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Game on. Welcome to Cannes Lions, home of Stagwell’s SPORT BEACH, where everybody wins. 

Every morning for SPORT BEACH attendees and interested parties at home, we’ll recap the biggest moments from the day prior and break down today’s most impactful events so you can plan your schedule.

Questions? Reach Team Stagwell at cannescomms@stagwellglobal.com. It’s Monday, June 17, and here is what you can look forward to today..

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Stay in the loop on all things SPORT BEACH 2024 by downloading our app today. The app allows you to view events, create your personalized schedule, browse the star-studded speaker line-up, and find all the information you need. There is even an AI-powered chatbot to help you make every moment count.

Three Quick Things: Our Cannes Lions Predictions

Brace yourself for discussions around the festival with our quick primer on the three trends (not named AI…) that we expect to dominate Cannes Lions this year. Click the image below to read the article.

 

SPORT BEACH Play-by-Play 

Get the download on today’s activities on the beach – stop by, say hello, and maybe break a sweat. You can always view the full SPORT BEACH schedule here.

  • Runner’s World x Saucony Monday Run Club | 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM | Off-site | Shake off the jet lag with a 3-mile loop through the heart of Cannes, led by Runner’s World’s Runner-in-Chief and Team Saucony.
  • Breakfast Hosted by the Ad Council: What CMOs Need to Know About The Mental Health Crisis | 9:00 AM -10:30 AM | Sky Deck | Join SPORT BEACH and Hearst for an exclusive look at the Ad Council’s Mental Health Initiative, featuring Heidi Arthur, Rich Dorment, Todd Haskell, Ryan Linder, and NFL great Brandon Marshall. 
  • Pickleball Clinic with Patrick Mouratoglou | 9:30 AM -10:30 AM | Main Court | Sharpen your pickleball skills with legendary tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who has coached greats like Serena Williams and Holger Rune.
  • Dirt is Good: Resilience as a Key Success Driver | 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Stage | Join Unilever in conversation with Real Madrid great Roberto Carlos and legendary tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou to discuss resilience and its correlation to success in life, sports, and business. 
  • Let’s Get Loud: The Sound of Sport, from Fans to Brands | 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Court | No matter what sport, what city or what country, the sound of sport is unmistakable – and essential to the experience as a fan. Learn how brands are supporting this element of sport, and how its evolving for an elevated consumer. 
  • The Future of Winter Sports Competition | 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Stage | Five-time Olympian Shaun White will be joined by business partner Jim Miller to discuss snowboarding’s growing cultural prominence and provide a sneak peek into some exciting snow-based news. 
  • It’s a Win-Win: Why Sponsorships Make Sense | 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM | Stage | Hear from top brands on why their sports partnerships make sense, and how they measure KPIs. Lioness goalkeeper Mary Earps will bring the athlete POV, digging into how brands can best leverage athletes to bring these partnerships to life for fans. 
  • Guinness x Sport: Building Vibrant Communities with The Premier League and Guinness Six Nations | 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Stage | Hear the perspective of an iconic brand (Guinness) & athlete (Frank Lampard) on how to capture the infectious passion of football and rugby to bring communities together and how Guinness is using sport as a creative force for good.
  • #UnitedbySnapdragon: Manchester United and Qualcomm Level Up | 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Stage | Join Manchester United legend Eric Cantona and Qualcomm CMO Don McGuire ahead of the Snapdragon brand’s debut on the front of Manchester United’s kit for the upcoming season. 
  • Whose Job Is It Anyways? Driving Equity in Sport | 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Stage | This panel will explore the specific role brands can and should play as we drive for equity in sport, featuring WNBA legend Sue Bird in conversation with State Farm, Marriott and Amazon.
  • We Play Different: Alex Honnold x The North Face | 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Stage | This conversation will delve into how the “Playing Different” mantra dictates how both The North Face and Honnold approach exploration.
  • The Halfway Line: The Brands & Athletes Driving Women’s Sport Forward | 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Stage | The greateast female ski racer of all time Mikaela Shiffrin and Mark Kirkham from PepsiCo will share their perspectives on how we can cover more ground for women in sports today.
  • Business of Sports w/ AJ Andrews | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Content Studio | Join ReachTV’s AJ Andrews as she takes a deep dive into the trillion dollar business of sports. From athletes to executives, each guest will share their unique business perspective on how sports has evolved beyond the game. 
  • Open Play x Epidemic Sound | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Court | Join us to wrap up your first day of Cannes with Open Play, soundtracked by Epidemic Sound, including a live guest DJ and musical guest from their catalogue of royalty-free artists.
  • Cocktails with BxP | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Fan Zone | Cocktail reception hosted by Stagwell’s Brand Performance Network. Please note, this event is invite only.
  • Clio Sports Honorary Awards Dinner | 7:30 – 10:30 PM | Main Court | Please note, this event is invite only. 

