Turbulence at Cannes?


Turbulence at Cannes?

Adage reports that the campaign chosen for the Grand Prix winner for the International Advertising category has been disqualified this morning. Officals found it to have been "inappropriately entered." This translates to mean that it hadn't run in any paid media.

A Portuguese bookstore ad campaign was created by Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett, Lisbon.



"They claimed the decision was overturned partly in reaction against last year's outdoor grand prix winner from Leo Burnett in Norway, for an Oslo tattoo parlour."

That campaign should have lost it's Grand Prix status for being a rip-off. Same exact client, compare these images.

First up, the grand prix of Cannes last year, second, Missing Links campaign for the same shop in 1999. Interestingly they both hung posters on dogleash holders and other places for "piercing" a poster = same unusual media idea too!

(pierced onto dog leash holder etc)

(pierced by the staples mid-magazine)

same client, same small ad country - Norway.

....partly in reaction against last year's outdoor grand prix winner.... Uh? Did they not realize last year that the Grand Prix poster winner was not advertised on "traditional" poster space?
If the space has been paid for, does it matter where the poster goes? Posters inside a shop might be "point of sale" but what about the 'wild posters' plastered on building construction sites and so on? They are paid for media.

Expect more of this. Also there will be more winners from "emerging" advertising markets - UAE, India, Thailand, maybe even, Saudi Arabia.
In the case of India, most agencies paid for the ad which was entered. So technically, they are not scam ads.

damn! isn't there anywhere online where we can find an Image of this has-been-Grand-Prix?

From adcritic.com's email:
After the Press & Poster jury concluded its deliberations Monday night here at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes, at last finalizing its Grand Prix
decisions, the 22 member panel burst into applause. Suddenly, according to jury president Dan Wieden, the lights in the room went out. "We knew it was a sign, but
we didn't know of what," Wieden says. "It turned out to be a sign that we had to get back to work."

Weiden is a superstitious kind of guy.

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