DDB finds a new use for casting tapes as Burnett embraces method acting for Speight's gig

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  • November 26, 2014
  • StopPress Team
DDB finds a new use for casting tapes as Burnett embraces method acting for Speight's gig

As we wrote last week, DDB is on the hunt for a tinge of ginge to spruik Speight's new alcoholic ginger beer. An excited and then dejected Karl Burnett featured in the first spot along with some other hopefuls and now, in what could be seen as the exact opposite of Sky's Casting Tapes campaign, it's released a second clip showing off the auditions. 

“For Speight’s Ginger Beer, we’re gunning for a ginger bear as a frontman," says Chris Schofield, DDB creative director. "There’s not much more to it than that. Except the bear's fairly reluctant to take the gig, after being type-cast for years in similar roles. The humour we’re going for in the campaign is dry, to reflect the brilliantly dry taste in the product itself."

The Speight’s Ginger Beer victor will feature in a series of online videos and billboards nationwide from early December.



Chief Creative Officer – Damon Stapleton

Executive Creative Director – Shane Bradnick

Creative Director – Chris Schofield

Art Director – Toby Morris

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  • February 22, 2019
  • Caitlin Salter
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