Awards: Three from APAC named to Fusion DEI Jury for ADC 100th Annual Awards

NEW YORK CITY, USA – Three top creatives from Japan, Philippines and Sri Lanka have been selected by The One Club for Creativity to serve on the jury for the inaugural ADC 100th Annual Awards Fusion Cube awards, the advertising and design industry’s first global awards to recognize great work that best incorporates diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) principles, and underrepresented groups in both creative content and the team that made it.

Serving on the ADC 100th Annual Awards Fusion jury from APAC are Herbert Hernandez, founding partner, Gigil, Manila, Philippines; Takayuki Niizawa, chief creative officer, Wunderman Thompson, Tokyo, Japan; and Ruchi Sharma, founder, chief creative officer, HumanSense, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Other Fusion Cube judges for the historic ADC 100th Annual Awards are:

  • Sherina Florence, group creative director, 72andSunny, New York (chair)
  • Ajayib Alsadi, creative director, UBRAND, Riyadh
  • Bruno Brux, executive creative director, GUT, São Paulo
  • Tony Kalathara, group creative director, 72andSunny, New York
  • Winter Mendelson, founder, executive creative director, Posture Media, New York
  • B. Monét, writer, director, New York/Los Angeles
  • Kevin Morosky, founder, head of creative, Pocc, London
  • Enrique Mosqueda, creative director, Instagram, San Francisco
  • Laurel Stark Akman, freelance creative director, San Francisco
  • Tea Uglow, creative director, Google Creative Lab, Sydney
  • Jessica Williams, visual artist, JTaylor Studios, Dallas
  • Zipeng Zhu, designer, art director, illustrator, animator, Dazzle Studio, New York
  • Gerrit Zinke, managing director, creation, thjnk, Hamburg

Fusion is also a new discipline with The One Show 2021.  Initial Fusion Pencil judges are:

  • Samira Ansari, executive creative director, FCB, New York
  • Komal Balakrishnan, senior manager, Brand, Marketing & Technology, Shell, Houston
  • Sergio Claudio, global creative, experience leader, Adobe, Denver
  • Brandon Farbstein, global inclusion strategist/speaker, Washington, DC
  • Vann Graves, executive director, VCU Brandcenter, Richmond
  • Amber Guild, president, T Brand at The New York Times, New York
  • Christina Mallon, global head of inclusive design and digital accessibility, Wunderman Thompson, New York
  • Anu Niemonen, executive creative director, Wunderman Thompson, Helsinki
  • Ute Poprawe, brand transition, diversity consultant, Poprawe Consulting, Frankfurt
  • Deadra Rahaman, vice president, Brand Strategy, Huge, Detroit
  • Resh Sidhu, executive creative director, Barbarian, New York
  • Chaka Sobhani, chief creative officer, Leo Burnett, London

The Fusion awards have three criteria.  Winning entries must first meet the different specific judging standards for The One Show (excellence in creativity of ideas and quality of execution) or the ADC Annual Awards (brilliance in craft, design and innovation).

Entrants must also disclose the percentage of relevant agency, production company and design studio teams directly involved in this work who are part of underrepresented groups — including women and other marginalized genders,, racial or ethnic groups, LGBTQ+, people with cognitive or physical disabilities, etc. — and how they implement DEI principles when putting the team together.

In addition, the work must communicate authentically with the target audience in terms of casting, language, script, narrative and design to address DEI factors such as racial and ethnic diversity, gender diversity, ageism, cognitive or physical abilities, positive body image, sexual orientation, all kinds of discrimination, negative stereotypes, etc.

“The industry has a glaring diversity problem, and Fusion is the first industry award to provide global recognition to the great work and teams who are leading the way in DEI,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club.  “These diverse juries of creative leaders will help us make Fusion the new global industry standard for rewarding excellent work, created by a diverse team, that speaks in an authentic voice to the target audience.”

Once considered a long-term business goal, DEI has become an important, proven core strategy for many of today’s successful businesses and organizations. Studies show when a business makes DEI a priority, every facet of the organization benefits, including the bottom line.

Fusion awards also encourage brands to use these criteria as a framework for making their own marketing more diverse. It can serve as a global benchmark, representing a new way for brands to demand accountability from their agencies and partners for providing greater diversity in their work and creative teams.

Entries to The One Show 2021 and historic ADC 100th Annual Awards can be submitted now, with fees increasing after each deadline period.  Regular deadlines for both shows are March 12, 2021, extended deadlines are March 19, 2021, and final deadlines are March 26, 2021.  Judging will take place online.  No physical entries will be accepted this year, eliminating shipping costs for entrants.

The new Fusion Pencil and Cube are the latest example of The One Club’s ongoing global nonprofit commitment to pushing diversity and inclusion forward in advertising and design.

The effort began more than a decade ago when the organization started its annual Where Are All The Black People diversity conference and career fair, and continued with its global Creative Boot Camps and mentorship programs for diverse college students and other young creatives.

Last year, the club launched ONE School, a groundbreaking free portfolio program for Black creatives now active in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Unlike for-profit awards shows such as Cannes and others, The One Club is a non-profit organization that puts revenue generated from awards entries back into the industry in the form of programs under its four pillars: Education, Inclusion & Diversity, Gender Equality and Professional Development.

The One Club for Creativity, producer of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards , Type Directors Club Communication Design and Typeface Design awards, Young Guns and Creative Week, is the world’s foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community. The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing, focusing on the creativity of ideas and quality of execution. The global ADC Annual Awards honors creative excellence in craft, design and innovation across all disciplines. Creative Week takes place in June, and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.

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