Bundaberg Rum

Bundy Mixer

Agency: Leo Burnett Australia


Winner of a 2023 Clio Gold Award for Partnerships/Co-Creation
Winner of a 2023 Clio Silver Award in Partnerships & Collaborations

This winning entry titled 'Bundy Mixer' was entered for Bundaberg Rum by Leo Burnett Australia, Sydney. The advertising agency is part of the agency network: Leo Burnett and holding company: Publicis Groupe.

1 in 8 men think they can win a point off Serena Williams, which exposes a deeply entrenched global issue that many men don't respect the skills of female athletes. Diageo wanted to change that, as part of a global push towards more inclusive portrayal.

Their most loved Australian rum brand, Bundaberg Rum (Bundy), was sponsoring the Australian men’s and women’s National Rugby Leagues (NRL & NRLW). The men’s league was thriving but the women’s league needed to grow its fan base and unfortunately, most rugby fans were men with no interest in the NRLW.

We identified that the women’s stats were just as good as the men’s and knew that NRL fans loved stats. So we created a trojan horse to make them fans of the women’s game without them even realising it. We did it by hijacking the largest global online community for stats-obsessed fans – Fantasy Football – because you can’t argue with stats and stats have no gender. In partnership with the NRL, we created Bundy Mixer – the world’s first mixed gender fantasy competition. Fans could finally pick the best of the best, not just the best of the blokes.

We built Bundy Mixer into the official NRL fantasy website and launched it to coincide with the 2022 NRLW season through an integrated social, digital, PR and earned campaign. Then each week, fans picked their teams at the Bundy Mixer website, choosing the best performing players, regardless of gender.

By studying the women’s stats, NRL fans started respecting the players and watching the game. Bundy Mixer got national news coverage and attracted 13,000+ registered players and over 10 million media impressions. Most importantly, in its first season of many, Bundy Mixer had begun to level the playing field with viewership of the NRLW up by +50% (compared to previous season).

This professional campaign titled 'Bundy Mixer' was published in Australia in May, 2023. It was created for the brand: Bundaberg Rum, by ad agency: Leo Burnett Australia. This Integrated medium campaign is related to the Alcoholic Drinks industry and contains 5 media assets. It was submitted about 1 year ago.


Agency Network Leo Burnett
Holding Company Publicis Groupe
Production Company Mint Films, Sydney
Advertiser Brand Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg
Advertising Agency Leo Burnett Australia, Sydney
Entrant Company Leo Burnett Australia, Sydney
Partner National Rugby League, Sydney
Public Relations Agency Herd MSL, Sydney
Media Agency Foundation, Sydney
Marketing DIrector Andy Oughton / Diageo Australia
Marketing Manager Jodi McLeod / Diageo Australia
Assistant Brand Manager Isabella Margin / Diageo Australia
CEO Emma Montgomery / Leo Burnett Australia
Executive Creative Director Andy Fergusson / Leo Burnett Australia
Creative Director Michelle Walsh / Leo Burnett Australia
Associate Creative Director Marijke Spain / Leo Burnett Australia
Chief Strategy Officer Catherine King / Leo Burnett Australia
Senior Strategy Director Abigail Dubin-Rhodin / Leo Burnett Australia
General Manager James Walker Smith / Leo Burnett Australia
Group Account Director Andrew Inman / Leo Burnett Australia
Senior Copywriter: Eric Franken / Leo Burnett Australia
Connections Strategy Director Alexandra Nel / Leo Burnett Australia
Senior Business Director Prudence Purnell / Leo Burnett Australia
Business Manager Jayde Machell / Leo Burnett Australia
Lead Integrated Producer Justine Dooner / Leo Burnett Australia
Social & Content Lead Irnin Khan / Leo Burnett Australia

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