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Philip Thomas is CEO of Lions Festivals. He began his career as a journalist, working on national and international magazines and newspapers, and editing Empire, the UK’s biggest-selling movie magazine, before moving into publishing.He was Managing Director of FHM Worldwide, taking the UK edit...Read More
Terry Savage is Chairman of Lions Festivals. Its flagship festival, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications. Prior to his appointment in 2003 as CEO of Cannes Lions, Terry Savage, an Australian natio...Read More
Susan Sheehan is the Chief Operating Officer for Lions Festivals. She joined the business in 2009 as the Finance Manager and in 2013 was appointed Finance Director and part of the Lions executive team. In 2014 she was appointed Chief Operating Officer. With 15 years financial experience, s...Read More
Carolyn Lowery is the Festival Director for Lions Festivals' flagship event, Cannes Lions.Carolyn was appointed to the role of Festival Director in 2006. A veteran of Cannes Lions, Carolyn first joined as a member of the entries team in 1986, progressing to Head of Entries before becoming Operations...Read More
Emma Lancaster is the Festival Director for the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity. She joined Lions Festivals in March 2011 and has headed up the company's Festival for the MENA region ever since. Before joining Lions Festivals, Emma worked at Centaur Communications.Read More
Since joining EMAP in 2000, Ray Suitters has worked across the company's whole portfolio of events and publications and currently serves as Commercial Director for Cannes Lions.Starting out in magazine advertising, mainly in the retail space, Ray was quickly appointed Commercial Director across all ...Read More
Rob Dembitz joined Lions Festivals in January 2012 after several years in private equity and venture capital. His role is to develop strategic initiatives for the Lions Festivals business; new festivals, acquisitions, joint ventures, new revenue channels. If you have an idea that you think will help...Read More
Andrea Hayes is the Festival Director for Lions Festivals in the Asia-Pacific region. She oversees Spikes Asia, The Festival of Asian Marketing Effectiveness and Digital Asia Festival.She was appointed to the role in 2013 and prior to this made a major contribution...Read More
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Philip Thomas is CEO of Lions Festivals. He began his career as a journalist, working on national and international magazines and newspapers, and editing Empire, the UK’s biggest-selling movie magazine, before moving into publishing.
He was Managing Director of FHM Worldwide, taking the UK edition of the iconic men's magazine to more than 700,000 per month, establishing it as Europe’s biggest-selling monthly magazine, and launching editions throughout the world.
He was appointed Managing Director of Emap’s Australian and South East Asian division, based in Sydney for three years before returning to the UK, and in November 2006 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
The division now runs six Festivals: Cannes Lions, Eurobest, Dubai Lynx, Spikes Asia, Digital Asia and the Asian Marketing Effectiveness Festival. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media.x
Terry Savage is Chairman of Lions Festivals. Its flagship festival, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications.
Prior to his appointment in 2003 as CEO of Cannes Lions, Terry Savage, an Australian national, was Executive Chairman of the global cinema advertising company Val Morgan in Australia. Under his leadership, Val Morgan expanded from Australia into New Zealand, USA, South America, Middle East and Asia. During this period he was also President of the international advertising trade body SAWA (Screen Advertising World Association).
Terry was the Australian representative for Cannes Lions for 15 years and during this period, promoted Australian creativity at the international event. He was appointed CEO of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in March 2003, Executive Chairman in 2005 and became Chairman in 2006, taking on a strategic business development role for the division’s six Festivals: Cannes Lions, Eurobest, Dubai Lynx, Spikes Asia, Festival of Asian Marketing Effectiveness and Digital Asia Festival.
"While process is critical for businesses to function, it is creativity that enables companies and individuals to make the leap into new territories, create new visions and accelerate the growth of their organisations. Cannes Lions and our regional festivals are about spreading the creative vision to help enable people to achieve this. Creativity is a great differentiator and it is our role to ensure more and more companies recognise this in all aspects of their organisations," he explains.
Susan Sheehan is the Chief Operating Officer for Lions Festivals. She joined the business in 2009 as the Finance Manager and in 2013 was appointed Finance Director and part of the Lions executive team. In 2014 she was appointed Chief Operating Officer. With 15 years financial experience, she began her career in oil and gas moving to London and into media industry with 3 years at BBC World Service.x
Carolyn Lowery is the Festival Director for Lions Festivals' flagship event, Cannes Lions.
