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Cannes Lions has confirmed a “show-stopping” roster of speakers – overwhelmingly male – set to keep the red carpet firmly in place outside the Palais des Festivals. Some of Hollywood’s most famous will unite with industry stars to share insights and inspiration as part of the biggest programme in the festival’s history.

Oscar-winning directors and actors will talk visionary, risk-taking and creative bravery – themes at the heart of branded communications. Acclaimed director Alejandro G Iñárritu, winner of successive awards for films Birdman and The Revenant, will discuss making mould-breaking cinema with Tham Khai Meng, worldwide chief creative officer, Ogilvy & Mather.

Multi-Oscar winning director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone will share his views on filmmaking, politics and culture.

They’ll be joined by Academy award-winning director of The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper; Martin Campbell, best known for directing Bond movies Golden Eye and Casino Royale, who will talk about his experience of integrating brands into his work.

One of Hollywood’s most-awarded storytellers and visionaries Harvey Weinstein, in discussion with Publicis Groupe chairman Maurice Lévy hairman, will take a look at the future of film and ask what the bridge between entertainment and advertising will look like.

Director, producer and co-president of VICELAND Spike Jonze will talk about creating content that matters to young audiences, while Steve Golin explores the power of cinema to drive change.

Two-time Academy Award nominee and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Will Smith will dissect what’s needed for global brand success in a career that has spanned film, television, and music;

Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar-winning actress, singer and owner of health and wellness platform Goop, will face probing questions from BBC HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur. Also onstage, Star Trek stars Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Chris Pine explore creative processes and how to bring new life to old stories.

Grammy award-winning stars and music legends will share their insights into the developing confluence of content and culture, including musical pioneers Brian Eno and Iggy Pop and multi-Grammy winning producers and performers Mark Ronson, Usher and Timbaland.

“Creativity remains at the heart of our programme,” said Lions Festivals ceo Philip Thomas. “We’re delighted to announce speakers who have earned accolades in their fields and introduce some of the most diverse creative minds in the world onto the festival stage. The programme brings the ever-growing ecosystem of creative communications together, allowing delegates to seek out inspiration from across the spectrum”

The full programme is now available here.


Delegate registration: open
Late entries: awards@canneslions.com
Festival dates: Sat-Sat 18-25 June
Lions Health: Sat & Sun 18-19 June
Lions Innovation: Tue & Wed 21-22 June
Lions Entertainment: Thu & Fri 23-24 June

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