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Champs Sports: Game Loves an Audience Ad Campaign

Translation has unveiled the second chapter of its ongoing brand campaign for Champs Sports with “Game Loves an Audience,” a dynamic new marketing program for the back-to-school season. Seizing on the pins-and-needles feeling of anticipation that comes along with every new school year, “Game Loves an Audience” is all about looking good, and wanting everyone to see it. The campaign reinforces Champs’ well-established “We Know Game” tagline with three :30 spots, daily content for Champs Sports’ social media channels, digital banners, and a custom digital hub.

“The first day back to school is more than just a day,” notes Translation CCO John Norman, “it’s the red carpet moment of the school year. It’s a reunion, a chance to try something new, and a special moment to stand out. It’s the perfect time for a brand like Champs Sports to help you show off your game with new kicks, stylish tees, and a fresh look.”

“Game Loves an Audience” is the follow-up to “Game Never Sleeps,” Translation’s summer campaign for the athletic footwear and apparel retailer. Each element of the new campaign – from the music, to the fashion, to the storylines of the individual films – is rooted in a commitment to cultural relevancy, continuing Translation’s overarching strategy of appealing to both the on- and off-field passions of the modern day student athlete. The new digital hub, allows users to rank the most #FirstDayWorthy gear in Champs’ colossal inventory of new styles with a contemporary “swipe-to-like” design.

“Translation, through its new brand work, has done an exemplary job of expanding on the idea of ‘We Know Game’,” explains Champs Sports Director of Marketing Scott Burton. “We’re showing that ‘Game’ is as much about athletic skill as it is about swagger and confidence in all other arenas. Moreover, the work is done through the lens of a high school athlete, making the impact and its meaning to our consumers relevant during this time of year when students are going back-to-school.”

Creative Credits:  
Brand/Client: Champs Sports
Campaign Title: Champs Sports Back to School Campaign
Spot Title: “Joy Ride,” “First Period,” “Practice”
Launch Date: August 2014

Agency: Translation
Chief Executive Officer: Steve Stoute
Chief Creative Officer: John Norman
President: Nils Peyron
Executive Creative Director: Jay Berry
Executive Creative Director: Marc d’Avignon
Creative Director: Mat Jerrett
Associate Creative Director, Copywriter: Matt Herman
Associate Creative Director, Art Director: Matthew McFerrin
Art Director: Adam Chang
Copywriter: Greg Dyer
Art Director: Allison Bulow
Copywriter: Jameson Rossi
Director of Content Production: Miriam Franklin
Producer: Carole McCarty
Assistant Producer: Monica Johnson
Head of Brand Strategy: Tim Flood
Strategist: Shon Mogharabi
Music Supervision: Nick Pacelli
VP Account Director: Daniel Mize
Account Supervisor: Patrice Caracci
Account Executive: Steven Molinari
Asst. Account Executive: Jackson Brodie

Production Company:, Los Angeles
Director: Michael Lawrence
Director of Photography: Alex Disenhof
Executive Producer: Donna Portaro
Line Producer: Scott Cunningham

Editorial Company: Cut + Run NYC
Editor: Dayn Williams
Assistant Editor: Katie Pehowski
Post Executive Producer: Rana Martin
Post Producer (“Joy Ride,” “First Period”): Olivia Chiu
Post Producer (“Practice”): Ellen Lavery

Telecine Company: CO3 NYC
Colorist: Damien Vandercruyssen
Producer: Katie Andrews
Assistant Colorist: Matt Paul

On line: Cut + Run
Flame Artist: Joseph Grosso
Assistant: Matt Dolven
Producer: Julia Williams

Audio Post: Heard City
Mixer: Evan Mangiamele
Executive Producer: Gloria Pitagorsky
Producer: Katie Flynn

Music by: Elias Arts
Creative Director: Greg Grifith
Producer: Matt Phenix

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