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The Nielsen Company Launches First-Ever CLIO Healthcare Awards Acknowledging Creative Excellence in Healthcare Communications

-- Leaders and Pioneers to Serve as Founding Advisory Board Members and Judges --

LAS VEGAS and NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nielsen Company, a leading global information and media company and the CLIO Awards, one of the world's most recognized international advertising and design competitions, today announced the launch of the CLIO Healthcare Awards to honor creative excellence and innovation in communications in the healthcare industry. The new awards were launched this week at the 50th Anniversary CLIO Awards here in Las Vegas. Categories and entry details are available online at Awards will be handed out in New York City at a ceremony in October 2009.

"Healthcare accounts for more than one-third of our nation's gross national product and has become one of the most visible sectors of advertising, promotion and creative design in the last few years, particularly on TV and online," said Karl Vontz, Director of Events, Marketing, Media & Visual Arts Group, The Nielson Company. "We felt it was the right time to create a separate CLIO Awards to acknowledge and account for the fact that healthcare advertising and communications has become critical to the health and well being of the nation and is regulated differently and more stringently than traditional advertising and promotion. The CLIO Healthcare Awards will be executed using the same rigorous standards and commitment to excellence, but levels the playing field to qualify and judge this particular and massive industry sector more fairly and appropriately."

The CLIO Healthcare Awards will be established and judged by some of the most innovative, creative and strategic individuals in the healthcare advertising, marketing, design and communications fields. Members of the inaugural Advisory Board are:

  • Rob Buccino, President: Neocortex, New York
  • Martha Crane, EVP, Executive Creative Dir.: Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare, New York
  • Fabio Gratton, Chief Innovation Officer: Ignite Health, Irvine, CA
  • Forrest King, Managing Partner, Creative Dir.: JUICE Pharma Advertising, New York
  • Patricia Malone, Principal, Creative Dir.: Strategem Healthcare, San Francisco
  • Stephen Neale, Sr. VP and Exec. Creative Dir.: Abelson Taylor, Chicago
  • Jane Pritchard, Creative Director: Anderson DDB, Toronto, ON
  • Rob Rogers, Co-CEO, Americas: Sudler & Hennessey, New York
  • Bruce Rooke, Chief Creative Officer: GSW Worldwide, Westerville, OH
  • Greg Sampson, Principal, Creative Services: Sampson & Company, Ville Grande, CA
  • Michael Schreiber, Managing Partner, Creative Dir.: AgencyRx, New York
  • Jim Weiss, Chairman & CEO: WeissComm Group, San Francisco

For more information about the CLIO Healthcare Awards, go to

About The CLIO Awards

The CLIO Awards is one of the world's most recognized awards competition for advertising, design and interactive. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2009, the CLIO Awards has maintained its original commitment to celebrate and reward creative excellence, honoring a powerful form of communication and its impact on modern culture. At the same time, the CLIO Awards remains focused on evolving with the industry in order to acknowledge the most current, breakthrough work. To this day, CLIO's iconic statue is the most widely recognized and coveted symbol of the industry's creative accomplishments. The CLIO Awards are produced by Nielsen Business Media, a part of The Nielsen Company, a global information and media company.

About The Nielsen Company

The Nielsen Company is a global information and media company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows and business publications (Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek). The privately held company is active in more than 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA. For more information, please visit

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