Academy Award-Winning Film and TV Producer Brian Grazer Joins J. Walter Thompson Company at 2015 Cannes Lions Festival

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J. Walter Thompson Chief Creative Officer Matt Eastwood and Hollywood producer Brian Grazer discuss curiosity and its value in the creative world at 10:00 am on Friday, June 26



'Curiosity' will celebrate those who have embraced questions – not as a sign of incompetence or ineptitude, but as the enviable trait of budding pioneers who provoke change

On Friday, June 26 at 10:00 am in the Grand Auditorium, J. Walter Thompson Company will host “Curiosity and A Curious Mind,” a candid one-on-one conversation with leading Hollywood film and television producer Brian Grazer, during the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Joined by Matt Eastwood, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer at J. Walter Thompson Company, the seminar will celebrate the power of curiosity, and explore how cultivating a culture of questions can inspire and ignite careers and the creative process.

From Grazer’s new book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life (co-authored by Charles Fishman), Grazer will share personal lessons from his decades-long enthusiasm for talking to anyone and everyone – from spies to artists, scientists, celebrities and CEOs – and how it has inspired his own creativity and career spanning over 25 years in Hollywood.

“Curiosity” will celebrate those who have embraced questions – not as a sign of incompetence or ineptitude, but as the enviable trait of budding pioneers who provoke change, challenge convention and commit themselves to being constant learners.

J. Walter Thompson Presents: Curiosity and A Curious Mind with Brian Grazer
Location: Grand Auditorium
Date: Friday, June 26, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 10:45 am


Brian Grazer
Film Producer, Imagine Entertainment 

Brian Grazer is an Academy award-winning American film, and Emmy award winning television producer. Grazer co-founded Imagine Entertainment, a film and television production company based in Beverly Hills, California. His films, which include A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Splash, 8 Mile, The Da Vinci Code and more, have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards, have won 10 and have generated over $13 billion. His TV productions include FOX's breakout hit Empire, Arrested Development, 24 and NBC's Parenthood. His TV series have been nominated for 152 Emmy Awards with 40 wins. In his recent New York Times-bestselling book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, Grazer shares stories of his personal “curiosity conversations” with a range of successful people – scientists, celebrities, business executives and spies. Grazer encourages inquisitiveness as a positive trait and tool to understand the audience and the world.

Matt Eastwood
Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, J. Walter Thompson

Matt Eastwood joined J. Walter Thompson as Worldwide Chief Creative Officer in July 2014. Described by Britain’s Campaign magazine as a “unicorn” in the communications industry, Matt has overseen some of the most innovative and recognizable creative projects in advertising today. His career has spanned numerous agencies, specialties and countries, including Australia, the UK and the US. Matt was a founding partner of M&C Saatchi in Australia before he went on to join DDB Australia in 2006 as National Creative Director and Vice Chairman. During his career, Matt has won numerous accolades and honors, including Campaign Brief Agency of the Year, Australian Creative Hotshop, AdNews Agency of the Year, Creativity’s Agency to Watch, B&T Agency of the Year, Spikes Network of the Year, and Campaign Magazine Network of the Year. He is a highly awarded creative with an international sensibility, living life as a New Yorker.

J. Walter Thompson Company was founded in 1864 and has been making pioneering solutions that build enduring brands and business for more than 150 years. Today under the leadership of Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gustavo Martinez, the company has evolved to include several global networks including J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, Mirum and Colloquial.

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