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29 May 2019
Advertising agencies work on the image of brands. But their PR and communications specialists work on the image of the agency. We meet three professionals and ask them about the challenges and satisfactions of their job.
28 May 2019
ACT Responsible, the association that supports and promotes advertising for good causes, has re-launched with a contemporary new look in order to better express the breadth of its initiatives.
Our latest city guide whisks you to Stockholm, a watery and stylish city with tech-savvy ad folk. Take a look at some places worth soaking up when you visit.
27 May 2019
In the run-up to the London Map Fair (June 8 & 9), we consider the allure of cartography. From the walls of our homes to social media, maps are decorative and inspiring as well as practical.
20 May 2019
Franco-American creative director Johanna Marciano is the name behind In Finé, a new arm of French production company Quad, which aims to put the product at the heart of storytelling for luxury brands. Find out more here.
06 May 2019
May 2 saw the latest Epica Showcase in London, hosted by Cheil UK and attended by a mixture of creative and media professionals who braved torrential rain to join us.
29 April 2019
Managing workflow, assigning projects, ensuring work is delivered on time and on budget – traffic is one of the most vital behind-the-scenes roles. Meet the mission controllers.
23 April 2019
As a design icon celebrates its 30th birthday, we take a look at its turbulent history.
Photo by Olivier Ouadah
10 April 2019
Opening an office in New York is the goal of many an ambitious European agency. Dutch outfit SuperHeroes took the leap, but there were hard lessons to learn before the gamble paid off. Read the story here.
09 April 2019
In April the jury gets together in Budapest for the creative prize Hipnózis – of which Epica is a proud supporter. So it’s time to take a tour. Our call for creative hotspots was answered by two residents: Pál Zsombor, editor-in-chief of Kréativ magazine, which organises the awards, and local art buyer Hajni Penz-Lenart.
20 March 2019
"Everybody loves typography." Find out why this and many other ingredients have allowed Communication Arts magazine to flourish for 60 years, in our interview with its editor/designer Patrick Coyne.
19 March 2019
We're living in a "sound first" world, according to the founders of a new sonic branding agency in London. Co-founder Max De Lucia answers our questions on behalf of the team.
14 March 2019
In the land of Mario Vargas Llosa, a good bookstore is a must. But in his guide to Lima, our jury member Juan Takehara of Codigo.pe recommends a few other places too. Take a trip to the populous Peruvian capital.
04 March 2019
The 4As in Sri Lanka has partnered with The Epica Awards to create the country's first national creative prize in a decade. We met 4As president Sugibun Sathiamoorthy to talk about the project.
27 February 2019
One of the most demanding positions in advertising requires a blend of attention to detail, authority, business flair, people skills, flexibility and – yes – a love of creativity. Find out how account people walk the high wire.
20 February 2019
Advertising legend Lee Clow recently announced his retirement after 50 years in the business. We sourced a bunch of his best quotes to motivate and inspire you.
The responsibility revolution is here, and brands must adapt to it or risk losing customers. Fortunately a new agency, The Good Company, is here to help. We chatted to co-founder Luc Wise about the agency's responsible mission and co-operative spirit. (Photo: Nick McKerl)
14 February 2019
Insider Latam has become our official representative across the region. The commercial partnership builds on the title’s position as a member of the Epica Awards jury. Read our interview with founder and CEO Matías Stetson.
07 February 2019
Zara changed its logo and drew disdainful comments on social media. This is not the first time a brand has tampered with its symbol and annoyed consumers. We take a brief look at some controversial revamps.
06 February 2019
Our Lebanese jury member and well-known local journalist Tarek Chemaly lets us in on some of his favourite haunts in Beirut.
31 January 2019
The Epica Awards are looking for a new International PR and Events Manager.
What exactly is the job description of a strategic planner? What role do they play in the agency team? What are the skills needed to become a strategist? We meet the thinkers.
23 January 2019
Director Lawrence Ribeiro, author of the new book Action Realism: The Art of Action, shares his pick of great movies that everyone in adland should watch again.
The headquarters of Oath (Verizon Media) in Paris was the setting for the first Epica Awards Showcase of 2019. The event got into a high gear early on when Mark Tungate, the editorial director, welcomed a legend of French advertising to the stage.
21 January 2019
We were saddened last week to learn of the death of our jury member Christian W. Larsen, long time editor-in-chief of Markedsføring magazine in Denmark. Here we pay homage to an Epica stalwart and an esteemed journalist.
08 January 2019
Officially launched on January 1, Netherlands agency DDB Unlimited may be a fusion of existing entities, but its founders say it was built from scratch to be different. We spoke to ECD Joris Kuijpers about what that means.
07 January 2019
Based on the recent Epica Awards Creative Circle in Amsterdam, here’s how agencies can be more responsible in 2019.
06 January 2019
What does the job title “copywriter” mean in the 21st century? We asked the experts.
19 December 2018
From greetings cards to Christmas windows, the festive season provides fertile terrain for creativity. We meet designers in the UK and France.
