Cannes Lions has announced that Emmy Award-winning producer and writer Lorne Michaels will be honoured with the Festivalâs first Entertainment Person of the Year award. Presented in recognition of the fundamental role that entertainment plays in the marketing and communications industry, the award honours an individual whose creativity inspires others to produce truly compelling, meaningful and entertaining content.
A master storyteller, Michaels has been a driving force in culture for almost four decades, creating impactful, award-winning entertainment across television, film and theatre. He is best known as the creator and executive producer of hit U.S. show âSaturday Night Liveâ, the longest-running, weekly, late-night television programme in TV history thatâs currently in its 44th season.
Philip Thomas, Chairman of Cannes Lions, said, âWeâre delighted to present this very special award to Lorne Michaels. An esteemed industry legend, he is an individual who perfectly illustrates the impact of great storytelling and culture, which can support the marketing and communications industry to strive for creative excellence and engage and inspire audiences across the world.â
To celebrate Michaelsâ career and contribution to entertainment, he will be presented with the award at the 66th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, during the Thursday night Awards Show on June 20. Michaels will also be speaking on stage as part of the Cannes Lions content programme on Thursday, in the session âIn a World of Disruption, Storytelling Winsâ, hosted by NBCUniversal. The session will unpack the idea that great stories will always connect with audiences.
Michaels has won 16 Emmys as a writer and producer. Along with âSNLâ, Michaels is currently the executive producer for shows, including âThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonâ, âLate Night with Seth Meyersâ, âShrillâ, âAP Bioâ and âDocumentary Nowâ among others. His TV specials have featured top talent, from Steve Martin and Paul Simon to most recently, Adele.
On Broadway, heâs a producer of the Tony Award-nominated musical âMean Girlsâ and had previously produced and directed âGilda Radner â Live From New Yorkâ. Additionally, Michaels many hit film credits include âMean Girlsâ, âThree Amigosâ, âWayneâs Worldâ and more.
In 2016, Michaels was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nationâs highest civilian honour for his significant cultural contributions to the country. He also is a member of the Order of Canada. In 2008 and 2015, he was named one of Time magazineâs âTime 100â â a list of the most influential people in the world.