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10 April 2019
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The Cannes Lions School encompasses an extensive range of learning and development programmes at the Festival, which have been training the industry's brightest minds since 1995. This year, Nick Law, Chief Creative Officer Publicis Groupe and President of Publicis Communications at Publicis Groupe will take the honorary position as Chairperson of the Cannes Lions School, guiding the Young Lions onsite at the Festival. As part of Cannes Lions' commitment to extend opportunities for learning throughout the year, they have partnered with digital learning provider 42 Courses to establish a series of online courses.

"Curiosity drives creativity and a continued desire to learn provides an opportunity to shape and define the future of the creative industry", said, Simon Cook, Managing Director of Cannes Lions. "Nick's pedigree as a master, future-thinking creative will be an opportunity for our students to take a deeper look at their creative processes at the festival. As Cannes Lions promotes a culture of continual learning it's also important for us to provide our diverse community with rich industry insights and learnings throughout the year."

Young Lions are attendees under the age of 30 and range from people in their first role to CEOs and Lion winners. In his role as Chairperson, Nick will support the Festival in developing this next generation of talent across the training programme for students and rising stars, as well as tailored learning opportunities for senior marketers. He will address and mentor School attendees throughout the Festival week and will help hundreds of talented young creatives continue to make the case for creativity throughout the year. After the Festival Nick will nominate his successor to take on the role for 2020.

Speaking on the news Nick Law said, "The next generation of creative leaders are going to inherit and shape an industry in rapid transition. Their imagination, curiosity and obsession with all the proliferating new mediums will determine the success of this transition. That is why I am so happy to be the Chairperson of the Cannes Lion School this year. We have as much to learn from the next generation as they do us, and I am hoping to meet my future boss over the course of the program."

Extending the suite of learning products to an audience around the world that can't physically attend the Festival, Cannes Lions' learning courses will focus on the fundamentals of creative marketing. The new series of short online courses will share the best insights from the Festival from some of the industry's most esteemed luminaries.

Each course combines video, insights from industry experts and a showcase of Lion-winning work to provide tangible, practical skills. The first course, entitled Storytelling provides tools and techniques for users to bring stories to life, alongside lessons from industry experts including: Keith Reinhard (Chairman Emeritus, DDB), Rory Sutherland (Ogilvy UK Vice-Chairman), Debbi Vandeven (Global chief creative officer at VMLY&R) and Gabriela Lungu (Founder, WINGS Creative Leadership Lab). 

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