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Today's Cannes takeaways: has the festival really lost its creative heart?

Campaign's daily round-up of the key things to know from the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Unilever claims biggest laundry product innovation in a decade as proof of competitive intent

Unilever is launching a new detergent format, Persil Powergems, that it says marks the first major breakthrough in laundry technology in ten years.

Cannes Lions to launch committee in response to festival criticism

Cannes Lions is to launch an advisory committee "to help shape the future of the festival" in response to criticism that the festival has got too big and lost its creative heart.

Chatbot builders make cheerful algorithms available to the masses

Not everyone can code a chatbot. But these days, no one needs to.

Saatchi & Saatchi and Channel 4 carry UK hopes in Titanium Lions shortlist

Saatchi & Saatchi London has been shortlisted for the Titanium category at Cannes Lions for its augmented reality app for Deutsche Telekom and virtual band Gorillaz.

M&S and Grey talk transformation, staying relevant and 'forceful' conversations

Marks & Spencer marketing chief Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne and Leo Rayman, the chief executive the retailer's ad agency, Grey London, open up on the new marketing strategy and the chemistry between their teams.

Adam & Eve/DDB leads UK entries for Integrated Lions

Adam & Eve/DDB London has been nominated twice for an Integrated Lion for its work on "Buster the boxer" for John Lewis and "Give the rainbow" Skittles.

WPP and Omnicom discuss Cannes Lions rethink

WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell and his Omnicom counterpart, John Wren, have talked about how the ad industry should rethink Cannes Lions or even push for its relocation to another city.

Samsung appoints Wunderman to pan-European CRM and loyalty account

Samsung Electronics has chosen Wunderman to lead its CRM and loyalty marketing activity across Europe.

Burger King CMO: don't treat agencies like creative vending machines

"Transactional" relationships between clients and agencies can hinder creativity, according to Burger King chief marketing officer Axl Schwan, who said agencies should not be treated as creative "vending machines".

Pride outdoor campaign will fill London with colourful stories of love and affirmation

For the out of home component of this year's Pride in London campaign, "Love happens here", WCRS has created more than 30 posters featuring real people's stories of finding love and acceptance in the capital.

Facebook launches anti-extremism initiative in UK

Facebook has launched its counterspeech program to tackle online extremism and hate speech in the UK, more than a year after it was launched in other European countries.

French police raid Havas offices over CES Las Vegas inquiry

The headquarters of the Havas advertising group was raided on Tuesday by the French anti-corruption police over an inquiry into a visit by president Emmanuel Macron to CES Las Vegas.

Who would take six Ubers on a first date?

Social video experts at Be On review "Effortless night", the latest viral from Uber.

Today's Cannes takeaways: Jonathan Mildenhall's 'insane responsibility'

Campaign's daily round-up of the key things to know from the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Watch: How Airbnb's Jonathan Mildenhall used Twitter to lobby Cannes Lions on ethnic diversity

In an exclusive video interview with Campaign, Airbnb chief marketing officer Jonathan Mildenhall has opened up on why he took to Twitter to raise the issue of ethnic diversity at Cannes Lions.

Unilever's Keith Weed named world's most influential CMO

Keith Weed, chief marketing officer of Unilever, has topped a ranking 50 of the world's most influential chief marketing officers by Forbes in partnership with Sprinklr and LinkedIn.

FA ends long-term betting partnership with Ladbrokes and all other gambling companies

The Football Association has ended all of its sponsorships with gambling companies, including a mutual agreement to end its long-term deal with Ladbrokes.

Cannes 2017: Industry meets at Campaign beach party

Campaign once again took over the Carlton Beach, where the great and the good of the advertising and marketing industry met for our annual party in Cannes.

General Mills hires senior Coke marketer Pollard as global CMO

Food company General Mills has appointed Coca-Cola vice-president, strategic marketing Ivan Pollard as its new global chief marketing officer.

Adam & Eve/DDB leads UK hopefuls for Cannes Creative Effectiveness Lions

Adam & Eve/DDB is leading the UK agencies hoping to win a Cannes Lion in Creative Effectiveness this year with two campaigns for John Lewis Partnership brands.

AKQA and Google lead UK Digital Craft shortlist nominations

Out of ten nominations for UK entrants, AKQA and Google have secured two apiece.

Channel 4 to show first ever Pride TV ads to mark 50-year milestone in LGBT rights

WCRS has created the first TV campaign for Pride in London, marking the 50th anniversary of the legislation that began to decriminalise gay sex.

Lucky Generals and AMV BBDO lead UK agencies in Radio Lions shortlist

Lucky Generals and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO have picked up four nominations each in the radio category in this year's Cannes Lions.

Stink heads UK hopefuls for Cannes Film Craft Lions

There are 53 nominations in the Film Craft category for UK agencies at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Adam & Eve/DDB and AMV BBDO lead Cannes Film shortlist

UK agencies have received 26 nominations in the Film category at Cannes, with Adam & Eve/DDB and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO given five each.

