Nokia Outted As Purveyor of Plagiarism in Cannes Video Contest Scandal

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Here is a personal statement sent to us from Jemma Lyon, the woman who was accused of plagiarism for submitting what appeared to be a direct copy of a previous video created by Will Tribble. We covered the story originally here. As it turns out, Nokia is said to have sent a rep to help Jemma Lyons shoot her video submission for the contest. According to Lyons, the rep used Tribble's video as a template and told the actors to simply do what they saw the actors do in Tribble's video.

If anyone's to be accused of plagiarism here, it is Nokia. If Lyons claim is true, there is simply nothing Nokia can say to explain this away. Nothing at all. There's been some very bad social media moves over the past few years but this one, by far, will go down as one of the most egregious.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-26-10    
Topic: Brands, Opinion, Promotions, Video, Worst



Cannes Lions: Design, Press and Cyber Winners

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I'm about 24 hours late on this, because the universe of Cannes seems to have priorities (and possibly a wormhole?) of its own, but here are the Grand Prix winners from Wednesday night's ceremony at the Lions.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-25-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events



Unilever Dispenses Ice Cream for Smiles

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Following up on the Coke Zero Happiness machines imagineered for Cannes in '09, this year SapientNitro plugs Unilever's ice cream brands - with a machine that dispenses the frozen desserts when a person smiles at it.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-24-10    
Topic: Brands, Good, Industry Events, Specialty



Solidarites International Reveals Menace in Water

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Q: If water could talk, what do you imagine it would say?

A: It depends on whether or not it would like to kill you.

Just wanted to give this "Water Talks" installation some coverage because it's gripping and chills-inducing work. It went down in the last two months or so. I'd never seen it, and neither had Adland's Ask "dabitch" Wappling. (We were both self-righteously upset by this.)

Here's the video.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-23-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Outdoor



Cannes Lions: Media, Radio and Outdoor Grand Prix Winners

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Last night at the ceremony I livetweeted all Gold and Grand Prix winners in the categories above. If you weren't following along at @luckthelady, here's a breakdown of the Grand Prix winners.

Click on the category to see the full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners.

Media: Leo Burnett Sydney for "EOS Photochains," Canon EOS DSLR cameras. A cadaver exquis-style execution where users can post images, then other photographers take a piece of that image to continue the chain with a photo of their own.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-23-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events, Online, Outdoor, Radio



Cannes Lions: Common on Getting 'Authentic' Artists to Collab with Sponsors

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Yesterday, in a Digitas-run session called "Cage Fighting Comes to Cannes," Common explained what his brand is and how he gauges the value of sponsorship opps.

How do you get a respected artist to plug your product? The secret is profound and earth shattering.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-23-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Industry Events, Opinion, Sponsorship



Spirit Airlines Wants You to Check Out the Oil on Our Beaches

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Always at the forefront of controversy, Spirit Airlines is offering travelers discounts to locales unaffected by the BP oil spill such as Cancun, Puerto Rico, Atlantic City and Fort Lauderdale with a new campaign called Best Protection. The tagline? "Check out the oil on our beaches."

Is any one really surprised a campaign like this came from Spirit? After all, this is the airline that goes Muff Diving and pokes fun at Tiger Woods. And wants to charge $45 for carry on luggage. Yes, carry on.

by Steve Hall    Jun-22-10    
Topic: Brands



@DavidonDemand: Man at the Mercy of The Internets

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Yesterday at Cannes Lions, Chelsi and I had the curious experience of meeting @DavidonDemand.

Here's the story: David Perez, a creative recruiter over at Leo Burnett Chicago, really wanted to come to Cannes. In its infinite kindness, LB found a practical reason to send him: he could promote Wildfire, the agency's self-conscious celebration of spontaneity in the art and craft of modern marketing.

So for the next seven days, this poor sod is strapped to a live feed. His job: to do everything Twitter tells him to do.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-22-10    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Industry Events, Promotions



Nokia Knee Deep in Cannes Video Contest Plagiarism Fiasco

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The similarities are remarkable. Then again, How many different ways can you tell Forrest Gump's story in one minute? Once again we have charges of plagiarism and this times it's tied to Cannes.

Nokia hosted a video competition and first prize was a trip to Cannes. Well, the creator of the winning video, Jemma Lyon, is in Cannes but she's being pummeled by members of web community b3ta. One of the original film's creators wrote, "Someone's sent me an entry to a Nokia filmmaking competition that's literally a shot for shot, line for line, idea for idea remake of it, this has been the first I've heard of it. I wouldn't mind except the person who entered it has won a "Critics Choice" award out of this rehash, including a FUCKING TRIP TO CANNES."

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by Steve Hall    Jun-22-10    
Topic: Brands, Industry Events, Opinion, Promotions, Social, Video



Cannes Lions: Direct, Promo and Activation Grand Prix Winners

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A breakdown of the Grand Prix winners announced last night in the categories of Direct, Promo and Activation. Click on the category to see the full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners.

Direct: Orcon Broadband, "Orcon + Iggy Pop," Special Group Auckland. Users were invited to create video auditions, then post them on a dedicated Orcon site, for the chance to play live with Iggy Pop.

Here's one of the winning auditions (8 band members were chosen in total).

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-22-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Direct, Industry Events, Promotions










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