Is Gary Lineker a tad too old for Walkers Crisps bad boy role?

BBC sports presenter Gary Lineker has been fronting Walkers Crisps ads in the UK for what seems like years in a campaign originated by BMP (now DDB) and carried on by AMV BBDO. Playing an (out of character) bad boy ...

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Jeff Kling departure from W+K illustrates new poser for agencies

Star creative directors have always wanted to try their hands outside the comfort zone of ad agencies so Jeff Kling’s departure as european creative director at W+K Amsterdam (Wieden & Kennedy to most of us) should be no surprise. In ...

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Will Piers Morgan be any good as a replacement for CNN’s Larry King?

He hasn’t officially got the job yet of course but he’s acknowledged that negotiations are reaching a conclusion so expect Britain’s Piers Morgan, currently a judge on America’s Got Talent and host of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on ITV in ...

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Nuns on the run! Saucy ice cream ads to be banned as the pope visits Britain

Italian ice cream firm Antonio Federici has had a lot of fun with the age-old theme of naughty nuns and priests, running ads with a pregnant nun, ‘immaculate conception,’ and two friendly priests, ‘we believe in salivation.’ Now, according to ...

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Now Google buys Linked-In lookalike Angstro

Google has obviously decided that Facebook is where the future lies and is dashing the cash all over the place to acquire anything that might help it close on Mark Zuckerman’s social networking giant (recently valued at $33.7bn). It’s just ...

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BBC’s Mark Thompson blasts Sky – but fails to answer some important questions

BBC director-general Mark Thompson took our advice and loosed off all available barrels at former Sky boss James Murdoch, his forerunner as MacTaggart lecturer at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. Murdoch junior had accused the BBC of being too big ...

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Fresh Toyota recall crashes latest ad campaign

Whoops! After thinking it had put all the alarms of last year behind it with the whizzy new “Your Toyota, My Toyota,” campaign, the embattled carmaker has now announced another recall involving a million cars in the US. The models ...

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Aegis profit growth makes life harder for Vincent Bollore and Havas

Aegis shareholder Vincent Bollore, whose Havas empire owns 29.9 per cent of the media buying and research firm, is no doubt pleased to see Aegis revenues (up 4.4 per cent in the half year to June) and post tax profits ...

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Why has Interpublic axed the top trio at Draft FCB?

Which it has done in some style, escorting North American president Mark Modesto, CFO Bob Mallers and chief of staff Bill McCarthy out of the Chicago agency building on Wednesday evening. Whoever comprised IPG’s hit team was probably trying to ...

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