Cannes Lions Announces its 2024 Jury President Line-up

Kalpesh Patankar from Leo Burnett UAE serves first Jury President for Industry Craft Lions from the MENA region


The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the names of the global experts who will preside over the 2024 Juries, playing a pivotal role in assessing and setting benchmarks for excellence across the spectrum of the world’s most outstanding creative and effective work.

Commenting on the Jury Presidents, Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said: “Our Jury Presidents play a crucial role in the existence of the Lions. Their knowledge, skills, and incredible talent, combined with the commitment and leadership that they will bring to their roles, bring integrity and rigour to the Lions. This is an exceptional line-up of talent from across the world, and we can’t wait to see the work that rises to the top in June.”

Kalpesh Patankar from Leo Burnett UAE has been appointed as the first Jury President for Industry Craft Lions, and the second consecutive jury representation in two years for the MENA region. Commenting on his appointment, Kalpesh remarked, “When you see a truly great piece of work, the feeling is undeniable. I have felt it many times, in many jury rooms over the years. This year, as Jury President I’ll be championing those undeniable pieces of work in Industry Craft at Cannes Lions 2024.”


The Cannes Lions 2024 Jury Presidents have been announced as follows:


Audio & Radio Lions:
Simon Vicars, Chief Creative Officer, Colenso BBDO, New Zealand


Brand Experience & Activation Lions:
Anselmo Ramos, Founder, Creative Chairman, GUT, Global


Creative B2B Lions:
Andisa Ntsubane, Managing Executive: Brand, Marketing and Communications Africa, Vodacom Group, Africa


Creative Business Transformation Lions:
Ariana Stolarz, Global Chief Strategy Officer, Marketing, Accenture Song, Global


Creative Commerce Lions:
Amy Lanzi, CEO, Digitas NA, Digitas, North America


Creative Data Lions:
Rose Herceg, Country President Australia and New Zealand, WPP, Australia and New Zealand


Creative Effectiveness Lions:
Harjot Singh, Global Chief Strategy Officer, McCann and McCann Worldgroup, Global


Creative Strategy Lions:
Vita M. Harris, Global Chief Strategy Officer, FCB, Global


Design Lions:
Fura Johannesdottir, Chief Creative Officer, Huge, Global


Digital Craft Lions:
Kentaro Kimura, International Chief Creative Officer and Corporate Officer, Hakuhodo, Global


Direct Lions:
Pancho Cassis, Partner and Global Chief Creative Officer, DAVID, Global


Entertainment Lions:
Geoffrey Edwards, Executive Creative Director, GALE, USA


Entertainment Lions for Gaming:
Lydia Winters, Chief Storyteller, Mojang Studios, Global


Entertainment Lions for Music:
Madeline Nelson, US Head of Independent Label Relations, Amazon Music, USA


Entertainment Lions for Sport:
Louise Johnson, CEO, Fuse, UK/EMEA


Film Lions:
Tor Myhren, VP Marketing Communications, Apple Inc, Global


Film Craft Lions:
Prasoon Pandey, Ad Film Maker, Corcoise Films, India


Glass: The Lion for Change:
Cindy Gallop, Founder and CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn, Global


Health & Wellness Lions:
Wendy Chan, Health Creative Lead, Asia Pacific, Edelman, APAC


Industry Craft Lions:
Kalpesh Patankar, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, UAE


Innovation Lions:
Diego Machado, Global Chief Creative Officer, AKQA, Global


Media Lions:
Prerna Mehrotra, Chief Client Officer and CEO Media, dentsu, APAC


Outdoor Lions:
Marco Venturelli, Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe, France


Pharma Lions:
Collette Douaihy, Global Chief Creative Officer, Health, Dentsu Health, Global


PR Lions:
Kat Thomas, Founder and Global Chief Creative Officer, One Green Bean, Global


Print & Publishing Lions:
John Raúl Forero, President and Chief Creative Officer, DDB, Colombia


