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16 August 2017
After Buzzman, the ground-breaking French agency, comes its spin-off unit Productman. Why has the agency turned its attention to design? We chat to vice-president Thomas Granger.
01 August 2017
The only global creative awards judged by journalists who are specialists in their field, the Epica Awards allow agencies to show their work to a unique group of people who can spread the word about their creative talent. The awards cover advertising, design, PR and digital.
03 July 2017
The Paris outpost of Canadian agency Sid Lee has always been considered something of an outlier in the French advertising landscape. Here Alex Pasini, SVP Global Alliances, explains its evolution into a force to be reckoned with.
13 June 2017
Putting the consumer at the core: Beck's and its agency Serviceplan talk about the process that led to the brand's youth-oriented campaign, "You make it legendary."
08 June 2017
Stop Funding Hate co-founder Richard Wilson will speak at the Epica Creative Circle in Berlin this November. Here he explains how social media, viral video and crowd funding are pursuading advertisers to stop supporting newspapers that incite hatred against minority groups.
30 May 2017
Cloudfactory's Sandrine Huijgen made an unusual journey from client to creative, and from storyteller to "story doer". Click here to find out how she and her team are helping brands make a positive contribution.
15 May 2017
Travelling should be about new people and places rather than stress and hassle. With this in mind, Buenos Aires start-up Bluesmart is creating "smart luggage". These connected cases can make at least part of your journey less painful.
03 May 2017
The Epica Creative Showcase arrived in Berlin on May 3rd, together with a round table discussion about the influence of the workplace on creativity. The event was sponsored by Adobe and hosted by WeWork at its brand new collaborative space in Potsdamer Platz.
29 April 2017
The Epica Creative Showcase in Paris on April 18 was preceded by a fascinating round table debate about the influence of the workplace on creativity. The event was sponsored by Adobe Stock and hosted by WeWork at its brand new collaborative space in rue La Fayette.
24 April 2017
Hungry and Foolish are the latest in a wave of agencies who are shaking up the French ad scene. Here they tell us how they reinvented their business by thinking outside the box. Don't groan - this time we mean it literally. Click here to read their story.
10 April 2017
The latest in our series of global showcases was hosted by the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen on Thursday April 6.
Guests from the worlds of advertising and journalism mingled at the Epica Awards Buenos Aires Showcase on Monday evening (April 3). The event was hosted by global creative production partner Mediamonks at its brand new headquarters in the trendy district of Palermo Soho.
How we created engagement with a fake email reply and a rapid follow-up.
28 March 2017
"My job is basically about zooming in and zooming out." This month's design column features Vincent Lammers, head of design and animation at Ambassadors in Amsterdam. He shares some career highlights and talks us through the creative process from brief to polished project.
21 March 2017
This month's Headline Maker is a strategist, but one with considerable creative flair. Tahaab Rais, regional head of strategic planning (MENA) at FP7/McCann and regional director (MENA), McCann Truth Central, talks about the relationship between maths and imagination and tells us why taxi drivers know best.
28 February 2017
The second edition of Advertising Takes The Stage, featuring the Epica Awards 2016 Film Winners’ Showcase, took place in Milan on Friday February 24. The event at the Ariosto Spazio cinema was organized by our Italian partner Pubblicità Italia/TVN Media Group.
21 February 2017
This month’s Headline Makers are the creative directors of Fuel, Lisbon. Pedro Bexiga and Marcelo Lourenço are applying the rules of the golden age of Portuguese advertising to the digital era – and coming up with ads that connect.
14 February 2017
What role can advertising play when the world is falling apart? Shortly after Donald Trump’s election – and in the midst of judging for the Epica awards – NILS ADRIAANS of Dutch magazine Adformatie talked to three advertising journalists, an advertising strategist and an advertising thinker to find out.
Claire Bridges is the author of In Your Creative Element, a book that delivers "a formula for creative success in business". Here Claire shares some of her secrets for unlocking creativity.