Carolyn was appointed to the role of Festival Director in 2006. A veteran of Cannes Lions, Carolyn first joined as a member of the entries team in 1986, progressing to Head of Entries before becoming Operations Director in 2004.
Emma Lancaster is the Festival Director for the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity. She joined Lions Festivals in March 2011 and has headed up the company's Festival for the MENA region ever since. Before joining Lions Festivals, Emma worked at Centaur Communications.x
Since joining EMAP in 2000, Ray Suitters has worked across the company's whole portfolio of events and publications and currently serves as Commercial Director for Cannes Lions.
Starting out in magazine advertising, mainly in the retail space, Ray was quickly appointed Commercial Director across all of retail titles and associated brand extensions. His next move saw him helping launch the World Retail Congress and World Architecture Festival, where he delivered the highest ever sponsorship numbers at launch.
In 2008, Ray moved to Cannes Lions, where he has substantially grown and developed the commercial team and helped deliver a great number of long-term, profitable relationships with a variety of key partners around the world with clients in media, technology and creative companies.
Ray has now recruited his first two international sales people: based in San Francisco and São Paulo, with ambitious plans to develop this network to provide truly creative solutions to engage with the multiple customers attending the festivals and our related information products.
Rob Dembitz joined Lions Festivals in January 2012 after several years in private equity and venture capital. His role is to develop strategic initiatives for the Lions Festivals business; new festivals, acquisitions, joint ventures, new revenue channels. If you have an idea that you think will help the business grow, he is the person to talk to.
Rob worked as an investment executive at GI Partners and was the Global Director of Planning & Analysis at EMI, as part of Terra Firma's restructuring team.
Rob began his career at eMCSaatchi, which was M&C Saatchi’s new media division. He has a BA(Hons) from Durham University and a MBA from London Business School.x
Andrea Hayes is the Festival Director for Lions Festivals in the Asia-Pacific region. She oversees Spikes Asia, The Festival of Asian Marketing Effectiveness and Digital Asia Festival.
She was appointed to the role in 2013 and prior to this made a major contribution to growing Haymarket Media's events business in Asia. Andrea is based in Singapore.x
The fourth Cannes Chimera Initiative creative brief launched today.
Cannes Chimera has called on the global creative communications industry to propose innovative communications concepts that can inspire Millennials - the largest, most interconnected, most technologically sophisticated generation in human history - to be part of the generation that eliminates global health and development problems for good. The concepts must be able to cause a measureable increase in Millennial attention to global health and poverty issues and give them a way to get involved in these urgent challenges. The full brief describing the challenges is available here.
“Cannes Lions provides the ultimate springboard for this new brief. Key elements such as the 1000 strong young creative delegation, dedicated TechTalks and Innovation Day, alongside the fact that thousands of the most creatively minded people in the world are in one place, combine to create an unbeatable environment from which to do this. The fact that they can take this and use it to change the world is an incredibly powerful concept,” comments Philip Thomas, CEO of Lions Festivals.
The Cannes Chimera will select up to ten winners and award them with a prize of up to $100,000. Winners will be eligible to participate in a grant funding project with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Winners will also receive an exclusive invitation to attend a complimentary workshop at the Gates Foundation in Seattle, where they will receive mentoring from the previous years' Cannes Lions Grand Prix winners. Participants will have approximately six months to develop and pilot their ideas in order to show proof of concept, which is required for phase two funding consideration.
“Millennials have an incredible opportunity to create long-lasting global change,” said Tom Scott, director of Global Brand & Innovation for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “but we haven’t found enough ways to tap into their creativity and desire to make an impact on the biggest problems in the world. This competition will help us and the global health and development sector to partner with Millennials in ground-breaking ways.”
All entries must have been submitted online by 1 August 2014.x
In its inaugural year, 1,423 entries from 49 countries have been entered into the Lions Health Awards.
The Pharma category received 517 entries from 35 countries and 906 pieces of work from 48 countries were submitted into the Health & Wellness category.
Commenting on the awards, Louise Benson, Festival Director of Lions Health, says, “We are thrilled by the volume and diversity of entries across all categories, for this, our launch year. It not only reflects the buoyancy and range of the sector but also the importance of highlighting creativity in such a regulated industry at a global scale; we await the announcement of the winners with baited breath”.
Judging will begin next week in Cannes ahead of the two-day Festival opening on 13 June. Delegates will be able to view the shortlisted work at the Festival with the winners being revealed at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday 14 June.x
New initiative redresses the under-representation of women in creative roles
Cannes Lions is launching a new initiative that invites 12 women to Cannes Lions for a unique programme and filmmaking project.
