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Cannes Lions 2015: Coca-Cola’s Wendy Clark appointed Creative Effectiveness jury president

Cannes Lions 2015: Coca-Cola’s Wendy Clark appointed Creative Effectiveness jury president

First client to chair category; eligibility extended to allow three years’ shortlisted work. Lions Festivals have announced that Wendy Clark, president of sparkling brands and strategic marketing, Coca-Cola North America, will chair the Creative Effectiveness jury at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2015. In another first, organisers have announced that shortlisted and winning […]

Photo gallery: Cannes Lions 2014 winners from UAE and Best of Cinema awardees honoured

Photo gallery: Cannes Lions 2014 winners from UAE and Best of Cinema awardees honoured

Winners of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2014 from UAE were handed their trophies at a ceremony on 21 October in Dubai. Entrants from UAE accounted for nine Gold, 10 Silver and nine Bronze Lions, besides a Titanium this year. The trophies were handed over at Media One by Ian Fairservice, group editor and managing […]

Cannes Chimera deadline looms

Cannes Chimera deadline looms

Regional agencies have only a couple of weeks left to enter this year’s Cannes Chimera Challenge. The deadline for this year’s initiative is 30 September, with agencies asked to come up with a communications idea that will facilitate the global fight against extreme poverty. Cannes Chimera is Cannes Lions’ joint initiative with the Bill & […]

Three golds for Y&R Dubai as records tumble

Three golds for Y&R Dubai as records tumble

This evening was all about Y&R Dubai as regional records tumbled at the Palais de Festivals in Cannes. During an unprecedented awards ceremony, Y&R won three golds, four silvers and four bronzes in the press and design categories, taking its total awards haul for the festival to 14, with three days still to go. With […]

Agencies haul in two golds and six silvers

Agencies haul in two golds and six silvers

Two golds, six silvers and three bronzes were won by the region’s ad agencies at the Palais de Festivals last night. Y&R Dubai and JWT Cairo struck gold in the outdoor category, whilst Memac Ogilvy Label picked up four silvers across the outdoor, media and mobile categories for its ‘Mobilising the 12th man’ campaign for […]

Region wins two silvers and a bronze at Cannes

Region wins two silvers and a bronze at Cannes

JWT Cairo and Memac Ogilvy Label both won silver Lions last night at the first awards ceremony of this year’s festival. The silvers were awarded in the promo & activation category, with JWT Dubai also picking up a bronze. There were no winners in the creative effectiveness, direct or PR categories. JWT Cairo’s silver came […]

Press and outdoor provide regional boost at Cannes

Press and outdoor provide regional boost at Cannes

Agencies across the Middle East and North Africa have notched up a collective 56 shortlists during the second day of the Cannes Lions festival. The shortlists for media, mobile, press and outdoor were released this morning, with Y&R Dubai leading the way thanks a strong showing in both press and outdoor. In total there are […]

MENA region off to a slow start at Cannes

MENA region off to a slow start at Cannes

Promo & activation proved to be the most fruitful of the Cannes Lions shortlists released on the first day of the festival. Four nominations were received in the category yesterday, with DDB Dubai’s ‘Conversations’ for Al Manzil School, JWT Cairo’s ‘Fakka’ for Vodafone, JWT Dubai’s ‘Bookends’ for Kinokuniya, and Memac Ogilvy Label’s ‘Mobilising the 12th […]

Welcome to the bizarre world of ‘Fake Fakes’ and ‘Real Fakes’

Welcome to the bizarre world of ‘Fake Fakes’ and ‘Real Fakes’

Ramsey Naja is chief creative officer at JWT MEA “Call me naïve, but it is only recently that I discovered that there were two classes of fakes in the world of luxury brands: Fake Fakes and Real Fakes. Now this could be disconcerting, syntax-wise, but it goes like this: Fake Fakes are proper bona fide […]

The jury’s still out when it comes to PR awards

The jury’s still out when it comes to PR awards

Sunil John is CEO of Asda’a Burson-Marsteller “As everyone in the communications industry knows, we do most of our work far from the spotlight – developing strategies and solutions for our clients that will make them shine. The Dubai Lynx awards and the Cannes Lions are among the highest-profile such accolades offered by the communications […]