Seven South Africans have been chosen as judges for the 2019 Cannes Lions. Cannes Lions is a five-day event that sets global benchmarks in brand communication and in the marketing world. The Award recognizes excellence in the specialist creative arena, and form part of the annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
Being selected to participate as a judge is an acknowledgment of a creative’s own standing in their industry. Also, it’s a serious feather in the cap of the professional concerned, as well as their agency and the South African Creative sector at large.
Cannes Lions festival, which incorporates Lions is held yearly at the Palais des Festival et des Congrès in Cannes, France. Every month of June, over 11,000 registered delegates from 90 different countries visit the Festival to celebrate the best of creativity in brand communication. These delegates meet to discuss industry issues as well as network with one another. Activities involve multiple award ceremonies, opening, and the closing gala.
Ster-Kinekor Sales – the official Cannes Lions representative in South Africa – has released the list of the South Africans to be honored this year. Chosen to judge this year’s Cannes Lions from 17-21 June in Cannes, France, with the categories they will be judging are listed below:
Michael Zylstra, chief strategy officer, Dentsu Aegis Network – Media; Claudi Potter, CD at Joe Public – Direct Marketing; Ryan McManus, CCO, VML – Entertainment; Fran Luckin – CCO at Grey Advertising – Film; Neo Mashigo, COO M&C Saatchi Group – Print and Publishing; Tseliso Rangaka, ECD of Ogilvy Cape Town – Radio & Audio;Nikki Taylor-Garrett, CD at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris – Brand Experience & Activations.
Following the release list of the South African creatives, Ster-Kinekor’s head of marketing Lynne Wylie said, “These South African creatives had long been acknowledged as leaders in their world and would make the country proud during the judging process”.
“The selected judges are opinion leaders in the industry and they are perfectly equipped to determine which work has set global trends over the past year. We are proud to have them representing us”.
“Our seven judges are opinion leaders in the industry and they are perfectly equipped to determine which work has set global trends over the past year. We are proud to have them representing us.
“Having the privilege to judge the cream of the crop in creativity is a great honor. These are the seasoned professionals and they richly deserve this recognition. Being exposed to all that magnificent work will no doubt inspire them to contribute to the development of the industry”, she said.