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The Big Won: which holding companies and networks won the most awards in 2018?

Omnicom has been revealed as the most-awarded holding company of 2018 in The Big Won rankings

Omnicom was the most award-winning holding company in 2018, according to The Drum's Big Won rankings.

The annual study aggregates results from all the world's major creative competitions – including D&AD, Cannes Lions and the Clios – to determine the most successful companies and creatives in advertising.

Throughout this week, we have been revealing 2018's most award-winning agencies, creatives and campaigns.

Now our attention turns to the giants of the industry and we can reveal that BBDO Worldwide has topped the network table for the second year in a row, followed by Ogilvy and McCann. The complete rankings can be seen below.

One surprise in the holding company table is that Publicis Groupe still managed to rank fourth out of six despite its self-imposed awards exile during much of 2018.

But as The Drum reported at the time, the high-profile hiatus did not stop Publicis agencies having almost 400 campaigns entered into Cannes Lions last year thanks to clients and partners footing the bill.

On topping the networks chart again, BBDO Worldwide's chief creative officer, David Lubars, said: ”We think of ourselves as a global boutique. In other words, quick, nimble, innovative and collaborative, rather than a big stupid agency.

"Operating this way, combined with our size and discipline, makes us unique, makes us a company that reaches a high creative and business plane year after year. Which is why I am especially proud that BBDO has topped The Drum Big Won network rankings for the second year in a row.”

The research encompasses 3,607 pieces of work from 1,721 agencies and involved 647 chief creative officers, 841 executive creative directors and 2,543 creative directors.

Most-awarded holding companies

RankHolding company
1Omnicom
2WPP
3IPG (Interpublic Group)
4Publicis Group
5Aegis Group
6Havas Group

Most-awarded networks

RankAgency
1BBDO
2Ogilvy
3McCann
4DDB
5Dentsu
6Y&R
7FCB
8JWT
9Havas Worldwide
10Leo Burnett
11TBWA
12MullenLowe
13Wieden+Kennedy
14Cheil
15Saatchi & Saatchi
16R/GA
17Publicis
18Grey
19Geometry Global
20Mediacom

You can view the rest of of the results of The Big Won here.