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Taken Hostage In Cannes

(Originally published on, June 21, 2014)



Last year, I wrote a blog post for strategy on the less-appreciated sessions that are conducted every year in the basement of the Palais. This year, despite the undeniable charms of Sarah Jessica Parker, Courtney Love and other celebs headlining in the Grand Audi, I once again plumbed the depths of the Palais to see what I could find in the small workshops and Master Classes that Cannes Lions has to offer, and one immediately caught my eye: What can you learn about communication skills from a hostage negotiator? Continue reading

Top Cannes Contenders 2014: Radio

(Originally published on, March 19, 2014)

As we count down the days to the Cannes Lions submission deadline (March 28), strategy is rounding out the most likely contenders for each category, tapping the top folks in the industry to help us narrow down the list. This week, we’re taking a gander in the Radio category. Check back regularly until the deadline to see which campaigns have the best shot in Cannes Continue reading

What’s going on in the basement at Cannes?

(Originally published on Strategy Online, June 22, 2013)


I once heard that when the guitarist Pat Metheny was on tour, he would seek out the best guitar teacher in whatever city he was in and go get a lesson. He didn’t do it just to learn new riffs, he did it to work with creative people who had completely different perspectives. Something like that goes on at Cannes every year, without a lot of notice from the industry or the trade press – The Cannes Lions Workshops, held in an out-of-the-way corner in the basement of the Palais. Continue reading

A Cannes Quiz: What’s Wrong With These 3D Glasses?

(Originally posted on “Cannesterist”, July 19, 2013)


We’ve all seen those old-fashioned 3D glasses with the red and green lenses – called the “red-green anaglyph” technique. They’ve been pretty much replaced in the film world by more sophisticated technologies like polarized lenses or active shutter glasses. The glasses above, shown at the SAWA presentation this week in Cannes, use the anaglyph technique, but not to separate the left/right visual channels – they use the two colours to separate story lines. Continue reading

Mobile at Cannes, and why this is a stupid picture

(Originally posted on “Cannesterist”, July 19, 2013)


This is a view of the Mojiva workshop this morning at the 2013 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, entitled “Smaller Screen Creative: Laying The Foundation For Campaign Success”. In other words, this is a hands-on session addressing one of the most vexing challenges facing agencies today – how to create content for the small screen. It was the most poorly attended workshop I’ve been to this week.

This is stupid. Continue reading

Hollywood should make a movie with this man

(Originally posted on “Cannesterist”, June 19, 2013)



His name is Surachai Puthikulangkura, and if you’ve been following the print category at Cannes Lions for the last few years, you know his work very well. Among other notable accomplishments, Surachai created the 2011 Grand Prix winning outdoor for Samsonite. A lot of people thought it was actually sculpted, but like all of his work it’s CGI. Continue reading