Cannes Lions

SUPERNATURAL TV PROGRAMME

MANNING GOTTLIEB OMD, London / VIRGIN / 2010

Awards:

1 Shortlisted Cannes Lions
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Execution

We devised an Alternate Reality Game and a virtual online community – even drafting in the show writers to keep the experience authentic.

We were meticulous in detail and used actors from the show to film bespoke video clips. We offered the ultimate prize for a hardcore fan – a walk-on part in season 6!The game was a nationwide treasure hunt – we hid 25 unique symbols in the national press, online, in blogs, within LIVING TV shows and in several real world locations, including cemeteries and haunted buildings. Using their mobile phone, players took photos of the symbols and would MMS the image to our shortcode. SnapNow technology recognised the symbol and updated their score.

To prove our obsessive knowledge of the show, we created special build posters, online viral videos and made Marble Arch look like the Gates of Hell using 3D projection technology.

Outcome

Blogs and forums raved about our activity with hundreds of glowing comments. Fans even made their own Facebook page for players who mourned the loss of the game and incredibly, they had T-shirts made to say they competed! We had proved our obsession.The show out-performed ITV2 and is still growing. 29% of viewers had not watched LIVING for 6 weeks before Supernatural premiered, but many have now gone on to watch other LIVING shows of a similar genre.Supernatural’s success has secured €1.5m in additional advertising revenue and has brought in a lucrative younger audience to LIVING.

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