Organisers of the Cannes Lions 2011 festival have withdrawn two Lions won by Moma Propaganda São Paulo, Brazil. The agency won a Silver Lion in the Press category and a Bronze Lion in the Outdoor category for its work for Kia Motors.
Commenting on the withdrawal, Philip Thomas, Festival chief executive officer, said, "The Cannes Lions rules state clearly that if requested, proof must be provided that campaigns ran and were legitimately created for a fee-paying client. Despite many conversations, Moma Propaganda have not provided the proof we require and therefore the Lions have been withdrawn.”
“In addition, as stated in our terms and conditions, we reserve the right to take further action against individuals listed on the credits who cannot prove the veracity of the entries to our satisfaction. On this occasion, a decision has been made to ban any work created by those credited on the entry for one year. Therefore entries will not be accepted from these individuals for the 2012 Cannes Lions Festival,” added Philip Thomas.