J.G. Wentworth Announces Winners of ‘Shot at the Spot’ Contest and Sweepstakes
Top-Ranked Entrants Awarded Cash Prizes, Opportunity to be Included in Future Commercial
Radnor, Pa., March 24, 2016 – The J.G. Wentworth Company® (“J.G. Wentworth” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JGW), a diversified consumer financial services company, today announced the three cash-prize winners of its “Shot at the Spot” Contest and Sweepstakes, which challenged individuals to sing, record and submit their own renditions of the “877-CASH-NOW” jingle for a chance to win cash and possible inclusion in a future commercial.
The three winners, who will share $50,000 in cash prizes, were selected according to popular vote and internal judging criteria. They beat out more than 350 eligible entries submitted over the nine-week contest period from Jan. 11 to March 11. And while their approaches to the contest varied, each winner cited J.G. Wentworth’s enduring ability to connect with consumers as a key reason for participating in the competition.
Grand Prize: “World’s Biggest Boyband – The JG Boyz” – In a video complete with props, matching outfits, synchronized dance moves and a catchy beat, The JG Boyz sing about “Cash Now,” while paying tribute to the beloved boy bands of the ‘90s.
“Over the last few years, the jingle and the characters from J.G. Wentworth commercials have resonated with us,” said Shannon Adam Mack, a member of The JG Boyz. “When we saw the opportunity to make a jingle of our own, we as artists collectively thought we could add value to the company and have fun at the same time, all while bringing attention back to the brand.”
Second Place: “Johan Sebastian” – Opting for a softer, simpler sound, Johan sings, strums his guitar and beat-boxes on a loop in this acoustic rendition of the jingle.
“I wanted to share my talent singing the most famous jingle in the U.S.,” said Sebastian. “And I wanted to deliver with my voice what the jingle represents to me.”
Third Place: “Auditions” – This take creatively records nine people as they pretend to audition for a role, capturing them in a series of close-up shots while they harmonize with one another.
“When we think of J.G. Wentworth we definitely think of the jingle, but more than that, we think of a company that helps people get the cash they need to move forward with their lives and achieve their dreams,” said Michael Gmur, who helped conceptualize and produce the video.
“We are excited to see consumers embrace and reinterpret our brand in so many unique and creative ways,” said Stewart Stockdale, Chief Executive Officer of J.G. Wentworth. “After more than two decades of service to our customers, and following the recent expansion of our product offering, it is gratifying to know J.G. Wentworth’s longstanding commitment to helping individuals meet their financial needs continues to resonate deeply with consumers.”
While the remaining entrants may have missed out on cash prizes, they still have a “shot” at fame. In the coming weeks, a panel of judges will determine which video submissions will be included in a future 877-CASH-NOW commercial – a prize for which all entries are eligible.
“For years, the 877-CASH-NOW jingle has captured the attention of consumers and, based on contest submissions, many dogs, too,” said John Owens, Chief Marketing Officer of J.G. Wentworth. “The Shot at the Spot contest allowed consumers and dogs alike to show off their creative side. We look forward to creating a commercial that tells J.G. Wentworth’s story through the voice of consumers, and celebrates our unique approach to connecting with our customers.”
J.G. Wentworth partnered with Yamamoto, an advertising agency based out of Minneapolis, to develop and launch the contest.
For more information about the Shot at the Spot Contest and Sweepstakes, as well as the winner selection process, please visit: ShotAtTheSpot.com.
About The J.G. Wentworth Company®
The J.G. Wentworth Company® is a diversified consumer financial services company. The Company is focused on providing direct-to-consumer access to financing needs through a variety of solutions, including: mortgage lending and refinancing, a personal lending marketplace, structured settlement payment purchasing, and prepaid cards. Through the J.G. Wentworth, Peachtree Financial Solutions, and Olive Branch Funding brands, the Company is the leading purchaser of structured settlement payments.
Mortgage loans are offered by J.G. Wentworth Home Lending, LLC NMLS ID # 2925 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org), 3350 Commission Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192; 888-349-3773.
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