Seven leading South African creatives have received one of the most sought-after accolades in their field – being selected as judges for this year’s edition of the Cannes Lions.
Cannes, France – The Cannes Lions awards recognise excellence in specialist creative fields and form part of the annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, a five-day event that sets global benchmarks in the marketing and brand communications arena.
Being chosen to judge the best work on the planet is an acknowledgement of a creative’s own standing in their industry. It’s also a serious feather in the cap of the professional concerned, as well as their agency, and the South African creative sector at large.
Ster-Kinekor Sales – official Cannes Lions representative in South Africa – has announced the list of the South African creatives to receive the honour this year. Chosen to judge this year’s Cannes Lions, from June 17-21 in Cannes, France, with the categories they will be judging, are:
- Tseliso Rangaka, ECD of Ogilvy Cape Town – Radio & Audio
- Neo Mashigo, COO M&C Saatchi Group – Print and Publishing
- Ryan McManus, Chief Creative Officer, VML – Entertainment
- Michael Zylstra, Chief Strategy Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network – Media
- Nikki Taylor-Garrett, Creative director at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris – Brand Experience & Activations
- Fran Luckin – Chief Creative Officer at Grey Advertising – Film
- Claudi Potter – Creative Director at Joe Public
Ster-Kinekor Head of Marketing Lynne Wylie said the South African creatives added to the jury had long been acknowledged as leaders in their field and would do their country proud during the judging process.
“Our seven judges are opinion-leaders in the industry, and they are perfectly equipped to determine which work has set global trends over the past year. We are proud to have them representing us,” she said.
“Having a chance to judge the cream of the crop in creativity is a great honour,” she said. “These are seasoned professionals, and they richly deserve this recognition. Being exposed to all that magnificent work will no doubt inspire them to contribute even more to the growth of our local industry.”
Wylie said the healthy relationship between Cannes Lions and Ster-Kinekor helped to keep the local media industry in touch with world trends.
“Ster-Kinekor is proud to play this kind of role in supporting and inspiring our creative sector,” she said.