SOURCE: New York Festivals

New York Festivals

March 04, 2010 16:32 ET

Joe Sedelmaier & Neil French Join New York Festivals International Advertising Awards GrandJury®

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) -  New York Festivals International Advertising Awards, honoring the World's Best Advertising©, announced today that iconic commercial director, Joe Sedelmaier, and legendary advertising creative, Neil French, will join the 2010 NYF GrandJury®. Mr. Sedelmaier will judge Art & Technique, and Mr. French has signed on to judge Print. Their celebrated reputations and contributions as jury members will generate prominence for the 2010 competition, which is accepting entries until March 15th. NYF's 2010 Advertising Awards ceremony will take place in Shanghai, China on June 10th, 11th and 12th at the Shanghai Theater Academy and Sino ADI.

Both Sedelmaier and French were awarded the NYF Lifetime Achievement Award at separate ceremonies during the 2009 NYF International Advertising Awards World Tour. Joe Sedelmaier, known for his quirky humor and offbeat casting, has created award winning commercials for clients such as Wendy's, Fed Ex, and Alaska Air. His comedic point of view lambasted the workaholic corporate culture of the 70s and 80s, garnering this comic genius countless international advertising awards.

The British advertising executive Neil French, a former WPP Creative Director, is considered one of the true pioneers of advertising in Asia, and is recognized in advertising circles for bringing the creative revolution to Asia. His award winning ads featured his signature lengthy copy, peppered with the unmistakable Neil French dry wit. 

Both Sedelmaier and French will participate in selecting the World's Best Advertising© as members of NYF's 2010 GrandJury®. The GrandJury® is comprised of over 250 Senior Creative Directors from 56 countries, and represents the largest and most diverse jury of any advertising competition in the world.

International Awards Group (IAG) organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following five brands: AME Awards® for Advertising Marketing Effectiveness; Hive Awards® for the Unsung Heroes of the Internet; Midas Awards® for Financial Services Communications; The Global Awards® for Healthcare Communications; NYF International Advertising Awards; NYF Film & Video; NYF Radio Programming & Promotions; and NYF TV Programming & Promotions. Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. Founded in 1957, IAG and their five brands have representation in 84 countries. For more information, go to

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