Centennial, CO – May 10, 2017 – National CineMedia (NCM), the U.S. representative to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, is proud to present the winning teams of this year’s U.S. Young Lions competitions. Over 350 entries were submitted this year from teams of young professionals working for advertising, digital, media, creative, and PR companies or agencies as well as in-house marketing teams.

2017 U.S. Cannes Young Lions Winning Teams

Cyber:              Angela Bode and Erin Holcomb, Rodgers Townsend – view entry

Film:                Lillian O’Connor and Brett Simone, Publicis New York – view entry

Media:             TJ Kelly and Patrick Lylo, Mindshare World NY – view entry

PR:                  Patty Bloom and Rachel Carlisle, Ketchum Chicago – view entry

Print:               Nedal Ahmed and Bryan Barnes, BBDO NY – view entry

Each of the winning teams will be sent, all expenses paid, to Cannes, France to compete as Team USA in the global Young Lions competition at the 64th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the world’s leading celebration of creativity in communications, taking place from June 17 – 24, 2017.

In their respective categories, each team was challenged to develop a creative and innovative campaign targeting women ages 25-44 that would increase name and brand recognition as well as drive new donations for Brave Beginnings. With one in nine babies in the U.S. born prematurely, Brave Beginnings, a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, provides healthcare professionals ventilators and other life-saving neonatal equipment needed to serve the fragile population of premature babies within the U.S.

2017 U.S. Cannes Young Lions 2nd  and 3rd  Place Teams

Cyber: Courtney Lacy and Amy Willsey, VML  (2nd place) – view entry

Marina Arnone and Kate Desmarais, Ogilvy (3rd place) – view entry

Film: Sarah Bailey, Havas Chicago and Katie Sedmak, JWT Atlanta (2nd place) – view entry

Alex Cuff, WorkGroup USA and Rosie Mossey, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness (3rd place) – view entry

Media: Nicole Antos and Nikole Weber, UM LA (2nd Place) – view entry

Madeline Nies and Tarini Shrikhande, VML (3rd place) – view entry

PR: Chelsea Ruka and Callie Turgeon, MSLGroup Seattle (Runner Up) – view entry

Print: Ilia Isales and Erick Rodriguez, Anomaly (2nd place) – view entry

Doree Speidel, Instagram and Rachel Theberge, JWT San Francisco (3rd place) – view entry


A special thanks to the 2017 U.S. Young Lions sponsors for their continuous involvement and generous support of this year’s competitions. DigitasLBi for Cyber, Pereira & O’Dell for Film, UM for Media and The PR Council for PR. NCM sponsors the Print competition.

A big thank you is also due to the judges who scored this year’s submissions:

Cyber: Jennifer Awasano, DigitasLBi; Molly Crawford, DigitasLBi; Craig Elimeliah, VML; Ginny Golden, AKQA; Jessica Greenwood, R/GA; A.J. Hassan, R/GA; Jeffrey Hinz, Mediacom; Patrick Knowlton, Goodby Silverstein & Partners; Paula Sosin, NCM.

Film: Daiga Atvara, Mirium; David Baldwin, Baldwin&; Max Geraldo, FCB Chicago; Ben James, JWT NY; Robert Lambrechts, Pereira & O’Dell; John Matejczyk, MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOF-FER; Eleftheria Parpis, Campaign U.S.; Bobby Pearce, David&Goliath; Con Williamson, Erwin Penland

Media: Steve Abraham, Mediacom; Wendy Aldrich, Initiative; Diana Bojaj, UM; David Bolger, Trilia Media; Rachel Brook, Mediacom; Christine Chen, Goodby Silverstein & Partners; Esther “E.T.” Franklin, Spark | Mediavest; Lori Hilton, Starcom WW; Samantha Johnson, TDA Boulder; Jennifer Karayeanes, Spark | Mediavest; Michael Knopf, UM; Sarah Kramer, Mediavest;  Cara Lewis, Carat; Lynn Lewis, UM; Jason Lim, Mediacom; Sean O’Sullivan, Carat; Anush Prabhu, Mediacom; Adam Seymour, Carat; Alexis Thanasoulas, Initiative; David White, MEC; Ben Winkler, OMD; Kim Yates, Starcom WW

PR: Jennifer Cohan, Edelman; Virginia Devlin, Current; Brad MacAfee, Porter Novelli; Stephanie Marchesi, WE Communications; Melissa Waggener, WE Communications; Aaron Wittken, KWittken

Print: Justine Armour, 72andSunny; Chris Barnes, NCM; Adam Chasnow, CP+B; Jordan Edwards, NCM; John Godsey, VML; Jerry Hoak, The Martin Agency; Menno Kluin, Deutsch; Gabriel Schmitt, FCB NY

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