Cresta reveals its 'Of The Year' Awards
Posted on 2023 Oct,12

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BBDO returns to the top at Cresta 2023 - but new stars shine too. MullenLowe MENA is in the agency runners-up list, while Impact BBDO Dubai made a massive contribution to help their network get back on top!

The Cresta Awards has announced its special overall honours for 2023, with BBDO reclaiming the Network Of The Year title.

On hearing of the triumph David Lubars, Chief Creative Officer of BBDO Worldwide, was quick to praise his clients and teams around the globe that helped restore the network to the top spot. BBDO is proud to be the Cresta Network of the Year four times in the last five years,” he said.Its meaningful because Cresta is one of the really good ones.  My thanks to our clients who always demand our best and our extraordinary BBDOers around the world.”

Serviceplan, last years overall network winner, is still riding high among the winners, though, retaining a firm grip on the Independent Network Of The Year title.

Alex Schill, Global Chief Creative Officer, Serviceplan Group, commented: To be named Independent Network of the Year for the fifth time at prestigious Cresta Awards makes me feel unbelievably proud of all our teams, partners and clients who constantly believe in the power of ÜberCreativity. In a fragile world, creativity is the only peaceful weapon that has the power to drive change.

A new entrant in the roll of honour is Dentsu Creative, Portugal, who seizes the much sought-after Agency Of The Year title. BBDO Canada takes the runner-up slot, with Serviceplan Innovation and MullenLowe MENA equal third.

Lourenco Thomaz, CCO at Dentsu Creative Portugal, said: "Its a great honour to be recognised as Crestas Agency of the Year. A first for the country, for us and for the network, its a proud moment. But most of all, its awesome to see the work we are making for our clients resonate globally, demonstrating the power of creativity to create culture, change society and invent the future."

TRY, from Oslo, are also new arrivals at Crestas top table, picking up the first-ever Small Network of the Year award.

And Production Company of the Year went to Soldats of Paris, who took a clutch of top craft awards with its film The Storefor Renault.

The Of The Yearhonours follow on from Crestas firm and fairapplication of distinctive objective mathematical calculations in their judging, averaging the 120 independent jurors voting. The process for these final cumulative special awards looks across the total number of awards won, while weighting them for the standard achieved (Grand Prix through to Bronze) and range of projects represented.

Its great to see how freshly competitive our awards were this year. We have familiar names fighting for the top positions but also some new heroes emerging,” says Lewis Blackwell, Cresta CEO. Theres a great breadth of entries, and an advancing range of skills being shown, that underpin these performances.”

A one-off Juror Award went to Edelman London and its entry Mayo McHack. This is the only honour that doesnt draw strictly on the maths of the awards won but assesses comments made by the jurors about the work.

One of the Grand Jury members, Kevin Mulroy, ECD at Mischief USA, commented: “I really love the Hellmans Mayo McHack idea. They didnt need an insight about the brand itself, but rather how people use it (or prefer to), played within the rules to break them, and the end result was funny and smart. Extra points for a good old fashioned cease and desist.”

Unlike previous years, the Presidents Award was not presented this year. It has been permanently withdrawn, following the death of Crestas co-leader and President, Alan Page, in May.

Blackwell said that a new award in his business partners honour would be announced soon and that it would focus on areas that Page was particularly concerned to explore and celebrate through Cresta.

These years honours celebrate 30 years of the Cresta Awards, which now has entries from more than 70 countries. It was originally headquartered in New York but in recent years has been based out of London.