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World Creative Rankings: the most-awarded holding companies and networks


By Sam Bradley | Senior Reporter

March 31, 2021 | 4 min read

The World Creative Rankings is our annual study of the brands, agencies and people behind the world’s best creative work. In this instalment, we reveal which holding companies and networks were the most awarded in 2020.

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BBDO Worldwide were the top network in the World Creative Rankings, due in part for their ‘School essentials’ gun safety work

Each year, The Drum’s research team analyzes the data from all of the advertising industry's major awards schemes to find out which companies created the most award-winning work in the previous calendar year. This time round, that meant examining 1,768 campaigns from 1,295 clients working with 964 agencies composed of 387 chief creative officers, 483 executive creative directors, 1,319 creative directors, 1,061 copywriters and 1,222 art directors.

For the second year running, Omnicom Group has topped the holding companies table, bouyed by its star performer BBDO Worldwide, once again leading the way in the networks table. You can find the top 100 global agencies here.

The most-awarded holding companies of 2020

Rank Holding Company
1 Omnicom Group
2 Interpublic Group
4 Publicis Groupe
5 Dentsu International
6 Havas Group
7 MDC Partners
8 Accenture
9 Hakuhodo DY Group

The most awarded networks of 2020

Rank Network
1 BBDO Worldwide
2 Ogilvy
3 TBWA Worldwide
4 McCann Worldgroup
6 Dentsu Japan Network
7 Publicis Worldwide
8 Cheil Worldwide
9 DDB Worldwide
10 Serviceplan
11 Scholz & Friends
12 Leo Burnett
13 Hakuhodo
14 Accenture
15 72andSunny
16 Wunderman Thompson
17 Innocean Worldwide
18 Dentsu Aegis Network
19 Forsman & Bodenfors
20 Havas

If you’d like to get your hands on the full World Creative Rankings, why not order our PDF report here?

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