On the Mainstage: Navigating Emerging Tech with Chairman and CEO Mark Penn 

Off the beach, Stagwell Chairman and CEO Mark Penn will take the Rotonde Stage on the Cannes Lions Innovation track for a keynote on how marketers can apply contrarian thinking to navigate emerging technology hype. Get all the details here

Catch other speakers from across the Stagwell network around the festival today: 

  • 72andSunny’s Damaune Journey at Playing to Win: Made on Culture @ Culture Mix | 1:00 PM | Culture Mix Cannes | Learn More.
  • Code and Theory’s Dan Gardner at ADWEEK House: You’re Using AI for That, Right? Delivering Creative Excellence with Artificial and Human Intelligence | 2:00 PM | 3.14 Rooftop | Explore the balance between data-driven decision-making and emotional connection. | Register

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Team Stagwell is on the ground at Cannes, ready to cover the Palais, fringe stages, and maybe even a yacht or two, bringing you the latest insights from the festival. Keep up with the latest, and reach out if you have questions or requests.

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Bonjour! Team Stagwell is headed to Cannes Lions, ready to cover the Palais, fringe stages, and maybe even a yacht or two, bringing you the latest insights from the Festival. We’ll also be bringing sports and business icons like Carmelo Anthony, Sue Bird, Joe Burrow, Jason and Travis Kelce, Megan Rapinoe, and JuJu Watkins to SPORT BEACH for some exciting action.  

Ahead of the Festival, we’re sharing three predictions to track as the programming unfolds. While AI will undoubtedly be a hot topic, in this edition we’re focusing on everything else – though you won’t want to miss our Monday mainstage session on “The Contrarian’s Compass: Navigating Emerging Tech Hype.”

Let’s dive in,
Beth Sidhu
Chief Brand Officer, Stagwell

  1. ALL ROADS WILL LEAD BACK TO SOCIAL: At Cannes, two key discussions will shape future investments in the social media space, where ad spend is set to surge in 2024, led by TikTok (anticipated to grow 38%) and Instagram. First is the future of social video. As the popularity of bite-sized videos diminishes and Gen Z gravitates towards longer-form content (although this mainly just means 90-second videos), expect significant discussions about new monetization and creative opportunities in social video. We’ll also be keeping an eye on how marketers view the viability of “challenger platforms like TikTok, which have built incredible momentum in recent years but face a shifting regulatory and consumer landscape in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more about what social-savvy brands can do to prepare for the future in this blog from Movers+Shakers CEO Evan Horowitz 
  2. BRANDS WILL GET SCHOOLED ON THE RIGHT ATHLETE SPONSORSHIP PLAYS: Today’s athletes are multi-hyphenate leaders and aspirational figures who excel in business, media, nonprofits, and more, far beyond their achievements on the field. As the Cannes spotlight turns to sports, be sure to attend SPORT BEACH panels such as “It’s a Win-Win: Why Sponsorships Make Sense” with Channel Factory and Relo Metrics, and mainstage events such as “The Rapid Evolution of Athletes as Brand Builders” with the NFL. These sessions will guide brands on shifting from a brand ambassador approach to a true partnership mindset when collaborating with athletes. By involving athletes in product development, marketing strategies, experiential initiatives, and impact-driven projects, brands can benefit from their unique perspectives and vast audiences. Brush up on this shifting dynamic by streaming our SXSW 2024 talk, “Athlete as a Brand: Creating Authentic Connections.” 
  3. MARKETERS WILL TRULY PLUG INTO GAMING: Marketers are no longer overlooking gaming and e-sports, which boast 3.3 billion gamers globally and will reach $4.3 billion in global ad revenue this year. With immersive consumer experiences now a priority for brands, gaming is the perfect market. Keep an eye out at Cannes for insights emerging from campaigns that win big at the Entertainment Lions for Gaming and Brand Experience & Activation categories. Their success will demystify the nascent big-C creative and performance media opportunities. You also won’t want to miss Stagwell’s GALE in conversation with Lenovo, Activision Blizzard, and the National Women’s Soccer League at SPORT BEACH on Tuesday on the future of consoles and community. One other thing to track: 2023 was a big year for the convergence of gaming, marketing, and branded entertainment, as massive titles like the Super Mario Bros. movie and “The Last of Us” translated into branding opportunities galore. Brush up on the insights with National Research Group’s whitepaper, “Why Video Games are the New Frontier for Hollywood.” 

