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Cannes Lions 2017 Jury Presidents: Ted Lim, Direct



Dentsu Aegis Network APAC CCO on a redefined category

Cannes Lions 2017 Jury Presidents: Ted Lim, Direct

There’s been some confusion in recent years about the differences between the Direct and Promo & Activation Lions. But according to this year’s Direct Jury President Ted Lim, who is also the regional CCO at Dentsu Aegis Network APAC, Cannes has addressed the situation and redefined Direct for the good. LBB’s Addison Capper caught up with him to find out more. 

LBB> How are you preparing yourself for your stint in the jury room this year? 

TL> I’m juggling online pre-judging with a new business pitch and surgery for a nasty sinus infection.


LBB> What are you hoping to see from the entries this year? How has the pre-judging been going so far?

TL> I’d like to see innovative business solutions and am happy to say I have seen a few already.


LBB> What are the trickiest elements of Direct to judge?

TL> Lots and lots of case studies.


LBB> What words of advice will you be giving to your jury?

TL> Ask ‘is it different? Will it make a difference? Will it move people? Will it move business?”


LBB> Direct is arguably the oldest form of advertising but still remains one of the most exciting. What have been the biggest factors that have affected the category in the past year and how will you and your jury deal with them?

TL> There was some confusion between the Direct and Promo Lions in the past. Cannes has since redefined the Direct Lions to celebrate response-driven and relationship-building creativity directly targeting a specific audience with a call-to-action which produces measurable and meaningful results.


LBB> The transcendent ‘big’ ideas are relatively easy enough to spot, but some work is smart in a more nuanced way, for example work that plays on the subtleties of a particular culture. When you’re leading a jury, how do you give space to these ideas in the jury room?

TL> The Cannes jury is international and English is the lingua franca. If someone has entered work that was originally conceived and executed in another language, they will have to make sure that the cultural nuances are not lost in translation.


LBB> Obviously you’re going to spend a lot of Cannes 2017 locked inside for jury deliberations… but is there any event or talk that you’re hoping to catch while you’re there?

TL> Ian McKellen. And John Hegarty with whom I had the privilege to judge the Titanium Lions with last year. Two brilliant minds.


LBB> Outside of the jury room, what do you think will be the big talking point of Cannes 2017?

TL> CEOs, CMOs and CCOs will be looking for innovative business solutions to win in the digital economy. I hope we will find more than a few in Cannes this year.

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