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The Clio Awards (also simply known as the Clios) is an annual award program that recognizes innovation and creative excellence in advertising, design, and communication, as judged by an international panel of advertising professionals. Time magazine, in 1991, described the event as the world's most recognizable international advertising awards.
The Clios has several awards programs alongside the larger Clio Awards that recognize creative marketing efforts in specific industries: Clio Cannabis, Clio Entertainment, Clio Fashion & Beauty, Clio Health, Clio Music, and Clio Sports.
The awards, founded by Wallace A. Ross in 1959, are named for the Greek goddess Clio, the mythological Muse known as "the proclaimer, glorifier and celebrator of history, great deeds and accomplishments."
Originally presented by the American Radio and TV Commercials Festival, the parent company for the Clios, also founded and directed by Ross, the first Clios were awarded in 1960 for excellence in U.S. television advertising. Each winner received a gold Georg Olden–designed statuette. The competition was expanded to include work on international television and cinema in 1966, and then U.S. radio ads in 1967.
The Clio Awards were acquired by Bill Evans in 1971 for US$150,000 (equivalent to $971,718 in 2021) and became a "for profit" company. Over the next two decades the company's income grew to $2.5 million per year, derived primarily from Clio nomination fees, of $70 to $100 per entry.
Evans expanded competition by including U.S. print advertising in 1971, international print advertising in 1972, international radio advertising in 1974, U.S. packaging design in 1976, international packaging design and U.S. specialty advertising in 1977, U.S. cable in 1983, and Hispanic competition in 1987.
The rules for the 1984 award required that a given entry appear publicly during the calendar year in 1983. In order to be eligible, Chiat/Day needed to run Apple Computer's "1984" commercial (directed by Ridley Scott) for the Macintosh computer prior to Super Bowl XVIII. In December 1983, Apple purchased time on KMVT in Twin Falls, Idaho, after the normal sign-off, and recorded the broadcast in order to qualify.
In 1984, a nearly identical situation occurred when Doyle Dane Bernbach, the ad agency for Ziebart, purchased time on a Detroit channel carrying the inaugural Cherry Bowl college football game in December in order for Ziebart's "Friend of the Family (Rust in Peace)" commercial to be eligible for the awards the following year. The commercial won the Clio Award in 1985.
The 1988 awards were aired on television on FOX and hosted by David Leisure on December 7, 1988.
1991 Clio Awards
Attendees of the 1991 Clio Awards who had paid the $125 admission price did not have tickets waiting at the door, as promised. Also missing was Clio President Bill Evans.
The caterer of the event announced that the master of ceremonies was considered a no-show, but that he would attempt to stand-in as the host. He informed the audience that the winners list had been lost. Print ads were the first awards; transparencies of the winning entries were displayed, sometimes backwards or out of focus. As each image appeared on screen, the owner of the work was asked to come to the stage, pick up their Clio, and identify themselves and their agency. Eventually, advertising executives, intent on the Clios that remained, rushed the stage and grabbed any that had not been claimed.
The event for television commercials, scheduled a few days later, was called off.
On March 17, 1992, Clio Enterprises Inc., filed for bankruptcy, claiming $1.8 million in debts and indeterminate assets of at least $1 million. Chicago publisher Ruth Ratny purchased the Clio name for an undisclosed figure. Evans had wanted $2 million, and trade publications reported a sale price of $10,000, which Ratny called low. Ratny reorganized the event as the New Clio Awards, and combined what had previously been two events into a single presentation, which was delayed from June until September 1992. Advertising Age magazine reported 6,000 entries, less than one quarter of the 1990 total. As a concession to the 1991 winners who had not yet received the trophies, their entry fee was waived. The 1990 award show at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts drew 1,800, while only 500 paid for the 1992 show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which was hosted by Tony Randall. A total of 86 awards in 73 categories were handed out. Another major change with the "New" Clios was direct competition between U.S. and foreign firms, which resulted in Swiss agency Comsult/Advico Young & Rubicam being named the winner of the best Television campaign.
A bankruptcy court ruled that the creditors of the 1991 Clio Awards should be paid. At the time, Ratny lacked the financial resources to settle the $600,000 debt. Another Chicagoan, former film editor James M. Smyth, put up the money and became sole owner of the Clio Awards. On New Year's Eve of 1992, Smyth began working on the 1993 show. The award ceremony was again delayed until September, and Jay Chiat of TBWA\Chiat\Day, Rick Fizdale from Leo Burnett Worldwide and Keith Reinhard at DDB Worldwide joined the Clio Executive Committee.
In 1997, the Clios were sold to Dutch-owned company VNU Media; Andrew Jaffe at Adweek managed the acquisition.
In 2007, VNU changed its name to the Nielsen Company.
In 2009, e5 Global Media assumed control of Clio, when it acquired magazines Adweek and Billboard, among others, from Nielsen Business Media.[unreliable source?]
In 2010, Nicole Purcell was appointed Executive Director of Clio and Brooke Levy was hired to run marketing for the organization. In 2015, Purcell was promoted to President.
In 2014, the Clio Awards absorbed The Hollywood Reporter's Key Art Awards (created in 1971 by Tichi Wilkerson) to celebrate marketing and communications in the entertainment business. In 2017, it was renamed the Clio Entertainment Award.
