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Decaying ‘Walking Dead’ ads in Berlin target female viewers

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To help promote the fourth season of The Walking Dead, Fox Germany opted for an approach that’s a bit tongue-in-cheek — or, rather, finger in cheek.

Electronic billboards in select Berlin subway stations advertise what appears to be a makeup remover called “Good Night Cleansing Program,” and show a model demonstrating the product. But as pedestrians walk by, the image changes to reveal a zombie (below), accompanied by information about when and where to watch the hit comic-book adaptation.

The ad was created by German agency Saint Elmo’s, which was inspired by the realization that horror genre is as popular with women as it is with men.

As Creative Managing Director Dennis Pfisterer explained in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, “We drastically countered the outdated cliche that all horror fans are male by using a cliched image in the style of a beauty product ad, so that we could appeal above all to female horror fans, alongside male fans, with this concept of a ‘makeup removal program for good TV nights.'”

The campaign, which debuted earlier this month, ends Monday, but Fox Germany indicates it could expand beyond Berlin to other major cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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FOX???? But Walking dead is an AMC show. WTF?

Perhaps AMC does not broadcast in Germany and has licensed the show to FOX in Germany. That would be the common sense explanation.

We get in on Fox here in the UK too.


@WebHobbit: Fox airs the show outside of ‘Merica. Did you know that AMC isn’t a worldwide channel? Many series are air on Fox, WB Channel or Sony outside of this country (USA).


Here in México it’s aired on Fox as well. Two days later but can’t complain much,

Huh. I knew AMC wasn’t worldwide. I just figured it was AMC and then syndicated later to whoever would pay the fees. Just seemed strange that Fox would be airing it. Odd alliances. Feels like Ford selling Camaros or something!


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