Last night the London International Advertising Awards were handed out. Jury Presidents included: Robert Greenberg from R/GA, NY for Interactive Media, Karen Welman from Pearlfisher, London/NY for Design and the controversial Neil French of WPP Worldwide for Advertising.
According to the Media Guardian, French was kept from appearing at the awards.
WPP has stopped its former worldwide creative director, famed in the advertising world for his soubriquet "the godfather" and his penchant for cigars, from appearing at the function or taking part in any interviews.
"He won't be coming tonight. He was, and that was stopped by higher powers," said a source. "He wasn't allowed contractually. He is leaving in six months and he's been given a contract that states he is unable to do any interviews."
But enough of the drama, on to the awards. Read on to see who and what won the grand prizes.
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Client: Science Museum-Serious On The Outside
Design Co: Taxi Studio, Bristol
ExecCD: Spenser Buck, AD: Ryan Wills, Illustrator: Jem Hobbs, Graphic Designers: Luke Manning/Karl Wills/Ollie Guise/Ryan Wills/Spencer Buck/Alex Bane
Client:Silfa/ Lego- Street Building, Office Building
Agency: Ogivly&Mather, Santiago
ChiefCD: Cesar Agost Carreno, CDs: Felipe Manalich/Sergio Iacobeli, CW: Felipe Manalich, ADs: Sergio Iacobeli/Sebastian Alvarado, Photographer: Juan Carlos Sotelo, Illustrator: Ricardo Salamanca
Client: Unilever/Dove - Oversized? Outstanding?
Agency: Ogivly & Mather, London
ExecCD: Malcolm Poynton, CD: Dennis Lewis, CWs: Steve Hooper/Dennis Lews, AD: Joerg Herzog, Photographer: Rankin
Client: Bud Light- Genius/Mr. Cargo Pants Designer, Genius/Mr. Miniature Train Modeler, Genius/Mr. Really Big Pet Snake Owner
Agency: DDB Chicago, Chicago
Chief Creative Officer: Bob Scarpelli, ExecCD: John Immesoete, CDs: Mark Gross/Bill Cimino/Bob Winter/Chris Roe, Recording Studio: Chicago Recording Company, Sound Design Company: Scandal, Chicago
Agency: Wieden & Kennedy, London
CDs: Tony Davidson/Kim Papworth, CWs/ADs: Sean Thompson/Richard Russel/Michael Russoff, Prod Co/Animation Co/Editing: Nexus, London, Music Pro Co: Amber, London, Directors: Smith/Foulkes, Music Composer: Be Nice to the Pigeons
You can check out the rest of the winners here.