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Apr 01 2015

SapientNitro Creative Leaders Named to 2015 Cannes Lions Juries


Three selected as jury members in prestigious annual festival


BOSTON – April 1, 2015 – SapientNitro, part of Publicis.Sapient, today announced that three of its creative leaders have been named jury members for the 62nd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. These jury members will join the prestigious panels of international judges who review and award the best in global creative communications during the festival, taking place June 21-27. SapientNitro’s jurors are:



  • José Mollá, co-founder of SapientNitro’s the community: Cannes Film Lions Jury
  • KV Sridhar (Pops), Chief Creative Officer, SapientNitro India: Cannes Press Lions Jury
  • Donald Chesnut, SapientNitro Chief Experience Officer: Cannes Mobile Lions Jury



“We’re honored to see such a representative cross-section of our agency’s talent named to this year’s juries, an honor that follows our Chief Creative Officer, Gaston Legorburu, serving as a member of last year’s elite Titanium jury,” said Bill Kanarick, Chief Marketing Officer, SapientNitro. “We expect to see some amazing work at Cannes that pushes the boundaries of technology and story and are excited to experience the year’s best campaigns.”



Under Mollá’s leadership, the community has been recognized as one of the most progressive cross-cultural agencies, most recently named to Advertising Age’s 2015 Agency A-List. The agency’s work has also received acclaim with various CLIO Awards, Effie Awards, as well as honors and shortlists from Cannes Lions, El Ojo De Iberoamérica, DIENTE Argentina and much more. Mollá serves as the chairman of The One Club for Art and Copy and jury president of the Wave Festival in Brazil. His renowned ability to infuse culture and creativity will bring unique perspective to the Film Lions category, which awards traditional TV and cinema advertising.



Sridhar is one of the most respected creative leaders in the Indian advertising industry, and joined SapientNitro last year after 17 years as Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett-India & Subcontinent. Sridhar led SapientNitro’s work for DBS Bank India on “Chilli Paneer 2,” a first-of-a kind interactive digital film series, recently recognized as the "Content Marketing Campaign of the Year” at the 2015 Content Marketing Summit and "Digital Campaign of the Year- 2014” by NDTV ‘All About Ads.  Recently named to Campaign Asia’s prestigious Hall of Fame, Sridhar strengthens the jury in the Press Lions category, which awards content intended for published printed media.



Chesnut is a frequent jury member at international awards ceremonies including MMA Global, Tomorrow Awards and South by Southwest. He leads some of SapientNitro’s most forward-looking capabilities that blend physical and the virtual experiences. Chesnut has received accolades for his work including One Show Interactive, Webby, and Red Dots, among others. As a Mobile Lions juror, Chesnut brings deep expertise in experience innovation, and a focus on using mobile to create immersive and innovative worlds where brands and consumers connect.



Molla, Shridar and Chesnut will be joined by fellow jurors from across the Publicis.Sapient platform: Preethi Mariappan, Executive Creative Director from Razorfish Germany, will strengthen the jury in the Mobile Lions category.&nbsp; Natalie Lam, Executive Creative Director from Razorfish New York, will judge the Promo & Activation Lions category. And Baba Shetty, Chief Strategy & Media Officer, DigitasLBI, will join the Media Lions category.



About SapientNitro

SapientNitrosm, part of Publicis.Sapient, 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 integrated, immersive stories across brand communications, digital engagement, and omni-channel commerce. We call it Storyscaping, where art and imagination meet the power and scale of systems thinking. SapientNitro’s unique combination of creative, brand and technology expertise results in one global team collaborating across disciplines, perspectives and continents to create game-changing success for our Global 1000 clients, such as Chrysler, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Lufthansa, Target, and Vodafone, in 31 cities across The Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit



About Cannes Lions

The International Festival of Creativity, also known as Cannes Lions, is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications. Founded in 1954, the Festival takes place every June in Cannes, France. As the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards, over 35,500 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival. Winning companies receive the highly coveted Lion trophy, a global benchmark of creative excellence, for Film, Print, Outdoor, Interactive, Radio, Design, Product Design, Promo & Activation, Film Craft, Mobile, Branded Entertainment and Integrated advertising, as well as the best Media, Direct, PR, Titanium, Creative Effectiveness, Creative Data and Innovation ideas. The Festival is also the only truly global meeting place for advertisers, advertising and communication professionals. More than 12,000 delegates from 95 countries attend a week-long programme of exhibitions, screenings and talks by worldwide thought leaders. As the networking and learning opportunity of the year, Cannes Lions is the must-attend event for anyone involved in brand communications.


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