Agencies

Senior ad men: it’s time to stop being predatory at Cannes

Ouch. This ad for TimeTo by Lucky Generals is uncomfortable viewing, but it’s a very effective reminder to the more senior men of the ad industry that it’s not OK to prey upon younger women. The woman’s powerlessness and discomfort ...

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Boys, boys: Sorrell tries to hijack Read’s WPP again

Another day, another WPP AGM and a release pings in from old boss Sir Martin Sorrell’s spanking new S4 Capital. WPP AGMs seem positively soporific these days, compared to the good/bad old days of SMS. There isn’t even a shareholder ...

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Iain Hunter of Stack: my Top Tips for Cannes

Iain Hunter is ECD of Stack. My Top Tips for Cannes It’s big, bold, brash, in-your-face Cannes, so I hope the campaigns that win are the ones that nod to the occasion. Ambitious, smart ideas that can be simply sold-in ...

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Is Vanarama’s van-based reality grimy as opposed to gritty?

Anyone who watches UK daytime TV (full disclosure, your correspondent sometimes does) will be familiar with van rental firm Vanarama’s chirpy staff hymning Van-A-Rama. Compared to much of the stuff (endless funeral plans, equity release schemes) it’s not the worst. ...

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M&C Saatchi and the7stars form new media agency MC7

M&C Saatchi and media agency the7stars are reported to be launching a new agency M&C7: “to help clients align their media and creative thinking.” M&C London CEO Giles Hedger and the7stars co-founder Jenny Biggam are in charge. Creative agencies have ...

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YouTube unveils its Cannes-to-Cannes high scoring ads

With Cannes Lions 2019 on the horizon, YouTube has released its Cannes YouTube Ads Leaderboard celebrating the most popular global video ads since last year’s festival. The Cannes Leaderboard shows a distinct trend towards long-form content, with winning ads averaging ...

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Talon spearheads Men in Black takeover of Waterloo Station

Passengers at London’s busiest station Waterloo are being invited to join the Men In Black (London branch) in a diverting campaign from Sony Pictures to promote the new Men in Black: International film. The installation features MIB stars Chris Hemsworth ...

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Sarah Baumann joins VaynerMedia as new MD

Gary Vaynerchuck’s VaynerMedia is one of the more interesting (relative) newbies on the ad scene and now the US-based agency has hired Leo Burnett’s former deputy CEO Sarah Baumann (below) as MD. VaynerX chairman and VaynerMedia CEO Vaynerchuck says: “After ...

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