Havas concepts, sells, produces Hefty spots in 2 weeks

(Spot created in two weeks)

This must have been a hefty job. Like really hefty. Word has gotten to Reel Chicago that Havas concepted, sold, produced, shot, edited, composed music and sound design, audio mixed, colored and trafficked three Hefty spots in just 2 and a half weeks

John Norman, Chief Creative Officer at Havas Chicago is energized and encouraged after helping cultivate big, creative ideas from home, finding solutions to pandemic production, and delivering meaningful, socially responsible messages out into the world.

“Start Again” is a heartfelt thank you to the sanitation workers that are continuing to support us all. Havas leaned into local drone videographers in seven cities across the country from Anchorage to Austin, while John Cena recorded the voice over from his home (maintaining social distancing). Produced in 3 days, it truly was a herculean effort. 

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“Stronger Than You Think” is a personal message from Hefty’s strongman himself, Mr. John Cena. His self-recorded video (which started as a social post) along with curated UGC clips sends a message to the country that we are all “stronger than you think.”

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John Norman told Reel Chicago, “Finding new ways to make things in this environment has been invigorating. I’m energized by the team’s ability to shoot and edit content quickly, direct shoots remotely, and execute the work flawlessly. This campaign is a great example of what Havas Chicago does best – nimble storytelling that’s based in culture and human truths, and brought to life through clever production.”



AGENCY: Havas, Chicago

  • John Norman, Chief Creative Officer
  • Brian Cooper, Director of Production
  • Shelby Georgis, Group Creative Director
  • Michelle Underwood, Creative Director
  • Bryan Miguel, Senior Copywriter
  • Cara Gigante, Senior Art Director
  • Zach Murman-Freer, Copywriter
  • Kevin Bush, Art Director
  • Jonica Lister, Junior Copywriter
  • Sarajane Gallagher, Senior Producer
  • Rachel Steele, Senior Producer
  • Bridget Danko, Senior Producer
  • Todd Bernstein, Senior Audio Engineer
  • Mike Abrams, Editor
  • Kelsey Moher, Editor
  • Mary Ann Holecek, Business Manager
  • Michelle Sanchez, Talent Manager
  • Michelle Gerstin, Group Strategy Director
  • Jennifer Jasso, Social Coordinator
  • Kimberly May, Group Account Director
  • Melissa Barash, Account Supervisor
  • Krista Greenwald, Project Manager

SOURCE: Havas, Chicago