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PR firms Poem Group and Urban win Gold in Cannes as Missing Type makes an appearance

PR firms Poem Group and Urban win Gold in Cannes as Missing Type makes an appearance

Australian PR firm Poem Group and Argentina's Urban Grupo de ComunicaciĆ³n won Gold Lions on the penultimate night of Cannes awards - while there were also wins for Dini von Mueffling, Marina Maher and for Engine's Missing Type, which had been conspicuous by its absence so far.

Golin staffers poke fun at the Lions with 'Wrong Cannes' parody

Golin staffers poke fun at the Lions with 'Wrong Cannes' parody

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity got trolled from more than 4,000 miles away in an affectionate parody.

Your call: Does Cannes need to hit the refresh button?

Your call: Does Cannes need to hit the refresh button?

Publicis has pulled out of next year's Cannes Lions and other major holding companies are considering making changes of their own. Does Cannes need a makeover?

Cannes talk: What's in an idea?

Cannes talk: What's in an idea?

PR firms did well at Cannes this year, but the multiple-Lions-winning Care Counts case study by Whirlpool shows just how difficult it is to give proper credits to those who work on campaigns.

Breakfast Briefing, 6.23.2017: Soul searching about the future of Cannes

Breakfast Briefing, 6.23.2017: Soul searching about the future of Cannes

Stung by Publicis' decision to pull out of the festival, and other award shows, for the next year, the owner of the Cannes Lions is putting together a committee to shape the future of the event.

Cannes Lions to launch committee in response to festival criticism

Cannes Lions to launch committee in response to festival criticism

Cannes Lions is to launch an advisory committee "to help shape the future of the festival" in response to criticism that the festival has got too big and lost its creative heart.

Meltwater acquires Infomart for $30 million

Meltwater acquires Infomart for $30 million

The media intelligence company makes Canada acquisition, expanding its North American footprint.

Here's what people really think about Mattel's new Ken dolls

Here's what people really think about Mattel's new Ken dolls

Despite some snarky reaction to Ken's new hairstyle, the sentiment of social chatter was largely positive.

How GMHC and FCB Health are taking on the blood-donation ban for gay men

How GMHC and FCB Health are taking on the blood-donation ban for gay men

A year after the Pulse nightclub shooting brought the issue back into the spotlight, nonprofit GMHC is urging an end to restrictions on gay, bisexual, and transgender men donating blood.

NASCAR comms head David Higdon to exit

NASCAR comms head David Higdon to exit

Higdon has worked at NASCAR for six years and began leading its communications last year.

Watch: How Airbnb's Jonathan Mildenhall used Twitter to lobby Cannes Lions on ethnic diversity

Watch: How Airbnb's Jonathan Mildenhall used Twitter to lobby Cannes Lions on ethnic diversity

In an exclusive video interview with Campaign, Airbnb CMO Jonathan Mildenhall has opened up on why he took to Twitter to raise the issue of ethnic diversity at Cannes Lions.

Burger King CMO: don't treat agencies like creative vending machines

Burger King CMO: don't treat agencies like creative vending machines

"Transactional" relationships between clients and agencies can hinder creativity, according to Burger King CMO Axl Schwan - who said agencies should not be treated as creative "vending machines".

Weber Shandwick joins forces with London's Tavistock to 'disrupt financial PR'

Weber Shandwick joins forces with London's Tavistock to 'disrupt financial PR'

Weber Shandwick has signed a partnership with London-based financial comms specialist Tavistock, to help it "disrupt the financial PR market".

Shares in Cannes Lions' owner fall as Publicis pulls out and WPP voices doubts

Shares in Cannes Lions' owner fall as Publicis pulls out and WPP voices doubts

Shares in Ascential, the owner of Cannes Lions, fell more than 3% after Publicis Groupe said it would not enter the awards next year and WPP said "the jury is out" on its future participation.

Consumer agency Lexis merges into Text100 as MD Dominic Shales steps down

Consumer agency Lexis merges into Text100 as MD Dominic Shales steps down

London consumer agency Lexis is merging into sister agency Text100, making the tech-focused agency's London office its largest location globally.

8 crisis wranglers on what Uber should do next

8 crisis wranglers on what Uber should do next

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down Tuesday night after months of crisis for the ride-hailing company. PRWeek asked 8 crisis experts about what the world's most valuable startup must do next to fix its reputation.

Dini von Mueffling, Taylor win gold in Entertainment, Media Lions

Dini von Mueffling, Taylor win gold in Entertainment, Media Lions

Dini von Mueffling Communications won a Gold and a Bronze Lion for the Evan campaign for Sandy Hook Promise.

Comerica corp comms VP Wayne Mielke retires

Comerica corp comms VP Wayne Mielke retires

Mielke is set to exit the regional bank at the end of this month after nearly 25 years there.

