Chris O’Dowd Raises a Dram for ‘Robin Redbreast Day’ in Spot for Redbreast Irish Whiskey
Today, Redbreast Irish Whiskey is launching ‘Robin Redbreast Day’ a global date in the calendar year designed to raise awareness of the brand’s mission to help keep the common birds common. To kick off its first year, Redbreast has teamed up with the renowned Irish actor and Redbreast fan, Chris O’Dowd, to create a humorous video that will help raise funds to support the brand’s charity partner, BirdLife International. The campaign was created by The Public House.
Redbreast Irish Whiskey is inviting everyone to get involved in its global initiative by simply watching the 60 second clip on social media. For every view the video receives, 25 cents will be donated to BirdLife International to help continue its commitment of keeping the robin and other common birds safe for future generations. Set in a beautiful cocktail bar, the spot sees the actor and the brand’s iconic mascot, Robin Redbreast, discussing Chris’ fear of heights as he contemplates living his life as a common bird. Robin Redbreast quickly gets things back on track to announce why the pair have come together to raise awareness of BirdLife International, revealing just how simple it is to get involved.
Chris O’Dowd, commented: "I am really excited to be supporting Robin Redbreast Day. Common birds all over the world are facing serious issues that we need to come together and solve, so I’m encouraging everyone to watch and share the video across social media to get as many eyes on it as possible. BirdLife International does amazing work supporting common birds, so the more donations we’re able to raise the better!"
According to creative director Jarrod Banadyga: “We’re hoping Robin Redbreast Day becomes an annual event, and we definitely didn’t dip our toe in the pool in Year 1 by working with an icon like Chris O’Dowd. He loves the whiskey, and the cause, and having him contribute to the script was an unexpected bonus.”
Kate McCarthy, global marketing manager at Redbreast, added: “Sharing is at the heart of the Redbreast brand, so this feels like the perfect way for Redbreast to help out the common bird - with a lighthearted video underpinned by an important cause and a simple request to watch, share, and show you care.”
Entering the second year of its ‘keeping common birds common’ initiative, Redbreast continues to support the conservation and welfare of birds and their habitats across the globe and is proud to be extending its partnership with BirdLife International for another year. Robin Redbreast Day will take place every year on the second Friday of November - the month that sees robins start to prepare for winter - encouraging whiskey-lovers to annually raise a glass to their feathered friends.
Brendan Buckley, global marketing director at Irish Distillers commented: "We are thrilled to be partnering with BirdLife International for another year. We hope that Robin Redbreast Day becomes an annual occasion across the world for people to come together to support the common birds. We wanted to create an easy, accessible way for people to participate and raise funds - and what’s more fun than sharing and watching a video with friends. We think Chris O’Dowd’s Irish humour and creativity is the perfect fit to help us spread the message - and we hope Redbreast fans enjoy it as much as we do!"
Following on from last year's success, Redbreast Irish Whiskey will also be releasing its limited edition 12-year-old bottle which features an intricately-designed copper casing that transforms into a bird feeder. The limited edition bottle will be made available across nine markets including the UK, Ireland and the US, as well as through Global Travel Retail.
Patricia Zurita, CEO, BirdLife International, commented: ‘With so many birds around the globe threatened, the launch of Robin Redbreast Day couldn’t have come at a better time. We hope the day spreads awareness of the simple, yet important, things we must all do to help protect birds and their habitats whilst also raising vital funds. We’re pleased to have Chris O’Dowd on board to help us spread the word and we are also very excited to see the return of the bird feeder, which created a huge buzz last year! Feeding birds is a contribution everyone can make to their survival.’
Redbreast Irish Whiskey is on a mission to raise up to €100,000 through its Robin Redbreast Day initiatives for its global partner, BirdLife International. Up to €70,000 will be raised through the sales of the limited edition bird feeder bottle and up to €30,000 will be raised from the video content views across social media.
Marketing Director, Global, Irish Distillers: Brendan Buckley
Head of Prestige & Speciality Whiskeys, Irish Distillers: Zöe Traynor
Global Marketing Manager, Irish Distillers: Kate McCarthy
Brand Manager, Irish Distillers: Clodagh O’Donnell
Digital Content Executive, Irish Distillers: Francis McConnell
Agency: The Public House
Creative Director: Jarrod Banadyga
Copywriter: Chris O’Dowd, Paddy O’Mahoney, Jarrod Banadyga
Head of Design/ Art Director: Eimear O’Sullivan
Interdisciplinary Designer: Cian Booth
Agency Producer: Steve Battle
Business Director: Grainne Kehoe
Account Director: Siobhán McEvoy
Senior Account Manager & Social Media Strategist: Shannon Gallagher
Production Company: Motherland
Producer: Keith Bradley
DOP: Narayan Van Maele
Editor: John Cutler
Head of Post Production: Anthony McCaffery
Grade: Leandro Arouca @ Element
Animation: Neil Stubbings
Animation Producer: Laura Thomas
Animation Production Co: Jelly London
Robin V/O: Tadhg Hickey
Sound Design: Marian Mentrup
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Category: Alcoholic Beverages , Spirits