Finance

Sorrell seals MightyHive deal to move into digital media

Sir Martin Sorrell’s S4 Capital – now describing itself as a “new age/new era digital advertising and marketing services company” – has duly completed its merger with US programmatic outfit MightyHive for $150m. the money to be paid half in ...

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Paul Simons: is data grail driving WPP’s shotgun marriages?

The merging of two entities such as Wunderman and JWT is causing disruption in the industry with, like Brexit, those in support and those who think it is all madness. The long held opinion is the two cultures do not ...

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Was Ridley Scott’s RSA the secret sauce in WPP’s VW win?

Campaign reckons that celebrated film director and production company owner Ridley Scott of RSA was the secret weapon in WPP’s successful pitch for VW creative in North America. It also speculates that WPP CEO Mark Read spent between $500,000 and ...

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IPG’s Magna hails record $552bn global adspend in 2018

Interpublic’s Magna global has been peering into its crystal ball and is forecasting further strong ad growth in 2019 following a record 2018. Global ad revenues grew by a record 7.2 per cent in 2018 to reach $552bn in the ...

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Goodby Silverstein drives the right line for BMW

Something strange seems to be happening to car ads – one or two have an actual idea. In the US anyway. We’ve already had Wieden+Kennedy’s powerful debut for Ford, making the tired old brand look contemporary for the first time ...

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We’re growing Karmarama tells agency rivals as it embarks on hiring spree

Karmarama, now Accenture Interactive’s flagship agency in the UK, has uncorked a challenge to the struggling creative establishment by saying it plans to recruit up to 100 more staff next year, bringing the total to about 400. There will, one ...

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Branding expert Jope succeeds Polman as Unilever CEO

Here’s Alan Jope, the new CEO of Unilever, talking to then JWT boss Bob Jeffrey about branding in China. Jope succeeds Paul Polman, who transformed Unilever in many ways with his sustainability platform but, like most long-serving CEOs (Polman served ...

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Who’s to blame for demise of famous creative agencies?

We don’t think anyone expected 2018 to turn out quite like this: JWT disappearing into Wunderman, Y&R into VML (not that many people knew what VML was in January) and Sir Martin Sorrell departing WPP in acrimonious circumstances, to do ...

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Will WPP’s next shotgun marriage be Ogilvy and Grey?

So what’s next at WPP – Ogilvy Grey or Grey Ogilvy (the former one hopes.) WPP CEO Mark Read (below) has already combined VML and Y&R into VMLY&R and, yesterday, JWT with Wunderman to create Wunderman Thompson. He’s started so ...

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