Meet the 2024 Cannes Lions Shortlisting Jury Members from the UAE

The 71st edition of the Cannes Lions Festival will witness the largest cohort of jurors from the UAE to judge at a singular festival.

 

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the lineup of twelve shortlisting jury members from the UAE who will take part in the initial judging phase for this year’s Cannes Lions awards, scheduled to take place in Cannes, France, from June 17-21.

This update follows the earlier announcement of thirteen awarding jury members – including a jury president – who will collaborate with jurors from 54 diverse markets to acknowledge and celebrate exceptional global creative achievements, setting a new standard for excellence.

The 71st edition of the Cannes Lions Festival will feature its largest UAE cohort yet, with 25 jurors overseeing judging duties at a single festival, highlighting the nation’s increasing impact and expertise in the global creative landscape.

Commenting on the global shortlisting jury members announcement, Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said: “Our Shortlisting Jurors play a fundamental role in the Cannes Lions judging process. This talented line-up of industry experts will bring us one step closer to defining the creative benchmark on the global stage this June. I’d like to extend my gratitude for their hard work in curating the work that will go on to be awarded and recognised at the Festival this year.”

In reference to the Cannes Lions jury panel from the UAE, Ian Fairservice – Managing Partner of Motivate Media Group, said: “In reference to the Cannes Lions jury panel from the UAE, Ian Fairservice – Managing Partner of Motivate Media Group, said: “We are excited to see the continuous increase in the UAE’s footprint at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Kalpesh Patankar’s appointment as the second consecutive jury president in two years serves as a clear indication of the creative industry’s development here, steered by a diverse and talented group of experts. This reflects the UAE’s steadfast dedication to upholding standards of excellence and innovation in advertising, marketing, and communications. With a further twelve talented jury members, each bringing their own unique perspectives to the judging process, this is a great representation of our region at the international level.”

The 2024 Shortlisting Jury Members from the UAE have been named as:

 

 

Brand Experience & Activation:
Jarrad Pitts, Creative Director, Consulum

Direct:
Zahir Mirza, Executive Creative Director, C2

Entertainment:
Shereen Mostafa, Head of Production Publicis Groupe Middle East, Publicis Groupe

Film:
Serena Abi Aad, Creative Director and Film Director

Film Craft:
Rodrigo Scapolan, Creative Director, TBWA\RAAD

Health & Wellness:
Rana Sadek, Associate Creative Director, ImpactBBDO Dubai

Industry Craft:
Prerna Mehra, Creative Director and Head of Art and Design, MullenLowe MENA,
Gemma Crompton, Creative Director, Landor

Outdoor:
Firas Medrows, Executive Creative Director, DDB

PR:
Shafaq Tariq, Director – PR, Social Media and Influencer Marketing, MKV Digital

Print & Publishing:
Mohamed Bareche, Executive Creative Director, Horizon FCB

Social & Influencer:
Akanksha Goel, CEO and Founder, Socialize / We Are Social

 

With the Luxury & Lifestyle Lions Jury to be announced soon, you can see the full list of Global Presidents and Awarding and Shortlisting Juries here.

Further information on this year’s Festival and the Lions Awards can be found at visit www.canneslions.com.

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

 

 

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Cannes Lions Announces 2024 Awarding Jury Members from the UAE

The UAE jury members will collaborate closely with awarding jurors from 54 markets to recognize and honor outstanding work from around the world at this year’s festival

 

Cannes Lions has unveiled the cohort of global experts selected to award the world’s finest creative and effective work, setting the standard for excellence this June at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Among the distinguished jury members announced, this year will feature thirteen representatives from the United Arab Emirates.

The 71st edition of Cannes Lions will witness Leo Burnett’s Kalpesh Patankar serving as the first Jury President for Industry Craft Lions from the MENA region, marking the second consecutive jury representation in two years.

Commenting on the Jury, Simon Cook, CEO of LIONS, said: “We’re delighted to have a balance and breadth of expertise and global representation across our Juries. The Awarding Juries represent the global industry’s leading talent from a diverse range of disciplines, and we welcome the unique perspectives they bring. We thank them for their time, dedication, and care in setting the global creative benchmark for our industry.”

