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FCB Health Named Healthcare Network of the Year at 2018 Cannes Lions for First Time Ever

Press Release - New York, 27 June 2018

 Area 23 Wins Nine Lions Across Six Juries

The FCB Health Network made history this week- winning Healthcare Network of the Year for the first time ever. The honor is awarded to 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. 

Leading the pack in medals for FCB Health Network is agency Area 23, which secured nine honors in numerous categories outside of Health and Pharma, including Mobile, Direct, PR, Print & Publishing and the Glass Lion for Change.

Named Healthcare Agency of the Year at the 2017 Cannes Lions, Area 23 also took home Glass for the second consecutive year – and was the first healthcare agency to ever win in this category. Area 23’s award-winning 2018 work includes Change the Ref’s “Posts Into Letters,” NY-Presbyterian Hospital’s “TXT 2 HELP” and the National Organization for Victim Assistance’s “The Rape Tax.”  

FCB Health Network’s showing at Cannes builds on a strong winning streak for the network, particularly Area 23. The agency swept the podium at the 2018 Manny Awards, winning top honors for the second year in a row. 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. Area 23 was also named Healthcare Agency of the Year at the 2017 Global Awards and brought home the prestigious Titanium Award for Best in Show at the 2017 MM&M Awards for its “Mr. Sun” campaign for Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation/Mollie’s Fund. Additionally, Area 23 brought home 18 Clio Health awards in 2017, including four Gold and the Clio Grand for Cyrcadia Health’s “ITBRA – The Wearable That Detects Cancer.”

“I'm incredibly proud of the teams that went the extra mile to create work that gets recognized at this level. But I'm even more proud of our little industry,” said Tim Hawkey, executive creative director and co-managing director of Area 23. “At Pharma Lions we had more health agencies than ever winning big. The US was definitely on the map with multiple agencies winning Lions. We had more than half of the top 20 pharma companies represented on the shortlist and we saw more health agencies scoring in Cannes Lions outside of health. As an industry, you can see that there has been a concerted effort to push the work forward. And this year is proof that we're starting to make a dent in that goal.”

Area 23’s list of Cannes Lions-winning campaigns includes: 

  • Silver – “Battle in the Bone” – Pharma
  • Silver – “The World’s Smallest Booth” – Pharma
  • Bronze – “TXT 2 Help” – Mobile
  • Silver – “Posts Into Letters” – Print & Publishing
  • Bronze – “The Rape Tax” – Print & Publishing
  • Silver – “Posts Into Letters” – PR
  • Silver – “The Rape Tax” – Direct
  • Bronze – “Posts Into Letters” – Direct
  • Bronze – “The Rape Tax” – Glass Lion for Change

“Our teams consistently create award-winning innovative work that paves the way for healthcare marketing,” said Renée Mellas, executive vice president and co-managing director of Area 23. “Moreover, these wins serve as proof that we are steadily proceeding down the right path as industry leaders.”

FCB Health Network agency FCB Health additionally won Silver and Bronze Pharma honors for its “5 Million Puffs” campaign on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim.



About Area 23

Area 23 is a full-service healthcare agency that has dismantled barriers that stand in the way of true innovation. Their “What if” way of working goes beyond agency sloganism and provides a real framework to do breakthrough creative. Just ask any one of the more than 400 entrepreneurial, passionate, curious and bold people who work there. The agency, led by managing directors Tim Hawkey and Renée Mellas, has undergone significant growth in the last four years, nearly quadrupling in size under their leadership. Their campaigns are consistently recognized with top honors from Clio Healthcare, the Global Awards, the Effie Awards, the Manny Awards, the MM&M Awards and, of course, Lions Health. In 2017, Area 23 was the first agency ever to win all top honors from Med Ad News, scoring Agency of The Year (Category 1), Most Admired Agency – for the second consecutive year, and – for the third consecutive year – Most Creative Agency. It was also named Mid-Sized Agency of the Year by Medical Marketing & Mediain 2014 and 2015.

About 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).