03 February 2017
30 January 2017
Blending design, branding and social strategy, small but nimble new outfit Jones & Bone is the perfect example of a 21st century agency. Read on to find out why the London-based duo prefer the term "creative boutique".
27 January 2017
10 January 2017
Having travelled the world, Texas-born Rosie Bardales is at home as ECD of a French agency’s London office. Here she talks about the city's magnetic pull and the impact of cosmopolitan surroundings on creativity.
20 December 2016
Six Things is a young design and branding agency with its roots in the digital world and an instinctive understanding of the millennial mindset.
08 December 2016
It's the first time we've put somebody from a production company in the Headline Makers slot. But it makes sense that our chosen candidate is Katie Keith, "first lady" of London's Rattling Stick, whose directors have worked on projects ranging from Barnardo's to Bond. Click here to find out how Katie juggles her impressive workload.
09 November 2016
If you can’t find a safety card in the seat pocket in front of you, it may be because a collector has already snapped it up. Inspired by the Paris metro’s mock airline safety card campaign, we examine an aviation sub-culture.
08 November 2016
This month's headline maker is Christoph Becker, CEO and chief creative officer of Gyro. Becker and his network are transforming perceptions of B2B advertising. To find out how, read on.
03 November 2016
Epica is proud to present its partners and sponsors for this year's awards season. Click to find out more about them - and how they're supporting us.
24 October 2016
This month's Design Plus is a profile of Tristan Macherel, executive creative director of Landor Paris. He talks about Landor's extraordinary history, his own career journey, and the relationship between creativity and strategy.
12 October 2016
In this month's Headline Makers column, Caroline Duret of RadiumOne's Paris office not only demistyfies the new metier of "data-driven marketing" for us, but makes it sound like an exciting career option.
03 October 2016
In partnership with ACT Responsible, Epica has invited NGAd Club members to vote for the best charity work entered in the awards this year. The NGAd Club brings together more than 40 communications directors of major NGOs, with the objective of creating a closer bond between agencies and the non-profit world.
22 September 2016
Each month we profile a creative talent in the news. This time we have two guests: Mark Forgan and Jamie Standen, who travelled all the way from New Zealand to make their mark on France. At Rosapark, they're working on some of the country's best-known brands.
French agency BETC's move to an iconic building in the suburbs of Paris may reflect a shift in the city's creative landscape. And it could even indicate a global trend. Read this month's design column to find out why urban innovators are moving out of town.
21 September 2016
Highly respected Vice-Chairman of US media giant to weigh in on the year’s best creative work
Epica is delighted to announce that Norman Pearlstine, Vice-Chairman of Time Inc., will be President of the jury this year.
17 September 2016
The Epica Awards have once again joined forces with Lürzer’s Archive, the creative resource for advertising professionals, for our joint photography prize: The Lürzer’s Archive/Epica Advertising Photography Award.
13 September 2016
Launching an occasional series of conversations between Epica’s editorial director Mark Tungate and the journalists on our jury. To kick off the series, meet Tarek Chemaly, editor-at-large of ArabAd.
06 September 2016
Inspired by conversations with design and traditional agencies, Epica has created a Design Grand Prix. The new prize comes as The Epica Awards celebrate their 30th birthday.
The winner will be chosen from one of Epica’s four existing design categories.
05 September 2016
A series of retro-futuristic posters created by NASA inspired us to take a look at the wild world of space tourism. Click here to blast off.
01 September 2016
As the long sprint to the prize-giving ceremony begins, the Epica Awards have launched an Olympic Games category, open to all work inspired by the 2016 Games in Rio. Film, outdoor, press, digital, case films – all are welcome.
30 August 2016
The 2016 Epica Awards are now open for entries until September 30.
Here’s a chance to grab yet more glory before the end of the year.
25 August 2016
Continuing our series of interviews with ad folk in the news. This time we head slightly out of our comfort zone to meet Christine Removille of Accenture Interactive, which was billed by Advertising Age as "the world's largest and digital agency". Find out why traditional agencies are keeping a wary eye on it.