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ABOUT GALE

GALE is a Business Agency. Founded in 2014, the agency currently has offices in New York, Singapore, Toronto, Denver, Los Angeles, London, Austin, Kansas City, and Bengaluru. GALE has received top industry awards including Ad Age’s A-List, Ad Age’s Data & Analytics Agency of the Year, Adweek’s Fastest Growing Agency, the Grand Effie and Adweek’s Breakthrough Media Agency of the Year. 

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Bomb Pop is the most popular ice pop that nobody can remember. GALE’s mission was simple: get tweens to remember the brand’s name. The team brought the favorite summertime snack into the virtual world of Restaurant Tycoon 2 in Roblox, where Roblox restaurant owners could serve eight virtual Bomb Pop flavors to their customers. Gamers served 48.5 million Bomb Pops — making it the #1 selling food item in Roblox history. 

Our Approach to Transformation

Introducing the Bomb Pop Update in Restaurant Tycoon 2. For two weeks, Roblox restaurant owners could serve virtual bomb pops to their hungry customers and earn limited edition gear to upgrade their restaurants – turning Restaurant Tycoon into a red, white, and blue bonanza, and making restaurant owners within the platform our very own virtual brand ambassadors, interior designers, and architects. In the process, using our limited-edition items, players completely transformed the restaurants into gaming lounges, family style buffets, and even high-end beach clubs with an average of 28 minutes engaged across the experience.  

Our Impact

Time spent was 133% beyond Roblox branded experience benchmarks. We also had over 500,000 unique users enlist as virtual bomb pop distributors who sold over 48.5 million bomb pops, making it the most sold food item in Roblox ever. Even more significantly, sales in the real world were also up with an immediate 28.6% increase. We proved that the virtual world can spur epic real world business results.

Wondering where to begin with immersive experience implementation in your organization?

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ABOUT COLLE MCVOY

Colle McVoy (CM) is a full-service creative agency that builds enduring relationships between forward-thinking brands and people. We believe this time of rapid change is filled with opportunities, so we constantly strive to push the boundaries of creativity, pressure-test best practices and create new brand futures. As a Certified B Corporation, we believe a better future means we have a responsibility to use our expertise as a force for good to benefit all people, communities and the planet.

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We’re sure you’ve heard about JOMO (the joy of missing out). Here’s the reality: It’s one thing to miss out, it’s an entirely different thing to find the joy in it. 

To reinforce La-Z-Boy’s new platform, Long Live the Lazy, Colle McVoy’s creative technology team designed and fabricated “The Decliner,” a first-of-its-kind recliner allowing owners to AI-generate a cancellation excuse via SMS simply by pulling the handle. 36,000+ people signed up for a chance to win their own Decliner just in time for National Lazy Day as part of the earned creative brand act. 

