WPP shuffles its agency deck again as it forms new “powerhouse” in Seattle

More network shuffling at WPP, this time it’s digital network Possible (already described as a Wunderman Thompson company) merging with Wunderman Thompson – only in Seattle at this stage although it looks like the two are joining forces officially in ...

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AMS tries to make sense of northern media by poaching two from MediaCom Leeds

AMS Media, one of the stalwarts of the UK’s still-surviving media independent sector, has lured two former MediaCom execs to helm its new office in Leeds. MediaCom Leeds founding director Steve Empson and investment director James Whitehead (fourth and second ...

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Skoda turns to Doug the giant dog

VW-owned Skoda has been shuffling its ad agencies recently – as have all the car companies, wonder what they’re worried about – but Rosapark in Paris still seems to be on the case and here it is with Doug the ...

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Sky Bet and presenter Stelling red carded by ASA

Not before time the ASA has banned a Sky Bet ad featuring Jeff Stelling, the presenter of Sky’s Soccer Saturday programme. Sky sold Sky Bet for an eye-watering £3.4bn last year, but most viewers probably think it’s still part of ...

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Adam&eveDDB steps into deep waters with new Lloyds Bank M-word campaign

We haven’t always been kind about adam&eveDDB’s campaigns for Lloyds Bank – there were more nags than you’ll see at Cheltenham in one recent iteration – but now Lloyds is trying something a mite more ambitious, persuading us to talk ...

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Russell Schaller of Cheil picks his Desert Island Ads

Russell Schaller is ECD of Cheil UK. He has worked at Rainey Kelly, WCRS, Mother and Soul on brands including Virgin, Kiss FM, Coca-Cola, Colgate Palmolive and Uniqlo and been a partner in consultancy Tom Dick & Harry and Drugstore. ...

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Sir Martin Sorrell on Madison Avenue Manslaughter

Michael Farmer has just published the third edition of his invaluable Madison Avenue Manslaughter, surely the best analysis of the recent history of advertising and its agencies and guide to what to try to do next. We’ll have more from ...

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