The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, taking place from 15-21 June, sees its largest content programme to date, bringing acclaimed speakers from across the globe to discuss a diverse range of topics and issues relevant to the creative communications industry.
Themed around ‘Creativity in Action’ the programme will focus on how to find the inspiration that sparks creative new ideas and effective ways to turn inspiration into real innovations, ultimately putting creativity into action. Offering seminars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, speakers will come from the worlds of creativity, branding, production, design, gaming, technology, business, fashion, music, media, publishing, entertainment, psychology, engineering and science.
Seminars will be presented by industry legends David Lubars, creative officer of BBDO Worldwide and chairman of BBDO North America; Chuck Porter, chief strategist, MDC Partners and chairman, Crispin Porter + Bogusky; PJ Pereira, co-founder, chief creative officer, Pereira & O’Dell; Sir Martin Sorrell, founder, chief executive, WPP; Colleen Decourcy, global executive creative director, Wieden+Kennedy, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operation officer at Facebook, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! and Ben Silbermann, co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. The Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase will highlight the hottest new directing talent.
Big name speakers from the entertainment industry will include: actor and director, Ralph Fiennes, in conversation with the Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger; singer-songwriter Courtney Love, who will join Grey for their 8th annual music seminar; supermodel Gisele Bündchen onstage with mcgarrybowen; producer and actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who together with Cosmopolitan Magazine’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles will discuss creativity with a cause; acclaimed film, television and stage actor Sir Patrick Stewart joins the Twitter panel for a conversation on live storytelling; mind-blowing magician Dynamo, onstage with Brave’s Ash Bendelow looking at how Vegas can inspire brands; oscar-winner Jared Leto will be joining Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s seminar to discuss creative thinking and craft in music and David Hasslehoff will conduct a live experiment with GolinHarris to see if the ‘Hoff’ brand can be built in real time.
As a new addition to the content programme for 2014, ‘Insights with the Jury’ sessions give delegates the exclusive opportunity to hear from jury presidents and get a unique understanding of how the jury come to their final decisions on medal worthy work, which entries stood out and why, what key themes came out of the judging sessions and what are the trends that will affect and influence the direction of the industry. Sessions will come from Susan Credle, president of the Promo & Activation Lions jury, Jaime Robinson who presides over the Mobile Lions jury and president of the Cyber Lions jury, Susan Bonds.
About the content, Philip Thomas, CEO of Lions Festivals says, “Cannes Lions exists to inspire its delegates. The creative legends dominating the Festival programme are joined by others from outside our industry, from Hollywood stars to pilots and scientists, movie directors, authors and thinkers. It promises to be thought-provoking all week long.”
Lions Live will deliver live streaming across the globe of selected seminars on the Cannes Lions YouTube channel voted for by the public.
Details of the full programme and all speakers can be found on the website. Anybody wishing to be a part of Cannes Lions and experience first-hand content can view delegate packages and details of how to register at http://www.canneslions.com