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Nike Put a Basketball Hoop on Mt. Olympus to Honour Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam pays tribute to the NBA Season MVP at the home of the Greek Gods

Nike Put a Basketball Hoop on Mt. Olympus to Honour Giannis Antetokounmpo
This year, Giannis Antetokounmpo has risen to become one of the best players in the NBA and was fittingly voted Season MVP. For the release of his signature Nike shoe - the first European player to get one - Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam has put a hoop on the top of Mount Olympus, the highest point in Greece and the ancient home of the Greek Gods.

Putting the hoop at the highest point in his home country represents the incredible journey he's gone on from one of Athens's poorest suburbs to the top of the NBA, fueled by hard work, desire and a crazy dream. Nike wanted kids all around to world to be inspired by the knowledge that no matter where you start, you can reach anywhere you can dream of. That's why the line on the backboard reads: "Fate can start you at the bottom. Dreams can take you to the top."

Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam created a special hoop that would not have to be drilled into the mountain or otherwise damage it in any way - no sacred mountains were harmed in the making of this campaign.

It was important for Nike that everyone knew this was all genuine, so Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam captured behind the scenes content of the team bringing the hoop up to the top and putting it up in crazy conditions, with the weather changing every thirty minutes between sun, clouds, rain and hail.

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Artist: Hiro Ikematsu


Editor: Hiro Ikematsu

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Glassworks

Flame Artists: Kyle Obley, Blake Huber

Colourist: Scott Harris

Producer: Dave Moore

3D: Callum Austin

Production Company

Production Company: Yard

Director: Quentin van den Bossche

DOP: Tassos Fitros

Producer: George Tsitsas, Eleni Grigoraskou

Executive Producer: Dimitris Alexopoulos


Audio Post: Wave Studios

Sound Design & Mix: Alex Nicholls‑Lee

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam

Executive Creative Director: Eric Quennoy, Mark Bernath

Creative Director: Craig Williams, Evegeny Primachenko

Art Director: Jeff Lam

Copywriter: Alex Bower, Tim Coleman

Head of Broadcast: Joe Togneri (Broadcast Production)

Broadcast Producer: Eline de Roo

Group Account Directors: Kathryn Addo

Account Director: Franky Wardell

Account Manager: Fulvio Itagiba

Head of Planning: Martin Weigel

Head of Communications Strategy: Danielle Pak (Communications and Digital)

Head of Design: Joe Burrin

Studio Director: Lizzie Murray

Motion Designer: Gustav von Platen, Marco van der Vlag

Studio Artist: Noa Redero

Project Manager: Caroline Kosse

Business Affairs: Michael Graves

Genres: People

Categories: Clothing and Fashion, Sportswear, Tue, 02 Jul 2019 17:03:26 GMT