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Entertainment

Immersion is Key: 10th anniversary of New Frontier Festival

For the last 10 years, Park City, Utah has been home of New Frontier Festival. A Sundance Institute exhibition of films and new-media art that explores and pushes the boundaries of conventional cinema. New Frontier provides the highest level of...

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Advertising

Wieden+Kennedy bring The Kennedys to London

The creative accelerator program spearheaded by Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam is expanding to the agency’s London office for the successful program’s sixth year. Operating for the past five years solely in Amsterdam, The Kennedys brings...

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Design

D&AD reveals Next Awards 2016 juries

The Juries for the D&AD Next Awards have been announced, and for the second year running, it’s an impressive line-up of well-known creative leaders. Tasked with selecting this year’s winning entries, the juries will be lead by Laura...

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Technology

The Latest Highlights & Trends in Tech

Microsoft use the Super Bowl to show off their Hololens Imagining the future for NFL fans Whilst it seems we can't go a week without hearing about similar projects from Sony and Valve, there’s still very little solid information available to the...

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Top 10 Hires of the Week

BBD Perfect Storm Kieve Ducharme has joined BBD Perfect Storm as its first Operations Director to oversee all aspects of the agency’s operations and production. She was previously at Quiet Storm where she had been overseeing production and...

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Advertising

Top 10 Account Wins of the Week

Mediacom - Sony Sony has moved the lion's share of its global media account into MediaCom following a competitive pitch. The Japanese electronics giant called a review for its five business divisions, including the global PlayStation account, which...

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Design

The Controversial Uber Rebrand

A taxi service that has changed the way we think about taxi services, Uber has been a genuine phenomenon, but it's still finding its feet outside of the US, so it seems like an odd choice to instigate a complete company rebrand at this time. What's...

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Advertising

Agency of the Week: BBDO

BBDO has had quite a week indeed. We've already reported on the global agency network's involvement in a charming new V&A Museum exhibition and its top placings in this year's Gunn Report, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. AMV BBDO unveil...

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Design

Street Art takes over the Redsand Sea Forts

An ambitious project is being launched which will see street artists and illustrators painting the Redsand Sea Forts just off the east coast of England. The sea forts are located in a cluster eight miles north of Whitstable off the Kent coast, and...

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Design

Diet Coke's colourful and personal new campaign

Hoping to show that the affection fans feel for Diet Coke is truly unique, the brand is giving fans another reason to swoon over the no-calorie beverage with millions of unique package designs in an innovative new initiative called the “Diet Coke...

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Advertising

M&C Saatchi help East Midlands Trains connect with their passengers

M&C Saatchi has created an emotionally charged new integrated campaign to drive the relaunch of East Midlands Trains, establishing a stronger identity for the brand. With East Midlands Trains having reached a key milestone in successfully negotiating...

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Advertising

Top Ads of the Week: Super Bowl Special

The Super Bowl isn't just the biggest day of the year for the NFL, it's by and large the biggest day of the year for ad land too, as countless millions from across the globe tune in to watch armies of heavily armoured blokes bash seven shades out of...

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Features

Wogan: Children In Need & Versions of Pudsey

In what has been a rather unsettling start to 2016 in terms of celebrity “news” – with David Bowie and Alan Rickman creating a torrent of outpouring across social media – we couldn’t let the week go by without a nod to Terry Wogan. Upheld...

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Inspiration

Havas Media put avocados in space for the Superbowl

There's no doubt that the UK advertising industry has always enjoyed an unrivalled reputation for innovation, creativity and flair. Despite much work becoming rather prosaic and generic in recent years, that reputation sustains and remains. However,...

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Inspiration

Brand Case Studies: Wildfang fashion a rebellion

The Wildfang ladies describe themselves as a modern day band of Robin Hoods (or should that be Maid Marians?) and their aim is simple; to redistribute, recategorise and rebrand menswear for women. The Wildfang story is pretty rad, and it all kicks...

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Design

Rebrand Roundup: From KFC to Budweiser

Wolff Olins - Enel Wolff Olins has created a bold new brand identity for electricity and gas company Enel, which aims to mimic the idea of moving energy. To convey this message, each letter in the new logo includes a cursor that echoes a light bulb...

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Technology

MIT Students win Elon Musk's SpaceX Hyperloop design competition

A team from MIT has won an ambitious competition to design a levitating travel capsule for the Hyperloop; billionaire Tesla Motors entrepreneur Elon Musk's futuristic, high-speed transport network. MIT's design was announced as the winner of the...

