Lions Entertainment has today announced the jury members who will judge the Entertainment Lions and the Entertainment Lions for Music awards at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Lions Entertainment, the two-day specialist event that takes place on 21-22 June 2017 as part of Cannes Lions. Lions Entertainment focusses on the future of the entertainment industry and brings together global brands and entertainment creators to explore how content is incorporated into mainstream culture through effective storytelling. The 2017 content programme combines inspirational speakers and trends and insights sessions, alongside live performances from global talent. Shortlisted entries for the Entertainment Lions and the Entertainment Lions for Music will be announced and showcased during the Festival, and the winners revealed at the Awards Ceremony on 21 June 2017.

Commenting on the announcement, Louise Benson, Executive Festival Director of Lions Entertainment, said, “We’re delighted to announce such brilliant jury members to lead Lions Entertainment this year. Both Lions turn the attention on captivating content that turns consumers into fans and we can’t wait to see the brilliant work that wins in 2017 and sets the standard of excellence for the industry.”

The 2017 Lions Entertainment juries are as follows:

Entertainment Lions Jury

PJ Pereira, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Pereira & O'Dell, Global - Jury President 
Al MacCuish, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, Sunshine, UK
Amanda Hill, Chief Marketing Officer, A+E Networks, USA
Carol Goll, Partner and Head of Global Branded Entertainment, ICM Partners, Global
Gabor Harrach, Television & Digital Media Executive, Formerly Red Bull, USA
Jason Xenopoulos, CEO & Chief Creative Officer, NATIVE VML, South Africa
Jules Daly, President, RSA Films, Global
Julian Jacobs, Co-Head, UTA Marketing, United Talent Agency, USA
Luciana Olivares, Content & Strategy Director, Latina Media, Peru
Marcelo Pascoa, Global Creative Director, Coca-Cola, Global
Marissa Nance, Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships & Multicultural Content Marketing, OMD, USA
Misha Sher, Head of Sport & Entertainment, MediaCom Worldwide, EMEA
Monica Chun, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, PMK*BNC, USA
Pelle Sjoenell, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Global
Ricardo Dias, VP Marketing, Middle Americas, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Mexico
Samantha Glynne, Global Vice President Branded Entertainment, FremantleMedia, Global
Steven Kalifowitz, Director, Brand Strategy, Twitter, JAPAC
Tim Ellis, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Activision, Inc., Global
Toan Nguyen, Partner / Executive Consulting Director, Jung von Matt/SPORTS, Germany
Tomoya Suzuki, CEO, Creative Producer, STORIES LLC, Japan

The Entertainment Lion showcases work that elevates branded content into the cultural mainstream, communicating a brand message or connecting with consumers in a new way.

Entertainment Lions for Music Jury

Olivier Robert-Murphy, Global Head of New Business, Universal Music Group, Global - Jury President 
Caroline Reason, Music Partnerships Executive, CAA, UK
Chris Buseck, Composer, Supreme Music, Germany
Fabrice Brovelli, Vice President, BETC, France
Juan Woodbury, Director of HKX / SVP, Executive Producer, Leo Burnett, USA
Lori Feldman, Executive Vice President Strategic Marketing, Warner Bros. Records, USA
Marcus Peterzell, Executive Vice President, Entertainment, Ketchum, USA
Matt Eastwood, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, J. Walter Thompson, Global
Paulette Long OBE, Music Publisher, Board Director, Consultant, Mentor & Speaker, Music Business Mentors Ltd., UK
Wyclef Jean, Artist, Musician, Producer, Composer, Heads Music, Global

The Entertainment Lion for Music honours original production, promotion or distribution of music for brands, where a recording artist or platform is used to communicate with consumers.

Content themes at Lions Entertainment 2017:
Brands as broadcasters, talent as rights holders and distributors as content creators – showcasing opportunities in this ever-changing landscape and learning from the experts; Winning the attention war – revealing how entertainment models might work in an era of infinite choice;
Funding the way forward – defining new business and creative models powering entertainment, from creation to distribution; Raising the bar – enhancing entertainment experiences to win fans and shape cultural conversations.

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
The International Festival of Creativity, also known as Cannes Lions, is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications and encompasses Lions Health, Lions Innovation and Lions Entertainment. Founded in 1954, the Festival takes place every June in Cannes, France. As the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards, over 43,000 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival.
The eight-day Festival is the only truly global meeting place for professionals working in advertising and communications. A community of 15,000 attendees from nearly 100 countries attend eight days of workshops, exhibitions, screenings, master classes and high-profile seminars presented by renowned worldwide industry leaders.

Winning companies receive the highly coveted Lion trophy, a global benchmark of creative excellence, for Creative Data, Creative Effectiveness, Cyber, Design, Digital Craft, Direct, Film, Film Craft, Glass: The Lion for Change, Health & Wellness, Innovation, Entertainment, Media, Mobile, Music, Outdoor, Pharma, PR, Print & Publishing, Product Design, Promo & Activation, Radio, Titanium and Integrated Lions.