But he still seems to be more an adman than festival administrator. He skipped an official dinner to spend a night -- until 4 a.m. -- lovingly hanging the press and poster finalists on the walls of the palais.
Michael Conrad, Chicago-based vice chairman-chief creative officer of Burnett, came up with a small farewell gift symbolizing Donald Gunn's long-term attachment to the festival -- a silver business-card case from Tiffany, engraved with the name "Donald Cannes."
nAnother familiar face in a new job was Anne-Marie Marcus, who left Screenvision Cinema Network, the U.S. rep at the Cannes festival, to become a partner at New York headhunter Judy Wald Partners. Also, 26-year-old Romain Hatchuel, son of festival Chairman Roger Hatchuel, returned after a yearslong family feud as the festival's new chief operating officer.
nThe tendency of Latin judges to vote as a block for each others' work at Cannes is legendary. At a dinner for U.S. judges, Gary Topolewski, exec VP-chief creative officer at Bozell Worldwide, Southfield, Mich., and a Cannes judge, announced: "I've got some news. I joined the Spanish team this morning." Asked what he got in return, he quipped, "A small country."
nMarcio Moreira and his family always stay outside Cannes, in the remote tranquility of the Hotel du Cap. This year, however, the vice chairman-chief creative officer and regional director/Asia Pacific of McCann-Erickson Worldgroup, New York, moved to the Carlton Hotel in downtown Cannes, where he could be found nightly at the baby grand piano of the Martinez -- the serious party people's all-night hotel bar -- playing jazz and bossa nova until 4 a.m.