Cannes Lions: Greenpeace invades WPP beach

No, it’s not 1944. And it definitely is not Normandy. But the beaches of France were stormed as costumed members of Greenpeace France gatecrashed a private event at WPP’s beach installation. The incident comes on the heels of former Cannes winner turned Greenpeace activist, Gustav Martner, taking the stage during the opening ceremony on Monday … Continue reading “Cannes Lions: Greenpeace invades WPP beach”

WPP will pay for abortion travel-related expenses

Global holding company, WPP, is now responding to the leaked Scotus document which clearly shows that the Conservative-controlled Supreme Court is leaning toward overturning the landmark decision Roe v. Wade. The 1973 ruling guarantees a woman’s right to abortion. Next year will be its 50th anniversary. Last Monday evening, the website Politico published a leaked draft, of … Continue reading “WPP will pay for abortion travel-related expenses”

WPP announces plans to exit Russia

Today, WPP announced that it discontinuing its operations in Russia due to Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, which has created a humanitarian crisis in Europe. It is the world’s largest advertising company, which includes agencies such as AKQA, BCW, Essence Global, Finsbury, Grey, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Mindshare, Ogilvy, Wavemaker, Wunderman Thompson, and VMLY&R In a statement issued today, the ad/PR holding company, which has nearly 1,400 … Continue reading “WPP announces plans to exit Russia”

Joydeep Dey joins WPP’s Ford team as Chief Strategy Officer

VMLY&R announced today Joydeep Dey will join the agency as global chief strategy officer on WPP’s Ford account, which spans marketing communications, experiences, technology, and commerce. Dey will serve as the strategic interface for WPP’s multi-agency team, working in close partnership with Jason Xenopoulos, the global chief creative officer on the Ford business. An experienced, hybrid strategist, Dey has … Continue reading “Joydeep Dey joins WPP’s Ford team as Chief Strategy Officer”

Cannes Lions: WPP named Most Creative Company

WPP was today named the most creative company of the year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.  WPP agencies collected a total of 190 Lions, including a Titanium Lion, 12 Grand Prix, 28 Gold, 57 Silver and 92 Bronze, with winners representing 38 different countries.   The award is based on the accumulated points … Continue reading “Cannes Lions: WPP named Most Creative Company”

Campopiano promoted to new roles at Grey and WPP

Javier Campopiano has been promoted to global creative partner at Grey, a new worldwide position, overseeing the agency’s creative work across Europe and Asia. He will report to John Patroulis, worldwide chief creative officer of Grey.  Campopiano will also take on a new role driving the creative output on a major global assignment at WPP.  … Continue reading “Campopiano promoted to new roles at Grey and WPP”

WPP to combine Grey and AKQA. End of the Grey name

There are certain agency names that one took for granted if you grew up in the New York advertising market. J. Walter. BBDO. Ammirati and Puris. Then Ammirati Puris Lintas. Ogilvy. FCB. Y&R. And yes, Grey, which now exists no more. British holding company WPP announced today it would combine the agency which opened its doors … Continue reading “WPP to combine Grey and AKQA. End of the Grey name”

Keith Cartwright opens WPP-backed agency

Creative entrepreneur and agency veteran, Keith Cartwright, a co-founder of SATURDAY MORNING, has launched CARTWRIGHT, a new agency designed to work with brands who want a more direct relationship with agency leadership, and seek a creative product built to stand out in today’s attention crazed economy. Among the marketers the start-up is already working with are P&G, … Continue reading “Keith Cartwright opens WPP-backed agency”

WPP presents 3-year “radical evolution” for growth

Just coming off of the consolidation of JWT and Wunderman and VML and Y&R, WPP has presented a new vision to become a leader in creativity and technology. The strategy, which emanates from a strategic growth review, incorporates simpler, improved offer designed to capture the opportunities of a changing marketplace, and a streamlined structure built … Continue reading “WPP presents 3-year “radical evolution” for growth”

WPP helps rebrand Walgreens pharmacy

Walgreens and WPP have are moving away from “the Corner of Happy and Healthy” for a new line — “Walgreens. Trusted since 1901.” The previous line was created by GSD&M, whom the pharmacy giant removed as AOR earlier this year. The rebranding effort is most likely in response to the escalating pharmacy wars. CVS recently … Continue reading “WPP helps rebrand Walgreens pharmacy”

