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Snowballs Fall Over Sky's Festive Football Season Celebration

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Sky Creative Agency brings the campaign to life after a difficult year for live sport

Snowballs Fall Over Sky's Festive Football Season Celebration

Sky Creative Agency (SCA), Sky’s in-house advertising agency and the UK’s largest in-house creative shop, has created an emotive on-air and digital media campaign to highlight the vast amount of live football available on Sky Sports over the festive period. With over 60 live games being broadcast in December and early January, the most Sky Sports has ever shown within that period, Sky Creative wanted to highlight both the huge amount of football on its way, and the excitement this impending flurry of matches brings with it.

To dramatise this, SCA’s new festive ad ‘Snowballs’ depicts footballs snowing across the country, covering the land in millions of white balls, to the delight of players, pundits and fans everywhere. The film begins with Aston Villa and England star Jack Grealish and Sky pundit Micah Richards reacting with wide-eyed delight as they discover it has been snowing footballs overnight. Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, host Dave Jones and newsreader Bela Shah also feature.

The 2020 Festive Football spot was created by Pete Davies and Adam Rimmer, produced by Alistair McGee and directed by Caswell Coggins of Dark Energy Films. The production process involved four days of shooting in Birmingham, the Southeast and at Millbrook test track, with thousands of real footballs. Millions more were then added in CG by the VFX team at Coffee & TV.

Robbie Balfour, marketing director, Sky Sports commented: “to celebrate a fixture-packed schedule on Sky Sports over the festive period, we’ve worked with Sky Creative Agency to produce a film that brings a little Christmas magic to this great tradition of British football.  The result is a charming campaign that both raises a smile and drives excitement amongst football fans up and down the country.

Robin Garton, Sky Creative Agency’s executive creative director, advertising added: “this is a wonderfully simple idea, dramatised beautifully. It delivers the message, and a smile - a warm glow from a cool ad.”

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Agency: Sky Creative Agency

Managing Director, Brand & Creative: Simon Buglione

ECD, Advertising: Robin Garton 

Copywriter, Art Director: Adam Rimmer, Pete Davis 

Planner: Fiona Mukherjee

Account Leads: Henrietta Kerr, Nick Judd, Susanne Freyberg 

Agency Producer: Alistair McGee


Client: Sky Sports

Chief Consumer Officer: Lyssa McGowan

Director: Amber Pine

Marketing Director: Robbie Balfour

Head of Advertising Premiums: Sally Miller 

Marketing Controller Sports: Laura Pinnell

Marketing Executive: Harry Eke

Production and Post Production 

Production/Post Production:

Production company: Sky Creative

Director: Caswell Coggins

Producer: Aaron Aziz & Alistair McGee

DOP: Richard Mott

Editor: Toby Conway-Hughes

Sound: Munzie Thind

Post Production: Coffee & TV

Creative Director: Phil Hurrell

Lead VFX: Rory Whittle

Colourist: Simona Cristea

VFX Producer: Alannah Currie

Genres: Visual VFX, People

Categories: Sports and Leisure, Sports clubs

Sky Creative, Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:52:31 GMT