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Paul Simons: MAA blast from the past – Heineken

Paul Simons: MAA blast from the past – Heineken

Heineken 1985 by Lowe Howard-Spink I joined Gold Greenlees Trott (GGT) in 1984 and found a place with widely diverging social backgrounds from Dave Trott’s proletariat view of the world versus my assistant Bella who was from the Hanson family, owning a brewery amongst other assets, posh school and from the Sloane Square set. I […] Read More

Affleck leaves Dentsu X to take top UK role at Havas Media

Affleck leaves Dentsu X to take top UK role at Havas Media

Havas Media Group has lured Patrick Affleck (below) from Dentsu X to be its new UK CEO. He replaces Matt Adams who left to join Brainlabs as global MD. Affleck was CEO of Dentsu X and, before that, president of Dentsu’s Vizeum in the US among other group roles. Havas Media Group global CEO Peter […] Read More

CEO Read battens down the virus hatches at WPP – but early 2020 trading is promising

CEO Read battens down the virus hatches at WPP – but early 2020 trading is promising

WPP CEO Mark Read has had a pretty good war so far and now he’s responded to the Covid-19 virus and consequent dramatic slowdown by scrapping its share buyback plan (saving £650m) and suspending its final 2019 dividend to save £1.1bn in total. It’s also looking for £800m in other savings including reducing executive committee […] Read More

Richard Brim’s MAA blast from the past: Flat Eric

Richard Brim’s MAA blast from the past: Flat Eric

I think my blast from the past has to be pretty much every ad BBH did for Levi’s. Always different, always spot on and always dictating cultural conversation. But if I had to pick one it would be Flat Eric, fresh even today, it’s perfect. It make no sense whatsoever but wonderful for it. It’s […] Read More

Readly launches global campaign to hijack stay-at-home reading boom

Readly launches global campaign to hijack stay-at-home reading boom

People are reading more magazines and newspapers (if they can get hold of them) in the time of Covid-19 (I even read the leader in the Mail on Sunday which I never do.) Online magazine digital subscription app Readly has chosen its moment well to launch a global campaign, ‘Got time? Make it count’ contrasting […] Read More

Anatomised and Anomaly join agency fight against virus

Anatomised and Anomaly join agency fight against virus

Agencies all over the place are trying to do their bit against the dreaded virus and, sorry, we don’t have space to cover them all. Here’s an interesting effort from Anatomised in London, telling it like it is. From Mike Everett, David Hughes and Mark Andrews, once of CDP. And Anomaly London has produced downloadable […] Read More

Impero’s Alastair Mills: my MAA blast from the past

Impero’s Alastair Mills: my MAA blast from the past

I remember so many bad ads from childhood. Take the Vortex one, where a woman visits a “bleach lab” and asks a boffin with a Petri dish and a weird voice which one performed best, “S’Vortex” he says. My brother and I used to quote that endlessly to each other. Great times. Of course, I […] Read More

Publicis scraps guidance until day of reckoning April 23

Publicis scraps guidance until day of reckoning April 23

How are we to assess the fortunes – and management – of the big ad holding companies over the next few months? Companies of all shapes and sizes are set to struggle with the Covid-19 outbreak of course, with a few exceptions such as, presumably, supermarkets. Commercial pillars like airlines are demanding bailouts (somewhat cheekily […] Read More

Wartime posters brought up to date with Covid-19 messages

Wartime posters brought up to date with Covid-19 messages

Design agency TW Creative has been putting out these pastiche posters over the last couple of weeks, updating the messaging as the Covid-19 crisis develops. Outdoor was a powerful medium before social isolating came into force, but for now social media has to step in and do the job. Katie Whitehead, new business director of […] Read More

W+K’s Neil Christie picks his MAA blast from the past

W+K’s Neil Christie picks his MAA blast from the past

Renault from 1986 by Woollams Moira They really don’t make them like this any more – a little drama in 60 seconds. Beautiful craft in the writing and production, perfectly cast, with believable characters and a wryly amusing twist in the tale. Of course, it’s also shamelessly glossy and insufferably smug. It’s a time capsule […] Read More

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