BBC Sport - Rio 2016

RKCR/Y&R launches this year’s campaign for the BBC’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic with a spot that aims to excite, inform and inspire ahead of this year’s spectacle. The campaign has been produced by the award-winning animation house Passion Pictures and graded by Rushes Simona Cristea.

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RKCR/Y&R is launching this year’s campaign for the BBC’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. The campaign aims to excite, inform and inspire ahead of this year’s spectacle and is coupled with the BBC’s unrivalled editorial, multi-platform offering in the build-up and throughout the games.

The strength, agility and skill of Olympic athletes is absolutely astonishing. The sprinters explode from the blocks as fast as jaguars and the swimmers zip through the water like otters. It feels only fitting that the strength of the athletes is brought to life by the host nation’s exotic animals, against the backdrop of the luscious and vibrant Tijuca Rainforest, before they gradually transition to the human world over the course of the animation. The campaign, which includes trail and titles, has been produced by the award-winning animation house Passion Pictures, who also produced the BBC’s London 2012 Olympic Games campaign.

To the rousing track ‘Not Gonna Break Me’ by highly acclaimed British artist Jamie N Commons, we see the sloth take on gymnastics, the armadillo clap its hands in chalk for the clean and jerk, as well as the powerful jaguar crack its neck and form up for the 400m, all before they transform into their heroic and spectacular human athlete counterparts. This will continue into the titles for the campaign throughout the games.

The campaign will launch Sunday 10th July, on BBC One – one of the biggest days of sport across the summer for the BBC – off the back of the Wimbledon Men’s finals. Three cut downs, radio and social follow in the build-up to the opening ceremony on the 5th August.

The TV Commercial titled Olympics 2016 on the BBC - The Greatest Show on Earth was done by RKCR/Y&R London advertising agency for BBC in United Kingdom. It was released in Jul 2016.

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Client:  BBC Sport
Production Title:  Rio 2016

Agency: RKCR/Y&R London
Creative Director:  Mark Roalfe, Jon Saunders
Art Director:  Psembi Kinstan
Copywriter:  Alice Burton
Account Director:  Max Bennett
Agency Producer:  Keeley Pratt, Hatty Middleton

Production Company: Passion Pictures
Executive Producer:  Ryan Goodwin-Smith
Director:  Againstallodds (Derek Picken, Niklas Rissler)
Production Manager:  Suzanne Forward
Producer:  Jen Coatsworth
Exec Producer:  Ryan Goodwin Smith
Head of CG:  Jason Nicholas
VFX Supervisor:  Neil Riley
Music Supervision:  Native
Sound Design:  Chris Turner @ Jungle

Rushes Team
Producer:  Joe West
Colourist:  Simona Cristea

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