See It Be It is a programme that aims to further women’s careers in the creative industry, encouraging them to stay in the industry. Across three days, 12 women will be part of an inspirational and educational programme which will take place during Cannes Lions. The agenda will include guided access to the jury rooms, meet and greets with VIP speakers, dedicated sessions by industry leaders and by the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, and a mentorship event supported by SheSays.
Post-Cannes, participants are provided with a toolkit that allows them to pass on their learnings to other women in their networks. The Festival will also work with the group to produce a short documentary about how a more gender-balanced creative industry ensures better work. The film will be produced by Weber Shandwick and will be released in the summer. "We're proud to be part of what is an important moment for our industry and a powerful experience for this impressive group of women. Our hope is that we can begin to help tackle a critically important issue in a personal and inspiring way," says Gail Heimann, President of Weber Shandwick.
Considering more than 80% of purchasing decisions are made by women, marketers are increasingly demanding more female creative talent to work on their brands. Analysis carried out by Cannes Lions has found that 15% of delegates under the age of 28 are female and in creative jobs, compared to just 4% of delegates over the age of 28. This closely matches the 3% statistic of female creative directors worldwide.
Commenting on See It Be It, Lions Festival’s Director of Brand Strategy Senta Slingerland says, "For years we’ve been observing the lack of women at the top of the industry and it's time to take action to redress the balance. We worked closely with our network and with Emma Sexton from SheSays to develop the programme and to identify the next set of female creative heavyweights - they exist, but need an extra push into the spotlight. We want every agency in the world to think about the women they have in their organisations and what they need to do to grow them.”
See It Be It will run from Sunday 15 June to Tuesday 17 June in Cannes, France, home to Cannes Lions. The participants have been chosen from nominations put forward by agency leaders. The women are:
Nivedita Agashe, Copywriter at Taproot Mumbai; Juliana Ardila, Art Director at Leo Burnett Dubai; Biba Cabuquit, Associate Creative Director at DM9JaymeSyfu Manila; Celeste Dalairac, Creative Director at Del Campo Saatchi Buenos Aires; Stefanie DiGianvincenzo, Associate Creative Director at Wunderman London; Jenna Livingston, Copy Director at R/GA NYC; Erica Pressly, Senior Copywriter at Barbarian Group New York; Cheyney Robinson, Creative Director at SapientNitro London; Jem Robinson, Design Director at AllofUs London; Ulrike Schumann, Creative Director at Serviceplan Zürich; Angie Sun, Creative Executive at CAA Marketing Los Angeles; and Melo Xu, Creative Director at JWT Shanghai.
Find out more about them on www.canneslions.com/seeit.
SheSays is also hosting a Forum session on the topic on Sunday 15 June, entitled Why 80% of Your Advertising Budget Is Currently Being Wasted. On Monday 16 June, Getty Images have a session entitled New Visual Language: How Brands Can Use Images to Close the Gender Gap with Lean In’s Editor Jessica Bennett. Lean In’s Founder Sheryl Sandberg is hosting a seminar on Wednesday 18 June.
The Festival is making other conscious steps to help redress the imbalance, an example of which can be found in the jury rooms, which this year sees 30% women in the juries, up 10% on 2013, and four female jury presidents.x
Emad Tahtouh and June Laffey Announced as First Jury Presidents
Spikes Asia is now open for entries across 18 categories ahead of the 2014 awards. Emad Tahtouh, Director of Applied Technology of FINCH, Australia, and June Laffey, Executive Creative Director of McCann Health, Australia, are the first names to make up this year’s dedicated collection of jury presidents and will head up the inaugural Innovation and Healthcare categories.
Reflecting the growth and development of the industry in Asia Pacific, this year sees the introduction of two new entry categories at Spikes Asia. The Innovation Category, will award breakthrough technology and innovation, and the Healthcare Category will celebrate brave and innovative communications ideas within the health, wellness and pharmaceutical industries.
Heading up the Innovation Category will be Emad Tahtouh, Director of Applied Technology, FINCH, Australia. Starting his career as a Network Engineer, Emad moved into production following his passion for the way technology changes storytelling. He’s gone on to develop and curate a range of technology solutions for multi-award winning campaigns.
