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DUBAI LYNX FESTIVAL DRAWS TO A CLOSE FINAL SHORTLISTS RELEASED AHEAD OF TONIGHT’S AWARDS

 12 March 2014 – The Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity has drawn to a close after three inspirational days of creativity, learning and networking. The Awards Show, which will see the winners revealed and celebrated, is taking place tonight at the Madinat Arena, Dubai.

Ahead of the Awards, the final three shortlists have now been released by the juries. 18 have been shortlisted in Branded Content & Entertainment, 56 in Film Craft and 7 in Integrated.

Yesterday delegates enjoyed seminars from jury presidents Graham Fink and Gabriela Lungu, as well as PHD’s Mark Holden who looked at how thinking and mechanics can be used as a business model; Humberto Polar of Draftfcb Peru who explained how with increased humanistic approaches campaign effectiveness can improve; WPP’s John O’Keefe who gave his argument for the importance of getting back to basics and coming up with ideas; Laura Krajecki from Starcom MediaVest who discussed the current era of visual engagement; and Ogilvy & Mather’s Rory Sutherland who looked at understanding human decision making and the resulting consumer responses to marketing.

10 Forums were delivered to packed rooms across the three days. Offering a smaller, more interactive learning environment, the Forums came from the Film Makers Panel, Infusion, iV2, Gyro, du, L & K Saatchi & Saatchi, photographer Euan Air, visual artist Gary Yong aka Enforce One, Brandhome, Google and YouTube

This year’s Dubai Lynx saw a huge dedication to the nurturing of talent with over 50 people taking part in tailored academies. Offering an unbeatable environment for the development of skills, the Lynx Academy offered exclusive learning opportunities to students; the Future Leaders of Marketing helped young marketers achieve their potential; Think Tank aided senior marketers in harnessing their creativity to build effective strategies; and the Digital Lab equipped attendees with a deeper understanding of digital creativity.

Prior to the Festival two student competitions were open, the Masar Student Creative Award for Print and the Du Integrated Student Award. Yesterday the winners of these awards were presented with their certificates on stage. Heela Daudzai from the American University in Dubai won the print competition and Shadan Khalaf from the University of Sharjah took first place in the integrated competition. Later today, the winner of a third competition, the 7-Day Brief powered by YouTube, will be announced at a press conference at the festival venue.

Excitement is currently building ahead of tonight’s Dubai Lynx Awards, the annual regional awards that see creative benchmarks set within the MENA region. The winners of the 2014 awards will be announced and honoured on stage, with celebrations taking place into the night. For up to date information on Dubai Lynx visit www.dubailynx.com or Facebook.

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Paragon Bulgaria operations manager to head Paragon Kuwait

arab times  jan20 2013

jan 20 2013

The internationally awarded branding agency, Paragon Marketing Communications; celebrated for innovative and disruptive work shaking up the industry, has kicked off its New Year by locally infusing new blood throughout its agency ranks coupled with top management restructuring in the Paragon independent network as Ivan Totev Paragon’s Bulgaria operations manager takes the helm at Paragon Kuwait while his predecessor Diana Geroge leads Paragon Oman.  Marzouq Jassem Al Marzouq and Louai Alasfahani both remain as founding partner/chairman and founding partner/chief creative officer respectively.

Ivan Totev launched his carrier as a copywriter and swiftly honed his skills at international agencies in Bulgaria such as: Bates, Ogilvy&Mather and Saatchi&Saatchi, where he held the position of managing director prior to joining Paragon, the fastest growing independent agency in the region.  Ivan’s rich experience extends beyond the telecom, retail, financial and FMCG sectors which he is most passionate about having worked for the last 15 years for some of the Balkan’s (Eastern European) mega brands in his specialized fields of integrated marketing communications, branding, new business development and consultancy.

Ivan stated, ”Kuwait’s local advertising industry is highly developed yet highly price sensitive; a fact that continues to fascinate thereby propelling Paragon’s upward trajectory through deep understanding of its client’s brand-values, markets, competitors and delivering more than just creative designs as advertising solutions but equally important, campaigns that have measurable results and real direct impact on business profits through pushing sales upwards”.  He added, “Paragon’s lead position is maintained by fuelling its creative renaissance by utilizing graphic design as a business strategy in an independent network corporate culture operating in three markets namely Kuwait, Bulgaria and Oman with plans to expand to other GCC countries in the very near future”.

Both Ivan Toteve and Louai Alasfahani had the privilege of being mentored by Misa Lukic President of the Management Board & Co-owner at MMS Communications/Publicis Group Serbia (Leo Burnett,Publicis,Saatchi).

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