Regarding the Cannes Lions jury panel from the UAE, Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner of Motivate Media Group, said, “We are excited to see the continuous increase in the UAE’s footprint at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Kalpesh Patankar’s appointment as the second consecutive jury president in two years serves as a clear indication of the creative industry’s development here, steered by a diverse and talented group of experts. This reflects the UAE’s steadfast dedication to upholding standards of excellence and innovation in advertising, marketing, and communications. With a further twelve talented jury members, each bringing their own unique perspectives to the judging process, this is a great representation of our region at the international level.”

The 2024 Awarding Jury Members from the UAE have been named as:

 

Brand Experience & Activation:
Nayaab Rais, Senior Creative Director, FP7 McCann Dubai

Creative Commerce:
Sebastien Boutebel, Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi ME

Creative Effectiveness:
Islam Eldessouky, Global VP, Creative & Strategy, Coca-Cola TM

Digital Craft:
Stacy Andersen, Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation, Merkle MENAT

Direct:
Saymon Medeiros, Creative Director, and us

Entertainment Lions For Music:
Pierre Carnet, Managing Director, MENA, MassiveMusic

Film:
Camila Venegas Gomez, Associate Creative Director, M&C Saatchi

Industry Craft (Jury President):
Kalpesh Patankar, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett

Media
Elda Choucair, Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom Media Group (MENA)

Pharma
Darius LaBelle, President, BPG Group

PR
Marie Claire Maalouf, Chief Creative Officer, Edelman

Radio & Audio
Federico Fanti, Chief Creative Officer, FP7 McCann Dubai

Titanium
Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer, Impact BBDO

 

With shortlisting jury line-up alongside the Luxury & Lifestyle Lions Jury to be announced soon, see the full list of Global Presidents and Awarding Juries here.

Further information on this year’s Festival and the Lions Awards can be found at visit www.canneslions.com

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

 

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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 canneslions.com.

 

 

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Cannes Lions to Launch the Luxury & Lifestyle Lions and Close the Mobile Lions

The Luxury & Lifestyle Lions launch recognises the significant transformation and disruption to the creative marketing of brands in the luxury space

 

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has introduced the Luxury & Lifestyle Lions, setting a global standard for luxury brands, with the goal of acknowledging and celebrating the most influential creative work, experiences, and business solutions within the luxury and lifestyle sector.

 

Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said: “When we introduce a Lion that reflects the needs of an industry sector, the Award is crafted in collaboration with the relevant industry. Our global committee of experts have advised us that this highly disrupted sector needs its own benchmark, so that we can move from driving awareness to recognising solutions that are changing business models and setting a new creative standard for a market in flux. The Luxury & Lifestyle Lions will recognise branded communications and solutions that drive business performance and brand loyalty. A multi-disciplined Jury will set a new benchmark for the luxury sector, with the Lion recognising creative work that elevates the discipline and the sector.”

 

Marian Brannelly, Global Director of Awards, LIONS, added: “The luxury market has faced significant disruption in recent years and post-pandemic. A shift in consumer behaviour and an accelerated shift towards e-commerce and emerging technologies are just a few of the areas the market has had to navigate and innovate in at speed. Add to this the changing values of new demographics, the evolving definition of luxury in non-Western markets and the need for a heightened focus on sustainability and conscious consumption, and you begin to see the pivotal role that world-class creativity can play in this transformation.”

 

This change is supported by WARC’s ‘Guide to Luxury Marketing in an Era of Change’ and Euromonitor research, which indicates that sales in the luxury category have rebounded after COVID-19 and are expected to surpass pre-pandemic levels in 2023. Additionally, research by IPSOS demonstrates that the global luxury market is evolving, presenting new opportunities and challenges. It is predicted that demographic shifts in emerging economies will create more than one billion first-time consumers, primarily concentrated in China, India, and Southeast Asia – as their purchasing power is bolstered by rapid digital adoption among a youthful, urban, and tech-savvy population.

