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Does it matter which holding company wins the most awards? WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell and creative boss John O’Keeffe think it does

We know this because WPP says it on its website that in 2010 it narrowed the gap between it and Omnicom in terms of the awards the group won at Cannes (and extended its narrow lead over Publicis Groupe). Two ...

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Embarrassment for Omnicom as Peter Arnell leaves Peter Arnell Group, is replaced by his wife and sues for return of million dollar ‘knicknacks’

Peter Arnell is the colourful boss of his eponymous design agency, founded in 1979 and sold to Omnicom a decade or so ago. He’s just left under acrimonious circumstances and is suing Omnicom for, among other things, a million dollar’s ...

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The road from ‘we’re an advertising agency’ to ‘we’re integrated’ feels like a fashion rather than a fact

I’ve been reviewing agency websites (and hence propositions) and what began to become a repetitive theme was the notion of integration. It cropped up on the majority of sites I’ve reviewed so far. What struck me was a muddying of ...

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New Nokia boss Stephen Elop signs up with Microsoft Windows for smartphones

Sometimes you just have to admit you’ve been left behind and that’s what new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has done in announcing today a ‘global partnership’ with Microsoft to use its new Windows Phone as Nokia’s smartphone operating system. Elop, ...

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Publicis Groupe boss Maurice Levy plans a spending spree in China

Publicis Groupe boss Maurice Levy says he wants 30 per cent of the company’s earnings to come from emerging markets like China and Brazil in the next few years and, to that end, intends “to make some acquisitions in China.” ...

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Now Pepsico’s in the dock over ‘demeaning’ Pepsi Max Super Bowl ad

Pepsi Max’s Super bowl ad has aroused the ire of Democratic congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee from Texas for being ‘demeaning’ to African American women as one of them accidentally chucks a can at a white woman. This is one of ...

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HTC Europe appoints McCann – here’s the first big challenge for new creative director Linus Karlsson

HTC is the Taiwan maker of groovy mobile phones which has never got its marketing quite right, originally it was called Hi-Tech Corporation which might have played well in Taiwan but was less compelling elsewhere in the world. It supplies ...

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