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Advertising

Havas helia brew the world's first emotional beer

For most of my adult life I've been rather passionate about beer. It might have something to do with the fact my father used to work at a brewery, so there's almost certainly tinge of nostalgia behind it, but honestly, I think it's more to do with...

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Features

Branding Bud: Bringing Cannabis to Market

With the US seeing states legalising weed (Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado) there’s something of a scrabble to rebrand cannabis to a mass audience. Should health benefits be the calling card, targeting yoga bunnies looking for that extra...

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Advertising

JWT launch 'best of' Social Media unit in Singapore

J. Walter Thompson and Mirum Singapore have launched The Social Team, a new social media offering providing clients access to digital, analytics, content, strategy and creative expertise across both agencies through one specialised team. The Social...

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Advertising

Jamie Oliver's 360-degree Cocktail Video

The Jamie Oliver Media Group is building on the success of its Drinks Tube channel with the world’s first 360-degree bullet time cocktail recipe video. The video has been released across the Drinks Tube channel, receiving support from...

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Technology

The Latest Highlights & Trends in Tech

Make your own BB8! How to make your own BB8 With some generic household materials, a few spare bits of electronic gear and a decent amount of spare time you can build your own phone-controlled BB8 droid for around $120. Angelo Casimiro breaks down...

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Design

Rankin & AMV BBDO bring imaginary friends to life

AMV BBDO has brought together some of the world’s best creative talent for a new exhibition, which opens this week at the V&A Museum of Childhood and features work from respected model makers from Aaardman, of Wallace & Gromit, Psyop and...

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Advertising

Fold7 take us shopping in new Carlsberg campaign

Whilst some might have accused Carlsberg of flogging a dead horse with their now iconic “If Carlsberg Did” and “Probably The Best” campaigns, every time the brand has veered away from the format, the public starts to miss them...

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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Karmarama Karmarama has appointed Jamie Toward as Managing Partner for Content. Toward, who joins Karmarama from MEC, where he was Head of Content, will report to Jon Wilkins, Karmarama’s Executive Chairman, and will lead data-driven content,...

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Technology

The latest updates from Apple

Launching a training centre in Italy Apple is set to launch a training centre in Italy where students will learn how to code and develop apps for the iOS smartphone and tablet platform. The iOS App Development Centre in Naples will have a...

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Entertainment

In The Making: Anti-diary & the world's first 360 cinemagraphs

In the heavily homogenised world of modern pop music, there are few anomalies. The days of cookie-cutter sex puppets and ultra-macho posturing might be almost behind us, but in this new PC era, there is also no room for unique personality. Some might...

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Advertising

Top 10 Account Wins of the Week

Zimmerman - Smokey Bones Within 30 days of breaking ties with Logan's Roadhouse, Zimmerman Advertising has announced its partnership with Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, serving as the Florida-based chain's new Agency of Record. Smokey Bones is one...

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Advertising

Leo Burnett and BBDO ace the 2015 Gunn Report

The 2015 Gunn Report has named Leo Burnett Worldwide as the winner of the “All Gunns Blazing” category for the seventh time in the past eight years. The network held a strong lead with 78 points, 35 points ahead of the runner-up. The Gunn...

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Design

Berlin Dispatch: Goodbye to the catwalk at Berlin Fashion Week

The temperature may have dropped to a Baltic minus 9, but that didn’t chill the atmosphere in Berlin last week. Since Berlin Fashion Week first opened it’s doors in 2007, the fashionable elite have been flocking to Europe’s creative...

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Advertising

Grey Group acquires ArcTouch mobile design firm

Grey Group has announced the acquisition of ArcTouch; a leading full-service mobile design and development company in the United States. ArcTouch will become a free-standing unit of Grey's Brand Experience Group which also includes Grey Activation...

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Advertising

Taylor James launch special automotive division

Taylor James, the Integrated creative production studio based in London and New York, has announced the launch of the Taylor James Automotive Group, a specifically tailored division offering automotive clients the skills of dedicated creative leads...

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Advertising

Top 5 Ads of the Week: Week 4

Wieden+Kennedy - Bud Light The Bud Light Party is Coming American football confuses me. Quite honestly I just find the whole garish spectacle to be a little too much for my fragile British constitution to handle, so when it comes to The Super Bowl,...

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