 

Commenting on the Award, Charles Georges-Picot, Global CEO at Marcel and Publicis Luxe, Global Client Lead, said: “At a time where the luxury sector must constantly reinvent, transform and honour brand heritage with a keen eye on the future, the introduction of a Luxury & Lifestyle Lions will help set a new creative benchmark for this highly disrupted and exciting sector. We know that creativity has the power to push boundaries and progress sectors and disciplines. We’re excited about a new industry standard that will redefine how we look at branded communications, business models and creative transformation in this dynamic space.”

 

At this year’s Cannes Lions, ‘Kaguya by GUCCI’ by Dentsu Inc., Tokyo, was awarded a Bronze Lion in Film Craft. The work featured music that celebrates a mix of historical Japanese artforms with the latest technology in creativity. The creative director behind the piece, Toshihiko Tanabe, said about the launch of the Luxury & Lifestyle Lions: “Luxury campaigns aren’t just about glittering celebrities dancing in the sunset. For years, luxury marketing has served as a rare platform to exhibit visual art and pop culture in the most contemporary way.”

 

In other changes to the Lions, Brannelly commented: “It’s important that the Awards reflect the current landscape and pave the way forward, so as well as evolving the Lions, it’s equally important for us to retire Lions when necessary. In 2024, following consultation with our Juries, we will close the Mobile Lions. Mobile devices are embedded in work across every channel and discipline, and over the past number of years, mobile-led creativity has been expanding into almost every Lion.”

 

Full information on the Luxury & Lifestyle Lions, including the definition, criteria and categories, will follow, along with the Entry Kit, in November. Details of the Jury President and Jury will be announced early next year, with submissions into Cannes Lions 2024 being accepted from 18 January 2024.

 

Click here for further information on the Cannes Lions Awards along with the 2023 winners.

 

 

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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 canneslions.com/awards/jury

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Dubai Lynx Releases Its First Annual Creativity Report

The 2023 Dubai Lynx Creativity Report saw Publicis Groupe sweep four Special Award wins, while and us recorded a top three position for the third year running. Additionally, Sweetwater MEA recorded their first ever ranking in Independent Agency of the Year

 

Dubai Lynx, MENA’s Festival and Awards for creative excellence in branded communications, has today published the first Dubai Lynx Creativity Report. The Report, which is available to everyone, shines a light on the best creative work, as selected by Lynx Juries and includes the rankings for this year’s top performing Networks, Agencies and Companies from the MENA region.

 

The 2023 rankings saw Publicis Groupe sweep four Special Award wins, taking first place in Network of the Year, Media Network of the Year, MENA Agency of the Year and the Lynx Palm Award. Saatchi & Saatchi ranked in the top three for the first time in their history, taking second place in both MENA Agency of the Year and Network of the Year. and us secured a top three position in Independent Agency of the Year for the third Festival running, and Sweetwater MEA record their first ever ranking.

 

Speaking about the report, Ian Fairservice, Vice Chairman, Dubai Lynx, said, “2023 has been an exciting year for Dubai Lynx, with the successful return of a physical event and now to have released the first Dubai Lynx Creativity Report. The trends and themes emerging from this year’s winning work showed brands to be disruptive, positively affecting culture and truly innovative. I’d like to congratulate all the shortlisted and winning companies, for setting the benchmark for creativity in MENA for a 16th year.”

 

Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, added, “The Dubai Lynx Creativity Report is a celebration of the most creative ideas from the region and we are excited to be able to share this with our community in MENA. This year’s winners showed a renewed emphasis on companies investing in creativity for growth, using cutting-edge technology and innovative ideas to reach commercial goals. Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted, or who won a Lynx Award. Your work is raising the standard of creativity, in MENA and beyond.”

 

The rankings are compiled using data from Lynx-winning and shortlisted work from 2023. The Dubai Lynx Creativity Report is powered by LIONS’ intelligence platform, The Work, housing the world’s most extraordinary creative thinking with insights on how it was briefed, researched, produced and crafted. The report is an essential tool for benchmarking creative excellence and effectiveness for the year ahead, sharing analysis and insights from the winning work and lessons on how brands are growing businesses and tackling some of the region’s most challenging problems in innovative ways. The themes covered include: ‘Speaking truth to power’, ‘Cutting through with commerce’, ‘Finding regional relevance’ and ‘Harnessing football fever’.