In 2017, the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive acquired the Clio Awards Collection from the London International Awards, the organization that purchased the collection from the Clio organization in 1992. Composed of thousands of reels of 16 mm and 35 mm film, the collection contains Clio entries and winners from the 1960s through the early 1990s across a wide variety of categories. International submissions are also included in the collection.
In 2020, the Clios were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Awards programs and subsidiaries
- Clio Cannabis — recognizes excellence in marketing and communications in the cannabis industry. The program was launched in 2019.
- Clio Entertainment — recognizes excellence in marketing and communications across film, television, live entertainment, and gaming. This award originates from The Hollywood Reporter's Key Art Awards, which was created in 1971 by Tichi Wilkerson and acquired by Clio in 2014. The award received its current name in 2017. Being postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony returned in 2021, where voiceover artist Tom Kane received an honorary Clio Entertainment Award.
- Clio Fashion & Beauty — recognizes excellence in marketing and communications the industries of fashion/style and cosmetics. This program was introduced in 2013.
- Clio Health — recognizes excellence in marketing and communications in health and wellness.
- Clio Music — recognizes excellence in marketing and communications in the music industry. This program was introduced in 2014.
- Clio Sports — recognizes excellence in sports advertising and marketing. This program was founded in 2014.
- Ads of The World — Clio's global ad archive.
- Muse by Clio — Clio's content platform. Muse is a news site and newsletter that covers "the best in creativity in advertising and beyond." Its coverage includes creative efforts in brand marketing, fashion, film and TV, gaming, healthcare, music, and sports. The publication is claims to be editorially independent from the Clio Awards, with its coverage not being "connected in any way to [its] parent company's award programs."
In 2007, Clio stated that the competition received more than 19,000 entries from all over the world and enlisted a jury of more than 110 judges from 62 countries. Nearly two-thirds of the submissions came from outside the United States.
In 2014, Clio assembled a 50/50 male-female jury, of which 75% were international (non-US) judges. 2014 was also the year Clio began holding judging sessions internationally. The 2014 session took place in Malta, and the 2015 session was set to take place in Tenerife, Spain.
According to the Clio Awards website, more than 80% of submissions are eliminated within the first two rounds. Juries then determine whether a work deserves to be included on the Shortlist, or receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold medal. One work in each media type may be awarded the Grand Clio, the highest honor.
2022 Clio Awards
Below are the jury chairs of the 2022[update] Clio Awards.
- Kinney Edwards, Global Head of Creative Lab at TikTok
- Glenn Cole — Founder/Chairman of 72andSunny
- Suzanne Powers — President of McCann Worldgroup and Global CSO
- Alisa Wolfson — EVP Head of Design at Leo Burnett
- Liz Taylor, Global Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy
- Swati Bhattacharya, Creative Chairperson at FCB India
- Nicole Ma, Chief Creative Officer at BBDO Shanghai
- Judy John, Global Chief Creative Officer at Edelman
- Shannon Washington, SVP, Executive Creative Director, New York at R/GA
Category jurors include creative executives from such marketing and advertising agencies as 360i, 72andSunny, AKQA, BBDO, Brand New School, DDB, Deloitte Digital, Dentsu, Digitas UK, Droga5, FCB, Grey London, Havas, Hill Holliday, Huge Inc., Innocean Worldwide, Jung von Matt, Leo Burnett, M&C Saatchi, The Martin Agency, McCann NY, The Monkeys Sydney, MRM, Mullenlowe, Ogilvy, OUTFRONT Media, Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA, VMLY&R, Weber Shandwick, Wieden+Kennedy NY, Wunderman Thompson. The various juries also include people from such companies and brands as DoorDash, Equinox, GoDaddy, Headspace, Heineken International, Netflix, Oatly, PayPal, Philips Domestic Appliances, Roku Inc., Spotify, Tencent, and Walmart, among others.
2022 Clio Music
Jurors of the 2022[update] Clio Music Awards included creative executives from music companies and labels like Amazon Studios, Audiomachine, BMG, Capitol Music Group, Columbia Records, Interscope Geffen A&M, Interscope Records, Kobalt Music, Primary Wave Music, RCA Records, Republic Records, Secretly Group, Sony Music UK, UnitedMasters, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, platforms like Amazon Music, Clubhouse, SoundCloud, Spotify, TikTok, YouTube; and other companies like Apple, Anheuser-Busch, Beats by Dre, ICM Partners, Peloton, Pepsi, Rogers & Cowan, and Rogue Films.
2021 Clio Sports
Jurors of the 2021[update] Clio Sports Awards included creative executives from marketing agencies like 72andSunny, Arnold Worldwide, and Jung von Matt SPORTS; sports organizations like Edmonton Oilers, Major League Baseball, Minnesota Vikings, MLSE, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tennessee Titans, and WWE; brands like American Express, Bose Corporation, Converse, Foot Locker, Gatorade, Pepsi, Under Armour; and media organizations like beIN SPORTS, Bleacher Report, ESPN, Fox Sports, Instagram, SHOWTIME Sports, UNINTERRUPTED/SpringHill Company, Yahoo Sports.
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