Wild Turkey has announced a multi-year partnership with Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who has signed on as the brand’s new Creative Director. McConaughey will serve as the chief storyteller for Wild Turkey both behind the camera and in front of it, reintroducing the world to the legendary Bourbon brand, starting with a series of television and digital advertising campaigns he is directing, which will launch in September. A short film documenting Matthew’s journey with Wild Turkey’s distilling family, the Russells, has been unveiled at www.youtube.com/wildturkeybourbon.
A Wild Turkey fan, McConaughey first visited the lauded distillery a couple of years ago, which is only about a 20-minute drive from the University of Kentucky, the place where his parents first met. It was there at the distillery, high above the Kentucky River, that he was introduced to Jimmy and Eddie Russell, the Bourbon Hall of Fame father and son Master Distiller team who have worked at the Wild Turkey Distillery for 97 years collectively. The actor was intrigued by the three-generation family behind the Bourbon and the untold story of a truly iconic American brand.
“Wild Turkey has the history and qualities of a brand that depicts the dedication of someone to do something their own way – even if that way isn’t always the most popular,” said McConaughey. “I want to help share their unique story, starting with a new ad campaign that I feel really captures the special essence of this brand while introducing itself like never before.”
“It’s a new era for Wild Turkey,” said Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO at Gruppo Campari, owner of Wild Turkey, “We’ve made a significant investment into the brand over the last several years, as we’ve always strongly believed in the quality of the product and the special story behind the people who make it. With Matthew McConaughey now on board, we believe we are ready to share that story with the entire world.”