The British took over India once before and now they're doing it again. Well, sort of. WPP is chatting with Arun Nanda and Ajit Balakrishnan about acquiring their 60% stake in Rediffusion
Y&R India. WPP already owns 27% of Rediffusion and this acquisition would up that stake to about 87%. Both parties are calling the talks speculative, but don't all parties in this situation always
say that? Of course they do. A deal's not a deal until it's a done deal.
We like Cleveland-based Brokaw. They've done some nice work over the years. Recently named Ad Age Small Agency of the Year, Brokaw continues to up its game, this time by hiring Renee Alexander, former director of paid, owned, and earned media at Publicis' Rosetta. Alexander will become the agency's digital and social media director and will lead the shop's digital and social media planning. Of the hire, Brokaw CEO Gregg Brokaw said: "Renee has an impressive track record of helping Fortune 100 brands drive online excitement, and more importantly, action. She will play a huge role in leading our interactive team, as well as our growing national client base, as we continue to build the agency of the future."
Billups, a company which, according to its press release, is "shaking up the [outdoor] space with immense year-over-year growth," has made a hire that has been "compared to Lebron's decision to leave Cleveland for a chance at the championship in Miami." Just how epic is this hire? He is, as the press release bombastically proclaims, "considered a force of nature in the out-of-home advertising space." So just who is this force of nature? Rick Robinson. Yeah, we have no idea either. Neither does Google. Hmm. Not everyone can have great SEO. Which in this case, you know, sort of makes sense, since this is all about one of the oldest, most un-Internet media around. Which, of course, doesn't mean he isn't actually a big deal in the outdoor space. Anyway, he's joining the company as chief strategy officer. It's a "game changer," the press release screams.
Everyone who works in an advertising agency should read this Business Insider article written by Dylan Connell. He gives a layman's description of the advertising business, the type of jobs that make up an ad agency (yeah, it's not just creative like the rest of the world thinks), the fact that it isn't easy and you can't just "decide" to do it, that we don't trick people into buying stuff they don't need or want, and the fact that you aren't going to make much money. Is he right?
Oy! Another creative award event? Sadly, yes. This one's comes from The A-List Hollywood and they have announced the call for entries for the Moving Image
Advertising, Interactive & Branded Entertainment 2015 Award. The entry deadline set for January 30, 2015.
I'm told the A-List Hollywood is the first creative advertising competition of its kind in Hollywood and will focus on the intersection between advertising and entertainment across all platforms. The event will be judged by the usual collection of international creatives including Leo Burnett's Mark Tutsell, JWT's Matt Eastwood, 360i's Pierre Lipton, and DDB Germany's Eric Schoeffler, among others. And no, there's not one single woman on the jury.
Of the awards, The Martin Agency Chief Creative Director Joe Alexander said: "There are way too many award shows and way too many without a clear purpose. The A-List Hollywood is the rare exception. It rewards the brands -- and agencies -- that are behaving in the most creative and engaging ways. Now that's refreshing."
Right, Joe. That's vastly different from every single other award event on the planet.
There's been a lot going on with Nationwide and its relationship with its agencies over the past few months. While its relationship appears to be solid with McKinney, things are not going so well
regarding its relationship with Moxie.
Confirming this, a statement from Moxie CEO Suzy Deering reads: “While Moxie will continue to work with Nationwide, it will no longer be on a retainer basis. Given this shift, we’ve begun the process of closing our Columbus office. Accounts currently serviced out of that location will be handled by our Pittsburgh and Atlanta offices. We are very proud of the work our Columbus team has produced over the years. They are a group of truly talented, dedicated professionals, and we thank them for all they have done.”
It totally sucks when an office of an agency has to shut down due to client shifts or losses. It's not fun. I've been there and know firsthand what it's like. But life goes on. Mine did. And so will the lives of everyone involved here.