His most notable work includes his 2012 Gold Lions for Pedigree Donation Glasses and The Great Crusade; The Most Powerful Arm, a petition-signing robot he built to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, won numerous accolades including a Digital Gold at Spikes Asia and Gold at the IAB MIXX Awards in 2013. More recently, Emad and his team brought a robot orchestra to life for Intel’s Intelligent Sounds campaign with award-winning recording artist, Flume. His current project for the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia saw him build an attention-powered car that goes when you’re paying attention and slows when you’re not. The campaign has already been honoured at Adfest, AWARD and at One Show for Intellectual Property.
About his role as jury president Emad says, “Innovation and Technology are quickly becoming a necessity in our industry. Helping to shape and define the standard we choose to judge the best pieces of work with is a tremendous challenge, and I’m excited and honoured to be a part of it.”
June Laffey, Executive Creative Director, McCann Health, Australia will preside over the Healthcare Category. Since joining in 2010, June has helped McCann Health Sydney become recognised as APACs most awarded healthcare agency.
Writer based, she began her career in mainstream advertising. At the start of the new millennium, following her desire to make a difference to people’s lives, June decided to move into healthcare communications. She is excited about technological advances that are positively impacting health, the growing focus on the person not the patient, and the increasing quality of healthcare communications. June and her team have received a range of accolades, across numerous clients and channels, including the Global awards, Clio Health, One Show, IPA best of health awards, Campaign agency of the year, and Spikes. She has judged at most of the international health awards shows, namely the Globals, Clio Health, IPA best of health and Rx.
Commenting on her appointment, June says, “The fact that Spikes Asia is extending into the healthcare industry is both important and exciting. Innovative, creative, game-changing solutions in the health/pharma space don't just have the potential to win in a world-class festival such as Spikes, they have the ability to change and save lives. So a credible awards competition such as Spikes that encourages and recognises creativity in this area can only be a good thing.”
Terry Savage, CEO of Lions Festivals says, “We are delighted to be able to announce jury presidents of such high calibre in line with Spikes Asia opening for entries. It is fantastic that the first ever Innovation and Healthcare categories will be judged by such formidable professionals as Emad and June.”
Judged by the regions’ top industry experts, the award categories available to enter are: Branded Content & Entertainment, Creative Effectiveness, Design, Digital, Direct, Film, Film Craft, Healthcare, Innovation, Integrated, Media, Mobile, Outdoor, PR, Print, Print & Poster Craft, Promo & Activation and Radio. Winners of this year’s awards will be revealed and honoured at the annual Awards Ceremony taking place in Singapore on Friday 26 September.
All of the shortlisted work will be on display through exhibitions and screenings throughout the Festival offering attendees the chance to get an up-to-date view of the region's creative output. Anyone wishing to enter the awards can find further information on how to submit, along with rules and fees at www.spikes.asia. The deadline for entries submissions is 25 July.x
Cannes Lions will this year honour Richard Plepler, Chief Executive Officer of HBO, with the Media Person of the Year 2014 Award.
Each year, the organisers of Cannes Lions present this prestigious accolade to a prominent personality who is an influential figure in the development of today’s media landscape, ultimately playing an integral part in shaping the future of the global advertising and communications industry.
Richard Plepler is responsible for the overall management of the world’s most successful pay TV service, which provides the two television networks – HBO and Cinemax – to over 114 million subscribers worldwide. Universally renowned, the HBO and Cinemax services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products: HBO On Demand, Cinemax On Demand, HBO GO, MAX GO, HD feeds and multiplex channels; and HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries globally.
Following mega-hits such as The Sopranos and Sex and the City, Richard Plepler is credited with reinvigorating the network in partnership with Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, after green-lighting some of HBO's most acclaimed and successful series including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Game of Thrones and True Detective, which rank among the top programmes in the network's history. Additional award-winning programmes include the miniseries Mildred Pierce and Generation Kill; and HBO Films include Too Big To Fail, Temple Grandin, Taking Chance, Grey Gardens, Game Change, You Don't Know Jack and The Normal Heart. Plepler also drove Cinemax's first foray into primetime originals with the popular action series Strike Back.
“Under Richard’s leadership, HBO has proved that reports of the death of television were extremely premature. By putting excellence in content first and last, and by creating highly acclaimed and award-winning shows, he has boosted audiences around the world whilst establishing a widespread and active international fan base,” says Philip Thomas, CEO of Cannes Lions. “Cannes Lions is delighted to recognise Richard’s achievements and present him with the Media Person of the Year award.”
