Cannes Lions announce 'most diverse' jury ever

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by Josh Hall

The Cannes Lions awards have announced the final jury members for its 2019 edition, with what it says is its most diverse roster to date.

This year's International Festival of Creativity will see jurors from over 50 countries judging entrants' work, including representatives from Jordan and Morocco for the first time.

Some 48 per cent of 2019's jurors are female, up from 46 per cent in 2018, 43 per cent in 2017, and 40 per cent in 2016.

The 2019 edition also sees the launch of new specialist categories, including the Creative Strategy Lions and the Entertainment Lions for Sport, which recognises projects that connect sports and esports fans with brands.

Commenting on the announcement, Cannes Lions managing director Simon Cook said: "As the shape of the work and the industry evolves, so do our jurors.

"2019 is our most diverse cohort yet, representing a wide range of countries, backgrounds and specialist expertise from all corners of the industry. Our juries play a crucial role in ensuring that we maintain the global benchmark and keep world-class creativity, in all its forms, at the heart of the Festival. I’d like to extend our thanks to each and every jury member.”

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