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Leo Burnett brings glory to Sri Lanka with two wins at the CLIO Awards

Dengue Campaign Team
Dengue Campaign Team

Leo Burnett is the first Sri Lankan agency to win two metals at the globally recognized CLIO Awards

Leo Burnett Sri Lanka also won two golds and two silvers at AD STARS 2014

LeoBurnett Solutions Inc., (LBSI) the local office of the global advertising
network Leo Burnett Worldwide, created history once again for the country by
winning six metals at two prestigious international award shows; AD STARS 2014
and the CLIO Awards. Leo Burnett is the first agency in Sri Lanka to win a
metal at the CLIO Awards and is also the first in the country to win gold in
the Public Relations (PR) Category. Arc Worldwide, the integrated arm of Leo
Burnett handles the company’s PR and activation initiatives and is the only
agency in Sri Lanka to achieve this level of international success. The awards
were won for the ‘Mosquito Repellent Newspaper’ which the agency launched to
combat Dengue in Sri Lanka. 
LeoBurnett won two gold awards in the Promotion and PR categories and two silver
awards in the Branded Content and Media categories at AD STARS 2014. This is
the first time that a Sri Lankan agency has won gold and has been recognized in
the PR category. The agency was also the first in the country to win two bronze
awards at the CLIO Awards in the PR, Corporate Image and Design, Poster
categories. The AD
STARS festival, held in South Korea was judged by an illustrious jury
comprising Yuya Furukawa, Chief Creative
Officer, Dentsu Inc. Aaron Lau, CEO, Cheil Greater China, Jeff Curtis,
Co-founder, Red Pill and Santosh Padhi Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder / Taproot India,
Mumbai to name a few. The CLIO Awards have been held in New York since 1959 and is a
globally reputed awards festival which recognizes world-class work.

Commenting on Leo
Burnett’s wins, Ranil de Silva, Managing Director, Leo Burnett Solutions Inc.,
stated, “I am honoured that we have once again been able to receive international
recognition for our agency and our country at two of the world’s most
prestigious award shows. Being the first agency from Sri Lanka to win two
bronze metals at the CLIOs has helped us to put Sri Lanka on the map in the
global marketing communications arena. The ‘Mosquito Repellent Newspaper’ is a
brilliant idea which has gained many global acknowledgements. I would like to
congratulate Sithum Walter and the entire team for conceptualizing this
outstanding campaign.  I am also
extremely proud that Leo Burnett with its integrated arm, Arc Worldwide managed
to receive the single honour, of being the first agency in Sri Lanka to win
gold and bronze in the PR category at two international shows.  These metals are a testament to the creative
prowess of the Leo Burnett team. I am immensely proud of what they have accomplished
for the company and the country.”
Commenting on the accolades,
Trevor Kennedy, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Solutions Inc., stated, “It
is an absolute honour for us to have been recognized at AD STARS 2014 and at
the CLIO Awards.  The CLIO Awards is a globally recognized international awards competition for
advertising, design, digital and communications. The CLIO awards show is one of
the largest award shows in the US. The fact that Sri Lanka has been
recognized at such a prominent show is a very remarkable achievement for the
country. The recognition Leo Burnett has received in the international arena
will open many doors for Sri Lankan advertising and for the Leo Burnett office
in Sri Lanka.”
Leo Burnett’s submission for both
awards, was the ‘Mosquito Repellent Newspaper’ which was created in response to
the spread of Dengue in Sri Lanka.
Dengue is a deadly mosquito-borne fever which had reached epidemic proportions
in Sri Lanka. With over 30,000 people infected in the country in early 2013,
the disease had claimed too many lives, including the lives of young children. People read the
newspaper in the early morning and evening – the very time the Dengue mosquito
is known to strike. The campaign began
with bold print advertisements that featured illustrations of vernacular
letters blocking out a mosquito, this was then shared extensively on Facebook. This concept was
also used in posters to reach people at prominent bus stops. The posters were
coated with citronella essence to protect the people at the bus stops from
Dengue mosquitos. In addition, patches with the Sinhala alphabet printed with
citronella ink were also issued to school children. These patches displayed the
children’s initials and acted as personal protection from mosquito bites.
Finally, on
the last day of National Dengue Prevention Week, which also coincided with
World Health Day, Mawbima printed its entire publication with ink infused with
citronella oil.
AD STARS is a new
festival which is gaining attention and recognition. The AD STARS festival has
been recognizing creativity and talent in the advertising industry for seven
years. This year, the festival was launched under the theme of ‘Convergence’
and reached new heights with a total of 12,591 entries being submitted from 62 countries
from around the world. A total of 1,666 entries, which accounts for 13.2
percent of the submission were then shortlisted for the finals.
 Acknowledged as the oldest and most prestigious
international award show in the world, the CLIO Awards honours ground-breaking
work and talent that push the boundaries of creativity. CLIO has being staging its
annual award show for 55 years and maintains its original commitment to
celebrate and reward creative excellence, while continuing to evolve with the
industry to acknowledge the most current and breakthrough work.

This recognition gained at AD STARS
2014 and the CLIO Awards marks a significant milestone for Leo Burnett and the
Sri Lankan advertising industry at large. It also showcases the strength of the
agency’s creativity as well as Arc Worldwide’s PR competency. Leo Burnett has
been creating iconic campaigns in Sri Lanka for the last 15 years and is well
poised to continue to make an impact in the country’s marketing communications
industry.  This campaign created by Leo
Burnett Sri Lanka reinforces the global network’s belief in HumanKind – a
philosophy that places a purpose behind every brand because at Leo Burnett we
believe that by understanding people, we can deploy creativity to transform
human behaviour.

Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide (

Leo Burnett Company, Inc.,
comprising the Leo Burnett brand agency and marketing partner Arc Worldwide, is
one of the world’s largest agency networks and a subsidiary of the Publicis Groupe
With this approach, Leo Burnett ensures that people who buy into client brands
believe in them all the more. With expertise in mass advertising and digital,
promotional and retail marketing, Leo Burnett partners with blue-chip clients
such as The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Kellogg, McDonald’s, Procter &
Gamble and Samsung.  The company has won more advertising awards for
campaign effectiveness than any other agency in the last six years in the U.S.,
has been heralded as a “pioneer on the frontier of marketing” and continues to
be ranked as one of the world’s top five creatively awarded networks worldwide. 

About Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. (
Leo Burnett Solutions Inc., the local representative of Leo Burnett Worldwide,
was established in Sri Lanka in June 1999, and is headed by Ranil de Silva. The
agency which employees 81 of the country’s best professionals on its team has
made a considerable impact in the local communications industry.

(, the world’s
fourth-largest communications company. Leo Burnett holds people at the centre
of its strategic thinking, technological innovation and creative ideas,
focusing first and foremost on human behaviour before attempting to tell a
brand’s story.

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