Nike Tag with Shade Running and Tailgating

Nike’s 2001 commercial, “Tag”, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2010 Clio Awards, held in New York City last month. The commercial, which features a man who’s been tagged for a giant city-wide chase, was one of three commercials released in the “Play” campaign, alongside “Shade Running,” and “Tailgating.” “Shade Running” shows a woman dodging the sunshine in the streets of Manhattan. “Tailgater” shows basketballer Terry Crews tailing an unsuspecting businessman. Tag was awarded with Grand Prix for Film at Cannes International Advertising Festival in 2002, while “Shade Running” won a Gold Film Lion and “Tailgating” won a Bronze Film Lion.

Nike Tag commercial

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The Play campaign was developed at Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, by creative directors Dan Wieden and Hal Curtis, art directors Andy Fackrell and Monica Taylor, copywriters Mike Byrne and Kash See, and agency producer Andrew Loevenguth.

Filming for Tag and Shade Running was shot in Toronto by director Frank Budgen via Gorgeous Enterprises, London, with executive producer Paul Rothwell, producer Alicia Bernard and director of photography Ben Seresin. Tailgating was directed by Tom Carty at Gorgeous.

Editors were Russell Icke at The Looking Glass Company/Whitehouse Post, Emily Dennis and Lucas Eskin, Mad River Post. Sound was designed at POP Sound.

Music for Tag was composed by David Wittman at Elias Arts, Los Angeles. “You are my Sunshine” in Shade Runner was produced at Elias. Music for “Tailgating” is “Spooky” by Dusty Springfield. Music post production was done at Endless Noise.

  • Alanzed

    Unforgettable commercials !

  • John McKinnon

    I was perfect for a while. You would consider me perfect all the time for 20 f’n years maybe more… … I need to do more than to have faith or do I?
    John McKinnon

  • john

    whoever “john” is should throw in the towel. I’ve seen this sight turn into a romeo with no Juliette. monologue .

  • john d mckinnon

    for Emily-
    things I would rather not see
    a soft and quite evening of the sun
    a pensive mood reflected in candle light
    a candy dish full of root beer barrels
    anyone in the whole world
    anything other than you

  • John D. McKinnon

    great poem John- now all you need is a girl to send it to…