13 December 2018
Magnum's global business development director Fiona Rogers explains how the photo agency is building a closer relationship with its audiences, including advertising agencies and brands.
06 December 2018
Epica's two headline events will remain in the Dutch capital next year - and possibly beyond. Our article explains why.
20 November 2018
Following the 2018 Epica Awards ceremony in Amsterdam on November 15, we are delighted to share the results for the most rewarded countries.
16 November 2018
The 2018 Epica Awards saw Grand Prix winners from the United States, Italy, Ireland, Germany and Japan.
09 November 2018
That’s the question clients, agencies and journalists will be asking at the Epica Awards Creative Circle, which will take place in Amsterdam on November 15. The setting is the magnificent KIT Royal Tropical Institute, one of the city’s most remarkable buildings.
Some brands should adopt political incorrectness (again) as their tone of voice, says opinion maker Frank Pynenburg.
07 November 2018
Centenary celebrations for the revered German art and design school have already begun. Here’s a personal take on its influence, inspired by an Adobe project.
05 November 2018
Troy Hitch recently became Global Chief Innovation Officer of Proxmity Worldwide. We chatted to him about what his title means, where the industry is going, and the things that are currently inspiring him. We also discovered that he's rather witty...
Consumer psychologist Dr. Cathrine Jansson-Boyd will be one of the speakers during Creative Circles at the Epica Awards in Amsterdam.
22 October 2018
A new award honouring outstanding contribution to creativity goes to the Executive Chairman of Leo Burnett Worldwide.
19 October 2018
The EpicaAwards, the international prize for creative campaigns, will be returning to the Netherlands, as an interactive conference, this November. The theme is ‘Will responsibility (eventually) kill creativity?’ concerning the purpose campaigns that are becoming increasingly more common. Frank.news spoke to organizer Kyra Roest (Embassy of Dutch Creativity, Adbusiness.Amsterdam) and Nathalie Lam (Philips) about the event and the theme.
15 October 2018
During "pink October" the breast cancer awareness ribbon is ubiquitous. But what's the history of design, and what role does a certain beauty brand have in its evolution? Our article goes behind the scenes of an iconic symbol.
11 October 2018
Take a tour of Paris, one of the world's favourite destinations, with our creative guide Severine Viguier-Goenaga, creative director and managing director of Inouï, the consumer branding sister company of design agency Curius.
09 October 2018
We posed some questions to Chelsea Steiger, newly installed as creative director of FF LA – the latest chapter in a career that has already embraced some of the industry’s most respected agencies.
04 October 2018
Good news for the production community! Our dedicated award is back, along with a 100 euro discount for all production companies who enter.
02 October 2018
No, that's not a spelling error. Curius is a French branding design agency driven by curiosity. We chat with its founder, Pascal Viguier.
01 October 2018
We get it. Lots of awards, lots of work, and lots on your plate. Nevertheless, we’d still love to show the fruits of your creativity to our unique jury of journalists, which will meet in Amsterdam in a few weeks’ time.
27 September 2018
A fusion of two agencies has created an intriguing new unit specialising in luxury brands. We chat to Brune Buonomano (centre), one of the trio of talents leading BETC Etoile Rouge.
Our Creative City guides are penned by the journalists on our jury and friends of the Epica family. For this edition Matías Stetson, founder and editor-in-chief of Insider Latam, takes us on a quick stroll around Buenos Aires.
26 September 2018
The international Epica Awards are back in the Netherlands. The goal of the interactive conference, with participants and partners such as Philips, PwC and Euronews, is to answer the question: Will responsibility (eventually) kill creativity?
13 September 2018
Celebrating work that reflects the news as it happens.
10 September 2018
The hugely popular soccer tournament also attracts the cream of creativity.
05 September 2018
The British have a reputation for concealing their true emotions - usually with humour - but the theme of the second London Design Biennale is "Emotional States". Here's a quick look at the award-winning installations.
23 August 2018
The Epica Awards has merged its Press and Poster prizes into a single Print Grand Prix.
21 August 2018
She brings her experience from the ADC Annual Awards as well as solid production credentials.
This year’s Epica Awards on November 15 will include a Grand Prix for non-traditional work.
17 August 2018
On November 14-15 the city will host the Epica Creative Circle – under the theme “Will responsibility kill creativity?” – and the Epica Awards ceremony.
16 August 2018
Italian ad man and scriptwriter Sergio Spaccavento's talks on the use of humour in advertising are always a hit at conferences. As he isn’t a journalist, he can’t join the Epica jury to weigh in on our Humour category. But we asked him for a few tips, instead.
09 August 2018
From late style guru Christopher Gibbs to a reissued collection of Ikea furniture, design news is currently infused with nostalgia for the Swinging Sixties.
08 August 2018
For our Creative Cities guides, we ask Epica jurors and friends to pick the most inspiring hotspots in their home towns. Here, Maksym Lazebnik, CEO of the All-Ukranian Advertising Coaliton - and journalist for Sostav UA - takes us to Kiev.
