The Media Lions celebrate the context of creativity.
Entries will need to demonstrate the creative implementation of ideas through the use of media. That is, work which is enhanced and amplified by a game-changing channel strategy to produce measurable results.A number of criteria will be considered during judging and weighted as follows: 30% insight and idea, 20% strategy and targeting, 20% execution, 30% impact and results.
Media Lions Sections
A. Media: Sectors
The same entry can be submitted only once in this section.
A01Food & Drink
All food and drinks.
Beauty, cleaning products, other household goods, other FMCG.
Pharma, OTC drugs, wellness.
Technology, homewares, furniture and lighting, toys, fashion, home appliances, other durables.
Vehicles, other automotive.
Retail, eCommerce, restaurants, fast food.
Travel, tourism, transport.
Live events, museums & galleries, gambling, sports, gaming, other recreation.
A09Media / Entertainment
Music, film, television, publications & media, books, news, digital platforms, other media.
A10Consumer Services / Business to Business
Legal, financial, B2B technology, consultancies & professional services, other business services, internal & corporate comms.
A11Not-for-profit / Charity / Government
Government, public information, other not-for-profit, military, charities, non-profit.
A12Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) / Corporate Image
Non-product based social responsibility campaigns aimed to address social, ethical and environmental issues. Corporate Image campaigns including event sponsorship to build the image/ raise the profile/ shape the perceptions of a brand.
Work in these categories will be judged specifically on creativity and innovation within a channel as a medium regardless of the product/service advertised.
B01Use of TV & Other Screens
Including TV, video-on-demand platforms (VOD) and other online service providers. Screens other than TV might include, but are not limited to, screens that require interaction with the consumer e.g. touch screens and responsive displays.
B02Use of Audio Platforms
Including radio, podcasts and other audio technology.
B03Use of Print / Outdoor
Including, but not limited to, newspapers, magazines, inserts and trade journals. Outdoor channels include traditional billboard or poster sites, bus shelters and transit advertising using standard advertising space.
B04Use of Ambient Media: Small Scale
Non-mail and print collateral, including small physical objects and all other hand-held (or equivalent in size) items.
B05Use of Ambient Media: Large Scale
Non-traditional outdoor/billboards, including 3D and non-standard shaped sites, ticket barriers, signage, wallscape, digital billboards, window clings, building wrapping, helicopter banners and other executions that utilise a space or an existing permanent feature.
B06Use of Events
Including live shows, festivals, concerts, sporting events, event sponsorship etc.
B07Use of Stunts
Including guerrilla marketing, large and small scale stunts, one off experiential events, etc.
B08Use of Digital Platforms
Online platforms or associated technologies and the harnessing of a digital environment in a media campaign. These might include, but are not limited to, websites, microsites, games, search engines, banner ads and instant messaging.
B09Use of Mobile
Mobile technology including smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth, SMS, MMS, WAP, GPS, mobile games and applications, etc.
B10Use of Social Platforms
Media campaigns that use social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video-sharing sites, hosted services, etc. to create and/or enhance relationships with consumers.
B11Use of Technology
Use of existing or new technology to execute or support a media campaign. Including, but not limited to, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, gadgets and electronics, wearable and interactive technology etc. Does not include prototypes of early stage tech.
Entries in these categories must demonstrate how a media execution was enhanced or driven by data.
C01Use of Data-driven Insight
Entries in this category should demonstrate how data was used to uncover or generate insights that contributed to the effectiveness of a media campaign.
C02Use of Real-time Data
Entries in this category should demonstrate how data, created or used in real-time, provided dynamic content or enabled an on-going consumer relationship.
Entries in this category should demonstrate how the creative use or interpretation of data delivered effective targeting. Entrants should show how data contributed either to programmatic targeting, or provided a key quantitative insight that helped define the target, brand message or channel.
D. Branded Content & Entertainment
Work in these categories will be judged on how successfully the placement of the content was used to engage with the consumers and deliver measurable results. Please note that the entries in these categories will not be judged on the content itself, but the role of media in creating, leveraging, and amplifying the content.
D01Use of Brand or Product Integration into a Programme or Platform
Including product placement and branding in film, TV, mini-series, web series, music video, streaming services, sponsorship, etc.
D02Use of Branded Content Created for Digital or Social
Including branded social media, websites, microsites, mobile applications, games, native advertising, etc.
E. Excellence in Media
In these categories your entry will be judged on how the work demonstrates exceptional and creative best practice within media.
E01Excellence in Media Insights & Strategy
Entries in this category will be judged on how a media campaign unlocked insights and understanding of consumer behaviours/needs in order to develop a customised media strategy to meet a client’s specific business objectives, marketing goals and overall brand’s positioning.
E02Excellence in Media Planning
Entries in this category will be judged on how successfully media platforms were sourced and selected to deliver a brand's message. Entrants should detail reach, penetration and frequency of the message to generate the desired response.
