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We're excited to announce we'll be back in Cannes with the Influencer Marketing Gallery, and this year we've gone even bigger and better.

You'll find us on the beach displaying our best case studies from the past year as well as showing the results from our world-first influencer neuro research project.

Up on the terrace, we are hosting our own Cannes Lions fringe events with some true icons of the industry. Come along, grab some Hegarty Wines, meet the team, and maybe some legends too...

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Meet The Legends

Please join us for a series of Whalar hosted discussions with some of the industry's most experienced and successful marketeers, CEOs and creative leaders providing their career tips and advice. Hear why creativity has never been more important, how embracing EQ and diversity is a business imperative and debate whether speed and agility are key to unlocking growth.

  • Monday
    2pm - 2:45pm
    Moderated by Emma Harman, MD EMEA @ Whalar
    Brian Whipple
    Brian Whipple CEO, Accenture Interactive
    Steven Wolfe
    Steven Wolfe PereiraCEO, Encantos
    Gary Vaynerchuk
    Gary VaynerchukCEO VaynerMedia
    Roxanne Taylor
    Roxanne Taylor Ex CMCO Accenture, Whalar Board Member
  • Tuesday
    2pm - 2:45pm
    Moderated by Mike Hondorp, Chief Growth Officer @ Whalar
    Domitille Doat
    Domitille Doat Chief Digital Officer, Danone
    Robert Triefus
    Robert Triefus CMO, Gucci
    Phil Duncan
    Phil Duncan Global Design Officer, P&G
    Sir Martin Sorrell
    Sir Martin Sorrell Chairman, S4 Capital
  • Wednesday
    2pm - 2:45pm
    Moderated by Luke Townsin, Chief Strategy Officer @ Whalar
    Gary Allyson Witherspoon
    Allyson Witherspoon VP Marketing, Nissan
    Ben Lerer
    Ben Lerer CEO, Group Nine Media
    Madonna Badger
    Madonna Badger Founder, Badger & Winters
    4:30pm - 5:15pm
    Moderated by Rob Horler, President & COO @ Whalar
    Sir John Hegarty
    Sir John Hegarty Founder BBH, Whalar Chairman
    Bob Greenberg
    Bob Greenberg Founder R/GA, Whalar Vice Chairman
  • Thursday
    2pm - 2:45pm
    Moderated by Joanna Cronk, MD USA @ Whalar
    Nick Law
    Nick Law Chief Creative Officer Publicis Groupe
    Rob Reilly
    Rob Reilly Global Creative Chairman, McCann Worldgroup
    Lindsay Pattison
    Lindsay Pattison Chief Client Officer, WPP
    Tiffany Rolfe
    Tiffany Rolfe CCO, R/GA USA

The Complete Whalar Stage Schedule

We’re hosting a whole programme of content over the festival, and have invited some inspiring companies and individuals to speak on our stage. Check out the schedule below.

