A Viking and a Cowboy Go on Real-Life Dates in These Funny Harlequin Films

Romance Heroes Are Filmed by a Hidden Camera Crew

Published On
Apr 03, 2017

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A new campaign for romance novels Harlequin sends fictional heroes like a cowboy and a Viking into some real-life dating situations, along with a hidden camera crew.

In the first of two online films, by BBDO Toronto, a petite woman goes bowling with a huge, burly, Viking, causing much mirth among customers at the bowling alley. Another spot sees a middle-aged woman take a sexy cowboy with a lasso on a date to a restaurant, to the bemusement of fellow diners.

The aim of the campaign, directed by Timothy Hamilton at Circle Productions, is to bring to life the idea of using Harlequin (based in Toronto, and now owned by News Corp) as a romantic escape. While it brings home that point, the real joy is in watching the reactions of onlookers -- who, of course, mostly get out their phones to film it.

"It was really quite nerve-racking watching from behind the curtain -- you just never know how people are going to react," said Joel Pylypiw, an associate creative director at BBDO Toronto, in a statement. "Luckily for us, we captured some really funny moments."


Apr 03, 2017
Brand :
Client :
Agency :
Senior Vice President/Executive Creative Director :
Denise Rossetto
Senior Vice President/Executive Creative Director :
Todd Mackie
Vice President/Associate Creative Director :
Joel Pylypiw
Vice President/Associate Creative Director :
Chris Booth
Broadcast Producer :
Tracey Azzopardi
Production Company :
Circle Productions
Director :
Timothy Hamilton
Executive Producer :
Andria Minott
Director, Photography :
Doug Koch
Producer :
Erica Parks
Project Manager :
Warren Milano
Post Producer :
Saints Editorial
Executive Producer :
Stephanie Hickman
Editor :
Stephen Sora
Audio House :
Grayson Matthews
Producer :
Kelly McCluskey

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