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Top Hires of the Week

CP+B Former TBWA\Chiat Day CD Gustavo Sarkis, was appointed this week as executive creative director of CP+B Miami, where he'll lead creative on all accounts. The native Brazilian began his career in advertising at Almap/BBDO São Paulo where he...

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Business Roundup

TH_NK juices a win out of Britvic It was announced this week that the independent digital agency TH_NK has been chosen to handle the digital portfolio of soft drink producer, Britvic, which includes the Robinsons, Fruit Shoot, J20 and Tango brands....

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The Best 2015 Super Bowl Campaigns (PART 2)

Nissan Whilst I normally don't care much for the “Prank” ads that have become more popular since the rise of the YouTube star, I couldn't help but fall for this remarkable clip from TBWA\Chiat\Day LA. One of a number of videos for a...

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The Best 2015 Super Bowl Campaigns (PART 1)

I won't even pretend to understand American Football. To my eyes it's all a bit of a mess, like a collision between a game of Rugby and a game of Chess, without the passion of the former and the brains of the latter. The Super Bowl, however, is an...

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Easyjet thank bunny business sense for hop in sales

Budget airline EasyJet has pulled off a dramatic turnaround in recent months, with passenger numbers up 4.1% to 14.9 million around the tail end of last year, with revenue per seat increased by 3.7% in kind and shares hitting an all-time high. A...

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Amazon takes on Gmail and Outlook

Yesterday Amazon unveiled WorkMail, a brand new product which offers email and calendaring services for corporate customers. The aim is for WorkMail to overtake Gmail and Outlook as the platform from which the company's corporate customers organise...

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Lego X is 3D printing in reverse

When I say the word “Lego,” chances are that your mind is immediately drawn to either one of two things; last year's surprisingly wonderful “Lego Movie” (still not forgiven that Oscar snub) or a childhood spent idly placing...

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BBC headquarters gains new identity

The former iconic BBC headquarters in London's White City are set to be transformed into a mixed-use development, which will comprise a new Soho House club and a hotel, as well as 950 luxury apartments and numerous offices, shops and restaurants. The...

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Major managerial shake up at Ogilvy & Mather India

Yesterday, a new management structure was announced for Ogilvy & Mather India, which will be effective from the 1st of March. Amongst other moves, the restructuring will see Kunal Jeswani promoted to CEO and Hufrish Birdy to CFO. According to Ogilvy...

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Apple watch set for April launch

I've already written at length about how 2015 is set to be the year when the smartwatch kicks its way into popular culture, and that prediction might be vindicated sooner than expected, as it was revealed recently by Apple CEO Time Cook that the...

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Inspiration

At last, somebody has created the perfect copywriter's website.

Think back about fifteen years or so, and you'll probably see yourself slowly (very slowly) browsing the internet on your dial-up connection, looking at websites and thinking 'I've gotta get myself one of those'. If you're a designer or art director,...

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Tesco continue to shed dead weight

In the latest is a series of significant culls for the supermarket chain since Dave Lewis took over as CEO last September, it was announced yesterday that Tesco's Blinkbox Books e-book service would be closing, following a failed sale to Waterstones....

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Saatchi invest in the future of art

Saatchi Art recently unveiled the latest edition of their annual Invest in Art series, which features the best work from emerging artists, handpicked by the site's chief curator, Rebecca Wilson. This year, Wilson has selected seven young artists from...

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Lean Mean Mob takeover M&C Saatchi

Last year, M&C Saatchi bought the digital agency Lean Mean Fighting Machine for an estimated £10 million as part of an ongoing effort to help establish itself in London. It would appear, however, that the move was actually part of a larger...

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Spot the voice with Freeview's Freddy

Comedy might be an incredibly subjective art form, but it's also a very effective one, especially when it comes to advertising. One form of comedy that has always left me cold, however, is the hidden-camera/reality TV setup, which invariably casts an...

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UAL announces hundreds of scholarships for 2015

Hundreds of scholarships available for 2015 Masters courses at University of the Arts London University of the Arts London is the world’s leading specialist creative university and hosts the largest postgraduate arts and design community in...

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Pinterest brings its advertising A game

Pinterest, the visual social network, plans to significantly further how it monetises its site by improving how advertisers use it. The site, which sells itself as a “Discover-based” social media platform, will serve up more user data to...

