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"Serious Play"



JWT captures the spirit of the Hong Kong 7's for HSBC

"Serious Play"

HSBC has launched a brand new Serious Play campaign to support the financial group’s co-title sponsorship of the 2013 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens tournament, which takes place this weekend (22-24 March) at the Hong Kong Stadium.

This year, HSBC has minted a commemorative Serious Play medallion for the fans at the event – one of the biggest weekends in the Hong Kong calendar. The Serious side represents the world class 7s Rugby and the Play side represents the weekend’s legendary carnival atmosphere. HSBC has minted 10,000 of them and are exclusively available to fans in the HSBC 7s Village.

The campaign, created by JWT London, focuses on the two sides of the medallion. The official stadium film charts its fantastical creation in a secret underground Mint beneath the Hong Kong stadium. Rugby players create the Serious side and the fans produce the Play side. The film launches on YouTube first and will then be shown throughout the weekend in the Stadium. The campaign is amplified with high impact outdoor sites, press and digital display across key platforms.
The film is set to the legendary party anthem Jump Around by House of Pain and features cameos from rugby legends Gavin Hastings and George Gregan. 
The Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens tournament is the flagship event in the HSBC Sevens World Series with 28 international teams set to take part in 2013. 
Andrea Newman, Group Head of Marketing & Advertising Communications at HSBC, said: “We are very proud to sponsor the Hong Kong Sevens – a headline event in our sponsorship calendar in our spiritual home. We want to show our support by celebrating the weekend with the people of Hong Kong. This year the campaign tells a remarkable story of our Serious Play commemorative medallion coming to life and for the lucky fans, a great memento from a superb weekend of rugby and celebration.”
Project name: ‘Serious / Play’ - Hong Kong Sevens 2013
Client and Job Title: 
Andrea Newman (Global Head of Advertising),
Giles Morgan (Global Head of Sponsorship and Events)
Hamish Goulding (Senior Marketing Manager Brand and Sponsorship) 
Creative agency:   JWT London
Global Creative Director on HSBC: Axel Chaldecott
Art Director: Simon Sworn
Copy Writer: Matt Chandler
TV Producer:  Romila Sanassy 
Assistant TV Producer: Helen Ball
Planner (creative agency): Orlando Hooper-Greenhill
Global Director: Tanya Hamilton-Smith
Account Manager: Rollo Gwyn-Jones 
Media agency: Mindshare
Media planner: Sam Selleck
Director: Ash Bolland
Production Company: Curious Films 
Editor: James Rosen at Final Cut London
Sound:  Dan Weinberg at Greek Street Studios
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