5 Must-See Media Panels You Can’t Miss at Cannes

From Trump to diversity, here are the must-see events

Panels at Cannes will cover everything from the Trump administration to weed legalization to Gen-Zers. Sources: Getty Images
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For those attending the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, there are a plethora of topics that apply to media companies and executives. From how society views marijuana to making newsrooms more diverse, here are some discussions anyone in the industry could find useful.

Check out the full festival lineup here.

Fire and Fury: The New Normal?

Presented by: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

When: Monday June 18, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Where: Lumière Theatre, Palais I

Why:  Jeff Goodby, co-founder and co-chairman at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, will sit down with Fire & Fury author Michael Wolff to discuss all that has changed in the world since the book came out to widespread media attention in January. He’s apparently coming out with a sequel, so he won’t likely share all his secrets, but he’ll talk journalism as it relates to social media, so you’ll probably get a good tweet or two out of it. 

Prescribed High

Presented by: Virtue, the agency born from Vice

When: Monday June 18, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Where: Health Inspiration Stage, Palais II

Why: As more states move to legalize weed, and more media companies tackle covering it, how will society change the way it views the product? Hear from Krishna Andavolu, host and executive producer of Viceland’s Weediquette, as well as Madeline Donegan, head of media, Weedmaps about the evolution of the discussion.

Diversity—a Values Issue and Business Imperative—Requires Bold Action

Presented by: HP and Omnicom Group

When: Tuesday June 19, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Where: Lumière Theatre, Palais I

Why: Diversity in newsrooms has always been an issue, and as a report in the Columbia Journalism Review recently highlighted, it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. This discussion will include British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful, HP CMO Antonio Lucio, actress Thandie Newton and Omnicom Group svp and chief diversity officer Tiffany R. Warren.

Future Five: Stars Your Kids Already Know but You Don’t

Presented by: Awesomeness

When: Wednesday June 20, 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Trends Stage, Palais II

Why: As influencers capture the attention of Gen Z-ers, what part do YouTube and social media stars play in the future of news? Watch the topic play out during this discussion—and leave knowing you can name-drop to your kids over dinner to feel like a ~cool~ parent.

Dirty John: How to Hit the Zeitgeist

Presented by: Los Angeles Times and Wondery

When: Thursday June 21, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Where: The Forum, Palais I

Why: The investigative piece, Dirty John, made a splash when it was published. Documenting the crumbling relationship between a manipulative man who seemingly sweeps a woman off her feet until his lies are exposed, the series was made into a podcast, and a TV show based on the reporting will premiere on Bravo. This panel will discuss how the Los Angeles Times got the scoop and developed the story.


@SaraJerde sara.jerde@adweek.com Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.