BACARDÍ® Rum Celebrates Consumers' Nocturnal Side with New, Integrated Campaign "We Are The Night"

NEW TV SPOT DIRECTED BY ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER MICHEL GONDRY

LARGEST INVESTMENT FROM THE BRAND TO-DATE

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - BACARDÍ® rum today introduces "We Are the Night," an integrated, global campaign that revels in the distinctive night personas that come to life under the cover of darkness; daytime conventions are shed, under the notion that while some "carpe diem," others "carpe noctem."

The campaign launches with a 30-second TV spot that features a cast of nighttime archetypes, ranging from the "Brave Shirts," the guys in the group with the confidence to wear the boldest fashion statements, the "Last Train Sprinters" who maximize the night by staying out until the minute the last train departs for home, to the "Glow Gals" (known as "Screen Queens" outside of the U.S.) whose faces are illuminated by the glow of their phone screens, from which they're posting all night long. Directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer, Michel Gondry, who is best known for his work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the spot is shot from the point-of-view of a taxi passenger.  It takes the viewer on an immersive journey through an exciting night out, encountering the unique cast of characters along the way, presented in the inventive visual style and whimsy for which Gondry is best known.

The campaign and activations capture the concept that, like the iconic BACARDÍ bat, people come to life when darkness falls. Influenced by the "BACARDÍ Untameable" positioning, "We Are the Night" celebrates the liberation of nighttime. The creative focuses on the big night out occasion with BACARDÍ & Cola leading the drink strategy in the United States and BACARDÍ Mojito in Europe.

"BACARDÍ understands the night better than anyone else given our brand icon, the bat.  The 'We Are the Night' campaign recognizes that the night is so much more than a time of day.  It's a unique world, with vastly different behaviors, and we hope to capture that through the campaign and immersive consumer experiences," says Mauricio Vergara, Chief Marketing Officer for Bacardi in North America, and global lead for the BACARDÍ rum brand.

"We're on a mission to reclaim the iconic status of the BACARDÍ brand. A globally consistent strategy combined with strong investment in our core range and dynamic artist collaborations – such as No Commission with Swizz Beatz– are engaging people with the brand again. It's only just starting to get interesting."

From the small screen to reality, the "We Are the Night" campaign allows consumers to enhance the night through a range of advertising and digital channels, including TV, online video, digital video, and mass and targeted social (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.). Out-of-home will run in markets including Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, concentrating on heavily trafficked nighttime areas. Mobile buys will be geared to targeting people when they are closest to their destinations (i.e. night clubs and bars) in real-time. Social vignettes will live on the BACARDÍ owned channels expanding upon additional archetypes you might discover at night.

The "We Are the Night" TV spot airs tonight between 7pm and 9pm, September 21, in the United States on nighttime cable networks including TBS, Spike, BET, BBC, and will also air during late night on The Tonight Show on NBC.  Watch here.

For more information on BACARDÍ rum and cocktail recipes, visit www.BACARDI.com.

About BACARDÍ Rums
In 1862, BACARDÍ revolutionized the spirits industry when founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó began producing his remarkable light-bodied, smooth rum. The unique taste of BACARDÍ inspired cocktail pioneers to invent some of the world's most famous drink recipes including the Mojito, the Daiquirí, the Cuba Libre, the Piña Colada, and the Presidente. BACARDÍ rums have won more than 700 awards for quality and taste making BACARDÍ the world's most awarded rum. Today, BACARDÍ is produced mainly in Puerto Rico, following the production legacy set forth by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó – crafted in a five-step distillation process, mellowed in American white oak barrels, and filtered five times for unparalleled quality and smoothness. http://www.BACARDI.com

The BACARDÍ brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

SOURCE Bacardi Canada Inc.

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