Everything you need to know about Cannes Lions 2014

The Cannes Lions advertising festival is almost upon us and Marketing Week will be busy reporting about the biggest news, announcements and trends from 15-22 June. We will of course be curating all the big stories to bring you the most relevant information for client marketers.

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With more than 500 speakers over seven days, there’s plenty to see at Cannes Lions 2014. You can find the full Cannes Lions 2014 programme here in PDF form or visit the website programme but Marketing Week has picked some highlights from each day.

Sunday 15 June

How To Cannes Daily Tour

If it’s your first time at Cannes, why not take this handy tour provided by a veteran attendee. This session claims to offer insider knowledge and a tour of the vast Palais des Festivals. If you’re in Cannes with time to spare, why not give it a go?

12:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
Twitter – Live Storytelling

In this seminar, Twitter ’s VP of global brand strategy, Joel Lunenfeld, is joined by esteemed actor Sir Patrick Stewart, Leslie Berland, SVP, digital partnerships and development, American Express and Ignacio Oreamuno, president of the Art Director’s Club to discuss a new era of “live storytelling” on social media. See how influencers in the creative world and adventurous brands are using this strategy.

13:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
Visa: Sports as a Source for Global Creative Inspiration

With the World Cup just around the corner, hear from a panel that includes Kevin Burke, chief marketing officer at Visa and Marcel Desailly, World Cup winning footballer about how marketers can leverage truly effective sports sponsorship.

Monday 16 June

13:00 – Seminar, Debussy theatre
Pinterest: The Magic of Discovery

The co-founder of social network Pinterest talks about how consumers like to ‘discover’ and suggests creative opportunities for brands in this area.

15:00 – Seminar, Debussy theatre
Life Share – the new normal for brands

Samsung’s EVP, global marketing, mobile communications business Younghee Lee talks to Daniele Fianduca, head of innovation at Cheil Worldwide about the age of the agile consumer. How can brands find new ways of becoming part of people’s lives?

15:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
Meet the Disruptors

Oscar winner Spike Jonze joins SapientNitro’s worldwide chief creative officer Gaston Legorburu to discuss a vision of the next generation of brands creating immersive digital worlds.

16:00 – Seminar, Debussy theatre
Meme Too: How brands can successfully ride the zeitgeist

Marketing Week editor Ruth Mortimer takes to the stage to quiz Buzzfeed co-founder Jonah Peretti and Jordan Bitterman, chief strategy officer at Mindshare North America about how to plan zeitgeist moments. Is it possible? How can adaptive brands identify the moment, create the content and invest in the execution to achieve success?

Tuesday 17 June

11:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
Google: The Digital Future

We now live in a world of infinite choice, where anyone can make something that everyone can see instantly. Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora tells brands how to rethink their strategies.

12:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
Yahoo: On users, brands and creativity

Join Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer for a conversation about users, brands and creativity in a digital age.

13:00 – Seminar, Debussy theatre
How do Cannes Lions winners work differently to drive growth?

The draw for this session is Brad Jakeman, president, global beverage group at PepsiCo, who joins Marc de Swaan Aarons, founder of agency Effectivebrands for a discussion on how to achieve marketing transformation.

15:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
The Coca-Cola Company: Winning in real time

Join Wendy Clark, president of sparkling and strategic marketing at Coca-Cola North America, to hear how one of the world’s most famous brands is moving to a “newsroom approach” internally. Conversation analysts and producers work with marketers and planners to create a networked organisation that can respond in real time.

16:15 – The Forum, Audi A theatre
Women in China: The New Digital Generation

Liang Zeng, vice president at Chinese social network Baidu joins Christine Xu, chief marketer at McDonald’s China and actress Zhou Xun to discuss how to reach women in China. Looking at big data analytics and mobile, this session is sure to be a fascinating insight rarely accessible to a European audience.

Wednesday 18 June

13:00 – Seminar, Debussy theatre
Microsoft: Make the most of every moment

Dan Lin, producer of global film hits such as The Lego Movie and Sherlock Holmes talks to Stephen Kim, VP at Microsoft about how technology can inspire creativity.

14:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
Facebook: Making marketing personal again

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook , takes to the stage with Abbey Klassen, associate publisher at Advertising Age to discuss the opportunities for marketers to use new technology that can make communications personal again.

