LeBron James rises in first MTN DEW Energy campaign

(LeBron’s first Pepsico ad)

MTN DEW RISE ENERGY today released the brand’s first-ever ad campaign, “The Morning Makes You,” featuring NBA superstar LeBron James.

The 60-second ad – directed by critically-acclaimed director F. Gary Gray, known for films such as The Italian Job and Friday – is the first work produced by TBWA\Chiat\Day NY and will run nationally across multiple platforms, including broadcast and digital placements.   

The new ad playfully imagines the life of LeBron James if he chose to snooze in the mornings, juxtaposing the alternate reality with the accomplished champion, father, businessman, and philanthropist James is today.

The MTN DEW film incorporates footage from various aspects of his life, including The SpringHill Company’s groundbreaking HBO show The Shop: Uninterrupted, his mother Gloria helping students at the LeBron James Family Foundation’s I PROMISE School, the James family creating a new TikTok video, as well as NBA in-game footage.

The agency also created a stylized CGI map of LeBron’s hometown of Akron, Ohio, with architectural depictions of local buildings in a scene to represent LeBron elevating his community and his students with a platform to achieve their dreams.

“I’m really proud of this spot and what the partnership represents. It’s about more than a drink. It’s about working every single day to be the best you can be,” said James. “Whether it’s at home, on the floor, in my community, or my business, when I rise, it’s to work every day to build something great.” Watch below:

“Energy management remains a priority for consumers, and we’re excited to be working with LeBron to show how MTN DEW RISE ENERGY can be that morning energy to help you seize the day,” said Fabiola Torres, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of the PepsiCo Energy Category. “As the new campaign shows, LeBron truly embodies the MTN DEW RISE ENERGY brand. It’s all about dedication, motivation, and seizing the new opportunities that every morning brings.”

MTN DEW RISE ENERGY, launched in March, has 180 mg of caffeine, antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and fruit juice. With Citicoline and caffeine to boost mental clarity and Zinc for immune support, MTN DEW RISE ENERGY is designed to awaken ambition and help you conquer the morning to conquer your day.

The energy drink is available in 16 oz cans in six delicious, refreshing flavors: Pomegranate Blue Burst, Orange Breeze, Strawberry Melon Spark, Tropical Sunrise, Berry Blitz, and Peach Mango Dawn.