Cannes Photos: Patio Parties and Personalities

The Ad Festival Gets Into Full Swing

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Photography by Pat Denton

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CANNES, France ( -- There's nothing like drinks on the patio of a waterside grand hotel (above, left) in the South of France to start off an evening. Enjoying the shoreline ambiance (above, right) are Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival CEO Penny Reid and Ian Fairservice, managing partner and group editor of the United Arab Emirates-based Motivate Publishing house.

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At the Majestic Hotel (above, left) are Howard Draft, chairman-CEO DraftFCB Group; Wendy Lurrie, general manager of Draft, New York; Jerri DeVard, senior VP-marketing and brand management, Verizon; and Laurence Boschetto, president-chief operating officer, Draft. Above, right: From Emap, the new corporate owner of the festival, are Aline Walther, PR assistant; Francois Merle, commercial director; Christophe Bonnet, commercial director; and Helene Luquin, web publisher.

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Ron Berger (above, left), CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide, enjoys a drink on the terrance. Above, right: Renetta McCann, CEO, Starcom MediaVest Group, and Media jury president, attends the SMG cocktail party at the Majestic hotel before the Media and Cyber Lions awards ceremony Tuesday night.

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Beach parties lasting into the wee hours have long been a major part of the annual Cannes Lions festival experience and this year was no different. These are scenes from the festivities that opened the week-long event.

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