Q&A: Cannes’ Simon Cook Promises a ‘Creative Reboot’ With First Virtual Event

Festival's managing director discusses the strategy for Lions Live

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Cannes Lions managing director Simon Cook on what to expect at the 2020 virtual gathering.
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In April, organizers of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, advertising’s largest event, canceled the 2020 edition due to the Covid-19 pandemic, marking the first time in nearly 70 years the festival won’t be held.

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ian.zelaya@adweek.com Ian Zelaya is an Adweek reporter covering how brands engage with consumers in the modern world, ranging from experiential marketing and social media to email marketing and customer experience.