When creatives judge their fellow creatives in awards shows, one might argue it's a good way to ensure strong work is appreciated. Others might argue it gets a bit ... incestuous. To promote the fact that the Epica Awards are the only major ad industry honors judged solely by journalists rather members of the creative industry, Epica has launched a new call-for-entries ad campaign that somewhat subtly satirizes the better-known events like the Cannes Lions, One Show and Clio Awards (the last of which, I should note by way of disclosure, is owned by Adweek's parent company but operated independently of this magazine). In each ad—created by Paris-based agency Altmann+Pacreau—we see a text message being sent to a famous ad figure such as Wieden + Kennedy co-founder Dan Wieden or Leo Burnett global creative chief Mark Tutssel. The person sending the message is usually commenting on the ad star's upcoming role on an awards juror, while subtly hinting at a bit of a quid pro quo arrangement that will help sway some votes. "When you serve on a jury, you receive lots of 'friendly' messages, trying to find out what's going on and putting a gentle pressure on your judgment," said one of the campaign's creators, Altmann+Pacreau co-founder Olivier Altmann. "So we built on this insight to promote Epica, one of the few worldwide awards that most agencies support specifically because of its singularity."
Sir John Hegarty
A commercial being billed as the first global cinema ad will star animated animals as U.N. delegates and Liam Neeson as the voice of God. The minute-long spot, created to generate buzz for new goals the United Nations has devised to make the world more livable, premieres today in New York.