 

Access the full report, here

 

All results for the Dubai Lynx Awards can be found here.

Cannes Lions Launches the LIONS Scholarship

LIONS Scholarship will support more than 130 underrepresented members of the creative community and emerging talent with access to Cannes Lions

 

LIONS has announced the launch of the LIONS Scholarship, which is designed to support the next generation of talent. The scholarship offers a group of young people from around the world a fully funded place on the Cannes Lions Brand Marketers and Creative Academies, which will take place during the Festival in June.

 

The new initiative sits alongside a range of talent programmes which are part of LIONS’ drive to introduce more opportunities for underrepresented groups through fully funded talent programmes at Cannes Lions.

 

Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said, “We’ve spent 70 years helping to shape careers, foster connections, and platform the power of creativity on a global scale. As we look forward to the next 70 years, we will focus on creating opportunities, providing access, and nurturing the next generation of creative marketing leaders. As part of our mission to support those ‘in the making’ and drive progress for people, we’re opening up the Festival to more than 130 people from groups traditionally underrepresented in the creative industries. To mark our 70th edition, we’re introducing the inaugural LIONS Scholarship. This initiative is designed to increase the accessibility of Cannes Lions’ bespoke academies, which offer a curated education programme at the heart of the Festival.”

 

The LIONS talent programme includes a range of early career initiatives with the LIONS Academies and Young Lions Competitions designed to catapult young talent in their careers. Additionally, LIONS current talent accelerator programmes continue this year, including See It Be It, which aims to help achieve equal gender representation of creative directors and leaders.

 

Included within the wider talent programme are community-led initiatives which have been designed in partnership with the global creative industry. These include: a programme with The Black Executive CMO Alliance to bring Future Leaders from The BECA Playbook to Cannes; complimentary passes for the winners of the Perifa Education Programme which is designed for creatives from the Brazilian peripheries; support of the #CannesForAll initiative, launched by the Brixton Finishing School, DigiLearning Foundation and Lollipop Mentoring, with Festival access for their 12 talents; and a continued partnership with Cephas Williams to provide Black talent with Cannes Lions access and curated Festival programme.

 

Learn more on all the LIONS talent programmes, along with how to apply here

Cannes Lions will take place from 19-23 June in Cannes, France.

 

 

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Cannes Lions Announces its 2023 Jury President Line-up

Impact BBDO’s Ali Rez serves as the first Cannes Lions Jury President from the MENA region

 

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the names of the Jury Presidents who will lead juries to award this year’s Lions and set the global benchmark for excellence in creativity.

Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said, “These individuals represent the rich spread of exceptional talent from across the full spectrum of the creative industry. The Cannes Lions Jury Presidents play an essential role in upholding the integrity of the Lions as well as setting the creative benchmark for the global industry. We thank them for their unique perspectives, expertise, and experience for the leadership they will bring to the very important task ahead of them.”

In a first, Impact BBDO’s Ali Rez will serve as Cannes Lions’ first Jury President from the MENA region. Commenting on the appointment, Rez said, “The UAE is a place where creativity thrives, and where we believe nothing is impossible. It is a special honour to represent that very spirit of this inspiring country, and the rich heritage of the Middle East, at Cannes Lions as Jury President. I hope this announcement will pave the way for many more people from the region to lead juries in the future at this most prestigious of awards.”

