UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – January 28, 2011 – NBC Universal has joined with Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), makers of TurboTax tax software, to present the “All Star Celebrity Treasure Hunt,” a first-of-its-kind advertising and programming event airing in primetime on January 30. TurboTax will take over all national advertising time during NBC’s airing of “National Treasure” (8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT) to sponsor a unique “show-within-a-show.” This special event incorporates how TurboTax, the nation’s best-selling tax preparation software, provides easy, expert guidance to help people get their maximum refund.
The “All Star Celebrity Treasure Hunt” serves as the centerpiece of an extensive cross-platform ad campaign that will target the TurboTax consumer across multiple NBC Universal properties including network, cable, online and mobile. The campaign runs through April 18th.
Hosted by Brooke Burns (“Pepper Dennis”), “All Star Celebrity Treasure Hunt” pits three separate teams against one another in a challenging competition that requires speed, stamina and physical skill, in addition to good humor. The teams race to several iconic locations throughout Los Angeles with the help of GPS systems, where they search for clues, find hidden objects and perform stunts. The teams are led by award-winning recording artist and actress Brandy Norwood, actress Lisa Rinna (“Dancing with the Stars”), and Jeremy Roenick, former National Hockey League player and NBC sports analyst, who are all competing for the title of “champion” as well as the chance to win more than $50,000 for their designated charity.
The same way that the GPS system guides the “All Star Celebrity Treasure Hunt” teams to their destinations, TurboTax helps guide taxpayers to their own treasure by identifying all the deductions and credits to which they are entitled.
“Once again, TurboTax is innovating to set the brand apart and create preference, both in offline and online media,” said Seth Greenberg, Vice President Global Media and Digital Marketing for Intuit. “Working with NBC Universal, we’ve created something that has never been done by taking over an entire night of network commercial time to be able to convey just how easy TurboTax guides you to your maximum refund.”
Also synching with the theme of “expert guidance” is a tie-in with NBC.com’s fan affinity program “Fan It” that brings the onscreen action to viewers via multiple platforms. The on-air treasure hunt highlights various types of deductions through keywords that drive viewers online to a multiple choice quiz, giving them a chance to play along, earn points and win $25,000 and other prizes by logging on to http://www.nbc.com/turbotax/. Additionally, “All Star Celebrity Treasure Hunt” will be available for viewing at NBC.com through February 28 offering viewers another chance at $25,000 and other unique prizes.
Barbara Blangiardi, SVP Creative Partnerships & Innovation for NBC Universal, added, “As always, our goal is to create effective solutions for our advertisers that evolve the traditional media model. The ‘All-Star Celebrity Treasure Hunt’ is the latest innovation in what has been a three-year showcase partnership with TurboTax, integrating their brand strategies into entertaining content that engages their consumers and reaches them across the many platforms within the NBCU portfolio.
Team Brandy includes recording artist Brandy Norwood, her brother, chart-topping recording artist Ray J Norwood, friend and comedienne Robin Thede, and celebrity athletic trainer Ryan Farhoudi. They are playing to benefit Artists for Peace and Justice (www.apjnow.org). Team Rinna includes actress Lisa Rinna, friend and financial manager Robin Fujimoto, music producer Jim Botko and real estate broker Patricia Gilbert. They are playing to benefit Project Angel Food (www.angelfood.org). Team Roenick includes former National Hockey League player and U.S.A. Hockey Hall of Famer Jeremy Roenick, along with his business manager Craig Conley, friend Saul Salama and fellow professional hockey player Derek Armstrong. They are playing to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).