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Lions Entertainment 2017

Award Type: Advertising Awards

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Lions Entertainment

21 - 22 June 2017

Final entry deadline: 20 April 2017.

Building brands in popular culture

The entertainment model is evolving. How entertainment is funded, distributed and consumed is changing rapidly. The future of entertainment is bright, but uncertain. Who will win and who will lose? Forward-thinking people from across the entertainment, commercial and creative communities are inventing new ways to leverage the power of popular culture to build brands. They represent talent and entertainment franchises as well as labels, studios, platforms and publishers. 

That’s why Cannes Lions launched Lions Entertainment in 2016. Across two days during the main Festival week, a new and different crowd gather in the Palais to discuss the creation of culture that has commercial impact. Inquisitive clients come to seek out partners with extraordinarily deep insight into how people live and shop, so they can use this knowledge to elevate their brands. Film producers, record label execs, TV commissioners, sports promoters and gaming entrepreneurs rub shoulders with global brands and a new breed of creatives.

Lions Entertainment 2017 Bronze winners

Resistance Radio 1

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Industry Online Retail & E-stores
Media Radio
Market United States
Agency Campfire At Sapientrazorfish
Chief Creative Officer Mike Monello
Creative Director Steve Coulson, Sarah Hamilton
Art Director Dylan Werner, Emily Culberton, Patrick Raske
Producer Jason Saldanha
Released October 2016


Cannes Lions 2017
Radio Craft: Use of Music Silver Lion
Radio Use of Radio & Audio: Branded Content / Programming Silver Lion

Credits & Description

Title: Resistance Radio
Agency: Campfire At Sapientrazorfish
Brand: Amazon
Country: USA
Entrant Company: Campfire At Sapientrazorfish, New York
Advertising Agency: Campfire At Sapientrazorfish, New York
Production Company: Dinahmoe, Stockholm / 30th Century Records, New York / Nve, Los Angeles / Nylon Studios, New York / Scott Free Productions, Los Angeles
Creative Director: Steve Coulson (Campfire At Sapientrazorfish)
Creative Technologist: Mark Harris (Campfire At Sapientrazorfish)
Art Director: Dylan Werner (Campfire At Sapientrazorfish)
Art Director: Emily Culberton (Campfire At Sapientrazorfish)
Producer, Audio: Jason Saldanha (Campfire At Sapientrazorfish)
Account Director: Mike Knowlton (Campfire At Sapientrazorfish)
Account Executive: Lauralee Bent (Campfire At Sapientrazorfish)
Chief Creative Officer: Mike Monello (Campfire At Sapientrazorfish)
Head Of Industry And Consumer Brand: Brianna Lopez (Amazon Prime Video)
Brand Manager: Andrew Meengern (Amazon Prime Video)
Album Producer: Danger Mouse (30th Century Records)
Album Producer: Sam Cohen (30th Century Records)
General Manager: Michael Pontecorvo (30th Century Records)
Cmo Originals Marketing: Mike Benson (Amazon Prime Video)
Head Of Brand Marketing: Jenny Whitlock (Amazon Prime Video)
Creative Director: Sarah Hamilton (Amazon Prime Video)
Art Director: Patrick Raske (Amazon Prime Video)
Writer Producer: Joe Nichols (Amazon Prime Video)
Head Of Music, Amazon Originals: Bob Bowen (Amazon Prime Video)
Tv Music Executive, Amazon Originals: Melyssa Hardwick (Amazon Prime Video)
Within weeks of launch, Resistance Radio garnered major press attention and over seven billion PR impressions, including mentions from The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, NPR, Mashable, Fortune, and People. Interviews ran on national radio stations, and a #resistanceradio promoted hashtag ignited a firestorm as both sides of the political spectrum jumped on the launch of an anti-fascist radio station, reinforcing the campaign’s relevance to contemporary America. We delivered over
000,000 minutes of branded audio in the first three weeks to over 250,000 listeners, with an average listening time of over 10 minutes (26 minutes on Alexa). And a qualitative response from listeners was universally positive. Resistance Radio moved from marketing initiative to pop culture phenomenon driven almost-exclusively by earned media, created an ongoing revenue stream from album sales, and has now been written into the TV show as part of the storyline.
Resistance Radio features over 4 hours of dramatic audio storytelling and 18 new music tracks, produced by Danger Mouse, featuring top recording artists. A rich, multichannel content experience, launched to create conversation and buzz across all sectors of pop culture between seasons of Amazon’s The Man in The High Castle. Within one week of launch, the show sparked wide-scale discussion across social media and mainstream press, engaging the country in a wide debate about the meaning of freedom and authoritarianism in contemporary America, all while broadcasting messages of hope and resistance from a world where the Nazis won WWII.
The Man In The High Castle is the most streamed Amazon Original Series, with two seasons available on Amazon Prime Video. Based on the novel by Phillip K Dick, the complex narrative imagines 1962 America where the Allies lost WWII, and the Nazis and Imperial Japan have split control of the US. Despite the inherently oppressive tone, our mission was to turn the series into a global franchise with an always-on promotion. Additionally, we wanted to make the series accessible to new viewers — particularly women and younger men. We wanted to develop a concept that 1) sustained engagement with current fans and created interest among new viewers; 2) created a narrative bridge across all earned, owned and paid media; 3) leveraged each medium as a storytelling device and 4) had global appeal to maximize amplification.
While continuing to attract the largest possible audience (A18-54), we recognized an opportunity to better connect with men 18-24, and more women. These audiences are more attracted to hopeful storylines, and character- driven drama rather than the deep mythology and speculative fiction loved by longtime fans. For these audiences, we introduced new, relatable characters and hopeful storylines, utilizing familiar songs by upcoming artists with large social followings. We also drew parallels to contemporary America to make the show more relatable and immediate.For existing and lapsed fans, we identified a deeper dive into the story’s world and mythology as the main draw. Within our music and narratives, we wove “easter eggs” of mythology content such as puzzles hidden between radio frequencies, and historical background not yet explored onscreen.
Campaign Description:
The voice of hope in The Man In The High Castle is represented by the Resistance, a band of underground freedom fighters striking back against their fascist oppressors to keep the American dream alive. So we created a mouthpiece for that group: Resistance Radio, a dramatic, audible storytelling experience in the format of live radio broadcasts by pirate DJs, sending out their stories of hope and resistance to oppressed America, while playing “illegal” music from upstart rebel musicians. By collaborating with top-name talent to create an integrated, standalone experience (combining the best in music, radio narrative, and television drama), we aimed to transform entertainment marketing. Our campaign succeeded in Blurring the line between content and promotion, using a multichannel experience to raise the profile of both a show between seasons and a network that is not beholden to linear broadcast constraints.
We created over four hours of an original audio narrative were scripted and recorded for the show, featuring three DJ characters. We also recorded 18 reimagined cover versions of well-known 60s songs, produced by Danger Mouse & Sam Cohen, and performed by a variety of top alternative artists including Beck, Norah Jones, The Shins, Sharon Van Etten, and more. The radio broadcasts emanate from the show’s alternate world via a custom radio player at, with different experiences for desktop and mobile. The stream was also available via iHeartRadio, and on Alexa-enabled devices. Promotional elements coinciding with our campaign launch included Facebook Audio Live segments, promoted tweets, a limited edition 7” vinyl single sent to influencers, a music video, an installation & concert at SXSW, and the release of Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle album on all major music outlets.