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Burger King, McCann New York and BBDO Worldwide Win Clio 'Of the Year' Awards at 60th Annual Ceremony

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NEW YORK—(September 26, 2019)— The Clio Awards, the premier international awards competition for the creative business, revealed the winning work that won the program’s top honors during a ceremony hosted by Andy Cohen at the Manhattan Center in New York City last night. At the event, Burger King was revealed as the Clio Advertiser of the Year, McCann New York scored Clio Agency of the Year and BBDO Worldwide accepted honors for Clio Network of the Year.

To kick off the ceremony, Anne del Castillo, commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment delivered remarks proclaiming September 25, 2019 as Clio Day in New York City. Clio President welcomed the crowd and offered her reflections on Clio’s 60-year history, adding: “Seeing how much pride Clio has sparked in people over the years is what makes us want to keep growing, keep taking creative risks with our programs and keep finding new ways to connect, inspire and celebrate the creative geniuses at the forefront of our industry.”

Other highlights from the event included a performance by 2019 Clio Music Lifetime Achievement Award winner Joan Jett, a moving acceptance speech from Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, and a tribute by Katie Couric to Sheryl Crow, the 2019 Clio Music Impact Award recipient, who was honored for her participation with Citi and the #SeeHerHearHer initiative to advance gender equity within the industry, among other social causes. The audience was treated to appearances by some of television’s most iconic commercial stars, including Brandon Moynihan, who plays Hotels.com’s Captain Obvious, Jonathan Goldsmith, who is best-known as The Most Interesting Man in the World and Isaiah Mustafa, the memorable Old Spice pitch man.

David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman of Droga5, was presented the 2019 Clio Lifetime Achievement Award by Facebook’s CCO Mark D’Arcy. In accepting the award, Droga admitted that “it’s flattering of the highest order” and shared that he got into the industry “because you get to put your imagination into something and you can project it onto so many different things.” Jim Lesser, President & CEO, BBDO San Francisco was the presenter of the Clio Brand Icon Award for Barbie. The empowering brand was represented on stage by Lisa McKnight, Global Head of Dolls for Mattel and honored for its 60-year history as one of the most famous, iconic and talked about brands ever created. Additionally, the winners of Budweiser’s Emerging Creative Award took the stage at the show after traveling all the way from Belgium to accept their statue.

The evening’s main event was the presentation of Clio’s top honor, the Grand Clio. This year, the Grand Clio Award winners are:

  • Branded Entertainment: Blue Heart, Farm League for Patagonia

  • Design: Insta Novels, Mother New York for The New York Public Library

  • Digital/Mobile: The Whopper Detour, FCB  New York for Burger King

  • Direct: The Whopper Detour, FCB  New York for Burger King

  • Experiential/Events: Lessons for Good, Publicis Italy for Leroy Merlin

  • Fashion & Beauty: Breast Cancer Awareness - Idris Elba by Stella McCartney

  • Film: The Truth Is Worth It Campaign, Droga5 New York for The New York Times

  • Innovation: Changing The Game, McCann New York for Microsoft

  • Integrated Campaign: Viva La Vulva, AMVBBDO for Essity Libresse/Bodyform

  • Out Of Home: Air Max Graffiti Stores, AKQA for Nike

  • Partnerships & Collaborations: Read More. Listen More., Droga5 New York for The New York Times

  • Public Relations: A world without borders, Ogilvy & Mather Mexico for Aeromexico 

  • Social Media: Philly Philly, Wieden+Kennedy New York for Bud Light

The event also honored grand winners in the Clio Music program, presented by Citi:

  • Use of Music: Share Your Gifts, Kobalt Music Group for Apple

  • Music Marketing: The Uncensored Playlist, DDB Group Germany for Reporters Without Borders

“Of the Year” honors were also presented to those that collected the most statue points across all mediums. The honorees are:

  • Advertiser of the Year: Burger King

  • Agency of the Year: McCann New York

  • Network of the Year: BBDO Worldwide

The full list of previously announced Gold, Silver and Bronze Clio recipients is available at www.clios.com.

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About The Clio Awards

The Clio Awards is the premier international awards competition for the creative business. Founded in 1959 to celebrate creative excellence in advertising, the Clio Awards today honors the work and talent at the forefront of the advertising, sports, fashion, music, entertainment, and health care industries. Clio recognizes the world’s most innovative work annually at Clio Sports in May, the Clio Awards in September, which includes Clio Music and Clio Fashion & Beauty; at the Clio Entertainment Awards in November; and online with Clio Health.  Noting the diverse and ever-changing creative landscape, Clio acquired and revamped global ad database Ads of the World and re-launched its content platform musebycl.io in 2018, to celebrate creativity 365 days a year.

About Citi

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Sheena Bermingham

Director of Public Relations, Clio



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