Seven SA Creatives to seat as Judges at Cannes Lions Awards
Seven creative minds in South Africa have been announced to seat as judges at the Cannes Lions Awards taking place from Monday, 17 June to Friday, 21 June in France. The 5-days event is aimed at setting global benchmarks in the marketing and brand communications arena.
Being chosen to judge the best work on the planet is an acknowledgment of a creative’s own standing in their industry. It’s also a serious feather in the cap of the professional concerned, as well as their agency, and the South African creative sector at large.
Those on the lists include:
Tseliso Rangaka, ECD of Ogilvy Cape Town – Radio & Audio
Neo Mashigo, COO M&C Saatchi Group – Print and Publishing
Ryan McManus, Chief Creative Officer, VML – Entertainment
Michael Zylstra, Chief Strategy Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network – Media
Nikki Taylor-Garrett, Creative director at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris – Brand Experience & Activations
Fran Luckin – Chief Creative Officer at Grey Advertising – Film
Claudia Potter from Joe Public – Direct Marketing
Ster-Kinekor head of marketing Lynne Wylie says the South African creatives added to the jury had long been acknowledged as leaders in their field and would do their country proud during the judging process.
“Our seven judges are opinion leaders in the industry, and they are perfectly equipped to determine which work has set global trends over the past year. We are proud to have them representing us,” she adds.
“Having a chance to judge the cream of the crop in creativity is a great honour,” she says. “These are seasoned professionals, and they richly deserve this recognition. Being exposed to all that magnificent work will no doubt inspire them to contribute even more to the growth of our local industry.”
Wylie says the healthy relationship between Cannes Lions and Ster-Kinekor helped to keep the local media industry in touch with world trends. “Ster-Kinekor is proud to play this kind of role in supporting and inspiring our creative sector,” she says.