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The Week in Tech

Firefox joins the virtual reality bandwagon Last week, Mozilla made good on their promise to bring virtual reality to the popular Firefox web browser by implementing support for WebVR (an experimental API that makes it easier to connect the browser...

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NAMM 2015 Highlights

Those in the know (anyone with even a passing interest in performing and/or creating music) will have had their eyes and ears on Anaheim, California last week as the Anaheim Convention Centre hosted the NAMM Show 2015. NAMM (National Association of...

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London skyline set to get hammy

I don't know about you, but I for one have always thought that if there was one thing the London skyline needed, it was another building shaped like a foodstuff. Well, it would appear my prayers have been answered, as after a six-year hiatus, the...

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Business Roundup

Havas Media Group Atlas, Facebook's ad serving and measurement platform, recently signed a partnership deal with the Havas Media Group, a global deal that will focus heavily on the US and Western Europe. The partnership will see Havas offering Atlas...

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Top Hires of the Week

BBDO Abbe Hale joined BBDO this week as global business director across the network's Fonterra accounts. She will be based out of Singapore and will report to Jean-Paul Burge, president of BBDO Southeast Asia and CEO of BBDO Singapore. She joins...

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The Week In Advertising

The Army Reserves: Recruitment Campaign Creative Director: Paul Rizzello and Olly Robinson | Creative Agency: JWT London I'm always interested to see new recruitment campaigns, as this is an advertising field in which I've worked extensively. But I...

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Danny Trejo reveals his feminine side

Mars recently gave Americans a taste of the brand new 30-second Snickers commercial that will be airing during the highly coveted first quarter period of this year's Super Bowl. The spot is a parodic riff on the classic sitcom The Brady Bunch, only...

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NatWest and M&C Saatchi play musical chairs

In a new fully integrated campaign from M&C Saatchi, NatWest use the metaphor of the classic party game, musical chairs, to promote the bank's decision to end introductory teaser rates on savings accounts and credit cards. The campaign will run...

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The Grand Amethyst Hotel

The Dutch design studio NL Architects has proposed an incredibly ambitious, unique design for a new hotel on an island off the south coast of China called Ocean Flower island. The project, which the firm themselves describe as “Slightly...

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Everything you need to know about Windows 10

As a Mac user (I went Mac and never went back around the tail end of 2006), I honestly had very little interest in Microsoft's Windows 10 event, which took place yesterday (January 21), and I wasn't the only one. The announcement alone left people...

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BBDO Worldwide takes the big won

BBDO Worldwide has officially been named the world's most awarded agency network across all marketing communication disciplines after topping the 2014 Directory Big Won, an annual report based on 5,138 pieces of work from 1,667 agencies around the...

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Fitness First turn Blue Monday Red

Fitness First is the world's largest privately owned health club group with over 540 clubs worldwide and over 1 million members in 21 countries. In London alone there are over 40 clubs, each stocked with state-of-the art gym equipment, and staffed by...

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Neri&Hu's unsettling home of the future

Neri&Hu, the Chinese design studio that specialises in contemporary architecture and interior design that “Challenges the accepted values of society,” has installed what it calls its vision for the “Home of the Future” at the...

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Netflix world domination plans continue apace

If you've yet to climb aboard the Netflix bandwagon then it's probably for one of three reasons:- You simply don't watch enough TV/Movies to warrant the subscription. You're using a friend or family member's account and don't see the point in...

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Elon Musk to get Mars online

SpaceX founder and Tesla Motors bigwig Elon Musk recently revealed another of his ambitious projects; an internet connection that will link Mars with the world wide web. Musk hopes to achieve this by launching hundreds of geosynchronous...

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M&C Saatchi takes Tel Aviv

It was announced recently that the global advertising network M&C Saatchi has expanded its Middle Eastern portfolio by acquiring a majority stake in the Tel Aviv, Israel-based agency, Ben-Natan Golan. The new agency will be called simply “M&C...

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Prada and OMA create an Infinite Palace

AMO, the research branch of the Dutch design studio OMA, recently created a unique runway for the Prada Autumn/Winter menswear show that used clever design trickery to make it appear as though the catwalk stretched on into infinity. At the...

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