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Lionel Messi Reconfigures a City for Samsung in ‘The Developer’

Question: What would a contemporary soccer-related version of “Les Miserables” look like if we replaced all the singing actors with kids and threw in the craftiest living man in cleats? Answer: This tw0-minute Leo Burnett commercial promoting Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and accompanying smart watch. When Lionel Messi isn’t dominating the pitch or allegedly evading taxes, he’s also rebuilding cities as an urban developer! For the kids!

From a narrative perspective, this spot is about as corny as it gets – I think it will be very tough to top the new pair of Samsung ads that show the progression of pop-culture smart watches over the years and harp on some brilliantly revealed nostalgia. But “The Developer” is enjoyable on a micro level if you don’t think about it too hard, kind of like every James Cameron movie. Messi on his suit and tie. Kids singing a cute version of Lorde’s single “Royals.” There’s even a building demolition scene if you’re into that. And if you’re not, there’s always Messi, on his suit and tie, smiling, playing soccer with kids. Everybody loves that. ¬†Credits after the jump.

EVP, Creative Director: Shannon McGlothin
SVP, Creative Director: Brandon Rochon
SVP, Creative Director: Adam Kennedy
Creative Director: Guy Seese
Creative Director: Brian Murphy
SVP, Account Director: Radim Svoboda
Account Director: Benjamin Haynes
Account Executive: Cameron Zick
SVP, Executive Producer: Jennifer Dennis
Producer: Keith Jamerson
VP, Music Director: Gabe McDonough
Sr. Music Producer: Chris Clark

Production Company: Furlined
Director: Adam Hashemi
Executive Producer: Eriks Krumins

Post-production: The Mill, LA

Editorial: Rock Paper Scissors
Editor: Mikkel EG
Executive Producer: Carol Lynn Weaver

Music Supervisor: George Drakoulias
Sound Designer: Gus Koven (Stimmung)
Mixer: Loren Silber (Lime Studios)
Music Production Support: Amber Music

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