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Dot Dot Dot @ Cannes

Curated Roundtable Discussions

Hosted by Steve Ackerman, Managing Director, Somethin’ Else, and James Kirkham, Head of Copa90, Bigballs Media

Dot Dot Dot, formerly known as FUTURES, is a network of entrepreneurs, innovators, founders and CEOs who come together to share ideas, address and plan solutions to an agenda they define. They are bringing the anti-conference spirit to Lions Entertainment - where some original members of the group and guests take time to consider some of the more practical challenges facing the sector.

Innovations and Bursting Bubbles

Wednesday 21 June
13:30 - 15:00
Palais II

New businesses and platforms can be hyped into stratospheric status almost overnight… One day they’re the next big thing, the next they fade from existence. Right now AR, VR, MR, AI are in vogue. But will they go the way of so many zeitgeist applications before them? Come and share insights and opinions with other forward thinking souls, in order to better chart your journey into the future of entertainment

Don't forget to check Cannes Lions app for details on table hosts.

Tomorrow's Entertainment Agency

Thursday 22 June
13:30 - 15:00
Palais II

Entertainment based marketing has come a long way. But taking advantage of culture and the passion of fans is easy to get wrong. So who are the trusted advisors and who can deliver the most impactful campaigns and access to talent? With labels pitching directly to brands and acting like agencies, what becomes of independent specialist shops?

Does the reach media owners can guarantee warrant them the role as main advisor?

Where do social and tech platforms fit in? Evaluate opportunities, and learn the secrets of harmonious brand partnerships to separate the good from the bad from the ugly.

Don't forget to check Cannes Lions app for details on table hosts.


These discussions are free for delegates to attend. To be considered for participation please email louiseb@canneslions.com. Spaces are limited.

Participants include

Steve Ackerman  

HOST: Steve Ackerman
Managing Director, Somethin’ Else

Steve joined Somethin' Else in 2000 and became Managing Director in 2006. In that time he's been part of the team that has evolved the company into a BAFTA and Cannes Lion award winning content agency working for leading brands and broadcasters.

Starting life as a Radio DJ and journalist, he has 20 years of branded content experience working on major projects for names such as French Connection, Boots, Inter Milan, Pernod Ricard and The BRIT Awards.

Steve is a regular panellist on The Media Podcast, a fellow of The Radio Academy and is a plodding runner, dad of three teens and long suffering West Ham fan.

James Kirkham

HOST: James Kirkham
Head of Copa90, Bigballs Media

More details coming soon

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Al MacCuish
Creative Chairman and Co-Founder, Sunshine

Al MacCuish is one of the industry’s leading experts on the power of entertainment and brand storytelling.

After 11 years at Mother, he co-founded entertainment company, Sunshine in 2012. Over the past 5 years Sunshine has created Gucci’s Chime for Change, Skype’s Collaboration Project with Victoria Beckham, The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Netflix’s ‘My Beautiful Broken Brain,’ Adidas’s ‘Future House’ and BBC Earth’s recent ‘Real Happiness Project. Sunshine is currently developing a series of cultural and entertainment properties for the Roald Dahl estate, Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Grey Goose, Gucci, Google, Universal, Pepsi, History Channel, A&E and Lifetime. Partners include AEG Presents, Viacom, A+E Networks and BBC Worldwide. As Sunshine’s Creative Chairman, he oversees all creative output across the Sunshine group.

Al's was named one of Britain’s most influential people in 2016 by Debrett’s and The Sunday Times and sits on the Board of Directors for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He plays the drums.

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Alex Cheeseman
Chief Strategy Officer, Storyful

As the chief strategy officer for Storyful, Alex is responsible for the global expansion of Storyful across all business lines. He is an experienced strategic leader and expert content marketer and was formerly the global head of strategy at NewsCred and head of strategy for Outbrain.

Arnon Wolfson

Arnon Wolfson
Head of Entertainment at Synergy, The Engine Group

More details coming soon

Bob Workman

Bob Workman
Senior Vice President Brand Partnerships, Warner Music

As Vice President of Brand Partnerships at Warner Music UK, Bob Workman is responsible for devising and delivering a wide range of commercial collaborations for Warner Music's world-leading artists and major brand partners with a focus on innovation, distinctiveness, and creativity.

Bob and his team collaborate with globally renowned consumer brands and their agencies to help them create engaging music partnerships with Warner Music's local and international artists, from emerging talent to some of the world’s biggest acts. This includes branded content, product placement, social media campaigns, tour sponsorship, artist influence campaigns and strategic brand endorsements.


Conor McNicholas
CEO, AllTogetherNow

Conor is a multi-award-winning content creative and strategist. He served as Editor of music magazine NME in the noughties where he took the brand multi-platform launching NME TV, NME Radio, live properties and ticketing and merchandising operations, and launching and hosting the NME Awards USA in LA. He went on to lead TopGear Magazine, launch projects at News UK and join content marketing agency Redwood as Executive Content Director where he developed the ground-breaking Barclays Editorial Board. 

