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The final frontier of the independent agency

The success of South African agencies in Cannes recently is a reflection of the big talent in the country. Taking this talent and the size of the agencies into account and adding the knowledge and professionalism of South African agencies, it would be logical for the country to be a hub for the rest of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Aug 2017

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Cannes. Strangers at the circus

There were two boats in Cannes. They were part of the seemingly endless cavalcade of behemoth yachts moored in the South of France for the Cannes advertising festival of creativity

By Damon Stapleton 28 Jun 2017

Josh Partridge, director for EMEA, LatAm and Canada at Shazam.
#CannesLions2017: The rise of real-time updates with Shazam

Music featured strongly at Cannes Lions 2017. I chatted to Josh Partridge, director for EMEA, LatAm and Canada at Shazam, live in Cannes

By Ann Nurock 23 Jun 2017

#CannesLions2017: Striving for real brand purpose
#CannesLions2017: Striving for real brand purpose

A subject very close to my heart is that of purpose-driven brands. One just has to look at companies like Unilever to know that ‘purpose leads to purchase'. However, finding a real brand purpose is not easy

By Ann Nurock 21 Jun 2017

The Grand Prix for Good-winning work.
#CannesLions2017: Mandi Fine on awarding work that truly changes people's lives

I chatted to Mandi Fine, CEO of F/NE and juror for the Cannes Lions Pharma Lions as part of Lions Health, live in Cannes, France

By Ann Nurock 19 Jun 2017

#CannesLions: Don't put your creative flow at risk
#CannesLions: Don't put your creative flow at risk

One of the winners of the 2015 Cinemark Young Lions competition, Hanro Havenga reflects on his experience and gives some valuable advice to the 2017 winners

By Juanita Pienaar 14 Jun 2017

#CannesLions: "What the fu©k are we doing, man?"
#CannesLions: "What the fu©k are we doing, man?"

One of the winners of the 2015 Cinemark Young Lions competition, Safaraaz Sindhi reflects on his experience and gives some valuable advice to the 2017 winners

By Juanita Pienaar 8 Jun 2017

Winners, Amri Botha and Carina Coetzee with Lynne Wylie from Cinemark
SA winners of Cinemark 48-hour Cannes Young Lions competition announced

Amri Botha and Carina Coetzee from advertising agency, ninety9cents were announced as the SA winners of Ster-Kinekor Cinemark 48-hour Cannes Young Lions competition

By Juanita Pienaar 15 May 2017

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The view from in here: A lesson from 2016

I was in Cannes last year when Brexit happened. In a matter of hours, the lazily hedonistic mood of the festivities transformed into an all-pervasive haze of stunned denial

By Fran Luckin 24 Mar 2017

#CannesLions: Time for the brave
#CannesLions: Time for the brave

Courage is most difficult to harness and deploy in advertising. These are the words of Andy Rice, who facilitated a panel at Ster-Kinekor and Cinemark's Cannes Lions Edit event, which showcased the best of Cannes 2016

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Sep 2016

#CannesLions: The good, the diverse and the insane
#CannesLions: The good, the diverse and the insane

This year's overarching trend that came out of Cannes Lions is that of technology. However, technology on its own is nothing; it is the creative behind it that makes it meaningful in peoples' lives.

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Sep 2016

#Cannes2016: Navigating in the era of change
#Cannes2016: Navigating in the era of change

On Friday 12 August, Pete Case, chief creative officer at Ogilvy SA, presented his best campaigns of Cannes 2016 and provided some insight into the future of advertising and marketing

By Beverley Klein 17 Aug 2016

The ingredients to coming up with a great creative campaign
The ingredients to coming up with a great creative campaign

I was fortunate enough to attend and be part of an exclusive breakfast conference, thanks to Webfluential, hosted by The Creative Counsel a few weeks ago at The Venue in Melrose Arch

By Thabiso Moloi 16 Aug 2016

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Cannes: The Church and the Truffle Forest

What I am about to say may make me a hopeless romantic and naive in how the world works. So be it

By Damon Stapleton 6 Jul 2016

Eight days later, this carpet needed a good scrub!
Cannes About Town: A judge's guide to Cannes Lions

After a week's recuperation, and in an effort to give my advice for next year's judges, I thought I'd create my own listicle

