The Immortal Awards of MEA begins with support from BIG KAHUNA FILMS

The Immortal Award, an annual competition that celebrates creativity and production excellence in the advertising and marketing industry of the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, was held in Dubai, where creative and production leaders gathered to assess and honour outstanding work in the field. With the support from Big Kahuna Films, the jurors voted on a shortlist of 25 projects, which had scored highest in the online round of judging prior to the in-person sessionThe six projects will now stand a chance of winning an Immortal Award or picking up a Commendation at the global jury day on Thursday, December 7th. They will be joined by the 7 European Finalists, as well as the forthcoming Finalists from the North America, LATAM, Asia and ANZ jury sessions. This year’s MEA jury was composed of: Yasmina Boustani, Creative Director at Leo Burnett Dubai; Pierre Carnet, Managing Director at MassiveMusic Dubai; Rola Ghotmeh, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Creative 9; Marie Claire Maalouf, Chief Creative Officer of Edelman UAE; Raphael Nassoura, Executive Creative Director and GM of Momentum UAE; Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer MENAP at Impact BBDO Group; Eddy Rizk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BIG KAHUNA FILMS; Aliza Siddiqi, Senior Copywriter at FP7McCann Dubai; and Thomas Young, Creative Director at MullenLowe MENA.Pierre Carnet, Managing Director, MassiveMusic Dubai shared: “It was a great pleasure and honour to be a part of the jury panel for the Immortal Awards MEA 2023. Seeing the fantastic work coming out of our region was very inspiring, demonstrating the ambition of local brands and marketers, but also a clear trend towards value-driven marketing and using brand platforms to help implement change.”He continued, “The six projects we have shortlisted as a jury are to me a representation of the burgeoning creativity we find in the Middle East and Africa, where the sky is the limit in terms of what can be achieved. Whether this means pushing new technologies in never seen before ways, creating new product-driven concepts, using marketing to influence policy and culture, or just having good old fun with a brand - year after year the region continues to impress and improve. I cannot wait to see what next year has in store.”Thomas Young, Creative Director at MullenLowe MENA went on to share what surprised him about the work this year. He said, “I was really surprised at the consistent level of quality work coming out of UAE and KSA. You start to now think if the so-called ‘gap’ even exists between West and East in terms of standard of work. Such is the rise in the level of thinking. It gets better every year. Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer at Impact BBDO Group MENAP shared his thoughts: “The Middle East continues to produce some of the most incredibly creative work – the six projects we picked are not only the best from the region, but some of the best we saw this year coming from anywhere in the world. The jury had very interesting discussions around regional relevancy, bravery in creativity, and the impact the work had on the brand, given the objectives of the campaign.”Finally, Eddy Rizk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BIG KAHUNA FILMS commented: “This year's jury displayed a commendable balance, having been presented with some truly outstanding pieces to evaluate. I'm hopeful to see an increase in contributions from the region, and that's what we should aim for in the upcoming years.”

Middle East agencies bag 48 metals at the Lories 2023

At the 45th edition of the Lories, the premier awards event recognising creative excellence in advertising and brand communication across the MENA region, Middle East agencies shone with a total of 48 awards. Agencies such as McCann, Havas Middle East, Impact BBDO, Leo Burnett Beirut, MC Saatchi, MullenLowe MENA, Publicis Groupe, Publicis Middle East, and Saatchi and Saatchi ME were among the recipients. The prestigious Grand Prix was jointly awarded to FP7 McCann for its digital campaign "Heinzjack" and Impact BBDO for "Newspapers Inside The Newspaper" in the print communication category.Additionally, four campaigns received gold awards, including FP7 McCann for "Frequencies of Peace" and "Ketch-Up & Down," and Publicis Groupe for "McDonald’s Drive Thru School" and "Unseen Tears." Impact BBDO led the way with the most metals, securing 8 Silver and 8 Bronze, in addition to their Grand Prix. Publicis Groupe earned a total of 12 metals, including 2 Gold, 3 Silver, and 7 Bronze. FP7 McCann received 2 Silver and 3 Bronze awards in addition to their Grand Prix.Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi ME secured 3 Silver and 2 Bronze, while Publicis Middle East earned 2 Silver awards. Meanwhile, agencies Havas Middle East, Leo Burnett Beirut, MC Saatchi Abu Dhabi, and MullenLowe MENA each took home 1 Bronze.On a network level, Publicis Groupe was the standout winner with a total of 20 awards across its agencies. The event also honoured Khaled AlShehhi, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication from the UAE Government Media Office, as the recipient of the Loeries Marketing Leadership and Innovation 2023 award. He is the first awardee from the Middle East to receive this prestigious honour.