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International: Tony Gulisano to lead Clio Awards

02-March-2007
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International: Tony Gulisano to lead Clio Awards

Clio Awards, a global awards competition honouring creative excellence and innovation in advertising and design, has made key appointments to drive growth and take advantage of the vast opportunities in the evolving media marketplace.

Tony Gulisano takes the rein as Clio Awards Managing Director. He has been tapped to oversee the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the international awards programme. He is among the most experienced in the field of advertising awards, having served with Clio for more than 25 years. Also Ami Brophy, Executive Director, has been retained to facilitate the transition.

Gulisano commented, “There has clearly never been a more exhilarating time to be a part of the fast-changing advertising world, and we are committed to keeping Clio truly relevant to the changes in the industry. We are fortunate to have the unmatched heritage and credibility of being the world’s most recognised and prestigious award within the creative community, and will continue to bring new ideas and energy to the programme in order to take Clio to the next level.”

In addition to Gulisano’s appointment, the organisation has also entered into a relationship with Recognition Media, a leading producer of advertising and media industry awards shows, to produce the Clio Awards.

Recognition Media is based in New York and Los Angeles, and is headed by Neil Vogel as its CEO and Rodger Berman as its President, who also serves as Executive Producer of The Webby Awards, which The New York Times has dubbed as the ‘Oscars of the Internet’. Additionally, Recognition Media also produces The Telly Awards, the premiere awards competition honouring local, regional and cable television commercials, TV programmes and video productions, and The Davey Awards, which is the largest competition recognising outstanding creative work from the best small agencies and companies worldwide. Vogel and Berman will serve as Co-Executive Producers of Clio Awards.

Talking about the union, Vogel said, “This union really is a perfect fit for both the parties. We are delighted to enter into this relationship and look forward to leveraging all the powerful assets of Nielsen Business Media for this landmark awards programme.”

The 48th International Clio Awards Festival will be held from May 9-12 this year at Miami Beach in Florida. Founded in 1959, Clio Awards aims to celebrate creative excellence and innovation in advertising, it inspires and pays tribute to one of the most interesting and influential art forms in modern culture. Known for its world-class juries made up of more than 130 experts from 40 countries, these awards focus on creative work in the fields of advertising and design, specifically in the areas of TV, print, outdoor, radio, content and contact, integrated campaign, innovative media, interactive, design and student work. This award also serves the global design and advertising communities through its annual festival, publications, newsletter and international screenings of winning work.

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