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FA enlists young fans to announce England's World Cup team



Several weeks out from the World Cup and the England team has been announced, not by a weathered pundit resting in an armchair but by some of the nation's most passionate fans.

With it being 2018, it is no longer a done thing to fire out a well-worded press release to get a point across. As a result, the FA took to social video to unveil the players who made the cut to play in Russia.

Wieden+Kennedy London and director Dan Emmerson enlisted young fans from across the country to announce the England team. The video was shot on location in Wembley, in addition to towns and cities across the country, and featured players from grassroots teams calling out support for their 23 favourite players.

The work was pushed by the FA on its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

Vote for it below in The Drum's creative works.

Wieden + Kennedy London: The Football Association 'England World Cup Squad Announcement'

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy London
Client: The Football Association
Date: May 2018

The Football Association has just announced England’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup via its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.
The squad announcement has been delivered with a difference – with the nation’s football-mad youth revealing which 23 players have been chosen by Gareth Southgate, in a film created by Wieden+Kennedy London and directed by Dan Emmerson via Somesuch.
Young fans from across the country were enlisted to announce the players who will wear the Three Lions in Russia this summer.
The video was shot on location in Wembley plus towns and cities throughout England, youngsters – including players from grassroots teams such as Moorside Rangers in Manchester and Sheffield Wednesday Ladies U16s – paying homage to their own local idols.
The squad will begin reporting to St. George’s Park from next Monday, ahead of pre-tournament internationals against Nigeria at Wembley Stadium and Costa Rica at Elland Road.

Creative Director Jon Matthews
Creative Tom Hall
Design Director Karen Jane
Designer Chris Gray
Executive Creative Directors Tony Davidson & Iain Tait
Head of Production James Guy
Group Account Director Ryan Fisher
Account Director Will Smith
Account Manager Laura Simmons
Planning Director Andy Wright
TV Producer Anna Neilson
TV Production Assistant Jasper Ford
Production Company Somesuch
Director Dan Emmerson
Producer Jon Mealing
Director of Photography Ed Hubert
Editorial Company Speade
Editor Ben Crook
VFX Company Time Based Arts
Nuke Lead Matt Shires
Flame Artist Nuke
Stephen Grasso, Dave Birkill
Ralph Briscoe, Linda Cieniawska
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Tags: UK, Sports Marketing, Fifa World Cup

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Elsewhere in the UK, ITV released its fan video supporting its coverage, urging fans to forget about the highs and lows of the past and focus on the now.

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Meanwhile the BBC's campaign is yet to break but it took to social media to announce its World Cup pundit team in a millennial-friendly way that could arguably be traced back to the antics of Italian side Roma.


— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 15, 2018

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JWT partners with University of Sydney to explore tech-driven creativity



J. Walter Thompson has formed a partnership with the University of Sydney to explore how technology can be applied to the creative process and develop creative solutions for digital transformation in China.

The partnership will kick off in December 2018 with an Industry and Community Project Unit (ICPU), that will see 16 University of Sydney students from interdisciplinary areas form small teams to develop creative, ethical and context-sensitive solutions over four-week intensive courses. The University introduced ICPUs earlier this year, to provide units of study based on authentic problems and issues set out by industry, community and government organizations.

Students will be based in Sydney for the first week, where they work through the project brief, background research, and information, as well as country information. They then undertake intensive targeted research with their project groups. During weeks two and three, students will work in Shanghai with JWT China.

The final week will be spent back in Sydney, where they write up their assessment task and undertake interactive workshops to encourage critical reflection on their experience and transferability to career development.

“Ultimately the partnership will work towards what actions creative agencies can take now to deliver efficiencies across their business, and to ensure creativity is able to effectively adapt to the implementation of artificial intelligence and new technologies,” said Carter Chow, the chief executive officer of JWT China.

“We're particularly interested in exploring the connection between human and machine learning and how this will change roles in the future. We hope this is the start of many innovative and future-facing topics that both JWT China and the University of Sydney can work together on solving for the creative industry.”

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Circles.Life unveils Discover, its new AI-powered lifestyle feature



Digital telco Circles.Life has launched an AI-powered feature called Discover in its app to allow customers to explore interesting events happening around the city.

According to the Singapore-based telco, the more Discover is used, the smarter it gets in recommending events that users are most likely to go to. This new feature, which is personalised based on the interests of individuals is available for everyone, including users who are not Circles.Life’s mobile customers.

It is optimised for local events in Singapore, enabling users to explore trending events in the country, customises the event suggestions based on the users’ interests and allows users to share the events on social media, and invite their friends.

“Circles.Life is setting up the world’s most personalized digital platform leveraging its innovative telco stack and proprietary data platform,” said Rameez Ansar, the co-founder of Circles.Life.

“Two years after the launch of what is now the leading no-contract mobile service in Singapore, we are taking a step further. Discover is the first AI-powered product outside our core mobile service. It is available for ALL users inside the Circles.Life app!”

Last month, in an attempt to get consumers to re-evaluate the value of a mobile contract and challenge the assumption that it always saves them money, Circles.Life explained to The Drum why it used the country’s favourite food, chicken rice, to prove its point.

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10 questions with… Carter Murray, chief executive of FCB



The Drum speaks to people across the global media and marketing sector who are bringing something a little different to the industry and talks to them about what little insights they can offer the rest of us. This week's 10 Questions are answered by FCB chief executive, Carter Murray.

What was your first ever job?

My first ever job was cleaning boats. My first proper, steady job, however, was as an assistant account executive at Leo Burnett Chicago.

Which industry buzzword annoys you most?

“Guru” (as in “marketing guru”). Most people called gurus actually are not. And this misnomer often causes havoc within client organizations and the creative process more generally.

Who would you most love to share a coffee with?

My mother and father. I lost them both two years ago, within six months of each other, and still miss them terribly.

Highlight of your career (so far?)

The first was getting to work with Harry MacAuslan, THE gentleman of advertising (now retired) and the second was persuading Susan Credle to come to FCB and be my creative partner.

What piece of tech can you not live without?

Sadly (and my wife will very much attest to this) – it's my bloody telephone.

What is (in your opinion) the greatest film/album/book of your life?

Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay. I read it when I was thirteen and it absolutely got to me. I loved the boxing, wildlife, Africa and personal narratives, but most of all, the constant reminder to “think first with your head and then with your heart.”

What one question do you never want anyone to ask you?

Why are you so obsessed with dim sum?

Best advice you ever heard or received?

Shut up and listen.

What do you still want to achieve in your career?


What industry event is most important to you to attend and why?

Cannes. It saves me multiple trips around the world, as everyone is centralized there, and I get to talk about our industry with some of the most groundbreaking work all around us, to inspire and push us to always do better. It’s always long and busy work hours, but it all happens in a ridiculously civilized setting.

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