06 August 2018
"If you're going to do something, you must do it properly." This year's Epica Awards jury president is Tony Chambers, brand and content director of iconic design magazine Wallpaper*. Here he talks about the pursuit of excellence and the timeless power of human ideas.
01 August 2018
The Epica Awards are open for entries and until August 31 there’s an Early Bird discount of 100 euros.
10 July 2018
Chacho Puebla, the Argentinian chief creative officer of LOLA MullenLowe, is skilled at bringing a breath of fresh air to agencies with unrealised potential. We caught him in the midst of a one-month experiment at the network's Paris office.
03 July 2018
The Epica Awards 2018 "call for entries" campaign, designed by Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, uses striking graphic images to get to the heart of what makes Epica's press jury different.
02 July 2018
French luxury house Louis Vuitton has produced its first men’s fragrances. Vuitton may be located in Paris, but the soul of these scents lies in the south.
27 June 2018
Brands should think harder before they speak, according to James Yeats Smith (also known as JYS), a South African creative based in Amsterdam. Here he chats with Dutch journalist Nils Adriaans, a member of the Epica Awards jury.
04 June 2018
So you think you know Cannes? Well take a look at our insider's guide by French journalist Nawal Bonnefoy, who was born and raised there and regularly returns. You may find you have some new spots to check out.
31 May 2018
Argentina is a reliable source of great advertising. This month's headline maker is Ogilvy Argentina ECD Maxi Maddalena, who explains how even the country's economic crises have fuelled its creative culture.
30 May 2018
The inventor of neon died 60 years ago this month. But his legacy lives on as a new generation warms to the glowing signs. We delve into the world of neo-neon.
14 May 2018
In a new series, we ask Epica’s network of journalists and experts to pick the most creative and inspiring places in their home towns. The first is a joint contribution from journalist Nils Adriaans of Dutch magazine Adformatie and his film-maker (and commercials director) pal Ruben van Leer.
30 April 2018
As Heathrow Airport auctions off the entire contents of Terminal 1, we take a look at airport design and feel nostalgic for the jet age.
25 April 2018
This month's Headline Maker sprung out of an encounter at the jury of the Hipnózis awards in Budapest. Click here to meet Ruxandra Papuc, group creative director of McCann Bucharest, a fearless young talent with exacting standards.
16 April 2018
A special edition of the showcase compared Dutch and German creativity, with panelists and journalists from both markets.
31 March 2018
The second edition of the Epica Showcase in Buenos Aires took place last Thursday in the HQ of creative production company Mediamonks. Guests from the world of advertising and journalism had the chance to see the winning cases from Argentinian agencies and learn about the behind the scenes of the campaigns from the creatives that created them.
26 March 2018
An exhibition of Wes Anderson movie sets in London provokes thoughts on the role of production design in cinema.
21 March 2018
Diane Agudelo Hernandez of Booking.com says she has travel in her DNA. Here she describes how data and a personal observation inspired the platform's latest campaign: an invitation to the people of the world to get out there and see the rest of it.
19 March 2018
The Epica Awards Paris Showcase took place in the appropriate surroundings of a leading ad school, just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower.
08 March 2018
Epica’s recent private showcase in New York was attended by leading names in advertising and journalism.
01 March 2018
The third edition of Advertising Takes The Stage, featuring the Epica Awards 2017 Film Winners’ Showcase, took place in Milan on Friday February 23.
21 February 2018
Print books are not dead. In fact, they've found a new home and inspired an entire subculture on Instagram. Meet the "bookstagrammers" and find out how they're influencing the publishing industry.
20 February 2018
We meet the co-founder of Dingo&Schwarz, a new agency offering smart solutions from “a small country”. Read on to discover why Latvia may be the new Scandinavia.
08 February 2018
29 January 2018
Japanese brand Muji is the latest in the list of retailers who've translated their "lifestyle" into a hotel. So why should you choose it when you next visit Shenzen?
25 January 2018
Lego creative director Ulrik Feldskov Juul has spent five years helping to build the famous brick brand and finding smart yet respectful ways of reaching out to kids.
16 January 2018
The creative prize judged by journalists extends partnership with ACT Responsible to launch a specific Grand Prix for good causes.
15 January 2018
Holding company of the Year: OMNICOM Brand of the Year: Nike Production company of the Year: Great Guns Network of the Year: McCann Worldgroup with 42 awards including a Grand Prix and 11 Golds. Agency of the Year: BBDO New York with 27 awards including a Grand Prix and 6 Golds.
04 December 2017
Advertising from Argentina is often great. So great, in fact, that agencies in other parts of the world want a slice of it. Meet Les Argentins (The Argentines), the duo bringing ad genius from Buenos Aires to your doorstep.
01 November 2017
Artem Sinyavskiy of Russian agency Marvelous tells us how he transformed a talent for organising parties into an agency that thrives on unexpected solutions.
