Adweek scoops Clio Awards including Crispin Porter for Amex, Almap BBDO and Joe Pytka

Adweek has come out fighting since it hired Vanity Fair columnist and Rupert Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff as editor and it’s clearly cooked up a deal with the Clio Awards to give readers a taster of the winners three days early.

This won’t go down very well with lots of other interested media, especially big rival and American number one Ad Age, but presumably the Clio lot know what they’re doing.

Well we don’t care where we get our information from (so long as it’s true) so we can report, courtesy of Adweek, that Grand Clios went to Crispin Porter + Bogusky for American Express ‘small business Saturday’ and with a film for film Arcade Fire/Google Chrome, a design award to JWT for Environmental Human Rights Watch and an innovative media award to Jung Von Matt AG for a World Wildlife Fund campaign.

Here’s small business Saturday.

And I always thought small businesses hated Amex because it charges too much commission.

Agency of the year was Almap BBDO in Brazil, a deserving winner. Here’s one of its ads for Polar beer.

Network of the years was BBDO (but then it always is) and a special gong went to famous commercials director Joe Pytka who also won one at the recent US Art Directors Club Awards.

Joe must be thinking they’re trying to pension him off.

This is Pytka, the great orchestrator of ads with celebrities, with Ray Charles for Diet Pepsi in 1991.

I still don’t believe Ray Charles couldn’t see those girls.

Anyway some good awards and a nice one from Adweek.

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Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.