OMG! No Parties at Cannes This Year?


Everyone knows the real reason ad people go to conferences and awards festivals is for the networking and the parties, right? Oh, and other un-printable things too. So what would happen if, suddenly, there were no parties at say, for example, Cannes?

Oh wait, there are no parties at Cannes this year. BBD? No. Publicis? No. Havas? No. Leo Burnett? Unlikely. Oh sure, there will be smaller get togethers but this year's Cannes, no thanks to the economy, may end up being as much fun as a life insurance conference.

So what's DDB doing instead of hosting its annual party? CEO Chuck Bymer says he hopes people will find...wait for it...a seminar with Barak Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe just as exciting. Um, no.

While we've never been to Cannes and we have no idea what we're talking about but, even to a non-Cannes, it seems the famed gutter bar just might be a bit busier than usual with the serious lack of parties at this year's festival.

As depressing as all this sounds, hopefully, there will still be all kinds of this going on.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-09   Click to Comment   
Topic: Industry Events   

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Skip the cocktail party with babes to go to the David Plouffe seminar! Oh boy. Will Plouffe be expanding upon Obama & Kerry's ideas to ban all corporate parties, conferences, retreats, holiday parties, conventions, retreats and get-togethers? I know how much better morale is around my office once we got rid of our corporate holiday parties and annual retreat. (btw-we're in marketing, not finance or banking). Everyone here hates their hard work being rewarded. We much prefer our paycuts and knowing that with parties banned, we're at least not as bad off as all the restaurant employees, caterers, hotel staff, cleaning crews, party planners and taxi drivers will be once all corporate parties are banned by our noble leaders. hxxp://

Posted by: Mr D on March 9, 2009 2:41 PM

These fuckers are shameless... They still blow tons of their clients money on piss-ups... They'll just be a little less obvious. Just posted about it on AdScam... Gave you the credit... 'Cos I am a fucking prince.
Send Angela and I to blog about it... No, not fucking Twitter... Barbie can do that.

Posted by: George Parker on March 9, 2009 2:58 PM

How about an Adrants party? Now that would be something?

I figured that is why Angela is already scouting France.

Posted by: Herbert on March 9, 2009 8:51 PM

Ha! We'd love to have a party, Herbert. If only we had the multi-thousands of dollars needed just to get us there and house us no less host a party:) We ain't got no Ad Age budget unfortunately:(

Posted by: Steve Hall on March 9, 2009 9:36 PM

yar!!! this be an outrage matey! without rum in their grog ye crew be ripe for mutiny! i say we hoist ye sails and move everybody to the old barbary coast for drunkness and debauchery unlike anything ye ever laid eye on. har de har har

Posted by: Capt Wintermute - ye olde blog pirate on March 9, 2009 9:56 PM