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Cannes Lions: Sam Balsara named in Media jury, Rajiv Rao in Film

Film, Media, Promo & Activation and Inaugural Product Design juries announced. Sukrit Himanshu Singh of Encompass Events is the third Indian named

Cannes Lions:  Sam Balsara named in Media jury, Rajiv Rao in Film

Film, Media, Promo & Activation and Inaugural Product Design juries announced. Sukrit Himanshu Singh of Encompass Events is the third Indian named

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 18, 2014

(Left) Sam Balsara and Rajiv Rao (Right) (Left) Sam Balsara and Rajiv Rao (Right)

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the members of a further four juries who will meet in Cannes to judge work in the new Product Design,  Film, Media and Promo & Activation Lions categories. There are three names from India: Madison’s Sam Balsara in Media jury, Ogilvy’s National Creative Director Rajiv Rao in Film jury, and Sukrit Himanshu Singh, CEO of Encompass Events, in Promo & Activation jury.

As implemented last year, there will be a two-stage judging process for the Media Lions category. A 40-strong jury of media professionals from around the world will be divided into eight sub-groups of five people tasked to cast the first round of votes that will determine the shortlist. Jury president Matt Seiler, Global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, will spend time with each sub-group but will not vote during this first round. At the second voting stage, the shortlist will be judged and the winners selected by the Awarding Jury made up of 13 media industry leaders including the jury president.

The three other juries will be led by Amir Kassaei, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Worldwide, USA (Film Lions); Susan Credle, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, USA (Promo & Activation Lions) and Donghoon Chang, Executive VP, Samsung Electronics, South Korea (Product Design Lions).

Commenting on the formidable jury line-up including the new Product Design Lions jury, Terry Savage, Chairman of Lions Festivals, said, “As a global festival celebrating the best creative ideas in brand communications, it is important to embrace all facets of this ever-changing industry, and as such we very much look forward to welcoming the members of the first ever Product Design Lions jury to Cannes Lions along with all our other juries. By judging and awarding only the very best work using integrity, commitment and unbeatable industry knowledge, this esteemed group of industry professionals selected for these juries, will ultimately help drive the industry forward on a global scale.”


Amir Kassaei, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Worldwide, USA – Jury President Al Moseley, President and Chief Creative Officer, 180 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Bruno Bertelli, Executive Creative Director, Publicis, Italy Jan Teulingkx, Executive Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi, Belgium Jeremy Garner, Executive Creative Director, formerly Weapon7, UK Katrine Jo Madsen, Senior Creative, UncleGrey, Denmark Kirk Gainsford, Executive Creative Director, Lowe Cape Town, South Africa Lance Martin, Executive Creative Director, Partner, UNION, Canada Luis Ribó, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO, Mexico Marco Venturelli, Creative Director, Les Gaulois, France Martin Pross, Chief Creative Officer, Member of the Executive Board, Scholz & Friends Berlin, Germany Matty Burton, Executive Creative Director, WHYBIN\TBWA Group Sydney, Australia Maximiliano Anselmo, Chief Operating Officer & Shareholder, Santo Buenos Aires, Argentina Pete Favat, Partner, Chief Creative Officer, Deutsch LA, USA Petra Albrektson, Creative Director, Akestam Holst, Sweden Rajiv Rao, National Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather, India Raquel Martínez, Executive Creative Director, McCann, Spain Rui Branquinho, Chief Creative Officer, Y&R São Paulo, Brazil Sompat Trisadikun, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, Thailand Sue Anderson, VP Executive Creative Director, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, USA Tone Humblen, Creative / Partner, Llowbank, Norway Yuya Furukawa, Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu, Japan


