DDB Worldwide Named No. 2 Most Creative Network at the 2019 Cannes Lions Festival

The global network was awarded 70 Lions across 16 offices in 11 countries

CANNES, France, June 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- DDB Worldwide came in second globally and was given multiple top honors at this year's Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity with a combined 70 Lions including 1 Titanium, 15 Gold, 24 Silver and 30 Bronze awards, spanning more than 10 categories.

"The credit for our outstanding performance at this year's festival belongs first to our brave and creatively-driven clients across the world," said DDB Worldwide Chief Executive Officer Wendy Clark. "In partnership with them, our teams were able to showcase a range of work from our truly globally-connected community of smart, hardworking people."

Winning ideas came from multiple agencies across the network. A prestigious Titanium Lion was given to "Uncensored Playlist" for Reporters Without Borders from DDB Germany. The campaign turned 10 previously-censored articles by five journalists into uncensored songs. The music was uploaded onto streaming sites that are freely available in the countries where press is still highly censored.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery's Skittles brand earned 12 total Lions: 4 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze for "Broadway the Rainbow" from DDB Chicago. The one-night-only Broadway show, starring American actor Michael C. Hall, was performed on Super Bowl Sunday, bypassing a traditional TV spot in the game, yet attaining the brand the most talked about advertising of the Super Bowl.

John Lewis & Partners won 14 total Lions: 1 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze for "The Boy and the Piano;" and 3 Silver, 3 Bronze for Waitrose and Partners' "Bohemian Rhapsody," both from adam&eveDDB. This year's heralded Christmas campaign played out the life of Elton John in reverse, starting with a current-day John sitting at a piano playing 'Your Song' as he recalls moments in his life, finally concluding with the Christmas when he received his first piano.

Standout performance by agencies includes:

  • adam&eveDDB won a total of 18 Lions, including 14 Lions for John Lewis, "The Boy and the Piano" and 6 for Waitrose and Partners, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  • DDB Paris picked up a total of 12 lions including two Golds for video game company Ubisoft
  • DDB Chicago with 12 Lions for "Broadway the Rainbow" for Mars Wrigley Confectionery's Skittles
  • Notable performance was also seen from Africa São Paulo, DDB Spain and Fahrenheit DDB Peru all also contributing to DDB Worldwide parent company, Omnicom, being named "Holding Company of the Year" for the second consecutive year

"I couldn't be prouder of our teams around the world," added Clark. "In this highly-disruptive business landscape, it's essential we have talented people with the creative ingenuity and competitive drive to help thoughtfully solve our clients' biggest challenges. I'm thrilled to see us come together and perform across categories, agencies, countries and regions."

The DDB network's outstanding showing at the 2019 Cannes Festival follows being recognized as the 2019 "Network of the Year" at The One Club Show, an honor given to the network whose agencies have the most cumulative points for One Show Pencils won across all disciplines.

About DDB
DDB Worldwide (www.ddb.com) is one of the world's largest and most influential advertising and marketing networks. DDB has been named Agency of the Year numerous times by the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and the industry's leading advertising publications and awards shows. The Gunn Report has listed DDB as one of the Top 3 Global Networks for 12 of the last 15 years. The agency's clients include Volkswagen, McDonald's, Unilever, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, and the U.S. Army, among others.

Founded in 1949, DDB is part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE) and consists of more than 200 offices in over 90 countries with its flagship office in New York, NY.

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE – OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

Rahel Rasu
Head of Global Communications, DDB Worldwide
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-962-0458

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