Monday
  • noon - 1pm
    The People's Seat: how the UN mobilised millions to fight climate change
    Hear how Grey London brought Sir David Attenborough, Whalar brought a selection of influencers, and 1.3 billion people globally to the UNFCCC conference in Katowice, Poland and convince the world leaders to move forward with the Paris Agreement against climate change.
    Speakers:
    Aisling Ryan (Managing Partner, Global Consulting Principal at The Corporate Practice, WPP)
    Chelsea Carter (Head of Content & Community, Whalar)
    Margarita Samsonova (Creator, @s_marga)
  • 1pm - 2pm
    Privacy Paradox with The New York Times and The Stagwell Group
    Join experts from the New York Times Privacy Project for a lively conversation on data-driven marketing vs. consumer privacy. Farhad Manjoo ofthe New York Times will speak to the forthcoming Privacy Project, followed by a conversation on implications of data and insights for brands.
    Speakers:
    Farhad Manjoo (Journalist, New York Times)
    Michael Treff (President, Code & Theory)
    Mark Penn (Founder/President, The Stagwell Group)
    Allison Murphy (SVP of Advertising Innovation, New York Times)
  • 2pm - 2:45pm
    Meet The Legends
    A fireside chat with marketeers at the top of their game who will share their career tips and advice as well as their thoughts on what lies ahead in the next few years of advertising industry.
    Speakers:
    Brian Whipple (CEO, Accenture Interactive)
    Steven Wolfe Pereira (CEO, Encantos)
    Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO VaynerMedia)
    Roxanne Taylor (Ex CMCO Accenture, Whalar Board Member)
  • 3pm - 3:45pm
    Consumers are ready for voice. Brands, are you?
    According to eMarketer, 76.5M US consumers will use voice-enabled technology in 2020. How can we avoid another mobile situation where it took brands and publishers years to catch up to consumer demand?  Hear from leaders are evolving today’s voice-enabled world, from weather reporting to voice - led conversations between consumers, brands and publishers.
    Speakers:
    Alison Weissbrot (Reporter, AdExchanger)
    Dom Joseph (CEO & Co-Founder, Captify)
    Will Mayo (CEO, SpokenLayer)
    Jorma Kremser (Global Media Manager, Bose)
    Mike Bevans (GVP Product Solutions, Marketing & Partnerships, Xaxis)
  • 4pm - 5pm
    The Case for Collaboration: A Fireside Chat with the FBI & White Ops on the Global State of Ad Fraud
    Join gentleman hacker Michael Tiffany (co-founder and President of White Ops) and Evelina Aslanyan, Special Agent for the FBI for a casual conversation about the challenges of being white hats in a black hat world. The chat will feature anecdotes from the operations that brought down Methbot and 3ve, two major ad fraud botnets that siphoned billions of dollars from advertisers in recent years. Tiffany and Aslanyan will share their impressions of the ad fraud landscape today, where the fight is going next, and how the FBI and White Ops are gearing up to meet the fraudsters on their own turf.
    Speakers:
    Evelina Aslanyan (Special Agent, FBI)
    Michael Tiffany (Co-Founder & President, White Ops)
  • 5pm - 8pm
    Private Cannes Lions Academy Event
Tuesday
  • 10am - 11am
    Search and Rescue from Afghanistan to Advertising
    Creativity takes many forms- sometimes it's a brilliant piece of brand creative, sometimes it's the plan for a search & rescue mission, and sometimes it's navigating the politics between the largest media companies and law enforcement to form a unprecedented global coalition to fight the cybercriminals that are stealing $5.8B annually from the global advertising industry in the form of ad fraud. Join us for a fireside chat with Jeff Beer, Senior Staff Reporter from Fast Company magazine and their recently named #1 Most Creative Person in Business for 2019, White Ops' Co- Founder & CEO, Tamer Hassan. In this session, we will dive deeper into Hassan's technology prowess, his military background as a search & rescue helicopter pilot and how the combination of the two led him to cofound cybersecurity startup White Ops (ranked #20 on Deloitte's Fast 500 in 2017). We will also explore some of the biggest cybersecurity threats today, what brands and agencies should be thinking about when it comes to the new frontiers of fraud and how they can best protect themselves and their digital spend from cybercrime.
    Speakers:
    Tamer Hassan (Co-Founder & CEO, White Ops)
    Jeff Beer (Senior Staff Editor, Fast Company)
  • 11am- noon
    The New Normal
    In 2020 Generation Z will acount for 1/3rd of global consumers - LGBT Spend UK will be 80 Billion and BAME spend in the UK will be 300 billion - these are the consumers of tomorrow so how will this change the media landscape - and what are the opportunities?
    Speakers:
    Daniel Thompson (Global Head of Client Services, Diageo Team Denstu Aegis)
    Andrew Newman (CEO, DOOH.com)
    Louise Stubbings (Creative Director, Clear Channel UK)
    Richard Miles (Creative Director, Therapy Agency)
    Christopher Kenna (CEO, Brand Advance)
    Francesca Hills (Managing Partner, OMD)
  • noon - 1pm
    Emerging Media Outlook 2019+
