News Corp names Cannes Young Lions finalists

By AdNews | 12 May 2014

News Corp Australia has named the final short-list in the Australian Young Cannes Lions competition. Ten winners will go the the Cannes advertising festival in June.

Entrants come from all the top agencies including Droga5, M&C Saatchi, We Are Social, Whybin\TBWA, Grey, Leo Burnett, GPYR, Carat, UM, Mindshare, 303Lowe Sydney, Ogilvy & Mather and JWT.

A panel of judges including Justin Robinson head of marketing and media for Foxtel, Adam Rose, creative director for AJF Partnership; Sean Hall, general manager of brand strategy, marketing and channels for Telstra, and Jo Boundy, head of digital and entertainment, brand, marketing and corporate affairs for Qantas, selected the 61 finalists.

In the next stage the short-listed finalists in the marketing, media, print and digital categories will compete in a 24-hour brief. Finalists in the film category will work on a 8-hour brief. The 10 winners will head to the Cannes advertising festival in June while runners up in the media and print categories will represent Australia at the Young Spikes Asia Competition in Singapore in September. Winners will be announced on 29 May.

News Corp Australia’s group director of sales Fiorella Di Santo said: “We are excited to continue our role of helping uncover incredible young creative talent to represent Australia at 2014 The Cannes Young Lions competition in France. 

“This year marks the sixth chapter of Australian Cannes Young Lions competition, which continues to grow and is highly regarded within the industry, providing amazing opportunities for young aspiring creative, media and marketing professionals.  

The 2014 Cannes Young Lions Australian finalists are:


Mietta McFarlane and Luke Chard Droga5

Jack Nunn and Charlie Gearside M&C Saatchi

Melissa Baillache and David Brown Reactive

Kae Yen Wong and Paolo Sta. Barbara Host Sydney / Drifter

Louise McQuat and Tim Collier VML

Adam Stone and Long Truong We Are Social / Freelance

Lucas Black-Dendle and Raz Djamaluddin Whybin\TBWA

Laura Petruccelli and Rohan Cooke Grey

Henry Billington and Paul Michael Donnelly The Brand Agency



Michael Birchall and Mark Starmach Freelance/Circulate

Edward Macaulay and Alex Schieder Leo Burnett Sydney

Curt McDonald and Casey Schweikert Leo Burnett / Banjo

Giles Clayton and Simon Hayes Clemenger BBDO

Peter Defries and Alan Wilson Disciple

James Gillespie and Julia Dixon Oddfellows

Jack Nunn and Charlie Geraside M&C Saatchi

Carl Robertson and Tristan Viney GPYR

Media -

ACT Luke Wesney UM

NSW Max Broer Initiative

Amy Lester Ikon Communications

Elyse Foley Ikon

Natalie Pidding Carat

Jack Bellamy UM

Chanel Cummings Carat Sydney

Jason Maggs Mindshare

John Dawson Mindshare

QLD Lauren Kenny Zenithoptimedia Brisbane

Nelson Demartini UM

James Diamond Carat Brisbane

Hannah MacAuslane UM

SA Callum Wells MEC

VIC Camilla Wallace OMD

Jeremy Gavin OMD Melbourne

Amy Denyer Maxus

Tim Farmer Carat

Jennifer Carroll Mindshare

Elizabeth Calwell Mindshare

WA Kylie Macey Adcorp

Emma Williamson Initiative


Edward Macaulay and Alex Schieder Leo Burnett Sydney

Casey Schweikert and Curtis McDonald Banjo Advertising / Leo Burnett

Daniel Davison and Ashley Wilding Banjo Advertising

Sam Grant and Fee Millist Belgiovane Williams Mackay

Chloe Banicevic and Archana Murugaser Arnold Furnace

Sal Cavallaro and Dave Biddle 303Lowe Sydney

Blake Arthur and Matt Enis Ogilvy & Mather

Cat Williams and Charli Hoffmann Momentum Worldwide

Carl Robertson and Tristan Viney GPYR

Edward Negus and Sash Kitulgoda Big Red

Cam McMillan and Adam Slater BWM Melbourne

Millicent Malcolm and Zenon Predecki JWT Melbourne

Tim Newton and Wilora Keeley JWT

Young Marketer

Meredith Jones Luxottica

Laura Jenkins Foxtel

Pippa Kulmar Retail Oasis

Marty Peat Virgin Mobile

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