Clio Awards: Creativity Unmasked

What is Creativity Unmasked?

In collaboration with Superfly, Clio Awards: Creativity Unmasked is a celebration of the creative community and the multitude of ways the industry has thrived over the last year. Hosted by actress and producer Andrea Savage, the Clio Awards virtual event revealed the 2020/2021 Grand Clio and Of the Year Winners and inspired a new chapter in creativity with a showcase of the ideas and people that opened doors to reveal the path forward when so much of our world was shut down.

Hosted by Andrea Savage

Andrea Savage is a natural talent who shares her comedic light as an actress, writer, producer and director.

On the creator side, Savage has two seasons of her original series “I’m Sorry” on TruTV, which she writes, stars and produces along with Party Over Here and Gloria Sanchez. The show was picked up for a third season, which she will begin working on soon. “I’m Sorry” follows a seemingly confident, together comedy writer, wife, and mom "Andrea" (Savage), who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations. Andrea recently announced an I’M SORRY sweepstakes through Prizeo, where fans can enter a chance to win to be a part of a virtual table read of the show’s pilot. Fans will get to read the parts of the various cast. All funds raised will benefit Communities in Schools L.A.

Additionally, Andrea has a new weekly comedy podcast “Andrea Savage: A Grown-Up Woman #buttholes” that premieres weekly. The podcast was created and inspired by the dreaded idea of being a “grown up” and is the comedy podcast that is going to prove that even though you are technically an “adult,” you can still be silly. Each episode introduces another weird, hilarious, unique “grown up” to celebrate. Similar to I’M SORRY, the podcast will find the sweet spot of comedy with edge. This season’s guests include Mila Kunis, Chris Hardwick, Jon Hamm, D’Arcy Carden, Joey King and Ray Romano amongst others.

Among her television credits are the Showtime hit series “Episodes” as ‘Helen Basch,’ where she has starred for three seasons, as well as a recurring role in Season 5 and Season 6 of HBO’s “Veep” as President Elect Laura Montez. Additionally, she played “Vivian Stoll” on Season 2 of CW’s “iZombie.”

She has also starred in two seasons of Hulu’s 1/2-hour parody series, “The Hotwives of Orlando” & “The Hotwives of Las Vegas,” and in recurring roles on “The League,” “Modern Family,” “House of Lies,” and “The Kroll Show.” Additionally, she has starred in and written for the cult television classic “Dog Bites Man” on Comedy Central.

Andrea’s previous film work includes The House, Sleeping with Other People, Stepbrothers, Dinner for Schmucks, Life Happens, The Grand, and You’re Not You.

Previously, she wrote and developed the pilot “Re-Together” for ABC (Jamie Tarses/Sony) and “River Dogs” for Comedy Central (produced by Gary Sanchez). She has also written pilots for NBC (produced by Jay Roach) and for Fox. Andrea wrote, produced and starred in both seasons of “Funny or Die Presents” on HBO, as well as many other FOD videos, including the viral hit that premiered on “The Bill Maher Show,” entitled “Republicans Get In My Vagina!” She also wrote the screenplay “Girls Weekend” for Castle Rock Films.

Savage hails from stand-up and improv at the legendary Groundlings Theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.


Bob Iger, Clio Honoree
Honorary Clio Award

Robert A. Iger - The Walt Disney Company

Robert A. Iger is Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He assumed the role of Executive Chairman in February 2020, having served as Chief Executive Officer since 2005. As Executive Chairman, Mr. Iger directs the Company’s creative endeavors, while leading the Board and providing the full benefit of his experience, leadership and guidance. Over his 15 years leading the Company, Mr. Iger built Disney into one of the world’s largest and most admired media and entertainment companies, while focusing on the three fundamental pillars of his strategic vision: generating the best creative content possible; fostering innovation and utilizing the latest technology; and expanding into new markets around the world.

As CEO, Mr. Iger expanded on Disney’s rich history of unforgettable storytelling with the acquisitions of Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), Lucasfilm (2012) and 21st Century Fox (2019), as well as the landmark 2016 opening of Disney’s first theme park and resort in Mainland China, Shanghai Disney Resort; and the release of a number of record-setting films including Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, Disney’s Frozen and Frozen 2, and the groundbreaking movie Marvel’s Black Panther. Always one to embrace new technology, Mr. Iger has made Disney an industry leader through its creative content offerings across multiple platforms, most recently leveraging cutting edge direct-to-consumer technology with the highly successful launch of the Disney+ streaming service in November 2019 and ESPN+ in 2018.

During Mr. Iger’s tenure, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of the “Most Reputable Companies” in both America and the world by Forbes magazine (2006-2019); one of the “Best Employers” in both America and the world by Forbes magazine (2019 and 2018, respectively); one of the “World's Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine (2009- 2021); and as one of the “World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron’s (2009-2017).

Mr. Iger assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company in October, 2005, and was elected Chairman in 2012. From 2000-2005 he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Iger officially joined the Disney senior management team in 1996 as Chairman of the Disney-owned ABC Group and in 1999 was given the additional responsibility of President, Walt Disney International. In that role, Mr. Iger expanded and coordinated Disney’s presence outside of the United States, establishing the blueprint for the Company’s international growth today. As Chairman of the ABC Group, Mr. Iger oversaw the broadcast television network and station group, cable television properties, and radio and publishing businesses and also guided the complex merger between Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company. During Mr. Iger’s years with ABC, he obtained hands-on experience in every aspect of the television business—including news, sports, and entertainment—as well as in program acquisition, rights negotiations, and business affairs. He began his career at ABC in 1974.

