Adam&eveDDB and AlmapBBDO are closing night’s big winners at Cannes Lions

The final winners are in from Cannes, here’s the official announcement:

CANNES, FRANCE, June 26, 2016 – (ACN Newswire) – 63rd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity concluded today (6/25) with a final awards ceremony to announce the winners of the Film, Film Craft, Titanium and Integrated Lions, alongside this year’s remaining special awards.

Film received 2,801 entries and 70 Lions were awarded. The Grand Prix went to Shoplifters for Harvey Nichols by adam&eveDDB, which utilised security camera footage to promote a rewards card for the luxury retailer. “Low budget, rich in narrative and hugely entertaining, it challenged our perceptions,” said Jury President, Joe Alexander, Chief Creative Officer of The Martin Agency.

From 2,317 entries received in Film Craft, 71 Lions were presented, including a Grand Prix to Under Armour Phelps for Under Armour by Droga5. The winner delivered content that elevated the written script and transcended the craft so it became invisible. “The jury was completely immersed in the experience,” said Jury President, Laura Gregory, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Great Guns.

In Titanium 254 entries resulted in 5 Lions with a Grand Prix to #OptOutside for REI by Venables Bell & Partners, which also claimed the Cyber Grand Prix earlier in the week. The jury looked for winning work that marked a new direction, got people to reconsider the norm and connected with the cultural zeitgeist. “The work drew on what was happening in the outside world and attached the brand to the conversation,” said Jury President, Sir John Hegarty, Founder of BBH.

Integrated received 278 entries and 13 Lions were awarded. The Grand Prix went to House of Cards FU 2016 for Netflix by BBH New York. While many entries succeeded in clever integration across a range of mediums, the winner took this further. “This brilliant work leveraged current culture in the US to draw in its audience. Every element was brilliantly executed,” said Sir John Hegarty.

During the ceremony, Marcello Serpa (of AlmapBBDO) was honoured as this year’s Lion of St. Mark in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the industry. Blake Mycoskie founder and leader of ethical shoe brand TOMS received the LionHeart Award for his socially responsible business model. And Samsung Electronics was named Creative Marketer of the Year for their commitment to customer-focused, creative communications work. Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Mobile Communications Business, Younghee Lee, collected the award.

The Grand Prix for Good was won by Malak and the Boat for UNICEF by 180LA, Santa Monica. “Sometimes you have to support an idea whose moment is now,” John Hegarty remarked. “This campaign was incredibly emotional and as a jury we played a small part in helping it reaching more people.”

Other awards presented at this evening’s ceremony were:

Agency of the Year was given to AlmapBBDO Sao Paulo. Grey New York came second and INGO, Stockholm third.

Independent Agency of the Year went to Droga5, New York. Second place to Jung von Matt and third to Wieden+Kennedy, Portland.

The Palme d’Or, given to the most awarded production company, was presented to Tool, USA. Epoch Films, USA came second and Stink, United Kingdom third.

The Network of the Year award was presented to Ogilvy & Mather. Second to BBDO and third to Y&R.

Also awarded was the Holding Company of the Year, which went to WPP. Second to Omnicom and third to Interpublic.

This year, over 15,000 attendees came to Cannes Lions and the Festival included eight days of content, over 43,000 entries, seven awards shows, two galas and networking opportunities throughout. Highlights from the week can be found at: and winning work is now available to view at

Not that long ago the Palme D’Or to top production company was the biggie – but that was then.

We tipped most of these winners which shows that either we know (now and then) or people have worked out what it takes to win at Cannes. Probably a combo. Special congrats to adam&eveDDB which has won the top film award for Harvey Nichols twice in three years. Has anyone else ever done that? Let alone for a posh department store. A&E was also the most lionised British agency (it won the Creative Effectiveness Grand Prix for John Lewis’ ‘Monty the Penguin’ too). McCann was runner up in the UK. AMV BBDO probably had the most shortlisted entries, in particularly ‘Spare The Act’ with Jeff Goldblum for Currys/PC World but that was always likely to find the final hurdle tough going.

Not a vintage year but interesting all the same.

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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.