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2019 Cannes Lions Preview: The Video and TV Highlights

Tim Cross 17 June, 2019 

The Cannes Lions 2019 festival kicks off today, and for some of us attending that means our calendars filled up weeks ago. But for those of you still deciding what to attend this week, picking through the vast programme of presentations, panels and parties can be daunting, so VAN is here to help.

If you want to know what’s going on across the beaches, there are some great guides to the talks, parties and networking opportunities available from IAS and Akommo.

For what’s on in the Palais, there’s rather more to sift through, with over 300 talks, seminars and workshops split across the five days. So we’ve picked out the sessions most relevant for our readers (day one’s omission isn’t a mistake – unless you’re interested in the creative side of the industry, there’s not much to tempt you until day two):

Day Two
10.00, The Terrace stage: Future Gazers on the Terrace – Wellness, Cognitive Creativity, AR/VR, 5G with Chris Duffey (Adobe), Lucie Greene (J. Walter Thompson), Armando Ortiz (IBM X), Nicola Kemp (Creativebrief)
10.30, Audi A: It’s the Real Thing with Islam ElDessouky (Coca-Cola), Sasan Saeidi (J. Walter Thompson)
11.00, Awards Hub Stage 2: Taking a Stand: The Value of Neuroscience in Socially-Charged Advertising with Joe Clark (Nielsen Neuro), Jane Leighton (Nielsen Neuro), Nick Steel (Nomad Foods)
12.00, Lumiere Theatre: When Worlds Collide: The Evolution of Creativity with David Droga (Droga5), Brian Whipple (Accenture Interactive), Suzanne Vranica (The Wall Street Journal)
13.00, Lumiere Theatre: More Is More: The Future of Prestige Content in the Streaming Age with Laura Dern (Actress) Robert Greenblatt (WarnerMedia Entertainment), Radhika Jones (Vanity Fair)
16.00, Audi A: Has the Influencer Marketing Bubble Burst with Ian Forrester (Whalar), Ben Jeffries (Influencer), Caspar Lee (Influencer)

Day Three
10.00, Lumiere Thearte: Raising the Bar on the Small Screen with Michael Kassan (MediaLink), Jeffrey Katzenberg (WndrCo), Meg Whitman (Quibi)
10.45, Audi A: The Future of Strategy with Dom Boyd (Publicis), Deirdre McGlashan (MediaCome), Harjot Singh (McCann Worldgroup), David Tiltman (WARC)
12.00, Lumiere Theatre: Survivor’s Guide to the Adpocalypse with Fernando Machado (Burger King), Marcelo Pascoa (Burger King)
12.00, Debussy Theatre: Do You Have a Second? Oops, Too Late with Andrew Robertson (BBDO Worldwide)
12.45, Palais II Stage: Junktion: The Dynamic Intersection of Advertising & Entertainment with Kenya Barris (Netflix), Dexton Deboree (FALKON)
12.45, Interactive Stage: Blockchain: Inegrating New Technologies into Your Strategic Marketing Decisions with Chris Cable (Diageo)
13.00, Lumiere Theatre: Sheryl Sandberg in Conversation with Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Caroline Hyde (Bloomberg)
14.00, Interactive Stage: Re-inventing Digital Marketing with the Smart Camera with Matthieu Lorrain (Google), Alexander Nick (Google)
15.00, The Terrace Stage: Game Changers – New Blood Brands Come to Cannes Lions with Bobby Ghoshal (Candid), Jessie Horwitz (Hubble), Selena Kalvaria (Away), David Spector (ThirdLove), Randall Rothenberg (IAB)

Day Four
10.30, Cannes Lions Beach: Wake up with The Economist with Julia Goldin (LEGO Group), Marc Pritchard (P&G), Marisa Thalberg (Tacon Bell), Andrew Palmer  (The Economist)
11.45, Interactive Stage: Realigning Incentive Systems in Digital Marketing Supply Chains with Wei Guo (Fugetech), Susan Ren (Unilever), Jing (Robin) Zhang (Unilever)
12.00, Debussy Theatre: The Cannes Lions Debate: Will In-housing Creativity Fail? with Justin Billingsley (Publicis Emil), Paulie Dery (Uber), Teresa Herd (Intel), Vicki Maguire (Grey London), Philip Thomas (Cannes Lions)
13.00, Debussy Theatre: Quantum Video: a Super Close Look at a Billion Hours a Day with Kevin Allocca (YouTube), Cecile Frot-Coutaz (YouTube), Ben Jones (Google)
14.00, Interactive Stage: Ethical Advertising in the Intelligent Era: Lessons from the Battlefield with Ljupco Jivan Gjorgjinski (UN), Andrew Shebbeare (Essence), Jeff Beer (Fast Company)
14.30, Lumiere Theatre: The Future of Entertainment with Jeff Goldblum (Actor), Stéphane Xiberras (Havas), Louise Benson (Cannes Lions)
14.30, Makers Lab: The Evidence Economy: Blockchain Anchoring The Future of Programmatic with Christiana Cacciapouti (AdLedger), Gabe Greenberg (GABBCON), Adam Helfgott (MadHive)
16.00, Audi A: Introducing Adaptive-media, a New Format for Agencies, Brands and Creators with Stefano Bargagni (MorphCast), Matthew Mayes (MorphCast), Martin Percy (
16.20, Palais II Stage: CMO Growth Council: Leading the Global Agenda for Marketing-Led Growth with Marcel Marcondes (Anheuser-Busch USA), Marc Pritchard (P&G),  Elizabeth Rutledge (American Express), Bob Liodice (ANA)
17.00, Debussy Theatre: Trumped by Data with Alexander Nix (Former Cambridge Analytica), Gillian Tett (Financial Times)

Day Five
11.15, Palais II Stage: Made by Music. How Collaboration Created YouTube’s Greatest Hits with Elaine Carey (Three Ireland), Elaine Doyle (YouTube), Rory Hamilton (Boys + Girls), Edith Bowman (BBC Radio 1)
11.45, Debussy Theatre: #nofilter – The Activists Disrupting Entertainment with Stefan Heinrich (TikTok), Anna O’Brien (Creator, TikTok), Andrea Okeke (Creator, TikTok)
12.00, Lumiere Theatre: Sir Martin Sorrell in Conversation with Marian Goodell with Marian Goodell (Burning Man Project), Sir Martin Sorrell (S4 Capital)
12.00, Palais II Stage: AI vs. Emotion: Their Roles in the Future of Content with Rafi Fine (Fine Brothers Entertainment), Lori McCreary (Revelations Entertainment), Caleeb Pinkett (Overbrook Entertainment), Caressa Douglas (Branded Entertainment Network)
13.00, Lumiere Theatre: In a World of Disruption, Storytelling Wins with Lorne Michaels (NBCUniversal), Linda Yaccarino (NBCUniversal)
14.30, Audi A:  The Future of AI in Advertising with John Elder (Deloitte Digital), Jocelyn Lee (Deloitte Digital)


About the Author:

Tim Cross is Assistant Editor at VideoWeek.
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