Social & Influencer Lions:
Amy Ferguson, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, USA


Sustainable Development Goals Lions:
Gustavo Lauria, Co-Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer, We Believers, USA


The Dan Wieden Titanium Lions:
Debbi Vandeven, Global Chief Creative Officer, VML, Global


Further information on this year’s Jury Presidents, as well as the Festival, the Lions Awards and LIONS Membership can be found at




Dubai Lynx Announces 2024 Jury President Line-up

The 2024 Jury Presidents line-up features 11 industry experts from nine distinct markets, showcasing the comprehensive scope of the branded communications ecosystem


Dubai Lynx, MENA’s leading platform for creative excellence and effectiveness, has announced 11 industry experts who will lead the 2024 Juries.


The 11 industry experts from nine different markets, representing the breadth of the branded communications ecosystem including creative agencies, independent agencies, and brands, will convene in Dubai alongside their respective juries to establish the benchmark for creative excellence across MENA.


Commenting on the Jury President line-up, Philip Thomas, Chairman, LIONS and Dubai Lynx, said: “We welcome a wonderfully talented group of experts for 2024, to recognise the best ideas shaping the landscape in this unique part of the world. We thank them for their individual perspectives, expertise and experience for the leadership they will bring to the very important task ahead of them.


Ian Fairservice, Vice Chairman, Dubai Lynx, added: “We’re thrilled to bring a breadth of voices and perspectives to the Jury rooms for Dubai Lynx 2024, featuring some truly remarkable creative leaders. We’re grateful to all of our 2024 Jurors for devoting their time and knowledge, and we can’t wait to see them in action in Dubai next year.


The 2024 Dubai Lynx Jury Presidents have been announced as follows:



Brand Experience & Activation and Creative Commerce:
Rafael Rizuto, Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu Creative, US and Hispanic LATAM

Creative Effectiveness and Creative Strategy:
Bertille Toledano, President, BETC Paris, France

Design and Industry Craft:
Rajdeepak Das, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett and Chairman, Creative Council, Publicis Groupe, South Asia

Digital and Social & Influencer:
Anna Qvennerstedt, Global Chief Creative Officer, Forsman & Bodenfors, Global

Direct and Outdoor:
Nkgabiseng Motau, Co-Founder / Chief Creative Officer, Think Creative Africa, Africa

Ana Balarin, Chief Creative Officer, Wieden+Kennedy, UK

Film Craft:
Pierre Nelwan, Managing Director, Media.Monks, the Netherlands

Film, Print & Publishing, Radio & Audio, Integrated, Glass: The Award for Change and Grand Prix for Good:
Gabriel Schmitt, Global Chief Creative Officer, Grey, Global

Rohini Miglani, Vice President, Procter & Gamble International Operational SA SG, Asia/India/MEA

Enyi Nwosu, Chief Strategy Officer, UM London, UK

Anthony Chelvanathan, Chief Creative Officer, Canada


The Festival will take place on Tuesday 5 March 2024 followed by the Awards Ceremony & Dinner taking place on Wednesday 6 March 2024.


Entries into Dubai Lynx are being accepted until 25 January 2024. Click here for further information on the awards.



Motivate Val Morgan is the official representative of Dubai Lynx Festival in the UAE

MVM-VOX | Private Screening | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

Motivate Val Morgan, in partnership with VOX Cinemas recently hosted an exclusive private screening of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 at Mall of the Emirates.


The event, attended by over 150 agency and direct clients, offered attendees an immersive cinematic experience in the Dolby Atmos auditorium, and a specially curated ad showcase playlist and preshow.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 at VOX Cinemas


Avinash Udeshi, COO of Motivate Val Morgan, opened the event with a speech, providing  valuable insights into the cinema industry’s resurgence since the pandemic. Ten lucky invitees discovered complimentary luxury movie passes concealed under their seats, while kids in attendance were presented with complimentary movie passes to watch a movie of their preference.


Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to VOX Cinemas for their invaluable support in organizing and executing this screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. We also extend our gratitude to all the guests in attendance for making this event a truly memorable experience.


Stay tuned for future ‘Private Screenings’ in the UAE and in our other markets.


Contact us for cinema advertising opportunities.

2023 Cannes Lions Jury Members from the UAE

The 70th edition of the Cannes Lions Festival will witness the largest cohort of jurors from the UAE to judge at a singular festival.


Leading voices in their fields — and proven experts when it comes to creative excellence in action – meet the esteemed panel of jury members from the United Arab Emirates, tasked with benchmarking creative work at the 70th edition of the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.


The 70th edition of Cannes Lions will witness the largest delegation of jurors from the UAE to judge at a Lions Festival, Impact BBDO’s Ali Rez serving as the first Jury President from the MENA region, and Google’s Sandro Gelashvili as an awarding jury member for the Entertainment Lions for Gaming category, which will be awarded for the first time in 2023.



Commenting on this year’s Cannes Lions Jury line-up, Simon Cook – CEO of LIONS, said: “Our Jurors have a huge responsibility – giving up their time, energy, and expertise to set the benchmark for creative excellence as part of the 70th edition of the Lions. We are excited to see the body of Lion winning work that will set the industry standard for the next 70 years.”


In reference to the Cannes Lions jury panel from the UAE, Ian Fairservice – Managing Partner of Motivate Media Group, said, “We are thrilled to have such a diverse and talented group of experts representing the UAE as part of this year’s Cannes Lions jury panel. The 70th edition of the festival signifies a series of milestones for the UAE, including this year witnessing the largest cohort of jurors to judge at a singular festival, and the notable appointment of Ali Rez from Impact BBDO Dubai as the inaugural Jury President from MENA. All eighteen jury members from the UAE reflect the country’s unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of excellence and innovation in advertising, marketing, and communications, and we are confident that their extensive knowledge and insights will significantly contribute to setting new benchmarks for the global industry.”


See the full list of Presidents, Awarding and Shortlisting at


Further information on this year’s Festival and the Lions Awards can be found at


Motivate Media Group and Motivate Val Morgan are the official representatives of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the UAE.



Source: Cannes Lions




Motivate Val Morgan | Private Screening | Thor: Love and Thunder

Motivate Val Morgan in partnership with VOX Cinemas, hosted a private screening of Thor: Love and Thunder at Mall of the Emirates on Thursday 14th July at – the first screening post COVID-19 and for the year 2022.


With an attendance of over 75 invitees – a mix of agency and direct clients (and their family members), the private screening was a massive success and the first of many more ahead for this year!


Thor Love and Thunder Private Screening Photos


We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank VOX Cinemas for helping us organize and execute this screening – making it a memorable one!


Finally, a huge thank you out to our invitees who attended, thus contributing to its immense success.


Stay tuned for more updates on future ‘Private Screenings’ by Motivate Val Morgan.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Becomes the Highest Grossing Movie of All-time in MENA

Spider-Man: No Way Home was the talk of the MCU community for months before its release. The internet was flooded with fan theories about multiple Spider-Man fighting together in the film, and people were convinced they had spotted Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield on set.

On December 16, 2021, Spider-Man finally made it into cinemas in MENA, and worldwide on December 17. The Multiverse brought both ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ and the ‘Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man’ to the big screen alongside Holland’s take on the ‘Web-slinging’ hero. In addition to them, several villains from previous Spider-Man films also made an appearance, matching the expectations of the MCU Spiderman fans as well as the general audience.

The Movie has been shattering records ever since. While receiving much praise from both fans and critics around the world, it has now earned a sweet spot on the domestic box office list in the US and has become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. The movie raked up a US$ 702.6 million in ticket sales in the US alone since its release, and US$ 1.6 billion globally, making it the eighth highest-grossing film at the global box office.

