THE OPEN OF THE SHOW AKA THE FIRST BIT

LAST WEEK TONIGHT

John Oliver is a British comedian with an understated and wickedly clever sense of humor. For his new show, the Last Week Tonight crew asked Kelli and Trollbäck + Co. to re-think the news parody show open and emphasize what sets John apart: an international approach, a show airing once a week, and the ability to curse freely on HBO.

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Inspired by curiosity cabinets and encyclopedic visual reference books, Kelli + team created a set of fake Latin labels and iconic imagery of cultural, political and social topics. The open is set up as a modular system with embedded “easter eggs” that can be updated regularly to reflect current events. Favorites so far are “Putin Head” aka “Adversarius Maximus” and the Missile aka “Penne Envious.”

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The brand language that was created with the show open was extended into all the elements of a “proper” news broadcast.

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While on set directing the open, Kelli kept John updated on Game of Thrones, reminding him of how the Khaleesi hatched her dragon eggs (Drogo’s funeral pyre).

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And/Or Team 
Kelli Miller: Creative Director, Design

*created while working at Trollbäck + Company

Trollbäck + Company Team 
Elyse Roth: Executive Producer
Erica Schrager: Head of Production
Sue Hubbard: Producer
Kyle Barron-Cohen: Copywriter
Aya Kotake: Design

Ben Nichols: Design, Animation
Mike Schaffer: Design, Animation
Paris Glickman: Animation

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