Cannes Media Lions Juror Says Best Work Didn't Win, Claims of Block Voting


There's a bit of a voting scandal brewing in Cannes today over accusations that some Media Lions judges were "ordered" to upport work from their own agencies reports B&T.

Media Lions juror Dan Johns and Ikon CEO told B&T, "Unfortunately after six days of judging the best work didn't win gold, that is a view held by a number of the jury members. In these situations you have two choices; either to sit back and do nothing or raise your hand and say enough is enough."

It appears Johns isn't going to sit back and do nothing. Johns and other jurors plan to take up the issue with Cannes Chairman Terry Savage.

We've judged awards before and it's never a perfect process. There is never enough time. There is never enough information or context provided. And there is almost never any actual results supplied. Not that results actually matter when it comes to a Cannes Lion but, hey, just sayin'.

When it comes to Cannes Lions, if it's not controversy over fake ad submissions then it's quarrels with the judging process. Par for the course when it comes to the world's biggest advertising awards event.

by Steve Hall    Jun-21-12   Click to Comment   
Topic: Industry Events