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Hugh Grant Stars in Guardian 'Own the Weekend'


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Hugh Grant Stars in Guardian 'Own the Weekend'


Guardian News & Media (GNM) is for the first time launching a January advertising campaign to champion its weekend newspapers.
The tongue-in-cheek campaign, entitled ‘Own the Weekend’, will form a major part of GNM’s 2013 marketing strategy, and marks a new, bold direction for the Guardian’s January marketing approach which has, in previous years, focused primarily on promotional giveaways.
The campaign, which has been devised by award-winning creative agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), will consist of a series of outdoor, press and digital ads, as well as a three-minute film fronted by Hugh Grant. Grant was not paid for his involvement in the campaign. 
The film - directed by Tim Godsall and produced by Biscuit Films - is a pastiche of a Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster trailer and communicates the campaign message of ‘owning the weekend’ through a series of spoof scenes. The three-minute film will run in its entirety on digital channels ( and YouTube), and will be shown as 60 and 30 second cut-downs in cinemas throughout January and on Video on Demand.
‘Own the Weekend’ will take a sideways look at weekends, with the satirical premise behind the new campaign being the Saturday Guardian and The Observer produce such exciting, varied and rich editorial content that the newspapers effectively ‘own the weekend’. This concept will be communicated via a variety of media which will all include the strapline ‘We Own the Weekend’, and will feature established Guardian weekend editorial supplements, including: ‘Review’, ‘Weekend’, ‘Observer Food Monthly’ ‘New Review’, ‘Observer Magazine’ and ‘Guide’, as well as highlighting the launch of a new weekly section, ‘Cook’.
Cook is a brand new 16-page g2-sized supplement which will be packed full with quick and easy recipes, and will bring together a range of regular food and drink features. Cook will come free with Saturday Guardian, and will feature in the Guardian and Observer iPad edition and Guardian Kindle edition, starting from 12 January.
The campaign will be supported by promotional activity including nationwide sampling of Saturday Guardian and The Observer content including highlights from ‘Cook’ and social media activity promoting ‘Own the Weekend’ on Twitter and Facebook, and continues GNM’s new bold and innovative approach to marketing following 2012’s ‘The Whole Picture’ campaign, also created by BBH. The Whole Picture was one of the industry’s most successful brand campaigns last year, winning a string of awards including a series of prestigious Gold and Silver Lions at Cannes, a gold in the Film category at Campaign’s Big Awards and 'Ad of the Year' at the Adweek awards.
David Pemsel, Chief Commercial Officer, Guardian News & Media, “We wanted to continue last year’s marketing successes by experimenting with a new, bold approach to January marketing in 2013. We're delighted to have Hugh Grant on board, helping us create a fun and irreverent style which taps into the spirit of our weekend papers. By championing the award-winning editorial content produced in Saturday Guardian and The Observer each week, we believe the new campaign promotes our newspapers as the very best that the weekend has to offer.”
David Kolbusz, Deputy Executive Creative Director, BBH London, said: "The Guardian is not a particularly shouty brand and yet we had to find a way to send a message - loud and clear - about the superiority of their weekend offering. Satire proved to be the best avenue for undertaking this Herculean effort. Hopefully we've managed to create a piece of communication that is as informative as it is entertaining."
Guardian News & Media (GNM) is for the first time launching a January advertising campaign to champion its weekend newspapers.
Client: Guardian
Campaign: Own the Weekend
Creative Credits
Chief Marketing Officer: David Pemsel
Director of Brand & Engagement: Richard Furness
Product Marketing Manager: Charlotte Emmerson
BBH Creative Team: Wesley Hawes and Gary McCreadie
BBH Creative Director: David Kolbusz
BBH Head of Film: Davud Karbassioun 
BBH Producer: Chris Watling
BBH Assistant Producer: Pia Ebrill
BBH Head of Strategy: Jason Gonsalves
BBH Strategic Business Lead: Ngaio Pardon
BBH Strategy Director: Agathe Guerrier
BBH Strategist: Lynsey Atkin
BBH Team Manager: Jonny Price
BBH Team Assistant: Rishi Patel
Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks
Director: Tim Godsall
Executive Producer: Orlando Woods 
Producer: Kwok Yau
DoP: Daniel Bronks
Post Production: The Mill
Post Producer: Tom Johnson
Edit House: Work
Editor: Bill Smedley
Producer: Jane Dilworth
Sound Design: Sam Brock & Factory
Sound Mixing / Arrangement: Sam Brock & Sam Robson 
Music: Library TBC 
Media Agency: PHD


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Biscuit UK, Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:59:34 GMT