by Herman Manson (@marklives) The Loerie Awards organisers have not been presented with any complaints regarding the judging process. This is in response to tweets by outgoing CCO of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, Chris Gotz, that allege irregularities.
Allegations on Twitter
Gotz, who leaves South Africa to take up a senior position with O&M North America in September 2015, made a number of public allegations against The Loerie Awards and its CEO Andrew Human on 18 and 19 August 2015:
View the full conversation here. Gotz had earlier criticised the awards show for accepting entries from the Middle East, believing it should be focused upon the continent of Africa.
During the 2015 awards event, Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg was awarded a Grand Prix for KFC ‘SoundBite’ in the Applications, Games & Interactive tools category, while another Grand Prix was awarded to Loto Libanais and IMPACT BBDO Dubai (United Arab Emirates) for “Black Cats On Holiday” in the Branded Content Video category.
Roughly a decade
Loeries commitee member, Jarred Cinman, has pointed out that entry to the Loeries has been open to entries across Africa and the Middle East for roughly a decade.
Leon Jacobs, a South African creative director and writer, has expanded upon his opinion in a blog post entitled “Beating the drum for South African creativity“.
A statement issued by Loeries communications agency IDIDTHATAD (on behalf of the Loeries) said there were no truth to the allegations made by Gotz. “There is no truth to these allegations and the judging process most definitely doesn’t work as laid out by Manson,” reads the statement, confusing our request for comment upon Gotz’s allegations as being the allegations.
“The Jury Chairperson make the decision on what is awarded, and thereafter all final scores are printed and the ballots are signed by the Jury Chairperson for each panel, as well as the CEO of the Loeries,” the statement continues. “All the signed ballots are independently audited to ensure that the published winners match the signed results. All signed ballots are kept for one year after the awards.
“The Jury Chairs this year included Chuck Porter, Chris Clarke, Ji Lee, Steve Vranakis, CK Tan, Caroline Pretorius, and Virginia Hollis – this alone rubbishes the claim that somehow this group of international and local leaders are all part of a conspiracy that ignores the final scores and hands out awards according to the whims of the organisation. Such claims are damaging to the whole industry and should be treated with the contempt that they deserve.
“The Loeries will not enter into any further correspondence on irresponsible claims and awaits a formal complaint from any individual or organisation which it will address in the appropriate manner.”
Updated at 2.57pm on 24 August 2-15.
Updated at 3.07pm on 21 August 2015.
Herman Manson (@marklives) is the founder and editor of MarkLives.com.
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