The Lovie Awards Industry Heat Index 2024

Mapping the best of business, culture and technology in Europe.

Europe is booming with innovation. Deviation from the norm is the new convention, with brands behind some of the year’s best editorial content and publishers behind leading-edge marketing. Agencies are making an impact on our world, while institutions are tapping into pop culture. Teams across the region are turning digital on its head to create fresh, exciting and unpredictable work, with an undeniable impact witnessed in digital markets worldwide.

To celebrate their excellence and inspire our creative community, we’ve released The 2024 Lovie Awards Industry Heat Index. Our annual index maps the best of business, culture and technology by analysing insights from the highest-awarded regions and organisations during the 13th Annual Lovie Awards.

Explore insights from Europe’s leading creative hubs and the teams behind best-in-class work online.


In May 2024, we analysed digital projects from over 25 European countries entered into the 13th Annual Lovie Awards to understand where the best work on the Internet is being made and which creative teams are behind it. The result is The Lovie Awards Industry Heat Index, an annual report showcasing which regions and companies produced the highest-awarded projects in our award programme with insights about the work. Each country and organisation is listed in numerical order based on the number of recognised projects and points their work received. Gold and People’s Lovie Awards are weighed more heavily in calculations.

Judging Methodology

Winners in the Lovie Awards are determined by a point system established by our Judges in the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Academy members independently inspect each entry and rate it based on their respective judging criteria, eventually casting ballots to determine Shortlisted, Bronze, Silver, and Gold winners. Categories may include multiple Gold, Silver, or Bronze winners. Other entries worthy of recognition are eligible to receive special commendation from The Academy as Shortlisted work.

  • Europe’s Top Countries

From the Netherlands to Germany, over from Italy and beyond, these regions are setting a tone of rebellion for the industry—and winning because of it.

While their innovation spanned the breadth of digital, they honed an old faithful and eclipsed industry standards with immersive websites. Blending aesthetics and design, function and form, builds like the German-based Rocani Studio’sKUYA,” British agency Made by ON’s The Creative Study,” and Dutch agency Bureau for Visual Affairs’ website for the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation embody these regions’ high calibre approach to crafting websites.

Sustainability was also at the heart of the work across these regions. Creatives are making work considering climate impact by default in the project’s production or campaigns that explore it further to create new solutions. From the German initiative Vaayu Tech to Economist Impact’s The Sustainability Project and French agency We Are Social’s campaign “#Botaniquest.” Honourable mentions include Media.Monks B.V..’s Miele – Norbert” and Italian consultancy Bitmama’s campaign “BEEWISE VALORANT.

  • Europe's Top Agencies

The Netherlands dominated in this space, with Dutch agencies creating the highest-ranking campaigns during last year’s Lovie Awards.

In addition to expertly crafted commercial work, the Top Five Agencies are leading the charge in creating services and apps that prioritise accessibility and digital inclusivity. DEPT®’s initiative, “Give A Hand,” digitises sign language to expand how those who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate online. SERVICEPLAN / PLAN.NET GERMANY’s Dot Pad is a revolutionary device with digitised braille.

Community and collective joy were recurring themes in the work, Fabrique brands, design & interaction’s,As if I already knew you…” explores the power of empathy in fostering community and bridging polarisation. AKQA’s Homecoming” is a three-part intimate series covering Slovenian basketball player Luka Dončić’s return to his hometown after seeing massive success in the NBA.

  • Europe's Top Media & Publishing Companies

Video is still king. Publishers are increasingly shifting to audio and visual mediums across Film, Video, and Social, creating content that unabashedly reflects culture.

Al Jazeera Digital’s AJ Close Up” unpacks the sociocultural moments influencing our world. Deutsche Welle’sTechno’s Black Roots: How Techno was Born” is a 20-minute dive into the genre’s origins. More multimedia projects include Channel 4’s Dropped” and BBC’s “#OurFrozenPlanet.”

In an exciting shift, publishers are morphing into pseudo-agencies. Media collectives are perpetually connected to culture, positioning them as crucial content consultants to some of the world’s biggest brands. From Dazed Studio’sDAZED X BURBERRY: WHITBY STREET TAKEOVER” to their campaign “H&M Move,” Channel 4’s piece with Ford, “Driving Force,” and their series with Vinted, “Second Hand Style-Up,” publishers have become the new marketers.

  • Europe’s Top Production Companies

Despite major disruptions and cutbacks in the industry, production companies are more committed to sharing radical stories of our most vulnerable communities.

WaterBear network’s Matar” uncovers the harsh realities of the UK asylum system. Corner Shop Productions’ series “How to Be a Person” promotes a culture of self-acceptance by telling stories that illustrate the nuances of being a teenager.

Production teams are merging documentary storytelling and drop culture, harnessing unique film techniques to build brand hype. For the release of the Amazon Prime documentary highlighting three players from AJAX, YUNE crafted “Pearls of Amsterdam,”—a multimedia campaign that sent fans hunting across the city for artworks inspired by their favourite team.

  • Europe’s Top Brands

Breaking conventions has become the norm for brands, with more teams experimenting with the wide breadth of digital in their content

From Web3 & XR to multi-episode Film & Video, Podcasts, editorialised Marketing, and beyond. With audiences demanding greater authenticity, brands are supporting artists and creatives that they align with by amplifying their stories on their platforms and selling digital art.

An editorial piece illustrating the brands’ connection with culture, WeTransfer’sBlue Now” is an intimate portrait of artist Derek Jarman’s iconic film, “Blue.” Christie’s auction platform, “Christie’s 3.0,” is a vibrant marketplace for exceptional NFTs.

  • Europe’s Top Podcast Companies

For the second year in a row, studios from Great Britain are leading innovation across the podcast space.

Amidst severe attacks against women’s freedoms worldwide, teams are increasingly centring women’s perspectives in series. From exploring women’s health to leading with empowering narratives, projects like Fascinate Productions’ Zoe Science & Nutrition,” Listen’s 28ish Days Later,” and “The Story of Woman” carve a much-needed space to represent the female experience.

  • Europe’s Most Impactful Companies

Digital agencies—from DEPT®, Q42, and Fabrique brands, design & interaction to &why, 20/20 Helsinki, Gospooky and SERVICEPLAN / PLAN.NET GERMANY—are moving with purpose and creating with impact in mind.

Teams have integrated impact-focused work into their larger portfolio, strategically utilising their resources to help positively shape our world. From Q42’s AI-powered wildlife camera and &why’s B Corp Choose Better” to FOOD’s NUTS” and Gospooky’sRestart A Heart,” the future belongs to makers who create with purpose.

Preserving art and culture is a recurring focus across our Beyond Categories as we collectively continue to explore tech’s ability to conserve culture while keeping it accessible. DEPT®’s digital platform, The Van Gogh Collection Catalogue, democratises the late and famed artists’ body of work to any researcher seeking it online. PRELOADED encourages play and curiosity in the natural world with The Wild Escape. The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision’s CRAFTED project archives the craft of artisans.

Join the Best of the European Internet in The Lovie Awards

Entries are open for this year’s Lovie Awards, which recognise European Internet excellence in culture, business, and technology. We accept work across AI, XR & Web3 (*NEW!), Apps, Platforms & Software, Film & Video, Podcasts, Marketing, Advertising & PR, Social, Websites & Mobile Sites, and Beyond!

Join a vibrant community of Europe’s best digital innovators, and submit your best work to the 14th Annual Lovie Awards by the Final Entry Deadline Friday, 28th June!