Our Approach to Transformation

For a chance to put their feet up with AI assistance and La-Z-Boy style, people were asked to submit the most creative excuses they’ve ever used to protect their JOMO. And, influencers created content to amplify attention to the contest. The innovation was a technological hack—with 225 lines of code directing the AI server and 344 lines for each fabricated chair. An indicator of sorts had to be fashioned to let people know requests were processing, which took the form of an LED-lined puck at the handle base. The tech choices needed to be as reliable as the chairs themselves and couldn’t disrupt La-Z-Boy’s comfort and durability standards.

Our Impact

Colle McVoy drove 1.1B media impressions across 317 placements in the likes of USA Today, Better Homes & Gardens, Architectural Digest and more. People definitely put their feet up, juicing La-Z-Boy’s website traffic by 200% and increasing brand sales by 50% during the first weekend of the campaign.

The La-Z-Boy Decliner has gone on to win several awards, including Best in Technology at the 2023 PRWeek Awards and Best in Research & Consumer Insights in MediaPost’s Planning & Buying Awards. Nearly 13,000 cancellations have been sent by Decliner owners, giddy with AI-assisted JOMO. 

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Stagwell is a contender for Network of the Year at The 2024 Webby Awards with 23 nominations

With nominations across categories including Marketing, Innovation, Health & Wellness, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and more, Stagwell and its agencies are on course to take home big wins at the 28th Annual Webby Awards, the leading international award recognizing excellence on the internet. Twelve Stagwell agencies are up for consideration in the People’s Voice vote: 72andSunny, Code and Theory, Doner, Instrument, GALE, PRophet, Rhythm, Left Field Labs, Movers+Shakers, Anomaly, Allison, HUNTER and Mediacurrent. Every vote countsclick through the nominations listed below to cast your vote.

Voting takes less than ten seconds:

  1. Click through the links to each nomination
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Voting closes on April 18.

72andSunny

Advertising, Media & PR

Wisp: Anti-Choice Ads — Online Guerilla & Innovation

Wisp: Anti-Choice Ads — Video Ad Shortform

United: Believing Everything Changes — Best Media Strategy

Social

Wisp: Made By Choice — Public Service, Social Impact & Activism

NFL: The Table Read — Sports

Anomaly

Video

Johnnie Walker Red Carpet Strides — Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Code and Theory

Advertising, Media & PR

YETI: Map The Gaps — Products & Services

YETI: Map The Gaps — Best Use of Online Media

Amazon: Ads That Work As Hard As You Do — B2B Campaign

 

Apps & Software

Scout by Sutter Health: A Powerful Tool For Building Resilience in Today’s Youth — Health, Wellness & Fitness

Doner

Advertising, Media & PR

The NIL Student Nurse Initiative — Health, Wellness & Pharmaceutical

The NIL Student Nurse Initiative — Best Partnership or Collaboration

Social

Hungry Howie’s: The Missing Slice — Public Service & Activism

GALE

Advertising, Media & PR

Chipotle: Doppelganger — Best Use of Data Driven Media

 

Video

MilkPEP: Wood Milk — Comedy

HUNTER

Advertising, Media & PR

Lactaid: Kelis Partners With Lactaid to Get You to Drink Real Dairy — Best Influencer Endorsements

Instrument

Websites and Mobile Sites

Catona Climate — Corporate Social Responsibility

Figma: Shortcut by Figma — Business Blog/Website

Microsoft: The hidden power of feelings — Health & Wellness

Microsoft: The future of work is neurodiverse — Responsible Innovation

Left Field Labs

Mediacurrent

Movers+Shakers

PRophet

Apps and Software

PRophet Influence: Koalifyed — Marketing & Content Management

Rhythm

Allison

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Stagwell’s agencies led the show at this year’s Campaign U.S. Agency of the Year Awards, one of the biggest U.S. award shows recognizing creative excellence and outstanding business performance across marketing firms. 

Assembly was crowned U.S. Media Agency of the Year, reflecting the impact its investments in data, talent, and technology have had on its clients’ businesses. The agency achieved a record client retention rate of 95%, which has resulted in tremendous growth, securing $30 million in new contracts and 25 net new clients including Carter’s Cole Haan, Vera Bradley, ONE, Inogen and Brooks Running. Additional factors contributing to the win include:

  • Driving the largest revenue growth yet in a seven-year partnership with Ace Hardware;
  • Executing a rebranding and repositioning at the holding-company level in collaboration with partners at Elevance Health and;
  • Launching a first-of-its-kind loyalty program that helped Vivid Seats distinguished itself from competitors such as SeatGeek and StubHub, yielding a 250% growth in repeat user base and quadrupled brand searches.

