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LIA Announces the 2017 Production & Post-Production and Music Video Jury With Michael Ritchie as Jury President

16 May 2017

(New York 16 May 2017) LIA announces that Michael Ritchie, Managing Director and Executive Producer at Revolver/Will O’Rourke will preside over the Production & Post-Production and Music Video jury.

Michael began his career in agencies, head of Broadcast at Ogilvy in Sydney, then a more regional gig at DDB HK. From there, he moved into the production side and in 1999 saw his most successful collaboration when he joined and later became partner with Steve Rogers at Revolver. Revolver/Will O’Rourke, an Australian based production company is known for its commitment to produce work that people seem to remember and hopefully like.

Michael stated, “Being asked to be President of the LIA Production & Post Production and Music Video Jury is truly a privilege. I have got to the point where I just don’t want to justify why craft is essential in our industry. I think it’s intrinsic to every single human in this world that they will respond to something made with care and craft far more than something that is not. It’s that simple. I can’t wait to see the work that is entered and for the good stuff to rise to the top”

“We are honored to have Michael preside over the Production & Post Production jury. His dedication and belief that craft is something that can make a good idea great and a great idea, exceptional, makes him the perfect choice to guide this jury in awarding the most outstanding work at LIA 2017,” stated Barbara Levy, President of LIA.

When entering awards, production companies, post-production houses, editing facilities and music and sound companies are under the belief that if an agency enters their work, there is no reason for them to enter the work as well. It may make some practical sense in theory – no need to duplicate an entry into LIA, right? Wrong!

“When agencies enter LIA, they don’t necessarily enter work into the categories from which production companies, post-production houses and editing facilities would most benefit, instead choosing product and service categories which are judged by the TV/Cinema/Online Film jury. The craft categories are judged by LIA’s Production, Post-Production and Music Videos jury, this jury is made up of the world’s best production and post-production executives, from top executive producers and directors to agency heads of TV and chief production officers,” explains Barbara Levy. “This year, in addition to the global ‘Of The Year’ Awards LIA will also award Regional ‘Of The Year’ Awards, making it is even more important for Production and Post-Production Companies to enter their work and get the recognition they deserve.”

2017 Production & Post-Production and Music Video Jury:

Michael RitchieJury President – Managing Director / Executive Producer at Revolver/Will O’Rourke

Emma DainesExecutive Producer / Group Managing Director, Fin Design & Effects, Sydney

Matthew FoneOwner, Riff Raff Films. London

Oliver FuselierManaging Partner Live Action, Tool of North America, Santa Monica

Diane JacksonChief Production Officer, DDB Chicago, Chicago

Donna LamarOwner, Stalking Muses, Santa Monica

Moritz MerkelExecutive Producer / Managing Director, Partizan, Berlin

Keiko Ono – Executive Producer, Spoon Inc., Tokyo

David Rolfe – EVP, Director of Integrated Production, BBDO New York, New York

Hélène Segol – Executive Producer, Wanda Productions, Paris

Ben Stallard – Production Director, The Mill, London

Judging will take place at Encore Las Vegas from September 29th through October 7th.

The Entry System is open for entries. The initial entry deadline is the 9th June.

For more information on submissions and eligibility, please visit the LIA website at www.liaawards.com.

Notes to the editor:

London International Awards (LIA) is a global festival honoring creativity and new ideas in Advertising, Production, Digital, Design, Music & Sound, Technology and Branded Entertainment. The awards, founded in 1986 by President Barbara Levy, began by honoring advertising in the realms of Cinema, Television, Print and Radio, evolving since its inception into 18 unique media types. It was the first truly international advertising awards of its kind to acknowledge all media and methods from all over the world to be judged by a diverse global jury. Every member on each Jury Panel, including the Jury President, judges all entries, excluding their own work, in their respective media. Each Jury has the discretion to award a Grand LIA within the media they are judging.

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