London - Saatchi & Saatchi created a multi-city, multi-media spectacular for the next instalment in Deutsche Telekom's 'Life is for sharing' campaign that unfolded simultaneously across five markets tonight starring the world's biggest selling female artist of all-time, singer-songwriter Mariah Carey.
Mariah Carey appeared before audiences in Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Poland simultaneously in the form of a hologram interacting with real dancers and live audiences in each location, creating a unique ‘life is for sharing moment'.
Appearing to the audience as if she was live in concert for the first 10 minutes of the show, her hologram form then exploded into the sky, revealing the surprise, before she reformed to lead all the countries in a moving rendition of the traditional carol ‘Silent Night', then finishing with the all-time favourite ‘All I want for Christmas is You'.
Carey said: "I think this holographic technology is first step on an interesting journey, there are so many things that could be done, to have the experience of being there and to be able to combine the technology, it's so vast that the possibilities are endless, I think that this is probably just a tiny step in the direction we can go as artists and performers to really help unite our fans, our audiences and ultimately hopefully the world."
The multi-media spectacular was witnessed by thousands of people around Europe in person and was streamed live globally through the lifeisforsharing.tv channel, giving Deutsche Telekom fans and Mariah's fans than the chance to share in the experience of her concert.
European Creative Director for Deutsche Telekom, Jason Romeyko led an international team across the Saatchi & Saatchi EMEA network including Poland, the UK, Macedonia, Montenegro, Germany and Croatia.
Romeyko said: "This is ‘Life Is For Sharing' at its superlative - an amazing moment that people be part of in so many different ways, all across the world.
"From an agency side it has been a challenge to coordinate a project of this scale across the multiple markets, but together with our ideas, our other greatest strength is our network. We have mobilised people at every level. The stakes are even higher because in the 20 minutes we will need to capture all the film footage we need to create spectacular image films, product spots, print and PR assets."
"Mariah has been a total joy to work with. She is really funny and was a real trooper working late into the night to get her holographic performance just right. Her performance of Silent Night is very moving."
"The team at Deutsche Telekom continue to be a true inspiration to work with. My team and I are really proud to work with people whose creative ambition matches that of its' agency. They are very demanding and rightly so. They want to offer consumers in all their markets a memorable moment they will never forget and can't wait to share with the people who matter to them most."
Carey's holographic form was created by world leader in hologram technology, Musion and is the first time the technology has been on this scale and with an artist of Carey's stature.
The events were produced by @radical.media London, one of the world's top production houses and Directed by Dennis Liu, who first came into contact with the agency through his selection for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director's Showcase.
Mariah Carey's Musical Director and American Idol Judge Randy Jackson has overseen all aspects of the music on the project. The dance routines have been created by Debbie Allen - choreographer, actress, dancer and director who appeared in the series "Fame", directs "Grey's Anatomy" and has been Mariah's choreographer and performance director for years. Saatchi & Saatchi is also continuing their collaboration with Natricia Bernard who choreographed Katy Perry's "Firework" video which won ‘Video of the Year' at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Saatchi & Saatchi are the international agency for Deutsche Telekom in Europe. The 'Life is for Sharing' platform has run across 10 markets since 2008 and has featured a series of featuring a innovative events including a live re-enactment of the cult Rovio game "Angry Birds" that generated over 9 million YouTube hits; a Royal Wedding spoof which has now been watched by more people than the real Royal Wedding itself; the Katy Perry video for 'Firework' which has had over 249 million hits; "Sing-a-long" in Trafalgar Square, where 13,500 people took part in a mass Karaoke; 'Dance' which featured a flash mob in Liverpool Street Station and has had over 31 million hits; and the heart-warming 'Welcome Back' filmed at Heathrow T5 which has attracted more than 8.5 million hits.
Above the line communications will begin on November 23rd when the television commercial will air in Poland. An online version will run from the 24th with further releases of the TVC across European markets in the lead up to Christmas.