BMW Drives THE 8 on Venice Canals

BMW Venice
BMW Venice

In a World First, BMW Drives THE 8 on Venice Canals in Global Campaign from Serviceplan

Serviceplan Campaign International and BMW launch THE 8 with unique film shot on iconic Venetian Canals, embodying the philosophy of Bayerische Motoren Werke. 

Venice, 29 October 2018 — In Autumn 2017 Serviceplan Campaign International in partnership with BMW conceived a new identity for the luxury segment of BMW in the form of 'Bayerische Motoren Werke', a long-term branding for luxury automobiles of the brand, and the high-end services offered to their customers.  THE 8 is the first model from BMW’s new luxury offerings, followed by THE 7 and THE X7, and Serviceplan Campaign International were behind the creation and production of a stunning film marking the worldwide market launch starting in November 2018. For the first time ever a car was physically driven on the canals in Venice, where a film crew were granted permission to film with a video drone, and the city allowed several pontoons especially for the shoot. Directed by Daniel Wolfe out of Anorak Production, the film’s protagonist is a young boy who is a big car enthusiast, unfortunately growing up in Venice, a city with no cars but countless boats. Cut to approx. 20 years later and the grown up man is living out his dream by driving THE 8 through the Venetian canals. Passing iconic places such as Canale Grande and Rialto Bridge. 

No matter what we have done in life, what we have achieved, or what the future will hold for us – there is a certain magic to those moments we did something for the first time: the first time we kissed, the first step we took, the first time man landed on the moon. These are the moments we will never forget, we will remember differently, as being more pure, more intense. That’s because doing something for the first time often takes courage, it takes guts to question the given; it takes imagination to find that unbeaten path, the power to dream big – and the audacity to make it happen. Therefore we took THE 8 to Venice, Italy – a place where no car has ever driven before – a place where a great past meets an exciting present.

An emotional and engaging rollercoaster ride connecting past and present, the boy’s journey starts in the workshop of a water garage where he is introduced to the wonders of mechanics by an old boat master.  Here begins the unbelievable drive of his life through the city of no cars, a metaphor for the ultimate luxury of Bayerische Motoren Werke.   The campaign features a 45”, 30” and 15” TVC, which will be broadcast on TV and online, and will roll out globally as THE 8 is launched around the world.  Also an online feature “City of no Cars” is in development, featuring impressions of Venice as the city where everything and everyone is transported by boat and no cars exist, interviews with Venetians, and behind the scenes of how Serviceplan pulled the stunt off. Short social media edits will be shared on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. 'Bayerische Motoren Werke' sharpens the profile and positioning of the most exclusive vehicles in the portfolio as an independent product category, and what could be more exclusive than being the first car allowed to drive through the iconic Venetian canals.



Serviceplan Campaign International:

Alexander Schill, Global Chief Creative Officer Serviceplan Group 

Markus Kremer, Executive Creative Partner 

Thomas Heyen, Executive Creative Partner 

Florian Klietz, Managing Partner 

Kolja Danquah, Creative Director 

Kristian von Elm, Managment Supervisor 

Henning Rieseweber, Producer 

Damian Kuczmierczyk, Senior Art Director 

Bastian Tripp, Senior Copywriter 

Daniel William Hill, Junior Art Director 

Philipp Trübiger, Junior Art Director



Uwe Dreher, Director Brand Communication BMW BMWi BMW M 

Kirsty Skinner-Gerth, Head of International Campaigns, Artwork, Film, Entertainment Marketing 

Ann-Kathrin Geertz, Head of International Campaigns BMW, BMWi, BMW M 

Gabriele Lemmle, Project Manager International Campaigns BMW, BMWi, BMW M



The Serviceplan Group is the largest and most diversified owner-managed and partner- managed agency group in Europe. Founded in 1970 in Munich as a traditional advertising agency, Serviceplan today has offices in 38 locations worldwide and more than 4,100 employees whose work regularly wins awards at national and international creative competitions. As well as Serviceplan itself, the additional corporate brands within the Group – the media agency Mediaplus, the digital agency Plan.Net, and the market research institute Facit – also rank among the market leaders in their respective competitive environments. The precise interplay between the various specialist agencies – more than 45 in all – in matters of creation, technology and media makes Serviceplan the leading agency group for innovative communication. In order to guarantee outstanding performance in the execution of its campaigns, Serviceplan is represented with own offices in all significant economic areas in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. The global network is called Serviceplan International. 

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Claudia Kirchmair

Claudia Kirchmair

Corporate Communication

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