Media Academy

€2,365 + TVA

Sunday 25 October - Friday 30 October

The Media Academy is for action-oriented media professionals looking to arm themselves with the latest tools and knowledge to create cut-through media campaigns.

Expect classroom sessions and workshops. Learn first-hand from CEOs, Senior Media Officers, Chief Strategy Officers, Media Directors, Media Planners, Creative Directors, and be inspired by award-winning creativity.

This Academy experience - reserved for only 30 people each year - has genuine career impact.

Media Academy

What you get

The pass includes exclusive access to the Media Academy Programme and complete access to the Cannes Lions festival talks, awards, networking events and closing party.

Media Academy

Who is it for?

  • We welcome people from all aspects of the marketing universe, from agencies, brands, platforms and owners and we encourage participation from a wide and diverse group of organizations
  • We are particularly glad to see young media professionals, including planners, strategists, media directors, account executives and managers, media agency professionals and brand/agency professionals looking to expand their knowledge of media
  • Ages 30 and below
  • Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years experience in their current role; ideal candidates have 3 – 7 years experience
  • Ability to work through English. Please note all classes take place in English and require discussion and collaboration

"A week of unprecedented senior-leadership exposure, coupled with mind-opening seminars."

Kelsey Price

Senior Account Manager, Google, USA

2022 Course Themes

  • Leadership and Personal Impact

    • Lessons in leadership from the culture creators
    • New perspectives on managing your own career
    • Creating development opportunities in times of change
    • Super-collaborators: how to offer the best in yourself and bring out the best in each other
    • Better ways to work with all the marketing stakeholders
  • The Marketing Landscape

    • Understanding creativity in the context of technology innovation and change
    • Rethinking “competition:” new insights on where ideas come from and what makes marketing work
    • What clients want and how to create value for your organisations
    • Brands around the world, from global reach to local power
  • Media and Creativity

    • Rethinking where great ideas come from
    • Finding and championing new ideas
    • Measuring ROI and understanding how to use data to make better decisions
    • Demonstrate the union of medium and message to engage and create impact
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking

    • Exploring where new ideas come from and how they grow
    • Squeezing the most our of channels, old and new
    • Media channel strategy

      • Implement forward-thinking strategies across media channels
      • Know the relationship between the idea and the media channel
      • Appreciate the complexity of the multi-screen universe
      • Creative use of media

        • Identify the value of creative thinking across media channels
        • Understand and prove, effectiveness
        • Learn how media ideas have an understanding of the target market
        • Demonstrate the union of medium and message to engage and create impact

        Previous Media Academy Speakers

        Ben Jones

        Creative Director

        Amber Guild

        President, T Brand
        The New York Times

        Caroline Foster Kenny

        IPG Mediabrands, EMEA

        Hamish Davies

        Chief Growth Officer

        Kasha Cacy

        CEO, U.S.

        Matt Jarvis

        CEO and Partner

        Nick Brien

        Dentsu Aegis Network Americas

        Steve King

        CEO, Publicis Groupe
        CEO, Publicis Media

        R. Vann Graves, Ed.D.

        Media Academy Dean R. Vann Graves, Ed.D.

        With 30 years of creative, business, and executive leadership experience, Vann began his career at BBDO, starting as an intern and working his way to VP, Creative Director. Beyond BBDO, he was the Chief Creative Officer of UniWorld Group, EVP, Global Executive Creative Director at McCann New York, and a Chief Creative Officer at J. Walter Thompson. Vann currently serves as executive director of the Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he values the opportunity to impact student lives and the future of the creative industries on a global scale.

        Along his advertising journey, Vann has worked with some of the world’s leading global brands, including Shell, American Airlines, Cigna, Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Visa, MasterCard, AT&T, and GE. He has been recognized with numerous creative honors, including awards at Cannes, the London International Awards, Clio, D&AD, and others.

        A Fulbright scholar and decorated veteran, Vann holds degrees from Howard University, the Pratt Institute, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

        Charles Courtier, Former Global CEO, MEC

        Charles has had a 30-year career in advertising. A veteran of WPP with stints at Young & Rubicam and MEC. He is currently the Chairman of MSQ Partners and an angel investor/advisor.

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        Applications open late 2021

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