10 October 2017
GPN is the sponsor of Epica’s new Production Company of the Year award. The network may reach every corner of the globe, but founder Harry Tracosas is a firm believer in the personal touch.
04 October 2017
While other magazines struggle, Wallpaper* is in fine fettle, celebrating its 21st birthday with double digit advertising growth, higher quality paper stock and its biggest issue ever. So what are the secrets of its success? Read on to find out.
18 September 2017
Spencer Baim, chief strategic officer of Vice Media, has a consummate understanding of the relationship between advertising, content and journalism. Which is why he's the perfect president of this year's Epica Awards jury. Click here to find out more.
06 September 2017
French kidswear brand Petit Bateau is in the news with a hopping spot that makes a star out of a sweatshirt. We talk to image and communications director Stéphane Wargnier about the ad and his collaboration with the agency BETC.
23 August 2017
Canadian film-maker Lawrence Ribeiro specialises in the kind of action sequences that bring you out in a cold sweat. Here the director tells us why more brands should emulate his "attraction to risk".
16 August 2017
After Buzzman, the ground-breaking French agency, comes its spin-off unit Productman. Why has the agency turned its attention to design? We chat to vice-president Thomas Granger.
01 August 2017
The only global creative awards judged by journalists who are specialists in their field, the Epica Awards allow agencies to show their work to a unique group of people who can spread the word about their creative talent. The awards cover advertising, design, PR and digital.
03 July 2017
The Paris outpost of Canadian agency Sid Lee has always been considered something of an outlier in the French advertising landscape. Here Alex Pasini, SVP Global Alliances, explains its evolution into a force to be reckoned with.
13 June 2017
Putting the consumer at the core: Beck's and its agency Serviceplan talk about the process that led to the brand's youth-oriented campaign, "You make it legendary."
08 June 2017
Stop Funding Hate co-founder Richard Wilson will speak at the Epica Creative Circle in Berlin this November. Here he explains how social media, viral video and crowd funding are pursuading advertisers to stop supporting newspapers that incite hatred against minority groups.
30 May 2017
Cloudfactory's Sandrine Huijgen made an unusual journey from client to creative, and from storyteller to "story doer". Click here to find out how she and her team are helping brands make a positive contribution.
15 May 2017
Travelling should be about new people and places rather than stress and hassle. With this in mind, Buenos Aires start-up Bluesmart is creating "smart luggage". These connected cases can make at least part of your journey less painful.
03 May 2017
The Epica Creative Showcase arrived in Berlin on May 3rd, together with a round table discussion about the influence of the workplace on creativity. The event was sponsored by Adobe and hosted by WeWork at its brand new collaborative space in Potsdamer Platz.
29 April 2017
The Epica Creative Showcase in Paris on April 18 was preceded by a fascinating round table debate about the influence of the workplace on creativity. The event was sponsored by Adobe Stock and hosted by WeWork at its brand new collaborative space in rue La Fayette.
24 April 2017
Hungry and Foolish are the latest in a wave of agencies who are shaking up the French ad scene. Here they tell us how they reinvented their business by thinking outside the box. Don't groan - this time we mean it literally. Click here to read their story.
10 April 2017
The latest in our series of global showcases was hosted by the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen on Thursday April 6.
Guests from the worlds of advertising and journalism mingled at the Epica Awards Buenos Aires Showcase on Monday evening (April 3). The event was hosted by global creative production partner Mediamonks at its brand new headquarters in the trendy district of Palermo Soho.
How we created engagement with a fake email reply and a rapid follow-up.
28 March 2017
"My job is basically about zooming in and zooming out." This month's design column features Vincent Lammers, head of design and animation at Ambassadors in Amsterdam. He shares some career highlights and talks us through the creative process from brief to polished project.
21 March 2017
This month's Headline Maker is a strategist, but one with considerable creative flair. Tahaab Rais, regional head of strategic planning (MENA) at FP7/McCann and regional director (MENA), McCann Truth Central, talks about the relationship between maths and imagination and tells us why taxi drivers know best.
28 February 2017
The second edition of Advertising Takes The Stage, featuring the Epica Awards 2016 Film Winners’ Showcase, took place in Milan on Friday February 24. The event at the Ariosto Spazio cinema was organized by our Italian partner Pubblicità Italia/TVN Media Group.
21 February 2017
This month’s Headline Makers are the creative directors of Fuel, Lisbon. Pedro Bexiga and Marcelo Lourenço are applying the rules of the golden age of Portuguese advertising to the digital era – and coming up with ads that connect.
14 February 2017
What role can advertising play when the world is falling apart? Shortly after Donald Trump’s election – and in the midst of judging for the Epica awards – NILS ADRIAANS of Dutch magazine Adformatie talked to three advertising journalists, an advertising strategist and an advertising thinker to find out.
Claire Bridges is the author of In Your Creative Element, a book that delivers "a formula for creative success in business". Here Claire shares some of her secrets for unlocking creativity.
