NYFA 2016 Gala


DATE: Thursday, May 19, 2016

The 2016 New York Show℠ events will be on May 19th and feature creative panel sessions, a cocktail reception, the awards ceremony, and an after-party. New York Festivals will welcome award winners, jury members and guests from around the globe to this day long series of events honoring the World’s Best Advertising®.

Four creative panel sessions will take place during the day at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, located at 1871 Broadway (btw 61st & 62nd St).

Later that evening, guests from around the world will then join us for our Gala event at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York City, for a cocktail reception in the Ertegun Atrium, followed by the awards ceremony in Rose Theater.

Creative Panel Sessions: 10:00am to 4:00pm (doors open at 9:30am)

Cocktail Reception: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Awards Ceremony: 8:00pm

A celebratory after-party will be held at Parkview Lounge, on the 4th floor of Time Warner Center, to toast all the winners of the World’s Best Advertising.


  • All Access Pass - $350 (includes all four creative panel sessions, the awards ceremony, cocktail reception and after-party)
  • New York Show Awards Gala & Presentation - $295 (includes the awards ceremony, cocktail reception and after-party)
  • Creative Panel Sessions (session details below)
    • Attend one panel for $30 per person
    • Attend two panels for $50 per person
    • Attend all four panels for $75 per person

* Venue capacities for the creative sessions, cocktail reception and after-party are limited. Admission is not guaranteed. Ticket holders will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, based on venue capacity.


Students & Teachers: Register for Complimentary Panel Session Tickets!


Ticket questions? Email us at: tickets@newyorkfestivals.com


Advertising: Whether you think it reflects or informs culture, every once in a while a message challenges a population’s beliefs and sparks a conversation… or a firestorm. Our 2016 series of creative panels will explore campaigns that—intentionally or not—got people talking about more than the brand.
10:00am-11:00am NEW YORK WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS Presents… Content Disruption
Consumers today are in control and they are savvier than ever. To meet their increasingly demanding preferences, marketers have broken through the bonds of traditional advertising, and storytelling is now the thread that runs through everything. So how do brands develop content that breaks through?

This panel will discuss not only what it takes to break through but how brands can, when they get it right, even drive the cultural conversation.

  1. David Angelo, Founder & Chairman – David & Goliath, USA
  2. Jennifer Bremner, Brand Director, Skin Cleansing – Unilever, USA
  3. Maya Draisin, Associate Publisher & Head of Marketing – WIRED, NY
  4. Beth Collins Ellard, Executive Vice President, Media – The Advertising Council, NY

Moderated by Georgia Galanoudis, Managing Director – Imprint, NY

11:30am-12:30pm THE CONTENT COUNCIL Presents… Is Content Marketing the Only Marketing Left?
Create a movement and inspire a tribe of people to believe. That’s when content marketing is at its best. Sure you can use content to educate, but how do you inspire people to action? How can you make a brand stand for something bigger than a product or service?

Join The Content Council, the premier non-profit organization representing content marketers globally, for a lively discussion on using storytelling for a greater purpose.

  1. Andrew Hanelly, SVP Digital Strategy & Content Marketing – Manifest, Washington, DC
  2. Jacquie Loch, Vice President Content Solutions – St. Joseph Communications Media Group, Canada
  3. Duncan Milne, Managing Director – Imprint, NY
  4. Rachel Jo Silver, Founder – Love Stories TV, NY

Moderated by Lori Greene, Founder – LPG Enterprises, NY

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch Break
 1:30pm-2:30pm WEBER SHANDWICK Presents… Pushing Buttons—and Cultural Boundaries
Advertising has typically reflected a cultural status quo, offering scenarios that represent the friendly and familiar. But what happens when the ‘taboo’ or controversial is presented?

As more brands become socially conscious and inclusionary of non-traditional lifestyles—and recognize those who live them as a growing and often underrepresented demographic—we’re seeing the emergence of a new definition of normal. Whether LGBTQ couples or biracial families to presenting topics which touch a political nerve, more brands and organizations are sparking conversations.

This panel will shine a light on campaigns that intentionally courted conversation by including groups or topics normally excluded from mainstream messaging while purposefully leaning into unchartered territories to elevate the ‘holy trinity’ of paid, owned and earned integrated campaigns. How will advertising be more culturally relevant and react “faster” to cultural shifts in an always-on world evolves?

  1. John Mescall, Global Executive Creative Director – McCann Worldgroup
  2. Gary Osifchin, Vice President, Brand Equity, Global Biscuits – Mondelēz International
  3. Josy Paul, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer – BBDO India
  4. Jenna Young, Executive Creative Director – Weber Shandwick, NY

Moderated by Michael Schiferl, Executive Vice President - Weber Shandwick

 2:30pm-4:00pm MIAMI AD SCHOOL Presents… Beyond Your Portfolio: Get people talking about you!
Agencies hire people, not portfolios. This workshop will take a look at some of the things young creatives did that challenged society’s entrenched beliefs and attitudes, and explore what you need to do to get people talking about you!

  1. Raj Ramamurthy, Art Director - Ogilvy and Mather, NY
  2. Jessica Shriftman, Art Director - Wieden + Kennedy, NY
  3. Nick Smatt, Account Planner - BBDO, NY

Facilitated by Pippa Seichrist, Cofounder, Head of Innovation & Development - Miami Ad School


Students & Teachers: Register for Complimentary Panel Session Tickets!


Ticket questions? Email us at: tickets@newyorkfestivals.com



New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world! In addition to enjoying all the New York Show℠ events, be sure to check out some of the other fun activities and attractions while here - http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/entry/pdf/nyc-things-to-do.pdf.