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Johnsonville Sausage released the second iteration of its “Made The Johnsonville Way” television campaign with two more employee-generated commercials. The 72-year old, family-run company launched the campaign last May, introducing the world to the long-time company philosophy: “The Johnsonville Way.” It’s a way that puts the people of the company first, empowering them to have a stake in every part of the business. Over the past year, Droga5 took that mentality to the next level and had the employees come up with all of the company’s advertising.

For this second year of work, the agency once again traveled to Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, and interviewed close to a hundred Johnsonville employees. This time, the brief was commercial ideas to launch the brand’s new, flame-grilled chicken product and to advertise its classic smoked rope sausage.
 
The first commercial, “Ruben and the Receders,” comes from long-time Johnsonville employee, Todd, who has worked in the company’s transportation department for nearly 22 years. The commercial stars him and his old 80’s band, playing the hair metal concert of their dreams. (The band is appropriately named “Reuben and the Receders” because all the members, besides guitarist Steve “Ruben,” have been balding for over two decades). Todd not only narrates the spot, but he and his three band mates flew to Toronto to star in the over-the-top concert, where the band introduces the world to Johnsonville’s new chicken.
 
Chris Colliton, associate creative director, Droga5, said, “We didn’t just get the band back together, we got the band back together, gave them the long flowing hair they never had and got them to play on RUSH’s stage in front of thousands of people.” RUSH’s production designer, Howard Ungerleidern, built the stage, provided all the sound/lighting equipment and choreographed the lighting for the entire production.
 
Adam & Dave of Arts & Sciences directed this and a second commercial in this latest Johnsonville package.

Credits

Client Johnsonville Agency Droga5 New York David Droga, creative chairman; Ted Royer, chief creative officer; Scott Bell, executive creative director; Chris Colliton, Kevin Weir, associate creative directors; Daniel Litzow, copywriter; Max Friedman, art director; Sally-Ann Dale, chief creation officer; Jesse Brihn, Bryan Litman, co-directors of film production; Rebecca Wilmer, sr. producer, film; Jamil McGinnis, associate producer, film; Ryan Barkan, Mike Ladman, music supervisors; Jonny Bauer, global chief strategy officer; Aaron Wiggan, group strategy director; Marc Iserlis, sr. strategist. Production Arts & Sciences Adam & Dave, directors; Marc Marrie, exec producer; Mal Ward, managing director; Christa Skotland, head of production; Pat Harris, producer; Toby Irvin, DP. Editorial Mack Cut Ryan Steele, editor; Zachary Antell, assistant editor; Gina Pagano, exec producer; Sabina-Elease Utley, producer. Postproduction MPC Camila de Biaggi, exec producer; Jesse Kurnit, head of production; Elissa Norman, VFX sr. producer; Aiste Akelaityte, VFX producer; Warren Paleos, VFX supervisor; Dani Zeitlin, color exec producer; Jenna Gabriel, color producer; Adrian Seeley, colorist. Music Butter Music Andrew Sherman, chief creative officer; Ian Jeffreys, exec producer; Kristin Kuraishi, producer. Sound Mack Cut Sam Shaffer, sound designer/mixer.

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