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TEGs MK12-Lobo-Nakd Wrap Package For Viva Network

The Ebeling Group?s teams create packaging for newly relaunched network (October 01, 2004)

MK12 designed three packages to help promote Viva?s video countdown specials

MK12 designed three packages to help promote Viva's video countdown specials

MK12, Lobo and Nakd recently completed a collaborative assignment for German music network Viva, packaging 11 shows for the newly relaunched network. Via production company The Ebeling Group (TEG), these design/directing teams worked for more than five months on the package that promote the channels ?chart shows, ?talk shows and ?countdowns, which profile the top US, UK, or German music videos. The package airs across Germany, Switzerland, Poland and Hungary.

Viva, which was recently acquired by media conglomerate Viacom in its biggest acquisition outside the U.S., wanted to re-introduce the channel, which already had a 10-year history on the air as Germanys dominant source for youth culture and music. Because of the depth, uniqueness and international nature of the TEG roster, Viva awarded the entire package to the TEG directors. TEG was able to communicate effectively to the networks youth audience, employing a combination of several design techniques graphics featured on the channel. MK12, Lobo and Nakd also composed and produced the spots original music in-house.

MK12 designed three packages to help promote Vivas video countdown specials, including ?US Top 20, ?Retro Top 10, and ?Euro Top 20. Using the shows themes as a starting point, MK12 incorporates tongue-in-cheek American cultural references, like towering grain silos in the shape of soda cups and a twangy country soundtrack for ?US Top 20. In ?Retro Top 10, the setting is a record store, as a collage of famous album imagery from bands like the B52s, Kraftwerk, and The Rolling Stones, shift in and out of frame. ?Euro Top 20 takes 1950s-era footage of young travelers zipping through the Old Country on Vespa scooters, and superimposes this action against a vintage postcard-like background.

To promote Vivas live ?Interaktiv program, Lobos spot of the same name pans out to the street from within an apartment window, where a guitar player practices in his bedroom. Everything gets an animated treatment - from the pulsating band stickers on the guitar and the logos on the passing delivery van, to the buttons on a bystanders backpack. Abstract animated line drawings dominate in the ?Album Top 20 and ?Album Top 100 spots, taking imagery from famous rock albums, such as David Bowies Ziggy Stardust and Kraftwerks The Mix, and artfully suspends them in mid-air as twirling, twisting graphics. The ?Neu show open features a CG package being unwrapped, revealing the contents, a set of three letters: ?n, ?e and ?u.

Nakds promos include ?Party Mix and ?UK Top 20. ?Party Mixs running theme is the ubiquitous party-mix tape, which is incorporated in each scene as an animated line drawing atop live-action footage. The ?UK Top 20 spot emulates sprocket-rimmed film frames scrolling by one by one. Each frame encases drawings, animation and portraits of typical English subculture, including mohawked punk rockers, soccer hooligans and mods, set along to a British-accented voiceover.

About MK12
Artist collective and design lab MK12 was founded in the summer of 2000 and is located in Kansas City, MO. MK12 has completed broadcast and commercial design work for clients including Diesel, Adidas, EA, MTV, Cartoon Network and Best Buy, as well as music videos for Hot Hot Heat, The Faint and Funkstorung, the experimental films ?Untitled 02: Infinity, ?4-D Softcore Sweaterporn, ?Ultra Love Ninja and show opens for two years of RESFEST.

About Lobo
Lobo is a design and animation studio based in São Paulo, Brazil. Founded in 1994, it has been working with major advertising agencies, television networks and the fashion industry, offering creative solutions in design, animation and effects. Since 1999, the company has worked in association with Vetor Zero, Brazils premiere special effects, 3D and post production studio. The company employs over 50 people with individual expertise in design, animation, editorial, effects, finishing, sound and music. Notable Lobo projects include the Gold Pencil-winning film ?Lost Paradise for Diesel, as well as work for Panasonic, Animé Network, Cartoon Network, Subaru and Legowelt.

About Nakd
Nakd is a design collective dedicated to creating and executing projects across all mediums, whether for live-action film, music video, TV and print advertising, or broadcast design. Founded in 2003, the name Nakd reflects the companys distinct design philosophy: To create work that is pure, unadulterated and honest. This unique perspective has made Nakd a favorite among companies such as Diesel, Fine Living Network, Animé Network, MTV, Dolce & Gabbana and Nike as well as advertising agencies Publicis USA and Wieden & Kennedy.

About The Ebeling Group
The Ebeling Group (TEG) is an international production company with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Brazil. The TEG roster includes world-renowned designers and directors MK12, Nakd, Lobo, LBA and Caskey, whose projects have been recognized with distinctions from The Art Directors Club, BDA, The Clios and The One Show among others. Eschewing the mundane, TEG projects recognized short films, commercials, promos and music videos for clients including Adidas, Coca-Cola, Diesel, Levis, TNT, MTV, Nike and Ford just to name a few, have garnered accolades from the design, production and advertising press in the US, Europe and Asia.

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