Cannes hosts journo-judged Epica Awards

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Cannes, June 22: The only global creative awards judged by journalists officially has launched its 31st year at the Cannes Lions Festival, revealing the ceremony venue, new categories, conference speakers, additional jury members and the jury president.

Epica will hold its next jury meeting, conference and ceremony in Berlin from Monday to Thursday, November 13-16. The 2017 jury president will be Spencer Baim, chief strategic officer at Vice Media New York.

The awards ceremony itself will be held at the Meistersaal, a historic concert hall built in Berlin in 1910, on Thursday 16 November. This will be preceded by the annual conference, whose theme this year is The Creative Singularity: How Technology Drives Creativity.

Confirmed speakers so far are Stop Funding Hate co-founder Richard Wilson (UK), co-founder; Razorfish Berlin ECD Preethi Mariappan, R/GA Berlin, and Publicis France MD Patrick Lara.

Epica also unveiled its own ad campaign, this year created in-house featuring the words, “We are watching you” composed of letters cut out from the names of the magazines and sites on the Epica jury.

New to the jury this year are India’s Economic Times, and Marketing Directo Spain.

Epica has also introduced two new categories this year: Music Video and Online & Mobile Services (which covers advertising for digital brands such as Airbnb and Uber).

Epica editorial director Mark Tungate said: “We’re delighted to return to Berlin, which is one of the world’s most exciting and creative cities. As it’s a hub of startup talent we thought it would be appropriate to explore the merging worlds of technology and creativity in our conference, hence the theme The Creative Singularity.”

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