 

The Cannes Lions 2023 Jury Presidents have been named as:


Brand Experience & Activation Lions:
Ari Weiss, Global Chief Creative Officer, DDB Worldwide, Global


Creative B2B Lions:
Tom Stein, Chairman and Chief Growth Officer, Stein IAS, Global


Creative Business Transformation Lions:
Justin Peyton, Chief Transformation Officer, Wunderman Thompson, APAC


Creative Commerce Lions:
Nancy Crimi-Lamanna, Chief Creative Officer, FCB, Canada


Creative Data Lions:
Samantha Hernández Díaz, Chief Strategy Officer, GUT Mexico City, Mexico


Creative Effectiveness Lions:
Devika Bulchandani, Global CEO, Ogilvy, Global


Creative Strategy Lions:
Amrita Randhawa, CEO, Publicis Groupe, Singapore & Southeast Asia


Design Lions:
Quinnton Harris, Co-founder & CEO, Retrospect, USA


Digital Craft Lions:
Resh Sidhu, Global Director of Arcadia Creative Studio, Snap Inc., Global


Direct Lions:
Chaka Sobhani, Global Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, Global


Entertainment Lions:
Brent Anderson, Global Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Global


Entertainment Lions for Gaming:
Francine Li, Global Head of Marketing, Riot Games, Global


Entertainment Lions for Music:
Danielle Hinde, Owner / Executive Producer, Doomsday Entertainment, USA


Entertainment Lions for Sport:

Rob Doubal, Co-President of McCann London and Joint Chief Creative Officer of McCann UK, McCann London, UK


Film Lions:
Bruno Bertelli, Global CEO of Le Pub, Global Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Worldwide, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe Italy, Publicis Worldwide, Global


Glass Lions: The Lion for Change:
Tea Uglow, Creative Director, Google, APAC


Health & Wellness Lions:
Mel Routhier, Chief Creative Officer, VMLY&R Chicago, USA


Industry Craft Lions:
Yoshihiro Yagi, Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Inc., Japan


Innovation Lions:
Grace Francis, Global Chief Creative and Design Officer, WONGDOODY, Global


Media Lions:
Christian Juhl, Global CEO, GroupM, Global


Mobile Lions:
Shannon Washington, US Chief Creative Officer, Connected Communications, R/GA, USA


Outdoor Lions:
Javier Campopiano, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer at Grey and Global Chief Creative Officer of OpenX From WPP, Grey/OpenX, Global


Pharma Lions:
Joshua Prince, CEO, Professional Group, Omnicom Health Group, Global


PR Lions:

Jo-ann Robertson, CEO, Global Markets, Ketchum, Global


Print & Publishing Lions:
Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer, Impact BBDO, MENAP


Radio & Audio Lions:
Tseliso Rangaka, Chief Creative Officer, FCB, South Africa


Social & Influencer Lions:
Samantha Almeida, Director of Diversity and Content Innovation, Globo, Brazil


Sustainable Development Goals Lions:
Jean Lin, Chief Culture Officer, Dentsu Group Inc., Global


Dan Wieden Titanium Lions:
David Droga, CEO & Creative Chairman, Accenture Song, Global

 

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity will take place between 19-23 June and will provide an annual forum for the global industry to address the most pressing issues that they and the world are facing today.

 

Registration to attend Cannes Lions opens on 12 January 2023 and awards submissions open on 19 January 2023. Further information on this year’s Jury Presidents, as well as the Festival, the Lions Awards and LIONS Membership can be found at canneslions.com.

Cannes Lions Launches Entertainment Lions for Gaming

Francine Li of Riot Games will serve as Jury President for the inaugural Entertainment Lions for Gaming.

 

Cannes Lions has announced the launch of the Entertainment Lions for Gaming. The new Lion will be judged and awarded for the first time in June 2023, with Francine Li, Global Head of Marketing, Riot Games, serving as the inaugural Jury President.

 

Speaking about the new Lion, Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said, “We’ve seen the number of Lion winners that feature gaming rise by 74% in the last five years. Based on the velocity at which this space is evolving, and the increased relevance that Gaming now holds within the creative marketing community, this feels like a natural progression. We also can’t ignore that Gaming is bigger than Hollywood and the music industry combined. I’d like to thank all the many agencies, brands, gaming experts and passionate advocates from around the world  who have helped shape this new Lion. Our belief is that this award will offer a new benchmark, and shine a spotlight on creative work that sits at the intersection of brands, creativity, gaming, customer experience and communities. I’d like to thank Francine for agreeing to lead the first Entertainment Lion for Gaming jury in 2023, we are grateful for her wealth of talent and expertise.”

