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Cannes Lions announces changes to Palme d’Or; introduces Media Network of Year award

Complementing the global Network of the Year award, for the first time the performance of networks at regional level will be honoured with Regional Network of the Year award

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 5, 2014


The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is introducing a number of changes to some of its special awards which are based on points accumulated from shortlisted and award winning work presented at the festival.

The Palme d’Or award, presented to the best performing production company, will see changes to bring it in line with the other special awards. The calculation will continue to be based on a points system awarded as follows: 10 points for a Grand Prix; 7 points for a Gold Lion; 5 points for a Silver Lion; 3 points for a Bronze Lion; 1 point for a shortlist entry.

The changes being introduced are: • Production companies no longer have to have at least 10 entries in the qualifying categories – Film, Film Craft and Branded Content & Entertainment – to be eligible for the Palme d’Or. • The Palme d’Or will now consider all shortlisted and winning entries from a production company.  In previous years, only the best 10 entries from each production company were considered. • Shortlisted points will now be capped at 10 points, which is in line with the existing Agency of the Year rules.

“We welcome these positive changes to the Palme d’Or award as they will allow exposure to more producers throughout the world,” said François Chilot, President of CFPE/YDA.

The Media Agency of the Year Award will be replaced by the Media Network of the Year award. It will be awarded to the media agency network that obtains the highest score for entries in the Media Lions section. Only media agencies are eligible to compete in this award, which will be based on a points system as above. Advertising agencies credited on shortlisted and winning campaigns in Media Lions will see their points included in the Agency of the Year and Independent Agency of the Year calculation.

“Having a Media Network of the Year is extremely smart and fair. It is an exciting and welcome innovation to Cannes,” commented Daryl Lee, Global CEO of UM.

Complementing the global Network of the Year award, for the first time the performance of networks at a regional level – Regional Network of the Year award – will be announced during the final awards ceremony on Saturday, June 21, 2014, to honour the most awarded network at the festival in EMEA, Asia-Pacific, North America and LATAM.

“As is our usual process when introducing changes at Cannes Lions, we consult extensively with industry leaders to ensure that we continue to be relevant and reflect the changes that are happening in the business around the world,” said Terry Savage, Chairman of Lions Festivals. “These adjustments to the calculations of the special awards are no exception, and as such we are delighted to have the support and endorsement of the key players.”

The Media Network of the Year will be announced during the awards on Tuesday, June 17. Holding Company of the Year, Network of the Year, Regional Networks of the Year, Independent Agency of the Year, Agency of the Year, Palme d’Or and Grand Prix will all be announced on June 21, 2014, the last day of the festival, during the final awards.

Entries for Cannes Lions 2014 can be submitted until March 28, 2014 at www.canneslions.com.

The 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the largest and most prestigious communications awards and gathering of industry peers from around the globe, takes place from June 15-21, 2014 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.


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