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What Marketing Will Miss by Going a Year Without Cannes

At his first Cannes Lions in 2003, Pancho Cassis was a 22-year-old creative from Chile just setting foot onto the global stage. “It was amazing,” he said. “It changes a lot about how you see the world, how you see advertising.” At his last Cannes Lions, in 2019, he signed the paperwork to become the… Read More

Cannes Lions 2020 Has Been Canceled, Dates Set for 2021

Advertising’s biggest event of the year, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, will not go forward with its 2020 edition, organizers announced this morning. The advertising awards festival, which traditionally takes place in June, had hoped to go on by rescheduling to late October. Now, the next edition of the festival won’t be held… Read More

Cannes Lions Officially Postpones 2020 Festival to October

Cannes Lions, the advertising festival first held in September 1954 that has evolved into the industry’s early summer tentpole, is officially moving its 2020 event back down the calendar. With more than 7,700 confirmed cases and 175 deaths, France remains a hotspot in the global outbreak of the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Cannes… Read More

Q&A: McCann Worldgroup CEO Harris Diamond on Navigating a Global Organization in a Time of Crisis

Last year, leading into 2020, McCann Worldgroup had all kinds of momentum. Most notably, the network was named Adweek’s 2019 Global Agency of the Year off the back of a stellar showing at creative awards like Cannes Lions and recovering well after the high-profile loss of the U.S. Army business after a 15-year run. Like… Read More

How Would a Shift to October Change the Nature of Cannes Lions?

This could be the year Cannes Lions attendees finally have to pack something warmer than a backless cardigan or frayed Sonic Youth denim jacket. But that might be the least of the ways it proves to be different from years past. The creative festival’s organizers announced today they have secured the city for an alternate… Read More

Cannes Lions, Still on for June, Secures Backup Dates in October

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the advertising world’s most high-profile event, announced today it has secured a contingency plan to move from June to October in the event that COVID-19’s spread has not been adequately contained. The festival says it will decide no later than April 15 whether to stick with the current… Read More

Netflix and Amazon Will Make First-Ever Cannes Lions Presentations in June

Netflix and Amazon will each make their first-ever official appearances as presenters during the 2020 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity this summer, festival schedulers said today. Jean Tanis, global creative marketing lead for Netflix, will discuss how the streaming service builds excitement for its upcoming programming at a session during the festival, which will be… Read More


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