Verdict in Al Jazeera trial shows regime’s contempt for press freedom in Egypt

In this crossposting from The Conversation, academics Sarah Hynek and Andrea Teti argue that Peter Greste’s jailing came despite a total lack of credible evidence.

Three Al Jazeera English journalists have been convicted in the Cairo Criminal Court of spreading false news, threatening national security and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood – previously Egypt’s first democratically elected government now deemed a terrorist organisation. Read more »

You don’t have to be a journalist to care what happens to Peter Greste

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Events involving Peter Greste may seem far away, but they have a resonance for anyone working in the communications world, argues Mumbrella’s Tim Burrowes

There will be a fair few Mumbrella readers who hadn’t heard of Peter Greste until this week.

Now though, anyone who follows the news even slightly should be aware of him, following the Cairo court verdict. Read more »

Opinions are dangerous as Egypt cracks down on dissent

emad shahinIn this post which first appeared on The Conversation in March, Emad Shahi, professor at the American University in Cairo, sets out the press freedom issues which have seen the Australian journalist Peter Greste jailed in Egypt

As I write this, 20 journalists – including several al-Jazeera reporters – are on trial in Cairo on charges of spreading disinformation and abetting terrorists. Their alleged crime includes operating without proper accreditation and conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood, now a proscribed organisation, to tarnish Egypt’s international reputation. Read more »

The world’s best 19 TV ads of the year – 2014

The winners of this year’s Cannes Lions Film awards were announced over the weekend.

Selected by a jury of 22 of the world’s most respected creatives including Whybin\TBWA Sydney’s Matty Burton, the awards are the closest the industry will come to consensus on the world’s best TV ads of the last 12 months.

Below are the two Grand Prix winning entries and the 17 Gold Lion winners from this year.   

1. Sorry I spent it on myself – Harvey Nichols – grand prix winner

Adam&EveDDB London, UK

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What Richard Branson taught me about storytelling

Ben LilleyIn this guest post, McCann Worldgroup boss Ben Lilley shares what he learned about storytelling by hanging out with Virgin founder Richard Branson on Necker Island.

‪We are an industry awash with “storytelling”. Everyone’s a storyteller and every brand has its story to tell. So where are all the great brand stories? Read more »

Sintras on full service, innovation and why young marketers cannot think like the old guard

Starcom was named the Global Media Network of the Year at Cannes Lions over the weekend. Mumbrella’s Alex Hayes caught up with the agency’s Australia chairman and director of global experience product John Sintras.

In this Q&A Sintras reveals why he want to rip up the agency model, why we need better training for our young marketers coming through, and the secrets to creating a winning culture in a global agency.

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#Instacannes day 5

Cannes offers a bewildering array of sights and experiences, so The Hallway has set up #Instacannes to offer a visual guide to what goes on on the Cote D’Azure.

Sometimes you just need to be reminded of the basics.  Not in a patronizing way, but in a way that inspires you to be better.  Read more »

John Hegarty on the ‘nonsense’ of Big Data, the ‘abberation’ that is scam and why Cannes is losing focus

John HegartySir John Hegarty is one of the world’s best known advertising creatives. He co-founded iconic British agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, which has offices in Singapore, Mumbai and Tokyo, in the early ’80s.

In this interview with Mumbrella Asia editor Robin Hicks at the Martinez Hotel on La Croisette, Hegarty talked about why Cannes is “losing focus”, the impact of scam on adland, the “nonsense” of Big Data, and why Asia has to learn from Europe about building brands that stand out. Read more »

Cannes media juror Nick Waters on cutting out block voting, why ad agencies are better at entering, and Asia’s Achilles heel

Nick WatersNick Waters, the APAC boss of media agency Dentsu Aegis Network, sat on the jury of the Media Lions at Cannes this week.

Waters, who is six months into the role running the region for DAN, caught up with Robin Hicks, the Asia editor of Mumbrella, after the Media Lions results were revealed to talk about how the jury has been reorganised to eliminate block voting, why media agencies who complain about ad agencies winning in the media category are “feeble” and why India is better at strategy than anywhere else in Asia. Read more »

#Instacannes: Day 4

Cannes offers a bewildering array of sights and experiences, so The Hallway has set up #Instacannes to offer a visual guide to what goes on on the Cote D’Azure.

Today creative partner Simon Lee waxes poetic. Read more »

The death of craft?

Today at the Cannes Lions festival Radio jury president Tony Hertz decried the death of craft in the medium, while the Press jury pointed out the Grand Prix was awarded becuase of simplicity.

Hertz told the press gathered at the Radio conference: “More of marketing and communications has become a visual business, the new technologies are all screen based.  Everything is visual and you can see this in the number of entries. Read more »

Instacannes: Day 3

Cannes offers a bewildering array of sights and experiences, so The Hallway has set up #Instacannes to offer a visual guide to what goes on on the Cote D’Azure.

At this stage of the festival the lectures, and the high profile speakers, have really kicked in.  And so have the parties.   Read more »

A festival of nationalism: the World Cup allows sponsors to divide and conquer

Mark DoidgeSponsors are encouraging corporate nationalism during the World Cup, argues academic Mark Doidge in a crossposting from The Conversation.

The section of the crowd behind the goal was awash with red and white when Switzerland took on Ecuador in their opening World Cup match. Faces were painted; many had white crosses painted onto red cheeks. All of them reflected the Swiss national flag and the colours of the football team on the pitch. Rather unusually, four men sat wearing hats fashioned to look like Swiss cheese. Within the holes were mini Swiss flags. Read more »

How has Australian Mobile gone from no hoper to world class in two years?

Jay MorganIn the two years since the Mobile Lions category launched Australia has had just four nominations and no winners. This year it secured a Gold among eight awards, and was singled out as one of the two stand out markets globally with Brazil. 

Mobile juror Jay Morgan, Havas Worldwide’s digital creative director, spoke to Alex Hayes about what has changed, and what the future holds for the medium.

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Susana Tsui on her first nine months at the helm of PHD Asia Pacific

Susana TsuiSusana Tsui is nine months into her role running media agency PHD as Asia Pacific CEO, having joined from Ogilvy.

She was in Cannes to catch up with Mumbrella Asia editor Robin Hicks about her impact on the agency since taking the reigns, her plans to shape the future of PHD, and why she arrived in Cannes in a helicopter. Read more »

Instacannes: Sights from the Cannes Lions

Cannes offers a bewildering array of sights and experiences, so The Hallway has set up #Instacannes to offer a visual guide to what goes on on the Cote D’Azure.

Sunday night, 7pm.  A wet drizzle that only Europe can deliver – and we’ve arrived in Cannes.  Rain was definitely not in the brochure.

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Recommended for you? Don’t bet on it: the ‘native’ ad invasion

patrick howeUS academic Patrick Howe argues that native advertising could be a costly misstep for publishers in an article first published on The Conversation

From its very name to its sober headlines and public affairs-minded stories, the Christian Science Monitor’s website seems hand built to communicate credibility.

So what, a visitor might wonder, is up with those “other” stories on the site, such as the one with a picture of a shirtless Sylvester Stallone that asks: “Who knew these male mega stars were so small?”

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Optus CMO on plans to digitise the beach, and why they’re moving away from sponsorships

Nathan rosenbergDuring a talk at Cannes Lions Optus chief marketing officer Nathan Rosenberg said the brand wants to digitise the beach, with the Clever Buoy project the first part of that.

Afterwards he spoke to Alex Hayes about the plans for the brand, creating a technology incubator, why they are moving away from sponsorship, and the brand as a “wingman” for customers. Read more »

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