Future Proof: What happened to Cannes Lions?

We ask Philip Thomas, chairman of the advertising festival, about the decision to cancel – and the future of events and creativity.
08 June 2020
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Jane Ostler
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With the fear and uncertainty posed by a global pandemic, Ascential – the company that runs Cannes Lions – this year made the difficult decision to cancel the festival. But what does that mean for the business, for the advertising industry, and for the world of events? We hear from Philip Thomas, Chairman of Cannes Lions and president of Ascential Marketing, on the difficult decision to cancel the event, and the awards. He discusses the digital events they will be running in June instead (Lions Live), the value of having close customer relationships, and what is happening to creativity and brand ‘purpose’ as we address the COVID-19 crisis.

Hosted by Kantar's Jane Ostler and Andrew Stephen, Associate Dean of Research and L’Oréal Professor of Marketing at Saïd Business School.

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Future Proof is the marketing podcast from Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and Kantar.

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