Entertainment at Cannes Lions is the only place in the world to experience five days of talks from the directors, producers and influencers that are going beyond branded communications to create authentic entertainment that engages consumers and impacts culture.

Opportunities for brands, fans and content

Join experts from across the world as they explore how entertainment channels have exploded, converged and evolved. Sometimes simultaneously. They'll share how this industry flux presents fantastic opportunities and taxing challenges for brands with an appetite to grow beyond traditional advertising. Some of the world's leading creators and distributors, as well as brands leading the charge, will talk honestly about the challenges of creating real entertainment.

Explore the Entertainment Talks

The full schedule of Cannes Lions talks and events is out now, so check out the sessions confirmed for the Entertainment Track.

Explore the programme

Featuring experts from around the world

Samira Wiley

Emmy-Nominated Actress

Johnny Marr


Edith Bowman

TV and Radio Presenter

Conan O'Brien

Television Host, Comedian, Presenter

Sanshui Li

W Shanghai

Zoe Stainsby

Head of Entertainment

Butch Spyridon

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation

Craig Erwich

SVP Content

Davud Karbassioun

Global President of Commercials & Branded
Pulse Films

James Marsh

Academy-Award Winning Director
Pulse Films

Jessi Alexander

Singer Songwriter

John Godsey

Chief Creative Officer

Jon Cook

Global CEO

Renee Brodeur

TMWRK Management

Warren Littlefield

Executive Producer

Josh Rabinowitz

EVP, Director of Music
Grey Group Townhouse WPP

What you'll learn on the Entertainment Track

Trends and cultural currency

Discover the secrets of creating entertainment-led brands, and experience the pop culture trends we all need to know about.

The economics of entertainment

How is the sector evolving and innovating for the consumer of the future and what are the creative and funding models that will underpin the industry?

Collaborating with entertainment companies 

Learn from the best studios and content creators in music, TV, gaming, podcasting, films and sport about effective commercial and creative collaborations.

Tomorrow’s content: formats and futures

Showcasing the most successful and original storytelling formats that are pushing the boundaries of what we thought was possible.

“Lions Entertainment was a university class for me. I learned so much.”

Wyclef Jean

Artist, Musician, Producer, Composer, Humanitarian

"I’m learning so much just getting to talk to brands and advertisers. It’s interesting to start to figure out how you can participate in the world, especially if you have a mission statement or a goal in mind."

Laura Dern

Oscar-nominated actress

“People pay to watch your stories, they pay to avoid ours.”

Pelle Sjoenell

Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, BBH Group

Bringing the whole industry together

Brand managers and CMOs, meet the directors, producers and influencers. Entertainment is ideal for brands who want to make sense of the myriad of entertainment opportunities, or content creators who want to speak the language of brands.

Highlights from 2017

Actress and author Lena Waithe

The writer and actress revealed exactly why she thinks it's important to make the world feel uncomfortable when you make content.

Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran

Simon Le Bon asked the Cannes Lions audience to help him record a new Duran Duran track when he appeared on stage in 2017.

Actor Sir Ian McKellen

The legendary British actor talked about his own personal relationship with branding and marketing on stage at the festival.

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Go home inspired

Don't miss inspirational main stage talks that spark new ideas, delivered by everyone from politicians to philosophers, comedians to filmmakers and more.

Essential insights about the future of creativity and the business fuelling it, explained by the people bringing new ideas to life. 

Case studies from pioneers who are already leading the way with a best-practice approach and successful outcomes.

"How to" learnings, practical workshops and interactive or immersive sessions designed to give you a professional and market advantage.

Experience all nine Tracks with a Complete Pass

18 - 22 June

Cannes, France