How Kargo Pulled Off Its Present With 1,400 Drones at Cannes Lions

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CANNES, France—Maybe the one method to prime a drone present at Cannes Lions is to make a fair larger drone present.

That’s Kargo CEO and founder Harry Kargman’s philosophy because the advert options firm supersized its Cannes drone present from 600 drones final 12 months to 1,400 this 12 months. Kargo introduced in Nova Sky Tales and TWOFIFTYK to provide the present, and rented the drones from Kimbal Musk, the youthful brother of Elon Musk.

The lighted drones dazzled above the Mediterranean Sea exterior of Stagwell Sport Seashore, which was holding its annual Clio Sports activities Honorary Awards Dinner.

In entrance of athletes Shaun White, Sue Fowl, Megan Rapinoe, Mikaela Shiffrin, JuJu Watkins and Paul Rabil, in addition to the remainder of La Croisette and the Palais, Kargman unleashed his drones set to music that blasted from the audio system of Sport Seashore. Kargman has three reveals that can every run all 4 nights of Cannes for a complete of 12 performances.

Every present can have a unique theme. The primary present was “Scenes + Screens,” with the next performances being dubbed “Artwork and Advert Tech” and “Preserve Innovating With Creativity.”

To execute the present, Kargo introduced in a barge from 100 miles away as a result of it was the closest barge sufficiently big to execute the present.

“We needed to get permission from the French nationwide authorities, the native authorities, the FAA of France, town of Cannes, the Port of Cannes and the Cannes Lions to drag this off,” Kargman advised ADWEEK.

The corporate started planning this eight months in the past, and whereas Kargman wouldn’t say a lot it value, he did say it was “not cheap” given he has two safety boats working 24/7 “as a result of the federal government’s frightened that any person goes to swim out and attempt to go on to the barge.”

In complete, there are 20-30 folks at anybody time working the present, which he calls a “labor of affection.”

So why does Kargo do it?