GALE won U.S. Advertising Agency of the Year for its remarkable blend of advisory/consulting services, media, and storytelling expertise – a model that has driven clear results for client partners such as Chipotle and MilkPep. Editors celebrated the impact of GALE’s work in 2023, including:

Congratulations are also in order for 72andSunny and Code and Theory who were recognized as honorable mentions in the Advertising Agency and Digital Innovation categories. The agencies have a proven track record of recognition for business and creative transformation.

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Stagwell Chairman and CEO Mark Penn + MNTN President and CEO Mark Douglas to Hold 1:1 Briefings at CES 2024

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 10, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Stagwell (NASDAQ: STGW), the challenger network built to transform marketing, is partnering with connected TV (CTV) advertising leader MNTN to broaden the market of performance advertising for brands. With the partnership, brands will now have access to a comprehensive set of buying solutions that combine the best of MNTN’s Performance TV platform with Stagwell Marketing Cloud products, providing added streaming, performance PR and performance influencer capabilities in a one-stop shop.

Stagwell and MNTN’s strategic partnership allows for a more unified approach to brand and performance media, offering brands access to advanced technologies and a comprehensive suite of tools enabling brand campaigns on television to now seamlessly coexist with other digital channels. 

“For too long, brand and performance media have battled to co-exist in an industry that worships creative ideas and measurable metrics separately,” said MNTN President and CEO Mark Douglas. “Now Stagwell’s performance-focused clients can see their brand campaigns at work through MNTN Performance TV and not only qualify but quantify results of traditionally less measurable media.” 

“Stagwell believes all media is performance media, and our partnership with MNTN is our next step in creating an integrated ecosystem of technology and media solutions that enable speed to market, improved outcomes, and ultimately, scaled brand performance for clients,” said Stagwell Chairman and CEO Mark Penn. “In combination with SMC tools, including social, streaming, and PR capabilities, brands can now attach metrics to their big marketing ideas in a granular way.”

Meeting Client Demands

The partnership between Stagwell and MNTN Performance TV addresses the growing importance of performance advertising for modern brands, offering a comprehensive suite of buying solutions that feature cutting-edge targeting, measurement, and automated optimization technology. The collaboration introduces an innovative approach to television advertising, offering brands metrics that matter together – reach and revenue.

Expanded Toolset

MNTN clients will now benefit from an enhanced suite of tools, incorporating products from the Stagwell Marketing Cloud. This includes: 

  • PRophet, a generative and predictive AI platform for PR professionals
  • Koalifyed, an influencer discovery and campaign management platform
  • ReachTV, the largest streaming television network targeting travelers in airports

Together, Stagwell and MNTN aim to meet the evolving needs of modern brands in a performance-driven landscape. Stay tuned for insights from Stagwell’s Mark Penn and MNTN’s Mark Douglas at CES next week, where they will discuss the power of this collaboration. Brands and/or journalists interested in connecting on the ground should contact ces2024@stagwellglobal.com for more information.

About MNTN

MNTN is the Hardest Working Software in TV, bringing unrivaled performance and simplicity to Connected TV advertising. Our self-serve technology makes running TV ads as easy as search and social and helps brands drive measurable conversions, revenue, site visits, and more. MNTN is one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2023 and was recently named one of the Next Big Things in Tech for its upcoming VIVA creative suite. For more information, please visit https://mountain.com/.

About Stagwell

Stagwell (NASDAQ: STGW) is the challenger network built to transform marketing. We deliver scaled creative performance for the world’s most ambitious brands, connecting culture-moving creativity with leading-edge technology to harmonize the art and science of marketing. Led by entrepreneurs, our 13,000+ specialists in 34+ countries are unified under a single purpose: to drive effectiveness and improve business results for their clients. Join us at www.stagwellglobal.com.