03 February 2017
30 January 2017
Blending design, branding and social strategy, small but nimble new outfit Jones & Bone is the perfect example of a 21st century agency. Read on to find out why the London-based duo prefer the term "creative boutique".
27 January 2017
10 January 2017
Having travelled the world, Texas-born Rosie Bardales is at home as ECD of a French agency’s London office. Here she talks about the city's magnetic pull and the impact of cosmopolitan surroundings on creativity.
20 December 2016
Six Things is a young design and branding agency with its roots in the digital world and an instinctive understanding of the millennial mindset.
08 December 2016
It's the first time we've put somebody from a production company in the Headline Makers slot. But it makes sense that our chosen candidate is Katie Keith, "first lady" of London's Rattling Stick, whose directors have worked on projects ranging from Barnardo's to Bond. Click here to find out how Katie juggles her impressive workload.
09 November 2016
If you can’t find a safety card in the seat pocket in front of you, it may be because a collector has already snapped it up. Inspired by the Paris metro’s mock airline safety card campaign, we examine an aviation sub-culture.
08 November 2016
This month's headline maker is Christoph Becker, CEO and chief creative officer of Gyro. Becker and his network are transforming perceptions of B2B advertising. To find out how, read on.
03 November 2016
Epica is proud to present its partners and sponsors for this year's awards season. Click to find out more about them - and how they're supporting us.
24 October 2016
This month's Design Plus is a profile of Tristan Macherel, executive creative director of Landor Paris. He talks about Landor's extraordinary history, his own career journey, and the relationship between creativity and strategy.
12 October 2016
In this month's Headline Makers column, Caroline Duret of RadiumOne's Paris office not only demistyfies the new metier of "data-driven marketing" for us, but makes it sound like an exciting career option.
03 October 2016
In partnership with ACT Responsible, Epica has invited NGAd Club members to vote for the best charity work entered in the awards this year. The NGAd Club brings together more than 40 communications directors of major NGOs, with the objective of creating a closer bond between agencies and the non-profit world.
22 September 2016
Each month we profile a creative talent in the news. This time we have two guests: Mark Forgan and Jamie Standen, who travelled all the way from New Zealand to make their mark on France. At Rosapark, they're working on some of the country's best-known brands.
French agency BETC's move to an iconic building in the suburbs of Paris may reflect a shift in the city's creative landscape. And it could even indicate a global trend. Read this month's design column to find out why urban innovators are moving out of town.
21 September 2016
Highly respected Vice-Chairman of US media giant to weigh in on the year’s best creative work
Epica is delighted to announce that Norman Pearlstine, Vice-Chairman of Time Inc., will be President of the jury this year.
17 September 2016
The Epica Awards have once again joined forces with Lürzer’s Archive, the creative resource for advertising professionals, for our joint photography prize: The Lürzer’s Archive/Epica Advertising Photography Award.
13 September 2016
Launching an occasional series of conversations between Epica’s editorial director Mark Tungate and the journalists on our jury. To kick off the series, meet Tarek Chemaly, editor-at-large of ArabAd.
06 September 2016
Inspired by conversations with design and traditional agencies, Epica has created a Design Grand Prix. The new prize comes as The Epica Awards celebrate their 30th birthday.
The winner will be chosen from one of Epica’s four existing design categories.
05 September 2016
A series of retro-futuristic posters created by NASA inspired us to take a look at the wild world of space tourism. Click here to blast off.
01 September 2016
As the long sprint to the prize-giving ceremony begins, the Epica Awards have launched an Olympic Games category, open to all work inspired by the 2016 Games in Rio. Film, outdoor, press, digital, case films – all are welcome.
30 August 2016
The 2016 Epica Awards are now open for entries until September 30.
Here’s a chance to grab yet more glory before the end of the year.
25 August 2016
Continuing our series of interviews with ad folk in the news. This time we head slightly out of our comfort zone to meet Christine Removille of Accenture Interactive, which was billed by Advertising Age as "the world's largest and digital agency". Find out why traditional agencies are keeping a wary eye on it.
24 August 2016
The 29th edition of the Epica Book is now available.
From prestigious London publisher Bloomsbury, the Epica Book represents 400 pages of creative inspiration. All the winners and selected high scoring entries are featured, plus exclusive interviews with the grand prix winners – taking you behind the scenes of the creative process.
16 August 2016
Every month, we feature an ad industry talent who's making headlines. A storied British agency with global reach, WCRS has come roaring back to relevancy. Chief executive Matt Edwards tells us how it was done – with an aside about football.
29 July 2016
Two new venues in Paris and Milan combine branding with luxuriating. Find out how Moleskine and Johnnie Walker are encouraging customers to sit down and spend some quality time with them.
19 July 2016
Every month we interview a creative talent making headlines in their home market. This month it's the turn of Dmitry Tutkov, co-founder of Russian agency TutkovBudkov, which helped to create the jaw-dropping zero gravity video by rock band OK Go and S7 Airlines.
