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Anheuser-Busch Announces Super Bowl XLVIII Ad Lineup

Anheuser-Busch Announces Super Bowl XLVIII
Ad Lineup 

Bud Light Debuts New Creative Campaign; Budweiser Clydesdales in the Game

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 15, 2014) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it will debut five new ads during the Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 2. Iconic brands, Bud Light and Budweiser will represent Anheuser-Busch in 4 minutes of creative.

“The Super Bowl is the biggest moment in sports and advertising,” said Paul Chibe, vice president, U.S. marketing. “With the largest television audience of the year, it’s an unprecedented opportunity and we make the most of it. We have a game plan in place this year to deliver creative that celebrates Bud Light and Budweiser while reaching loyal beer drinkers and new generations.”

Super Bowl XLVIII marks the launch of Bud Light’s new creative campaign, “The Perfect Beer for Whatever Happens.” The campaign kicks off with two corresponding “Epic Night” units— totaling 90 seconds and telling one cohesive story across two ad blocks—featuring five special cameos, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Don Cheadle, and Reggie Watts (and a llama) when they are least expected. The Bud Light “Epic Night” spots were created by BBDO.

“’The Perfect Beer for Whatever Happens’ will be the most robust and digitally integrated campaign in Bud Light history,” said Rob McCarthy, vice president, Bud Light. AKQA is the lead agency for Bud Light digital.

The official beer sponsor of the NFL will also use advertising’s biggest stage to debut the new Bud Light reclosable aluminum bottle with a 30-second spot titled “Cool Twist.” The ad will feature the world debut of the “Ten Feet Tall,” featuring Wrabel, the newest single from Island Records’ Grammy Award®-winning producer, artist and DJ Afrojack. The spot was created by Cannonball.

Budweiser will be in the game with two 60-second spots—both featuring the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

“The Budweiser Clydesdales are an icon of the brand and have become an icon of the Super Bowl as well,” said Brian Perkins, vice president, Budweiser. “These majestic horses represent the values of the brand and universal values of trust, quality and nobility that appeal to audiences of all ages.”

The beloved Budweiser Clydesdales will also be featured prominently in “Puppy Love,” which continues the story of 2013’s celebrated “Brotherhood” spot and focuses on the connections animals share with one another at Warm Springs Ranch, Budweiser’s Clydesdale breeding ranch. The ad features Don Jeanes reprising his role as Budweiser Clydesdale trainer and introduces a new, young star – a 10-week old puppy that forges a bond with the Clydesdales and, through tenacity, ultimately earns a place on the team. The creative agency for these spots is Anomaly, with AKQA as the lead agency for Budweiser digital.

Budweiser will continue its long-standing support of the U.S. military in “Hero’s Welcome.” The premise is simple – every soldier deserves a hero’s welcome, as the spot chronicles a single soldier’s homecoming from Afghanistan. To the genuine surprise of Lt. Chuck Nadd, his entire town of Winter Park, Fla., joined together in welcoming him home. The festivities included a full ticker tape parade, complete with marching bands, antique military vehicles, the VFW motorcycle club and an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales. The spot will kick off a year-long social media campaign in which Budweiser encourages consumers to honor the U.S. military using hashtag #salute.

*This press release was updated on January 31, 2014 from the original version distributed on January 15, 2014.