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20 February 2023

CREED III’s Director, Producer and Star, Michael B. Jordan teamed with KISS and Rio Ferdinand Foundation to inspire young people

Ahead of the hotly anticipated release of CREED III, actor, producer and director Michael B. Jordan has teamed up with KISS and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation for their #notboxed campaign, helping to inspire young people and drive change in the way they are supported in building their futures.

The event with Warner Bros Pictures launched with an ‘Into the Film Industry’ session, where young people from the Foundations’ programmes, young leaders from the organisation and lucky KISS listeners could hear from Jordan, Ferdinand and trainees within the film industry to find out more about starting a career within film and TV. Hosted at The Rosewood London Hotel by KISS Presenter Ella, the event explored themes of resilience, motivation, marginalisation and more – all of which are key themes from the film.

The event and film received promotion on air on KISS and across KISS’ Twitter, TikTok and Instagram channels, building excitement and encouraging audiences to see the film when it releases in cinemas globally on Friday 3rd March.

The event marks the latest ‘Into the Industry’ event hosted by KISS and Rio Ferdinand Foundation – since the #unboxed campaign launched last April, the Bauer Media radio station and charity have partnered on several ‘Into the Music Industry’ events with Warner Music to support those aiming for a career in music.

Rebecca Frank, Content Director at KISS, said: “When we launched the #unboxed campaign last year, our KISS insights found that while over three-quarters of young people know or have some idea of what their dream job would be, nearly half are unsure of the process of how to apply or put themselves forward in the field of their choice. It’s therefore so important to help guide young people through events like this; providing the information to equip them on their journeys. It’s been fantastic to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures on this and I know both Michael and Rio truly inspired all our attendees.”

Gary Stannett, CEO, Rio Ferdinand Foundation, added: “Our #notboxed collaboration with KISS and Bauer Media not only provides with vital insight in to how we best support young people into work, but also offers opportunities to engage young people with a range of industries to understand careers, pathways and opportunities and build new networks. The event gave young people from across London and the UK an opportunity to meet and talk with insiders in the film industry as well as hear words of wisdom from Rio and Michael B. Jordan and the buzz afterwards made it clear that anyone who attended found it both and enlightening and exciting experience.”

CREED III, the third installment of the hit franchise, opens in theaters globally on March 3rd, 2023. The film will be released in the US by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and internationally through Warner Bros.


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For further press information, please contact:

Amelia O’Shea – Head of Communications, Bauer Media Audio UK

Odelia Yu – Commercial Communications Manager, Bauer Media



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CREED III, the third installment of the hit franchise, opens in theaters globally on March 3rd, 2023. After dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has been thriving in both his career and family life. When a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy, Damian (Jonathan Majors), resurfaces after serving a long sentence in prison, he is eager to prove that he deserves his shot in the ring. The face off between former friends is more than just a fight. To settle the score, Adonis must put his future on the line to battle Damian – a fighter who has nothing to lose. Adonis is brought to life for the third time by star Michael B. Jordan, who stepped behind the camera to direct and produce as well. The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Wood Harris, Mila Davis-Kent, Florian Munteanu, and Phylicia Rashad. Story by Ryan Coogler and Keenan Coogler & Zach Baylin. Screenplay by Keenan Coogler & Zach Baylin.

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