    An exploration into how technology is disrupting media, for the better: from the latest in insight-generation, to smart media activations, and new measures of success.
    Speakers:
    Natalie Monbiot (Founder, Eklektik)
  • 1pm - 2pm
    Successfully Reaching Audiences Through Video: The Convergence of Art and Science
    The landscape of digital video has changed drastically in the last 10 years, propelled forward by innovative creators and companies who have redefined what it means to entertain and engage audiences on the world’s largest video platforms. Competing for the attention of these audiences are some of the biggest, historic names in global media, alongside some of the youngest and least known - all of them generating tens of billions of views. But what do these rankings tell us about what’s happening in the changing landscape of online video? How well can we understand what the world is watching today, and what the future of video measurement will look like?
    Join BuzzFeed, Jungle Creations, Group Nine, and Tubular Labs to discuss what and who online audiences are viewing and engaging with today, from publishers to brands, creators to topics.
    Speakers:
    Rob Gabel (CEO, Tubular Labs)
    Jamie Bolding (CEO, Jungle Creations)
    Yosef Jonathan (SVP Head of Brandshop, Group Nine)
    Tommy Wesely (SVP Branded Content and Operations, BuzzFeed)
  • 2pm - 2:45pm
    Meet The Legends
    A fireside chat with marketeers at the top of their game who will share their career tips and advice as well as their thoughts on what lies ahead in the next few years of advertising industry.
    Speakers:
    Sir Martin Sorrell (Chairman, S4)
    Domitille Doat (Chief Digital Officer, Danone)
    Robert Triefus (CMO, Gucci)
    Phil Duncan (Global Design Officer, P&G)
  • 3pm - 6pm
    Pop In with VidMob
    Leaders of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Whalar and global brands will pop in to VidMob’s pop-up studio to chat about key festival themes and the creativity innovations they are most excited about.
    Guests:
    Stacy Minero (Head of Global Content Creation, Twitter)
    Eric Schnabel (NA Creative Shop Director, Facebook)
    Hope Cowan (Director Creative Agency Partnership Lead, Facebook)
    Matthew Williams (Global Expert Brand Content Strategy, YouTube)
  • 7pm - 10pm
    An Evening with Whalar & Hegarty Wines
    Come an enjoy a glass of Hegarty Wines with the man himself and the Whalar team.
Wednesday
  • 9am - 11am
    Private Gun Safety Alliance Event
  • 11am - noon
    The Raging Thirst for Expertise: What launching the world's foremost consumer cancer platform teaches us about the future of media.
    Being diagnosed with cancer is daunting and current online information lacks basic humanity. Survivornet is a groundbreaking media channel that democratizes access to high quality information from world-class experts. What does the future of media look like when consumers demand ever more high quality content? Join founder Steve Alperin to hear his learnings from a year on the front-line.
    Speakers:
    Steve Alperin (CEO, Survivornet)
    Sarah Watson (Global CSO, BBH)
  • noon - 2pm
    Edelman & Ad Age Trust in Influencers Lunch
    This is a salon-style moderated discussion with Josh Golden, president and publisher of Ad Age, featuring Richard Edelman, who will exclusively reveal to the Cannes Lions audience the findings from Edelman’s special report: Trust in Influencer. But how does a brand best identify and leverage the right person to carry its message? Edelman has conducted a multinational survey (in the U.S., the U.K. and China) to look at what drives influencers’ followings, how they build trust within their communities, and the influencer behaviors that erode that trust and cause people to lose allegiance. This event will be an exclusive look into how brands can better navigate the influencer landscape and leverage the right people to carry their message.
    Speakers:
    Richard Edelman (Preseident & CEO, Edelman)
    Judy John (Global Chief Creative Officer, Edelman)
    Beth Brady (CMO, Principal)
    Josh Golden (President & Publisher, Ad Age)
  • 2pm - 2:45pm
    Meet The Legends
    A fireside chat with marketeers at the top of their game who will share their career tips and advice as well as their thoughts on what lies ahead in the next few years of advertising industry.
    Speakers:
    Allyson Witherspoon (VP Marketing, Nissan)
    Ben Lerer (CEO, Group Nine Media)
    Madonna Badger (Founder, Badger & Winters)
  • 3pm - 3:45pm
    Be The Change: ‘Not another Gender equality panel’ Real talk and more action live at Cannes.
    One of the widest a debated topics of the year, equality and diversity is top of mind for every organization. But of all the discussions how many have helped change your organization?  Discover real-life stories and tactical strategies that have worked and those that have prompted a different approach.
    Speakers:
    Sue Unerman (Chief Transformational Officer, MediaCom)
    Laura Pleasants (Global Director of Marketing, Captify)
    Sarah Helppi (Marketing Director, eBay UK)
    Emma Harman (MD EMEA, Whalar)
    Sara Robertson (VP of Product Engineering, Xaxis)