24 August 2016
The 29th edition of the Epica Book is now available.
From prestigious London publisher Bloomsbury, the Epica Book represents 400 pages of creative inspiration. All the winners and selected high scoring entries are featured, plus exclusive interviews with the grand prix winners – taking you behind the scenes of the creative process.
16 August 2016
Every month, we feature an ad industry talent who's making headlines. A storied British agency with global reach, WCRS has come roaring back to relevancy. Chief executive Matt Edwards tells us how it was done – with an aside about football.
29 July 2016
Two new venues in Paris and Milan combine branding with luxuriating. Find out how Moleskine and Johnnie Walker are encouraging customers to sit down and spend some quality time with them.
19 July 2016
Every month we interview a creative talent making headlines in their home market. This month it's the turn of Dmitry Tutkov, co-founder of Russian agency TutkovBudkov, which helped to create the jaw-dropping zero gravity video by rock band OK Go and S7 Airlines.
18 July 2016
In 2016, Screenvision Media became an Epica partner and sponsor of our Direction & Cinematography category. Here we chat to CEO John Partilla about advertising on the big screen and the allure of the "preshow".
06 July 2016
Want to get ahead of the crowd? The 30th edition of the Epica Awards is now open for entries – with an Early Bird Discount of €100 until August 24.
A true awards expert has joined Epica in the role of North American Sales Director. Emily Isovitsch was previously executive director of the CLIO Awards and spent nine years as managing director of The One Club.
30 June 2016
Creative magazines have begun expanding beyond print and opening exhibition spaces. Click here to read about Kinfolk's new Copenhagen gallery and other publications with a public presence in the world.
29 June 2016
Every month, we profile a creative talent making headlines in their home market. We bumped into Balázs Pőcze, co-founder and creative director of Mito, while judging the Hipnózis Awards, run by Kreatív magazine in Hungary.
Balázs explained, among other things, how to run a risky 24-hour campaign when there's no guarantee that things will go your way...
28 June 2016
The Epica Awards has launched a cheeky new advertising campaign created by Paris-based agency Altmann+Pacreau.
The press and banner campaign stresses the fact that Epica is judged by journalists and is therefore the most objective competition in the awards landscape.
23 June 2016
The Epica Awards officially kicked off its 30th anniversary celebrations this week with news of an ever-growing international jury, social and traditional media campaigns and additional categories.
01 June 2016
Epica travelled the world this spring, screening its Film Winners’ Showcase in nine cities, starting in Milan and ending in Kiev. Each Epica on Tour showcase was attended by a selection of agency creatives and clients, as well as many of the journalists on our jury.
See the full report.
31 May 2016
The Italian anti-homophobia magazine Handkerchief won a top prize at the European Design Awards in Vienna, while Swiss agency Raffinerie was Agency of the Year. Read on for more details.
30 May 2016
Following a recent visit to Australia for our Epica Awards Showcase, we were told of a creative duo who save people from sharks and bring unsung heroes into the spotlight. They had to be worth interviewing, right?
Click here to meet art director Paul Gregson and copywriter Jono Flannery of M&C Saatchi Australia.
27 May 2016
The Epica World Tour made its way to Kiev on Thursday 26th May.
The Epica film winners were showcased to a packed audience on the 26th and 27th at the Kiev International Advertising Festival.
24 May 2016
Presented in association with cinema advertising network Screenvision Media, the Epica on Tour Film Winners’ Showcase in New York took place at the Chelsea Bowtie Theatre (260 West 23rd Street in Chelsea) on May 24, from 6.30pm, followed by cocktails.
20 May 2016
The night of Friday May 20 saw the Danish advertising community gather at the home of production house Bacon, our hosts for the Copenhagen chapter of the Epica on Tour film winners' Showcase.
10 May 2016
It's all about the logo: our regular column takes a look at rebranding efforts on each side of the Atlantic, for Paris Airports and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Which was the most successful? Click here to find out.
