ad awards etc


Unilever is Cannes Lions Advertiser of the year.

I thought it was getting pretty cold down here yesterday. Ad depicted: Pond's White Beauty UV Protection Cream from Ogilvy & Mather Indonesia

The organisers of the 57th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival are delighted to announce that this year’s prestigious Advertiser of the Year award will be given to the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever, owner of many of the world’s best-loved foods, beverages, home and personal care brands.
This important accolade is presented to advertisers who have distinguished themselves for inspiring innovative marketing of their products and who embrace and encourage the creative work produced by their agencies.


Pharrell Williams' next Gig is at CLIO Awards

So I'm not much into award ceremonies since.... well let's face it, they are the same. Celebrities walk down the "red" carpet and then sit down and win awards that a bunch of people selected for them?

But when a friend told me that Pharrell Williams would be actually speaking for a keynote Q&A at the 2010 CLIO Awards, I may have a different point of view... Yeah I know, celebrities and awards are cliche, but I'm a huge N.E.R.D, Neptures and Pharrell fan, overall.

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Cannes Contestant Uses Ebay to Promote Video

For this year's Cannes Lions 48 Hour Youtube Ad Contest, one contestant goes a step farther to promote their video, 'Magic Wand'. For sale on Ebay is a 'real magic wand'. The power to wave a wand and change the world can be yours in the form of a pen, if you sign Wateraid's petition.

Video here:


Pee Aid - YouTube Cannes Young Lions Ad Contest

YouTube Cannes Young Lions Ad Contest is around the web. Some good movies; some bad. Find them and vote.


Win a trip to Cannes lions 2010: the catch - must be 28 or under

Th deal: At midnight (GMT) on Friday 14 May, Cannes Lions will post a brief on YouTube for a 60-second ad for a charity. In the next 48 hours you need to shoot your ad, edit it and get it online before midnight on Sunday 16 May.

Making the video is just half the job. You’ve then got one week to drive as many people to your video as possible. Do whatever it takes: embed it, blog about it, tweet it. Just make sure you get people talking!

.... in short, spam the hell out of everyone with it and beg @adland to retweet it, same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie? Same procedure as every year, James.

The entries will be judged by Chris Baylis, Chris Baylis, Executive Creative Director of Tribal DDB Amsterdam. Edmund Choe, Executive Creative Director, Greater China, Saatchi & Saatchi. Colleen DeCourcy Chief Digital Officer TBWA\ Worldwide and Brian Elliott, Founder, Chief Executive of Amsterdam Worldwide.

This is the Cannes Lions official youtube channel where the brief will appear. Good luck.


D&AD 2010 Results: Outdoor Advertising - are you in the book?

Are you in the book? I don't see you in the book. / Hudsucker proxy

We know some things that are in the book, that is the D&AD book. In Ambient both HBO's cube and Jung Von Matt's flyvertising are in the book. The "liverpool wall" for Virgin Trains created by Elvis Communications is also in the book - the poster was actually a large digital screen, and interactive in that a copywriter watched who walked past and wrote messages tailored to them and the situations. Lines included "We're faster than that number 45 bus", "Hey roadsweeper guy, we get to London in a tidy 2 hours and 7 minutes" and "...any marriage proposals?"


Gatorade "Replay" takes home Grandy at 2010 International ANDY Awards

The Andy judges voted Gatorade's "Replay" spot from TBWA\Chiat\Day as the absolute best in show this year, the single representative of all the work entered in the show that year. It was also recognized in the Branded Content category as well.


Shift Disturbers Invade Toronto in May.

Photographer Sylvain Dumais ( took this image for the upcoming Shift Disturbers event in Toronto. A mash-up of advertising and design people for, as they put it, a half day of inspiration from the gods of creativity. Speakers include Stephan Sagmeister and Nick Law.

If you're anywhere near Toronto on May 25, get your butt there. For more info:


The last advertising agency in the world: FITC invites you.

You might laugh, or just be saddened by the film above, but take this from it: the FITC Toronto is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the world and in its nine years it has been an information blitz of presentations, demonstrations, panel discussions (and of course parties), topped off with an award show. Maybe if you attend such events you won't be oblivious to the changes around us. ;)

Get your tickets here - and do note that Adland readers can get a 10% discount by using the code "adland" when you checkout from


Poetry to boobies wins the Dutch press ad "peoples choice" award

When you write loving poetry to breasts, you really can't go wrong - even the people voted the Pink Ribbon campaign campaign their favorite of the year.
Seyoan Vela, ECD at Grey Amsterdam, comments on national behaviours in voting for ad

"Last night at the Dutch Press Association awards our Pink Ribbon campaign was voted the nation's favourite press campaign of 2009 by the Dutch public.
This award win is slightly unexpected because you always think the funny ads are going to win the public vote. This just goes to show that sometimes the public do know what they're talking about."

Also in the campaign, these commercials (in Dutch here) in English below the fold.