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Serena Williams has switched from tennis hero to superhero after starring in a Wonder Woman 1984-themed ad for DirecTV.

Having a ball with her latest role, Williams is shown time travelling back to the decade that taste forgot, wielding a blinged-up tennis racket instead of a magical lasso as she serves justice to out-of-control tennis bots. Former player John McEnroe has a less glamorous role, however, after his tennis whites are soiled by a wayward shot from an exploding tennis ball machine, splattering him with ketchup.

Get Your TV Together is DirecTV’s unique take on a golden collision of sport and movies, reflecting the dual nature of a satellite television service that specializes in both on-demand movies and live sport.

Devised by TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, the ostentatious mash-up is a prelude to further genre collisions in future, with Williams contracted to appear as other film favorites in her role as a standard-bearer for the service.

Speaking to Muse by Clio, agency associate creative director Ryan Buckley said: “Wonder Woman 1984 is a great vehicle that calls to mind everything we love about a big-budget, popcorn-munching, tentpole film people expect to see offered more and more by their TV provider. It doesn’t hurt that we’ve wondered once or twice if Serena isn’t a real-life superhero herself.”

This approach has proven a hit with bemused audiences, racking up close to half a million views on YouTube alone, with accompanying digital, radio and OOH elements rounding off the collision of worlds.

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: 'Get Your TV Together'

Date: August 2021
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The campaign features tennis champion and superstar Serena Williams mashed up with iconic films to bring to life the brand’s core features of having the best of both worlds - live and on-demand entertainment. The spot tackles the fragmented consumer experience today where they are left having to sacrifice either their live viewing experience or spend time browsing on-demand without enjoying their content.
Developed in partnership with creative agency TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, the creative platform is a call to consumers to un-complicate their entertainment lives. Over the rollout of the launch, the campaign will be supported by robust social, digital, OTT, connected TV, OOH, radio, an interactive game, and a comic book component, as well as traditional TV spots. Each element is designed to connect with fans in a new way to pay off the best of live and on-demand.
DIRECTV Marketing
Vince Torres - Chief Marketing Officer
Kendall Thaker - VP, Advertising and Go-To-Market
Mandy Martin - AVP, Marketing Management
Sheri Holmes - Director, Product Marketing Management
Nick Bianchi - Director, Social Media
Jenn Wang - Lead Product Marketing Manager
Jessica Elizardo - Lead Product Marketing Manager
Tracy Threlkeld - Lead Product Marketing Manager
TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles
Erin Riley - President
Renato Fernandez - Chief Creative Officer
Ariel Abramovici - Creative Director
Bruno Acanfora - Creative Director
Mark Winters - Associate Creative Director
Ryan Buckley - Associate Creative Director
Will Holmes - Art Director
Tyler Archibald - Copywriter
Andrew Bae - Jr. Art Director
Yashashree Samant - Jr. Copywriter
Bruno Regalo - Head of Design
Jake Skirving - Senior Designer
Andrea Nazarino - Jr. Designer
Guia Iacomin - Director of Content Production
Jack Cutler - Senior Producer
Brandon Loftin - Associate Producer
Hashi Clark - Executive Art Producer
Dessiah Davis - Director of Traffic Operations
Robin Rossi - Director of Business Affairs
Jen Costello - Chief Strategy Officer
Jesse Unger - Group Strategy Director
Jonathan Handy - Associate Strategy Director
Krystal Hawkins - Sr. Strategist
Hannah Schweitzer - Jr. Strategist
Albert Kim - Head of Connections Planning
Kevin Bautista - Associate Director of Connections
Laura Mayer - Data Director
Matt Theisen - Brand Lead
Lani Reichenbach - Brand Lead
Caitlin Miller - Account Director
Oyinda Elias - Management Supervisor
Carlos Quintanilla - Account Supervisor
Sarah Newton - Account Supervisor
Bridget Derraugh - Account Executive
Lawrence Gonzales - Project Manager
Critical Mass
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Andrew Lavery - Group Creative Director
James Maclean - Creative Director
Javier Olivares - Assoc. Creative Director
Megahn O’Neil - Assoc. Creative Director
Ryan Mesnchuk - Senior Art Director
Megan King - Senior Art Director
Taylor Lumley - Art Director
Ana Benitez Duarte - Designer
Peter Lagosky - Senior Copywriter
Melissa De Sa - Senior Copywriter
Daisy Swain - Copywriter
Jen Goldberg - Group Strategy Director
Kyle Bottoms - Strategy Director
Maria Hodgeson - SVP Client Partner
Lauren Rappaport - VP Client partner
Andrew Burke - Account Director
Haley Dodd - Sr. Account Manager
Olivia Knight - Account Manager
Sydney Woodman - Executive Producer
Audrie Sham - Sr. Producer
Ashleigh Fehmie - Sr. producer
Christine Spitler - Producer
Vicky Patel - Sr. Producer
Lexi Scott - Producer
Sylvia Brach - Producer
Ethan Cole - Producer
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Stink - Production House
Daniel Bergmann - President
Mungo Maclagan - Executive Producer
Traktor - Director
Pär M. Ekberg - DOP
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Arcade - Editorial
Alexa Atkin - Executive Producer
Jeff Feruzzo - Lead Editor
Brad Wasekwich - Lead Editor
Ryan Andrus - Assistant Editor
Asher Edwards - Executive Producer
Ashley Greyson - Senior Producer
Alexandra Rickards - Production Coordinator
Anna Dood - Color Producer
Adam Scott - Colorist
Andy Boyd - VFX Supervisor
Jake Montgomery - VFX Artist
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Matt Miller - Head Mixer
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Search Party - Music
Meghan Currier - Music Producer
Chris James - Composer
Dylan Nowik - Composer
South - Music
Ann Haugen - Head of Production
Ignacio Das - Producer
Vladimir Berkhemer - Writer
Britt Darling - Writer
Dan Pritking - Writer
Jon Darling - Writer
Diego Speroni - Retouching
Diego Speroni - Digital Artist
Francisco Speroni - Digital Assistant
Freddy Fabris - Digital Producer
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