Sir Martin Sorrell gets a makeover as he embarks on the next 25 years at WPP

He has though with a suspiciously-shiny Italian-style suit and open-necked Oxford over a T-shirt that probably didn’t come from Gap. Having just completed 25 years at WPP, the huge marcoms group he founded, and turned 65, the man once cruelly ...

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Microsoft Kinect launch heralds bumper Christmas for McCanns

And indeed its Interpublic media buying sibling Universal McCann as Microsoft spends a whopper $500m on the global launch of Kinect, a hands-free controller for the XBox 360. As ever with Microsoft these days someone got there first with the ...

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Hovis wins top gong at UK IPA effectiveness awards – but will it convince other clients?

The UK’s agency trade body the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has been running its annual effectiveness awards for decades now, a spirited attempt to demonstrate to advertisers that money spent on attractive advertising actually produces more money for ...

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More news on bunga bunga, maybe this is what went on at Berlusconi’s parties

In the spirit of scholarly inquiry we’ve been looking into this ‘bunga bunga’ business (the post-prandial entertainment of choice at Italian PM and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi’s parties) and it seems the phrase can also refer to an African erotic ...

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Toshiba new business boosts counter-culture agency Goodness Mfg.

Toshiba USA has named Hollywood-based Goodness Mfg. agency of record for its consumer electronics computers business. The decision was made after Irvine, CA-headquartered Toshiba conducted a lengthy review with multiple agencies. The new business win marks one of several for ...

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Bloomberg ups stakes in challenge to FT and Wall Street Journal

Michael Bloomberg’s eponymous terminals and information company has long been in a battle against Reuters (now the product of a 2007 merger between Reuters and Thomson Financial) in the financial markets desktop terminals business. Standalone information has been a second ...

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Interpublic joins the club by posting stellar quarterly results

They’re all at it, in the wake of Publicis Groupe, Omnicom, Havas and WPP, Interpublic, owner of McCann’s and Daft FCB has posted some astonishingly good quarterly results. Here’s what Tim Bradshaw in the Financial Times makes of them: ‘The ...

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