MediaCom leads the pack in Thinkbox TV Planning Awards shortlist

Judges include marketers from NHS England, TUI and Lloyds Banking Group.

2020 Grand Prix winner: Mediahub for NHS England
2020 Grand Prix winner: Mediahub for NHS England

MediaCom UK is the frontrunner among finalists in this year’s Thinkbox TV Planning Awards, run in conjunction with Campaign

Judges, including marketers from NHS England, TUI and Lloyds Banking Group, will decide on the winners from seven categories, including Young TV Planner of the Year, introduced in 2020. A new TV Planning Agency of the Year award will be voted by Thinkbox and the broadcasters. Results will be announced in July.

MediaCom leads the work categories with four shortlisted entries, ahead of Manning Gottlieb OMD, OMD UK, Republic of Media and Wavemaker UK with two entries apiece. The UK’s biggest media agency was ahead at this point last year also but, on the day of the awards, it was Mediahub that lifted the 2020 Grand Prix trophy, for its work for NHS England.

This year, as always, the Grand Prix will be chosen by the judges to represent the best of the best.

MG OMD, OMD UK, Republic of Media and Wavemarker UK are additionally shortlisted for TV Planning Agency of the Year.

All shortlisted entries will also be considered for two special awards this year.

The Advanced TV Planning award will evaluate how entries have taken full advantage of the new opportunities opened by technology, such as cross-broadcaster audience mapping, customer data-matching, and expanding addressable capabilities.

The Best Use of TV in a Crisis will recognise the particular challenges faced by planners, agencies and brands in the past 12 months, and reward those that have adapted with excellence in unparalleled times.

The shortlisted entries

Best Integrated Campaign

  • MediaCom UK for Direct Line
  • MediaCom UK for Tesco
  • Republic of Media, Propaganda and Souter PR for Roberts Bakery
  • The7stars for On the Beach

Best Ongoing Use of TV

  • MediaCom UK for Lloyds Bank
  • OMD for NFU Mutual
  • Wavemaker UK for Nationwide

Best Small Budget Use of TV

  • December19 and Weave for People’s Energy
  • LOVE or FEAR and Running Total Media for Elder
  • MG OMD for NHS Blood and Transplant (HM Gov)
  • The Barber Shop, Blonde and SixteenByNine for Parkinson’s UK

Best TV Newcomer

  • Havas UK for Royal Mail
  • Republic of Media for Jura Whisky – Whyte & Mackay

  • UM Birmingham for Dexcom G6

Best Use of Content

  • MediaCom UK for Tesco
  • MG OMD for Age UK
  • PHD for the British Heart Foundation
  • Wavemaker UK for Paramount/Sonic the Hedgehog

Best Use of Sponsorship

  • OMD for PepsiCo/Walkers
  • Total Media for Freshpet
  • UM Manchester for Aldi

Young TV Planner of the Year

  • Becky France, OMD UK
  • Chris Lucas, Mostly Media
  • Jasmin Weston-Smith, Mindshare
  • Sean Taylor, Essence

TV Planning Agency of the Year

  • MG OMD
  • OMD
  • Republic of Media
  • The Specialist Works
  • Wavemaker UK

Phil Bastable, head of marketing at NHS England, Toby Horry, group brand and content director at TUI and Richard Warren, marketing communications director at Lloyds Banking Group, will be part of an 18-strong judging panel. 

The other judges are: Clare Chapman, EVP head of media, EMEA, Essence; Lindsey Clay, CEO & chair of judges, Thinkbox; Sophie Devonshire, CEO,  The Marketing Society; Ewan Douglas, head of agency & client sales, Channel 4; Laura Fenton, CEO, OMD; Colin Gillespie, chief strategy officer, All Response Media; Zoe Harkness, head of training, Thinkbox; Paul Hutchison, CEO, Wavemaker UK; Sarah Jones, director of planning, Sky Media; Charlotte Knope, associate director (broadcast), Running Total; Stephanie Marks, managing director, Havas Media UK; Andrew Perkins, group head of planning, VCCP; Rupen Shah, head of client services, Thinkbox; Jen Smith, co-founder, Craft Media and Nadine Young, CEO, Starcom.

For full details on the awards go to

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