Cannes Lions: Tencent’s SY Lau – Media Person of the Year 2015

Festivals & Awards

Cannes Lions unveiled, during a press conference in Beijing, that SY Lau, Senior Executive Vice President Tencent and President of its Online Media Group, is to be awarded the Media Person of the Year Award at this year’s edition of the festival.

SY Lau’s foresight has driven Tencent’s Online Media Group (OMG) to evolve from a single Internet portal into a highly integrated media matrix that has taken a preeminent position in China.

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What SY has achieved is truly inspiring – contributing to the journey that builds Tencent into the largest integrated Internet service company in Asia is no mean feat (…) The Media Person of the Year Award exists to recognise those who have shaped the future of the creative communications industry and who stand as an influential figure in today’s media landscape. SY is the epitome of this and it’s humbling to be able to award him with this accolade.

Terry Savage,

Chairman of Lions Festivals


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It is truly an honour to accept this prestigious award on behalf of Tencent Online Media Group (…) Tencent prides itself in its commitment to deliver innovation and content that continually drives the user experience to new levels of excellence. This accolade is recognition for the immense effort of our teams who set themselves the goal of meeting the dynamic lifestyle demands of people all over the world.

SY Lau.

Tencent OMG manages and owns the country’s leading online platforms including the video streaming service Tencent Video, Internet access and news portal, plus the Tencent micro blogging platform and related services. All of these services are available on PC and mobile devices.

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We hope that by giving this annual accolade, we can set precedents and benchmarks across the industry while also providing inspiration across the board

Terry Savage.