 

The Entertainment Lions for Gaming will celebrate creative work that connects people to brands through gameplay. Submissions will need to demonstrate how brands successfully tapped into complex gaming communities and seamlessly added real value to the overall gaming experience while driving commercial success.

 

About her role, Jury President of the Entertainment Lions for Gaming, Francine Li, said, “I’m honoured and excited to serve as the inaugural Jury President of the Entertainment Lions for Gaming. This new Lion is being introduced at a time when the gaming industry is truly reaching new heights. I believe that gaming is the future of entertainment, bringing together passionate global communities in shared immersive and interactive experiences. The creative work in gaming is community driven, deeply rooted in insight and adds value to the player experience, a true definition of modern marketing. I look forward to celebrating groundbreaking work and awarding the first ever Entertainment Lions for Gaming with a jury of my esteemed peers.”

 

The Entertainment Lions for Gaming, originally a part of the Entertainment Lions, is being introduced as part of a long-term plan that started when Cannes Lions separated out the Entertainment Lions for Music in 2016 and then later the Entertainment Lions for Sport in 2019.

 

The jury, which will be announced early next year, will be multidisciplinary and comprise creatives, brands, gaming experts, publishers, platforms and producers.

 

Click here for more details on the Cannes Lions awards and the changes made to other Lions. Submissions into Cannes Lions 2023 will be accepted from 19 January 2023.

 

 

Source: LIONS press release

 

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LIONS Creativity Report Global Rankings 2022

The annual LIONS Creativity Report ranks the most creative businesses and people in the world based on performance at Cannes Lions.
Official rankings are presented alongside insights, analysis, and interviews with Lion-winning creators, uncovering what it takes to produce the highest-ranking work in the world.

 

The LIONS Creativity Report has been released and is available to everyone for free through LIONS’ insights and intelligence platform The Work. Full to the brim with insights and data, the report is the ultimate global benchmark for impactful creativity and ranks the most creative businesses and people in the world, based on performance at Cannes Lions.

 

Speaking about the report, Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said, “It’s a celebration and also a tool for future success. The official global creativity rankings provide a definitive benchmark for the industry, accompanied by insights and commentary from our winners and the talented experts who judged the work this year. I would like to congratulate everyone who ranked this year. Together, they set the global benchmark for creativity.”

 

The LIONS Creativity Report presents four Regional Network of the year awards and 11 global awards: Creative Company, Network, Agency, Independent Agency, Creative Brand and Palme d’Or, as well as Health Network, Health Agency, Media Network, Agency by Track, and Independent Agency by Track of the Year. The creative rankings also include the top performing Director, Art Director, Creative Director and Copywriter.

 

The rankings are compiled using data from Lion-winning and shortlisted work from 2022. PwC is LIONS’ Process Integrity Partner and is responsible for independently confirming due process in the calculation and reporting of the Special Awards rankings listed in the LIONS Creativity Report.

 

In this year’s Lions Creativity Report, Jarred Pitts and Maher Dahdouh from Impact BBDO Dubai share seventh rank as ‘Copywriter of the Year’ – another triumph for the agency, who not only won 8 Lions at this year’s Festival, but has also been ranked the No. 1 creative agency in the Middle East and Africa region for the fourth consecutive year.

 

Also included in the report is analysis and insights from the winning work and lessons on how brands are growing businesses and tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems in innovative ways. The themes covered include – Creativity for Growth; Scalable Solutions; Craft with a Conscience; Tech in Service to the Idea; and Invite Everybody. It is an essential companion for the coming creative year for it showcases brilliant work that will help guide creativity, as well as give exclusive insight that will support awards entries for Lions in 2023.

 

The LIONS Creativity Report is powered by The Work, the LIONS intelligence and insights platform that houses 250,000 pieces of work along with how it was briefed, researched, produced and crafted.

 

Access the full report, for free, here.

 

 

Source: Cannes Lions (Press Release)

 

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