W!LDBRAIN AND ESURANCE BRING ICONIC SECRET AGENT ERIN ESURANCE TO “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!” IN OCTOBER
First-Ever Animated Guest-Spot of its Kind to Air on Tuesday, October 21
(San Francisco, CA- October 21, 2008) - W!LDBRAIN Animation Studios, the award-winning production company that develops and produces animated content for commercials, interactive and new media, has teamed with their client Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal auto insurance company, to bring iconic secret agent Erin Esurance to late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in October. The guest spot will feature Erin Esurance interacting with the wacky and wonderful “Jimmy Kimmel Live” regulars, Guillermo and Uncle Frank. Erin Esurance will appear as a guest in the first series of four appearances on October, 21 at 12:05 a.m. ET/ PT.
W!LDBRAIN and Esurance have collaborated on the auto insurance company's popular "Erin Esurance" advertisements since May, 2004. Together, they have produced approximately 40 commercials and promotional elements featuring the secret agent over the past four years. The guest spots on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” created by W!LDBRAIN Animation Studios, offer Esurance an exceptional format to tell audiences about their “Get Animated” advertising campaign, which features real people telling real stories about Esurance in a unique live-action/animation hybrid format. Audiences will also learn more about Esurance’s unique environmental partnership with Cloud Cult, the famed band with whom Esurance has partnered to make their tour more sustainable. Esurance’s latest music video-style commercial with the band is featured on www.esurance.com/cloudcult.
Melissa Chapman, Brand Manager for Esurance, stated, “Esurance is very excited to see Erin appear on one of America’s favorite late night programs, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ This opportunity is a light-hearted way to introduce our brand to more people, while showcasing the innovative work of our tremendous animation partner, W!LDBRAIN,” she continued.
"We are honored to have had a hand in creating one of advertising's most recognizable characters and thrilled that Erin will be able to play to a wider audience on her late night debut on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’," said Amy Capen, Head of Commercial and New Media Production, W!LDBRAIN Animation Studios.
Tune in to ABC on October, 21 at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT to see the first series of four appearances of Erin Esurance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live". The next three air dates will take place on October, 23, 28, and 30. Check local listings for show times.
Esurance, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM), provides personal auto insurance direct to consumers online and through select online agents. Esurance is dedicated to constantly improving the way people shop for, buy, and manage their auto insurance. By combining the best of technology with industry know-how, Esurance is able to offer hassle-free coverage with 24/7 customer service and claims handling at competitive prices.
Esurance has differentiated itself from its competitors with its animated advertising campaign featuring the iconic cartoon secret agent, Erin Esurance. The advertisements, created by Esurance and the award-winning animation studio, W!LDBRAIN, have garnered attention for their unique use of Flash-animation. Visitors to Esurance’s award-winning Web site can view all the commercials at http://www.esurance.com.
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