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Cannes Lions 2012 reverts back to original date: 17 to 23 June 2012

Change of plans folks! My Birthday will not be held in Cannes next year (crowd roars with DISAPPOINT!), as it has just been announced the Lions festival is moving back to it's original date. Quick, get on the horn and re-schedule that team of former rugby-players now turned exotic dancers to come and party with me at my house instead. What do you mean you didn't book them in the first place? Son, I am disappoint.

We have just been informed by the city of Cannes that for various internal and external reasons the proposed improvement works to the Palais des Festivals have now been postponed.
Therefore, to avoid a crossover with the end of the Cannes Film Festival, we are reverting to our usual dates in the third week of June – 17-23 June 2012.

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Should the PR lion for Mercedes "Hitchhiker" be revoked for being stealth? How about for being a copy-cat?

Flashback to Cannes lions and the Gold winning PR entry called Tramp A Benz which consisted of a man who hitchiked through Germany, but only in Mercedes Benz. He blogged about it, he facebooked it, there was even a book printed in the end showing all the nice drivers who picked him up. He was Stefan Gbureck, a former Hugo Boss model and 'emerging street photographer and performance artist from Berlin'. It all seemed to be his idea, even if he used the classic Mercedes line "The best or nothing" on his brown paper cardboard as he hitched.

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Aftertomorrow event in NYC on Tuesday: Robert Wong & Sam Ewen discuss innovation

Hey New Yorker, what are you doing on Tuesday? Fancy celebrating the future of innovation in advertising over cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and presentations from Robert Wong, ECD of Google Creative Lab and Sam Ewen, CEO of Interference?

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Fancy a bit of inspiration from the Tomorrow Awards, Matt Marcus of R/GA & an open bar in Chicago tomorrow?

There are a few spots left to this Tuesday evening's After Tomorrow event by Tomorrow Awards & Adobe in Chicago at House of Blues. Come for the presentations, including Matt Marcus of R/GA, and stay for the open bar.

After Tomorrow Chicago - has all the info.

The photo is from last week in L.A.

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Lürzer’s Archive Berlin School Scholarship 2011

No career track without professional training

Lürzer’s Archive Berlin School Scholarship 2011

Creative Leadership. That is the focus of the training and tuition programs run by the Berlin School, an initiative launched a few years back on the back of an idea originally put forward by the Art Directors Club Germany. In the formulation of the idea, ADC president Michael Conrad, formerly President and now Vice Chairman of Leo Burnett International, emphasizes that creativity is a key quality required of future business leaders, it being an asset that is decisive in determining whether a company succeeds or fails.

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The 2011 GLAAD Amplifier Awards - did you make a gay positive ad this year?

GLAAD is accepting submissions for The 2011 GLAAD Amplifier Awards, (formerly known as the GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising.)

The GLAAD Amplifier Awards elevate and promote images in advertising that include fair and accurate representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Amplifier Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.

Submitted materials must be received in the Los Angeles GLAAD office by Friday, July 29, 2011
at 6 p.m. PT. Projects submitted must have been printed, broadcast, appeared online or exhibited outdoors in the United States between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

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The Grand Prix for Good is the best shortlist, being on it is a win.

The Grand Prix for good was won by Leo Burnett Australia, for their "see the person" disability awareness campaign for Scope. Well done.

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Creator of Kia pedophilia ad is the same as creator of WWF 9/11 ad

So, while I thought it was rather obvious that this wasn't signed off by a client in "file under not surprised", and DMVawter posted "

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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.

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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.

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