A Night to Remember: Brand Genius Awards 2013

The 2013 Brand Genius awards show and dinner, hosted by Adweek and sponsor AOL at downtown Manhattan's Capitale, feted 10 winners and one Brand Visionary. More than 460 friends, family and colleagues joined in the celebration, which finished up well after midnight. Here's a look at the winners and the action.

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2013 Brand Genius Awards

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How to Host

Baratunde Thurston, entrepreneur, comedian and author of The New York Times best-seller How to Be Black, hosted this year’s awards at Capitale.

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It Takes Two

David Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, co-founders and co-CEOs of Warby Parker, developed a genius business model of "buy a pair, give a pair," proving that two heads are better than one. Here, they prepare to receive their Brand Genius Edison lightbulbs from the evening's host Baratunde Thurston.

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Brand Visionary

‪Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons is this year’s Brand Visionary for "a lifetime of successful brand building.” Simmons shared some laughs on the red carpet with Guggenheim Digital Media CEO Ross Levinsohn (far left), Adweek publisher Suzan Gursoy and Adweek editorial director James Cooper.

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Sounds Like a Genius

Omar Johnson, vp of marketing for Beats by Dr. Dre (right), thanked mentor and fellow Brand Genius Todd Pendleton, CMO of Samsung Telecommunications America.

 

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Grand Brand Genius

AOL's CEO Tim Armstrong (right) and svp of ‪AOL Advertising ‪Jim Norton (left) presented the ‪Grand ‪Brand Genius award to Dove, accepted by Global vp Fernando Machado, for its "Real Beauty Sketches" campaign.  

 

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Why VW?

Why VW? Brand Genius Kevin Mayer (left), vp of marketing for Volkswagen of America, Inc.—seen here with MediaCom chief client officer Adam Komack—that’s why.

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A Shot of SoCo

The ingredients to making Southern Comfort a Brand Genius, according to Mark Bacon, managing director (pictured here with Adweek publisher Suzan Gursoy): "Film a large man in a bathing suit taking a stroll down the beach."

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Faces of Brand Genius

From left, Guggenheim Digital Media CEO Ross Levinsohn, Adweek publisher Suzan Gursoy and 2013 Brand Visionary Russell Simmons, on the Brand Genius red carpet. 

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Can’t Beat a Good Idea

Brand Genius Omar Johnson, vp of marketing for Beats by Dr. Dre, put the headphones on Lady Gaga and half the athletes in the NBA.

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Gaming Genius

Activision CMO Tim Ellis helped to hard-wire Call of Duty into the minds of millions of teenagers all over the world. That success helped make him a 2013 Brand Genius.