THREE accomplished and highly regarded industry leaders will take the positions of Cyber, Outdoor and Radio Lions jury presidents at this year's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Nick Law, R/GA's EVP and chief creative officer, North America, will lead the Cyber Lions jury to award the best work in online digital communications, according to a press release issued by the organisers.
Law is responsible for the overall creative vision of R/GA. In this role, he guides creative teams consisting of visual designers, copywriters, and interaction designers, working in close collaboration. He ensures that the agency stays true to its legacy of world class creative and groundbreaking innovation. Nick has won every major international award and has been widely published in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia-Pacific.
Commenting on the task ahead, Law said: “It's an honour to be asked to chair the Cannes Lions Cyber Jury, an esteemed group that have witnessed and awarded our industry's relentless re-invention for 13 years. More recently, work in this category has defied categorisation and re-defined what ambitious agencies can do for their clients. Along with audacious advertising work, agencies have been delivering digital products and services that do more than tell you about a brand; they transform brands. I'm excited to witness the next chapter in this thrilling re-invention.”
Chairing the Outdoor Lions jury is Olivier Altmann, chief creative officer of Publicis Worldwide and member of the Worldwide Executive Committee since 2009. Olivier drives the network's creative force and works closely with their internationally-aligned clients. Under his leadership, Publicis is ranked Europe's second most creative network (Eurobest 2010), the second most creative network in Asia (Media), and Agency of the Year in France, Australia, and Brazil.
Altmann, winner of two Grands Prix at Eurobest, has previously judged at Cannes Lions, D&AD and The Clio Awards as well as chairing twice at Eurobest.
“I'm very honoured to chair the Outdoor Lions jury and thrilled to meet some of the best creative minds as fellow jury members. Despite being maybe the oldest media of all time, think back to the cavemen drawings, Outdoor remains one the most powerful ways to communicate to the masses as it is truly public. If you remember previous Cannes Lions winners (The Zimbabwean Trillion Dollar Billboard', The Becks Beer, The Andes Teletransporter', and so on) it can also be a much more interactive and innovative medium than one could imagine,” said Altmann on his role.
Eugene Cheong, regional executive creative director of Ogilvy Asia Pacific, appointed Radio Lions jury president, is Asia's most-awarded copywriter and creative director, winning more Gold Cannes Lions and Gold One Show Pencils than anyone else in Asia.
Cheong is one of a handful of creative pioneers who, in the mid 1980s, set in motion what is widely known in the industry as the “Asian Creative Revolution”, which began in the iconic Ogilvy Singapore agency, before spreading north to Hong Kong, Thailand and India.
In 2009, he was elected to the Ogilvy Worldwide Board and Ogilvy Worldwide Creative Council.
“It's a pleasure and certainly a privilege for me to be able to chair the Radio Lions jury. I look forward to leading and engaging with some of the industry's finest minds,” remarked Cheong.
“Nick, Eugene and Olivier come from very different parts of the world and, given the roles they have, work all over the world, so therefore understand many different cultures. Being great creatives, who are both culturally aware and real leaders, makes them perfect to fulfil the roles of presidents of these three important juries,” said Terry Savage, festival chairman.
The Star is the official and exclusive International Festival of Creativity representative for Malaysia for 2011/2012.