The Cannes Lions has become the world’s pre-eminent advertising awards ceremony. And its chairman Terry Savage was in Auckland this week where he presented at Colenso BBDO as part of its Love This Speaker series and announced the return of the Young Lions in association with Val Morgan. Here’s what he had to say about purpose, creativity, data and competition.
Browsing: Driving Dogs
The first winners have been announced, and there are a few Kiwi agencies in the money, with DDB NZ winning a prestigious Creative Effectiveness Lion for Steinlager’s ‘Believe’, DraftFCB NZ picking up seven lions so far for Driving Dogs and Call Girl and Colenso BBDO winning gold for Amnesty International’s Trial by Timeline. Plus: more Kiwi agencies on shortlists.
As chair of the Axis awards committee, Colenso BBDO’s managing director Nick Garrett oversaw a few changes to this year’s festivities that aimed to make the event more collegial, more credible and more celebratory. So how did that work out for him? Have the changes helped change the perception of the awards among the wider business community? And what about those Driving Dogs?
Last year, Clemenger BBDO’s Ghost Chips won a yellow pencil at D&AD the same night it was snubbed at Axis. But this time the planets were in alignment, because DraftFCB’s grand axis winning Driving Dogs for Mini and SPCA has also won a prestigious gold pencil in the integrated branding, consumer campaign category at the One Show.
As director and filmmaker Tony Kaye said to the gathered marcomms folk yesterday afternoon during his mad but wise speech, “you’ve just got to keep making shit”. And of all the shit that was made in the past year and a bit in this country, DraftFCB’s Driving Dogs for Mini and SPCA was chosen as the best.
New York was all about the awards last week, with the Clio Awards and New York Festivals announcing their winners. And DraftFCB came way with the most hardware of the Kiwi agencies at both events, winning two golds and two bronzes at Clio and a gold, silver and two bronzes at New York Festivals.
The awards for DraftFCB’s Driving Dogs campaign keep rolling in, this time getting the top gong from Yahoo.
When it comes to Kiwi viral sensations, we may have a new champion, because DraftFCB, Mini and the SPCA’s campaign that put homeless mutts behind the wheel of a modified Mini has been picked up by most of the world’s major media outlets, been the most shared video on BBC three days running, with 225,000 shares to Facebook and 7,900 to Twitter, and ranks as the biggest news event on Campbell Live in its seven-and-a-half year history.