Sony Pictures MENA Marketing Director Charbel Zakhour recently announced on LinkedIn that Spider-Man: No Way Home has officially become the No.1 Grossing Film in the MENA region. This box office success reaffirms the unmatched impact theatrical releases can have in times post the outbreak of the pandemic. Spider-Man: No Way Home also demolished any preconceived notions about how much a major theatrical blockbuster could gross in these times.

As a result of this success, the industry has maintained a V-shaped recovery since the disruption caused by the pandemic, and we are looking forward to a positive year in 2022.

Dubai Lynx Announces 2022 Jury Presidents

Thirteen experts will lead the Dubai Lynx juries to award outstanding creativity in branded communications from across MENA


Dubai Lynx, MENA’s premier Festival and Awards for creative excellence in branded communications, has announced the thirteen industry experts who will lead the 2022 juries.


The Jury Presidents will judge work entered across 20 different categories, including the newly launched Social & Influencer Lynx and refreshed Creative Effectiveness Lynx and PR Lynx.


About the Jury Presidents, Philip Thomas, Chairman, Dubai Lynx, said, “This is an exceptional group of global talent from across a spectrum of disciplines. We are delighted that, together with their juries, they will be responsible for setting the creative bar in the region as they view, discuss and award work from across MENA. It’s a privilege to be working with them and we’re already excited to see the outcome of their judging.


Ian Fairservice, Vice Chairman of Dubai Lynx, added: “Dubai Lynx, MENA’s premier festival of creativity, is making an eagerly awaited comeback. In 2022, a newly designed two-day learning and development experience will replace the full festival, with a smaller programme of community-focused networking and talks taking place in a number of venues across Dubai.”


The 2022 Dubai Lynx Jury Presidents have been announced as follows:


Dubai Lynx 2022


Brand Experience & Activation Jury President
Malcolm Poynton, Global Chief Creative Officer, Cheil Worldwide, Global

Creative Effectiveness and Creative Strategy Jury President
Nadja Bellan-White, Global Chief Marketing Officer, VICE Media Group, Global

Design and Industry Craft Jury President
Marta Swannie, Senior Creative Director, Superunion, United Kingdom

Direct and Outdoor Jury President
Chaka Sobhani, Global Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, Global

Digital and Mobile Jury President
Wesley Ter Haar, Co-Founder, Media.Monks, Global

Entertainment Jury President
Asawin Phanichwatana, Deputy Chief Creative Officer, GREYnJ UNITED, Thailand

Film Jury President
Alex Grieve, Chief Creative Officer, AMV BBDO, United Kingdom

Film Craft Jury President
Khalil Bachooali, Founder & Managing Director, Offroad Films, India

Healthcare Jury President
Veronica Trujillo, Managing Director, TBWA\WorldHealth Mexico

Media Jury President
Anna Chitty, CEO, Starcom China

PR Jury President
Kat Thomas, Founder & Global Executive Creative Director, One Green Bean, Global

Print & Publishing and Radio & Audio Jury President
Tseliso Rangaka, Chief Creative Officer, FCB/HC Johannesburg, South Africa

Social & Influencer
Catalin Dobre, Chief Creative Officer McCann Worldgroup Romania & Creative Director McCann CEE, McCann, Romania


The winners of the 2022 awards will be revealed and celebrated at the Dubai Lynx Awards Show. Taking place at Dubai Opera House on 16 March 2022, the black-tie awards dinner is a night of celebration and networking for the whole industry.


Entries into Dubai Lynx are being accepted until 2 February 2022. For further information please visit the Dubai Lynx website


Tickets for the two-day learning and development experience will be available from 26 January 2022.


Source: Dubai Lynx


Winners of the META Cinema Forum Awards 2021

VOX Cinemas wins the Highest Grossing Exhibitor in The Middle East 2020-21 award for generating revenue amounting to US$171.7 million in the Middle East from October 2020 to October 2021 at the META Cinema Forum Awards 2021.

VOX Cinema’s US$171.7 million box office revenue represents more than 21 percent of the US$800 million box office revenue expected in the Middle East in 2021, according to research by Omdia.


