Shark Week sees Nissan develop mini-doc on stunt

The automotive company has turned one of its vehicles into a shark tank, and documented the transformation for custom Shark Week content.

nissanRogueSharkWeekA sure sign of the start of summer is the return of Shark Week on Discovery.

Nissan is back for a third consecutive year as the Canadian lead partner for the TV event and turned up the wattage on its associated campaign by turning one of its vehicles into an actual shark tank.

Media for the partnership is from OMD, with JP/TBWA and Bell Media’s internal team handling creative. All Nissan spots during Shark Week promote the Nissan Rogue, the car company’s best-selling vehicle, said Kevin Paterson, group director of strategy, OMD.

This year’s sponsorship signals a slight shift in strategy, Paterson said, though all years of the campaign have included original content around Shark Week, such as the fake shark stunt of 2014, this year’s activations are more closely tied to the Nissan Rogue.

To that end, Nissan has placed one of the vehicles outside of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto from June 26 to July 3. The car has been turned into an actual shark tank, a process that Cosimo Prochilo, group manager, specialty brand partnerships, Bell Media, said took between 300 and 400 hours and 4,000 pounds of water.

A five-part micro-series documenting the transformation will air during Shark Week’s primetime programming, as well as on Discovery’s Facebook and YouTube pages and Nissan.ca.

Nissan’s broadcast of Shark Week is one of the car co’s key broadcast partnerships of the year, said Paterson. It also sponsors the CFL and Quebec’s Le Banquier.

From Media in Canada