|Title||NARCOS THE CENSOR'S CUT|
|Product / Service||NETFLIX|
|Category||F03. Single Market Campaign|
|Entrant||WUNDERMAN THOMPSON BANGKOK, THAILAND|
|Idea Creation||J. WALTER THOMPSON BANGKOK, THAILAND|
|Media Placement||DENTSU X Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|PR||VERVE Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Production||THIS IS IT Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Production 2||CINESOUND Bangkok, THAILAND|
|João Braga||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Chief Creative Officer|
|Park Wannasiri||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Executive Creative Director|
|Jiradej Penglengpol||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Associate Creative Director|
|Natthaphol Hirunlikid||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Senior Art Director|
|Veerawin Suksantinunt||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Copywriter|
|Chatchai Butsabakorn||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Creative Director|
|Yannapat Boonkate||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Art Director|
|Kunat Chaengcharat||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Copywriter|
|Prachawan Ketavan||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Director of Planning|
|Sakila Banyen||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Associate Planning Director|
|Siwakorn Seetaraso||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Communication Planner|
|Supannapa Traitonwong||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Managing Partner|
|Kunakorn Pramoolsukh||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Client Service Director|
|Prewprae Tirabulkul||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Account Manager|
|Saruttaya Mahanavarani||Verve Thailand||Business Group Director|
|Pattira Uttaranakorn||Verve Thailand||Senior Influencer Relations|
|Jiroj Mechoojit||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Production Director|
|Jutamas Juntasorn||J. Walter Thompson Bangkok||Senior Broadcast Producer|
|Anutra Tepakom||This Is It Co., Ltd.||Editor|
|Woott Wimalee||This Is It Co., Ltd.||Post Producer|
|Itsara Unnawasakul||This Is It Co., Ltd.||Flame Artist|
|Sakchai Kangwanprasert||Cinesound Co., Ltd.||Sound Engineer|
|Wancahi Sinprajugkul||Cinesound Co., Ltd.||Assistant Sound Engineer|
|Jessica Beaton||Dentsu X Pte Ltd.||Head of Business|
|Jaspreet Kaur||Dentsu X Pte Ltd.||Account Director|
|Keng Kheng Koh||Dentsu X Pte Ltd.||Media Director|
|Stella Tai||Dentsu X Pte Ltd.||Media Manager|
|Robin Rose Pulongbarit||Dentsu X Pte Ltd.||Client Services Manager|
“Narcos The Censor’s Cut” is the first advertising campaign in Thailand that both challenges and conforms to the norms of censorship. In this country, everything deemed “inappropriate” cannot be overtly revealed. Even with a rating system, broadcast television and out-of-home media are still censored for anything from a bottle of liquor and guns to a cartoon character’s swimsuit. The campaign not only created awareness for Narcos Mexico and put Netflix into people’s hearts, but also stirred endless discussion about the censorship in Thailand.
Narcos is a flagship series of Netflix that has been aired for 2 seasons. It was a big hit in the U.S. and many other regions around the world. But the problem was no one in Thailand cared about the show because it’s irrelevant to them. And now, with the new storyline Narcos Mexico, Netflix wished to launch it with a bang. So, in order to promote the launch of Narcos Mexico, a series filled with sex, drugs, and violence, and get people hooked, we are asked to come up with a big, bold, and crazy idea.
Netflix was launching Narcos Mexico in Thailand, but to promote it in a country that censors everything - even cartoon characters’ swimsuit - was not a simple task. In Thailand, everything deemed “inappropriate” cannot be overtly revealed, even with a rating system. That’s why Thais hate censorship. And that’s also why it was so perfect for our idea. Sex, Drugs, Violence? Let the Censorship promote it for us. We submitted the ads and, as expected, they told us to cut everything they considered inappropriate content. We did as they said. Literally. And then launched the cut version out there, triggering people's curiosity and capturing the nation's attention like never before.
Thai people are one-of-a-kind. Besides having our own language, food, culture, we also have a unique mentality: we just love to hate. Every day thousands of complaints about the government, transit system, and even weather flood the internet. So, to attract the mass audience and turn the distant Netflix into something people love, we needed to find something that Thai people all know and hate. And we found just that. The much-annoyed Thai censorship became our key to people’s hearts.
We know that the more we hide, the more people will want to see. That’s why we used as many media we could get to show as least as possible. A week prior to the premier of Narcos Mexico on 16th November 2018, we bombarded the city with our cut advertisement. We launched our campaign first above the line, airing “cut” trailer on TV nationwide, followed by digital screens in Bangkok. Unsurprisingly, some exhibitors still found it inappropriate. So, we revised by cutting everything and launched our cut billboards, pole wraps with only warning texts in Bangkok’s prime areas. Then, as people began to capture our ads and talking about them online, we responded with online posts apologizing for not being able to advertise our content explicitly.
Following the launch, our campaign made headlines in many news media including TV channels. It created an online buzz which led to a social movement where the internet came together to help retouch our ads with more ‘appropriate’ props in an effort to get it past censorship. This made “Narcos The Censor’s Cut” become the most successful campaigns ever for Netflix Thailand, generating over 93 million impressions with 34 million people reached. Narcos Mexico reached the popular on Netflix section in Thailand. In the end,“Narcos The Censor’s Cut” made Narcos Mexico relevant to Thai audiences in a way that no other campaign ever could.
“Cut out inappropriate content” is a very common comment made by Thai censorship. So common that most advertisers would assume it beforehand and find ways to avoid the comment and the complications it entails. Just like that, no one has thought of literally cutting out inappropriate content from their ads ever before. Except us. Put simply, we designed our campaign by following the law.