Bliss picks up Medicare work for Aetna

Bliss picks up Medicare work for Aetna

The firm was awarded the contact last week.

Royal Caribbean seeks to patent its Snapchat Spectacles dive mask

Royal Caribbean seeks to patent its Snapchat Spectacles dive mask

With MullenLowe, the cruise line has created a way to livestream what's happening from 150 feet below the ocean's surface.

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick resigns

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick resigns

Travis Kalanick has resigned following pressure from investors

HP diversity targets for PR and ad agencies appear to be working, says comms chief

HP diversity targets for PR and ad agencies appear to be working, says comms chief

HP's move to ask its agencies to employ more women in leadership positions appears to be working, according to its comms chief - who said sometimes both stick and a carrot is needed to encourage change.

Breakfast Briefing, 6.21.2017: Kalanick out, Handel beats Ossoff, the latest from Cannes

Breakfast Briefing, 6.21.2017: Kalanick out, Handel beats Ossoff, the latest from Cannes

Embattled CEO Travis Kalanick has stepped down from Uber's top job after an investor revolt.

Publicis stops entering awards to 'shift focus' to investment in AI platform Marcel

Publicis stops entering awards to 'shift focus' to investment in AI platform Marcel

PR agencies MSLGroup and CNC - alongside various other marcoms firms owned by Publicis Groupe - will not be entering industry awards over the next 12 months, its CEO has announced.

Heathrow Airport books Havas Formula to tout amenities to US flyers

Heathrow Airport books Havas Formula to tout amenities to US flyers

The firm is working on a contract basis until November to promote the London airport's shopping and dining services to American customers.

Mattel: Unlike Barbie, Ken doesn't have to deal with body issues

Mattel: Unlike Barbie, Ken doesn't have to deal with body issues

Michelle Chidoni, VP of global comms for Mattel, explained that Barbie has always had a conversation at an adult level with consumers about body ideals- something Ken hasn't really had to deal with.

Ketchum, Hill+Knowlton win Grand Prix statues in Creative Data, Cyber Lions

Ketchum, Hill+Knowlton win Grand Prix statues in Creative Data, Cyber Lions

Ketchum won for Whirlpool's Care Counts campaign, and H+K was awarded for its work for the Bank of Aland.

Mover to agitator and back: Why brands are shifting position in the global marketplace

Samsung, for example, has traditionally been known as a mover or agitator, but last year, it maneuvered into a defender role during the crisis involving its smartphones.

DiGennaro merges with Australia's Access PR

DiGennaro merges with Australia's Access PR

The two firms, which have been partners for the past four years, will make the combination official at the start of next month.

Huawei marketing chief Glory Zhang: my advice for agency success in China

Huawei marketing chief Glory Zhang: my advice for agency success in China

Have a shared vision, mutual respect and 'co-create' with clients - those are the keys to succeeding as an agency in China, Huawei Consumer Business Group CMO Glory Zhang told a seminar at the Cannes Lions today.

Twitter CMO: Brand identity and simplicity key for advertisers

Twitter CMO: Brand identity and simplicity key for advertisers

Leslie Berland said the platform's new look and feel is designed with both users and brands in mind.

Breakfast Briefing, 6.20.2017: Cannes, Georgia special election, Barclays

Breakfast Briefing, 6.20.2017: Cannes, Georgia special election, Barclays

Tuesday's special election in Georgia has been a boon for politicos and ad buyers, but everyday people are just ready for it to be over. Somewhat related: big majorities of PR pros say the White House communications team is hurting the industry's image, according to a new study.

In Pictures: the PRWeek party at Cannes Lions

In Pictures: the PRWeek party at Cannes Lions

Leading lights from the PR industry gathered at PRWeek's Cannes Lions party last night. Check out the photo gallery from the event...

PR pros: The White House comms team is harming industry's reputation

PR pros: The White House comms team is harming industry's reputation

A study from USC Annenberg asked 900 PR pros about the White House comms team's performance.

Spicer's future (again) up in the air: reports

Spicer's future (again) up in the air: reports

Bloomberg has reported the administration is deciding whether to move Spicer into a "more senior role focused on strategy."

Fearless Girl racks up Lions and Grand Prix wins in non-PR categories as others also strike gold in Cannes

Fearless Girl racks up Lions and Grand Prix wins in non-PR categories as others also strike gold in Cannes

State Street Global Advisors' Fearless Girl campaign won Grand Prix prizes in the Outdoor and Glass Lions categories at Cannes today, alongside four more gongs - while Ketchum, New Zealand's Impact PR and Freuds sister agency Proud Robinson also collected gold.

Pat Ford takes 'partial leave of absence' from Burson for University of Florida role

Pat Ford takes 'partial leave of absence' from Burson for University of Florida role

Ford is joining the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications as a professional-in-residence for the 2017-2018 academic year.

