Publicis’ Lévy sends himself up in interactive Xmas message

CEOs’ Christmas messages can be tedious affairs, but this year Public Groupe’s Maurice Lévy sends up the Christmas message tedium in a nattily produced YouTube video that makes full use of the platform’s functionality.

CEOs’ Christmas messages can be tedious affairs – the year in review delivered with monotone dreariness or faux festive cheer. But this year Public Groupe’s Maurice Lévy sends up the Christmas message tedium in a nattily produced YouTube video that makes full use of the platform’s functionality.

Viewing the clip on the group’s YouTube channel, every time you fast forward, pause, adjust the volume or tinker with the video’s playback in other myriad ways, Lévy responds. Pausing, for example, results in the CEO equivalent of thumb twiddling (playing on his Blackberry, polishing the desk paraphernalia or gradually nodding off), while an increase in volume makes him shout the rest of the message. Adjusting the playback quality, viewing full screen and clicking on the ‘view on YouTube’ link all result in amusing asides.

Not sure anyone will get all the way through the message, although it might be worth a go – who knows how Lévy might reward such perseverance.

Agency : Digitas France
Chief Creative Officer : Bridget Jung
Creative Director : Nicolas Thiboutot
Creatives: Philippe Pinel, Frederick Lung,
Art Director : Frédéric Roux
Motion : Jeremy Vissio
Video Production : WAM

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