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The Stagwell (STGW) agency partnered with Talon to activate a first-of-its-kind connected commerce solution designed for all brick-and-mortar retailers

NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Today, global media agency Assembly announced the latest in retail media innovation – a first-of-its-kind planning tool called ShopConnect that marries programmatic buying with digital out-of-home (DOOH) to create more effective and meaningful real-time experiences for consumers.

The tool was designed in partnership with Talon, an independent OOH media agency, and Place Exchange, a programmatic SSP, to connect Assembly’s media activation capability to DOOH inventory located inside, outside, and in proximity to retailers across the United States. Assembly is committed to delivering omnichannel, full-funnel connected experiences to help clients’ brands perform, and ShopConnect is an embodiment of that.

ShopConnect redefines how advertisers strategize and execute their DOOH campaigns, targeting audiences at multiple touchpoints as they engage with brands on the path to purchase. ShopConnect ingests users’ behavioral data in real-time, optimizing delivery to ensure the right ads are served at the right time to consumers most likely to engage or convert. Whether consumers are commuting to work, shopping for a special occasion, or simply treating themselves to one of life’s simple pleasures – ShopConnect reaches consumers as they normally interact with the world and brands around them, natively integrated into their day-to-day routines.

“As advertisers seek smarter and more efficient ways to reach their target audiences, ShopConnect is the game-changer they’ve been waiting for and a significant leap forward in brand performance advertising,” said Andrea Montano, Executive Vice President of Insights & Connections at Assembly. “At Assembly, we find the change that fuels growth, and with ShopConnect, we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and giving brands the power to harness the full potential of a data and tech-powered insights tool that makes retail campaigns more targeted, efficient, and measurable. Every impression should drive an outcome and ShopConnect pushes us further toward that goal.”

ShopConnect provides media buyers with direct access to strategic retail media – enabling them to identify, evaluate, activate, and report on DOOH inventory within specific retailer and venue types and drive lifts in consideration, brick-and-mortar visits, and sales. By automating the buying process and targeting specific audiences, ShopConnect reduces the wastage of ad budgets, resulting in higher ROAS (return on ad spend).

“Marketers are increasingly prioritizing omnichannel strategies, and the digitization of OOH has become a powerful element in cross-platform consumer engagement throughout the customer journey,” said Jim Wilson, CEO of Talon U.S. “Our collaboration with Assembly represents a pivotal moment at the crossroads of OOH and retail media. We are equipping brands and agencies with cutting-edge tools and insights to unlock the full potential of OOH in reaching and engaging consumers throughout their purchase journey and driving full-funnel outcomes.” 

For more information related to the ShopConnect retail planning tool, contact Andrea Montano, andrea.montano@assemblyglobal.com. For retail activation, contact Jack Politis, jack.politis@assemblyglobal.com.

ABOUT ASSEMBLY
Assembly is the modern global omnichannel media agency, bringing data, talent, and technology together to find the change that fuels growth for the best brands on the planet. Our approach connects big, bold brand stories with integrated, global media capabilities that deliver performance and drive large-scale business growth. Our work is powered by our proprietary, in-house technology solution, STAGE, and led by our global talent base of over 1,600 people around the world. We’re purpose-driven at our core and pioneers in social and environmental impact in the agency world. Assembly is a proud member of Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing. For more information, visit assemblyglobal.com

ABOUT TALON
Talon is a pioneering global independent Out of Home (OOH) media agency focused on delivering effective, creative, data-driven integrated OOH communications. Combining independence with a collaborative approach, Talon promotes open and transparent working relationships between many of the world’s leading agencies, clients, and media partners. Headquartered in London with offices in Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Manchester, New York, Toronto and Singapore, Talon delivers expertise at the global, national, regional, and local levels. Additionally, the agency has built a global OOH planning and buying network – Talon International – covering 100 markets across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.talonooh.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn

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What drew more than 5,000 people to SPORT BEACH at Cannes LIONS? Some of the top marketing and business minds on the planet. And, of course, the athletes. They played flag football on the sand, connected with brands over cocktails, and, most importantly, spoke their minds. From NBPA President CJ McCollum on player empowerment to Sue Bird on life after the WNBA, the main stage at SPORT BEACH was a place where major sports figures felt free to talk about more than wins and losses.