  • 3:45pm - 4:30pm
    The Amazing World Of Branded Content
    BCMA is the leading global member association for branded content. During this session we present a view on the current and future trends for branded content. Hear from the thought-leaders of this dynamic sector of the marketing communications industry.
    Speakers:
    Dylan Wyn Pugh (Head of Commercial, Red Bull)
    Jana Eisenstein (President, Mirriad)
    Alastair Duncan (Chief Strategy Officer, Splash Worldwide)
    Andrew Canter (Global CEO, BCMA)
  • 4:30pm - 5:15pm
    Meet The Legends
    A fireside chat with marketeers at the top of their game who will share their career tips and advice as well as their thoughts on what lies ahead in the next few years of advertising industry.
    Speakers:
    Sir John Hegarty (Founder BBH, Whalar Chairman)
    Bob Greenberg (Founder R/GA, Whalar Vice Chairman)
  • 5:30pm - 6pm
    Who is your influencer's audience? Understand their language to understand them.
    Using law enforcement technology, Relative Insight provides consumer language understanding to brands and agencies. Ben Hookway will talk about how modelling the language of influencer audiences helps you engage them. Understand the language and you can talk to them in the most effective way.
    Speakers:
    Ben Hookway (CEO, Relative Insight)
  • 6pm - 8pm
    Brands & Content: Can this Marriage be Saved?
    As consumer attention has fragmented across channels, marketers have romanced storytelling through content. In fact, 86% of marketers included content marketing in their budgets this year. Content creators want to tell compelling brand stories, and marketers want to make an emotional connection with consumers. Why is the chemistry stalling in this natural attraction?
    Speakers:
    Tony Weisman (CMO, Dunkin')
    Todd Kaplan (VP Marketing, PepsiCo)
    Jae Goodman (CEO, Observatory)
    Josep Hernandez (Sr. Director Comms Planning, PepsiCo)
    Alexis Berger (VP Revenue, GIPHY)
    Dana Anderson (Chief Transformation Officer, MediaLink)
Thursday
  • 10am - 11am
    Creating Community to Build Better Relationships with Consumers
    Creating Community To Build Better Relationships With Customers -Join Adidas & Code and Theory for an under-the-hood look at some emerging, innovative marketing tactics that are helping brands connect with consumers in new powerful ways.
    Speakers:
    Maud Meister (Creative Director, Code and Theory)
    Clara Dooley (Global Retail Marketing Director- Running Brand Communications, Adidas)
    Dylan Byers (Senior Media Correspondent, NBC News)
  • 11am - noon
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  • noon - 1pm
    Supercharging creativity, diversity and authenticity.
    There is a lot of talk about improving diversity and authenticity in the advertising industry, but what can brands actually do to make changes? Hear from marketers looking to incorporate more diverse voices into the creative process, and to create more authentic content that resonates with global audiences.
    Speakers:
    Libby Stroud-Kroon (Global Digital Manager, Johnnie Walker)
    Joelle Barthel (Global Marketing Manager, Elvie)
    Stefan Zoltowski (MD EMEA, Genero)
    Mark Sinfield (Client Director, Genero)
    Sahil Patel (Media Editor at Digiday)
  • 1pm - 2pm
    Spotlight on LATAM: Challenges and Opportunities
    Turning problems into solutions is a complex, challenging, and exciting process. Finding the questions that allow us to identify problems is the most difficult part. VP, Executive Creative Directors Mariano Jeger and Saulo Rodrigues will discuss how challenges in LATAM’s evolving technology, media, and social landscape are creating opportunities that can help shape the future.
    Speakers:
    Mariano Jeger (VP Executive Creative Director, SS LATAM)
    Saulo Rodrigues (VP Executive Creative Director, R/GA São Paulo)
  • 2pm - 2:45pm
    Meet The Legends
    A fireside chat with marketeers at the top of their game who will share their career tips and advice as well as their thoughts on what lies ahead in the next few years of advertising industry.
    Speakers:
    Nick Law (Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe)
    Rob Reilly (Global Creative Chairman, McCann Worldgroup)
    Lindsay Pattison (Chief Client Officer, WPP)
    Tiffany Rolfe (Chief Creative Officer, R/GA USA)
  • 3pm - 3:30pm
    Who is your influencer's audience? Understand their language to understand them.
    Using law enforcement technology, Relative Insight provides consumer language understanding to brands and agencies. Ben Hookway will talk about how modelling the language of influencer audiences helps you engage them. Understand the language and you can talk to them in the most effective way.
    Speakers:
    Ben Hookway (CEO, Relative Insight)
  • 4pm - 5pm
    Go Big or Go Home. The New Rules of Social.
    A masterclass in how to combine big creative ideas with a little bit of bravery to impact popular culture.
    Speakers:
    Soco Núñez de Cela (Head of Brand and Communcations Burger King UK)
    Deborah Joseph (Editor in Chief, Glamour)
    Adam Clyne (CEO and Founder, Coolr)
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