How Diet Coke’s Spontaneous Big Game Ad Came Together

Returning to the Big Game after a 21-year hiatus was always the plan,
but Diet Coke found its ad unexpectedly in an off-the-cuff outtake

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–“This is our Big Game ad.”

That’s what our creative team and renowned film director Paul Feig said
while on set in East Los Angeles this fall directing a six-second
digital ad as part of the new Diet Coke “Because I Can” campaign. The
campaign includes a
fresh series of short films and social content
, and because of one
off-the-cuff outtake, the
first Diet Coke Big Game ad in 21 years

The moment happened when we were filming in a parking lot with Hayley
Magnus, an up-and-coming comedic actress from Australia. She started
doing her thing between takes — just as you see it in “Groove” — and
that was all we needed to create the Big Game ad.

Big Game ads are not made overnight — or at random for that matter.
Usually there are countless months of brainstorms, multiple concepts,
storyboards, presentations, casting calls, site visits, shoots, edits,
re-shoots, screen tests, post-production, more re-shoots. Months can go
into making a 30-second ad. Ours took just one take. All Hayley needed
was a beat and an ice-cold can of Diet Coke Twisted Mango.

That’s what Diet Coke means by “Because I Can.” The campaign is all
about doing the things that make you happy, whether that’s having a Diet
Coke or dressing in a three-piece suit every day (like Paul Feig) or
capturing a deliciously awkward moment and using it on the biggest
advertising stage in the country. In trying to show what “Because I Can”
means, we ended up living it.

P.S. How awesome is Hayley?

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About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company
(NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, offering over 500
brands to people in more than 200 countries. Of our 21 billion-dollar
brands, 19 are available in lower- or no-sugar options to help people
moderate their consumption of added sugar. In addition to our namesake
Coca-Cola drinks, some of our leading brands around the world include:
AdeS soy-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Dasani waters, Del Valle
juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees,
Honest Tea, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices,
smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater, and Zico coconut water. At Coca-Cola,
we’re serious about making positive contributions to the world. That
starts with reducing sugar in our drinks and continuing to introduce new
ones with added benefits. It also means continuously working to reduce
our environmental impact, creating rewarding careers for our associates
and bringing economic opportunity wherever we operate. Together with our
bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people around the world.
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Kate Hartman