 They explored their roles as brands, entrepreneurs, investors, role models, and so much more. Below, check out interviews with film icon and Knicks superfan Spike Lee, and sports legends Maria Sharapova, Carmelo Anthony, and Alan Shearer. You can find all of Stagwell’s Cannes LIONS 2023 coverage on YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.  

– Beth Sidhu, Chief Brand and Communications Officer

How Spike Lee Helped Make Air Jordan One of the Coolest Sneaker Brands on Earth

The one and only Spike Lee talked about his relationship with Nike and Michael Jordan, what Denzel Washington taught him about creativity, and his biggest regret as an investor. (Hint: It involves Crocs.) Watch the clip.

Maria Sharapova on Her ‘Crazy Journey’ to Tennis and Business Success

Tennis legend Maria Sharapova spoke about what she’s learned from investing in Moncler, her relationship with fans, and her advice to athletes: “equity is ownership.” Watch the clip

Carmelo Anthony Will Never Play Pickleball (But He Would Invest)

Future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony broke down how he chooses business opportunities, the importance of travel, and how went from a wine novice to launching his own wine brand. Watch the clip

Alan Shearer on How Lionel Messi Could Transform Major League Soccer

Soccer star Alan Shearer talked about how money has changed the Premier League, his experience at the World Cup in Qatar, and how social media has changed being an athlete. Watch the clip

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Bonjour! We were at Cannes LIONS, hitting the Palais, fringe stages, and SPORT BEACH to bring you fresh insights every day of the festival. Today in 3 Quick Things: Brands and agencies at Cannes LIONS get creative trying to make the world a better place. (Miss anything at Cannes? Catch up on LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.)

  1. IT CAN BE PROFITABLE BEING GREEN Is carbon-free advertising a possibility? Felipe Thomaz, deputy director of the Oxford Future of Marketing Initiative, thinks so. At his Ad Net Zero panel in the Palais, he claimed as clients start factoring in carbon as an operating cost, agencies will follow. “Once I win your business away from you by being greener … you will be under tremendous pressure to match me.” SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS: GALE becomes largest agency to cut ties with fossil fuels
  2. WOMEN DESERVE BETTER Companies can’t “just pink it and shrink it,” said Wilson Brand’s Amanda Lamb at SPORT BEACH. In the same panel, Olympic champion Allyson Felix said she started her shoe company, Saysh, because other women’s sneakers were built on molds of men’s feet. The message: Brands can’t just pander to women, they have to meet their specific needs in products and marketing. Hopefully, more women in top marketing positions will help. At The Female Quotient’s Equality Lounge, Kory Marchisotto, Chief Marketing Officer at e.l.f. Beauty, shared a stat: Women now make up a majority of CMOs for companies in AdAge’s list of top 100 advertisers. WATCH: Building for the Female Athlete
  3. MORE AI, MORE PROBLEMS? Forget the robot apocalypse. Will AI lead to rampant copyright abuse? Lost jobs? Boring content? Those were the big questions on the Croisette. Two big takeaways from Cannes LIONS: 1) AI tools that create video and images will need to be trained on copyright-free material to be useful for (responsible) agencies. 2)
    Relying solely on generative AI for creative tasks is a bad idea. As Google’s Robert Wong said at the Palais, “You always need someone with taste to choose the best line. AI does not have taste.” DIVE DEEPER: Embracing Generative AI: A Responsible Approach

Beyond the Stage

Stagwell talked to C-suite marketers, sports luminaries, and other innovators at SPORT BEACH and the Palais. You’ll find fresh, insightful videos on our YouTube page from every day of Cannes LIONS. 

On the sand at SPORT BEACH, Anton Vincent, President, Mars Wrigley, North America, talked to the NFL’s Mack Hollins and Damaune Journey, Global Chief Growth Officer, 72andSunny, about treating business like sports, sustainable growth, and the importance of the Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA).

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