Finance

High-rolling Vice Media leads the ‘content’ charge

There’s money in that thar content. Already this week we’ve seen Publicis announce a bid for news agency Relaxnews and Havas tie up a sharing deal with NewsCred. Now it’s emerged that Vice Media co-founder and CEO Shane Smith (below) ...

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Matt Williams: why we all need a start-up frame of mind

I loathe reading PR puff pieces that masquerade as thought-pieces or columns, so I’ll do my best here to avoid this article turning into something that just promotes what Engine is doing. I promise. But the last few weeks have ...

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Aussie clients wake up to murky media deals

A little more light has been shining on the murky world of media buying, this time from Australia. Dentsu Aegis Network there has admitted that it negotiates ‘value banks’ (annual volume bonuses) with media companies, something that has attracted the ...

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Now Publicis Groupe lines up Relaxnews deal

Hyperactive Publicis Groupe, now the proud owner of $3.7bn Sapient, is tying up a much smaller deal – but an interesting one – for French press agency Relaxnews. Publicis is bidding €15m for Relaxnews, which employs about 100 people. Relaxnews, ...

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Karmarama owner posts £10.9m annual loss

Karma Communications, which owns agency Karmarama among others, has posted a £10.9m annual loss according to my friend Bob Willott’s Marketing Services Financial Intelligence. Bob, who knows much more about these things than I do, says this is partly due ...

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