Evolution is an advertising campaign launched by Unilever in 2006 as part of its Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, to promote the newly created Dove Self-Esteem Fund. The centre of the Unilever campaign is a 75-second spot produced by Ogilvy & Mather in Toronto, Canada. The piece was first displayed online on 6 October 2006, and was later broadcast as a television and cinema spot in the Netherlands and the Middle East. The ad was created from the budget left over from the earlier Daughters campaign, and was intended to be the first in a series of such online-focused spots by the company. Later pieces include Onslaught and Amy. Evolution was directed by Canadian director Yael Staav, with sound design handled by the Vapor Music Group, and post-production by SoHo.
The advert was a critical, popular, and financial success. It won a number of the most prestigious awards in the advertising industry, including two Cannes Lions Grand Prix awards and an Epica D’Or. It has been discussed in many mainstream television programmes and print publications, and the exposure generated by the spot has been estimated at a value of over $150M. Evolution has also spawned numerous unofficial copycat versions, including a title sequence to a BBC sketch show and a short parody called Slob Evolution, created by a British production company, Blink Productions, which has gone on to itself be nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.