Category: Awards

Happy Hour rises up the agency rankings year after year

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We are chuffed to bits to announce that once again we’ve risen up the rankings of Campaign’s Top 100 Advertising Agencies in the UK and now…

We’re ranked #33!

One of only a handful of agencies to move up the rankings, we’re up from #39 last year and #48 the year before, and we couldn’t be happier to be listed in the top 40.

We’re so proud to say that this also places us #2 on the list of agencies outside London. This is a great testament to the size of media campaigns our creative features in.

As a boutique size agency in heart of Bristol, it’s an honour to be included on this list alongside some of the top names in the industry and to be recognised by Campaign, the leading press title in the UK Advertising sector.

Of course we’d love the opportunity to put our skills and experience to work by helping new clients. So if you’re after some creative video for TV or online, just get in touch.

A lot of Love(ie) for our ‘Life After 50’ social video series

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We’re thrilled to announce that the ‘Welcome to Life After 50’ social video series we’ve created for SunLife has been shortlisted for Best Social Video Series at the 8th Annual Lovie Awards.

The Lovie Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is a prestigious honour in Europe for excellence across websites, online advertising, internet video, mobile & apps and social. The mission of The Lovie Awards is to recognise the unique and resonant nature of the European internet community—from Europeʼs top digital and creative agencies and content publishers to cultural and political organisations and individual creators.

“‘Welcome to Life After 50’ has excelled in its category, showing fantastic prowess in digital innovation and creativity,” said Nicolas Roope, Executive Chair of IADAS. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

Nicola Tyler, Managing Partner at Happy Hour said “This year the awards received 1,500 submissions from 33 countries, and with only 17% being shortlisted or put through to the final, we’re really proud to have made the cut. It’s lovely work for a great client.”

The ‘Welcome to Life After 50’ video series showcases inspirational over 50 year olds, telling their story in short films, which SunLife uses on their website and social media. The videos are clearly hitting the mark, with a recent story about tandem cyclists going viral with over 13 million views and 224 thousand shares. SunLife have found the series to be a great way to boost engagement with the brand, build long-term favourability and widen their audience.

If your brand could benefit from some engaging video content then drop us a line, we’d love to help.

Lovie Awards 2018 Shortlist


Happy Hour ranked 48 in Campaign’s Top UK Agencies

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Campaign top 100 UK Agencies - Happy Hour Top UK Agency

Campaign have released their annual ‘School Report’ listing the top 100 UK agencies as ranked by Nielsen. We are thrilled to see that Happy Hour are now ranked number 48, up from 55 last year.

The league table puts us amongst some of the most recognisable names in advertising and it shows a rise in smaller independent agencies and production companies that are making the list.

2016 was a difficult year across the industry, political and economic uncertainty and a changing media landscape lead to a lot of the traditional advertising structures changing. We saw a lot of agencies moving their production in-house so competition in the production sphere was even more fierce.

Nicola Tyler, Head of Commercials at Happy Hour explains, “As a full service creative production agency, we benefit from being able to work directly with clients from brand planning & conceptual development right the way through to delivery. 2016 saw us deliver some really exciting – and effective – work for our clients and we’re really proud to see that being reflected in our boosted position in the Top 100 UK Agencies listing. It spurs us on in 2017 and we look forward to working on even more engaging ad campaigns for our clients, both old and new.”

Speaking of last year’s work, here’s a quick snapshot of what we got up to:

If you’re looking to boost your marketing and reach new audiences then get in touch. From TV and Radio advertising campaigns to corporate film and social media videos, we love helping brands tell their stories. 

Kicking Off wins big at Oxford International Film Festival

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Happy Hour are thrilled to announce the latest award win for our recent feature film Kicking Off. Last week it scooped up two prizes at the Oxford International Film Festival winning both the Best Production and Best UK Film award.

We are honoured to have been nominated alongside some fantastic productions, the full list of nominees and winners can be found here.

Oxford International Film Festival Poster Kicking Off

This marks the second time Kicking Off has been recognised by a film festival, with it winning Best British Feature Film at Raindance last year.

If you still haven’t seen it yet it’s available to rent or buy on iTunes and in major UK supermarkets, it’s also available on most Video on Demand services.

Happy Hour Productions help win top Direct Marketing awards in UK

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Grand Prix and two Golds at the DMA Awards 2011, for Indicia and Happy Hour Productions

Bristol based Happy Hour Productions, a leading film & commercials production company, helped win 3 awards at this year’s Direct Marketing Association Awards, including the DMA Grand Prix Award – the top prize at the industry’s leading awards ceremony – with a series of online corporate films for

The online viral films, produced by Happy Hour Productions, were an integral part of the ‘Work it Baby’ campaign for, which also won Gold awards for Best Retail and Best Integrated Campaign.


Happy Hour Productions wins 3 Gold IVCA Awards, including the ‘Grand Prix Award’

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‘Valuing Everyone’ – a 7 minute animated internal corporate video produced for Nationwide Building Society, picked up Gold in both nominated categories. In addition, it went on to win the final Grand Prix Award at the end of the evening.

The IVCA (International Visual Communications Association) Awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on the evening of Friday 30th March 2007. The IVCA Awards are recognised internationally as marks of excellence for effective business communication in corporate video, live events, interactive media projects, business television and websites.

We are delighted to announce that Happy Hour Productions Ltd won the following awards:

Best Internal Communications Film
Gold Award

Title: Valuing Everyone
Client: Nationwide Building Society

Best Animation, Graphics and Special Effects
Gold Award
Title: Valuing Everyone
Client: Nationwide Building Society

Grand Prix Award
Gold Award
Title: Valuing Everyone
Client: Nationwide Building Society

The Grand Prix Award is selected by a jury from all the category Gold Award winners, and is awarded to the most outstanding work submitted.

For more information on the IVCA Awards, please visit

Brief: To create a video promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. To avoid ‘talking heads’ format used in previous Diversity videos for Nationwide. To prompt people to think about the feelings of colleagues and how issues may effect them.

Client: Nationwide Building Society 

A day of interviews with staff willing to discuss their particular issues. This covered issues ranging from disabilities, sexuality, sexism, age discrimination and racial awareness.

From there, we modelled and developed characters to suit each person, whilst editing and trimming the dialogue to create our story.

With several weeks of intense animation following that, we found ourselves with a true gem of a production.

Completed: Nov 2006


Directed & Produced by: Tom George & Colin Gardiner

Interviewees: Emma Bunce, Stephen Cook, Jaqueline Gough, Jackie Burdock, Stewart Elliott, Sarah Mason

Character Design: Matt Pitt

Character Modelling / Rigging: Darren Feeltham, Matt Pitt, Jan C De Wet

Character Animation: Matt Pitt, Jan C De Wet, Mark Bonaccorso

Environment Modelling: Chris Needham, Matt Pitt

Lighting / Shading / Rendering: Matt Pitt

Dubbing Editor: Chris Domaille

Audio Post Production: Films@59

Executive Producer: Barbak Saraskani (NTV)

Special thanks to: Tom Harvey, Kate Stewart-Hilliar, Gary Seal, Kevin Chappel.

Produced in partnership with Nationwide TV for Nationwide Building Society.