Chafic Haddad
Chief Operating Officer (COO) at J. Walter Thompson Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
TitleThe Man Who Couldn’t Handle His Handle
Agency
Campaign The Man Who Couldn’t Handle His Handle
Advertiser Saudi Telecom Company
Brand Saudi Telecom Company
Date of First Broadcast/Publication
Business Sector Personal Wireless Communication
Philosophy For 11 years, many Saudis had confused Saudi Telecom Company’s @stc_ksa Twitter account with that of Chris Rowland - an American living in New Jersey who joined Twitter under the handle @stc after his college nickname St. Chris. In 2019, stc reached an agreement with Chris to hand over his Twitter handle, and the company’s objective was to communicate to their followers that @stc was now officially stc group’s handle and no longer Chris’ handle.

Not exactly earth shattering news, unless of course you know the backstory.

Who would ever have imagined that through this hilarious twist of fate, Chris Rowland would be exposed to Saudi culture, interact with the thousands of followers, and even manage to reply to them in Arabic?

Drawing inspiration from the rise of docutainment, JWT KSA developed a compelling short film, shot on location in New Jersey. It explored Chris’ side of the story, with a dramatic storyline. Scenes build to a heroic announcement that is as engaging as it is informative.
Media Type Branded Content
Length
Chief Creative Operations Officer
Executive Creative Director
Associate Creative Director
Senior Art Director
Art Director
Graphic Designer
Head of Production
Associate Business Director
Account Director
Advertising Manager
Advertising Manager
Advertising Manager
Advertising Manager
Production Company
Executive Producer
Director
Head of TV Production

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