After graduating and joining the staff of Senator Christopher Dodd, Plepler founded RLP, his own consultancy specialising in strategic communication and production 1985-1992. In 1992 he joined HBO as senior vice president, Corporate Communications; promoted to executive vice president, Corporate Communications in 1997; named executive vice president, HBO, in 2002; and elevated to co-president, HBO, in 2007 before taking on his current role in 2013.
Commenting on the award, Richard Plepler says, “I couldn’t be more honoured to accept this prestigious award on behalf of HBO,” said Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO. “HBO has always stood for excellence and quality across all levels of our business both domestically and around the world. To join such a distinguished list of honourees and their great companies is a special privilege.”
Richard Plepler will be honoured with the Media Person of the Year award on Tuesday 17 June in the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.
Previous recipients of the Media Person of the Year Award include, Salar Kamangar, CEO of YouTube; Jack Dorsey, Creator, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Twitter; Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook; Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft Corporation; Tsuneo Watanabe, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings; and Sumner Redstone, Chairman and CEO of Viacom.x
New sponsor: Dentsu Aegis Network
The Cannes Lions Young Marketers Academy is set to return to the International Festival of Creativity for a fifth year with a new sponsor, leading brand and communications agency Dentsu Aegis Network, supporting the dedicated training programme.
A week-long course, taking place throughout the Festival week, the Young Marketers Academy addresses the importance of creativity in communications and provides a bigger picture of a marketer’s role. Designed for young marketers working for client companies, the academy focuses on four key topics: The case for creativity; Communication strategy excellence; Best-practice agency-client relationships; and the modern brand. The course will be led by Jim Stengel, former Global Marketing Officer of P&G, with experts Suzanne Tosolini, an independent consultant focused on all aspects of brand strategy, and Serfi Altun, Founder and Idea Chef at Idea Bakery, serving as academy tutors. Dedicated to supporting the next generation of brand leaders, Dentsu Aegis Network will actively support the Academy across the week through a range of activities including access to inspiring and aspirational speakers.
Benefitting from an unrivalled environment that allows for a true immersion into learning and creativity, the Young Marketers Academy will take advantage of the main Cannes Lions content programme alongside its own tailored agenda of bespoke sessions given by senior industry figures from the likes of Coca-Cola, Facebook, Google, Wunderman, Eyeka and Resource. Evening events will allow for industry networking, set to enhance the attendees’ experiences whilst building their contacts. The result will be young marketers who return to their roles better equipped with the skills and best-practices needed to develop their careers.
Commenting on the academy, Jim Stengel says, "This is an absolutely transformational experience for young leaders. I continue to receive notes from our ‘graduates’ on the difference this week has had on their business and on their careers. It is my favourite week of the year!"
Adding to this, Nick Waters, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network APAC said, “Today’s Young Marketers are the future stars of the advertising and marketing industry and talent development is one of our primary directives. We are delighted to sponsor the Young Marketers Academy and to provide participants with a fresh perspective on creativity through experts who have been successful at harnessing it in their careers.”
Designed for advertising managers, brand managers, business development managers, communications managers, marketing managers, media managers and sales managers working for client companies, the academy is open to young marketers aged 30 years and under. Running from 15-20 June, the fee of €2,530 includes access to all four Awards Ceremonies, the Young Lions Party on Tuesday 17 June and the Closing Gala on Saturday 21 June 2014. Places are limited and anyone wishing to apply should email email@example.com with their latest CV.x
The much anticipated winners of the 8th Dubai Lynx Awards have tonight been revealed and celebrated at the region’s biggest awards ceremony, which was attended by over 1,800 people.
The much anticipated winners of the 8th Dubai Lynx Awards have tonight been revealed and celebrated at the region’s biggest awards ceremony, which was attended by over 1,800 people.
A team of 43 respected and global jury members came together in Dubai and spent three days judging over 2,279 pieces of work from 18 countries which were entered across 15 categories. After shortlisting 503 entries, the juries went onto award 207 winners: 4 Grand Prix, 41 Gold, 70 Silver and 92 Bronze trophies.
The UAE took home the most trophies, followed by Lebanon and Egypt.
