Autistic Boy Grows Up in Spots for Four Different Brands in Autism Speaks Campaign

BBDO Brings Clever Idea to Full Commercial Block on CNN

Published On
Apr 28, 2014

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Autism Speaks' new campaign for "Autism Awareness Month" aimed to show how early diagnosis and the right kind of upbringing can make a lifetime of difference for kids with autism and their families, via a unique media play involving a series ads -- and multiple brands-- within a single programming block that aired during CNN's "New Day" this morning. Created out of BBDO New York, the campaign weaves its message into four different, 15-second commercials for other agency clients, like Campbell's Soup, Band-Aid and AT&T.

The campaign begins with a spot for Autism Speaks showing a family visit to a pediatrician, where a kid is diagnosed with autism. Other commercials follow, for Band-Aid, Campbell's Soup and then AT&T. As you watch, you realize the parents in each ad are the same, only growing older with each one --as does the son, who lives a normal, healthy life throughout. The last commercial shows the kid -- now a young man -- in cap and gown, ready to graduate.

A tag reads: "You just saw how early diagnosis can make a lifetime of difference."

"As a company and brand, AT&T believes that you have to rethink possible to drive human progress. That's what early diagnosis represents for children with autism," Esther Lee, senior vice president--Brand Marketing & Advertising at AT&T, said in a statement.


Apr 28, 2014
Brand :
Autism Speaks
Client :
Autism Speaks
Agency :
BBDO-New York
Worldwide Chief Creative Officer :
David Lubars
Chief Creative Officer :
Greg Hahn
Associate Creative Director :
Peter Alsante
Associate Creative Director :
Matthew Zaifert
Director, Integrated Production :
Dave Rolfe
Senior Integrated Content Producer :
Darbi Fretwell
Director, Digital Operations :
Clemens Brandt
Interactive Senior Producer :
Tara Toliver
Interactive Production Company :
Managing Director :
Kirsten Flanik
Production Company :
Content Director :
Christian Loubek
Senior Executive Producer :
Eric Stern
Executive Producer :
SueEllen Clair
Line Producer :
James Graves
Director, Photography :
Larkin Seiple
Production Supervisor :
Blake DeRoss
Editorial :
Editor :
Jason McDonald
Assistant Editor :
Ryan Bukowski
Executive Producer :
Deborah Sullivan
Producer :
Malia Rose
Music :
Beacon Street Studios
Musician :
Jon Nau
Musician :
Andrew Feltenstein
Producer :
Adrea Lavezzoli
Sound Mix Studio :
Sound Lounge
Sound Engineer :
Glen Landrum
Creative :
Jon Kubik
Creative :
Adam Noel

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