Cannes Lions Awards open early for entries

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Updated 16 October 2020

Cannes Lions Awards open early for entries

  • Following the cancellation of this year’s ceremony due to COVID-19, winners for both 2020 and 2021 will be announced in June next year
  • The invitation for entries has opened earlier than usual to give brands and agencies more time to prepare their submissions

RIYADH: The advertising industry’s gold standards awards, Cannes Lions, are now open for entries.

Following the cancellation of this year’s ceremony due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, winners for both 2020 and 2021 will be announced in June next year.

The invitation for entries has opened earlier than usual to give brands and agencies more time to prepare their submissions.

In order for an entry to qualify for the 2020 awards, the campaign or ad should have been aired, implemented, or released to the public for the first time between March 2019 and May 2020, while entries for 2021 should feature campaigns or ads aired, implemented, or released to the public for the first time between June 2020 and April 2021.

Cannes Lions is also launching a new award called the Creative Business Transformation Lions. “This Lion celebrates the expanding role of creativity and the breadth of new creative approaches that are now being used to create value and drive competitive advantage alongside traditional brand communications,” the company said in a statement.

Additionally, there are changes to the Creative Effectiveness Lion and the PR Lions to better reflect the industry.

The Creative Effectiveness Lion for 2021 has been updated to “accurately reflect the new language of effectiveness, variety of measurable results, and breadth of work driving business impact and commercial success” by taking principles from the Creative Effectiveness Ladder created by Cannes Lions and WARC.

The PR Lions are being refreshed to “focus on the areas of creative work that the industry wants to be recognized for today.” This follows research that Cannes Lions undertook with PR specialists around the world, “to better understand their unique challenges and perspectives.”

The deadline for entries is April 15, 2021.


Missing Pakistani TV reporter is found after 72 hours

Updated 24 October 2020

Missing Pakistani TV reporter is found after 72 hours

  • Geo's bureau chief in Karachi said Ali Imran Syed had contacted his wife to say that he had reached his mother’s home
  • Earlier police registered the journalist’s disappearance as an “abduction” case without naming suspects

ISLAMABAD: A reporter working for Pakistan’s leading Geo News television who had gone missing in the southern port city of Karachi has been found, family and colleague said Saturday.
Geo bureau chief in Karachi, Fahim Siddiqi, said Ali Imran Syed had contacted his wife by phone to say that he had reached his mother’s home.
Earlier police registered the journalist’s disappearance as an “abduction” case without naming suspects.
The reporter left home late Friday evening telling his wife that he would be back in half an hour before disappearing for 72 hours.
Recently there have been several cases of Pakistani journalists being detained or abducted for several hours, before being released.
Azhar Abbas, head of the Geo TV, earlier said he has contacted provincial and federal authorities “to help trace the missing reporter” and “ensure his safety.”
Siddiqi said the reporter’s abduction may have been related to his work on recent political events, including the arrest of an opposition leader who is the son-in-law of former premier Nawaz Sharif.
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said in a tweet no one should “disappear in a democracy”.
Pakistani media has been facing renewed pressure from state agencies that have sought to control the topics covered by the media and even restrict the selection of guests for TV talk shows.
Journalists and press freedom advocates often accuse the Pakistani military and security agencies of pressuring media outlets to prevent critical coverage.
In December last year, a Karachi based reporter with the Express Tribune newspaper, Bilal Farooqi, was arrested on charges of spreading hateful content against the country’s military on social media.
In July, Matiullah Jan was briefly detained. Jan is known for criticism of Pakistan’s military and security agencies.

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