Shane Smith Named Cannes Lions ‘Media Person of the Year’

"Shane is an influential figure in today’s media landscape."

Cannes Lions has named Vice founder and CEO Shane Smith its Media Person of the Year for 2016. The year is only three months old, but Cannes Lions has seen enough!

The award, given each year since 1999, honors “innovators who have shaped the future of media.”

“Shane is an influential figure in today’s media landscape,” said Lions Festival CEO Philip Thomas, in a statement. “Not only is he responsible for taking Vice, which started life as a punk magazine, and expanding it to become the world’s leading global youth media company, but also, beyond this, he’s a critically acclaimed journalist.”

Smith will receive his award during the Cannes Lions awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 22.