The Editors & Publishers International Creative Awards
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08 January 2019
Officially launched on January 1, Netherlands agency DDB Unlimited may be a fusion of existing entities, but its founders say it was built from scratch to be different. We spoke to ECD Joris Kuijpers about what that means.
13 December 2018
Magnum's global business development director Fiona Rogers explains how the photo agency is building a closer relationship with its audiences, including advertising agencies and brands.
05 November 2018
Troy Hitch recently became Global Chief Innovation Officer of Proxmity Worldwide. We chatted to him about what his title means, where the industry is going, and the things that are currently inspiring him. We also discovered that he's rather witty...
09 October 2018
We posed some questions to Chelsea Steiger, newly installed as creative director of FF LA – the latest chapter in a career that has already embraced some of the industry’s most respected agencies.
27 September 2018
A fusion of two agencies has created an intriguing new unit specialising in luxury brands. We chat to Brune Buonomano (centre), one of the trio of talents leading BETC Etoile Rouge.
06 August 2018
"If you're going to do something, you must do it properly." This year's Epica Awards jury president is Tony Chambers, brand and content director of iconic design magazine Wallpaper*. Here he talks about the pursuit of excellence and the timeless power of human ideas.
10 July 2018
Chacho Puebla, the Argentinian chief creative officer of LOLA MullenLowe, is skilled at bringing a breath of fresh air to agencies with unrealised potential. We caught him in the midst of a one-month experiment at the network's Paris office.
27 June 2018
Brands should think harder before they speak, according to James Yeats Smith (also known as JYS), a South African creative based in Amsterdam. Here he chats with Dutch journalist Nils Adriaans, a member of the Epica Awards jury.
31 May 2018
Argentina is a reliable source of great advertising. This month's headline maker is Ogilvy Argentina ECD Maxi Maddalena, who explains how even the country's economic crises have fuelled its creative culture.
25 April 2018
This month's Headline Maker sprung out of an encounter at the jury of the Hipnózis awards in Budapest. Click here to meet Ruxandra Papuc, group creative director of McCann Bucharest, a fearless young talent with exacting standards.
21 March 2018
Diane Agudelo Hernandez of Booking.com says she has travel in her DNA. Here she describes how data and a personal observation inspired the platform's latest campaign: an invitation to the people of the world to get out there and see the rest of it.
20 February 2018
We meet the co-founder of Dingo&Schwarz, a new agency offering smart solutions from “a small country”. Read on to discover why Latvia may be the new Scandinavia.
25 January 2018
Lego creative director Ulrik Feldskov Juul has spent five years helping to build the famous brick brand and finding smart yet respectful ways of reaching out to kids.
04 December 2017
Advertising from Argentina is often great. So great, in fact, that agencies in other parts of the world want a slice of it. Meet Les Argentins (The Argentines), the duo bringing ad genius from Buenos Aires to your doorstep.
01 November 2017
Artem Sinyavskiy of Russian agency Marvelous tells us how he transformed a talent for organising parties into an agency that thrives on unexpected solutions.
10 October 2017
GPN is the sponsor of Epica’s new Production Company of the Year award. The network may reach every corner of the globe, but founder Harry Tracosas is a firm believer in the personal touch.
06 September 2017
French kidswear brand Petit Bateau is in the news with a hopping spot that makes a star out of a sweatshirt. We talk to image and communications director Stéphane Wargnier about the ad and his collaboration with the agency BETC.
23 August 2017
Canadian film-maker Lawrence Ribeiro specialises in the kind of action sequences that bring you out in a cold sweat. Here the director tells us why more brands should emulate his "attraction to risk".
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.