Finance

Publicis Groupe snaps up fashionable AR New York

Fashion items and luxury goods have proved remarkably resilient during the recession with big-spendng clients preferring to stay with smaller specialists rather than entrusting their precious wares to big agencies. So Publicis Groupe is buying specialist agency AR New York ...

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New Branson-backed documentary on UN drug war breaks the distribution mould with YouTube launch

Independent production company Sundog Pictures is launching its new feature documentary Breaking the Taboo online, replacing the traditional theatrical window with a global launch on YouTube. Breaking the Taboo uncovers the UN-sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its ...

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Tesco to dump failed US venture Fresh & Easy

All companies make mistakes at some point and Fresh & Easy was a massive one for Tesco. So now Tesco is to close or offload (if it’s lucky) its West Coast convenience store venture: not just putting the patient out ...

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Sir Martin Sorrell reveals what he’s like – a bit

In an illuminating interview with Matthew Gwyther, editor of Management Today. Sorrell has just been voted their business leader of the year, or something, so he fronts up and reveals some of what bugs him personally – his relationship with ...

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McCann takes on production specialists with Craft

McCann Worldgroup is taking on the independent production giants like Williams Lea-owned Tag with a big production arm of its own, Craft. Interpublic-owned Craft says it is happy to work with other agencies and creative companies but has no plans ...

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M&C Saatchi opens new office in Stockholm

Talking of Scandinavia (which we were, Norway anyway) ambitious network M&C Saatchi Worldwide is opening an office in Sweden, its 27th around the world. The new agency will be headed by CEO Bjarte Eide (far right) with co-creative directors Martin ...

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Taco Bell media planning task outs new Publicis Groupe media contender Spark

It seems that you can’t have too many media agencies these days (unless you’re Omnicom) and Publicis Groupe has quietly launched a third to add to Starcom and Zenith, Spark headed by long-serving Starcom exec Chris Boothe (left). Spark has ...

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