E03Excellence in Media Execution
Entrants should demonstrate how media thinking and skilful negotiations with media owners contributed to the execution of a campaign across selected channels and achieved business goals. Consideration will be given to the buying of media as part of brand storytelling and to the creative delivery.
E04Use of Integrated Media
Entrants will be judged on how successfully they have integrated the chosen media throughout the campaign and must demonstrate how well the different mediums complement and build on each other to communicate the brand’s message.
F. Culture & Context
Campaigns for brands distributed in a single locality or market which resonated with a specific target audience.
Celebrating the success of disruptive, game-changing work for an aspiring brand that uses progressive thinking and innovative creativity to challenge the status quo.
Campaigns that aired or ran in a single country / region / market. Entries should describe how the campaign was designed for the specific target market.
F04Social Behaviour & Cultural InsightNew!
Campaigns inspired by a specific audience / community, hinging on identifiable social behaviour or cultural insights.
F05Breakthrough on a BudgetNew!
Strategic and creative use of modest budgets and/or resources to create maximum impact.
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WPP UK Country Manager & MediaCom Chairwoman UK & Ireland, WPP
"I am honoured and thrilled to be Jury President for The Cannes Media Lions! I hope to see work that makes me excited, proud and jealous – jealous that I was not their architect.
Everything is media, and everything is connected. This year’s winners will have truly embraced how the medium and the message worked together to leverage an increasingly complex and dynamic communications system, and demonstrated a true understanding of what each individual channel is trying to achieve within that system. Our winners will not have been distracted by the new and shiny without context, nor by empty one-off stunts. Winning Media campaigns will embrace relevant technology and use data responsibly to ensure the work was both top of mind and top of algorithm, making them culturally visible and relevant.
Our winners will show media creativity, diversity and transformation."
The Media Lions Jury
Karen Blackett OBE
WPP UK Country Manager & MediaCom Chairwoman UK & Ireland
Karen is a proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth and success. Karen is UK country manager for WPP and Chairwoman of MediaCom UK & IRE Karen champions diversity and equality of opportunity throughout the advertising industry. In 2012 Karen launched the first ever Government backed Apprentice Scheme for the sector. In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours and in 2015 Karen was the first business woman to be named Britain's Most Influential Black person in the Power List. Karen is an external advisor to the UK Government Civil Service. Karen was recently appointed Race Equality Business Champion by the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, and sits as a Non Exec for the UK Cabinet office Karen is on the board for Creative England, is a council member for the Creative Industries Federation, and Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. Karen became a Fellow of the IPA (FIPA) in their new years honours list.
CEO PHD Costa Rica
Atva Van Zanten
Managing Director Mindshare The Netherlands
Carlos Rojas Girao
CEO IPG Mediabrands Peru
Managing Director Mediacom Belgium
Executive Director Hearts & Science USA
Head of Strategy OMD New Zealand
Head of Media Connections Rothco Ireland
Managing Director Havas Media Group Argentina
Head of Trading, Planning & Buying and General Manager GMT Group M Colombia
Irina Andreea Stoleru
Senior Art Director Publicis Romania
CEO Vizeum Germany
President Touché! Canada
President - APAC UM APAC
Managing Partner, Strategy OMD UK
CEO Omnicom Media Group Taiwan
Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Digital Uncle Grey Denmark
Managing Director PHD New Zealand
Chief Strategy Officer Havas Singapore
Managing Director Arena Media France
Mark Murray Jones
Chief Strategy Officer - EMEA OMD EMEA
SSA Chief Strategy Officer Dentsu Aegis Network South Africa
CEO Havas Media Switzerland
CEO - Australia Zenith Media Australia
President Ogilvy Dominican Republic
General Manager PHD Spain
Vice President, Media DPZ&TBrazil
CEO Publicis Media Norway
CEO UM UK
CEO Starcom India
Executive Vice President , Head of Digital Strategy Havas Media Group USA
Global Head of Strategy Spark Foundry Global
Former Chief Operations Officer GroupM Sweden
Global Chief Operations Officer / Americas CEO Essence Global
CEO Dentsu Aegis United Arab Emirates
Strategy Partner Vizeum USA
Global CEO Reprise Digital Global
Head of Branded Content Ciaopeople Italy
CEO Zenith China
Head of Cadreon Asia Pacific Cadreon APAC
Past winners of the Media Lions
Tesco's Food Love Stories
2018 · BBH London/Mediacom for Tesco
Grand Prix MEDIA > EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA > EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA PLANNING
Tesco’s Food Love Stories is a story of success - their most effective campaign ever, driving an incremental sales uplift of 38% YOY, with £231 million of sales being attributable to the campaign.Tesco tasked us with boosting quality perceptions, so we innovatively partnered data with media to deliver a campaign personalised to food preferences.