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Talking Cannes Lions 2019: Key themes from this year's festival

As the dust settles after another sun-drenched week in the South of France, a selection of industry experts give their views on the key themes in 2019. Aside from the usual networking, parties and late-night Gutter Bar action, here's what else made...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Amstel opens Arms for Neighbours' Week

Today marks the start of national Neighbours’ Week in the UK, an awareness week set up to encourage more interaction in local communities. To support the cause, beer brand Amstel opened a pop-up pub overlooking London’s Tower Bridge last...

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Features

Cannes Lions 2019: The contenders

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is underway and tonight the first awards ceremony will take place at the Palais des Festivals where the first wave of winners will be announced. Ahead of the five awards shows taking place every...

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Advertising

5 of the best Women's World Cup ads

The Women's World Cup kicked off in France this week where 24 teams from across the globe will battle it out over the next month for football's ultimate prize. The women's game has been slowly but steadily evolving in recent years with more TV...

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Features

What brands can learn from Love Island

Love Island is back. For the rest of the summer in the UK, our screens will be blessed with the sights of sun-kissed sceneries and troublesome twenty-somethings with enviable physiques. While you can accuse the show of being many things, it’s...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Making the sun shine for Nivea

YouGov research shows that as much as a third of people don’t apply sun cream in the UK. Despite spending time in gardens and parks, as soon as the sun comes out, they tend not to take the same care as they do abroad. A recent campaign through...

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Awards

D&AD Professional Awards 2019 winners and rankings

The 57th D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony took place last night (23 May) at a ceremony in London where six Black Pencils - the highest accolade - were awarded. Droga5 was awarded a Black prize in TV Commercial Campaigns and Furlined also picked up...

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Trends

Desperados set to intoxicate the dance world with Paintworks

Dance music festivalgoers are in for a colourful treat this summer as tequila-flavoured beer brand Desperados launches a new body-painting experience at a series of events in the UK. The Paintworks activation, developed by creative agency Twelve,...

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Careers

Top 5 copywriting tips from creative director Max Vinall

As a writer with nearly 30 years’ experience (currently creative director at Jellyfish, and Copywriting, Branding and Tone of Voice trainer), let me tell you one thing: The words matter. Whether you write for the web, social, TV, film, the...

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Inspiration

Spotlight: Tyrion Lannister stands tall in Morales-Lee illustrations

Game of Thrones fans will love one of the pieces in artist and illustrator Patrick Morales-Lee’s Boxset Legends series. The collection sees Tyrion Lannister, one of the HBO show’s most admired characters, make an appearance (below) and...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Restoring Faith for ŠKODA

When it came to launching a new campaign for automotive brand ŠKODA recently, the client pointed to the success of its work with Paloma Faith last year for inspiration as it sent sales through the roof. But the Fallon creative team on the...

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Awards

Creativepool Annual 2019 winners announced

The winners of the Creativepool Annual 2019 were announced last night at a celebratory event held at East London’s Banking Hall. Global industry figures and key members of the Creativepool network gathered at the exclusive venue to toast the...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Why Foster’s brought back Brad and Dan

Foster’s heroes, Brad and Dan, returned to screens recently in a multi-media campaign that sees them once again playing agony uncles to Brits in need. Created by adam&eveDDB, the work marks the brand’s biggest advertising investment...

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Advertising

Uncommon tells the story of television for ITV

UK-based broadcaster ITV has launched a new ad fronted by legendary newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald that shows how stories we see on screen can affect us. The 90-second ad, created by Uncommon Creative Studio and directed by Billy Boyd Cape, features...

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Features

Why gaming should be taken more seriously

Gaming’s got a strange reputation. It’s not got the respect that film, literature and even television has. However, as an industry its success is staggering. In the UK the gaming market is now worth a record £5.7bn, that’s more...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Advertising

Burger King’s flame-grilled glasses are too hot to handle

Fast food chain Burger King has launched a range of flame-grilled glasses in France to promote the intense flavour of its burgers. Independent agency Buzzman is behind the limited-edition product, with more than a million of the glasses created and...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Inside Oreo's cookie kingdom for Game of Thrones

To mark the launch of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones and a new limited-edition range of OREO cookies aligned with the series, New York-based digital agency 360i created a unique title sequence with US cable network HBO. The 50-second...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: How Gerard Butler hijacked Enterprise

This week, car rental firm Enterprise launched a high-octane campaign featuring Hollywood star Gerard Butler to communicate how the brand helps consumers get things done whether it be a house move or family visit. Below, Joe Stamp and Tom...

