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Olay Pays Homage to Women in Science in Super Bowl Spot

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Busy Philipps, Lilly Singh, Nicole Stott and Taraji P. Henson make space for women to pave the way in science

Olay Pays Homage to Women in Science in Super Bowl Spot
Olay is back at the Super Bowl with an ambitious new ad, created by Badger & Winters, that will continue the brand's commitment to inspire women to ‘Face Anything’. 

Olay unveils Super Bowl LIV commercial with a call for people everywhere to #MakeSpaceForWomen

Inspired by the first all-female space walk last year, Olay's Super Bowl ad stars Lilly Singh and Busy Philipps who take a trip into space with retired astronaut Nicole Stott. Their space mission is overseen by Mission Controller Taraji P. Henson and shared over the air waves by news anchor Katie Couric. The ad puts this crew of women on the quest to #MakeSpaceForWomen.

#MakeSpaceforWomen: Olay's Super Bowl commercial pays homage to the women of STEM who are blazing the trail for future generations. 

Eric Rose, associate brand director, Olay said: "We recognise that many industries have yet to reach gender parity, which is why we're using our Super Bowl ad to feature fearless women who have been trailblazers in their own industries as a way to inspire people everywhere to get involved and support Operation #MakeSpaceForWomen. Olay believes that when we make space for women, we make space for everyone." 

Madonna Badger, chief creative officer, Badger & Winters said: "The Super Bowl is advertising's biggest night, which is why we wanted to go big as well. With 'Make Space for Women,' we loved combining a bit of wordplay with the very serious world of science and technology — a world, by the way, that continues to exclude women in large numbers. We're very excited to partner with Olay to help change that and thrilled to be working with so many talented women behind the camera." 

According to the National Science Board women make up half of the total US college-educated workforce, but only 28 percent of the science and engineering workforce. Olay thinks it's time for a change. The brand will donate one dollar (up to $500,000) to Girls Who Code every time users tag @OlaySkin and use #MakeSpaceForWomen hashtag on Twitter starting January 15th until 12:00am EST on February 3rd, 2020, to enable the next generation of female scientists, engineers, programmers and space explorers to Face Anything. Additionally, to celebrate the second all-women spacewalk by Christina Koch and Jessica Meir on January 15th, Olay donated $25K in each of their names to support young women pursuing a career in the sciences with Girls Who Code. 

Kate DiCarlo, senior communications leader, Olay said: "Built on a heritage of strong science, women around the world have trusted their skin to Olay for more than 60 years. What most don't see are the researchers behind the creation of every Olay product she brings home. From the formulation, research, clinical testing, package design, production, there are countless minds at work to bring women products they can trust for skin that's ready to face anything. We are so proud to have the opportunity to support the next generation of young women to experiment, explore, compute and everything in between through our partnership with Girls Who Code. Who knows—one of those young women might make the next amazing discovery that changes the world." 

Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code Founder said: "Girls Who Code is thrilled to partner with Olay for this Super Bowl commercial and to celebrate last year's historic all-woman spacewalk. This diverse, all-female cast is exactly what we want our girls to imagine when they think of careers in computer science. With the support of companies like Olay, and our millions of allies watching the Super Bowl, we'll not only make space for women and girls in tech—we'll give our girls the power and bravery they need to face anything, anywhere."

While nearly half (45%) of NFL fans are women, only a quarter (27%) of past Super Bowl ads have actually starred women. Last year, Olay helped narrow the gap, hero-ing a woman in its ad during the Big Game. This year, with Olay's all-female cast, the brand is continuing to help close the gender gap in Super Bowl ads. 

Lilly Singh was part of Olay's first #FaceAnything campaign. Lilly Singh proudly owned that she was ‘outspoken’ in out-of-home ads in Times Square and Grand Central, a 10-page ad spread in the September issue of Vogue, and walked makeup-free down the runway of Olay's NYFW event, putting her best face forward. 

Busy Philipps was part of Olay's Sun Care is Self Care campaign (alongside Lilly Singh) with two very important messages: 1) self care is not selfish and 2) using SPF every day is a simple way to practice self-care – because when you take the time to care for yourself, you're ready to #FaceAnything. 

Lilly Singh commented: "Since day one of working together, Olay has always championed me as I am and encouraged me to be myself. This is why it means so much to me to work with Olay for their Super Bowl commercial this year," says Singh. "I love how this campaign brings together such a fierce group of women, including astronaut Nicole Stott, in front of the camera and behind the camera with our director Jamie Babbit. It's also meaningful that Olay is turning the message of the ad into action with their partnership supporting Girls Who Code." 

Busy Philipps: "I could not be more grateful to continue to work with a brand that champions me exactly as I am. Olay stands for celebrating women and encouraging them to be fearless in pursuing their dreams. I am thrilled to be part of Olay's Super Bowl campaign that's giving girls in STEM opportunities to pursue their dreams. As a mother of two girls, I'm so proud to star in a Super Bowl ad that reinforces the idea that they — and all girls — can do anything." 

