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McCann Worldgroup: Ticket to Tokyo – Microsoft Teams

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People all over the world had big plans to visit, explore and experience Tokyo this summer. And then, all those plans were cancelled. Now, although people can’t get to Tokyo on a plane, they’re going through Microsoft Teams.

In the latest campaign from Microsoft Teams, we see how a group of people who had their trips to Japan cancelled get a personal, local and off-the-beaten-path tour around Tokyo by people who live there, all through Teams.

We see parts of the city they didn’t plan to see, learning traditions they didn’t know about, and becoming friends with people they would have never met, virtually through Microsoft Teams. They visit an underground izakaya, get an ikebana lesson, wander around a cat café, and discover many more things in a personal tour through Tokyo.

And, we’re seeing more than just places. We’re seeing what happens when people connect with a new culture. We’re seeing how strangers who are oceans apart can become friends. We’re seeing curiosity and hospitality come together virtually. And we’re seeing what happens when people are presented with a seemingly insurmountable challenge: That where there’s a team, there’s a way.

Kathleen Hall, CVP, Brand, Advertising & Research, Microsoft:
“This was just a great opportunity for Teams to do what Teams does best—connect people visually, emotionally, so that it is almost as if you are there.”

In addition to the campaign, Microsoft Teams and NBC will be connecting athletes with their friends, family and biggest fans supporting them from back home, all through Microsoft Teams custom integrations.

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Other credits



Kathleen Hall – Corporate Vice President of Brand, Advertising and Research

Carol Hutchinson – GM, Global Advertising

Stacey Terrien – Director, Global Advertising

Jenny Leahy – Director, Social and Media Partnerships

Steve Simmons – Director, Global Advertising

Veronica Mao – Senior Marketing Manager

Dawn Novak – Senior Product Marketing Manager

Hannah Westing – Senior Advertising Manager

McCann New York


Sean Bryan – Co-Chief Creative Officer

Shayne Millington – EVP, Global Executive Creative Director

Piper Hickman – EVP, Global Executive Creative Director

Brad Soulas – Creative Director

Kristine Salm – Creative Director

Ferdinand Daniele – VP, Creative Director

Nick Ciomperlik – Associate Creative Director

Nimrat Brar – Associate Creative Director

Mikey Bready – Junior Art Director

Enoch Lui – Junior Copywriter

Yung Lee – Designer

David Cliff – Director of Creative Technology

Alicia Foor – Creative Technologist

Business Leadership

Kevin Nelson – Managing Director, McCann NY

Scot Beck – EVP, Global Business Leader, m:united

Jeremy Miller – EVP, Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, McCann Worldgroup

Victoria Park – Director of Communications, McCann Wolrdgroup

Socrates Papazoglou – SVP, Group Account Director

Gabriella Dickens – Account Director

Maya Lobban – Account Supervisor

Rachel Zambernardi – Account Executive

Chanelle Wright – Assistant Account Executive

Project Management

Lauren Kosche – Senior Project Manager

Justine DeFilippi – Project Manager


Nathy Aviram – Chief Production Officer

Cindi Blondell – SVP, Executive Producer

Eric Johnson (aka DJ Bunny Ears) – SVP, Executive Music Producer

Dan Gross – Music Producer

Jamie Jou – Business Manager, Music

Patty Visconti – VP, Senior Interactive Producer

Sean Flanigan – Digital Producer

Kelly Ramsey – Senior Art Producer


Ash Farr – EVP, Global Director of Strategy & Research

Sydney Hausman – Senior Strategist

James Rooney – Strategist

Business Affairs

David Halberstadt – Business Manager

Terry Marcello – VP Director Talent Payment

Rosemary Smith – Talent Payment Manager

Production Company

Craft Studios

Head of Content – Adam Hirsch

Senior Producer – Zoe Katz Greene

Producer – Amalia Bradstreet

Producer – Francesco Soru

Teams Director – Eric Perini

Technical Director – Rob Perna

Business Affairs Manager – Amy Santana

Twin Brains Films

Director – Mackenzie Sheppard

Creative Producer – Saka Matsushita

Executive Producer – Janie Chartier

Assistant Director – Ryohei Mizuno

Line Producer – Akihiro Mochizuki

DOP – Ivan Kovac

B Cam Op – Christopher Nicholls


Photographer – Lukasz Palka

First Assistant – Chica Suzuki

Editorial and Post Production


Editor: James Duffy

Editor: Dan Aronin

Editor: Andrew Manne

Assistant: Ashley Cisneros

Assistant: Tyler Pharos

Executive Producer: Corina Dennison

Head of Production: Laura Molinaro

Producer: Alexandra Leal

Post Production

Method Studios

Jesse Kurnit – Managing Director

Graham Dunglinson – EP

Mark Woit – Flame Lead

Aiste Akelaityte – Senior Producer

Teresa Smith – Production Coordinator

Marc Godlfine – Flame Artist

Hyonuk Yu – Flame Artist

Colin Stackpole – Flame Artist

Patrice Langue – Flame Artist

Ryan Shields – Flame Assist

Nan Wei – Designer

Keri Moller – Designer


Company 3

Tim Masick – Colorist

Kevin Breheny – Producer

Audio Post

Sonic Union

Michael Marinelli – Mix Engineer

Julian Fader – Assistant Engineer

Patrick Sullivan – Head of Production


JSM Music

Joel Simon – CCO/CEO/Co-Composer

Jeff Fiorello – VP/Executive Producer

Norm Felker/Andrew Manning/Sharon Cha – Producers

Jason Krebs – Co-Composer

McCann NY Music Department

Eric David Johnson aka DJ Bunny Ears – Senior Vice President, Executive Integrated Music Producer

Colleen Dahlstrom – Music Producer

Madison Rowe – Jr. Music Producer

Jamie Jou – Business Manager, Music

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