Atlanta, GA & New York, NY — October 15, 2021 — Customer experience agency
DEFINITION 6 (D6) partnered with GAC Media to rebrand and launch two new television networks, GAC Family and GAC Living. The two flagship networks for premium, family-friendly programming launched on September 27th.
GAC Family (formerly Great American Country) debuted under the tagline “Stories Well Told” encapsulating American culture, lifestyle and heritage with original holiday-themed, family-friendly movies and series. GAC Living (formerly Ride TV) waves its banner with the slogan “Life Well Lived,” and serves as the unscripted companion to GAC Family celebrating Great American family-friendly traditions every day and every season.
Led by SVP/Creative Director Crystal Hall, D6 developed the comprehensive creative strategy and visual brand identity for the new GAC family of networks, working closely with Bill Abbott, President & CEO of GAC Media, who conceived the brands behind a mission to revitalize and invest in timeless and entertaining programming that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
“The D6 team approached this ambitious project with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and successfully brought our brand vision to life for our new flagship networks,” said Abbott. “Fan feedback has been incredible, and we look forward to using this momentum to launch our original slate of family-friendly Christmas programming this holiday season.”
In bringing these brand values to market, D6 was tasked with visually and tonally articulating two distinct entertainment brands in GAC Family and GAC Living; moreover, to reinforce the larger GAC Media brand and its dedication to creating family-friendly content across multiple genres and touchpoints. From creative strategy to execution, D6 handled the holistic branding and launch initiative under one roof. Deliverables included network logos, mnemonics, on-air graphics packages, a launch promo campaign, and websites.
To view the GAC | Anthem Spot
To view the GAC | Great American Christmas Launch Spot
“We wanted the brand identity of each network to express a sense of family, joy, and togetherness in their own unique way, making the viewer feel at home, whether they are tuning in or engaging with GAC content and talent online,” explains Hall. “As both GAC Family and GAC Living hang their hats on the celebrations that bring families together, we future-fitted these brands so they could evolve with the seasons in a unified way.”
D6 kicked off the project with logo explorations, landing on a circular concept alluding to themes around family and home. Designed with matching lock-ups, the GAC Family and GAC Living logos both feature an encircled GAC “brand stamp” in a lower-case script font. The words “Family” and “Living,” respectively, are oriented to the right using the same typeface.
Extending the circle concept to the on-air look and motion language, D6 incorporated the circles as a mortise for promos, station IDs, bumps, and more. The network mnemonics, composed by DEFINITION 6 VP of Sound Dan O’Sullivan, melodically underscore the logo while reinforcing the brand equity in the new acronymic spelling and positioning of GAC.
GAC Family and GAC Living are distinguished by color schemes reflective of the unique content offerings of each channel. For GAC Family, D6 composed a modular color palette of rich, warm colors reminiscent of the holidays, seasons, and occasions its programming will celebrate. Conversely, the team made use of cooler colors to express the lively unscripted lifestyle content presented on GAC Living. While also celebrating the seasons, a focus on southern and country living and network talent remains at the forefront.
To celebrate the launch of the networks, D6’s creative editorial team produced the launch campaign, highlighted by an anthem promo announcing GAC Family and GAC Living, as well as promos for the upcoming “Great American Christmas” slate of original films.
“GAC Family and GAC Living are not just channels, they are destinations,” says Rich Rosario, D6 Creative Director and Producer on this effort. “Bill and his team wanted to establish Great American Channels as a trusted, welcoming place for its viewers, so we set out to do just that. From the design and color choices to the use of imagery and sound, we strove to create a haven where people come together to celebrate and experience life’s most festive and special moments.”
“Bill and his team approached us with a deep understanding of their audience, and a bold vision of how to embrace, engage, and entertain them,” concludes Hall. “We knew what was at stake and what these brands mean to them, so we were honored they entrusted us to launch not one, but two distinct networks from the ground up. It was also a refreshing and welcome opportunity for us to showcase what’s possible when clients tap into our fully integrated offerings as an agency. We look forward to building on the momentum of GAC Family and GAC Living, as these channels become the go-to destination for family viewing experiences.”
Client: GAC Media
Agency: DEFINITION 6
Network Branding + Creative:
SVP, Creative Director: Crystal Hall
Creative Director/Producer: Rich Rosario
Sr. Creative Director/Copywriter: Linda Danner
VP, Operations: Andy Solomon
VP, Sound/Composer: Dan O’Sullivan
Sound Designer/Mixer: Ted Marcus
Art Director: Elisa Bates
Logo Designer: Noelle Mullins
Lead Animator/Designer: Hubert Reinfeld
Animator: Marcial Gonzalez
Animator: Roberto Nunes
Designer: Ana Sanchez
Designer/Animator: David Cuenca
Writer/Producer: Bill Dempsey
Editor: Stephen Cheifitz
Editor/Designer/Animator: Vlad Mihalkov
Assistant Editor: Juan Enis
Producer: Lucy de Freitas Hofle
Website Architecture + Branding + Design:
SVP, Group Account Director: Margaret-Parham Loyd
SVP, Group Creative Director: Doug Dimon
VP, Technology: Ronnie Roberts
Sr. Project Manager: Angelina Pennington
Digital Producer: Akeem Mitchell
UX Design Director: Kyu Yang
Graphic Designer: Renita Ravuth
Software Development Director: Chet Verigan
Sr. Software Developer: Amanda Edwards
Front-End Developer: Matt Weaver
Front-End Developer: Ben DeGiglio
IT Director: Bryan Elliot
Digital Marketing Analyst: Matt Akins
Infrastructure Engineer: Matt Mills
Director of Quality Assurance: Pierre Sooh
About DEFINITION 6:
DEFINITION 6 is a customer experience agency that leverages Creative, Technology, and Analytics to develop and deliver innovative solutions that drive results for brands. Together with their clients, they build stories that shatter expectations, advocate authenticity and celebrate brands. For more information, visit www.definition6.com.
About GAC MEDIA
GAC Media, LLC is home to Great American Channels: “GAC Family” Stories Well Told and “GAC Living” Life Well Lived. As the flagship service, GAC Family celebrates American culture, lifestyle and heritage with original holiday-themed, family-friendly movies and series. GAC Living is the unscripted companion to GAC Family that celebrates Great American family-friendly traditions every day and every season. GAC Media, LLC was established in June 2021 and was organized by Dallas-based Hicks Equity Partners LLC and Bill Abbott. Its ownership primarily consists of US-based family offices.
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