Month: November 2006

News Magazines wins Sky publishing contract

News Magazines has won the contract to publish BSkyB’s Sky Magazine from incumbent John Brown. News Magazines was set up as a division of News International last year to develop consumer publications. Both News International and Sky are controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. The magazine division is run by chief executive Camilla Rhodes and […]

Jessops poaches top marketer from Boots

Jessops, the UK’s biggest specialist photographic retailer, has poached Ian Linnington from Boots.com to be its new marketing director. Linnington, who starts at Jessops in January, has held a number of positions at Boots both in the UK and overseas. Most recently, he was commercial director for Boots.com and New Channels. Jessops is repositioning itself […]

Omnicom takes majority stake in 180 Amsterdam

Omnicom Group has bought a majority stake in independent hotshop 180 Amsterdam. 180 has shared its biggest account, Adidas, with Omnicom owned TBWA/Worldwide since 2002, and earlier this month Sony Electronics America split its $56m (28.6m) advertising business between 180 and another Omnicom network, BBDO.

Equality law ad sparks gay rights anger

Gay rights campaigners are urging the Advertising Standards Authority to investigate a “discriminatory” and “inflammatory” ad from a Christian group. More than 15 complaints have been lodged with the advertising watchdog since the advert from Coherent and Cohesive Voice ran this week in The Times newspaper. The advert urges people to write to communities secretary […]

Fremantle lures interactive head from Channel 4

FremantleMedia has poached Channel 4 new media executive Robert Marsh to head its interactive and telephony business in the UK. Marsh, previously new media head of commissioning and producer relations at the broadcaster, joins as FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide (FLW) vice-president of interactive and telephony. He will be responsible for managing FremantleMedia’s mobile content, on-screen telephony […]

Toyota chief becomes SMMT president

Toyota Motor Europe senior vice-president Graham Smith has been named as the next president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Smith, who was managing director of Toyota GB for 10 years until he was handed the new European role earlier this year (MW July 6), succeeds Roger Putnam on January 1. Putnam, […]

Sony Ericsson plans more branded stores

Sony Ericsson is planning to open at least 10 more own-branded retail stores around the world after launching its first in London this week. The mobile giant, which has just celebrated its fifth anniversary, has signed a deal with Carphone Warehouse to operate and manage the store in Kensington, as first revealed by marketingweek.co.uk last […]

Opodo appoints new global chief

Opodo, the online travel company, has appointed Ignacio Martos as global chief executive following the departure of Simon Vincent, who is leaving to join Hilton Hotels. Martos, who takes over the role on December 1, is the former global chief executive of Spanish online travel brand, Rumbo. Vincent, the former chief executive of Red Letter […]

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