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Heeeeeere’s… Bryan? The Shining Gets a Rejig in MTN DEW Ad

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Brian Cranston stars as Jack Torrance in TBWA\Chiat\Day New York and MJZ’s Tom Kuntz Super Bowl spot for MTN DEW Zero Sugar

Heeeeeere’s… Bryan? The Shining Gets a Rejig in MTN DEW Ad

MTN DEW’s Super Bowl ad, for its newly launched drink MTN DEW Zero Sugar, features Bryan Cranston and Tracee Ellis Ross in a reenactment of The Shining. The spot was created by TBWA\Chiat\Day New York and directed by MJZ’s Tom Kuntz.

“DEW launched a Zero Sugar product for the first time ever this January and we’re using our Super Bowl spot to tell fans it’s ‘As Good As the Original, Maybe Even Better.’ We partnered with two major Hollywood actors to help us tell that story on one of the world’s biggest stages,” said Erin Chin, senior director, marketing, MTN DEW. “We hope fans will enjoy the unexpected humor and fantastic casting. Tracee and Bryan had incredible chemistry and the energy on set was dynamic.”

Surrounding the big game, MTN DEW is bringing elements from the TV commercial to consumers through Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.

On February 2, the brand is introducing an iconic character from the film to star in social content. Tony, Danny’s invisible friend who talks to him through his finger (both characters from the movie), will take centre-stage in various Super Bowl commentary and conversations through Instagram stories. DEW NATION and fans of The Shining will be able to follow along on social with the hashtags #MTNDEWZeroSugar and #TheShining.

Tony is not the only character from The Shining to make a special cameo, MTN DEW-style. Meet: the twins. On Super Bowl Sunday, the brand will launch an augmented reality Snapchat filter allowing fans to superimpose themselves into the twins scene in the DEW commercial, which makes reference to the famed and creepy twins from The Shining. Fans across the nation can thrill their followers with the filter, which will launch and be available on game day and beyond.

Lastly, The Shining twins live on in popular culture as memes and MTN DEW will tap into their notoriety with a TikTok initiative native to the platform. The #AsGoodAsTheOG Challenge will make creative use of the “twin” tool and dance challenge to rally TikTok-ers to participate.

MTN DEW will make a charitable contribution to FilmAid, a 501C3 organization, that harnesses the power of film to inform, educate and inspire vulnerable communities around the world. 

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TBWA\Chiat\Day New York

CCO: Chris Beresford-Hill

ECD: Amy Ferguson

ECD: Julia Neumann

SR. CW: Christopher Santaiti

ACD/AD: Ashley Veltre

ACD/CW: Avi Steinbach

ACD/AD: Alexander Holm

Head of Production: John Doris

Executive Producer: Amanda Revere

Director of Business Affairs: Jennifer Bilyk

President: Nancy Reyes

Business Lead: Bruna Bechelli

Business Director: Matthew Duerr

Business Manager: Allie Lightcap

Business Manager: Chris Butler

Chief Strategy Officer: James Sowden

Executive Strategy Director: John Gibson

Senior Strategist: Michael Obermeyer

Director of Communications: Alice Ryan

Communications Manager: Asheden Hill


Associate CW: Josh Peterson

Associate AD: Lauren Piccirillo

Executive Strategy Director, Digital and Social: Tom Hyde

Strategy Director, Digital and Social: Lesley Parks

Senior Strategist, Digital and Social: Bodi Karsono

Digital Executive Producer: Jen Vladimirsky

Senior Producer: Steven Kreuch


Production Company: MJZ

Director: Tom Kuntz

Executive Producer: Eriks Krumins

Line Producer: Emily Skinner


Edit: NO6

Editor: Jason Macdonald

Editor: Nick Schneider

Ex. Producer: Corinna Dennison

Producer: Laura Molinaro

Asst. Editor: Max Redinger


Colour: CO3

Colourist: Tim Massick


Audio Mix: Plush

Audio Engineer: Rob Fielak


VFX/Finishing: Method

VFX Supervisor: Doug Luka

Ex. Producer: Graham Dunglinson

VFX Producer: Kristin Engdahl

Ex. Creative Director: Randie Swanberg

Lead VFX Artist: Joey Deady


Original Music Composition: Found Objects

ECDs: Jay Wadley & Trevor Gureckis

Composer: Ben Marshall

Junior Composer: Adam Weiss

Executive Producer: Jennie Armon

Head of Production: Matt Nelson

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Music Coordinator: Agatha Lee

Genres: Comedy, People, Dialogue

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TBWA\Chiat\Day, Wed, 29 Jan 2020 17:48:27 GMT