Cannes Lions 2021: The Awards Are Back; Festival Goers to be “Avatars;” Rosé by the Hudson? My Interview with Philip Thomas

LONDON – Cannes Lions, the most anticipated and consequential advertising and media gathering, has been forced to be  virtual for another year. But this year’s offering will be much more robust, explains Philip Thomas, CEO of Cannes Lions and head of the events business at Ascential. The biggest change is that the Lions, the awards […]


Brands, New Awards, CMO Growth Council: Cannes Lions Chairman Thomas Previews 2019 Festival

With a host of brands seeking to unlock growth through creativity, two new awards and a new initiative called Connect, Learn, Experience (CLX), the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity “will be a little bit busier and a little bit bigger than last year,” says Chairman Philip Thomas. Although Cannes Lions started in 1954, it […]


Cannes By The Numbers, With Festival Chairman Thomas

As the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity kicks off again for another year, this year looks slightly different. Amid changing times and budgets for mainstay agency attendees and the arrival of a new kind of delegate, the festival is changing its own shape. In this video interview with Beet.TV, festival chairman Philip Thomas highlights how […]


Cannes Lions Commits To Cannes For Next Decade, CEO Says

CANNES — The organizer of the increasingly large Cannes Lions festival, which got underway this weekend, has moved to allay rumors it may vacate its eponymous host by relocating to a rival city, by signing a decade-long deal with local politicians. The Lions’ 15,000 attendance swells the Cote D’Azur town’s 73,600 population every year, and is only getting larger, […]


Gender Inequality Moves Center Stage at Cannes Lions with “Glass Lion” Award

CANNES – From a backstage conversation at last year’s Cannes Lions with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the Festival for the first time will recognize the impact of gender inequality on creativity, explains Philip Thomas, CEO  of the Cannes Lions Festival, in this interview with Beet.TV  The award is called the Glass Lion. We spoke with him about […]


Cannes’ First Innovation Awards Attract Ad Tech Vendors: CEO Thomas

LONDON — The upcoming Cannes Lions festival’s debut track for creativity in the booming segment of advertising technology has attracted 845 award entries in its first year. Ahead of the iconic festival starting June 21, a record total 40,133 award entries have been submitted. Lions Innovation, which will see data, technology and creativity intersect, has received 226 entries into the […]