Mr. Iger has been named TIME’s Businessperson of the Year (2019); one of the “World’s Most Powerful People” by Forbes magazine (2018); one of the “Top Gun CEOs” by Forbes magazine (2009); one of Fortune magazine's “25 Most Powerful People in Business” (2006, 2007); one of the “Best CEOs” by Institutional Investor magazine (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); MarketWatch CEO of the Year (2006); and “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive (2014).

Mr. Iger was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in January 2020, and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2015. He serves on the boards of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Perfect Day; and as chairman of the capital campaign for the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum in Los Angeles. In 2012, Mr. Iger became a member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, which recognizes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.

Mr. Iger is the author of the New York Times Best Seller "The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of The Walt Disney Company," published in 2019. He is a graduate of Ithaca College.

Brandon Stanton, Clio Nominee
Clio Storytelling Award

Brandon Stanton - Humans of New York

Brandon Stanton is the creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling books "Humans of New York" and "Humans of New York: Stories", as well as the children’s book "Little Humans". His photography and storytelling blog, also called "Humans of New York", is followed by a global audience of over 30 million people across several social media platforms. In addition to sharing thousands of stories from around the world, the blog has raise more than $12 million for featured individuals and nonprofits. Stanton is a graduate of the University of Georgia and lives in New York City.

Program Segments

The Zoom Shoot

In this sketch comedy short, a young PA struggles to guide talent through a commercial shoot as he’s directed by the client, agency, director and several other crew members over a nightmare Zoom call.

Creativity that United Us

When the world closed in 2020 the ad industry kept the dialogue open — disrupting gender stereotypes, challenging racial norms, connecting an isolated world, and compelling people to let their voices be heard. Through a living collage of platform-specific ads — playing on the screens of an infinitely diverse audience — we’ll create a tribute to pushing the conversation forward and finding light in dark times.

The Met Unframed AR Experience

From the initial idea through execution, we explore exactly how “The Met Unframed” provided their audience the opportunity to experience art in such innovative new ways, re-envisioning what it means to visit a museum, even when you can’t physically step inside. The Met partnered with 140-Verizon’s in-house creative agency to create this innovative experience during a time when people needed inspiration the most.

Burger King Student Award Winner

As part of the 2020-2021 Clio Awards competition cycle, Burger King created a specialty Student Innovation medium with a creative brief that challenged entrants to develop an execution that authentically spoke to the gaming community. We revealed the winning team that earned a Gold Clio and a trip to Miami to work as Honorary members of the Burger King creative team to further develop the next gaming activation.


In the style of a visual essay, iconic moments, imagery, and quotes from the past year address the heightened attention around diversity and inclusion. Ultimately, we explore how advertising responded to 2020 regarding issues of equity, both onscreen and behind the scenes. Advertising has the power and the reach to take responsibility for shifting the culture. This piece outlines how mass communication is the tool that we can use to change perceptions in a conversation that is just starting.

Storytelling Award – Humans of New York

Storytelling is a part of the human fabric. And there are stories all around us – ones that entertain, delight, sadden, and anger. But perhaps the best kind of stories are those that inspire, and ultimately are powerful enough to change the world. This piece is a celebration of the masterful storytelling that Brandon Stanton brought to us through Humans of New York, one of his most viral stories being that of Ms. Stephanie aka Tanqueray, a 76-year-old former stripper. Suddenly unable to approach subjects on the street due to the 2020 pandemic, Brandon had to readjust the way that he connected with people. In a time when we only had our screens, Brandon created intimacy for his audience over the internet. The result was a unifying tapestry of uplifting stories in a time we needed them the most.

Connection with a Purpose

Told through the eyes of middle school students, this piece explores the significant impact of Verizon’s Innovative Learning (VIL) program in bridging the digital divide ubiquitous to America’s most under-resourced communities. By providing the necessary technology and digital literacy to our most important demographic: kids, VIL has spent the last decade empowering our future generations to excel in a digitally connected world The VIL program partnered with 140-Verizon’s in-house creative agency.

Grand Clio Award Winners Reveal

The Clio Awards celebrate the most creative advertising from around the globe. A jury of the industry's most influential minds have determined the recipients of the 2020/2021 awards and the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Clio statues were announced on April 21, but we saved the reveal of our highest honor for this moment in the show. Viewers of this segment will learn which pieces of Gold-winning work has been deemed by the jury to be "head and shoulders above the rest" and elevated to Grand Clio status.

Behind the Clio

For all the changes in advertising over the past few decades, one thing has remained constant—the central, inimitable power of creativity to drive business. That idea was the driving force behind the creation of Muse by Clio, a content platform devoted solely to creativity. A platform for creatives, by creatives. In this piece, we explore exactly how Muse delivers on their brand's promise to "dig deeper" into creative through stories/series that explore and celebrate the work, the people and the process of creativity at the highest level.

Honorary Clio Award – Robert A. Iger, The Walt Disney Company

The Clio Awards program is synonymous with honoring creative work at the highest level. However, it’s often creative PEOPLE who drive our world forward. Each year, we take the opportunity to select a creative genius whose influential contributions have made a significant impact on popular culture as our Honorary Clio Award recipient. This year’s honoree, Robert A. Iger, is a visionary and transformational leader that has fearlessly shaped the company he helms into a multifaceted, culturally relevant, and creatively led heritage brand deeply rooted in technology and innovation. Mr. Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company and Chairman of the Board of Directors, will reveal insights on his creative process and approach to marketing and leadership during a fireside chat moderated by Asad Ayaz, President of Marketing for Disney Studios Content.

Clio Awards "Of the Year" Winners Reveal

We’ll close out the show with the announcement of this cycle’s biggest winners, the Clio Awards’ Advertiser, Agency, Independent Agency, Network and Production Company Of the Year. This video will highlight the award-winning work created by the dominant forces that have risen above all others in credited 2020/2021 Clio Award wins.