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Beyond the judging, schmoozing and general bacchanalia of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a significant amount of wheeling and dealing, be it to acquire an agency or poach a creative chief.
"If there's any brokering going on, it's going to be around" the major media reviews, said Andrew Benett, CEO of Havas Worldwide.
The heads of holding companies and media shops, Benett said, will angle to "get extra meetings in and more dialogue with people running those reviews because $18 billion at whatever percentage you want to take—just take 5 percent—is a lot of money to move around."