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”

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”

Belinda Leworthy becomes President of Commonwealth//McCann

McCann Worldgroup today announced the appointment of Belinda Leworthy to the role of President, North America, for Commonwealth//McCann, the agency network’s global, dedicated business unit for Chevrolet. Leworthy joins McCann Worldgroup from WPP, where she served as Global Client Leader on Dell Technologies, overseeing an expansive global relationship with client ambitions spanning from consumers to … Continue reading “Belinda Leworthy becomes President of Commonwealth//McCann”

Accenture to discontinue business in Russia

Hot on the heels of WPP’s announcement to pull business out of Russia, consultancy agency Accenture has now put out a release on Friday afternoon revealing that it too would be discontinuing its business in Russia. Accenture’s presence in Russia includes 2,300 employees. While Accenture does not have a presence in Ukraine, it does have … Continue reading “Accenture to discontinue business in Russia”

Ogilvy promotes Devika Bulchandani to Global President

Devika Bulchandani has been promoted to global president of Ogilvy. Bulchandani, who joined Ogilvy in 2020 as global chairwoman of advertising and CEO of Ogilvy North America, will expand her global responsibilities to encompass all five Ogilvy business units: Advertising, PR, Experience, Health, and Growth & Innovation. She will partner with leaders across Ogilvy’s global … Continue reading “Ogilvy promotes Devika Bulchandani to Global President”

Grey announces new global creative leadership

Michael Houston, Worldwide CEO of Grey, has announced that John Patroulis has been promoted to Global Creative Chairman & President, Creative Business, and Javier Campopiano has been promoted to Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Grey and appointed creative leader of WPP’s global Coca-Cola account.  Borderless Strategy: Expanded Roles  “We have transformed the global structure of Grey during the last … Continue reading “Grey announces new global creative leadership”

Yacht Club sets sales and expands production team

Yacht Club, a full-service production company with in-house VFX and CGI based in Brooklyn, has announced its new US sales lineup: Sharon Lew of Lew & Co handles East Coast sales; Dave Campbell of Rogue Rep covers the West Coast; and Jack Reed of Jack Reed Reps covers the South and Texas. The Yacht Club roster … Continue reading “Yacht Club sets sales and expands production team”

Walgreens gives the gift of time in new holiday campaign

Relatable, chaotic moments during the holidays, like tangled Christmas lights, forgetting your sister’s gift or running out of wrapping paper can bring on unnecessary stress. Not to mention Fruit Cake. Friggin’ Fruit Cake. Walgreens is helping their customers take back time through the chaos of the season with their new digital convenience offerings. Online ordering with … Continue reading “Walgreens gives the gift of time in new holiday campaign”

Founder of mcgarrybowen, John McGarry, loses battle with Parkinson’s

In 2002, one of the original “Mad Man,” John McGarry left his CEO position at Y&R along with Gorden Bowen and Stewart Owen to launch revered creative shop, mcgarrybowen. At one point the shop became the largest indie agency in New York and the 10th largest indie agency in the U. S. Unfortunately, the trailblazer … Continue reading “Founder of mcgarrybowen, John McGarry, loses battle with Parkinson’s”

The One Club: WAATBP Diversity Conference set for September

The 11th edition of The One Club for Creativity‘s Where Are All The Black People (WAATBP) diversity conference and career fair will take place on September 29-30, 2021.  The hybrid event is free to attend and open to a global audience. WAATBP 2021 will address how the industry has – and hasn’t – evolved over the past 18 … Continue reading “The One Club: WAATBP Diversity Conference set for September”