Katie Couric: "Olay has found a way to champion and empower women during a very historically male-dominated advertising space - the Super Bowl. We still have a long way to go in achieving gender equality across a range of industries so I'm excited to share the importance of getting more girls into STEM with the biggest audience of the year." 

Taraji B. Henson: "Olay's Super Bowl ad was so much fun to shoot! Being part of an ad geared toward women on a historically male-dominated night in advertising with a strong all-female cast by my side, and relaying the powerful message that there is enough space for women has been extremely rewarding on a personal and professional level. It's time to #MakeSpaceForWomen." 

Nicole Stott: "I'm excited to be featured in Olay's Super Bowl commercial, alongside other fearless, trailblazing women. As a woman in STEM, I know what it's like to be one of only a handful of women in a room — or on a space station. It's important for everyone to know that the spaceship doesn't care if you're a boy or girl. That's why I'm thrilled Olay has launched their mission in space to encourage more young women to be fearless in pursuit of a career in STEM. I hope you're inspired to use the hashtag #MakeSpaceForWomen to support Girls Who Code!"

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P&G’s Olay Brand

Vice President, North America & Global: Chris Heiert

Brand Director: Eric Gruen

Associate Brand Director: Eric Rose

Harley Procter Marketing & Group Director, Brand Building Integrated Communications: Pete Carter

Senior Communications Manager: Kate DiCarlo

Brand Manager, Media: Joanna Martinez

Integrated Production Manager: Bradley Trimble 

Agency Credits, Badger & Winters (woman owned company)

Founder & Chief Creative Officer: Madonna Badger

President: Jim Winters

Managing Director: Natalie Troubh

Head of Production: Celeste Holt-Walters

Executive Creative Director: Grace Chu

Associate Creative Director: Matthew Scott

Associate Creative Director: Kirsten Murphy

Associate Creative Director: James Best

Art Director: Nate McCain

Senior Producer: Julie Amenta

Producer: Willem Koppel

Director of Business Affairs: Ruth Lawler

Account Supervisor: Madeline Lefferts

Account Supervisor: Shreena Patel 

Production Company Credits, Independent Media (woman owned company)

Director: Jamie Babitt

Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski

Executive Producer / Managing Director: Susanne Preissler

Executive Producer: Liam Ahern

Head of Production: Fern Martin

Line Producer: Denise Roccietti

Production Designer: Steve Saklad

1st A.D: Chris Berger

2nd A.D: Leslie Merlin

Gaffer: Jonathan Guerra

Key Grip: Chuck Crivier

Punch Up Writer: JoEllen Redlingshafer

Punch Up Writer: Hayley Adams 


Costume Designer: Choo-Choo Kim

Costume Designer: Roseanne Fiedler

Make-up for Busy: Kindra Mann

Hair for Busy: Kristin Heitkotter

Make-up for Lilly & Denise: Aaron Paul

Hair for Lilly & Denise: Chad Wood

Make-up for Taraji: Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks

Hair for Taraji: Tymothy Wallace

Key H&M + Katie Couric: Isaac Prado

Manicurist: Nattie Davis 

Editorial, Arcade Edit (woman owned company)

Partner / Editor: Kim Bica

Partner / Executive Producer: Sila Soyer

Post Producer: Ellen Lavery

Post Producer: Sarah Schachte

Assistant Editors: Chris Angel, Chris Messier

AfterEffects: Scott Pallo

VFX/Finishing, The Mill

Executive Producer: Anastasia von Rahl 

Producer: Katherine Maidment 

Production Coordinator: Mary Mondrus

Production Support: Ellie Thwaites, Siddharth Baloni

Creative Director: Becky Porter

Creative Director: Bowe King

2D Leads: Scott Johnson, Renjith Raveendran

CG Supervisor: Gaurav Mathur

Motion Graphic: Corey Dimond, Patrick Kipper

Colour, Technicolor

Senior Colourist: Sparkle

Commercial Producer: Casey Odell

Audio, Heard City (woman owned company)

Audio Mixer & Sound Engineer: Elizabeth McClanahan

Audio Mixer & Sound Engineer: Evan Mangiamele

Managing Director/Partner: Gloria Pitagorsky

Producer: Andi Lewis

Executive Producer: Sasha Awn

Executive Producer: Jackie James

Musical Score

Composer: Penka Kouneva

Taraji Henson
Katie Couric
Busy Philipps
Lilly Singh
Nicole Stott
Brianna Acosta
Jaila Brazzle
Camille Chase
Maria De La Torre
Rebecca Hochma Fisher
Autum Hudson
Sara Kamine
Marcha Kiatrungrit
Olivia Lewis
Christina Miller

Genres: People, Dialogue

Categories: Skin care, Beauty & Health

Marketing Matters, Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:08:28 GMT