Agencies

Sorrell’s new S4 Capital posts promising first year numbers

Sir Martin Sorrell’s S4 Capital has released its first full year results, for 2018, which appear to show the new entity is motoring nicely. S4 includes Dutch (now international) production company MediaMonks, acquired in July last year, and programmatic media ...

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Sorrell is still WPP’s best paid (former) employee

It’s the rich wot gets the pleasure, it’s the poor…or, perhaps, having your cake and eating it. The latter was Boris Johnson about the Brexit negotiations (he wasn’t right about that either) but it could have been departed WPP founder ...

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Mark Penn’s Stagwell Group rides to the rescue of MDC

Mark Penn’s Stagwell Group has thrown a new lifeline to agency holding company MDC Partners, investing up to $100m for a 30 per cent stake. Penn (below), a former senior Microsoft exec and one-time head of Burson-Marsteller will become CEO ...

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Will Barclays retention fire BBH back to the top?

Agencies will tell you that retaining a big account in a pitch is a bigger achievement – and more satisfying – than landing a newbie. BBH is feeling pretty pleased with itself after retaining the £30m or so Barclays account ...

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WPP shuffles its agency deck again as it forms new “powerhouse” in Seattle

More network shuffling at WPP, this time it’s digital network Possible (already described as a Wunderman Thompson company) merging with Wunderman Thompson – only in Seattle at this stage although it looks like the two are joining forces officially in ...

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AMS tries to make sense of northern media by poaching two from MediaCom Leeds

AMS Media, one of the stalwarts of the UK’s still-surviving media independent sector, has lured two former MediaCom execs to helm its new office in Leeds. MediaCom Leeds founding director Steve Empson and investment director James Whitehead (fourth and second ...

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Skoda turns to Doug the giant dog

VW-owned Skoda has been shuffling its ad agencies recently – as have all the car companies, wonder what they’re worried about – but Rosapark in Paris still seems to be on the case and here it is with Doug the ...

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