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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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Budweiser hymns US immigrants in Super Bowl ad

There’s been a predictable furore in America over the new Budweiser Super Bowl spot from Anomaly, hymning intrepid immigrant Adolphus Busch and some of the obstacles he had to overcome, like prejudice. This seems to fly in the face of ...

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Sky the likely big loser if Bradley bans betting ads

Speaking at the Advertising Association’s LEAP Summit new culture secretary Karen Bradley says the Government is still looking hard at banning gambling ads on TV before the so-called 9pm ‘watershed,’ when you can air controversial stuff as the kids are ...

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New Bellwether report reveals buoyant spending despite Brexit fears

Brexit? What Brexit? The latest IPA Bellwether report into marketers’ spending plans (300 of them) in Q4 2016 shows that 12.9 per cent actually increased budgets despite widespread fears/predictions that the vote to leave the EU and, in all likelihood ...

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What really happens at Trump HQ

Won’t be able to make it to Davos this year (but give my regards to Gretel). You can bet that everyone there will be fretting about Trump and Putin in that order, including our own dear Sir Martin Sorrell of ...

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Watch out Facebook Snapchat is coming says Sorrell

Messaging service Snapchat, limbering up for an IPO this year that could value it at $25bn, is a potential rival to Facebook according to WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell. Speaking at Davos Sorrell said that WPP clients spent $90m with ...

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