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ITV weathers the Brexit storm but beware Vodafone

ITV has reported a 14 per cent fall in annual pre-tax profits to £553m as advertising revenues declined by three per cent. Underlying pre-tax profit was up slightly, from £843m to £847m helped by a 13 per cent increase from ...

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Cadillac cries crocodile tears over Trump at the Oscars

Cadillac has a different spin on its Dare Greatly campaign in Sunday night’s Oscars, ‘Carry” from Publicis, a new ad purporting to show that Americans aren’t all nasty and divisive (that’s you Donald). Rather they carry themselves forward. Cadillac says ...

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Lee Hoddy of Conran Design Group picks his (political) Desert Island Ads

Lee Hoddy (below) is creative partner at Conran Design Group, now part of Havas UK. Before joining Conran Design Group, Hoddy founded branding specialists 35 Communications with Thom Newton in 2003, which merged with Conran in 2008. He has worked ...

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Nike’s new ad wades into equality debate – but will that change ever come?

We know it already, 2017’s going to be the year of ‘political’ ads from brands (thanks Donald) and here’s a biggie: star-studded ‘Equality’ from Nike by Wieden+Kennedy which aired at the Grammys on Sunday. Soundtrack is Sam Cook’s ‘Change is ...

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BBH explores refugee crisis in BAFTA winner Home

Home, a short film about the refugee crisis starring Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger, has won the UK’s BAFTA award (the UK Oscars) for Best Short Film. Home was co-produced by Black Sheep Studios, BBH’s in-house production unit, with Somesuch ...

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Anna Foster of TMW: why brands opposing Trump need to put principles before profit

US brands including Levi’s, Google, Apple and Facebook have found themselves in the highly unusual position of defending the constitution against the policies of their country’s president. Around a hundred companies have opposed Trump’s travel ban which they argue not ...

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Anti-Trump ads storm Super Bowl

A while ago JWT produced a report a report saying that people were swayed by brands in their political choices. We thought this was a bit over the top but that’s before we’d seen some Super Bowl ads. Budweiser has ...

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