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BBDO announce the Flare Studio crowdsourcing initiative for online video content

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BBDO Worldwide has announced the launch of Flare Studio; a new, curated crowdsourcing initiative developed to meet the rising demand for diverse and authentic video content for an online audience. The initiative, led by AMV BBDO in London, gives clients access to a global talent pool of creatives, filmmakers, production companies and influencers through a content creation platform managed with the reassurance and quality of the BBDO brand. Flare Studio is a crowdsourced service that will draw on the global talents of freelancers, filmmakers, influencers, videographers, production companies, established directors and others, who will be invited to compete for briefs posted on behalf of BBDO agencies and their clients. The model is built on a system of tiers (Open Studio, Studio Plus and Studio Pro) which can deliver content to fit different solutions and budgets.

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The initiative builds on the digital and social content work that has already been implemented by AMV BBDO via its in house content arm “Flare,” and takes it to a whole new level. Flare launched two years ago and has now extended into 12 BBDO offices, delivering hundreds of films per year to its clients. Producing both in house, as well as running an outsource model, Flare has already won over 80 major awards, and Flare Studio hopes to take the general it to a whole new level. It is expected that Flare Studio will be rolled out across the BBDO network in 2017 with Mars as its inaugural client partner.

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Ian Pearman, CEO at AMV BBDO, said: “There is an insatiable demand for video content. Flare Studio has been created to help our clients meet this exploding demand, and to demonstrate how BBDO can handle this increased volume, quickly, efficiently and with the highest level of creativity on a global scale. We call it curated crowdsourcing. It makes sense for AMV BBDO to serve as the pilot for the program given our strong track record in creating content and attracting best-in-class talent who are used to working in the discipline. We are thrilled that Flare Studio will be launching with Mars as our inaugural client partner.”

Nick Price, Head of Content at AMV BBDO and Founder of Flare, added: “We are now able to offer our clients a unique model that provides a different approach for every type of content that any one might ever need. Flare Studio is a bold undertaking; bringing the benefits of the crowd but also injecting it with the right amount of agency know how to make sure the work reflects an understanding of our brands and can work for them within the crowd source model. That’s a very different approach from anything else in the market.”

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Mars and AMV BBDO will also be partnering with the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) as a way to give back to the content-making community. Together, these organisations will offer two £25,000 scholarships to the National Film and Television School. The activity will form the basis of Flare Studio launching “The Flare Foundation,” which will put a portion of its sales revenue to training those who are active on the platform. From scholarships to leading film schools, to grants for equipment, training courses and work placements, The Flare Foundation will invite active members of the community to apply to win the various training awards being offered. The Foundation will go live in 2017.

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Nik Powell, NFTS director, said: “Flare Studio and the concept of curated crowdsourcing is an incredibly exciting and progressive idea that our students are most certainly going to benefit from. We are extremely grateful for Mars and BBDO’s support in giving our students this opportunity as well as the scholarship. We take this area of creative filmmaking very seriously and have recently announced a new Directing Commercials and Promos Diploma which will start in January 2017, and we expect the students who enrol in this exciting new course to be very involved in our work with Flare Studio.”

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