02 May 2016
Every month, Epica - the only global creative awards judged by the specialist press - interviews a creative talent who's making headlines.
After a career that has embraced the biggest traditional agencies and racy independents, Mike Nicholson has been appointed ECD of Brave - the feisty UK agency whose blend might be the perfect foil for his talents.
15 April 2016
The Epica World Tour visited Minsk on April 15th with the White Square festival of creativity, one of the major events in marketing and advertising industry of Eastern Europe, annually held in Belarus.
The Epica Film Winners' Showcase in France was hosted by Havas and Groupe Bolloré at the Mac-Mahon cinema in the heart of Paris. The event was introduced by Epica editorial director Mark Tungate, with a speech by Yannick Bolloré and Jacques Séguéla, from Havas.
13 April 2016
The Epica Awards showcase returned to Moscow on April 13th, thanks to our hosts AKAR, who are Russia's Communication Agency Association, and Russian jury member Sostav.ru which is the leading trade press for the advertising industry for Russia.
Euronews is currently screening Irish International BBDO’s "Anatomy of a Split Second" road safety spot as part of its partnership with the Epica Awards. In this article we go behind the scenes to find out how the fatal second reached the screen.
11 April 2016
The Epica Film Winners' Showcase in Sweden was hosted by production house Acne at its beautiful offices in the heart of Stockholm. The event was introduced by Epica editorial director Mark Tungate, with a speech by Johan Sathe, editor-in-chief of local jury partner Resumé.
30 March 2016
Our regular column features creative stars who are making headlines. In this edition we chat to Joanna Monteiro, the chief creative officer of FCB Brasil. Among other things, she shares her thoughts on the challenges facing women in advertising.
24 March 2016
Being based in Paris, we couldn't help but notice the redesign of iconic French news magazine L'Express. And when we discovered that the art director behind the new look was London-based Mark Porter, an interview seemed obligatory. Click here to find out how to give a magazine a makeover.
23 March 2016
The Golden Age Cinema in Surrey Hills, Sydney, was the venue for the Australian leg of the Epica World Tour. A screening of the 2015 Epica Film Winners was hosted by our local partner Campaign Brief and World Wide Mind.
21 March 2016
The Epica world tour stopped off in Milan recently with a showcase screening introduced by our global press manager Lucía Ongay. The event was hosted by Epica's local jury partner Pubblicità Italia.
02 March 2016
An unusual Czech design magazine has launched a matchmaking service for creative talents and brands. Meanwhile, the magazine’s editor, Adéla Kudrnová, makes a strong case for the renaissance of print.
29 February 2016
With the "Brexit" poll looming and the European flag fraying at the edges, we set out to find out who designed the logo of Europe. Our investigations unearthed controversy – and perhaps even a conspiracy.
24 February 2016
Epica On Tour, our worldwide showcase of creativity, is set to travel to cities across the globe between March and May 2016.
And the even better news is that you're invited! Click here to find out how you can attend one of our screening and networking events.
15 February 2016
The worlds of journalism and advertising are growing closer together. But what does that mean for both industries? Epica's editorial director Mark Tungate, who is also a journalist and copywriter, was talking about "brand journalism" at events in the Netherlands and Prague. Click now for details.
01 February 2016
Our regular column features creative stars who are making headlines. In this edition we meet Juan Pablo Valencia. Hailing from Chile, Juan Pablo recently became ECD of Cheil Kazakhstan. But he has spent several years putting the country on the creative map.
28 January 2016
In a new series of articles, Epica highlights creativity in the design field. This inaugural piece looks at the impact of the working environment on creative talents. Its author, Mark Tungate, finds that easing collaboration is the aim of many new agency office designs.
Image: Cloud Nine, Sweden
17 December 2015
Every month we profile a creative star making headlines in their home market. This month, meet Levan Lepsveridze, co-founder and creative director of Leavingstone in Tbilisi, Georgia.
We caught up with Levan at the Epica Days event in Tbilisi, a three-day showcase of Epica winners and local creative work.