The Grand Prix in each category have been awarded as follows:
Branded Content & Entertainment – No Grand Prix Awarded
15 Winners (4 Gold, 5 Silver, 6 Bronze)
Design – No Grand Prix Awarded
16 Winners (4 Gold, 5 Silver, 7 Bronze)
Direct – No Grand Prix Awarded
9 Winners (4 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze)
Film – No Grand Prix Awarded
14 Winners (3 Gold, 2 Silver, 9 Bronze)
Film Craft - No Grand Prix Awarded
25 Winners (6 Gold, 8 Silver, 11 Bronze)
Integrated – No Grand Prix Awarded
6 Winners (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze)
Interactive - No Grand Prix Awarded
7 Winners (1 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze)
Media Grand Prix – Memac Ogilvy Label Tunisia, Tunis, C. S. Hammam-Lif, ‘Mobilizing the 12th Man’
34 Winners (1 Grand Prix, 5 Gold, 11 Silver, 17 Bronze)
Mobile Grand Prix – Memac Ogilvy Label Tunisia, Tunis, C. S. Hamman-Lif, ‘Mobilizing the 12th Man’
2 Winners (1 Grand Prix, 1 Gold)
Outdoor – No Grand Prix Awarded
15 Winners (1 Gold, 6 Silver, 8 Bronze)
PR – No Grand Prix Awarded
16 Winners (4 Gold, 5 Silver, 7 Bronze)
Print – No Grand Prix Awarded1
2 Winners (1 Gold, 4 Silver, 7 Bronze)
Print & Poster Craft Grand Prix – Impact BBDO Dubai, UAE, Cimenterie Nationale, ‘Referee’, ‘Best Actress of the Year’, ‘Politician’s Discourse’
11 Winners (1 Grand Prix, x Gold, 4 Silver, 6 Bronze)
Promo & Activation Grand Prix – DDB Dubai, UAE, Henkel, ‘Preserving Pride’
18 Winners (1 Grand Prix, 6 Gold, 7 Silver, 4 Bronze)
Radio - No Grand Prix Awarded
7 Winners (4 Silver, 3 Bronze)
Speaking about the Print & Poster Craft Grand Prix, jury president Graham Fink, CCO of Ogilvy & Mather China, said, “This was a campaign that the more we looked at it, the more it revealed itself. It's a very involving piece of work.”
Network of the Year was presented to Ogilvy & Mather; Memac Ogilvy Dubai took Agency of the Year; Independent Agency of the Year was awarded to Kairo, Cairo; and Media Agency of the Year went to Starcom MediaVest Group Dubai. The Lynx Palm Award, given to the most awarded production company, was presented to Dé Ja Vu, Dubai.
Eddie Moutran, Chairman and CEO of Memac Ogilvy Group for the Middle East & North Africa, took to the stage to accept his award for Dubai Lynx Advertising Person 2014, and Land Rover were honoured as Advertiser of the Year, with Hannah Naji, Marketing Director for Jaguar Land Rover MENA, present to collect the Award on behalf of Land Rover.
Also announced were the winners of the Young Lynx Competitions. Vishal Munyal, Sumanth Wilkins and Lara Agha, the team from UAE took Gold in the Integrated Competition. In the inaugural Media Competition the team from the UAE, Amar Abou Zahr, and Nadim Karam, were the winners. Whilst taking the medal for Qatar, were Tala Al Ali and Victor Haffling in the new Print Competition. The winner of the Dubai Lynx Masar Student Creative Award for Print, Heela Daudzai, was presented with her award on stage, as was Shadan Khalaf, who won the first ever du Integrated Student Award.
The Dubai Lynx Awards concluded the three-day annual Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity which saw the largest gathering of advertising and communication industry peers in MENA. From tomorrow, all of the 2014 winners can be viewed online at www.dubailynx.com.x
The 2014 Dubai Lynx Awards have attracted a record 2,279 entries from 18 countries.
For a fourth year in a row the number of entries have steadily increased, with an overall growth in 2014 of 9% versus last year, across 15 entry categories: Film (192 entries), Print (226), Outdoor (229), Radio (136), Media (249), Direct (125), Promo & Activation (155), Interactive (98), Print & Poster Craft (263), Film Craft (281), Design (135), Integrated (49), PR (56), Mobile (15) and Branded Content & Entertainment (70).
The country with the most entries is the UAE with 1,277, followed by Egypt with 332, Lebanon with 266, Saudi Arabia with 105 and Kuwait with 95 entries.
