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Amid a rapidly changing ecosystem, media agencies play an increasingly critical role in helping brands deliver marketing to consumers with maximum impact. Modern media agencies need to get particularly creative to cut through an ever more cluttered media landscape, and the best media plans of the past year found ways to innovate—from deepfakery and utilizing data to deliver ads 24 hours after a workout to barbershop screenings and Awkwafina lending her voice to New York’s 7 train.