The 4th edition of the META Cinema Forum – the largest cinema convention, covering Middle East and African markets, powered by Yummz Hot Chips Cafe, took place between 26th and 28th October 2021 at the Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai.


Eight winners were honoured with the highest industry accolades at the META Cinema Forum Awards for their achievements – based on the numbers collated from industry sources – making it the most authentic industry awards based on performance. Two of the awards were presented by META Cinema Forum while the rest 6 were presented by Comscore.


VOX Cinemas won the Highest Grossing Exhibitor in The Middle East 2020-21 award for generated revenue amounting to US$171.7 million in the Middle East from October 2020 to October 2021.


Cinemarine Cinemas won the Exhibitor of the Pandemic Period of Turkey. Cenk Sezgin, Chief Executive Officer, Cinemarine Cinemas, received the award for his organisation.


Murat Cemcir, Enterprising investor, Producer, Artist, was adjudged the Fastest Box Office Success in a Very Short Seasonal Period in Turkey. His organisation saw 21 million in admission and TL226 million Turkish Lira box office revenue in 10 movies.


Four Star Films won the Highest-grossing English Title in the Middle East 2020-21 for Fast & Furious 9 with box office revenue reaching US$16.98 million in the Middle East.


Empire Entertainment and Orient Films won the Highest-Grossing Arabic Title in the Middle East 2020-21–for Waafet Reggaala, which generated US$15.08 million box office revenue in the Middle East.


Film One won the award in the Highest-Grossing Title in Africa 2020-21 category for Omo Ghetto: The Saga, with box office revenue reaching US$1.66 million in West Africa.


Muvi Cinemas won the Exhibitor of the Year 2020-21 award for its recent accomplishments in growth and development during a period of great uncertainty having established 121 screens over 13 locations across Saudi Arabia.


Eagle Films won the Distributor of the Year 2020-21 in recognition of the support and dedication to deliver a pipeline of quality films during a period of risk and instability having more than 46 most films released during October 2020 – to October 2021 – including Wrath of Man and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.


Unlike other industry awards that are based on either corporate marketing presentations, public perception or jury nominations, META Cinema Forum Awards is based on pure numbers that puts them at the top of the ranking in each category where the names were chosen from.


Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, Great Mind Events Management, said, “This is a true reflection of the best performance in each category in the film industry and we are pleased to honour them with their well-deserved awards.


“The numbers dictate who wins the awards. For example, Four Star Films won the Highest-grossing English Title in the Middle East 2020-21 for Fast & Furious 9 that is based on the box office revenue figure, reaching US$16.98 million in the Middle East. No one can dispute its rank as top-grossing film in the region.


“As MENA Cinema Forum matures as the largest cinema convention in the Middle East and Africa, we want to make thing more transparent to ensure authenticity of the awards that are based on third-party research.”


Box office revenue in the Middle East is set to cross US$800 million in 2021, US$1 billion in 2022 and US$1.3 billion in 2024, recovering from US$250 million in 2020 – marking the fastest recovery in the world, according to research by Omdia.


More than 500 industry delegates, experts and participants discussed the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry stakeholders at this year’s META Cinema Forum. The three-day mega film industry conference took place just a few weeks into Dubai Expo 2020 – the largest event in the Middle East and Africa region.


The Middle East and Africa region has one of the fastest growing entertainment industries in the world and governments are investing heavily to diversify economies and reduce dependency on a single economic sector


Motivate Val Morgan was a media partner for this year’s META Cinema Forum.



Sources: Press Release (Great Mind Events Management)



Get Ready for LYNX Live

From 5-7 October 2020, LYNX Live comes to LIONS Live, bringing together talent from across the world to talk about what’s next for creativity in MENA.


Now, more than ever, the importance of creativity is fundamental. LYNX Live will provide a platform for the industry to collaborate, learn and be inspired by MENA focused content.