Media Matt Seiler, Global Chief Executive Officer, IPG Mediabrands, Global – Jury President + Awarding Jury Andrew Lazzaro, Chief Brand Officer, Worldwide, OMD Worldwide, Global – Awarding Jury Anne-Cécile Michaud, Global Head of Strategy, Havas Media Group, Global – Awarding Jury Annika Rehn Frobell, Head of Planning, Lowe Brindfors, Sweden Beat Krebs, CEO, ZenithOptimedia, Switzerland Cesar Parra, Managing Director, Initiative, Colombia Colin Kinsella, CEO, North America, Mindshare, USA – Awarding Jury Daina Middleton, Global CEO, Performics, Global – Awarding Jury Daryl Lee, Global CEO, UM, Global – Awarding Jury Deric Wong, Head of Strategy & Insights, Omnicom Media Group, Hong Kong Dominique De Ville, CEO, OMD/Omnicom Media Group, Belgium Eduardo Jr Mapa, Chief Innovation Officer, Havas Media, China Edward Knol, Managing Director, Maxus, The Netherlands Elizabeth Cabello Riffo, General Manager, Starcom Mediavest Group, Chile Erica Gunning, Managing Director, MEC, South Africa Erin Hyungjoung Lee, Media Planning Director, Cheil Worldwide, South Korea Fanny García, Managing Director, MEC, Mexico Guido Surci, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Havas Media Group, Italy Gustavo Quiroga, President, Quiroga Agencia de Medios, Argentina Guy Cousins, Global Head of Strategy – Unilever, PHD Global Strategy Unit, Global – Awarding Jury Hiroshi Yoshida, Executive Manager, Institute Media Environment, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Japan – Awarding Jury Julia Tuleeva, Media Director, Medialect, Russia Karine Courtemanche, President, Touché! PHD, Cananda Kate Thomas, Strategy Director, Dynamo, New Zealand Kazumichi Iwagami, Executive Officer, Dentsu, Japan – Awarding Jury Lisa Donohue, CEO, Starcom, USA – Awarding Jury Luiz Antonio Gini, General Media Director, Neogama BBH, Brazil Mads Bredal, President, Dentsu Aegis Nordic, Denmark Marc Schader, Global Chief Commerical Officer, Havas Media Group, Global – Awarding Jury Mark Creighton, CEO UK, Mindshare Media, UK Mark Pejic, CEO, Mediacom, Australia – Awarding Jury Marta Ruiz-Cuevas, Managing Director, Starcom Mediavest, Spain Michael Dunke, CEO, IPG Mediabrands, Germany Nick Waters, Nick Waters, CEO APAC, Dentsu Aegis Network, Asia Pacific – Awarding Jury Omid Novidi, Client Service Director, Head of Creative Unit, Mediacom, Austria Sam Balsara, Chairman and Managing Director, Madison Communications, India Samuel Godinho, Chief Operating Officer, Carat, Portugal Sarit Alter, Group Director, Mediacom, Israel Tara Levine, Managing Director, Marketing & Business Development, OMD, USA Verica Djurdjevic, Managing Director, PHD, UK Zysla Belliat, President, IREP and MMZ Conseil, France


Promo & Activation Susan Credle, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, USA - Jury President Adam Livesey, Executive Creative Director, TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, South Africa Andrés Martínez, Vice-president Creative, JWT, Mexico Annu Terho, Copywriter, DDB Helsinki, Finland Bo Hellberg, Executive Creative Director, Billington Cartmell/Brave, UK Cristina Barturen, Managing Director, Arnold Madrid, Spain Debbi Vandeven, Global CEO, VML, Global Dennis Lück, Executive Creative Director, Draftfcb/Lowe, Switzerland Fabio Saboya, Creative Director, Loducca Publicidade, Brazil Fumitaka Takano, Creative Director, ADK, Japan Hedvig Hagwall Bruckner, Copywriter, King, Sweden Jonathan Gian, Head of Art, Kinetic, Singapore Juan Carlos Rodríguez Pizzorno, Executive Creative Director, Badillo Saatchi & Saatchi, Puerto Rico Juan Manuel (Chavo) D'Emilio, Executive Creative Director, McCann, Argentina Karina Ogandzhanyan, Vice President, TWIGA, Russia Lisa Greenberg, SVP, Head of Art, Leo Burnett, Canada Luca Scotto di Carlo, Creative Partner, M&C Saatchi SPA, Italy Luca Cinquepalmi, Creative Director, H-Paris, France Márton Jedlicska, Creative Director, Kirowski Isobar, Hungary Matthias Harbeck, Creative Executive Director, Partner, Serviceplan, Germany Megan Clark, Founder and MD, Copper Brand Experiences, New Zealand Michael Knox, Executive Creative Director, GREY Melbourne, Australia Ramiro Eduardo, Vice-president Creative, Ogilvy & Mather, Guatemala Robert Nakata, Founder/Design Director, 72andSunny, The Netherlands Sebastien De Valck, Creative Director, BBDO, Belgium Sukrit Himanshu Singh, CEO, Encompass Events, India

Product Design Donghoon Chang, Executive VP, Samsung Electronics, South Korea – Jury President Anthony Dickens, Creative Partner, Studio Make Believe, UK Dan Formosa, Designer, Smart Design, USA Guto Indio Da Costa, Design Director, Indio da Costa A.U.D.T, Brazil Lars Larsen, Founder & Head of Design, Kilo Design, Denmark Dean Quinn, Design Consultant, Dean Quinn, USA Gabriel Tan, Design Partner / Co-Founder, Outofstock, Singapore Marcell von Berlin, Creative Director, Fashion Designer, Marcell von Berlin, Poland Wolfgang Wagner, Managing Partner, Creative Director, Design 3, Germany

Cannes Lions takes place from June 15-21, 2014, at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, with winners to be announced at four awards ceremonies held during the festival. For further details on rules across all 17 categories, fees and how to enter work, visit The deadline for entries is March 28.

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