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Zeus and Hera Retire in BMW's Super Bowl Ad Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Salma Hayek

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Zeus and Hera Retire in BMW's Super Bowl Ad Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Salma Hayek

BMW will debut a new 60-second advertisement during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 13, 2022, to showcase its All-New, fully electric BMW iX Sports Activity Vehicle, which arrives in the US next month. The star-studded spot features legendary actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek Pinault, and was directed by two-time Academy Award nominated director Bryan Buckley. It will air during the third commercial break of the first quarter of the game. 

Schwarzenegger stars as Zeus, the Greek god of lightning, and Hayek Pinault plays his wife, the goddess Hera, as they retire from Mt. Olympus to a quiet life in Palm Springs, California.  However, the monotony of retirement quickly weighs on Zeus, who becomes frustrated by his struggles with earthly electronics and his nagging mortal neighbors’ constant requests to charge their electric golf carts and hedge trimmers. Meanwhile, Hera, the hero of the story, has fully acclimated and is thriving in retirement. In an effort to bring some excitement back into Zeus’s life, she gifts him with an all-electric BMW iX, which quickly helps reignite her husband’s electric mojo. The spot closes with the happy couple rocking down the road in their new BMW iX to Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue” while Zeus uses his electric power to change the traffic lights to green. 

“All-electric mobility is at the very heart of the BMW brand,” said Jens Thiemer, senior vice president, customer and brand, BMW AG. “There is no better place to make this statement than in front of one of the largest television audiences in the world, where viewers tune in as much for the commercials as they do for the game. With Arnold and Salma, we are able show the world the new BMW iX in a memorable and impactful way.”  

“The humor lies in this legendary god of lightning, who is supposed to be indestructible, battling with everyday electronics,” said Schwarzenegger. “It is only when his brilliant wife presents him with the gift of an all-electric BMW iX that Zeus is struck with the mighty power of electricity and is completely rejuvenated.”

The spot was conceived by BMW’s lead U.S. creative agency, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and directed by two-time Academy Award nominated director Bryan Buckley, highly acclaimed for his work on more than 65 Super Bowl commercials. The ad also marks Hayek Pinault’s debut in a Super Bowl spot and the first time she and Schwarzenegger have costarred in a national ad. 

“This is my first Super Bowl commercial—and the first time I’ve played a Greek goddess,” said Hayek Pinault. “Seventy-five percent of the decisions made in a marriage about where to spend the money are made by women, and in this commercial, it is the woman who decides on the right car to get her husband back on track. Of course, the commercial is entertaining, but there is also a real human truth to it.” 

“I’ve done 60-some-odd Super Bowl spots. I’ve never had more star power than these two,” said director Bryan Buckley. “When I first saw  Schwarzenegger’s name on the script, I was in. And Salma—there is no one greater as an actress. It’s a movie in 60 seconds, and it’s on the biggest platform.” 

“Transcending sports, this iconic annual event isn’t just a championship game. It’s a cultural phenomenon where viewers pay even more attention when the action on the field stops,” said Rich Silverstein, co-founder and co-chairman of Goodby Silverstein & Partners. “There’s only one person on the planet who could say he’s Zeus, and that’s Arnold. And there’s only one brand worthy of being called the Ultimate Electric Driving Machine, and that’s BMW. We needed to showcase this in a big way, and that is what we’re doing on February 13.” 

Designed to provide more than just mortal mobility, the BMW iX brings together the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology with the company’s latest developments in the fields of design, connectivity, digital services and sustainability. With 516 hp and a 0–60 time of only 4.6 seconds, the BMW iX offers an exhilarating driving experience with an EPA estimate of up to 324 miles of all-electric range and the latest in-vehicle technology, including 5G connectivity, a sweeping curved display that unites the 12.3-inch information display with a 14.9-inch central control display, and the debut of BMW iDrive 8, the company’s latest user-interface system. The BMW iX starts at $83,200 plus $995 destination and handling.

“This is a pinnacle event in the U.S. and the perfect stage on which to introduce the BMW iX to our customers,” said Uwe Dreher, vice president, marketing, BMW of North America. “We have already seen a significant number of preorders for both the BMW iX and BMW i4, and a huge amount of excitement for these two new electric vehicles.” 

Alongside the BMW iX, BMW will also launch the fully electric BMW i4 four-door Gran Coupe in the U.S. next month as the company takes a major step toward its stated goal of reaching global sales of 50% electric vehicles by 2030. 

BMW’s last Super Bowl ad appeared in 2015 and featured Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel as they marveled over BMW’s first fully electric production vehicle, the BMW i3. The BMW i3 was a pioneer of electromobility and later became one of the best-selling premium electric vehicles in the world.

