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Heineken Throws Customers Into The Spotlight Of Their Own Show



One-Night-Only Show at Famed The McKittrick Hotel Encourages People to Be Actors Not Spectators

Heineken Throws Customers Into The Spotlight Of Their Own Show

Today Heineken debuts the brand’s latest “social experiment” to encourage consumers to “cross their borders,” with their digital video, “The Guest of Honor.”  On March 11, Heineken hosted a one-night only production at New York City’s famed The McKittrick Hotel, where unsuspecting attendees were invited to a play, soon to find out that they weren’t just watching, they were the stars. Heineken captured every moment as people ventured through a labyrinth of daring scenes that enabled them to show their legendary talents to the world.

“The Guest of Honor” joins Departure Roulette and Carol Karaoke in Heineken’s series of social experiments that challenge consumers in “would you or wouldn’t you” moments, ultimately bringing Heineken’s “Open Your World” brand belief to life. The evening began with a questionable elevator ride to the party of a mysterious billionaire and his eccentric friends.  Attendees quickly learned that they were the star of the show and were challenged to take the stage, moving through a variety of scenes to entertain the billionaire’s friends, from telling jokes to a feisty heckler in a comedy club, to giving a tattoo to an intimidating ink fan, to auditioning for and joining a Bollywood shoot. Heineken believes that everyone has a legendary side waiting to surface, and “The Guest of Honor” gave real people the chance to showcase that side to the world.

“Heineken saw immersive theater as the perfect setting to get people outside their comfort zone by creating a production that would move them from being mere spectators to the star of the show,” said Belen Pamukoff, Brand Director, Heineken. “’The Guest of Honor’ is our latest effort to reveal the legendary talents of Heineken drinkers.” 

“The Guest of Honor” was developed in the spirit of Heineken’s latest global television ad campaign, “The Odyssey,” which celebrates the premise that everyone is legendary at something.

Wieden + Kennedy New York, Heineken’s creative agency-of-record, created and produced “The Guest of Honor,” including the theatrical production and video documenting the challenge that debuted on 



Executive Creative Directors:  Susan Hoffman, Mark Fitzloff

Creative Directors:  Erik Norin, Eric Steele

Copywriter:  Nick Kaplan

Art Director:  Jeff Dryer

Head of Content Production:  Lora Schulson

Executive Producer:  Nick Setounski

Assistant Producer : Kristen Johnson

Brand Strategist:  Kelly Wright 

Account Team : Patrick Cahill, Jacqueline Ventura, Sydney Lopes

Business Affairs:  Lisa Quintela

Project Manager:  Kellie Pederson

Social Strategist : Jessica Abercrombie

Community Manager:  Mike Vitiello

Broadcast Traffic:  Sonia Bisono

Production Company:  LEGS Media
Director:  Geremy Jasper & Georgie Greville-Jasper
Executive Producer:  Tom Berendsen
Executive Producer:  Adam Jospeh
Line Producer:  Lorenzo Ragionieri & Sara Greco
Director of Photography:  Alex Disenhof
1st AD : Gary Shantzis
Production Sound Mixer:  John D’Aquino
Specialized Hidden Cameras:  Eric Wagenberg
Stylist : Cameron Loeb
Makeup Artist:  Deanna Melluso
Hair Stylist : Yoichi Tomizawa

Editorial Company:  Lost Planet Inc.
Editor : Paul Snyder
Post Producer:  Lauren Hafner Addison
Post Executive Producer:  Krystn Wagenberg 
Editorial Assistant : John Ryan Stacom 

VFX Company : Black Hole 
VFX Lead Flame:  Tim Farrell
2D VFX Artist:  Reggie Butler 
Producer : Tim Vierling 

Telecine Company : The Mill 
Colorist : Sal Malfitano 

Mix Company : Heard City
Mixer:  Evan Mangiamele, Keith Reynaud
Sound Designer:  Paul Snyder 
Producer : Katie Flynn 
Executive Producer:  Gloria Pitagorsky

Song:  The Secret
Artist : The Fever
Sound Design:  Jason Binnick
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Genres: People, Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:14:33 GMT