1. What trends, developments or issues would you point to thus far in 2019 as being most significant, perhaps carrying implications for the rest of the year and beyond?
  2. What work (advertising or entertainment)--your own or others--struck a responsive chord with you and/or was the most effective creatively and/or strategically so far this year? Does any work stand out to you in terms of meshing advertising and entertainment?
  3. What’s the biggest takeaway or lessons learned from work (please identify the project) you were involved in this year that was or is in the running for current awards season consideration (i.e., Emmys, Cannes Lions)?
  4. Though gazing into the crystal ball is a tricky proposition, we nonetheless ask you for any forecast you have relative to content creation and/or the creative and/or business climate for the second half of 2019 and beyond.
  5. What do recent honors on the awards show circuit (Producers Guild Awards, DGA Awards, Cannes Lions, AICP Show, Emmy nominations) tell us in terms of themes and trends in the industry at large?
  6. What efforts are you making to increase diversity and inclusion in terms of women and ethnic minority filmmakers? How do you go about mentoring new talent?
Vince Genovese
Executive Director of Integrated Production
BSSP

1) Socially conscious and targeted advertising has been a powerful brand tool this year. I’m impressed with Nike’s simple message in its “Dream Crazy” OOH campaign. Grounded in conviction and bravery, the brand elegantly (yet provocatively) produced work that hit a nerve outside of social marketing norms, yet it made a powerful statement that aligns with the brand’s heritage. This is something I feel encourages other brands and agencies to follow suit. W+K has always been brave in approach and strong in conviction for their clients. This was a true example of an agency and client working together as partners.

2) NBA2K’s “Everyone’s On” was a fully integrated campaign from our very own BSSP team. Not only is it the work I’m most proud of produced by the agency thus far, but It was also an example of Data and Media as a strong creative platform. By combining live in-game statistics and contextually targeted ads, the agency team was able to reflect the masses -- the cultural phenomenon that is NBA2K. This approach was the perfect platform to showcase the broad fandom of the 2K community of Gamers and NBA Stars.

3) This past year was a year of stepping out of our comfort zone, both as an agency and as a production team. We executed more cross-platform campaigns than at any moment in the agency’s history, or my career. This year, the cross-pollination of ideas against a variety of mediums was the norm, not the exception. From the Clio award-winning 2K work mentioned, to our award-winning Blue Shield of California TV and Digital campaign, we’ve been versatile in our creativity, which I think will reflect well for us come award season.

4) Gazing into a crystal ball, I feel we’re close to witnessing the big awards (Gold Lions, Clios and One Show Awards) awarded to the more atypical and lesser-knowns in production. The logic that good ideas can come from anywhere, applies to the execution of those ideas as well. We’re starting to see great content and creativity executed from a variety of people across cultures and at a variety of budget levels. 2019 / 2020 just may be the year CHEAP, FAST and GOOD is the expectation and the norm.

5) This could very well be answered by the question above.

6) As an agency, we’re committed to inclusion in all aspects of our creative endeavors, and assuring the future of our workforce reflects the values of BSSP. Our 15-year commitment and involvement in the 4A’s MAIP program (Multicultural Advertising Intern Program) has been a great way for us to mentor and foster talent across a diverse landscape of people. Within our local community, we are strong supporters of BridgeThe Gap, which provides scholarships and creative after-school programs to kids from Marin City, to ensure they have an opportunity to go to college or art school. As long-standing members of Free The Bid, we are advocates of diverse production no matter the budget or size of the project.

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