Stephen Leps leaves Film Jury at Cannes

The former Zig CD has left the agency for a firm in Chicago, and will be replaced on the jury by Alan Gee.

The Film jury at this year’s Cannes International Advertising Festival has had a bit of a Canadian shake-up as Stephen Leps, former CD at Toronto-based Zig has left the agency to join another firm in Chicago. Replacing him on the jury will be Alan Gee, partner and chief creative officer at Toronto-based GJP.

‘We are confident he will be a strong advocate for Canadian work,’ said Andrew Saunders, VP advertising sales, the Globe and Mail, which is the Official Canadian Representative for Cannes Lions, in a release. ‘We look forward to seeing the largest number of Canadians ever on the winners list for Cannes.’

The Canadian judges now are:

Dawna Henderson, president & chief executive creative officer, henderson bas – Cyber Jury

Rob Sweetman, VP/CD, Cossette Vancouver – Promo & Activation Jury

Louis Gagnon, CD & partner, Paprika Design – Design Jury

Alan Gee, partner & CCO, GJP Advertising – Film Jury

Brenda McNeilly, VP/CD, Fuse Marketing – Direct Jury

Fred Forster, president & CEO, PHD Canada – Media Jury

Jane Murray, ACD, Ogilvy & Mather – Radio Jury

Paul Lavoie, chairman, Taxi – Radio Jury President (first Jury President for Canada)