Amazon Prime goes Star Tekking across the London tube


Amazon Prime has boldly rebranded an iconic London tube station as PICARDilly Circus to promote its new Star Trek series.

Customers on London Underground today found themselves transported to the heart of the Federation to mark the launch of the streaming channel’s original new series Star Trek: Picard.

Amazon Prime at PICARDilly Circus

From Wednesday 15 January to Thursday 16 January, the Grade II listed station will be renamed “PICARDilly Circus”. Roundels in the ticket hall and platforms have been rebranded. And specially created signage and posters, inspired by the new series, installed throughout the station.

Tube travel, but not as we know it

Special public service announcements will also be made. They’ll advise customers on how to avoid card-clash and to “take care when using stairs, escalators or transporters”.

TfL Image - PICARDilly line
Final frontier: Amazon Prime rebrands iconic London tube station.

Julie Dixon, Head of Customer Information, Design and Partnerships at Transport for London (TfL) said: ‘We’re thrilled to partner with Amazon Prime Video to create this exciting takeover of one of London’s most well-known Underground stations to celebrate the launch of Star Trek: Picard.

“The Star Trek franchise is a global sensation. We’re excited to mark this next chapter in a creative, engaging way that connects with tens of thousands of people.

“We hope that the out of this world activity has brought a bit of unexpected fun to our customers and that they boldly go on their commute, young or old.”

Power of outdoor

Mike Gordon, Chief Commercial Officer at Global, said: ‘This clever campaign is a perfect example of how brands can harness the power of outdoor to create experiences which capture the attention of audiences at key moments of the day.

“Many commuters will be streaming video whilst travelling to work. Or they may be heading home and considering diving into a new series.

“This dynamic activation will help drive awareness and fame for this much-loved franchise. We look forward to seeing how commuters respond.’

The new series launches on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries around the world on 24 January.

It features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

TfL Image - PICARDilly roundel
Klingons on the underground? PICARDilly Circus promotes new Star Trek series.

Next chapter

The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life.

This two-day marketing campaign was developed by Amazon, Initiative, TfL and Global Media.

By using TfL’s advertising estate and in-station environments, advertisers can have access to flexible and dynamic opportunities to connect with their target audiences. This is turn  helps generate vital revenues to invest in London’s transport network.

The activation will run alongside high-impact media takeovers of platforms and corridor areas, delivered by TfL’s advertising partner Global. These will remain in place for two weeks.

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