Cannes 2011 Is In The Can

Wieden + Kennedy and Droga5 cleaned up at Cannes. Fast Company has the low down.

In other news, a highly selective cadre of ad people are waking up with hangovers, and making their way back to London, Sydney, New York and so on.

George Parker, writing from Boise, has been there and done that.

The entry fees have now become fucking outrageous. The number of categories has now gone beyond stupid. And the opportunities to drink yourself stupid, kiss the clients arse, stagger back to the hotel and call up room service for a Titanium class hooker…Then, bury the whole fucking thing on the BDA’s tab…Are beyond temptation.

BDAs, of course, are big dumb agencies. It’s an acronym made famous by Parker.

Some of the people attending Cannes say it’s important to celebrate advertising. Do you agree with that sentiment? And do you agree that the way it is celebrated in Cannes is the right way to do it?

I think it’s easy to criticize the egotistical rambling, the expense accounts with no limits, the lavish parties on yachts, and most of the vapid press surrounding it all. Yet, it’s just as likely that many of the ad grunts reading this long to be there, if not this year, then next.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Geez. Parker is always a surly S.O.B. But I agree with you, David, about how many of us “ad grunts” would be excited to attend the festivities. (In the same way many of us grunts are excited about traveling anywhere, even SLC or Dallas, for client or conference). For people like George Parker, who have been in the business for so many years and have attended their share of exclusive events, it’d be easy to feel like the whole thing is a sham – like the kid who gets elected class president and then declares it a popularity contest. But I wouldn’t mind attending a few such events before (hopefully) drifting away from the marketing biz for good.