BT: Hope United by Saatchi & Saatchi
Recent research, commissioned by BT, found that 1 in 10 people have received online abuse in the past year. And so, to tackle online hate ahead of the UEFA European Championships, BT has created the Hope United, a diverse team of footballers who have come together from across the Home Nations.
Managed by Rio Ferdinand and Karen Carney, the team is comprised by male and female players from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, all drawn together by their own experiences of online hate.
Hope United will drive more support for change and educate the nation on how to protect themselves and be good digital citizens.
Behind the Hope United team is a multi-million-pound marketing campaign, developed by BT’s advertising partner Saatchi & Saatchi, that will see the squad of footballers come together for the first time.
Utilising BT’s sponsorship of the four Home Nations football associations, the Hope United branding will be visible on matchday during the warm-up friendly matches ahead of the Euros, as well as across the UK through bespoke out-of-home buys, including at Trafalgar Square.
Campaign Title: Hope United
Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi London
CCO: Guillermo Vega
Creative Director: William John
Creative Team: Will Brookwell, Nathan Crawford
Copywriters: Katy Stanage, Alex Kosterman, Jake Wiseman
Art Directors: Fabiano Gomes, James Ginn
Designers: Nick Roberts, Steve Tinkler, Marco Balducci, Marcos Almeida, Amy Fry. Nomad Studio.
CEO: Sam Hawkey
Planners: Richard Huntingdon, Ed Hayne, Eloise Sykes
Managing Partner: Jon Tapper
Account Team: Richard Sweetman, Fergus Waddell, Liz Maunsell, Rania Kouros, Gabi Dwek, Alice Schweigert
Agency Producers: Georgie Ford, Laura Francis, Jeremy Sarman, Felicity Cruickshank, Chris Styring
Media Buying Agency: Essence
Media Planner: Michael Bensley, Shane Murphy, Tom Kislingbury, Christina Petrou
Production Company: Stink Films, Prodigious
Director: Matilda Finn, Chris Faith
Editor: Leo King
Producer: James Waters
Post-Production Company: The Mill
Audio Post-Production Company: Factory
Photographer: Shamil Tanna