Cannes & McCann tap stars for 2014 Lions print campaign

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McCann London commissioned award-wining photographer Max Oppenheim to creative the 2014 campaign for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (which will run Sunday 15 June to Saturday 21 June). Oppenheim’s brief: to perfect the art of the classic stock shot.

The press campaign will run in national newspapers and trade magazines around the world from now until June. It features a collection of world-renowned creative professionals portrayed as super-positive, fist-pumping, stock photography models.

“The campaign highlights the fact that attending the world’s leading festival of creativity and being surrounded by the greatest creative work and people on the planet is a hugely valuable experience,” says Cannes Lions director of brand strategy Senta Slingerland. “It inspires delegates to return to work with renewed enthusiasm, like a reset button of the creative mojo of even the most senior, jaded industry figures.”

Each execution features a stock image-style watermark with the legend: ‘You’ll come back as pumped as a stock photo model.’ Along with relevant search terms like ‘Success’ ‘Winning’ ‘Inspired’ ‘Energised’ ‘Cannes’ ‘Festival’ ‘Pumped’.

“Our campaign celebrates the one thing that everyone who goes to Cannes experiences: the feeling of falling in love again with what you do for a living,” Slingerland said.

The five executions were shot in generic office spaces in New York and London with models dressed in bland office attire befitting the stock image style.

McCann London CD Mike Oughton said: ‘This campaign will strike a chord with everyone in the world who has ever typed the word ‘success’ into a stock image library search bar.

Photographer Max Oppenheim commented: “It was a challenge to find just the right visual language to pull off this series. I was very careful to select neutral locations, styling and wardrobe to capture the generic world of stock. And it helped massively that all the ‘models’ understood how great the idea was and threw themselves into their performances. They were pumped!”

Executions include:

  • Amir Kassaei, Global Chief Creative Officer of DDB and this year’s Film Lions Jury President, punching the air euphorically at his desk.
  • Ted Royer, Chief Creative Officer of Droga5, New York, and Sean Sim, ECD of Ogilvy China, bursting with joy as they push an excited Angel Anderson, VP/Experience Director of CP+P in LA, in a chair along an office corridor.
  • Cindy Gallop, Founder & CEO of If We Ran The World/Make Love Not Porn, sitting with her feet on her desk throwing a ream of paper into the air with blissful abandon.
  • James Hilton, Co-founder and CCO of AKQA, and Laura Gregory, CEO and Founder of Great Guns, jubilantly draw an upward  ‘success’ arrow on a graph.
  • Benjamin Palmer, Chairman of The Barbarian Group, and Chloe Gottlieb, ECD of R/GA, performing a super-impressive, mid-air, high-five manoeuvre.



Agency: McCann London

Campaign: Pumped

Client: Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

Photographer: Max Oppenheim

Chief Creative Officers: Rob Doubal & Lolly Thomson

Creative Director: Mike Oughton

Copywriter: Mike Oughton

Art Director: Simon Hepton

Digital Team: Thomas Ilum & Carl Rapp

Typographer: Gary Todd

Producer: Anna Henderson

View the campaign at

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