The work will be judged next week during the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity by 43 leading international industry professionals chaired by Graham Fink, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, China, (Film, Print, Outdoor, Radio, Print Craft Jury and Integrated Jury); Philippa Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom Media Group, UK, (Media Jury); Prasoon Pandey, Ad Film Director, Corcoise Films, India, (Film Craft Jury); Andy DiLallo, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Sydney, Australia, (Direct, Promo & Activation, Interactive and Mobile Jury); Bjorn Kusoffsky, CEO / Creative Director, Stockholm Design Lab, Sweden, (Design Jury); Gabriela Lungu, Chief Creative Officer, Weber Shandwick, UK & EMEA, (PR Jury); and Philippe Meunier, Creative Chief, Co-Founder, Sid Lee, Canada, (Branded Content & Entertainment Jury).
Terry Savage, CEO of Lions Festivals, which together with Motivate are organisers of the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity, says, “As the industry continues to evolve with new media and technologies, creative awards benchmark standards that propel the industry forward and the high level of participation this year validates the importance of winning a Lynx award. With cultural attaches on hand, our international juries will vote, deliberate and award the winners showcasing the best work in MENA, which will ultimately impact the region’s advertising and brand communications going forward. We anticipate an energetic and great awards night.”
The winners will be announced at the much anticipated Awards Ceremony and Dinner attended by in excess of 1,800 industry peers at The Arena Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on Wednesday 12 March, the largest awards in the UAE. Also revealed and awarded during the evening will be the Network of the Year, Agency of the Year, Media Agency of the Year, Independent Agency of the Year Award and the Lynx Palm Award. Eddie Moutran, Chairman and CEO of Memac Ogilvy Group for the Middle East & North Africa, will be presented with the prestigious Dubai Lynx Advertising Person 2014 Award, and Land Rover will be honoured with the Advertiser of the Year Award, which will be given to Hannah Naji, Marketing Director for Jaguar Land Rover MENA.
The annual Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity, which opens its doors in a few days’ time, is set to offer invaluable content with unbeatable learning and networking opportunities to the MENA region’s creative communications industry.
The packed seminar programme, themed around ‘stories of creativity’, sees 36 sessions delivered by over 50 speakers. Just some of the people taking to the stage include Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Group; John O’Keefe, Worldwide Creative Director at WPP; world-renowned jewellery designer Stephen Webster; Johnny Tan, Executive Creative Director at BBH China; film director Nayla Al Khaja; Al Moseley, President & CCO at 180 Amsterdam; Osman Sultan, Chief Executive Officer, du; and Karen Corrigan, Co-Founder & CEO of Happiness Brussels / BLISS Mobile & Interactive. Alongside the seminars will be a series of forums that encourage audience participation and discussion in an intimate environment. Forums will be delivered by the Dubai TV and Film Commission, Infusion, iV2, Gyro, du, L & K Saatchi & Saatchi, Brandhome, Google, YouTube, the photographer Euan Air, and Gary Yong aka Enforce One, Founder & Director of Cut Collective, a New Zealand based art collective.
The Future Leaders of Marketing, Digital Lab, Lynx Academy and Think Tank, are Dubai Lynx’s tailored training programmes that help both the young and experienced sharpen their skillsets and develop their expertise. Against the backdrop of the Festival, these programmes offer a true immersion into learning and creativity, allowing participants to benefit from both the Festival programme and their own bespoke sessions. The Young Lynx Competitions provide a platform to nurture talent and this year, alongside the established Integrated competition, two new competitions have been introduced for Media and Print. The competitions allow people at the start of their careers to battle it out, producing campaigns to fit a brief set by a regional charity, NGO or not for profit organisation. Entrants gain recognition on an international level providing positive boosts to their careers.
Elsewhere at the Festival, delegates will benefit from a buzzy Festival hall, full of inspiration and the latest innovations. Getty Images will be showcasing their interactive video wall, which offers users a wholly immersive and interactive experience drawing on the company’s vast library of over 20,000 hours of clips to explore visionary themes. Leo Burnett will bring four urban artists, who will take stimulation from the Festival and live tweets, to create painted canvases that the artists will award to the people that inspired them the most during the Festival. Amidst all the action, delegates will also be able to join the Google Creative Sandbox for fun demos and smoothies. Exhibitions and screenings of the shortlisted work will also be on show in the Festival hall allowing delegates to see the region’s best work.
Networking is a crucial part of Dubai Lynx and is encouraged throughout the event. Lynx Connect, which takes place on the Sunday and Monday evenings, offers a chance to socialise, debrief and relax at the end of the day’s events, with Sunday’s event seeing a special celebration of Motivate’s 35th anniversary. Tuesday night brings the return of the Creative Club Party at THE DEK on 8 at the Media One Hotel, whilst Wednesday will see the hotly anticipated awards ceremony and dinner, the largest in Dubai, followed by the After Party, hosted by Big Kahuna.
