Mystery as WPP’s Sorrell pledges £55m shares to cover HSBC bank loans

It’s not unusual for rich executives to pledge shares in their companies to cover loans as they decide the shares are worth keeping or they need them for other purposes, like keeping control. Today it emerged that WPP CEO Sir ...

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Five things you didn’t know about advertising agencies: 1970s (1)

1/The 1970s were arguably advertising’s fun decade: the 1960s had uncorked the so-called creative revolution in New York and London and agencies were happy to earn eye-watering fees without the distraction of trying to build their companies on the stock ...

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg races up the Forbes US rich list

At the grand old age of 26 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, far from the most popular person in media even before his great wealth became apparent, is personally worth $6.9bn, based on a theoretical valuation of social network site Facebook ...

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Is this Soft Paris opus the sexiest commercial ever?

Well some people think it is and the ad, for French online lotions and toys outfit Soft Paris from the aptly-named Lupo Productions, certainly lives up to its title of ‘sexy fruits.’ Soft Paris is a women-only store apparently, these ...

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M&C Saatchi signs up as internet porn champion

UK ad agency M&C Saatchi is to handle a global campaign for US web hosting company ICM Registry to promote the new xxx domain group, a new kind of top shelf on the internet for the ever-popular porn category. But ...

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WPP rumoured to be lining up bid for AKQA

They used to say you never got fired for buying IBM and you’re on pretty safe ground when you write that WPP is thinking of gatecrashing a big agency acquisition. Campaign thinks so anyway, reporting that WPP mergers head Andrew ...

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Nervous times for Carat and Aegis as Pfizer reviews $1.3bn media account

Pfizer is the biggest drugs company in the world, even more so following its $68bn mega-merger with Wyeth last year, and the fifth-largest US advertiser. So when it decided to review its $1.3bn media account there must have been a ...

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Will ambitious Tesco Bank ride to the Government’s rescue by boosting lending?

Today grumpy coalition business secretary Vince Cable will tell the Liberal Democrat party conference that businessmen are bastards and bankers are the biggest bastards of the lot. They pay themselves too much and don’t lend enough, particularly to small businesses. ...

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