15:00 – Seminar, Debussy theatre
Building a billion dollar brand

With the announcement that Apple plans to acquire the Beats by Dr Dre brand , join Omar Johnson, executive vice president of global marketing, Beats Electronic , along with Bob Greenberg, founder of agency R/GA and others to discuss how a challenger brand has made itself one of the most talked-about of the decade.

Thursday 19 June

12:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
Unilever – Bright Future

Join Keith Weed, chief marketing officer of Unilever, on the journey to what he is calling #brightfuture, managing the chaos of a fast-changing marketing environment to create true engagement with consumers.

12:00 – Seminar, Debussy theatre
Mondelez International – how can marketers make sure they’re applying the latest technology to their brands?

Mondelez International has launched Mobile Futures Brazil, a program that attracted more than 75 Brazilian mobile start-ups to apply for a chance to work on one of its top brands (Bis, Club Social, Hall, Tang and Trident). Mondelez digital marketers Bonin Bough and Natacha Volpini join others to discuss how to be more “intrapreneurial”.

Friday 20 June

12:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
The Cannes Debate; Twitter, Viacom, WPP

Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of WPP, in conversation with two of the global media industry’s most influential leaders: Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom, and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. Expect a wide-ranging and provocative discussion.

13:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
Procter & Gamble: The creative canvas

P&G’s Global brand building officer Marc Pritchard will talk about his vision for creativity with current examples and brand case studies.

15:15 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
McDonald’s wonders: what really is the antidote to client promiscuity?

McDonald’s senior director for brand development Matt Biespiel will tackle the issue of client-agency relationships alongside Leo Burnett’s Mark Tutssel, TBWA’s Rob Schwartz, DDB’s Juan Carlos Ortiz and OMD’s Kate Stephenson.

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Monday 16 June

Marketing Week’s own Sunset Social with Adobe on Monday 16 June. RSVP here. It’s your chance to meet the Marketing Week team and help us identify what really matters to global marketers. (Plus, obviously, there will be fabulous drinks on offer.)

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Monday 16 June

12:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi
Fashion, Sex, Celebrity and Character: Sarah Jessica Parker and Joanna Coles

Actor Sarah Jessica Parker – most famous for her role in Sex And The City – joins editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Joanna Coles to talk about the complexity of womanhood today. What does being “in fashion” mean anyway?

Tuesday 17 June

14:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi
Storytelling with story creators

The New York Times session brings Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, The Social Network and The Newsroom to Cannes. Maureen Dowd of The New York Times talks to Sorkin and Downton Abbey executive producer Rebecca Eaton about crafting winning stories.

Wednesday 18 June

11:00 – Grand Audi
Clear Channel Entertainment: A conversation with Jared Leto and Benjamin Palmer

Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto joins Barbarian group co-founder and chairman Benjamin Palmer to discuss creative thinking and craft in music and acting.

12:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi
Time Warner: The Power of Story

Join Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss, along with Veep creator Armando Iannucci, in conversation with Time Warner chief executive Jeff Bewkes and writer Frank Rich.

13:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi
The 8th Annual Grey Music Seminar

Iconic rocker Courtney Love is bringing her own brand of rock to Cannes for the first time ever, in what claims to be an intimate, raw and provocative talk with Grey’s worldwide CCO Tor Myhren.

15:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
The Guardian: Alan Rusbridger in conversation with Ralph Fiennes

Oscar-nominated actor Ralph Fiennes, famous for Schindler’s List and the Harry Potter series joins The Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger to talk about creative challenges.

17:00 – Seminar, Grand Audi theatre
A conversation with Gisele Bundchen

Supermodel and entrepreneur Gisele Bündchen is brought to Cannes by Gordon Bowen, founder of McGarryBowen, for a conversation about marketing. Bundchen has not only worked with some of the world’s most famous fashion brands, she also has her own lines of lingerie and footwear.

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Arianna Huffington on how brands can help consumers ‘thrive’

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In Arianna Huffington’s latest book, Thrive, the HuffPost founder and serial entrant in Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful Women” list, explains how people should redefine the idea of success beyond money and power to a third metric that encompasses “wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and giving”. Speaking to Marketing Week ahead of delivering an address at WACL’s (Women in Advertising and Communications, London) speaker dinner event in London this week, Huffington explained how marketers can help their brands adopt the worthy principles of the third metric of success to help their consumers thrive.