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Features

Your type on paper: How brands can hit it off with Love Island in 2019

Love Island is now ITV2’s most watched show ever, which has made brand association with the programme highly desirable. The launch of the fourth season of the reality TV show last year, which follows a group of twentysomethings in their quest...

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Trends

Essential reads in March 2019

Our CEO, Anant Sharma, curates his top five reads of March. From early age retirement homes to CCTV that pre-empts a thief, it was all about the change of pace last month. The pace of change seems to be accelerating across all sectors. The use of AI...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: McCafé's take on the ridiculous world of coffee

Coffee is big business in the modern world with consumers drinking copious amounts at a premium price. But sometimes, it can take itself far too seriously. Enter Leo Burnett senior creative team Andrew Long and James Millers, who recently applied a...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Jason Harris

US-based creative agency Mekanism prides itself on delivering work aligned with the 'Soul & Science' of storytelling, which means the human and data side is considered on every brief. It's an approach that helps the company to deliver meaningful...

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Technology

Apple bites into TV, gaming and news subscription space

Global tech giant Apple has announced further plans for its original video subscription service that will launch later this year along with details of a new gaming platform and news media service. Screen time Apple TV+ will give users access to...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Changing perceptions of Race for Life

Race for Life returns in 2019 with a message to encourage everyone to join the charity event and help beat cancer through a campaign by Anomaly. Matt Roach, one of the creative directors on the project, talks about what went into making the work and...

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Features

Platform for success: A history of video game art

If you're a fan of video game art, then you're in the right place. Today’s innovations and improvements in game art design and development have been shaped by the first steps that were taken in the past. Today, video games are considered more...

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Events

Global creative calendar: March 2019

This time of year, inspiration hits a feverish pace at some of the world's top hot spots. In London alone, the high-profile annual festivities include Marketing Week Live, Advertising Week Europe and Design Thinking and Innovation Week. Music and...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: When Harry's met Harry Kane

Last weekend saw the return of Tottenham and England star Harry Kane after a month out of football through injury. Scoring a goal in typical fashion, he has since made headlines by appearing in a great new campaign for Harry’s razors which...

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Careers

Mentor Sessions: Toby Snowdon

The Creative Mentor Network (CMN) is a London-based charity working to make the creative industries more diverse and inclusive through mentoring. The programme sees a host of talent from some of world’s top agencies link up with young mentees...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advertising

All the ads of Super Bowl 53: The tech

Tech companies relished the chance to get in on the Super Bowl action once again this year with serial advertisers and first timers entering the fray in 2019. Here are the best ads involving telcos, TV streamers, music companies and more to air on...

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Advertising

Linear production 'too long and expensive' - Shutterstock chief

The growth of video on social media has contributed to a need for cheaper, faster branded content, according to a marketing executive at Toronto-based Shutterstock Custom. Paul Cowan, VP of enterprise and SMB marketing, believes the introduction of...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Events

Global creative calendar: February 2019

It's been 32 years since South By Southwest launched in Austin, Texas. March will see more than 150,000 people will convene in the city once again to redefine the cutting-edge in interactive, film, music and culture. The event will focus on trends...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Trends

Life in the living room: Why TV still matters in 2019

- By Rhiannon Murphy, head of TV at the7stars - Television, or at least our relationship with it, has changed. Over the past 20 years we’ve gone from celebrating the launch of a fifth terrestrial channel on our TV screens in the UK to...

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Trends

Predicting the death of the influencer

One of the biggest YouTuber festivals arrives in the UK next month and ahead of the launch, Jim Louderback, the company's CEO, offers his predictions for the year ahead... There’s a lot happening in the world of online video, social platforms...

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Awards

How Ogilvy won an Annual award in five seconds for Cadbury

Cadbury’s classic Gorilla ad from 2007 has become a staple of the brand’s identity over the past decade or so. And while the work has notched millions of views on YouTube since launching on TV, the brand wanted to tap into the digital...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advertising

Ad trends 2019: Mark Melling

Verizon Media-owned global creative studio RYOT's head of EMEA, Mark Melling, believes it's time for advertising move on from being passive and one-way and that we have the tools and technology to make it happen. He gives his wider thoughts and...

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Features

10 video marketing trends for 2019

The prospects for video makers and marketers in 2019 are beginning to heat up. The film and video industry is changing rapidly, with new gear, formats, channels, and avenues for advertisements gaining momentum every day. Let’s look at the top...

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