Speaking about Dubai Lynx, Emma Farmer, Festival Director, says, “With so much happening at the Festival, this is truly an exciting year for Dubai Lynx. We look forward to welcoming delegates to the event and celebrating creativity across the region.”
Registration for the Festival is currently open and limited spaces at the awards are still available to book. Anyone wishing to see details of all available packages and information on how to book them should visit http://www.dubailynx.com/festival/packages.cfm. Dubai Lynx takes place at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, with the Festival taking place from 9-11 March and the Awards happening on the evening of 12 March.x
Latest Speakers Announced Are Stephen Webster, Lorraine Heggessey & Nayla Al Khaja
The Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity has announced that the internationally acclaimed talent of jeweller Stephen Webster, television executive Lorraine Heggessey and filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja, will be on stage at the Festival to discuss issues around this year’s theme of creative storytelling.
British-born Stephen Webster MBE, one of the most prominent jewellery designers of his generation, will give a unique and fascinating talk about applying creativity, design and craftsmanship to build the story and legacy of a luxury brand. With 38 years of artistry and fearless creativity, Stephen Webster conveys his distinct vision by creating exquisite pieces of jewellery showcasing cutting edge designs, impeccable attention to detail and meaningful storytelling which have led him to develop Stephen Webster Jewellery into a global luxury brand of tomorrow.
His numerous accolades include ‘Jewellery Designer of the Year’ in 1997, 1998 and 2006; ‘UK Jewellery Brand of the Year’ in 2008 and ‘British Luxury Jeweller of the Year’. He is also Creative Director of Garrard, the world's oldest jewellery house, where he has helped steer the brand to its core values as a British luxury jeweller and silversmith. In addition, Stephen is an ambassador for Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold. With 200 points of sale worldwide and stores in London, Beverly Hills, Moscow, St Petersberg, Kiev and Vienna, Stephen counts amongst his many celebrity clients Madonna, Elton John, Jay Z, Johnny Depp and Sharon Stone.
Commenting on his forthcoming appearance at Dubai Lynx, Stephen Webster says, “For many years I have surrounded the jewellery we make with stories; many are my life's experiences and often just add to the fantasy which is brought to life in my fine jewellery collections. I am looking forward to sharing this with the conference.”
Also taking to the stage is Lorraine Heggessey, former BBC One controller and co-founder of Boom Pictures which includes three branded content specialists, Twofour Digital, Boomerang and Abu Dhabi based Twofour Arabia. One of the UK’s most well-known television executives, Lorraine has held a range of senior positions including Chief Executive of talkbackThames, Head of BBC Children’s and Director of Programmes, and Deputy Chief Executive of the BBC's in-house production arm. Lorraine will be drawing on this broadcast television background to explore Branded Content from the point of view of a broadcaster and producer, outlining how to navigate the minefield of stakeholders to get quality branded content on air. She will launch a rallying cry to the industry in the region to up their game and ensure that in 2014 we start to see more ambitious branded content projects with better production values and more compelling storytelling at their heart.
Lorraine says, "Great branded content needs to be every bit as good as conventionally funded TV programmes. It's a huge challenge to find the perfect marriage of brand, broadcaster and content to get quality branded content on air but I believe it can be done as long as everyone involved is prepared to be creatively ambitious and raise the bar."
Nayla Al Khaja, Founder & Director of D-SEVEN Motion Pictures, is also set to address delegates at Dubai Lynx and will discuss the exciting growth of filmmaking in the United Arab Emirates. Acknowledging a new generation of talented film directors as the ‘Emerging Emirates’, Nayla will look at how they are producing work that is attracting more international attention than ever before. Widely acknowledged as the first female film producer in the United Arab Emirates, Nayla’s aim is to produce a slate of feature films in the Middle East and her accolades already include ‘Best Emirate Filmmaker’ at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2007, ‘Emirates Woman of the Year’ in 2005, and ‘The Youngest Entrepreneur’ of the year in 2005 at the Global Businesswomen & Leader’s Summit Awards.
The Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity takes place 9-12 March at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. Stephen, Lorraine and Nayla will join over 50 world-class speakers who are all set to inspire and motivate delegates from across the MENA region. For information on the various delegate packages and details of how to book a place, please visit www.dubailynx.com
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