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FCB Inferno wins UK Premier League

The UK’s high-earning Premier League has appointed FCB Inferno to handle its ad account. FCB takes over creative duties from Y&R (now VMLY&R) which, strangely, didn’t repitch. Y&R’s work highlighted the League’s various community support programmes, which seems set to ...

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Digital maturity is behind UK’s continued ad spend growth

Brexit cannot wither us, it seems, as agency groups are forecasting healthy ad spend growth in the UK for 2019, even though it will be slightly slower than last year. GroupM says the UK will grow by 6.1 per cent ...

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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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