CMOs must be 'business-people first and marketers second'

Top marketers from HP, Diageo and Johnson & Johnson discuss key industry issues at Cannes Lions.

Diversity is a creative advantage

As part of series of dispatches from Cannes, Tess Coughlan-Allen, marketing manager at Mind Doodle, one of the winners of the GoDaddy Scholarship for Women in Technology urges the industry to empower and encourage women.

Sir Ian McKellen calls on brands to change LGBT portrayal

Sir Ian McKellen has called on brands to reflect honesty and help change the perception of the LGBT community.

George Clooney sells tequila brand to Diageo for $1bn

Diageo has bought Casamigos, a brand of tequila co-founded by George Clooney, for $1bn and plans to expand the brand internationally.

Group M downgrades UK ad growth forecast in part due to brand safety fears

Group M has revised its 2017 UK advertising growth forecast down to 4.1% from 7%

R/GA scoops Media Lion Grand Prix for Jet.com campaign that trolled Super Bowl advertisers

R/GA New York has taken the top prize in the Media category at this year's Cannes Lions for its "Innovating saving" campaign for e-commerce brand Jet.com.

SeymourPowell wins UK's only Product Design gold Lion

SeymourPowell has brought home the UK's only gold Product Design Lion for "creating the world's first modular smartphone" on behalf of client Fairphone.

Channel 4, JWT and Black Sheep Studios win golds in Entertainment Lions

Channel 4 has scooped a gold Lion in the Entertainment category for its Paralympics campaign, "We're the superhumans".

R/GA New York scoops Media Grand Prix for Jet.com campaign that trolled Super Bowl advertisers

R/GA New York has taken the top prize in the Media category at this year's Cannes Lions for its "Innovating saving" campaign for e-commerce brand Jet.com.

Adidas' 'Original is never finished' wins Entertainment for Music Grand Prix

Adidas' spot featuring Snoop Dogg and Stormzy and set to a cover of Frank Sinatra's My Way has taken the Grand Prix at Cannes in Entertainment for Music.

ManvsMachine London and Nike bring home UK's only gold Design Lion

ManvsMachine London and Nike won a gold Design Lion for "Go lighter go longer" a "metaphorical exploration of air and the negative space it occupies" to promote Nike Air Max 2017.

Channel 4's Tonge and Mundo Sisters win VOWSS awards for women's films

The creative director behind Channel 4's "We're the superhumans" and sibling directing duo The Mundo Sisters took home top awards at the inaugural VOWSS showcase at Cannes Lions, which recognises the best short films and advertising from women.

Unilever's Keith Weed lays down Cannes manifesto and says what it's like to work with P&G

Unilever chief marketing and communications officer Keith Weed took part in a series of talks and media interviews today to press home his key areas of interest, ranging from brand safety and the digital supply chain through to sustainability and diversity.

Today's Cannes takeaways: less talk, more action

Campaign's daily round-up of the key things to know from the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Women in advertising are 'humourless, mute and in the kitchen'

The advertising industry is guilty of "forgetting about women" according to a major research project into women's representation in advertising unveiled at Cannes Lions today.

Cannes is a golden opportunity

Lolly Morris, digital design director at Iris Worldwide, a winner of the GoDaddy scholarship for women in technology explains why Cannes matters.

Shares in Cannes Lions' owner fall as Publicis pulls out and WPP voices doubts

Shares in Ascential, the owner of Cannes Lions, fell more than 3% after Publicis Groupe said it would not enter the awards next year and WPP said "the jury is out" on its future participation.

O2 teams up with Snapchat to celebrate tenth anniversary of namesake London venue

The O2 is marking ten years since the venue opened with a series of activations, including a Snapchat partnership the mobile network claimed was a UK first.

WPP adds to its digital content company basket with a £5m investment in Mic

WPP has invested $6.5m in Mic Network, a US-based digital news company and creator of branded content.

#CampaignforEquality urges industry to take action on diversity in Cannes

A plethora of leading figures have called on the industry to move from talk to action on diversity as part of the #CampaignforEquality at Cannes Lions this week.

JWT teams with Creative Equals to highlight lack of gender equality at Cannes

J Walter Thompson London has teamed up with Creative Equals to place a spotlight on the low levels of women at the top table of creativity.

Just 22% of women wish more women of colour were in power, research finds

Less than a quarter of women wish more women of colour were in positions of power, despite more than 50% believing in the importance of having a diverse leadership to learn from, new research has found.

JWT teams with Creative Equals to highlight lack of gender equality at Cannes

J. Walter Thompson London has teamed up with Creative Equals to place a spotlight on the low levels of women at the top table of creativity.

P&G's Marc Pritchard: creativity is a uniquely human endeavour

Procter & Gamble chief brand officer Marc Pritchard has underlined the importance of craft and creativity to his brand-building efforts.