18 July 2016
In 2016, Screenvision Media became an Epica partner and sponsor of our Direction & Cinematography category. Here we chat to CEO John Partilla about advertising on the big screen and the allure of the "preshow".
06 July 2016
Want to get ahead of the crowd? The 30th edition of the Epica Awards is now open for entries – with an Early Bird Discount of €100 until August 24.
A true awards expert has joined Epica in the role of North American Sales Director. Emily Isovitsch was previously executive director of the CLIO Awards and spent nine years as managing director of The One Club.
30 June 2016
Creative magazines have begun expanding beyond print and opening exhibition spaces. Click here to read about Kinfolk's new Copenhagen gallery and other publications with a public presence in the world.
29 June 2016
Every month, we profile a creative talent making headlines in their home market. We bumped into Balázs Pőcze, co-founder and creative director of Mito, while judging the Hipnózis Awards, run by Kreatív magazine in Hungary.
Balázs explained, among other things, how to run a risky 24-hour campaign when there's no guarantee that things will go your way...
28 June 2016
The Epica Awards has launched a cheeky new advertising campaign created by Paris-based agency Altmann+Pacreau.
The press and banner campaign stresses the fact that Epica is judged by journalists and is therefore the most objective competition in the awards landscape.
23 June 2016
The Epica Awards officially kicked off its 30th anniversary celebrations this week with news of an ever-growing international jury, social and traditional media campaigns and additional categories.
01 June 2016
Epica travelled the world this spring, screening its Film Winners’ Showcase in nine cities, starting in Milan and ending in Kiev. Each Epica on Tour showcase was attended by a selection of agency creatives and clients, as well as many of the journalists on our jury.
See the full report.
31 May 2016
The Italian anti-homophobia magazine Handkerchief won a top prize at the European Design Awards in Vienna, while Swiss agency Raffinerie was Agency of the Year. Read on for more details.
30 May 2016
Following a recent visit to Australia for our Epica Awards Showcase, we were told of a creative duo who save people from sharks and bring unsung heroes into the spotlight. They had to be worth interviewing, right?
Click here to meet art director Paul Gregson and copywriter Jono Flannery of M&C Saatchi Australia.
27 May 2016
The Epica World Tour made its way to Kiev on Thursday 26th May.
The Epica film winners were showcased to a packed audience on the 26th and 27th at the Kiev International Advertising Festival.
24 May 2016
Presented in association with cinema advertising network Screenvision Media, the Epica on Tour Film Winners’ Showcase in New York took place at the Chelsea Bowtie Theatre (260 West 23rd Street in Chelsea) on May 24, from 6.30pm, followed by cocktails.
20 May 2016
The night of Friday May 20 saw the Danish advertising community gather at the home of production house Bacon, our hosts for the Copenhagen chapter of the Epica on Tour film winners' Showcase.
10 May 2016
It's all about the logo: our regular column takes a look at rebranding efforts on each side of the Atlantic, for Paris Airports and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Which was the most successful? Click here to find out.
02 May 2016
Every month, Epica - the only global creative awards judged by the specialist press - interviews a creative talent who's making headlines.
After a career that has embraced the biggest traditional agencies and racy independents, Mike Nicholson has been appointed ECD of Brave - the feisty UK agency whose blend might be the perfect foil for his talents.
15 April 2016
The Epica World Tour visited Minsk on April 15th with the White Square festival of creativity, one of the major events in marketing and advertising industry of Eastern Europe, annually held in Belarus.
The Epica Film Winners' Showcase in France was hosted by Havas and Groupe Bolloré at the Mac-Mahon cinema in the heart of Paris. The event was introduced by Epica editorial director Mark Tungate, with a speech by Yannick Bolloré and Jacques Séguéla, from Havas.
13 April 2016
The Epica Awards showcase returned to Moscow on April 13th, thanks to our hosts AKAR, who are Russia's Communication Agency Association, and Russian jury member Sostav.ru which is the leading trade press for the advertising industry for Russia.
Euronews is currently screening Irish International BBDO’s "Anatomy of a Split Second" road safety spot as part of its partnership with the Epica Awards. In this article we go behind the scenes to find out how the fatal second reached the screen.
11 April 2016
The Epica Film Winners' Showcase in Sweden was hosted by production house Acne at its beautiful offices in the heart of Stockholm. The event was introduced by Epica editorial director Mark Tungate, with a speech by Johan Sathe, editor-in-chief of local jury partner Resumé.
30 March 2016
Our regular column features creative stars who are making headlines. In this edition we chat to Joanna Monteiro, the chief creative officer of FCB Brasil. Among other things, she shares her thoughts on the challenges facing women in advertising.
24 March 2016
Being based in Paris, we couldn't help but notice the redesign of iconic French news magazine L'Express. And when we discovered that the art director behind the new look was London-based Mark Porter, an interview seemed obligatory. Click here to find out how to give a magazine a makeover.
23 March 2016
The Golden Age Cinema in Surrey Hills, Sydney, was the venue for the Australian leg of the Epica World Tour. A screening of the 2015 Epica Film Winners was hosted by our local partner Campaign Brief and World Wide Mind.
