Paul Simons: is double vision the issue at M&C Saatchi?

It is never uplifting news to lose a major client and in M&C Saatchi’s case the NatWest loss cannot be helpful. They need to win a few decent names plus get some decent creative work out there in the public ...

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P&O review may signal end of free travel for Rob Brydon

Looks like comedian Rob Brydon is going to have to give up all that free travel, food and booze courtesy of P&O Cruises. P&O is reported to be reviewing its ad account at agency Founded, which launched ‘This is the ...

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Bank robber Bill plugs The Pit for Blockchain.com

Cryptocurrencies are a mystery to many of us (except Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg who’s decided he wants one of his own). Among the issues is the difficulty of trading, it seems. So Blockchain.com and agency Oberland have signed up the ever-reliable ...

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Another blow for M&C Saatchi as new NatWest campaign heads to The&Partnership

M&C Saatchi PLC is having a gruelling time at the moment, forced into a £6.4m provision over too-early revenue recognition and some assets on its balance sheet that aren’t worth what the agency thought they were. It’s re-iterated its profit ...

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The Gate’s Jamie Elliott: why Les Binet and Peter Field are my Ad Heroes

I started in this industry the very week, as it happens, that Google launched. It was 1998 and the great digital disruption was underway. Agencies were already on the back foot, deep in battle with the research companies like Millward ...

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Does ITV Creative rise to Rugby World Cup challenge?

More Rugby World Cup, this time from tournament broadcaster ITV’s ITV Creative ‘Rise to the World Cup’ – featuring some Japanese-style animation. Take it the games are on quite early, which presumably means pubs will be open for breakfast. OK ...

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Ocean Outdoor turns sports broadcaster in Rugby World Cup partnership with ITV

Out of Home is becoming an all-singing and dancing medium in the digital age and UK digital specialist Ocean Outdoor seems to be becoming a sports broadcaster as well, using its giant screens including London’s Piccadilly Lights. Already this year ...

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Publicis Groupe retains $600m Novartis media

Publicis Groupe has retained the Novartis global media account, reckoned to be worth $600m. The Swiss pharma giant was previously handled by Starcom and now Starcom is combining with Publicis’ new data firm Epsilon in an entity called NovartisONE2. WPP, ...

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