George Clooney Is Finally Pitching Nespresso in the U.S., With Help From Danny DeVito

Coffee brand imports its quirky charm from overseas

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George Clooney has starred in Nespresso ads in Europe and other international markets since 2006. (We've covered a lot of those campaigns, which have often paired the Oscar winner with other actors, like John Malkovich and Matt Damon.) But now, finally, Clooney is becoming the brand's ambassador in the U.S., too, and he kicks things off with a spot from McCann New York co-starring his good buddy Danny DeVito.

Clooney and DeVito are better known for drinking limoncellos together, but perhaps they rely on coffee to revive themselves after one of their epic nights out. In any case, they make an amusing pair of friends, and their new commercial is theatrical and goofy—in that charming, lowbrow-yet-sophisticated Nespresso way.

The actors meet in a movie studio commissary, with Clooney wearing a war general costume and DeVito dressed as Napoleon. Soon enough, DeVito sees that his choice of coffee is as old as his character, and he convinces Clooney to train him in the art of good taste.

"Experience a cup above" is the tagline. The spot will run on TV in 30- and 60-second versions. (The :90 above is an extended cut.)

Clooney, well known as an activist beyond his Hollywood work, has partnered with the Swiss brand for so long partly because of its social responsibility work. He even serves on the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board, aimed at improving the lives and futures of coffee farmers.

"I've been working with Nespresso internationally for nine years, and I really love and respect the brand, what they do, and how they do it," he said in a statement. "Nespresso and I have a shared commitment to sustainability, most recently helping to rebuild coffee farms in South Sudan. They are an incredibly responsible company, and I am excited to expand my partnership with them into the U.S."

Clooney discusses his partnership with Nespresso in the video below. Learn more about the campaign, which will also include print, digital and social ads, at

Separately, below is McCann London's new Nespresso ad, starring Clooney and Jack Black. Below that, see the credits for McCann New York's "Training Day" campaign.


Client: Nespresso

President: Guillaume Le Cunff

Vice President of Marketing: Davide Moro

Marketing Director: Justin DeGeorge

International Brand Communications Manager: Anna Lundstrom

Manager, Marketing Communications: Allison Moore

Brand Manager: Laura Hagege

Spot: "Training Day"

Agency: McCann, New York

North American Chief Creative Officer: Eric Silver

Chief Creative Officers, New York: Tom Murphy, Sean Bryan

Executive Creative Directors: Larry Platt, Lea Ladera

Creative Directors (Art Directors): Chuck Tso, Carlos Wigle

Creative Directors (Copywriters): Adam Kanzer, Scott Cooney

Chief Production Officer: Nathy Aviram

Broadcast Affairs: Danielle Korn, Sum‐Mei Luk

Executive Producer: Kathy Love

Senior Integrated Producer: Wendy Leahy

Music Producers: Eric Johnson, Michael Ladman

Account Management: Dana McCullough, Sarah Louie, Athena Grammas

Strategy: Steve Zaroff, Christine Villanueva

Business Affairs: Erin Levine

Talent Coordinator: Terry Marcello

Traffic: Elly Schribman

Network Clearance: Sarah Malloy

Print, Banner Production: Sharon McKenzie, Mary Anguili, Ralph Cirillo, Teresa Tarquini, Thomas Walsh

"Training Day" Spot:

Production Company: Untitled

Director: Grant Heslov

Director of Photography: Phedon Papamichael

Editing Company: Big Sky

Editor: Chris Franklin

Effects, Finishing: Big Sky

Lead Artist: Ryan Sears

Transfer: Chris Ryan, Nice Shoes

Music Company: NA / Isley Brothers "Fight the Power"

Mix Studio: Sound Lounge

Engineer: Peter Holcomb

Web Films:

Production Company: Beware Doll

Director: Sam Jones

Print, Banner Imagery:

Photographer: Sam Jones

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.
Publish date: November 2, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT