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Aug. 29, 2001

By Lawrence J. Speer

PARIS ( -- The International Advertising Festival held each year in Cannes may be handing out its famed Lion awards from another city

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in 2002 if organizers and officials of the French city are unable to sort out a host of technical and legal disputes relating to a five-year contract signed last year.

Barcelona and Venice
Festival organizers are reportedly negotiating with city officials in Barcelona, Spain, and Venice, Italy, about possibly moving the award show and ad industry pow-wow to those cities if talks break down with officials in Cannes.

French daily newspaper Le Figaro first reported in late August the ongoing dispute between festival organizers and Cannes city officials.

No comment from Cannes
Romain Hatchuel, the principal organizer of the annual festival, other London-based officials of the festival and city officials in Cannes all refused repeated requests for comment from Ad Age Global.

Losing the ad festival to another European city would be an ironic twist of fate for Cannes, where the recently elected mayor is none other than longtime French ad industry executive Bernard Brochand.

Copyright August 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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