Cannes Lion Festival & Study Abroad Program 11/5

AdClub wanted to invite you to our next club meeting about the Cannes Lions Festival and study abroad program on Tuesday (11/5) at 7:30pm in MLC 153. Our guest speaker joining us is John McHale, the Executive Creative Director at SapientNitro. John McHale is a Cannes Lions award winner and travels to the festival annually. He’ll be talking about the extraordinary benefits of attending Cannes Lions as a student. John has befriended our students at the festival, and will share relevant insights. More information on the study abroad program and our speaker are below.


Cannes Lions Study Abroad

Join us this summer in southern France for UGA’s 5th Cannes Lions Study Abroad Program. In summer 2014 we’re offering two upper-level electives built around the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (, the world’s premier advertising, public relations and marketing communication event. The courses are offered by the Department of Advertising & Public Relations at University of Georgia. The program runs three weeks at the end of June (Summer I).


Students will be exposed to the best creative and strategic work in the world. Cannes Lions is known for its cutting edge entries from global ad centers in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. During the week-long event, students will have access to workshops run by some of the best account and creative people in the business, and will attend keynote addresses by top agency and marketing CEOs. All creative work is available for student review, and students will have access to major award ceremonies. Beginning in 2009, the festival initiated its PR Lions award, and Mobile and Branded Entertainment awards in 2012. In addition to networking and learning opportunities, the festival will position students with a global perspective in marketing communication. Last year, 41 students participated in the Cannes Lions program.


Visit the program’s website at ( for an application which is due January 31. The site contains photos and video from previous summers and complete information about the Summer 2014 study abroad program. Contact program directors Nate Kohn ( and Tom Reichert ( with questions.



John McHale: 

With more than a eighteen years of industry experience, John McHale is the Executive Creative Director for SapientNitro’s Atlanta office. As the Executive Creative Director, John oversees creative teams across the southeast clients such as NASCAR, Norwegian Cruise Line, Verizon Wireless, and SeaWorld. John’s work has garnered several awards over the years including Cannes Gold & Bronze Lions, ECHO, AdTech, and CASIE. He has also judged numerous award shows including the 2013 Cannes Young Lions.



SapientNitro is a new breed of agency redefining storytelling for an always-on world. We’re changing the way our clients engage today’s connected consumers by uniquely creating never-ending stories across brand communications, digital engagement, and omni-channel commerce.

• #1 US Digital Agency, AdAge 2012

• Gartner rank #1 Leader in ‘Magic Quadrant’ for Global Digital Marketing Agencies, 2012

• Forrester rank #1 Leader in Mobile Marketing Strategy and Execution, 2012

• Forrester #1 Leader E-Commerce Design & Service Providers, 2012



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