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Ad Agency: Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Client: BMW North America

Title of Creative Work: “Something Electric is Brewing” is the teaser; “Zeus & Hera” is the Super Bowl spot


President and CEO, BMW of North America: Sebastian Mackensen

Senior VP Customer & Brand BMW: Jens Thiemer

VP, Marketing: Uwe Dreher

VP Brand Communication & Brand Experience: Stefan Ponikva

VP, Corporate Communications: Adam Sykes

Head of Brand Strategy & Communications: Albi Pagenstert

Head of Content, Digital, & Editorial Marketing: Susanne Giuliani

Head of Content Creation & Production: Max Bauer

Media & Communications Manager: Lisa Judge

Corporate Communications Spokesperson: Phil Dilanni

Senior National Marketing Specialist: Lauren Martens

Content Lead, Content Creation & Production: Steffi Armbruster

National Media Specialist: Zach Ambrosino

Social Media Specialist: Jaime Pritchard

Lifestyle, Brand and Internal Communications Specialist: Matthew Spadaro


Partner: Rich Silverstein

Chief Creative Officer: Margaret Johnson

Executive Creative Directors: Matt Edwards and Wes Phelan

Associate Creative Directors: Carlos Rangel and Kevin Leung

Copywriter: Sam Dworkin

Art Director: Michael Rodriguez

Junior Art Director: Emilio Diaz


Head of Production: Leila Gage

Executive Broadcast Producer: Matt Flaker

Senior Broadcast Producer: Kateri McLucas

Broadcast Producer: Dan Chang

Director of Graphic Services: Jim King

Photography: Quinn Gravier

Sr. Print Producer: Noah Dasho

Graphics Producer: Kristin van Praag

Executive Interactive Producer: Tena Goy

Senior Interactive Producer: Severin Sauliere

Director of Production Arts: Will Hung

Production Artist: Joanna Pham and Maria Leung

Account Services

Managing Partner: Leslie Barrett

Group Account Director: Jenna Duboe

Account Director: Crystal Chan and Alissa Sheely

Account Manager: Rebecca Bell and Ali Bentin

Integration Manager: Olivia Mullen


Partner, Head of Brand Strategy:

Group Brand Strategy Director: Stephanie Phillips

Brand Strategy Director: Kevin DeStefan

Junior Brand Strategist: Lyniece Hill

Partner, Head of Communication Strategy: Christine Chen

Group Communication Strategy Director: Dong Kim

Senior Communication Strategist: Matt Hudgins

Junior Communication Strategist: Josh German

Deputy Director of Research Strategy: Jane Warren

Junior Research Strategist: Whitney Thomas

Director of PR: Meredith Vellines

Business Affairs

Director of Business Affairs: Judy Ybarra

Senior Business Affairs Manager: Heidi Killeen

Broadcast Traffic Director: Ruchele Eisenman

Senior Broadcast Traffic Manager: Edgar Ornelas

Production Company

Company name: Hungry Man

Director: Bryan Buckley

Director of Photography: Scott Henriksen

Producer: Matt Lefebvre

Managing Partner: Mino Jarjoura

Executive Producer/Dir of Sales: Dan Duffy

Production Designer: David Skinner

First AD: Craig Owens

Editorial Company

Company name: NO6

Editor: Jason MacDonald

Senior Assistant Editor: Max Redinger

Assistant Editor: Riley Donigan

Executive Producer: Corina Dennison

Head of Production: Laura Molinaro


Company name: Company 3

Colorist: Tom Poole

Color Producer: Alexandra Lubrano


Company name: The Mill

Executive Producer: Hillary Thomas

Senior VFX Producer: Derek Tekus

Creative Director: John Leonti

2D Leads: Benoit Mannequin, Alexander Candlish

3D Leads: Jessica Groom, Robert Chapman

Animation Lead: Jacob Bergman

VFX Coordinator: Charlotte Preuss, Chloe Gauthier

Sound Design

Sound Design: Q Department


Olympus Music: Squeak E Clean

Creative Director: Justin Hori

Palm Springs Music: “Theme from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Driving Music: “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant

Music Consultant: David Fisher


Company name: Sonic Union

Sound Designer/Mix Engineer: Steve Rosen

Assistant Mixer: Joey Glick

Studio Director: Justine Cortale

Still Imagery

Retouching: Ankur Patar

CGI: Fury Imaging

Retouching: Sam Nordemann

Genres: Comedy

Categories: Automotive, Cars

Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Wed, 09 Feb 2022 10:57:25 GMT