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Cannes Lions 2015: Raj Kamble’s blog: ‘If he were alive today, Shakespeare would be five times bigger than Zuckerberg’

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 14.08.32The founder and CCO of Famous Innovations is delighted with India’s Grand Prix, but dismayed with the overall showing so far.

This year at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, I’m happy and unhappy at the same time. Happy because the first Grand Prix for Glass Lions is for a campaign that is absolutely rooted to Indian society. Well done to BBDO India. All this life I’ve been hearing that Indian agencies don’t participate, because they feel the jury won’t understand Indian nuances. Here’s a proof that if the idea is good, culture or boundary will never be a hindrance.  Read more on Cannes Lions 2015: Raj Kamble’s blog: ‘If he were alive today, Shakespeare would be five times bigger than Zuckerberg’…

What’s it really like to be a Cannes Media Lions judge?

Lp selfieBeing asked to judge the Cannes Media Lions is an honour but also a high-pressured and labour intensive prospect. Judging involves long hours, fierce debate, intense scrutiny of work and difficult choices – all set in a windowless basement.

So that’s my ‘poor me’ explanation for being in Cannes- did it work?! It is of course also great fun, and I was delighted to be involved as a jury member in 2015, five years on from the last time I swore never to do it again! But 2015 is the year that Cannes put diversity firmly on the agenda; far more female panels list and jury members and the first Glass Lions – introduced to champion great work that challenges gender inequality.

Shattering my first judging preconception, this year we were judging from a room with an actual sea view. So we can at least see the sunny Cote D’Azur while reviewing Cannes entries! We were grouped in different judging teams each day – so a great opportunity to meet diverse minds from other OPCos and markets – and presided over by Nick Emery, a chair full of wit, integrity and intense time discipline…(€10 please Nick). Read more on What’s it really like to be a Cannes Media Lions judge?…