The Indie Forum: Spring 2019

Tuesday 18th June, LBB Beach, Plage Croisette Beach, Cannes

This year, in association with LBB, thenetworkone hosted the first Indie Forum: two panel discussions  with agency leaders and influential figures from the creative industry, alongside our annual drinks party.

The Indie Forum was challenging, provocative, inspiring and occasionally unpredictable. A place for a new generation of creative leaders to talk openly and express thinking and ideas that may be a little less scripted and “corporate,” than what you hear elsewhere.


From 15.00 to 15.30: “The Indie Creative Showcase”

A discussion with leaders of some of the world’s most interesting and original independent creative agencies about creativity- how their agencies develop a culture and way of working that makes great creativity possible.

  • Julian Boulding (chair), President, thenetworkone
  • Jordan Warren, co-Founder and CEO of TBD in San Francisco
  • Sharon Napier, founder of Partners & Napier in New York and a leader of “Project Worldwide” independent agencies group
  • Nils Leonard, co-Founder of Uncommon, “the buzziest new entrant to the UK’s agency landscape for quite some time”

From 15.30 to 16.00: “The State of our Industry.”

Some of the most influential figures in the creative agencies world today lead a conversation on where our industry stands today, and where to go next.

  • Laura Swinton (chair), Editor in Chief and MD of LBB, UK
  • Raj Kamble, CCO and Founder of Famous Innovations, India
  • Marla Kaplowitz, CEO of the world’s biggest agencies association, the US 4A’s
  • Debbie Vavangas from IBM iX, one of the consultancies most likely to eat the lunch of the traditional agency holding companies.