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Young Lions Teams Chosen To Represent The U.S. At Cannes Lions 2013 Worldwide Competitions

McLEAN, Va., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY, official U.S. representative to the International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, announced today the winners of the 2013 Young Lions "Team USA" competitions.  Through this annual competition, USA TODAY helps to identify emerging American creative talent and celebrate them on a global stage.

"Hosting the Young Lions competition is one of our favorite parts of being the official U.S. representative to Cannes Lions, as we are honored to help provide young creative minds from this country with an opportunity to participate in the International Festival of Creativity in Cannes," said Sandra Cordova Micek, Senior Vice President of Marketing for USA TODAY. "We look forward to this year's Festival and wish the U.S. Young Lions team luck competing against their global peers."

The 2013 Young Lions categories and "Team USA" winners are:

Cyber:   Korie Park and Dana Tiel, Grey Group Film:      Brent Goldman and Joshua McGuire, Tribal Worldwide Media:   Cammy Keiler and Jordan Ng, Havas Media Print:      Tom Mandel, BBDO, and Alex Martineau, SapientNitro

The work submitted for Young Lions this year focused on KaBOOM!, a non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children by creating great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. All competitors worked from the same creative brief and were tasked with building awareness for KaBOOM! across the nation.

The 2013 "Team USA" competition included teams from advertising agencies across the U.S. with 393 teams registering and 232 total entries. The four teams chosen will represent the U.S. and compete in the Young Lions competitions during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this June. Forty-two international teams will compete in the Cyber, Film and Print competitions, while twenty-eight teams will compete in the Media competition. To view the winning work, please visit younglions.usatoday.com.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the 2013 U.S. competition sponsors for their continuous support: Digitas for Cyber; Pereira & O'Dell for Film; Spark Communications for Media; and USA TODAY for Print. Judges for each category are listed below:

Cyber:  Lesley Bielby, Digitas North America; Luke Hamilton, Razorfish; John McHale, Kim Pick, RAPP; SapientNitro; Joe Stewart, Huge; Julie Talma, EVB; Jim Wood, AKQA

Film: Dave Arnold, Pereira & O'Dell; Daiga Atvara, Digitaria; Roger Camp, Camp + King; Jae Goodman, CAA; Alex Grossman, Futuristic Films; Margaret Keene, Saatchi & Saatchi; Mike McKay, Eleven Inc.

Media:  Shane Ankeney, Initiative; Greg Braun, INNOCEAN; Trevor Guthrie, OMD; Matt Kasindorf, Universal McCann; Kathy Kline, Starcom; Lynn Pinkus Lewis, Universal McCann; John Lisko, Saatchi & Saatchi; Marie Myszkowski, Spark Communications; John Nitti, Zenith Media; Chris Pyne, Mediacom; John Reid, RTC; Pam Zucker, MediaVest; Mark Waggoner, BLAST RADIUS

Print:   Chris Beresford-Hill, BBDO New York; Aaron Padin, JWT New York; Will Payovich, Havas Worldwide; Andrew Payton, R/GA; Al Samuelian, OMD; Lu Romero, GREY New York

Founded in 1954, the International Festival of Creativity is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications. The Cannes Lions Awards are internationally recognized as the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards. Through the Young Lions competitions, young creatives from around the world are offered the opportunity to compete against each other and showcase their creative talent.

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