16 December 2015
Epica's editorial director Mark Tungate was the keynote speaker at the Epica Days in Tbilisi, Georgia. The three-day event celebrated local and international creativity.
01 December 2015
To celebrate the end of the year and Argentina's two Gold winners at the Epica Awards, we came to Buenos Aires for a cocktail party and prize-giving on December 16, 2015.
20 November 2015
If you didn't have the chance to join us in Berlin for the 2015 Epica Awards ceremony, you may enjoy watching this!
18 November 2015
Epica has awarded its annual Brand Tribute to leading German home improvements brand Hornbach. The award was created to recognize brands that are committed to supporting innovative work and have inspired outstanding creativity over the years.
28 October 2015
Every month we interview a creative talent who's making headlines. Meet Marko Romcevic from Belgrade, who with his partner Dusan Adamovic is giving his ideas away...for a good cause, naturally.
Their project is #CrazyEnoughToChangeTheWorld
14 October 2015
Every month we profile a creative star making headlines in their home market. This time we meet Nicolás Cresci, who (with his business partner at the agency iURL) has just launched the first virtual reality studio in Latin America.
13 October 2015
Leading British photographer Alison Jackson has joined the line-up of speakers at the Epica Creative Circle conference in Berlin on November 19.
Alison is famous for her uncannily accurate "lookalike" photos of Royals and celebrities. Whether shocking or satirical, they are designed to provoke a debate about the power of image and society's obsession with celebrity.
30 September 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star recommended by one of the journals or websites on our jury. Mark Lives in South Africa nominated Kayli Vee Levitan, copywriter at M&C Saatchi Able in Cape Town and co-founder of The Street Store - a local charity initiative that became a global phenomenon.
29 September 2015
So you want to win Epica's new Humour category. But can humour cross borders? How can you be sure that your ad will make an international audience - or jury - laugh rather than remain blank? Here's a brief and unscientific guide to comedic effectiveness.
23 September 2015
Epica is the first major global creative awards to launch a specific virtual reality category. In this article, Epica's editorial director Mark Tungate explains why - and presents some of the latest VR work. Click here to read on.
22 September 2015
Epica's ceremony in Berlin on November 19th will be preceded by our Creative Circle conference.
Held at the Platoon Kunsthalle, its theme is The New Scope of Creativity. Key subjects will be virtual reality, photography, graphic design and the impact of urban living on creativity.
Click here for more details of speakers.
15 September 2015
The Epica Awards is delighted to announce that Olivier de Montchenu, Managing Director of Euronews Sales, will be President of the jury this year. Olivier brings to the role his years of experience in dealing with the channel’s creative partners.
07 September 2015
Epica is proud to welcome its new jury partner for South Africa, the advertising, design and media site MarkLives.com. Founded by Herman Manson, it provides industry news, opinion, analysis, case studies, profiles and marketing innovations.
02 September 2015
Epica editorial director Mark Tungate presented the Epica Showcase at the Weekend Media Festvial in Rovinj, Croatia on September 26. The event brought together communications experts and brands from across South East Europe, primarily the Balkans. Mark was also talking about the importance of creativity to brand owners and the elements that go into winning work.
26 August 2015
Epica business development manager Joe Brooks presented the Epica Showcase - our 45 minute compilation of film and branded content winners - at a meeting of the Sveriges Annonsörer, the Swedish Advertising Association, in Stockholm on August 25, 2015.
24 August 2015
Each month, we profile a creative star making headlines in their home market. This month's candidate is Michał Kobierzewski, Creative Director of The Digitals in Warsaw. We first met Michał at a digital advertising conference in Warsaw organised by our Estonian jury member Best Marketing.
07 August 2015
The Epica Awards has joined forces with iconic creative resource Lürzer's Archive to celebrate the art of photography. Epica's Advertising Photography category is now the Lürzer's Archive/Epica Photography Award.
27 July 2015
Every month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our jury. This month P&M in Colombia nominates Rodrigo Tarquino, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Colombia.
