Publicis Conseil shows the true misery of Xmas for Orange

We rather miss Orange in the UK, with its history of better than good ads mostly by WCRS (also due to disappear thanks to an Engine Group re-organisation). Instead we have the horrible EE. Orange is now France Telecom’s headline ...

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Paul Simons: is data grail driving WPP’s shotgun marriages?

The merging of two entities such as Wunderman and JWT is causing disruption in the industry with, like Brexit, those in support and those who think it is all madness. The long held opinion is the two cultures do not ...

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Was Ridley Scott’s RSA the secret sauce in WPP’s VW win?

Campaign reckons that celebrated film director and production company owner Ridley Scott of RSA was the secret weapon in WPP’s successful pitch for VW creative in North America. It also speculates that WPP CEO Mark Read spent between $500,000 and ...

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Herezie’s Baptiste Clinet: my creative highlights of 2018

Baptiste Clinet is executive creative director at Herezie Group in Paris.   The Times UK & Ireland – JFK Unsilenced The best craft idea of the year. Dedication to an idea pushed to the limits. Citroën – Seetroen Automotive is ...

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IPG’s Magna hails record $552bn global adspend in 2018

Interpublic’s Magna global has been peering into its crystal ball and is forecasting further strong ad growth in 2019 following a record 2018. Global ad revenues grew by a record 7.2 per cent in 2018 to reach $552bn in the ...

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BBC One Christmas ad shows the joy to be found in turning off your screen

BBC One’s Christmas ad is a festive tear-jerker in which a mother and her teenage son ditch their responsibilities to spend a lost afternoon of quality time together. Made by BBC Creative, it tells the story beautifully and avoids schmaltz ...

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Goodby Silverstein drives the right line for BMW

Something strange seems to be happening to car ads – one or two have an actual idea. In the US anyway. We’ve already had Wieden+Kennedy’s powerful debut for Ford, making the tired old brand look contemporary for the first time ...

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Apple sticks to its product ad guns with a gaggle of Elvises

Here’s another ambitious Apple product ad, shot by John Lewis director of choice Dougal Wilson, this time for its new Group FaceTime via which lots of you can be Elvis impersonators and other useful things. As ever with Apple these ...

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We’re growing Karmarama tells agency rivals as it embarks on hiring spree

Karmarama, now Accenture Interactive’s flagship agency in the UK, has uncorked a challenge to the struggling creative establishment by saying it plans to recruit up to 100 more staff next year, bringing the total to about 400. There will, one ...

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