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SOURCE Beam Inc.
World's #1 bourbon kicks off its 2014 "Make History™" TV ads with long-term brand partnership
Deerfield, Ill., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Beam®, the world's #1 Bourbon, and award-nominated actress Mila Kunis are teaming up to "make history" in 2014 and beyond. Kunis joins the Jim Beam family as a global partner and spokesperson, and will play a leading role in Jim Beam's new Make History™ multi-media brand campaign that will reach more than 100 markets worldwide. Make History™ is the first-ever global marketing campaign for the iconic American brand, which traces its history to 1795. The television campaign featuring Kunis will premiere in the next few months in the brand's largest markets, including the U.S., Australia and Germany.
"Jim Beam has been making history by producing the world's finest bourbon through seven generations of family distillers, and this partnership truly signifies a new era for the brand – an era in which we push boundaries even further, attracting new fans across the globe and continuing the great growth we've enjoyed on the brand," said Kevin George, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Beam Inc. [NYSE: BEAM]. "Mila's love of bourbon, her appreciation for the authenticity of our brand, her warm personality and her global relevance to our Make History™ campaign make her the perfect partner. Anyone would want to share a Jim Beam with Mila. We love that about her, and couldn't be happier to have her join the Jim Beam family."
The Make History™ campaign will premiere three new television commercials featuring Kunis in the U.S. in mid-February and will roll out in markets worldwide over the next few months. Kunis will also be featured in retail materials and content on Jim Beam's website, www.jimbeam.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/JimBeamUS) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/jimbeamofficial).
"As a fan of bourbon and a huge proponent of making history, I am thrilled to be the newest member of the Jim Beam family," said Kunis, who has spent time in Clermont, Ky., with Jim Beam's seventh generation Master Distiller, Fred Noe, immersing herself in the heritage, traditions and craftsmanship of "America's Native Spirit."
Jim Beam's TV advertising campaign was created by FutureWorks, a partnership between three independent agencies who lead Jim Beam creative efforts in key markets: StrawberryFrog (New York), The Works (Sydney) and Jung von Matt (Hamburg). In the U.S., the ads will appear across multiple media properties, including Turner Sports/BleacherReport, NBA telecasts, FXX, Spike, History Channel, AMC, Food Network and ESPN networks, as well as in media properties across the globe.
The U.S. campaign will feature Jim Beam's full portfolio of brands, including Jim Beam® White, Jim Beam Black®, Devil's Cut®, Jim Beam® Honey, Jim Beam® Maple, Jacob's Ghost® Aged White Whiskey, Jim Beam® Signature Craft and Red Stag by Jim Beam®. To view a video of Kunis' visit to the Jim Beam Distillery, visit: http://youtu.be/MC_35SsHANM. And for more information on the world's #1 bourbon, please visit www.jimbeam.com, www.facebook.com/JimBeamUS or http://twitter.com/jimbeamofficial.
About Beam Inc.
As one of the world's leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher's Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC and DeKuyper Cordials. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion (excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and some of the industry's fastest growing innovations.
Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.
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Video with caption: "Mila Kunis Joins the Jim Beam® Bourbon Family." Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC_35SsHANM&feature=youtu.be
Image with caption: "Mila Kunis and Fred Noe." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140129/MM54880-a
Image with caption: "Jim Beam® Partners with Mila Kunis." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140129/MM54880-b
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