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DJ Khaled, Kathy Bates and David Ortiz Star in TurboTax Campaign From W+K Portland

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The comical new series of spots are directed by Smuggler's Ivan Zachariáš

DJ Khaled, Kathy Bates and David Ortiz Star in TurboTax Campaign From W+K Portland

Titled “Relax There’s TurboTax,” the campaign demonstrates that with TurboTax, taxpayers are in charge, but never alone, as they prepare their taxes. That’s because only TurboTax, from Intuit Inc. (INTU), includes SmartLook, providing customers in-product access to a live, one-way video connection to a TurboTax expert or credentialed CPA or enrolled agent, to get real-time, personalised answers.

“This year’s campaign is the next step in redefining the TurboTax brand by proving that TurboTax has human help on demand so that people know they’re never alone,” said Greg Johnson, senior vice president of marketing for Intuit TurboTax. “The campaign works to overcome the biggest barrier to those who don’t use software today. It demonstrates that TurboTax can serve a broad range of taxpayers, including Latinos, self-employed or those who’ve had life changes, by providing immediate access to expert assurance. With TurboTax, there’s a human, on demand in the palm of your hand.”

The campaign includes five broadcast spots, in both English and Spanish, and web films showing reassuring conversations that happen between TurboTax experts and customers, played by celebrities Kathy Bates, DJ Khaled, David Ortiz and Karla Souza. Each celebrity has an over-the-top tax situation, brought to life through playful, hyperbolic storylines. In each ad, the celebrity asks a unique question to an unflappable TurboTax expert, who answers even the toughest question in stride.

A series of new spots, including “Kathy Bates Scary Dependents,” “David Ortiz New Job,” “DJ Khaled The Exercise Program,” and “Karla Souza Dependientes,” launched over New Year’s, during NFL and college bowl games, with additional spots rolling out over the next few weeks.

The campaign includes media integrations, digital and social activations and will continue throughout the 2017 tax season in high-impact sports, entertainment and cultural moments—including a 45-second ad on Sunday, February 5 in America’s biggest football game.

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Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Greg Reese / Adam Scott

Creative Director: Tim Davies

Motion Graphics: Jason Kang / Greg Park

Post Production Company: The Mill

Production Coordinator: Chris Lewis

Senior Producer: Anastasia von Rahl

Shoot Supervisor: Tim Davies / James Allen

Colour Producer: Robert Cohen, Diane Valera

2D Lead: James Allen

Production Company

AD: Bobby Phillips

Costume Designer: Courtney Hoffman

Director: Ivan Zachariáš

Executive Producer: Allison Kunzman

Founder: Brian Carmody

Production Company: Smuggler

Production Designer: Jeremy Hindle

Line Producer: Nick Landon


Executive Producer: Susie Boyajan

Mix: LIME Studios

Music Agency: Pefflabs, Inc.

Producer: Kayla Phungglan

Sound Design: Jeff Sudakin

Sound Mix: Sam Casas


Edit Company: Robota

Editor: Filip Malasek

Creative Agency

Account Management: Courtney Nelson / Vanessa Miller / Corey Woodson / Alex Fitch

Art Director: Brandon Viney, Susan Land

Business Affairs: Karen Roche

Copywriter: Jarrod Higgins, Wayne Ching

Creative Agency: W+K PORTLAND

Producer: Jeff Selis

Studio Manager: Amy Streger / Eric Reigert / Dana Beaty

Head of Production: Ben Grylewicz


Advertiser: Intuit TurboTax

Genres: Comedy, People, Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:18:45 GMT