‘Maya’ continues Pearle Vision’s strategy to showcase Small Moments

Pearle Vision has launched their latest installment in the award-winning Small Moments campaign, a cinematic mini-movie titled “Maya,” in which a young Indian girl goes from feeling like an outsider to a more confident young woman with the help of a Pearle Vision eye care expert.  

“Maya” continues Pearle Vision’s strategy to showcase the “Small Moments” that form trusting relationships between the brand’s eye care experts and their patients. Its first story-driven campaign of this type, “Ben’s Glasses” earned industry accolades including a 2017 Silver Clio Award and North American Effie Award for Health Care Services Marketing.

Launched Super Bowl Sunday 2017, “Ben’s Glasses” and the “Small Moments” campaign platform evolved out of a Pearle Vision study that personal connections are the most important thing in establishing trust, including patients’ trust with their doctors. It was followed up with the 2018 launch of “Olivia,” which featured global sports icon Billie Jean King and received multiple North American Effie awards in 2019 and 2020.

Created by Energy BBDO, the team hired acclaimed filmmaker Samir Mallal to direct. Mallal felt a kinship with Maya and the subject matter, saying he lived it himself. “We can all relate to feeling unsure of ourselves and wanting to fit in,” he says. Mallal brought the script to life from the perspective of Maya, a teenager who starts out shy and awkward, but eventually grows into a more confident teen with the help of an understanding Pearle Vision eye care expert.  

The Director of Photography on the ad is award-winning cinematographer Andrij Parekh, who won an Emmy for his work on HBO’s Succession.

“At Pearle Vision we take pride in our 60-year commitment to care from the exam room to the retail floor,” says Doug Zarkin, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Pearle Vision. “Maya is a wonderful depiction of how our team really takes the time to care for the person behind the eyes. Guiding a patient into that perfect pair often does more than just simply help someone correct a vision acuity issue, it can open their eyes literally and figuratively to a range of positive possibilities and emotions.”

“Eyes On The Prize”
In conjunction with the launch of their new TV commercial, Pearle Vision will also launch “Eyes On The Prize,” a two-part social media web-series in which they are teaming up with renowned parenting and youth development expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa, New York Times Best-Selling Author Kelle Hampton, and star of the breakout web-series Quick Fix Actress Tia Mowery for a live, informative online conversation and Q&A. The discussions will cover the upcoming school year and advice for parents on how to work through the impact the past 18 months has had on mental and physical health, including the impact of further delaying annual wellness items such as an eye exam. 

Says Zarkin, “Pearle Vision wanted to invest in providing a forum for parents to come together to discuss what is anything but a normal back-to-school season. After a year of remote learning student’s eyes were put to the test with increased screen time and the possibility that their annual eye-exam was missed. According to the American Optometric Association, One in four children in the U.S. have undetected vision problems which could impair learning. Experts believe that approximately 80 percent of learning comes through a child’s eyes. So, the importance of an annual eye exam is truly a pathway to unlock a child’s potential.”

  • Part 1 of the web-series will be live on Instagram on September 9th, 2021, at 5pm EST with Dr. Gilboa talking to Kelle Hampton. Access to the live event can be found on either Dr. Gilboa (@askdrg) or Kelle Hampton’s (@etst) Instagram accounts 
  • Part 2 of the web-series will be live on Instagram on September 14th 2021, at 5pm EST with Dr. Gilboa talking to Tia Mowry. Access to the live event can be found on either Dr. Gilboa (@askdrg) or Tia Mowry’s Instagram accounts (@TiaMowry). 

“I’m thrilled to partner with Pearle Vision to help support moms as we navigate the complex challenges of returning to school during a pandemic and after a collective stressful year. We’re all needing community right now and I’m happy to be part of a space supporting moms as they meet their child’s needs this year, from important eye exams to hugs,” says Kelle Hampton.

“Resilience is the ability to navigate change while being (or raising) the kind of person we can admire,” says Dr. Deborah Gilboa. “The changes we face this fall in particular bring a host of worries about our children – for their mental health, their physical wellbeing, and their academic success. The good news is that you don’t have to handle these concerns alone. Joining Pearle Vision on their “Eyes On The Prize” web-series I believe will offer parents more support to help them create a plan for themselves and with their children to navigate this new normal just a little easier.”

“Mental and physical health is something I have long been passionate about. With my son’s recent diagnosis of vision acuity issues, joining Pearle Vision’s “Eyes On The Prize” web-series is a fantastic opportunity to openly discuss the challenges today’s parents are facing head on as we head into the heart of the fall 2021 school year. They say it takes a village, and I’m proud to lend my voice and experiences to the discussion” says Tia Mowry.


Client: Pearle Vision
Spot: “Maya”
Aired: 8/1/21

Agency: Energy BBDO
Chief Creative Officers: Josh Gross & Pedro Pérez
Creative Directors: Erika Wolfel Hillman & Michele Sloan Brandel
Copywriter: Tanvi Tandon
Art Director: Jason Murray

Head of Integrated Production: John Pratt
Senior Producer: Maddie Gorman
Director of Music: Daniel Kuypers
Music Producer: Nick Maker

Managing Director: Jeff Adkins

Production Company: Interrogate
Director: Samir Mallal
Managing Director/Owner: Jeff Miller
Head of Production: Nathan De La Rionda
Producer: Jack Beardsley
Director of Photography: Andrij Parekh

Post-Production Company: Flare Chicago
Editor: Casey Cobler
Executive Producer: Jenny McDonald
Senior Audio Engineer: Steven Aguilar
Senior Motion Designer: Viktoryia Kryvanos
Flame Artist: Jason Kerman

Color Company: Company 3 New York
Colorist: Tom Poole

Music: “Perception” by Milan Nivard
Music House: Birdbrain 

Voice Talent: Lia Mortenson

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