The line up of speakers at this year’s Cannes Lions, the 59th International Festival of Creativity, have been announced.

As usual it’s a long and illustrious list, including stars of the advertising field, the writing field, and the football field:

  • Lord Sebastian Coe, chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, and formerly chairman of the bid committee,
  • Sir John Hegarty, worldwide creative director and founder, BBH,
  • Andrew Keller, CEO and partner, Crispin, Porter and Bogusky,
  • Michael Patrick King, Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer,
  • Smokey Robinson, singer/songwriter and the man Bob Dylan pronounced to be America’s “greatest living poet”,
  • Ronaldo Nazario de Lima, Brazilian football legend for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Intern Milan, AC Milan and the Brazilian national team, and current UNICEF ambassador,
  • Peter Roth, president, Warner Bros. Television,
  • Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive, WPP, and
  • Dan Wieden, co-founder and global executive creative director, Wieden and Kennedy.


More information on seminars and competitions is available on the festival website, including – last but not least – the Beach Soccer Tournament.