Bruce Duckworth, Ivan Zacharias and Rob McLennan – to lead Design, Film Craft and Radio Juries at Cannes Lions 2012


Cannes Lions announced the presidents for this year’s juries in  Design, Film Craft and Radio categories.

Bruce Duckworth, Creative Director Turner Duckworth, UK, will lead the  Design Lions Jury. After working as a designer at Michael Peters, Minale Tattersfield and Lewis Moberly, Bruce started the brand design agency Turner Duckworth in 1992 with his friend and fellow designer David Turner. With agencies based in San Francisco and London, Bruce runs the London office and is jointly responsible for Turner Duckworth’s creative output with David. He has won over 200 design awards including D&AD, DBA Design Effectiveness, Design Week and a Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Coca-Cola. His work has been published in many design books and magazines all over the world and he is an in demand speaker for design and marketing conferences as well as design education.

It’s a massive honour to be asked to lead the Design Lions Jury, I can’t wait to see the design entries, meet the other judges and immerse myself in the process of selecting the very best work

Bruce Duckworth

Heading up the Film Craft Lions Jury is Ivan Zacharias, Director Stink UK. Ivan began directing commercials while still a student and quickly developed a reputation as the most interesting and innovative director of his generation to emerge from Eastern Europe. His most notable work includes “Impossible Dream” for Honda, “Born Free” for Land Rover, “Smile” for VW Beetle and “Doctor” for Stella Artois. He has also directed Hollywood actors Gael Garcia Bernal in one of two Levi’s commercials for BBH NY as well as Harvey Keitel and Jude Law in pieces for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He is one of the most awarded commercials directors in the world with over 100 awards including seven Gold Lions.

At this stage in my career, I’m more carefully able to select how I divide my time, and with that freedom I’m delighted at the chance to judge the work of my contemporaries.

Rob McLennan, Executive Creative Director  Net#work BBDO South Africa, will take the helm of the Radio Lions Jury. Winning a multitude of awards over the years, Rob has been responsible for many memorable campaigns including Dulux “Any Colour you can Think of”, Axe “Get a Girlfriend”, Virgin Atlantic “Plain Insanity” and Mercedes-Benz “Accident Avoidance”. Net#work BBDO is one of South Africa’s leading agencies and has won three of South Africa’s six Cannes Lions Grands Prix, including two Radio Grands Prix (2009 and 2001), with Rob amassing an impressive collection of 35 Lions.

It’s an honour for both myself and for South Africa to be chosen to chair the Radio jury at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Radio is an important medium in South Africa and we’ve done pretty well in this category, so I’m really looking forward to working with the world’s leading creatives to find the freshest work for one of our oldest mediums.

Rob McLennan

Being asked to preside over a jury in Cannes is an honour but it can also be a challenging task leading a jury through a mass of global entries to award the world’s best work and showcase it to thousands of creative minds. Rob, Ivan and Bruce have been chosen for their proven standing and achievements in the industry but also for their ability to successfully lead their juries in deciphering the 2012 winners. We look forward to welcoming them in Cannes.

Terry Savage

Chairman Cannes Lions

59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, 17-23 June 2012, Cannes, France. Founded in 1954, the Festival takes place every June in Cannes, France. 

As the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards, over 28,800 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival. Winning companies receive the highly coveted Lion trophy honouring the most creative Film, Print, Outdoor, Interactive, Radio, Design, Promo & Activation, Film Craft, Mobile, Branded Content & Entertainment and Integrated advertising, as well as the best Media, Direct, PR, Titanium and Creative Effectiveness ideas.