Politics

WPP’s Read promises action in wake of George Floyd tragedy

WPP’s Mark Read has made arguably the strongest statement of intent among agency big bosses about George Floyd, promising, among other things, an “Inclusion Council” to help make the organisation more diverse. Read said, in a Linkedin post: “the global ...

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The&Partnership bangs the drum for American business

“The chief business of America is business” opined President Calvin Coolidge (not usually known for his eloquence) in the pre-Wall Street Crash 1920s. It is for the New York Stock Exchange anyway and (British) The&Partnership’s New York office sticks to ...

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Ad holding company bosses weigh in to George Floyd crisis

The bosses of three ad holding companies – John Wren at Omnicom, Interpublic’s Michael Roth and Publicis’ Arthur Sadoun have weighed in as America explodes following the murder of George Floyd. WPP’s Mark Read can be forgiven perhaps for being ...

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NHS launches ‘big brother’ contact tracing drive

Here’s the Government’s film explaining ‘test and trace,’ its great hope for easing the UK out of lockdown. It’s simple and clear (MullenLowe?) so job done? But do they really expect people to self-isolate for 14 days – on the ...

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Tesco beards Twitterati with Ramadan ‘Food Love Story’

It’s Ramadan in the UK so Tesco is promoting its halal meats with this lively effort from BBH (presumably) as part of its ‘Food Love Stories’ campaign. Predictably it’s provoked a Twitter storm, in large part from people who disapprove ...

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Elvis: why now is the right time to address climate crisis

By Caroline Davison. Covid-19 may end up being the kick up the backside that we in adland need to get our priorities straight. We’re now realising that the Climate Crisis will affect us all and change our lives beyond recognition. ...

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W+K puts Ford at the industrial heart of America

Donald Trump’s gonna love this one: Ford’s ‘Built for America’ from Wieden+Kennedy hymning its patriotic creds and (highly praiseworthy) recent switch of production to manufacture health worker kit amid the virus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxTUzCxeGho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjqK6suf8f4 A timely spin (Ford goes back to ...

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