21 March 2016
The Epica world tour stopped off in Milan recently with a showcase screening introduced by our global press manager Lucía Ongay. The event was hosted by Epica's local jury partner Pubblicità Italia.
02 March 2016
An unusual Czech design magazine has launched a matchmaking service for creative talents and brands. Meanwhile, the magazine’s editor, Adéla Kudrnová, makes a strong case for the renaissance of print.
29 February 2016
With the "Brexit" poll looming and the European flag fraying at the edges, we set out to find out who designed the logo of Europe. Our investigations unearthed controversy – and perhaps even a conspiracy.
24 February 2016
Epica On Tour, our worldwide showcase of creativity, is set to travel to cities across the globe between March and May 2016.
And the even better news is that you're invited! Click here to find out how you can attend one of our screening and networking events.
15 February 2016
The worlds of journalism and advertising are growing closer together. But what does that mean for both industries? Epica's editorial director Mark Tungate, who is also a journalist and copywriter, was talking about "brand journalism" at events in the Netherlands and Prague. Click now for details.
01 February 2016
Our regular column features creative stars who are making headlines. In this edition we meet Juan Pablo Valencia. Hailing from Chile, Juan Pablo recently became ECD of Cheil Kazakhstan. But he has spent several years putting the country on the creative map.
28 January 2016
In a new series of articles, Epica highlights creativity in the design field. This inaugural piece looks at the impact of the working environment on creative talents. Its author, Mark Tungate, finds that easing collaboration is the aim of many new agency office designs.
Image: Cloud Nine, Sweden
17 December 2015
Every month we profile a creative star making headlines in their home market. This month, meet Levan Lepsveridze, co-founder and creative director of Leavingstone in Tbilisi, Georgia.
We caught up with Levan at the Epica Days event in Tbilisi, a three-day showcase of Epica winners and local creative work.
16 December 2015
Epica's editorial director Mark Tungate was the keynote speaker at the Epica Days in Tbilisi, Georgia. The three-day event celebrated local and international creativity.
01 December 2015
To celebrate the end of the year and Argentina's two Gold winners at the Epica Awards, we came to Buenos Aires for a cocktail party and prize-giving on December 16, 2015.
20 November 2015
If you didn't have the chance to join us in Berlin for the 2015 Epica Awards ceremony, you may enjoy watching this!
18 November 2015
Epica has awarded its annual Brand Tribute to leading German home improvements brand Hornbach. The award was created to recognize brands that are committed to supporting innovative work and have inspired outstanding creativity over the years.
28 October 2015
Every month we interview a creative talent who's making headlines. Meet Marko Romcevic from Belgrade, who with his partner Dusan Adamovic is giving his ideas away...for a good cause, naturally.
Their project is #CrazyEnoughToChangeTheWorld
14 October 2015
Every month we profile a creative star making headlines in their home market. This time we meet Nicolás Cresci, who (with his business partner at the agency iURL) has just launched the first virtual reality studio in Latin America.
13 October 2015
Leading British photographer Alison Jackson has joined the line-up of speakers at the Epica Creative Circle conference in Berlin on November 19.
Alison is famous for her uncannily accurate "lookalike" photos of Royals and celebrities. Whether shocking or satirical, they are designed to provoke a debate about the power of image and society's obsession with celebrity.
30 September 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star recommended by one of the journals or websites on our jury. Mark Lives in South Africa nominated Kayli Vee Levitan, copywriter at M&C Saatchi Able in Cape Town and co-founder of The Street Store - a local charity initiative that became a global phenomenon.
29 September 2015
So you want to win Epica's new Humour category. But can humour cross borders? How can you be sure that your ad will make an international audience - or jury - laugh rather than remain blank? Here's a brief and unscientific guide to comedic effectiveness.
23 September 2015
Epica is the first major global creative awards to launch a specific virtual reality category. In this article, Epica's editorial director Mark Tungate explains why - and presents some of the latest VR work. Click here to read on.
22 September 2015
Epica's ceremony in Berlin on November 19th will be preceded by our Creative Circle conference.
Held at the Platoon Kunsthalle, its theme is The New Scope of Creativity. Key subjects will be virtual reality, photography, graphic design and the impact of urban living on creativity.
Click here for more details of speakers.
15 September 2015
The Epica Awards is delighted to announce that Olivier de Montchenu, Managing Director of Euronews Sales, will be President of the jury this year. Olivier brings to the role his years of experience in dealing with the channel’s creative partners.
07 September 2015
Epica is proud to welcome its new jury partner for South Africa, the advertising, design and media site MarkLives.com. Founded by Herman Manson, it provides industry news, opinion, analysis, case studies, profiles and marketing innovations.
02 September 2015
Epica editorial director Mark Tungate presented the Epica Showcase at the Weekend Media Festvial in Rovinj, Croatia on September 26. The event brought together communications experts and brands from across South East Europe, primarily the Balkans. Mark was also talking about the importance of creativity to brand owners and the elements that go into winning work.
