Traditional ad agencies take the lead in Direct Lions category

CANNES - The ad agencies CHI & Partners and Saatchi & Saatchi are among the most shortlisted UK agencies for a Direct Lion, with CMW and Proximity the most nominated UK specialist direct agencies.

Talk Talk, CHI shortlisted in direct category for its work
Talk Talk, CHI shortlisted in direct category for its work

The traditional ad agency McCann Erickson is also among the nine from the UK in the final running for some direct silverware this week, reflecting the blurring lines between the disciplines.

CHI's "the forever story" work for client TalkTalk has brought it two chances of a Direct Lion this week.

Saatchis is shortlisted for both T-Mobile's "dance" and "the interview" for its own Scholarship programme.

CMW is also a finalist twice, both times for the Lotus Evora's "faceless people" campaign, while Proximity picked up nominations for its Royal Mail "growth" campaign and for its "mystery package" campaign for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The "computer tan" spoof for Skcin, the Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity, is carrying McCann Erickson's hopes for a gong.

The remaining UK finalists, with one campaign each, are: Iris Worldwide with "double-sided CV" for Kids Co; the Edinburgh-based Story with "a horny young man" for Glenmorangie's Ardbeg Corryvreckan whisky; Wunderman with "the greensaver" environmental message for Ford, Land Rover and Procter & Gamble.

But there are 180 shortlisted entries overall, with a strong showing from Germany, in particular, which has 22 finalist campaigns.

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