The organisers of the 56th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival have announced that David Lubars, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of BBDO North America, will chair both the Film and Press juries in 2009.
David has been at the helm of BBDO since 2004 and has overseen the agency’s transformation into “a 21st century version of a kick-ass 60’s New York agency”. In other words, whilst maintaining its brilliance in traditional mediums, the company also creates extraordinary work for clients in emerging ones. The result being that today, BBDO is the most awarded agency in the world. For the past two years, it has been named Network of the Year at Cannes. Last year, BBDO created the award-winning, multimedia, multiplatform “HBO Voyeur” project, which was awarded both the Outdoor and Promo Grand Prix at Cannes.
Since beginning his career in 1981, David has won every major creative award in the world including multiple Grand Prix at Cannes, Grand Clio, Grand Andy, Best of Show One Show, Best of Show Radio Mercury, Gold Effie, D&AD, Communications Arts and the EMMY four times. His work has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business 2.0 and Time, and has twice appeared on the cover of Archive magazine.
David has also been named Creative Director of the Year in the trade publication Adweek; his legendary BMW Films were made part of MoMA’s permanent collection in New York City and he won the first-ever awarded Titanium Lion at Cannes. He has been the subject of feature stories in New York magazine, Creativity, Archive, Fast Company and American Executive. In 2006, David was Chairman of the Titanium Jury at Cannes.
“David is a visionary whose boundless creativity is an inspiration to us all. He is a regular fixture on stage at Cannes, where he has collected Lions for outstanding work across multiple categories over many years,” says Philip Thomas, CEO of Cannes Lions. “We are honoured that he will be chairing the Film and Press categories next year.”
David Lubars commenting on his appointment said, “I’m humbled to be chosen for this prestigious position. ‘Film’, in all forms, has taken on a new role and meaning in the industry. While press, though the oldest medium, still shows itself to be one of the freshest. I look forward to working with my fellow jurors to recognise the best of both forms.”
Before joining BBDO, David was President of Fallon Worldwide and Executive Creative Director of Fallon North America where he oversaw famous work for Citibank and BMW, among others.
He currently resides in New York City with his wife, Cindy, and two sons, Michael and Alex.