Smooth FM's 'Together in Music' via The Hallway

12 February 2024

Advertiser: Nova Entertainment
Creative Agency: The Hallway
Media Agency: Carat (NSW)

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The film features a music-loving UFO, spreading joy and music to the residents below as the UFO tunes into Smooth FM’s frequency.

NOVA Entertainment has launched a Smooth FM brand campaign that celebrates the unifying power of music.

Developed by creative agency The Hallway on Smooth FM’s new brand platform ‘Together in Music’, the campaign is spearheaded by a brand film that shows audiences that the music on Smooth FM is so unifying, not only does it transcend generations, genders, and borders - it transcends galaxies.

The film features a music-loving UFO appearing in the sky above a quiet suburban street, spreading joy and music to the residents below as the UFO tunes into Smooth FM’s frequency.

The choice of the timeless pop classic ‘We Built This City’ by Starship is a favourite of Smooth FM listeners and infuses a sense of familiarity for existing audiences and an opportunity for discovery for a new younger audience.

Adam Johnson, NOVA Entertainment’s chief growth officer, says “'Together in Music’ says everything about the unifying power of the kind of music Smooth FM plays all day long, so it’s amazing to see this new positioning brought to life so powerfully by this campaign.

"Whilst ads from radio brands tend to follow a certain formula, we wanted this to be an ad like no other and I’m delighted with what the team have delivered," he says.

Dan Saunders, CD at The Hallway, says Johnson challenged the agency to break the usual radio advertising formula and The Hallway were happy to oblige.

"It's been a great collaboration and we've already proven that 'Together in Music' is a brand platform with intergalactic potential," he says,

"The exciting question now is where shall we take it next?”

The film is directed by Australia’s most awarded television commercial director, Paul Middleditch, who has won over 300 awards during his career, including eight Cannes Lions awards.

The ‘Together in Music’ commercial will be screened nationally across TV, Cinema and Digital Video Channels. The campaign will be accompanied by comprehensive OOH activity, showcasing another creative execution that delivers on the ‘Together in Music’ strapline.

The creative titled ‘You. Me. Together in Music’ includes a series of key artist names accompanied by lifestyle images reflective of Smooth FM’s broad audience base who are united by the music.



Creative Agency: The Hallway

Production Company: Plaza Content

Director: Paul Middleditch

Executive Producer: Peter Masterton

Producer: Mel Weinman

Cinematographer: Daniel Ardilley

Post-Production: The Editors

Post Producer: Nicoletta Rousianos

Editor: Stu Morley

Colourist: Ben Eagleton

Online: Matt Edwards

UFO: Fanatic Films

VFX Supervisor: Russell Masters

Sound: Massive Music

Sound Producer: Luci Roe

Sound Engineer: Myles Lowe

Media: Carat, Sydney

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