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John X. Carey Directs "Voicemail" For University of Phoenix, 180LA


Robert Goldrich
Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2016


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Back in May of this year, NFL star receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, attained his Bachelor’s in Communication degree from the University of Phoenix, marking the completion of a promise he made to his mother in 2003 before he lost her to breast cancer. In the years following her death, he revealed that he would call his childhood home in St. Paul, Minnesota, to hear her voice recorded on the answering machine. In the TV spot “Voicemail,” Larry calls home, and this time leaves a message, thanking her for inspiring him not only as a student but as a son and father.

Larry’s message to his mom was unrehearsed. His message in the spot was the first and only take filmed. 


Client University of Phoenix Agency 180LA William Gelner, chief creative officer; Eduardo Marques, Rafael Rizuto, executive creative directors; Wilson Mateos, creative director; Alex Goulart, associate creative director/copywriter; Joao Madeiros, associate creative director/art director; Natasha Wellesley, head of integrated production; Michael Quinones, producer. Production Tool of North America John X. Carey, director; Oliver Fuselier, managing partner, live action; Nancy Hacohen, exec producer; Leslie Owen, producer. Editorial Whitehouse Post Martin LeRoy, editor; Nick O’Neill, assistant editor; Joni Williamson, exec producer; Jennifer Mersis, producer. Postproduction Carbon VFX Matt McManus, exec producer; Devon Irete, producer; Peter Mayor, lead Flame artist; Jim Gomez, Flame assistant. Telecine The Mill Gregory Reese, colorist; Thatcher Peterson, exec producer; Diane Valera, producer; Robert Cohen, color coordinator. Music Human Craig DeLeon, composer; Kamela Anderson, producer.

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