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WWE announces new ad campaign with NBC Universal

WWE sent out the following press release announcing a new brand campaign:

NEW YORK and STAMFORD, CONN - March 23, 2015 - NBCUniversal and WWE today unveiled a comprehensive brand campaign, "For The Hero In All of Us," that will air across NBCUniversal's expansive network of two broadcast networks, 17 cable channels and more than 50 digital properties in addition to all of WWE's platforms.  In conjunction, NBCUniversal and WWE will engage consumers through #MyHeroIs inviting fans to name their favorite WWE Superstars and share personal and inspirational stories of heroism.

Below is the spot for the new campaign:

In addition, advertisers can work with NBCUniversal and WWE in new ways to tap into the scale and reach of WWE's multimedia platforms, which all deliver a TV-PG family-centric, multigenerational and multicultural audience.  As part of the suite of NBCUniversal and WWE assets offered together for the first time, the companies have created bigger, more immersive opportunities than ever before for advertisers, including multiplatform, customized and turnkey initiatives around marquee tentpole events.  Advertisers will also have unprecedented access to WWE Superstars and Divas for the creation of custom on-air campaigns, in-show integrations and social campaigns.

"WWE is one of the biggest, family-friendly, year-round programming opportunities on TV," said Dan Lovinger, Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal. "We wanted to bring all of WWE's brands, properties and platforms together so advertisers can more easily benefit from the massive and passionate audiences its live entertainment attracts. Our teams are excited to develop unique marketing campaigns for our partners in conjunction with the WWE."

"Our new campaign illustrates all that is great about the WWE brand from our charismatic and athletic Superstars to our multigenerational and multicultural audience, and our commitment to giving back," said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. "In partnership with NBCUniversal, we now have unprecedented opportunities for advertisers to engage our fans and Superstars while leveraging all of our platforms, including television, live events, digital and social media."

Four key, tentpole marketing opportunities have been created for advertisers to take advantage of by utilizing WWE's powerful engagement at scale:

·         "The Road To WrestleMania" - a 32-day build up to the Super Bowl of sports entertainment.

·         "The Slammy Awards" - an amped up version of WWE's annual awards show that moves to first quarter in the heart of the red carpet season.

·         "Champions of Fatherhood" - a special series which turns the spotlight on America's unsung heroes.

·         "Heroes of Tomorrow" - a way to highlight WWE's legion of young fans.

WWE has long had issues with advertising. Despite the fact that Monday Night Raw draws nearly 4 million viewers to the USA Network every single week, the viewers aren't considered as valuable because it's pro wrestling. This campaign represents WWE and NBC Universal teaming up to change that, or at least find creative ways around it.

Variety also ran a story with quotes from Wilson that makes clear the mindset of the company and those within it when they market it to the world:

The companies also want to lure more advertisers seeking a broad family audience. NBCU has produced a WWE promo that is slated to debut Monday and will air on two broadcast networks, 17 cable networks and more than 50 digital outlets as well as on WWE-owned properties. The vignette will not only show WWE stars in action but highlight many of their charitable works. "It's a big part of what we do," said Wilson. "We need to tell the world that we are not just ‘rasslin.'"

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