Australasian creatives rank high at Cannes

  • Advertising
  • October 15, 2009
  • Frances Chan
Australasian creatives rank high at Cannes

cannes reportThe first publication from Cannes Lions reports on the most awarded countries in this year’s advertising festival, plus data gathered from the festival in the past ten years.

This year New Zealand won 21 Lions, making it the 11th top country in the world. Australia came in fourth, with 45 Lions. The top three Networks of the Year are BBDO, DDB and Leo Burnett.

Saatchi & Saatchi (Auckland and Sydney), CumminsNitro Brisbane (now SapientNitro), Leo Burnett Sydney, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and BMF Sydney all ranked in the top ten agencies in the Asia Pacific.

Clemenger Group Australia and NZ (including Colenso BBDO) was awarded 16 Lions in total at the festival.

London was named the most creative city in the world. Sydney was number five and Auckland came in a respectable eighth place.

The 172-page report is available for €149. Go to to order.

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  • Advertising
  • February 22, 2019
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