Agency of the Year
BBDO New York
As usual, BBDO New York delivered stellar creative work this year. Highlights included the HBO Go ads poking fun at movies clichés, FedEx's gorgeously green "Enchanted Forest" spot, and inspired work across the board for Gillette and AT&T. Freeze frame on David Lubars punching the sky!
Network of the Year
Ogilvy & Mather
Ogilvy dominated in all corners of the globe, from South Africa's clownish Cadbury work to Argentina's TEDx taxi drivers to Malaysia's exquisite Pictionary ads. Almost a dozen other Ogilvy offices are in line for CLIOs, too—Brazil, Tunisia, Ireland, Chile, Germany, Australia, Indonesia, Dubai, England, Mexico and Vietnam.
Production Company of the Year
Great storytelling with visual panache—that's the indelible Smuggler style. The production company soared again this year, most notably with Guy Shelmerdine's "Big Day" for Weetabix, Brian Beletic's "History Made and in the Making" for Converse, and Ringan Ledwidge's "Airborne" for Jordan Brand, starring Dwyane Wade.
Advertiser of the Year
No automaker, except perhaps Chrysler, comes close to VW creatively these days. Working with Deutsch, it followed up "The Force" (honored at last year's CLIOs) with a bevy of great TV, interactive, outdoor and print work, including "The Dog Strikes Back," "Black Beetle," and "The Bark Side"—leaving rivals in the dust.