AKQA Announces Future Lions Winners


AKQA has announced the winners of its annual Future Lions competition at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France today. Winners of the Future Lions, which celebrates forward-thinking ideas for brands without media, technology or audience constraints, can be seen below. Stellar work.

Hosting this year's Future Lions ceremony was by James Hilton, co-founder and CCO, and Ajaz Ahmed, AKQA's founder and CEO.

Of the awards, Hilton said: "Future Lions, in its eighth year, has yet again showcased five incredible ideas that inspire and impress. Throughout all the entries submitted, we saw a clear desire to provide tangible benefit to the audience. By applying technology and creative thinking to a range of problems, Future Lions 2013 winners have demonstrated the power and impact brands can have when they make people's lives better."

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by Steve Hall    Jun-20-13    
Topic: Industry Events

Red Trousers the New Trend at Cannes


Sapient Nitro is out with its second Cannes-themed inforgraphic, each of which highlights a decade of advertising memes and themes. What we have today, is a look at the sixties and, well, the fact that lots of guys now where red pants. Oh and the fact that Paula Green was a rockstar creative in the 1960's.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-18-13    
Topic: Industry Events

How Do Cannes and SXSW Compare and Contrast?


Written in March following SXSW in Austin

While we knew this was the case for several years now, SXSW Interactive has become a huge event generating conversation the world over. This year's event generated 1.1 million tweets in 5 five days across 200 countries and 19 languages.

Social media monitoring company Synthesio created an infographic summarizing global social media conversation about the Austin, Texas event. Without surprise, the U.S generated the most (71%) conversation followed by the UK (4.6%) and Canada (4.4%).

Some say SXSW is the new Cannes. In some respects, it is. As the advertising industry moves more towards technology and content solutions versus Super Bowl-style creative solutions, this shift in mentality may make sense. But it will be a very long while before the advertising industry gives up its Rose-filled afternoons on the Carlton Terrace or the massive beach parties that occur every night which, by the way, put even the best parties at SXSW to shame.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-18-13    
Topic: Industry Events, Opinion

Adrants is Back. Does Anyone Care? #CannesLions


So yesterday -- actually Sunday night -- some witty soul (and I use that phrase ever so graciously) decided it would be fun to hack Adrants on the eve of Cannes Lions making it impossible for us to share with you all the event's goodness. Well. we're back.

But does it really matter? Does anyone really care? When we have AdWeek's Tim Nudd and Gabriel Beltrone killing it in Cannes, an entire army of reporters from Ad Age, stellar tweets from Ogilvy, a One Question video series from Advertising Week, live coverage from Campaign and PR Week and the #canneslions Twitter hashtag which -- if you allowed yourself -- you could stare at 24/7...do we really need Adrants?

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by Steve Hall    Jun-18-13    
Topic: Industry Events, Opinion

Sapient Nitro to Capture Cannes With Daily Infographics


Following its efforts last year, Sapient Nitro has again teamed with Cannes Lions to bring us a daily inforgraphic summarizing events and trends during the week-long event in Cannes, France which kicks off this weekend. There will be six inforgraphics in total and each will be in celebration of the event's 60th anniversary.

The first infographic is already out and takes a look at past year's highlights including the fact just 130 delegates attended the event in 1954. How quaint.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-14-13    
Topic: Industry Events

Future Lion Winners Need Your Help Getting to Cannes


Several young creatives at the Creative Circus just won the Cannes Future Lion award. Unfortunately, the team cannot afford to go to Cannes and accept their award in person. The creatives are willing to wear the logos of sponsors all over the Cannes festival. Total amount of funds that need to be raised is $20,000 for all 5 team members to get to attend.

Remember the first time you went to Cannes? Come on, you know you do. And you know you were starry eyed and all gaga prancing up and down Le Croisette. Give these budding young creatives a chance to experience all that. So who's in? Anyone want to sponsor these budding creatives? If so, head over here and hook them up.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-13    
Topic: Industry Events

Busta Rhymes Will Perform At Affiliate Summit


It's that time again. Well, it will be come August when the The Affiliate Ball returns to Affiliate Summit which will take place in Philadelphia. 11 time Grammy nominated, hip hop artist, Busta Rhymes will be the headliner. Fresh off his recent signing with Cash Money Records, and smash hit " Look At Me Now," Busta Rhymes will share his classic hits as well as his new hits with attendees of this year's Affiliate Summit.

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by Steve Hall    May-29-13    
Topic: Industry Events

Maurice Levy Wants Your Cannes Lions Vote


Following the Cannes Lions announcement the organization would live stream one sessions per day, it didn't take long for agencies to begin begging for votes so that their session would be the chosen one to stream.

Publicis Groupe head honcho Maurice Levy will be sitting down with Heineken CEO and Chairman of the Board Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer (damn, does that sound pretentious!) to discuss, well, beer and other fun stuff. The pair will be joined by Heineken Global CMO Alexis Nasard.

Today, we received am email urging us to VOTE NOW for the panel. If you are so inclined, you can do that here.

by Steve Hall    May-28-13    
Topic: Industry Events

Personal Assistent Offers to Save Your Ass During Cannes


As Cannes Lions approaches, you may begin feeling a bit of stress over how you're going to drink all that rose and juggle all your oficial responsibilities with aplomb. What you need is a personal assistent to make sure you covered when you're too drunk to explain how you lost your hotel room key or that things are handled with discretion when you roll over in the morning and have no idea who is laying next to you in bed.

In return for a Cannes Young Lions pass and accommodation, this eager creative student promises to keep you out of trouble and focused. Watch the video below and head over to the Assistant De Cannes Lion Facebook page to find out more.

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by Steve Hall    May-20-13    
Topic: Industry Events

Cannes Lions to Live Stream Sessions


What the? A livestream from Cannes? What's up with that? Isn't the entire point to waste shitloads of money traveling to Cannes, France for a week to bask in the sunshine and drink Rose on the Carlton Terrace (and shitty beer at the Gutter Bar) on the company dime? How the hell are brands and agencies going to waste all this boondoggle money if we don't even have to go?

Well now don't be stupid. Cannes Lions will not be livestreaming the entire thing and even if they did the experience would never come close to actually attending -- which we can say from experience.

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by Steve Hall    May-13-13    
Topic: Industry Events

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