Very excited about this one. Amongst the big global networks its good to seethat independent agencies have a voice and claim the big gongs…looking to the future! (not too far).

First up is Rob Jack, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Special Group, based in Auckland, New Zealand. This agency is already no stranger to Cannes, having picked up a Grand Prix in 2010 for its work on Orcon Broadband, and featuring another Director on the judging panel for 2011.

Also on the line-up is Ali Ali, Creative Director and Founder of Elephant Cairo. In a year when Egypt has seldom been out of the headlines, Ali was a big winner at the Dubai Lynx Festival in March, with awards including two Grands Prix for Film and Film Craft and Gold for Interactive. His presentation style is as entertaining as his work.

Finally, thenetworkone is delighted to introduce John Matejczyk, Co-Founder and Creative Director of MTZHF in San Francisco. John has won top awards from every major show in the USA and at Cannes Lions, with work for Fallon, TBWA, Chiat Day, BBH, 180 and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners – you don’t get a creative CV much better than that. Until recently he was one of the leading creative freelancers in the US, but has just opened his own agency, MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOF-FER.

Independent agencies have had a lot of success so lon may that continue!