'This is the time for PR to shine' - Cannes PR Lions jurors on why PR agencies should be upbeat

'This is the time for PR to shine' - Cannes PR Lions jurors on why PR agencies should be upbeat

PR agencies increased their haul at the Cannes PR Lions following changes to the awards process and a revised definition of "PR", although ad agencies still dominate. John Harrington speaks to jurors about the main trends this year - and why Fearless Girl blew away the competition.

Ketchum wins big at Cannes PR Lions as Fearless Girl bags the Grand Prix

Ketchum wins big at Cannes PR Lions as Fearless Girl bags the Grand Prix

Ketchum was the big winner among PR agencies at the Cannes PR Lions, as changes to the awards saw far more PR shops win recognition - while Fearless Girl for State Street Global Advisors bagged the Grand Prix.

Bank of America's Tony Allen named provost at Delaware State University

Bank of America's Tony Allen named provost at Delaware State University

Allen has served as a civic official, financial executive, and aide to former Vice President Joe Biden during his time as a senator.

Analysis

How grocery chains can fight Amazon: By not trying to be Amazon

How grocery chains can fight Amazon: By not trying to be Amazon

At the top of the messaging to-do list for midsize and local grocery chains: reconnecting with customers and emphasizing local roots.

Breakfast Briefing, 6.22.2017: Cannes, Senate healthcare bill, inside Kalanick's exit

Breakfast Briefing, 6.22.2017: Cannes, Senate healthcare bill, inside Kalanick's exit

News to know for PR pros on Thursday from the South of France, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC.

Drugmakers must take the lead on opioid epidemic comms, say experts

Drugmakers must take the lead on opioid epidemic comms, say experts

Drugmakers are increasingly facing blame from regulators, lawmakers, and the public as the list of lawsuits and investigations at the state and local levels grows.

Handicapping Cannes 2017: Experts bet big on Fearless Girl, Meet Graham

Handicapping Cannes 2017: Experts bet big on Fearless Girl, Meet Graham

Industry experts say Cannes Lions judges will reward PR campaigns that solve problems or have social justice themes.

Can the White House insulate itself from Russia questions? That depends on Trump

Can the White House insulate itself from Russia questions? That depends on Trump

The Trump administration has adopted a comms tactic from an old political adversary as it tries to contain the #RussiaGate scandal. DC-based communications pros are skeptical it will work.

Advocacy groups add a shade of resistance to Pride celebrations

Advocacy groups add a shade of resistance to Pride celebrations

The tone has changed dramatically since last year for LGBT rights groups, which are now as focused on opposing the Trump administration's policies as celebrating progress and community.

Hispanic PR firms work harder to attract brand dollars in Trump era

Hispanic PR firms work harder to attract brand dollars in Trump era

Whether scared off by rising xenophobia or uncertain market conditions, brands are cutting back on pushes targeting the Hispanic audience in the U.S., according to several firms that specialize in reaching the market.

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

I watched the latest McDonald's UK campaign video this morning with my mouth open wide enough to accomodate a whole Big Mac.

Why Twitter-like jitters over Snapchat's earnings are premature

Why Twitter-like jitters over Snapchat's earnings are premature

Snap Inc. had a poor first quarter. It also has the audience, innovation, and elements of personability and privacy that other platforms can't copy.

Truth campaigns: Major media play up journalism bona fides in brand pushes

Truth campaigns: Major media play up journalism bona fides in brand pushes

Major media outlets are turning to brand-building campaigns to prove they are not "fake news," regardless of what the president says.

Patient advocacy groups go down to the wire opposing Obamacare repeal bill

Patient advocacy groups go down to the wire opposing Obamacare repeal bill

Organizations such as the March of Dimes and American Cancer Society have teamed up to fight the latest iteration of healthcare reform in Congress.

Why so many marketers are wasting the potential of branded films

Why so many marketers are wasting the potential of branded films

Each critical branded film hit is outnumbered by several misses. Directors and marketers explain why.

On the chopping block again: Planned Parenthood steps up comms amid defund debate

On the chopping block again: Planned Parenthood steps up comms amid defund debate

"Defund Planned Parenthood" is a common rallying cry in Washington, DC, in the early months of the Trump administration. How the organization is fighting back.

Don't ignore the little guy, and other lessons from #NuggsForCarter

Don't ignore the little guy, and other lessons from #NuggsForCarter

Indeed, a man needs his nuggs--and brands need to take a lesson from Wendy's smart interaction with a (non-influencer) teen.

Analysis: Diversity among elite CMOs shows little sign of progress

Analysis: Diversity among elite CMOs shows little sign of progress

Several of the top-spending brands have never hired more than one female or non-white marketing boss, and some never have.