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Technology

Visions in VR: The Emotional Connection

By it's very nature, virtual reality can be an emotionally draining thing to experience if you're not prepared for it and the creative industries are starting to realise that, if they utilise this more immediate connection effectively, they can...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

adam&eveDDB ask Brits to share their teatime with the nation

Frozen food bigwigs McCain are launching two multi-million pound marketing initiatives this week that aim to shine a spotlight on the modern, midweek, British family dinner. The first is a week-long series of consumer generated content TV ads, and...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Entertainment

Simon Cowell: The master of marketing

What is Simon Cowell? A TV presenter? A music producer? An pop manager? Well, undeniably all these things; but ultimately he's one of the most accomplished marketeers the UK has ever created. Just look at his greatest achievement. He not only...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

Love is in the air and A-MNEMONIC are providing the soundtrack

Get ready for a summer to remember with the rebranded ultimate dating show ‘Love Island’. A-MNEMONIC Music were enlisted by ITV for their branding and creative experience, and to help put their musical stamp on the show. From the title...

Posted by: A-MNEMONIC Music Productions
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Features

TV shows about the creative sector? Pah! Who needs 'em?

Antiques Roadshow, Flog It!, Bargain Hunt, Cash in The Attic, Dickinson's Real Deal - there’s no doubt the BBC and ITV recognise the crucial role selling old stuff plays in the cultural fabric of the UK. Indeed, one cannot help but be impressed...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

10 Tips For Running A Cheaper Creative Business

As Mr. Osborne will never tire of telling us, between now and May 7th, things are looking up. The economy, which at one point was about as healthy as a pigeon in a bus lane, is really picking up. But make no mistake, this is no time to be frivolous...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

“Dangerous” dancing Ad banned by ASA

A recent TV spot for the new Toyota Yaris has been pulled from the airwaves (and the internet) indefinitely after the watchdogs at the Advertising Standards Authority (AVA) deemed that the spot, in which drivers are seen 'dancing' behind the wheel to...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

What would ITV's schedule look like if it went up-market?

Good Morning Britain 6:00am - 8:30am Suzanna Reid talks to Alan Yentob about his new beard. Meanwhile Simon Schama and Andi Peters drop into the International Symposium On Medieval Folk History in Bruges for more spins of the Wheel of...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

What to watch? Why too many platforms are spoling the TV broth.

On 11 December 2008, Project Canvas was announced. A joint venture between the BBC, BT and ITV, it replaced the failed Project Kangaroo, a proposed video-on-demand service which was refused a licence on competition grounds and ended up as the SeeSaw...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

"Content is crap". Does ITV's Simon Daglish have a point?

Last week saw Sir John Heggarty proclaiming most modern advertising to be sh*t. Perhaps there's something in the bracing Spring air, because this week ITV's commercial boss Simon Daglish has warned brands that '90% of content is crap'. Some livewires...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

WCRS and Carat help Santander launch their biggest campaign to date

Santander recently launched their largest scale campaign to date. The 'Simple, Personal, Fair' campaign marks a notable change in the bank, as it positions itself as a more direct and less convoluted alternative to its closest rivals. The campaign...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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News

ITV air the first ad break constructed entirely out of Lego bricks!

Last night during the broadcast of ITV's 'Dancing On Ice', viewers might have been more than a little surprised to see a brace of their favourite adverts reimagined as stop-motion Lego animations. This marks the first time in history that an entire...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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News

Media will eat itself.

Here's a story so bizarre, so post-modern, that it's hard to believe Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci are not involved. They're not though, because this is something that has actually happened; it involves two major television stations attempting to...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Should celebrities be plugging advertisers in interviews?

The old adage asserts, 'Word of mouth is the best advertising'. And there's a lot of truth in that. When a satisfied customer recommends a product or service to a potential customer, a form of potent and cost-free advertising has taken place and it's...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Off and On; The twisting tale of the ITV logo.

by Magnus Shaw. Perhaps surprisingly, there's only been an official ITV logo since 1989. Until then, the network was divided into autonomous regions, each with their own brand. If you're in your thirties or forties you'll remember your own - Thames...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Erase and rewind - Is TV advertising a broken model?

Watching the ridiculously good 'Homeland' last week, I was struck by how absorbed and tense I was - transfixed as Carrie ducked and hid to avoid her pursuers in the alleyways of Beirut. The aroma of exotic spices, heat and sandy dust almost filled my...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

CP Loves...Gerry Anderson. The movie director that never was.

by John Fountain When I was a young lad one of my greatest joys was screened on ITV on Saturday mornings. It was an action-packed TV production with high-octane plots, daring dos and heroics that young boys, raised on a diet of Bobby Moore, Scooby...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Top 10 Account Wins of the Week

Soul - Wightlink Soul has been appointed by the ferry travel company Wightlink, one of the UK’s largest domestic ferry operators, to establish the firm as the preferred choice for trips between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. The agency...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Sexualised shaving ad banned by ASA

In these supposedly enlightened times, it's rare for an ad to provoke a significant moral outcry, at least to the extent that it gets pulled from existence. It happened earlier this year, of course, with the woeful ad that saw Kendall Jenner solve a...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top 10 Ads of the Week: Irn bru, beanz, comedy cats and Bradley Cooper

The Leith Agency - Irn Bru Xtra Musical comedian Brett Domino? Talking Squirrels? Seb Cardinal (of Cardinal Burns) directing? Sounds like the perfect ingredients for a new IRN-BRU commercial. Working through The Leith Agency, Seb stepped behind the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Social Media

Snapchat shares plummet after disastrous debut

Last night, shares in the boldly named Snap, the parent company of the snap-happy social media picture sharing titan Snapchat, fell by almost a quarter after the app reported significant losses and poor user growth. The company's first results as a...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

M&S get radical with new campaign from Grey

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is urging the nation to “spend it well” in a new brand campaign that marks a “radical departure” from its previous marketing. The work is the first from M&S since it ended its 16-year relationship with...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Just Eat Devour £10m X Factor Sponsorship Deal

Two icons of the weekend are partnering to deliver a feast of great food and fantastic entertainment to the nation on Saturday and Sunday nights. Just Eat, the leading marketplace for online food delivery, is to become the new broadcast sponsor of...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Channel 4 and ITV Unite Against Dementia for Alzheimer's Society

Channel 4 and ITV are uniting for the first time for a major brand campaign for the Alzheimer's Society, created by McCann London. Launching “United Against Dementia” today (Monday 24 April) from 20:55, this is the first time either TV...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top 10 Ads of the Week

Publicis - Fairy Fairy has brought to life the power of a single drop of its famous washing up liquid with a playful art installation of bubbles. Fairy wanted to come up with an engaging way to showcase its unique mileage messaging: “one drop...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

WCRS hit the Garden and the Kitchen for B&Q Spring Campaign

This week sees the launch of B&Q’s latest TV spot, part of its fully integrated Spring campaign from WCRS. The campaign sets out to remind customers that whatever their home improvement need or challenge, B&Q always has a brilliant solution,...

Posted by: Industry Updates

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