23 July 2015
Epica is delighted to welcome David Griner, Adweek's Digital Managing Editor, to the Epica jury. David will join us in Berlin later this year for the jury meeting and awards show (16-19 November). David oversees the New York-based publication's online news team and the popular Adweek Blog Network.
22 July 2015
The 28th edition of The Epica Book launched in August. Published by Bloomsbury in London, it features more than 1000 colour images and over 400 sumptuous pages of award winning work and high-scoring entries. Plus behind-the-scenes interviews with leading names from Leo Burnett, Adam & Eve DDB, BBDO New York, Publicis, 72andSunny and Google, among others. The introduction is by Tor Myhren, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Grey and President of Grey New York. Click here to find out more.
20 July 2015
Epica editorial director Mark Tungate teamed up once again with Hando Sinisalu, founder & president of Estonia's Best Marketing International, for a digital marketing roadshow, this time in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch (on August 19 & 20).
29 June 2015
Epica has announced four new jury partners in Latin America and one in Asia. Neo Magazine (Mexico), Publicidad & Mercadeo (Colombia), Bulb (Chile) and Codigo (Peru) all join the team. Marketing Magazine (Indonesia) has also come on board.
26 June 2015
Two new European members have joined Epica's global jury of creative industry trade magazines. Ironically, they have similar names. Welcome aboard Media & Marketing (Bosnia) and MM: Media & Marketing (Belgium)!
15 June 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our jury. This month, Sostav in Russia nominates Roman Firainer, Executive Creative Director at Instinct.
27 May 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our jury. This month, Codigo magazine in Peru nominates André Toledo Salvador, a Peruvian copywriter at Lola in Madrid.
24 April 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative making headlines at one of the magazines on our jury. This time we take a look at the work of Aljoša Bagola, Executive Creative Director of Pristop in Slovenia, nominated by Marketing Magazin.
16 April 2015
Epica business development manager Joe Brooks presented the new Epica showcase reel (45 minutes of our film and digital Grand Prix and gold winners) at the Reklama & Design Exhibiiton in Moscow on April 15.
19 March 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our international jury. Adobo in the Philippines nominates Merlee Jayme, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at DM9 Jayme Syfu, Manila.
26 February 2015
Epica Editorial Director Mark Tungate was talking about storytelling, creativity and fashion advertising at events in Malaysia and the Philippines on March 11 and 12. Mark was onstage at the Indonesia Brand Summit in Jakarta and the Fashion Forward conference in Manila.
13 February 2015
Call for entries will open in July 2015
Entry deadline: 30 September 2015
Awards ceremony: 19 November 2015
10 February 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our international jury. Marketing Türkiye nominates Can Faga, Chief Creative Officer at Lowe Istanbul.
01 January 2015
Ben Priest, co-founder and Executive Creative Director Adam&eveDDB, interviewed by Mark Tungate, Editorial Director, Epica Awards
Mark Tutssel, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett
Interviewed by Mark Tungate, Editorial Director, Epica Awards
24 November 2014
A 17th century former church in the middle of Amsterdam – the Koepelkerk – became a temple of creativity for one night during the Epica Awards ceremony. Many competition entrants, along with Epica’s jury of journalists and the local creative community, showed up to watch the winners collect their prizes.
13 October 2014
PARIS – October 13. The luxury maison Montblanc has once again underlined its support for the art of writing by sponsoring Epica’s new Copywriting & Storytelling category.
06 October 2014
Epica editorial director Mark Tungate spoke about the blurring borders between journalism and advertising at the IF (Italians Festival) in Milan last week.
10 August 2014
This summer the Epica Awards introduced a new logo and website design as part of an extensive rebranding of the competition, which was founded in 1987. It follows the acquisition of Epica by Maydream – owner of the AdForum archive – two years ago.
07 April 2014
Epica editorial director Mark Tungate teamed up with our Estonian parter Hando Sinisalu, president & founder of Best Marketing International, for an Asian speaking tour embracing Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Seoul.