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Festival of Media Global Awards welcomes the most ever clients to join the jury

C Squared (C Squared) - 28 January 2016


  • Clients make up a third of the Festival of Media Global Awards jury 
  • Award winners to be announced at the Festival of Media Global event 19 May 2016, Rome, Italy 
  • New screening room showcases the best global media work
  • Exclusive interviews with senior industry leaders reveal insights to the work and jury deliberations

Clients support is strong as more than 30 of the world’s most senior brand marketers join the panel to judge the industry’s best media work at the Festival of Media Global Awards 2016.

The jury boasts more clients than any other awards programme celebrating media. Members of the illustrious jury panel for 2016 include: Gregory Kukolj, Global Head of Media and Digital, Heineken, Fabien Petit, Global Head of Digital Media, L’Oréal, Paul Jeszenszky, Director of Online Marketing & Media, Airbnb, Virginia Pereira Alvarez, Global Media Marketing VP, MasterCard, Katharine Joy Newby Grant, Head of Media, Northern Europe, P&G, Gerry D'Angelo, European Media Director, Mondelēz International and, Sarah Personette, Head of Global Business Marketing, Facebook. Now in the Festival’s 10th year, the panel is also joined by previous Festival awards jury Chairs: Randy Ransom, SVP Marketing and Commercial – LatAm, SABMiller, Sital Banerjee, Global Head of Media, Royal Philips and Jon Suarez-Davis, previously VP Global Media & Digital Strategy at Kellogg’s, now Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer at Krux.

Jurors are carefully selected for their industry experience and company successes. We have selected a mix of leaders from media agency networks and independent media agencies, brand leaders, media owners, mobile, digital and ad tech specialists from all over the world to reflect the globally diverse media work entered to the competition. Two rooms of judges will spend all day reviewing an expected 200 shortlisted entries before the winners are announced to the Festival of Media Global delegation at lunchtime on 19 May 2016, the first of the two day of the event which runs 19-20 May in Rome, Italy.

A special screening room at the event will create a media excellence learning zone, where all the shortlisted campaign case study videos can be viewed. The screening room will not only give delegates the opportunity to see the best media work from around the world but also give them the chance to experience what the awards jury viewed during their deliberations. The winners will be announced on the screening room stage, giving those successful the opportunity to be awarded in person and collect their trophies. The decision-making behind the winning votes will be explained directly by the judges who will appear in exclusive interviews held on stage where they can share their insights, key take-outs from the work reviewed and advice for future contenders.

Sital Banerjee, Global Head of Media, Royal Philips and confirmed juror for this year’s Festival of Media Global Awards commented: “I’ve had the privilege of chairing the inaugural Festival of Media Awards MENA edition last year as well as judging previous Global editions, and I’m honoured to join the Global Awards jury panel in 2016. The Festival of Media Awards is the only awards focused on media and marketing, and has proven its standing by attracting the very best work from around the world as well as some of the most senior and respected members of the industry to review and reward the work. It’s hugely beneficial for me to see the latest innovations and creative thinking in media, and I would encourage the industry to experience and learn from the best practice that can be found at the Festival for inspiration and to practically influence media and marketing decisions.”
Danielle Redwood, Managing Director, Awards, Festival of Media added: “The Festival of Media has reached its 10 year anniversary and in this relatively short time has established itself as the leader in identifying best practice and trends specifically in the media space. We’re really excited to have so many clients on the jury who can add a different dimension to the judging as well as lending support and credibility to the process. The addition of the screening room and live judges’ interviews at the Festival of Media will bring to life the best practice celebrated at the event.”

The deadline for entries to the Festival of Media Global Awards is 5 February 2016. The Shortlist will be announced on 7 April 2016.  Click for more information about the awards or attending the Festival of Media.

About C Squared
C Squared is one of the fastest-growing specialist publishing, events and technology companies in Europe. Its mission is to help the media and marketing industry become more connected and better informed so that it is fully equipped to respond to the challenges and opportunities brought about by digital technology and globalization. C Squared launched the Festival of Media in Venice in 2007 and the brand now has 4 major events across the world, attended by 4,000 senior delegates and receiving over 3,000 Awards entries. In 2009, C Squared acquired the leading brand M&M Global along with the M&M Global Awards. The company also owns Creamglobal which has now become the world’s largest database of media innovation and its bespoke technology serves many of the leading global agency groups and multinational advertisers. More information is available at:

Festival of Media Awards contact:  Danielle Redwood, e: t: +44 (0)20 7367 6979

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