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Thursday, 19 May 2011, 10:30 HKT/SGT

Source: Spikes Asia
Jeff Benjamin and Mark Patterson to Chair at Spikes Asia 2011

HONG KONG, May 19, 2011 - (ACN Newswire) - Spikes Asia Advertising Festival, the regional awards and festival for creative excellence in advertising and communications, is pleased to announce the names of two more industry leaders who have been appointed jury presidents. Jeff Benjamin, Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, will lead the Digital jury and Mark Patterson, CEO of GroupM Asia Pacific, will chair the Media jury.

"We are delighted that two such high-profile and experienced practioners in digital and media will be leading the Juries at Spikes, where the work is as exciting and diverse as the region itself. We welcome Jeff and Mark to the Festival and look forward to working with them both," says Philip Thomas, CEO of Cannes Lions, who with Haymarket are joint organisers of the festival.

Jeff Benjamin has been recognised nationally and internationally by every major industry award show. Wins include the Grand Prix at Cannes Lions in three different categories. His work has been showcased in several publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Communication Arts, Time, and Newsweek. He has also been a featured commentator on CNBC. Jeff joined CP+B at the end of 2003 as Interactive Executive Creative Director. Now as Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, he works on brands such as Kraft, Microsoft, Domino's Pizza, Coke Zero, and Best Buy.

Commenting on his appointment, Jeff Benjamin said, "I'm excited to be a part of Spikes Asia this year. The Asia Pacific region has always been a source of invention and creativity for the entire world. And this year, perhaps more than others, it will be a source of inspiration for how the creative spirit triumphs in even the toughest times."

Mark Patterson, appointed CEO of GroupM Asia Pacific in early 2009, is responsible for all WPP's media assets in the region including MindShare, MediaEdge:CIA (MEC), MediaCom, MAXUS and Kinetic with combined billings of over US$11bn (RECMA) and just under 5000 employees.

"I am looking for great work that worked in a market context. I am looking for real actionable insights and I am looking for media agencies to step up, sell their brand stories and be as proud of their work as other agencies ," says Mark.

Entries are now open. Jeff and Mark will join four other jury presidents and members of their respective juries to vote, discuss and award the winners of the Spikes Asia 2011 entries. From today, entrant companies can submit work in the following categories: Print, Print Craft, Outdoor, Digital, Direct, Promo & Activation, Media, Design, Radio, Film and Film Craft as well as the two categories that launch this year, PR and Mobile.

All entries can be viewed during the Spikes Asia festival. The winning work will be revealed together with Agency of the Year, Media Agency of the Year, Network of the Year and the new Independent Agency of the Year, at the Esplande Theatre, Singapore, on 20 September 2011.

For further information on how to submit entries or register to attend Spikes Asia 2011, please go to www.spikes.asia.

Key Dates

- Delegate registration open from: 21 April 2011
- Entries open from: 19 May 2011
- Entries deadline: 22 July 2011
- End of Early Bird Registration: 1 August 2011
- Festival Dates: 18-20 September 2011

Amanda Benfell, 
PR & Press Manager
Spikes Asia Advertising Festival 
Tel: +44 20 7728 4040

Topic: Executive appointment
Source: Spikes Asia

Sectors: Broadcast, Film & Sat
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