He now leads AllTogetherNow, the full-service digital agency at The & Partnership where he builds data and content solutions for brands including Adidas, Argos, Lexus and Ibiza Rocks.

Dom Hodge

Dom Hodge
Managing Director, FRUKT

Dom is MD of FRUKT, an agency who build entertaining brands. FRUKT believe that entertainment sits at the very core of what it means to be human, what makes us laugh, cry and connect with other people. Their passion and expertise has helped deliver award winning strategy and activation for the likes of Mastercard, O2, Coca-Cola, Delta, Jagermeister and many others.

When not at work Dom likes getting muddy walking his dog in the countryside, collecting an unhealthy amount of old soul records and making music in his garden studio.

Fredda Hurwitz

Fredda Hurwitz
Founder & Chief Nut, Gingernut Thinking

Fredda's early career spanned the IHT, AP, Disney Consumer Products,  NHL, NFL and API Consulting.

She was Group Account Director, EMEA at OgilvyOne, then Associate Director, via sponsorship consultancy, Redmandarin.

She was Director, Brand Experience - Butlins, VP International -Momentum, and MD - Cunning, (independent brand experience agency). In 2009 she joined Havas Sports & Entertainment as Global Chief Strategy Officer and founded Gingernut Thinking in March 2017.

Fredda loves Grey Goose and cranberry (or champagne when no vodka is around), travelling, good food and wine, The Princess Bride, great books and giggling with her gorgeous children Ella and Noah.

Indy Selvarajah

Indy Selvarajah
Creative Director, Weber Shandwick

Indy started out in the art world showing work at galleries including the Serpentine, Barbican, The Baltic and Whitney Museum of American art in NY.

He then created and wrote a comedy show for Channel 4, 'Aint it funny being Coloured?' produced by Charlie Brooker's Zeppotron. It was selected as one of The Guardians 'must see shows'.

In 2015 Indy wrote and created the award winning Thierry Henry Sky Sports ad, which even people who hate football didn’t hate. It is still the most viewed advert in 24 hours in facebook history, notching up 19 million views and was the third most watched advert in the world that week.

He has also led award-winning campaigns for UN, Turner Prize, Cancer UK, Tate and Museum of London.

Last year Indy was on the jury for the British Arrows and along the way has won awards including an Obie Award (Off Broadway), LIA gold, D&AD, British Arrow, Broadcast Comedy & PR week.

In 2016 Indy set up an initiative, 8 and Rising, to get more young people of minority backgrounds into the creative worlds. www.8andrising.com


Jayanta Jenkins
Global Group Creative Director, Twitter

Jayanta is responsible for bringing the Twitter brand value proposition to life. Prior to Twitter Jayanta was Global Creative Director of Advertising with Apple/Beats by Dre, where he managed and created global integrated marketing communications for the brand. 

Jayanta began his advertising career at The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia, then joined Wieden+Kennedy, where he created integrated campaigns for Nike Basketball, Nike Running and Powerade. He next worked at TBWA/Chiat/Day on Gatorade before joining Apple/Beats by Dre. 

Jayanta is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in fashion, art and advertising.


Moj Mahdara
CEO, ‎Beautycon Media

Moj Mahdara, CEO of Beautycon Media, has built the company into a globally-recognized community for Gen Z and Millennial content creators, celebrities, fans, and brands, providing them with a space to come together and celebrate all things style and beauty.

The company creates meaningful connections with this community through an innovative three-pronged business strategy: Beautycon Festivals, Beautycon Box, and Beautycon Digital - a robust offering of video and social content.

Under the direction of Mahdara, Beautycon has expanded its festivals to a number of cities, each with thousands of attendees. Mahdara also successfully raised angel investment funding, brought the Beautycon Box to market, and partnered with the likes of Bethany Mota, CAA, BBG Ventures (AOL's venture fund), L'Oréal, Hearst Media, Jay Brown, Allen DeBevoise (Third Wave Partners), and more. Beautycon Media also had the honor of curating the first-ever Creator Town Hall for Hillary Clinton.

Mahdara continued to master her business and entrepreneurial ventures as well as insight through launching and operating Made With Elastic, a digital advertising agency and enter-tainment consultancy. Made With Elastic clients include such names as Levi's®, HTC (AOR), Motorola (AOR), Lacoste, and BMW.

Mahdara now serves as the CEO of Beautycon Media, but continues to be a chairperson at Made With Elastic. Prior to Made With Elastic, Mahdara served as CEO of Exopolis, a market-ing agency which she grew from four to 100 plus employees. Under Mahdara's direction, Ex-opolis marketed the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G and served as a long term vendor of Mi-crosoft, Quiksilver, and Roxy. Additionally, Mahdara served as brand manager for Gwen Stefani.

Mahdara, an entrepreneur interested in staying ahead of the curve, has invested in several businesses - including Hello Giggles - and serves as an advisor to Warby Parker. Mahdara's successes have been nationally recognized, being named in Cosmopolitan and Marie Clarie's "Top Female" lists in 2015, as well as Fast Company's “Most Creative People” list, The Hollywood Reporter's "Top 25 Most Powerful Digital Players" in 2016 and WWD’s Digital Power Posse List in 2017.

