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Merck, ‘The Journey’ by McCann Health London

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Merck introduced the first treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to the market in 1998, and have been helping patients manage their condition ever since. To celebrate their 20-year anniversary, McCann Health London created a short film, to be shared in healthcare channels and amongst the MS community.

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The short film portrays one patient’s journey over the last 20 years, from the time she was diagnosed with MS in 1998, up until the present day. It is not a brand story but an emotional story of her life, full of the usual ups and downs, such as the birth of a child and the loss of a parent. And whilst being diagnosed with MS, her condition does not define her. Thanks to the treatment and support Merck provides, she can live her life the way she chooses.

Beautifully directed by Iconoclast’s Rob Chiu, the film brings real emotions to the surface through performance, cinematography and an emotionally led music score.




Executive Creative Director EMEA: Adrian Parr

Executive Creative Director: Matt Turrell

Creative Director: Gianpaolo Palombella

Creative Director: Andy McGuinness

Senior Copywriter: Libby Middlehurst

General Manager: Jonathan Kukathasan

Client Service Director: Lucy Morgan

Account Director: Juliet Arkell

Chief Strategy Officer: Michael Le Brocq

Senior Planner: Raquel Ruiz



Chief Production Officer: Sergio Lopez

Executive Producer: Sophie Chapman-Andrews

Producer: Roy Swansborough

Senior Sound Engineer: Adam Smyth

Music Supervisor: Chris Graves

Online Editor: Ben McIlveen



Director: Rob Chiu

Executive Producer: Anna Smith-Tenser

Executive Producer: Carine Harris

Producer: Tom Knight

Director of Photography: Rina Yang



Offline Editor: James Rose


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Colourist: Seamus O’Kane