Team America: Young Creatives

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Six young American creatives have won their way to Cannes as members of "Team USA" to compete in the international festival's Young Creatives competition. Heather Barnes and Ecole Weinstein of DraftFCB/Chicago will compete in the press category, Marina Gokman of Ogilvy/New York and Donovan Goodly of R/GA in the cyber category, and Jim Darlinton of Just Knight/Orlando and John Deeb of The Ambush Group/Orlando in the film category.
The Team USA film category is a new addition to the competition in 2007 and was judged by an impressive panel including John Boiler of 72andsunny, Duncan Marshall of Droga5, John Condon of Leo Burnett, Susan Credle of BBDO/New York and more. Cyber category judges included Will McGinness of Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Keith Butters of the Barbarian Group, Edu Pou of Crispin, Porter +Bogusky, Adam Lau of Ogilvy and AKQA's Rei Inamoto. The press competition was judged by Taxi's Wayne Best, Jeff Kling of EuroRSCG, Jason Peterson of Berlin Cameron, Ken Ratcliff of Publicis, Peter Nicholson of Deutsch and Anthony Sperduti. The main competitions at Cannes are a challenge of both creativity and timing. In the print contest, competitors have 24 hours to create a print ad for an organization chosen by the judges. Cyber competitors also have just 24 hours to create a web ad for a chosen organization, while the film competition gives teams two days to shoot and edit a 30-second spot for a chosen organization. For more info, visit the Cannes Lions online.
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