Mahdara resides in Los Angeles with her partner, Roya, and Airdale Terrier, Sufi. 

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Matt Thorne
Co-founder & Creative Director, Disrupt

Matt Thorne is the co-founder and Creative Director of Disrupt, a youth marketing agency based in London. After spending five years working as a Digital Designer on projects for blockbuster films, major news outlets and record labels, Matt launched Disrupt with co-founder Phil Kemish in 2013.

Disrupt has quickly established itself as the one of the UK’s leading youth marketing agencies; helping brands to create and distribute unique content to over 50 million young people globally! Their content empowers, entertains and informs their client’s millennial audiences. 

They work with a range of top brands including Thomas Cook, AG Barr, House of Marley Audio and Absolut Vodka as well as developing their own products, platforms and IP. You can download Matt’s and the team’s latest e-book "The Connected Generation" 12 youth trends to watch out for in 2017 at http://disruptltd.com/the-connected-generation

Maya Bogle

Maya Bogle
Co-founder, Talenthouse

Maya Bogle is the co-Founder of Talenthouse, a platform dedicated to developing creative talent around the World with the technology to become the World's largest source of creative solutions for brands.  Talenthouse meets the rapidly growing demand amongst brand owners to deliver these solutions at speed, at scale, with cultural relevance and at competitive cost.

Maya is championing this cause and has over 25 years experience in media.  She speaks regularly at conferences including Cannes Lions, Social Media Week New York, AdWeek Europe, Crowdsourcing Week Singapore, the London F.ounders Conference, Tech City Insider, the Media Summit Manchester, Ibiza Music Video Festival, Silicon Beach EU and numerous educational establishments.

paolo nieddu

Paolo Nieddu
Head of Strategy, Copa90

Paolo is Head of Strategy for Copa90; the world's largest independent football media business, a distributed media network that reaches 80 million fans around the world. It is the definitive youth media brand for football. 

He is responsible for the development and activation of compelling, diverse and effective strategic thinking in partnership with brands, agencies, clubs and rights owners across the global football landscape. 

Paolo firmly views football from an anthropological perspective; his borderline obsession in understanding human behaviour has been fuelled and sated by a 14 year career encompassing strategic roles within media, creative and digital agencies including Zenith  MG OMD, Holler, Leo Burnett and AnalogFolk, working on brands such as Sony PlayStation, ABSOLUT, innocent Drinks, Old Spice, Booking.com and Mercedes-Benz.

Phil Kemish

Phil Kemish
Co-founder, Disrupt Media

Phil Kemish is the co-founder of Disrupt, a youth marketing agency based in London. After spending 10 years working in the marketing and entertainment industries, Phil launched Disrupt in 2013 to help connect brands & agencies with social content, influencers and youth audiences. 

Disrupt has quickly established itself as a leading youth agency; challenging the status quo, breaking traditional models for advertising and helping brands to find their place in culture. Disrupt creates and distributes awesome content to over 50 million young people globally! 

They work with a range of top brands including Thomas Cook, AG Barr, House of Marley Audio and Absolut Vodka as well as developing their own products, platforms and IP. You can download Phil and the team’s latest e-book "The Connected Generation" 12 youth trends to watch out for in 2017 at http://disruptltd.com/the-connected-generation

Rebecca Jolly

Rebecca Jolly
CEO North America, Mixmag Media

A British export in New York via Amsterdam, Rebecca is CEO of Wasted Talent US, an independent British publishing company comprising Mixmag, Kerrang! and The Face. She oversees offices in both New York and LA.

With over 15 years experience in music and brands, at entities including ID&T and SFX Entertainment as well as Euro RSCG and Splendid Communications, Rebecca is expert in fusing the music, media and brand worlds to drive business growth, scale and innovation.

rich dawes

Rich Dawes
Managing Director, DawBell

Rich has worked in the music industry for 20 years, and set up music PR company 'DawBell' with long time friend Stuart Bell in 2009. Their clients include Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, James Corden, Harry Styles, Pharrell, Take That, Google Play Music, and The BRIT Awards, amongst others. They have an exceptionally talented team working for them, and as well as handling PR for their clients, DawBell also advise on crisis management and business strategy.

simon joyce

Simon Joyce
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Brand Partnerships, Copa90

As Copa90's Global Head of Brand Partnerships, Simon is responsible for the development and growth of relationships with premium global brands that are looking to influence global youth audiences through unique fan-first strategies and disruptive storytelling.

Simon comes from a varied sports background having previously worked both agency and client-side (he was one of Copa90's founding brand partners during his time working across the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil), before joining the media business in 2015. A firm believer in the power of genuine partnership, his current list of brand partners include; adidas, PepsiCo, Beats by Dre, Hyundai, Visa and a few more besides.

tom ollerton

Tom Ollerton
Innovation Director, We Are Social

Tom Ollerton spends his days delivering a programme of innovative thoughts, events and actions. 

It's his job to ensure that We Are Social is experimenting with original technology and thinking to produce consistent innovative work for its clients.

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