Enjoy a daily programme of original series, creative conversations, debates and interviews in a beautifully produced magazine show format. It is open and freely accessible to the whole advertising communications industry, with content for the young Lynx community, as well as agency and brand leaders.


What’s On:

In-depth talks and discussions presenting fresh thinking on topical issues which will both inspire and challenge MENA’s creative industry.

MENA’s greatest storytellers and creative stars share lessons from, and secrets behind, a long-lasting career in creativity. Success stories with their own uniquely creative spin.

Diverse thinkers share thoughtful and provocative future scenarios – based on science, data, insight and their own ideas on what will matter most in the years to come.

How to manage remote leadership in lockdown? Will the world of marketing in the MENA region change forever? What keeps the brand leaders in the region awake at night? These are some of the talking points the ‘Marketers from MENA’ series explores.

Extraordinary brands, agencies and people talk about creativity. Surprising and original, these films showcase some of the region’s finest minds and the sharpest thinking in the industry.

The LYNX Live Debate
Industry leaders come together to figure out what’s next. We tackle a hot topic affecting MENA’s creative community, with perspective from important people across the business of creativity.


The Talent:

 Few of the confirmed speakers for the Lynx Live


The schedule is being confirmed and will be released soon, in the meantime here are just a few of the confirmed speakers:

Ali Rez, Regional Executive Creative Director, Middle East and Pakistan Impact BBDO

Vidya Manmohan, Ex-ECD, GREY Dubai

Kalpesh Patankar, CCO, VMLY&R, MENA

Asad Rehman, Unilever

Zainab Salbi, Humanitarian, Author, and Media Personality

Christine Harb, VP Marketing CEMEA, VISA


How to Register:

Register on the LIONS Live platform where LYNX Live will be streamed. You can use your existing Dubai Lynx account details to log in to LIONS Live. Otherwise, you will need to create a new account.

Click here to register


Visit Dubai Lynx for more information:



Sources: Cannes Lions and Dubai Lynx

VMLY&R Dubai Named Cannes Lions Regional Agency of the Decade

VMLY&R Dubai has been named MENA’s regional best agency of the past 10 years in Cannes Lions’ first Lions Creativity Report of the Decade – an award presented to the agency that has performed best across the festival’s annual agency rankings over the last 10 years.

VMLY&R (previously Y&R until it merged with WPP sister agency VML in 2018) has produced Cannes Lions-winning work over the past 10 years for clients including the Interreligious Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with whom it created ‘One Book for Peace’ and ‘One Poster for Peace’, which won Gold in 2017 and 2018. The work on this project helped to show Christians and Muslims that there is more they have in common than that which divides them.

On winning the award, Kalpesh Patankar, CCO of VMLY&R MENA, told Campaign Magazine Middle East: “Our big learning of the decade is that no matter where you work, you have to be willing to break the rules. I’m very grateful to all of the people who have brought us this far and contributed passionately to our story. In the next decade I hope we can write a story that is even bigger and bolder.”

Georges Barsoum, CEO of VMLY&R MENA, said: “This couldn’t have happened without wonderful clients who believed in our ‘connected brands’ philosophy, whereby great storytelling is empowered by technology to create brands that not only live in people’s culture but rather bend it to create impact. Thank you Cannes Lions for being such an inspiring platform that pushes the bar higher and higher.”

TBWA Hunt Lascaris, Johannesburg, South Africa and Ogilvy, Johannesburg, South Africa secured second and third rankings (respectively) for the MENA region.

WPP was named the best holding company in the rankings. The business, which has its headquarters in the UK and owns the Grey, Ogilvy, VMLY&R and Wunderman Thompson networks, was named Holding Company of the Year at seven straight Cannes Lions festivals from 2011 to 2017, although it was surpassed at the last two events by US rival Omnicom, which finished second over the decade, followed Interpublic who came in third.

Motivate Media Group and Motivate Val Morgan (the representatives of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the UAE) congratulates VMLY&R Dubai on winning this prestigious accolade.



Source: Campaign Magazine Middle East