Clio Key Art Awards Give Gold to the FIAT Brand and Paramount Pictures for “Zoolander 2” Fiat 500X Advertising Campaign

  • Campaign takes the only gold award in the “Theatrical Partnership” category
  • Marketing initiative featured international supermodel Derek Zoolander as face of campaign launching automaker’s all-new Fiat 500X crossover
October 25, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -  The Clio Key Art Awards awarded gold to the FIAT brand and Paramount Pictures for the co-branded “Zoolander 2” advertising campaign featuring the Fiat 500X and Derek Zoolander. The FIAT brand and Paramount Pictures campaign was the only campaign taking gold in the “Theatrical Partnerships” category. The co-branded promotional advertising collaboration launching the Fiat 500X crossover, featuring international supermodel Derek Zoolander as the face of the campaign, spanned across television, digital and social media platforms.

The campaign competed for the gold award with Audi and Marvel Studios “The Chase” campaign featuring Captain America, among others, in the entertainment field. The Clio Key Art Awards are given out for excellence in creative marketing for the entertainment industry.
“Our marketing approach at FCA is to continually strive to be different, to break conventions and to do so with one clear objective – one shared also by Derek Zoolander – to be noticed,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global. “Receiving the only gold in the Clio Key Art Awards 'Theatrical Category' for our partnership with Paramount Pictures shows that our marketing efforts continue to turn heads. We will maintain this approach as we passionately look forward to what’s down the road.”
Directed by Jeff Mann (“Zoolander 2”), the campaign’s co-branded television commercial, with background music from Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax (Don’t Do It)," is located on a city street corner where Derek Zoolander sets off a traffic camera. And because he’s Derek Zoolander, he’s got a decidedly different take on how to deal with the situation. While others may lament their bad fortune, he seizes it as an opportunity, hilariously backing up the Fiat 500X multiple times to perfect his “blue steel” pose for the camera. When approached by a police officer, his response is typical Zoolander, saying, “I know. I was driving while hot.” The campaign was created in partnership with Trailer Park. 
As part of the campaign’s social initiative, Derek Zoolander also took over FIAT’s Twitter feed on Feb. 12, 2016. To see a collection of the tweets, click here.
Olivier Francois was recently named as Adweek’s Brand Genius in the Automotive category, the first time any chief marketing officer has been awarded the distinctive honor more than once. He was awarded Grand Brand Genius in 2012. This year’s Brand Genius Awards will be held in New York City on Oct. 25.
Held in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 20, the Clio Key Art Awards event was hosted by comedian and actress Amy Sedaris. Click here for a list of winners in the category.
About Clio Key Art Awards
The original and definitive distinction in creative communications for the entertainment business. Born in 1971, the Clio Key Art Awards fully became a Clios property in 2015, and with partner The Hollywood Reporter continues expanding its reach – across movies, TV and gaming – while staying true to its film-industry origins. It reflects a field that, through advances in technology and integration of new specialties, routinely recasts the notion of excellence in entertainment marketing.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc. and Paramount Studio Group.
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In early 2024, FIAT brand will launch the globally popular Fiat 500e, the first Stellantis battery-electric-vehicle offering in North America.

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