McCann’s banks on John Cleese for AA ad debut

Better safe than sorry they say and McCann-Erickson is certainly playing it safe by casting John Cleese (in his Clockwise rather than Fawlty Towers mode) for its first ad for UK breakdown service the AA (formerly Automobile Association). Clockwise was ...

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UK government ad cutbacks could kill WPP’s M4C media agency at birth

WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell is very keen on creating bespoke agencies to handle big bits of business but all too often these are confounded by what might be called ‘events.’ One such was his attempt three years ago to establish ...

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Does anyone, apart from agencies and media owners, really need the COI?

Because they might not have it very much longer. The UK cabinet office, which is in charge of the current ‘bonfire of the quangos’ as the coalition government culls public bodies it thinks are useless, has confirmed that the COI ...

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Sky tells off journalists for claiming for bribes and fraud

They’re a touch sensitive in the News Corporation empire about misunderstandings involving alleged wrongdoing (former News of the World boss Andy Coulson is being pursued over phone hacking violations) and we have the estimable Popbitch newsletter to thank for the ...

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Publicis Groupe wins Chilean miners sunglasses brand Oakley

And a few more besides as the French-owned agency group has won Italian sunglasses giant Luxottica whose brands include Oakley, Ray-Ban and Persol as well as retailers LensCrafters and OPSM. A genius somewhere in the Luxottica empire decided to send ...

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Now Mad Men rescues the advertising industry

A slight exaggeration perhaps but, as Lisa van der Pool reports here, some US agencies are reporting that the show’s fame (notoriety?) is prompting a wave of interest from potential recruits that the business hasn’t experienced for years. But what ...

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Google claims it’s winning in display ads global grab, Yahoo for sale?

We all know that Google dominates the global search market and for a few years now it’s been setting its sights on becoming the biggest online advertising company too (Yahoo is still the biggest in the US) and the company’s ...

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