ad awards etc


The Excorcist in Cannes Lions - not signed off by the client? Seems not... yet.

You have to read this in the voice of Peter Falk (may he r.i.p) as I watched too much Columbo as a kid.

I worry. I mean, little things bother me. I'm a worrier. I mean, little insignificant details - I lose my appetite. I can't eat. My wife, she says to me, "you know, you can really be pain." Well. Here's what I'm worrying about now, that Dirt Devil "Exorcist" Cannes Lions shortlisted ad that (kinda) sucks.


Cannes Lions pedophilia ad: Demand a retraction or demand a refund.

So by now you've probably read about the Cannes judges' brilliant decision to award a Silver Lion to this (presumably fake) Press ad selling Kia vehicles with the oh-so-clever theme of pedophilia (the funny kind, of course). This means that every agency and advertiser that entered the Press category at €350 a pop and didn't win, presumably lost their Lion to this extremely bad joke.

We think that's wrong. And we think the show organizers should acknowledge the judges' lapse in good taste and sanity by withdrawing the award immediately. If they don't, everyone who entered the Press category and didn't win should demand a refund of their entry fee.


File under "Not surprised" Kia denies that Cannes Lions winning Moma ad

Moma created an ad for Kia that won Silver in Cannes Lions this year, and literally everyone the croisette were talking about it as "the pedophile ad". What brand in their right mind would ever approve that? Kia motors now say they didn't. Will the lion have to be sent back now?


The Dirt Devil Cannes Shortlisted ad that (kinda) sucks.

When the "Dirt Devil Exorcist" spot began touring the world via creatives and amused horrors films fans showing it to each other I knew it would be big. Big enough to shortlist in the Cannes film lions was rather unexpected for me though. There are fans of this ad as it so perfectly homages a movie that's scared the hell out of everyone at some point, and I like the tension build, and the slow paced scare. Some producers will (off the record) tell you that it's 60 seconds to long. I disagree, but it's clearly selling an idea and nice film, rather than a product. Don't get me wrong, I like it, as much as I love The Excorcist. Now, did the client ever sign off on this?


It was the best of Cannes, it was the worst of Cannes

Returning from the 2011 Cannes Lions festival - or as I like to call it, the advertising olympics - I feel as if my brain has been blown so many times, it entered a blank space which was then reprogrammed by everyone I spoke to. Brace yourselves, the word "I" is going to be used so much here I'm boring myself already.


Cannes Integrated Grand Prix and Titanium 2011

Droga5, New York did rather well at Cannes this year with their D-code Jay-Z with Bing taking home the Integrated Grand Prix. But not only that, they took home a Titanium Lion and Silver Cyber, and Outdoor Grand Prix.


Tony Hawk helps pick winner at Wrath of Cannes

Last night’s Wrath of Cannes ( event named a winner out of over 30 submissions. The team of judges (including Tony Hawk) narrowed down the entries to five finalists.
(From left to right) Harry Woods (Partner/Creative Director, WWD&S), Gill Witt (Partner/Creative Director, WWD&S), Derek Richardson (VP Birdhouse) Tony Hawk, Kiran Aditham (Editor, AgencySpy), Jaimie Muelhausen (Creative Director, Tony Hawk Inc), Phyllis Dealy (Partner/Director of Account Services, WWD&S). Center is the winner: Nikolaus Drellow


A Trio of Cannes 2011 Cyber Grand Prix Winners

R/GA New York's Pay With a Tweet for Innovative Thunder won them Grand Prix in the Viral Advertising category.
Associate Creative Director: Leif Abraham, Christian Behrendt
Programmer: Alexander Milde
Pay with a Tweet is the first social payment system, where people pay with the value of their social network. We launched Pay With A Tweet with the release of our book "Oh My God What Happened And What Should I Do?". It’s simple, people who have something to sell simply add the Pay With A Tweet button to their site, and people simply click on the button and tweet about the product. They are then able to download it: a book, album, or whatever. What began as a promotion became a whole new way to trade content online.


Cannes Lions PR Grand Prix 2011

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, Australia took home the Grand Prix for PR at Cannes yesterday for "Break Up" campaign for National Australia Bank.


Cannes Lions Direct & Promo Grand Prix 2011

Cannes Direct Grand Prix 2011 goes to Romania's McCann Erickson/MRM Parteneri for their work on Kandia Dulce. It also won a Gold Direct as well. BUT, it also won Grand Prix and Gold for Promo & Activation.