erdély

Audio Post Production

Sound House: Factory

Sound Designer: Dan Beckwith

Film Post Production

Post Production Main Film: ETC

Producer: Jon Purton

Colourist: Luke Morrison


Film Post Production: Prodigious

Producer: Libby Orrett

Editor: Ben Matthews

Sound: Michael Powell


Channels: Online and Social Media

Media: emetriq, Hamburg, WPP Team Magenta, Düsseldorf

Artist/Brand Relationship Management: Thorsten König, Miracle Music


Talent: Billie Eilish

Management: Danny Rukasin, Laura Ramsay, Brandon Goodman (Best Friends Music)

Talent Creative Direction: Michelle An, Chelsea Dodson (Interscope Records)

Talent Hair: Tammy Yi

Talent Makeup: Rob Rumsey

Talent Styling: Samantha Burkhart

Talent Styling Assistant: Damien Lloyd Regalado

Influencer management

Influencer management: Pulse Advertising

Campaign Manager: Daniela Kühr

Account Manager: Julia Ulatowska

Senior Key Account Manager: Natalia Marcinkowska

Campaign Manager: Rona Schulz

Senior Key Account Manager: Geraldine Ladewig


PR: Proud Robinson + Partners

Business Director: Lucy Boyd

Account Director: Lara McWilliam

Senior Account Manager: Joe Connolly

Junior Strategist: Rebecca Ritchie

Account Executive: Cynthia Gilbert

Categories: Short films, Short Films and Music Videos

Saatchi & Saatchi London, Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:57:11 GMT