W+K Shanghai Ushers in ‘The Next Wave’ for Nike China

By Erik Oster 

Here’s a notable ad we didn’t get to last week: W+K Shanghai launched a new 90-second spot for Nike China entitled “The Next Wave” that takes a fresh look at the “Just Do It” tagline.

The spot opens with young boy who handles a soccer ball with some impressive footwork. “You don’t have to do it for the glory,” begins the voiceover as he opens the front door to his school by kicking the ball at it and deftly slides down the railing. As the spot continues, the action quickly but smoothly shifts from athlete to athlete, each offering up a different ending to “You don’t have to do it…” line, from “to be famous” to “the boys” to “for the attention.” At the end of the spot, the action returns to the boy from the beginning, who concludes “All we said was, ‘Just Do It.'”

In between amateur and professional athletes of all kinds are represented, from a group of acrobatic parkour enthusiasts to women playing basketball to a roller hockey squad and an elderly marathon runner.

In the wrong hands, the approach could easily become disorienting and fall apart. Instead W+K Shanghai, Stink Films Shanghai and director Martin Krejci created a captivating spot that injects some new life into the well-worn tagline. Credit the epic scope, perfect pacing, impressive choreography and, of course, some talented athletes. The broadcast spot will be supported by digital and OOH  components. 


“We shot this film in a single-take style, and it took a lot of long shots with very complicated choreography to pull it off,” W+K Shanghai creative director Shaun Sundholm explained to Adweek. “That meant we had everyday athletes playing side by side with famous athletes, balls flying everywhere, people crashing into each other. It was near chaos at times. But in the end, we combined all of their energy into one infectious massive wave of sport.”

“Growing up in China, I was surrounded by people who simply used the English words ‘Just Do It’ as a punch line without knowing what it really means,” added W+K Shangai business director Dino Xu. “It’s great that in this campaign, the provocative voiceover lines help to define what it is, by saying what it isn’t.”

The campaign is the latest attention-grabbing spot from Wieden+Kennedy outside the U.S. market, following on the heels of W+K Tokyo’s “Don’t Know Your Place” earlier this month.

Client: Nike China
Campaign Name: 2016 Nike JDI campaign
Main Anthem: “The Next Wave”
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai
Executive Creative Director: Yang Yeo
Creative Director: Terence Leong, Azsa West, Shaun Sundholm
Art Directors: Christian Laniosz, Marc Garreta
Copywriters: TJ Walthall, Liu Wei, Max Pilwat
Director of Integrated Production: Angie Wong
Head of Content: Bernice Wong
Producer: Fang Yuan
Art Producer: Xuan Ong
Planning Director: Paula Bloodworth
Senior Planner: Leon Lin
Digital Strategist: Bill Tang
Business Director: Dino Xu
Associate Account Director: Jim Zhou
Sr. Account Executive: Shawn Kai
Project Manager: Nicole Bee
Business Affairs: Jessica Deng, Kathy Zhan
Senior Designer: Patrick Rockwell
Designers: Wendy Yu, Deer CL
Production Manager: Vic Zhang
Digital Imaging Artist: Changqing Lee
FA Artist: Bin Liu
Campaign Summary Sheet
Production Company: Stink Films Shanghai
Director: Martin Krejci
Director’s Producer: Justine Madero
1st Assistant Director: James Skotchdopole
1st Assistant Director (Local): Hank Zeng
Director of Photography: Dimitri Karakatsanis
CAM A Operator / Gimbal Ninja: Florian Hatwagner
Executive Producer: Desmond Loh
Executive Producer: Brenda Tham
Producer: Juliana Chung
Production Manager: Charles Renard
Production Manager: Evie Yeo
Beijing Line Producer: Xiao Yu
Production Assistant: Haze Zhu
Celebrity Handler/Fixer: Emma Sun
CAM A Focus Puller/1st AC: Albert Wang
Drone operator: Zhang Teng Sen
Q Take: Marcus Peh
Taipei Production Support: Episode Films
Hong Kong Production Support: Spur Link
Beijing & Hong Kong Art Director: Yao Jun
Taiwan Art Director: Daymon Wu
Wardrobe Stylist: Julian Mei
Postproduction: Lost Planet Editorial, L.A.
Editorials: Hank Corwin, Federico Brusilovsky
Post Executive Producer: Gary Ward
Post Producer: Aimee Crook
Assistant Editor: Jason Hinkley
VFX Artist/Supervisor: Glenn Teel
Color: The Mill, London
Colorist: Seamus O’Kane
Producer: Dan Kreeger
Campaign Summary Sheet
Music: Barking Owl, L.A.
Composer: Seth Olinsky
Sound Design (L.A.):
Sound Designer: Eugene Gearty
Mixing (L.A.):
Mixer: Chris Jenkins
Audio VO Production: TZ Studio, Shanghai
Producer: Joyce Chen
Engineer: Hu Yuan