What Netflix’s Oscar winner ‘Roma’ can teach brands about social impact – Fast Company

Written by Jeff Beer

It’s Tuesday on the Croissette. Here’s the buzz on what’s happening at the Cannes Creativity Festival:

Stars, they’re just like us: Tuesday’s Hollywood-heavy program featured Natasha Lyonne, star of Netflix’s Russian Doll, talking about the expansion of director (and 2018 Fast Company Most Creative People honoree) Alma Har’el’s Free The Bid initiative. Called Free The Work, it plans to include far more than directors as well as increase the number of women, trans identifying, nonbinary, and underrepresented creators involved in all aspects of filmmaking. (Cool.) Big Little Lies‘ Laura Dern was in a session called “The Future of Prestige Content in the Streaming Age,” (I think we’re going to be okay), and The Office‘s Rainn Wilson, cofounder of SoulPancake, featured in a creative brainstorming session. (Sure, can’t hurt!) Oh, and four-time Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón was there, too. But more on that in a moment.

The real global celebrity sighting of the day: Liz Sheridan! You may not recognize her name, but she’s been a TV sitcom mom to both Jerry Seinfeld and sitcom neighbor to . . . ALF. I don’t think she’s part of the festival, just having a mellow former TV sitcom star lunch. But who knows?


In a session called “Defining Art+Activism,” director Cuarón and Participant CEO David Linde talked to Domestic Workers Alliance executive director Ai-jen Poo and Wieden+Kennedy copresident and chief creative officer Colleen Decourcy. The session centered on the partnership struck between Cuarón and Linde and the Domestic Workers Alliance. Cuarón directed a PSA to help promote a Domestic Workers Rights bill in Mexico, which was passed into legislation, and now they’re working to promote a similar bill that will be introduced by Senator Kamala Harris in the U.S. later this year.

Back in 2017, Participant and Cuarón also launched a campaign called “Mexico Rises” to help reconstruction in Mexico after the devastating Puebla earthquake.

As more brands look to make social impact a part of their marketing, Cuarón had some key advice for the gathered ad industry in how to go about it the right way.

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