By Emma Carpenter 5 Jul 2016

#CannesLions2016: Celebrating creativity in business
#CannesLions2016: Celebrating creativity in business

Ann Nurock spoke with Standard Bank Group's senior manager of brand creative Greig Jerling about the importance and effectiveness of creativity in more than just marketing and branding but also in business as a whole

By Ann Nurock 29 Jun 2016

#CannesLions2016: The importance of properly packaging award entries
#CannesLions2016: The importance of properly packaging award entries

Live from the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Ann Nurock spoke with Marc Taback, CEO of Initiative Media, about his experience in judging work entered into the Media Lions category and the importance of properly packaging your media award entries so that they resonate with the judges, who often view hundreds of piece of work in a day

By Ann Nurock 28 Jun 2016

Carter Murray
#CannesLions2016: The importance of agency culture

Live from the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Ann Nurock spoke with FCB Worldwide CEO Carter Murray, about the group's showing at this year's awards. He focused on culture particularly and pointed out that it's much more than a byproduct or a corporate word

By Ann Nurock 27 Jun 2016

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#MannesInCannes: Half-time catch up

I come up for air/ the jury is pissed/ there's a favourite

By Tseliso Rangaka 24 Jun 2016

Droga and Plank
#CannesLions2016: From underdogs to game-changers

When David Droga, possibly the most creatively awarded person in the world takes to the stage, people listen. When accompanied by Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of his client Under Armour at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, people positively flocked to hear their story

By Ann Nurock 24 Jun 2016

Jury member Claire Waring (SapientNitro Asia) tests out NYT VR
Cannes About Town: And the winner is...

Last night, we awarded an exceptional piece of work, The New York Times VR app, a Cannes Lions Grand Prix in Mobile

By Emma Carpenter 23 Jun 2016

72andSunny's Jarvis, Cole and Boiler.
"Why you don't need an innovation department to foster innovation."

If ever there was a title for a talk that didn't live up to its name it was this one by 72andSunny

By Ann Nurock 23 Jun 2016

#CannesLions2016: Creative collaboration in the mobile world
#CannesLions2016: Creative collaboration in the mobile world

Ann Nurock at Cannes spoke with Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook VP of Europe, Middle East and Africa, about the need for creative collaboration, especially in the mobile world

By Ann Nurock 22 Jun 2016

#CannesLions2016: Airbnb's 'connected disruption' model
#CannesLions2016: Airbnb's 'connected disruption' model

Brian Chesky cofounder and CEO of Airbnb, kicked off his keynote presentation at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity with the following rather staggering quote: "Tonight in Cannes, 5,100 people are staying at Airbnb and 1.3million people are staying in an Airbnb somewhere in the world"

By Ann Nurock 21 Jun 2016

Cannes About Town: Grand Prix
Cannes About Town: Grand Prix

Today we select the Mobile Cannes Lions Grand Prix. It's going to be a long day and night as the jury has to reach a consensus before we leave the room

By Emma Carpenter 21 Jun 2016

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#CannesLions2016: Badger and Winters - Women are not objects

In 2011 Madonna Badger, a successful advertising executive lost her three daughters and mother in an Xmas house fire. "I lost everything, but thankfully I did not lose my mind." She says seven years later

By Ann Nurock 20 Jun 2016

#CannesLions2016: Redefining promotions
#CannesLions2016: Redefining promotions

Eoin Welsh, chief creative officer at Havas, was part of the Promotion & Activations jury at Cannes Lions 2016. He spoke with Ann Nurock about the quality of work and how South African agencies can improve in this area

By Ann Nurock 20 Jun 2016

The mobile jury, hard at work.
Cannes About Town: In the Jury Room

'We're looking for the previously inconceivable', a piece of work that goes far beyond just never having been done before, you're looking for a piece of work that will change the entire industry

By Emma Carpenter 20 Jun 2016

Cannes About Town: The Beautiful Game
Cannes About Town: The Beautiful Game

As the giants of the technology industry battle it out to build the biggest stage on the beach here in Cannes, another festival of a different kind is taking place in France, which is surprisingly similar to the advertising frenzy that kicked off this weekend.

By Emma Carpenter 19 Jun 2016

Cannes About Town: Getting here
Cannes About Town: Getting here

Arriving in France reminded me that long haul air travel is still stuck in the mid 20th century

By Emma Carpenter 17 Jun 2016

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