Hennessy partners with Martin Scorsese, Manny Pacquiao and Erykah Badu in new integrated 'Wild Rabbit' campaign via Droga5 New York

Screen shot 2012-04-05 at 7.29.28 AM.jpgHennessy, the number one selling Cognac brand in the world, has unveiled the brand's new landmark communications campaign, entitled "Wild Rabbit", via majority Aussie owned agency Droga5, New York.

This year, Hennessy spotlights luminaries who push the limits of their own potential in music, arts, sports and film, including world champion boxer, politician and businessman Manny Pacquiao; multi-award winning musician, lyricist and poet Erykah Badu; and film-making visionary and philanthropist Martin Scorsese.

The :60 Manny TV spot is live this week and will be followed by the second spot in the campaign, The Chase, on April 19.

Representing Hennessy's largest marketing investment in its two hundred and forty seven-year history, the "Wild Rabbit" campaign provides fans with unique and varied ways to learn from their heroes, share their stories of triumph and draw inspiration from like-minded individuals.

Screen shot 2012-04-05 at 7.28.40 AM.jpgTo give consumers an early taste of the "Wild Rabbit," Hennessy has created pop-up installations in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, allowing fans to virtually interact with digital representations of Manny Pacquiao and Erykah Badu and learn more about their Wild Rabbits.

These installations will ultimately lead to the brand's launch in New York City on April 5, 2012 where Hennessy will join forces with Martin Scorsese to present $250,000 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.  In addition, the Foundation will receive all proceeds from silent auctions of special edition prints by campaign photographer Frank Ockenfels.

Screen shot 2012-04-05 at 7.28.21 AM.jpgScreen shot 2012-04-05 at 7.29.15 AM.jpgOnline, Hennessy is quenching fan curiosity by bringing the "Wild Rabbit" campaign to life at NeverStopNeverSettle.com, developed by Droga5 and New Zealand production company Resn. A visually unique, interactive and rich online brand experience, Wild Rabbit chasers will have the opportunity to explore the concept and pick up inspiration along the way. As a reward for their tenacity in the chase, those who venture deeper into the digital rabbit hole can uncover hidden rewards ranging from VIP experiences to event invitations to engagement with Hennessy talent. In addition, users will be able to set a custom soundtrack and download celebrity song lists through Hennessy's partnership with Spotify.

Screen shot 2012-04-05 at 7.36.33 AM.jpgHennessy's "Wild Rabbit" campaign marks the brand's return to television, where it has not advertised since 2007.  The campaign will also be featured in national magazines and on billboards in top markets. 

"This campaign redefines what it means to be a luxury brand," said Rodney Williams, Senior Vice President, Möet Hennessy USA. "We are communicating a value that is at the core of who we are as a brand and which resonates with our consumers: that true success is fueled by the spirit of conquest within you; a drive to never stop and never settle."

"What makes these individuals special is that they are always striving to grow and evolve and reach new levels of achievement," said Williams. "In championing their stories, we endeavor to tell Hennessy's story and empower our consumers in their own chase."

Agency: Droga5 NY
Creative Chairman: David Droga                   
Executive Creative Directors: Ted Royer / Nik Studzinski           
Creative Directors: Maja Fernqvist / Joakim Saul
Copywriter: Feliks Richter
Art Director: Alexander Nowak
Designer: Ryan Hoelting
Head of Integrated Production: Sally-Ann Dale
Executive Producer: Ben Davies
Agency Producer: Maggy Lynch
Senior Print Producer: Jeannie O'Toole
Head of Strategy: Jonny Bauer
Account Director: Steven Panariello

SVP, Marketing, Hennessy USA: Rodney Williams
VP, Marketing, Hennesy USA: Billy Paretti

Type Artist + Animator: Craig Ward       
Agent: BA-Reps
Type Artist: Sean Freeman       
Agent: LL Reps
Photographer (portraits): Frank Ockenfels
Agent: Eye Forward
Photographer (product): Robin Broadbent
Agent: Brydges-MacKinney


JW said:

Isn't this the same as Keep Walking?

John Beam said:

That's Johnnie Walker's slogan + the music of Jim Beam's Bold Choice.

Errr said:

Never Settle used to be Monster.com's.

Joe said:

@JW: It's quite different from JW. Complex, moody and thought-provoking.

I just don't know what Wild Rabbit is or means or where it came from.

John Walker Henessey said:

keep walking/never settle/keep walking never settle.....

JW said:

Damn, I think I'll Just Do It. I'm Liking It anyway.

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