Tony Granger, president of Film and Press Juries at Cannes Lions 2011

Advertising, Cannes Lions

Tony Granger, Global Chief Creative Officer of Young & Rubicam, will lead both the Cannes Lions Film and Press juries at Cannes Lions 2011, as organizers of the festival just announced

Tony Granger believes in the magic of ideas and their power to generate change.

Under his creative leadership, at Cannes 2010 Young & Rubicam’s global network ranked third, leaping forward five places in a single year; Y&R New York was the number one agency in the US and second globally. Also in 2010, Young & Rubicam was named Network of the Year by the Art Directors Club, New York Festivals and London International Awards.

“Young & Rubicam’s rising up the agency ranks in the last couple of years is a testament to Tony’s incredible talent, his belief in the power of creativity and brilliant leadership. Chairing both the Film and Press juries is a highly demanding role, which Tony will no doubt excel in and relish,” said Terry Savage, Festival Chairman.

“This is a great honour. Cannes Lions is the most prestigious global awards show in our industry – it gives us the chance to highlight what is possible while inspiring us to leap forward. It’s the celebration of creativity in all forms of communication, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”, Granger said.

Before joining Y&R, Tony spent five years at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he led the agency’s creative transformation. Saatchi became the top creative agency in the US, and International Agency of the Year at both Cannes Lions and the Clio Awards. He led a similar renaissance at Bozell New York, where the shop catapulted to best in the US and third best at Cannes Lions in 2002. Tony began his career in his native South Africa, where he led TBWA/Hunt Lascaris, a shop of proud heritage and creative pedigree.

58th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, 19-25 June 2011, Cannes, France. The International Festival of Creativity – Cannes Lions – is the world’s leading celebration of creativity in communications.  The Festival is also the only truly global meeting place for advertisers, advertising and communication professionals. Over 8,000 delegates from 95 countries attend seven days of exhibitions, screenings, as well as over 50 high-profile seminars, 30 workshops and master classes presented by renowned worldwide industry leaders.