Cannes Lions has confirmed its jury president line-up for the awards in June, with Bozoma Saint John, Merlee Jayme and Geoff Northcott completing the full line-up and joining the jury presidents initially appointed for the 2020 awards.
Philip Thomas, chairman at Lions, said: “We know that after the postponement of last year’s awards, our jury presidents are eager to get going.
They will be leading juries in a unique year, awarding Lions for both 2020 and 2021—no small job but one that will provide a crucial reflection and insight into the industry’s recent unprecedented journey. Happily, they’re an extremely talented bunch of individuals and more than qualified to take on the job of setting the world’s new creative benchmark.”
Cannes Lions, whose official representatives in Australia are B&T‘s parent agency, The Misfits, has been recognising and celebrating creativity since 1954.
Appointed as this year’s President of the Titanium Jury—the Lion that awards game-changing work that marks a new direction for the industry and moves it forward—Susan Credle, global chief creative officer at FCB, said: “Advertising at its creative best is one of the most powerful economic-driving, business problem-solving, culture-changing agents in the world.
“By celebrating the work at The Cannes Lions Festival, we are reminded of our potential and inspired to live into it.”
Credle joins a group of 16 female jury presidents, making the gender split 57 per cent female and the highest representation of female leaders in the Festival’s history.
Joining the president line-up, Bozoma Saint John, global chief marketing officer at Netflix, has been appointed President of the Glass: The Lion for Change Jury.
Saint John said: “I’ve seen it said that ‘the future is female’ but the reality is that women have made incredible contributions in the past, are making their impact known in the present, and will absolutely change the future.
“Therefore, we need to recognise the brands and advertisers who are driving positive progress and change in the world by reflecting an equal world.
“This is why the Glass Lions are so important—the awards will shine a light on work that has really impacted the issue of gender inequality. I can’t wait to see how brands are approaching this ongoing challenge in new and fresh ways this year.”
Judging of the Lions will take place during Cannes Lions in June.
Speaking about this, Simon Cook, managing director at Lions, said” “From our conversations with the jury presidents, we know that there is a shared hope that the judging will take place physically at the Festival in June.
“In the event that this becomes impossible, we have created a remote judging experience—successfully used at our regional awards—that’s as close to the physical judging as we can make it.
“It’s a crucial part of all of our Lions awards; a human experience but also a rigorous and robust process.”
Cannes Lions is scheduled to take place from 21 to 25 June 2021, and will incorporate the awarding of both the 2020 and 2021 Lions. Further information on the Lions can be found at canneslions.com
The 2021 Jury Presidents have been confirmed as follows:
Titanium Lions – Susan Credle, global chief creative officer, FCB, Global
Design Lions – Pum Lefebure, chief creative officer, Design Army, USA
Film Lions – Richard Brim, chief creative officer, adam&eveDDB, UK
Mobile Lions – Andrew Keller, VP, global creative director, Facebook, Global
Outdoor Lions – Luiz Sanches, chairman, chief creative officer and partner, AlmapBBDO, Brazil
Print & Publishing Lions – Liz Taylor, global chief creative officer, Leo Burnett/worldwide chief creative officer, Publicis Communications NA, Global
Radio & Audio Lions – Merlee Jayme, global president, dentsu mcgarrybowen/chairmom, Dentsu Jayme Syfu, Global
Digital Craft Lions – Jax Ostle-Evans, managing director, Stink Studios, UK
Film Craft Lions – Kerstin Emhoff, president, PRETTYBIRD, USA
Industry Craft Lions – Jayanta Jenkins, EVP, head of marketing, Disney+, Global
Entertainment Lions – Jae Goodman, CEO, Observatory (A Stagwell and CAA Company), Global
Entertainment Lions for Music – Wyclef Jean, president and chief strategy officer, Carnival World Music Group, USA
Entertainment Lions for Sport – Ben Hartman, chief client officer, International, Octagon, Global
Brand Experience & Activation Lions – Vicki Maguire, chief creative officer, Havas, UK
Creative Business Transformation Lions – Geoff Northcutt, global chief experience officer and managing partner, EMEA, AKQA, Global
Creative eCommerce Lions – Tiffany Rolfe, global chief creative officer, R/GA, Global
Glass: The Lion for Change – Bozoma Saint John, global chief marketing officer, Netflix, Global
Sustainable Development Goals Lions – Eduardo Maruri, VP global creative board and president/CEO Europe, Grey Worldwide, Global
Health & Wellness Lions – Tom Richards, global chief creative officer, 21GRAMS, Global
Pharma Lions – Anne de Schweinitz, global managing director, Healthcare, FleishmanHillard, Global
Innovation Lions – Claudia Cristovao, head of Google Brand Studio, APAC, Google, APAC
Creative Effectiveness Lions – Ann Mukherjee, chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard NA, USA
Creative Data Lions – Maurice Riley, chief data officer, Digitas, Australia & New Zealand
Creative Strategy Lions – Suzanne Powers, global chief strategy officer, McCann Worldgroup, Global
Direct Lions – Reed Collins, chief creative officer, Ogilvy, Asia
Media Lions – Philippa Brown, worldwide CEO, PHD, Global
PR Lions – Gail Heimann, president and CEO, Weber Shandwick, Global
Social & Influencer Lions – Debbi Vandeven, global chief creative officer, VMLY&R, Global
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