26 August 2015
Epica business development manager Joe Brooks presented the Epica Showcase - our 45 minute compilation of film and branded content winners - at a meeting of the Sveriges Annonsörer, the Swedish Advertising Association, in Stockholm on August 25, 2015.
24 August 2015
Each month, we profile a creative star making headlines in their home market. This month's candidate is Michał Kobierzewski, Creative Director of The Digitals in Warsaw. We first met Michał at a digital advertising conference in Warsaw organised by our Estonian jury member Best Marketing.
07 August 2015
The Epica Awards has joined forces with iconic creative resource Lürzer's Archive to celebrate the art of photography. Epica's Advertising Photography category is now the Lürzer's Archive/Epica Photography Award.
27 July 2015
Every month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our jury. This month P&M in Colombia nominates Rodrigo Tarquino, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Colombia.
23 July 2015
Epica is delighted to welcome David Griner, Adweek's Digital Managing Editor, to the Epica jury. David will join us in Berlin later this year for the jury meeting and awards show (16-19 November). David oversees the New York-based publication's online news team and the popular Adweek Blog Network.
22 July 2015
The 28th edition of The Epica Book launched in August. Published by Bloomsbury in London, it features more than 1000 colour images and over 400 sumptuous pages of award winning work and high-scoring entries. Plus behind-the-scenes interviews with leading names from Leo Burnett, Adam & Eve DDB, BBDO New York, Publicis, 72andSunny and Google, among others. The introduction is by Tor Myhren, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Grey and President of Grey New York. Click here to find out more.
20 July 2015
Epica editorial director Mark Tungate teamed up once again with Hando Sinisalu, founder & president of Estonia's Best Marketing International, for a digital marketing roadshow, this time in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch (on August 19 & 20).
29 June 2015
Epica has announced four new jury partners in Latin America and one in Asia. Neo Magazine (Mexico), Publicidad & Mercadeo (Colombia), Bulb (Chile) and Codigo (Peru) all join the team. Marketing Magazine (Indonesia) has also come on board.
26 June 2015
Two new European members have joined Epica's global jury of creative industry trade magazines. Ironically, they have similar names. Welcome aboard Media & Marketing (Bosnia) and MM: Media & Marketing (Belgium)!
15 June 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our jury. This month, Sostav in Russia nominates Roman Firainer, Executive Creative Director at Instinct.
27 May 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our jury. This month, Codigo magazine in Peru nominates André Toledo Salvador, a Peruvian copywriter at Lola in Madrid.
24 April 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative making headlines at one of the magazines on our jury. This time we take a look at the work of Aljoša Bagola, Executive Creative Director of Pristop in Slovenia, nominated by Marketing Magazin.
16 April 2015
Epica business development manager Joe Brooks presented the new Epica showcase reel (45 minutes of our film and digital Grand Prix and gold winners) at the Reklama & Design Exhibiiton in Moscow on April 15.
19 March 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our international jury. Adobo in the Philippines nominates Merlee Jayme, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at DM9 Jayme Syfu, Manila.
26 February 2015
Epica Editorial Director Mark Tungate was talking about storytelling, creativity and fashion advertising at events in Malaysia and the Philippines on March 11 and 12. Mark was onstage at the Indonesia Brand Summit in Jakarta and the Fashion Forward conference in Manila.
13 February 2015
Call for entries will open in July 2015
Entry deadline: 30 September 2015
Awards ceremony: 19 November 2015
10 February 2015
Each month, Epica profiles a creative star making headlines at one of the magazines on our international jury. Marketing Türkiye nominates Can Faga, Chief Creative Officer at Lowe Istanbul.
01 January 2015
Ben Priest, co-founder and Executive Creative Director Adam&eveDDB, interviewed by Mark Tungate, Editorial Director, Epica Awards
Mark Tutssel, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett
Interviewed by Mark Tungate, Editorial Director, Epica Awards
24 November 2014
A 17th century former church in the middle of Amsterdam – the Koepelkerk – became a temple of creativity for one night during the Epica Awards ceremony. Many competition entrants, along with Epica’s jury of journalists and the local creative community, showed up to watch the winners collect their prizes.
13 October 2014
PARIS – October 13. The luxury maison Montblanc has once again underlined its support for the art of writing by sponsoring Epica’s new Copywriting & Storytelling category.
06 October 2014
Epica editorial director Mark Tungate spoke about the blurring borders between journalism and advertising at the IF (Italians Festival) in Milan last week.
11 August 2014
This summer the Epica Awards introduced a new logo and website design as part of an extensive rebranding of the competition, which was founded in 1987. It follows the acquisition of Epica by Maydream – owner of the AdForum archive – two years ago.
07 April 2014
Epica editorial director Mark Tungate teamed up with our Estonian parter Hando Sinisalu, president & founder of Best Marketing International, for an Asian speaking tour embracing Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Seoul.