Philip Thomas

Philip Thomas Philip Thomas is an octopus of creativity. He is the organizer of six festivals of creativity around the world. Thomas began his career as a journalist, working on national and international magazines and newspapers, and editing Empire, the UK’s biggest-selling movie magazine, before moving into publishing. Just to step it up, he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media. What is his main source of inspiration (you will never guess), favourite tool, biggest blunder and big idea? Read all about the CEO of Lions Festivals.

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The name of your organisation:
Lions Festivals (Cannes Lions, Eurobest, Spikes Asia, Digital Asia Festival, Festival of Asian Marketing Effectiveness, Dubai Lynx).

Organisation founding date:
Cannes Lions began in 1954.

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About your organisation:
The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world’s biggest celebration of creativity in communications. As the most prestigious international creative communications awards, more than 34,000 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival, held during the third week of June in Cannes, France, every year. Winners receive the highly-coveted Lion trophy, presented at four award ceremonies throughout the week.

The seven-day Festival is also the only truly global meeting place for professionals working in advertising and communications, from creatives to marketers. Over 11,000 delegates from 90 countries attend seven days of workshops, exhibitions, screenings, master classes and high-profile seminars by industry leaders such as Dan Wieden, Sir John Hegarty, Bob Greenberg, Maurice Lévy, David Droga, Mark Tutssel, Sir Martin Sorrell and Tham Khai Meng, as well as people like Mark Zuckerberg, President Bill Clinton, Malcom Gladwell, Robert Redford, Ben Stiller, Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, Rupert Murdoch, Steve Ballmer, Dick Costolo, Jeff Bewkes, Eric Schmidt, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Philippe Dauman, Kofi Annan, and Bob Geldof.

The networking and learning opportunity of the year, Cannes Lions is the must-attend event for anyone involved in brand communication.

In 2012, Cannes Lions partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch Cannes Chimera, an initiative that aims to use the creative power of communication professionals around the world to do good.

Current project(s):
Six festivals around the world.

Source of inspiration:
The genius work we honour in Cannes and our other festivals.

My Big Idea for the Creative Industries in Europe:
Don’t be frozen by fear.

Favorite tools:
My watch.

Favorite website(s):


Secret admiration for:
Justin Bieber.

Best advice I ever received:
All things must pass.

Best practice:
Being on time.

Worst practice:
Being late.

Tips for professional colleagues:
Be on time.

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