Lowe seals 51 per cent deal for Australia’s 303

Interpublic’s Lowe & Partners has completed its deal to boost its Australian operations by buying 51 per cent of 303, formerly Australia’s biggest independent agency. The agency will be known as 303Lowe (don’t you wish word spaces would come back?) ...

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South African duo Frank.net and FoxP2 offer New Zealand rugby ref Bryce Lawrence an offer he might refuse

The South Africans are still smarting after their defeat against Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter finals last weekend but tell-it-like-it-is insurance company Frank.net and agency Fox P2 are trying to turn it to their advantage with this topical ...

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Publicis Groupe launches new global mobile and social media agency CRM365

You’d think that Maurice Levy’s already had enough digital media agencies with Digitas, Razorfish and two acquisitions this year in Rosetta Marketing Group and Big Fuel. But Levy (pictured), an IT expert himself in the days when computers were rather ...

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WPP’s Sorrell gives troubled Y&R a big vote of confidence with planned move from Madison Avenue to 26-storey Columbus Circle

Well that’s the way it looks anyway as WPP has taken an option to move Young & Rubicam into 3 Columbus Circle, a big refurbed office block off 8th Avenue and near Central Park. This would mean Y&R departing its ...

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Lord Bell rejects connection between Gulliford deal and VCCP’s easyJet win

Lord Bell, chairman of Chime Communications, has written to me regarding our story about Chime’s acquisition of Gulliford Consulting for a maximum price of £4.75m. We noted that Simon Gulliford, former marketing head of Barclays and Standard Life, had been ...

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