‘Snowballs’ by Sky Creative Agency; bringing some Premier League Christmas cheer to screens across the UK and ROI. Despite a difficult year for live sport in 2020, it wouldn’t be Christmas without out much-loved Festive Football franchise for Sky Sports. And we’re boosted the cheekiness with an emotive on-air and digital media campaign to highlight the vast amount of live football available on Sky Sports over the festive period. With over 60 live games being broadcast in December and early January, the most Sky Sports has ever shown within that period, we wanted to highlight both the huge amount of football on its way, and the excitement this impending flurry of matches brings with it.
To dramatise this, SCA’s new festive ad “Snowballs” depicts footballs snowing across the country, covering the land in millions of white balls, to the delight of players, pundits and fans everywhere. The film begins with Aston Villa and England star Jack Grealish and Sky pundit Micah Richards reacting with wide-eyed delight as they discover it has been snowing footballs overnight. Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, host Dave Jones and newsreader Bela Shah also feature.
The 2020 Festive Football spot was created by Pete Davies and Adam Rimmer, produced by Alistair McGee and directed by Caswell Coggins. The production process involved four days of shooting in Birmingham, the Southeast and at Millbrook test track, with thousands of real footballs. Millions more were then added in CG by the VFX team at Coffee & TV.