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Playstation campaign axed from Cannes film Lions

The South African Playstation campaign which caffeinegoddess alerted us to earlier, Duel and War (view PS2 Duel here and PS2 War here) which was the 'great Gold hope' for South Africa in Cannes, has been axed from the competition. TBWA Hunt Lascaris' Creative Director Paul Warner, who worked on this ads had this statement to share:

"TBWA London, as custodians of the Sony Playstation account worldwide, have announced that South Africa is regrettably unable to do brand advertising on the Playstation account, the reason being that South Africa falls under the territory of London and has to get all authorisation from the London office.
London has officially ruled that 'War' and 'Duel' have been withdrawn with immediate effect from Cannes 2005 and all other award ceremonies around the world."

In the latest issue of Boards these ads were already being tipped as Gold winners, it's almost a crime that by the looks of it network politics is robbing these films of their chance. Network agencies should be about sharing ideas worlwide for worldwide clients, no? Would this not include sharing the glory when great ideas can gain great awards? Read more over at


Young Creatives Winners in Cannes 2005

Sweden, Spain,, Brazil and Puerto Rican teams took home Gold, Silver Bronze and the cyber award respectivly in the Cannes Young Creatives competition. Below is the flash entry from Massielle Asencio (AD, Leo Burnett), Federico Schenquerman (CW, WING PR) and Antuan Vazquez (AD, Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi). This years brief was from Unesco, and required the ad to encourage people to learn how to read.

(read more for the others)


Cannes Grand Prix Outdoor winner 2005

Ogilvy and Mather Santiago Chile brought home the Outdoor Grand Prix for this Escher like creation. Creative Director was Cesar Agost, Art Directors were Sergio Iacobelli and Sebastian Alvarado , copywriter Felipe Manalich Juab Carlos Sotello took the photo.


Cannes Press & Posters Winners

TBWA Paris get the Grand Prix, CD Erik Vervroegen CW Benoit Leroux and AD Philippe Taroux are going to party like it's 1999 or something as they raked home the prestigious award for their EMI Music Piracy awareness campaign.

The Art Direction on the five posters is quite trippy and fun, but the line "nothing great comes easy" really doesn't do shit to address 'music piracy' in this day and age. Those who download argue that they do want to support their artists and they wish big music companies did. But the music companies have a well established and well deserved reputation of bleeding artists and customers dry. The selection isn't as good as the billions they earn should make it, EMI dare not produce artists that are the least bit interesting or aimed at a narrow market (remember when they dropped the Sex pistols?) all we get from the big guys is Britney fucking Spears and another pop-tart clone again. Great albums are out of print. None of this is addressed in these posters - great eye candy but I doubt it affects what the target - the pirates - see as the real issue. Most people do want to do what is right already, and pay the talent for their skills.
Read more for more winners.


Cyber Lions Rumors

What is Cannes without all the rumours? Nothing! Well, it's pretty quiet out there but we have managed to hear with our very big ears that the Volvo Life on Board project, where QUAD productions made two films, is tipped to be winning a nice shining gold. We'll see tomorrow, won't we?

Then there is some gossip from the Sydney Morning Herald which has a Cannes Ad Festival Blog that caffeinegoddess found. On it they are pouting that the word on la croisette says No Golds for Oz in the Cyber competition. Aaaaaaaw, better luck next year.


Martini Private Pool: new movies

Martini offers an inflatable private pool in the shape of the Martini logo in the Netherlands.


IKEA Germany - "Midsommar in Schweden"

According to the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, IKEA in Germany has been forced by the head offices of the furniture giant in Sweden to remove three TV spots from the nationwide german TV stations RTL and Sat1.
The spots promote "Crazy Midsummer Prices" and depict the German perception of "traditional" Swedish activities on the celebration of the longest day of the year. We get to see drunken Swedes in traditional costumes dancing, fighting and generally partying out of control. The German IKEA also has a special website for the campaign.

After having lived and worked in Germany for two and half years now, I definitely recognize the stereotypes, and to be absolutely honest, I just can't see what the problem is… ;o)
The spots can be viewed here:


Telly Winners Finally Posted

If you won a Telly Award, you got a letter in the mail weeks ago. But everyone else had to wait (and wait) to for David E. Carter and company to finally post the winners list. You can check it out here. Unfortunately, they don't say what each agency won for.

Why care? Well, the Telly Awards take a look at commercials and video productions beyond the major broadcast networks, giving their little silver trophies for the best regional, local and cable work in an array of categories. What this means is that you have industry powerhouses like J. Walter Thompson listed alongside worthy regional and local shops--an occurrence rare enough to be interesting.