One Club celebrates 50 years with new campaign

Working with Design Army, The One Club for Creativity kicks off the celebration of The One Show’s first — and next — 50 years of honoring global creative excellence with an engaging call for entries campaign. Based on the idea of the work as the creative industry’s reason to exist, the campaign equates “the work” with “the … Continue reading “One Club celebrates 50 years with new campaign”

Havas’ TRIPTK expands to UK

TRIPTK, Havas’ New York-based brand transformation consultancy, is expanding into the UK – launching a new London office within Havas’ flagship King’s Cross (HKX) Village. TRIPTK London, which launches with clients including Diageo, WeTransfer and Rothy’s, will be led by Siobhan Stoves – who joins as Managing Partner after nearly a decade at WPP’s Design … Continue reading “Havas’ TRIPTK expands to UK”

VMLY&R expands experience design division

VMLY&R announces the expansion of its experience design (XD) division with two executive appointments. Kaleeta McDade joins as chief experience design officer, North America, to jointly lead the agency’s growing experience design team alongside Eric Looney who has been a leader on the XD team for the last five years. In her new role, McDade will bridge … Continue reading “VMLY&R expands experience design division”

VMLY&R expands west coast footprint with new leader

VMLY&R announced the expansion of its West Coast footprint with the addition of a new executive lead, Jennifer DaSilva, who is promoted to the executive director, VMLY&R West. DaSilva will oversee the agency’s client engagement, delivery operations, and new business in the Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles offices. In addition, she will continue serving as president … Continue reading “VMLY&R expands west coast footprint with new leader”

Cannes Lions: DDB, FCB, Dentsu, Burger King win

In the final Awards Show of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the following Lions were presented live on stage: Film Lions, Glass: The Lion for Change, Sustainable Development Goals Lions, Titanium Lions. Special awards were also announced. Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS commented: “Cannes Lions is a global platform, and it’s been an incredible week, as … Continue reading “Cannes Lions: DDB, FCB, Dentsu, Burger King win”

Cannes Lions: Former winner, now Greenpeace activist, crashes ceremony

A Greenpeace France activist and former winner and jury of the world-famous Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, interrupted the opening ceremony to call out advertising agencies gathered in the event for working with the fossil fuel industry and being complicit in spreading disinformation around the climate catastrophe and promoting their polluting products. On the first … Continue reading “Cannes Lions: Former winner, now Greenpeace activist, crashes ceremony”

Cannes 2022: First shortlists announced

Cannes Lions has today revealed the shortlists for the 2022 Glass: The Lion for Change, Innovation Lions and Titanium Lions. The shortlisted entrants will present their work directly to jury members virtually ahead of the Festival. The Innovation Lions shortlist, whose jury is led by Cleve Gibbon, CTO, Wunderman Thompson, USA, comprises 14 entries from … Continue reading “Cannes 2022: First shortlists announced”

WGA calls on producers to reconsider locations with anti-abortion laws

With the almost 50-year-old landmark decision Roe v. Wade teetering on being overturned by the Supreme Court, forward-thinking companies and organizations are now responding. Last week, SAG-AFTRA issued a statement while UTA and WPP pledged to support women’s rights. Now the Writers Guild of America West (WGA) has come out with their response. Founded in … Continue reading “WGA calls on producers to reconsider locations with anti-abortion laws”

AB produces new beer inspired by Ukraine’s Chernigivske

Anheuser-Busch (AB) will join AB InBev teams around the world to launch a new initiative aimed at providing humanitarian relief for those impacted by the crisis in Ukraine. Taking inspiration from beloved Ukrainian beer and A-B sister brand Chernigivske, the brewer will introduce a tribute to Chernigivske in select cities across the U.S., with its … Continue reading “AB produces new beer inspired by Ukraine’s Chernigivske”

VMLY&R scales talent strategy with exec appointments

Our friends at VMLY&R announced the expansion of its people division with the addition of two new executive roles in the global leadership team. Aimee Pagano joins the agency from McCann Worldgroup as global head of talent acquisition and Tasha Gilroy is promoted to global chief equity, inclusion, and belonging officer. Both roles will report to Ronnie Felder, … Continue reading “VMLY&R scales talent strategy with exec appointments”