Cannes taps nine Kiwis for jury duty

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Cannes has named nine New Zealanders to juror roles at the 2017 Lions in June. Gender equality also took a step forward with the festival increasing the number of women across all juries to a record 43%.

The Kiwis:

  • Cyber: Brett Colliver, creative director, DDB Group
  • Design: Stephen Maskell, experience director, DNA
  • Direct: Brigid Alkema, ECD, Clemenger BBDO | Touchcast
  • Media: Samantha Osborne, managing director, Mindshare
  • Outdoor: Natalie Knight, creative group head, FCB
  • Promo & Activation: Tom Paine, creative director, Y&R
  • PR: Karyn Arkell, managing director, Grace
  • Radio: Simon Vicars, creative group head, Colenso BBDO
  • Creative Data: Jane Stanley, managing director, Annalect

The Lions winners will be honoured at awards ceremonies taking place across the eight-day festival, from Saturday 17 June to Saturday 24 June.

The juries encompass a diverse spectrum of creative and international talent, with 390 people from 50 countries confirmed across all juries.

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There’s also two countries who join the panels for the first time – the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. 43% of jurors are female in 2017, a record for the Festival.

The number of women on the juries has doubled in the last five years, from 21% in 2012.

“Our juries are developed in consultation with the industry and the progress we’ve achieved so far by working together is transforming the jury gender mix,” said Cannes Lions chairman Terry Savage.

“We know the work doesn’t stop at gender and we look forward to working with the industry to tackle other representation issues.”

Madonna Badger, founder of Badger & Winters New York (and Cannes Lions See It Be It* ambassador), said: “The Cannes Lions commitment to diversity and equality shines a light for the entire industry.

“Whereas only 11% of creative directors are women, Cannes has increased the number of women on juries to 43% this year. The more the juries represent the ratio of men and women in the world, the better the awarded work will be.”

Cannes Lions managing director Jose Papa said: “The job of the jury is to identify and award the very best in global creativity, recognising and celebrating work made by all people from all corners of the world. The make-up of this year’s juries marks another step forward in the festival’s mission to improve diversity among its judges, and is something we’re committed to continuing in 2018 and beyond.”

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