Pro race car phenom teams with director Jake Scott in badass Kia campaign


New national campaign
for the all-new
2019 Kia Forte that
demonstrates Kia’s
challenger spirit.

Stung with styling cues from the award-winning Stinger, the all-new 2019 Kia Forte is now arriving in showrooms and Kia Motors America is eschewing conventional car advertising and is pulling out all the stops to introduce its most sophisticated compact car ever.

And what does pulling out all stops exactly mean?

It means Kia partnering with Red Bull to build a custom, not-for-sale drift car Forte.

It also means getting behind the wheel with professional driver and 24-year-old racing phenom, Collete Davis, in a high-flying new campaign from David&Goliath that shows off the Forte’s sporty design, advanced technology and Stinger-inspired driving dynamics in a way the compact class has never seen before.

Finally, it also means having multi-award-winning RSA director Jake Scott direct three, 30-second spots. The first spot – “Forte vs. Forte,” breaking yesterday – features Davis literally launching the 2019 Kia Forte off a ramp and jumping it over the drift car Forte – a feat that Davis performed for real, with no wires, nets, or other stunt drivers in sight – just to demonstrate the Forte’s impressive 8-inch touch screen.

The spot ends when Davis nails the landing as the announcer says matter-of-factly, “It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense.” Let’s take a look below:

Dang, pretty badass indeed.

“Kia continues to shock the industry and break the rules and the all-new 2019 Forte is no exception,” said Saad Chehab, vice president of marketing communications, Kia Motors America. “This adrenaline-filled campaign featuring a baby Stinger in a Red Bull suit screams ‘look at me’ even though some may question the idea of a Forte in racing livery, we are delivering an entirely new take on what many people see as simply a daily commuter car. And then again, some are still surprised to learn that Kia has been J.D. Power’s highest ranked non-luxury brand in initial quality for the past four years, but to us and our loyal consumers all of it makes complete sense.”

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Kia and Red Bull collaborated on the Forte drift car and are now developing a three-part YouTube series hosted by Davis and featuring the Red Bull Driftbrothers, Joe and Elias Hountondji. The series documents the vehicle build from start to finish, including on-track testing. “Kia is fueled by youth and working with Red Bull is a mirror reflection of our youthful attitude and together we are going to showcase the new Forte in never-before-seen ways that are sure to capture attention,” continued Chehab.

There’s also a long-form video – “One-Take Wonder” – shot from Davis’ perspective as she speeds down the track and takes flight as she jumps an all-new Forte. Seven cameras captured the action from every angle – both inside and out – and the entire sequence was shot in just one take. Let’s have a “looksie”:

“As a professional race car driver, I love to drive all types of models and this spot, with the juxtaposition between daily driving and performance was just too fun to pass up,” said Davis. “When you have a passion for driving, even the most mundane errands, the longest commutes or the biggest traffic jams become easier and the all-new 2019 Forte is the vehicle that makes all the difference in those situations.”


Knowing Scott’s background as a director, he was perfect to shoot these. They are jaw-dropping amazing to watch and actually makes me do a double-take when it comes to Kia.

Two additional spots, “Chicken” and “Smoke Machine,” will air in the coming weeks. In addition to these spots, a suite of digital and social content will be released to round out the campaign, from both Kia and Red Bull.

Kia truly did pull out all of the stops.

Client – KIA USA

Agency: David&Goliath, LA
   Founder & Chairman: David Angelo
   President: Yumi Prentice
   Chief Creative Officer: Bobby Pearce
   Executive Creative Director: Mark Koelfgen
   Group Creative Director: Basil Cowieson
   Group Creative Director: James Cohen
   Associate Creative Director: Chris Mead
   Sr. Art Director: Kristopher Wong
   Associate Creative Director: Danny O’Connor
   Sr. Copywriter: Chase Doutre
   Director of Broadcast Production: Paul Albanese
   Sr. Broadcast Producer: Dustin Oliver
   Jr. Broadcast Producer: Natalia Celis
   Director of Digital Production: Peter Bassett
   Executive Producer, Digital: Justine Kleeman
   Digital Producer: Genevieve Shah
   Executive Art Producer: Cara Nieto
   Sr. Art Producer: Patricia Castañeda
   Chief Strategy Officer: Wells Davis
   Strategy Director: Ed Gibson
   Associate Director of Project Management: Genie Lara
   Senior Project Manager: Paul Stephens
   Jr. Project Manager: Amanda Bercovitch
   Managing Director: Jeff Moohr
   Account Director: Aleks Rzeznik
   Account Supervisor: Annelise Lorenzo
   Account Executive: Nicole Pressman
   Assistant Account Executive: Gabriella Mourad
   Product Information Manager: Russ Wortman
   Product Information Manager: Mark McNaul
   Director, Business Affairs: Rodney Pizarro
   Senior Business Affairs Manager: Natasha Royzina

Production Company: RSA
   Director: Jake Scott
   Director of Photography: Joost Van Gelder­
   Production Designer: Jason Hamilton
   1st AD: Howell Caldwell
   Head of Production: Elicia Laport
   Executive Producer: Tracie Norfleet
   Producer: Julie Sawyer
   Production Supervisor: Brian Wacek
   Asst. Producer Supervisor: Keri Carter

Editorial Company: Spinach LLC
   Editor: Rick Lawley
   Assistant Editor: Sam Perkins
   Editor: Charlie Harvey
   Assistant Editor: Taylor Schwartz
   Executive Producer: Jonathan Carpio
   Producer: Patricia Gushikuma
   Associate Producer: David Cooke

VFX Company: The Mill
   Creative Director/VFX Supervisor: John Leonti
   2D Lead: Daniel Thuresson
   2D Artists: Daniel Lang, Scott Hale, YoungJoon Mok
   3D Lead: Michael Comley
   3D Artist: Ran Wang
   Executive Producer: Pete King
   Producer: Andrew Gilson
   Production Coordinator: Michael Novo
   Executive Producer (Telecine): Linda Jackson
   Producer (Telecine): Liza Kerlin
   Colorist: Adam Scott

Music/Sound Design Company: Barking Owl
   Creative Director: Kelly Bayett
   Sound Designer: Morgan Johnson
   Music: Barking Owl
   Executive Producer: Kelly Bayett
   Producer: Ashley Benton

Mix: Barking Owl
   Sound Engineer: AJ Murillo
   Creative Director: Kelly Bayett
   Executive Producer: Ashley Benton

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