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FCB Health Named “Healthcare Network of the Year” at 2018 Cannes Lions Health Festival

Press Release - Cannes, 18 June 2018

Network earns top honor for the first year in its history

FCB is off to a strong start at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, with the FCB Health Network being named “Healthcare Network of the Year” for the first time ever.

This accolade is given annually and honors the “healthcare network that obtains the most points” in both award wins and shortlist entries across the Pharma and Health & Wellness categories at Lions Health. Lions Health is the portion of the Cannes Lions Festival dedicated to recognizing “creativity with the power to change lives” by delivering the “insights, ideas, tools and techniques that lead to life-changing outcomes.”

The award builds on the strong winning streak for the FCB Health Network, particularly Area 23, which includes the agency’s recent dominance at the 2018 Manny Awards. At the event, hosted by Med Ad News, Area 23 made history by taking home all three top titles at once – “Agency of the Year,” “Most Creative Agency” and “Most Admired Agency” – for the second year running.

Aside from securing one of the Festival’s most coveted honors, the FCB Health Network also won notable accolades during the Pharma award ceremony. The list of winners comprises:

  • “Healthcare Network of the Year” – FCB Health Network
  • Silver – “Battle in the Bone” – Area 23 
  • Silver – “The World’s Smallest Booth” – Area 23
  • Silver – FCB Health – “5 Million Puffs”
  • Bronze – FCB Health – “5 Million Puffs”

Commenting on the network’s unprecedented success, Dana Maiman, chief executive officer and president of FCB Health, attributed the award wins to FCB Health’s focus on innovation in the healthcare space.

“A few years ago, [FCB Health Chief Creative Officer] Rich Levy and I set a goal for our agencies to raise the bar creatively and develop the most forward-thinking work that challenges norms. Our agencies have not only met this goal – they’ve surpassed it, and continually set the bar higher and higher for themselves. Our strong performance at both the Manny Awards and now Cannes Lions speaks to level of unbeatable talent and caliber of work within the network as a whole, and I am so proud to be a part of it.”

Rich Levy was onstage with his team to receive one of the evening’s top honors. He remarked: “Winning ‘Healthcare Network of the Year’ is a dream for us. It’s surreal. Our aim as a network at FCB Health has always been to create the most impactful, inventive and boundary-breaking work for our clients, and to try to transform healthcare advertising in some way – to leave it better than we found it. This honor would not be possible without my partner, Dana, as well the rockstar pioneers at our 17 FCB Health Network agencies across the globe. Congratulations to all of our teams on this incredible recognition.”

Collectively, the FCB Network notched four Lions on day one, made up of three Silver and one Bronze. Refer to the list below for full information on each win:

Cannes Lions – Pharma

Award

Office

Campaign Title

Client/Brand

Category/Media

SILVER

Area 23

Battle in the Bone

Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Pharma – Regulated

SILVER

Area 23

The World’s Smallest Booth

Eli Lilly and Company

Pharma – Regulated

SILVER

FCB Health

5 Million Puffs (Kitchen, Living Room, Garage)

Boehringer Ingelheim

Pharma – Regulated

BRONZE

FCB Health

5 Million Puffs (Kitchen, Living Room, Garage)

Boehringer Ingelheim

Pharma – Regulated: Healthcare Professional

  

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About the FCB Health Network

FCB Health Network is one of the world’s most awarded communications networks, focused on creating game-changing marketing solutions for consumers, patients and healthcare professionals. With specialized units covering a wide range of wellness practices, FCB Health Network employs more than 1,700 people across an extensive global network, delivering multichannel capabilities that include DTC and HCP communications, professional education, branding, scientific services, strategic planning and media services. Its integrated agency offering includes Area 23, Neon, FCBCure, FCB Halesway, ICC, ProHealth, Hudson Global, Trio, Mosaic Group, FCBVIO, BX – the Branding Experience Group, and Studio Rx. The FCB Health Network was named “Agency of the Year” by Med Ad News in 2006, 2009, 2015 and 2017, and by Medical Marketing & Media in 2007, 2010, 2015 and 2017. In eight of the past nine years, an FCB Health Network company has received “Most Creative Agency” honors. Cannes Lions, the world’s preeminent annual creative awards festival, named its Area 23 unit “Healthcare Agency of the Year” in 2017, and named FCB Health Network “Healthcare Network of the Year” in 2018.

About FCB Global

FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) is a global, fully integrated marketing communications company with a heritage of creativity and success dating from 1873. Based on a deeply developed understanding of diversified local markets and global cultures, FCB focuses on creating “Never Finished” campaign ideas for clients that reflect a deep understanding of the brand’s past, a respect for the present and an anticipation of the future potential. With more than 8,000 people in 109 operations in 80 countries, the company is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). Learn more at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@FCBglobal) and Facebook (FCB Global).