Thursday Odds and Ends

By Erik Oster 

-Grey New York’s “Handle with Care” spot for Gillette won the agency a Cannes Gold Lion (video above).

-The ad industry is predictably skeptical about Arthur Sadoun‘s announcement that Publcis will forego all awards ceremonies next year.

-Adweek lists “The 5 Most Stunning Short Films From Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors’ Showcase at Cannes.”

-Facebook vice president of EMEA Nicola Mendelsohn says “Creativity has never been more important.”

Havas U.S. chairman and CEO Paul Marobella said at a Cannes panel that “clients’ tough questions about brand safety are sometimes more about their egos than advertising.”

-Digiday examines “How PopSugar leveraged data to increase its branded content deals by 85 percent.”

-And also takes a look at how “ uses automation to identify and show its best-performing TV ads.”

George Clooney sold his Casamigos tequila company to Diageo for one billion dollars.