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The end of the world?

Marketing Week

The unravelling of part of WPP Group’s global arrangement with Samsung, and the recent successes of BBH in securing strategic tie-ups with big brands, have cast doubt over the future of holding company mega-deals. David Benady asks what has made clients restive Two of the world’s top marketing directors last week vowed to radically shake […]

Sampson must find the strength to make thinkbox’s voice heard

Marketing Week

The ‘virtual’ marketing body for commercial TV has often seemed rather ethereal. Now, with a heavyweight chairman, an office and the prospect of some staff, Thinkbox needs to get moving So Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial television, is finally to get its own premises and permanent staff. No one could accuse the TV industry […]

Newcastle Brown Ale’s ‘Brown humour’ ads await ASA ruling

Marketing Week

Newcastle Brown Ale’s “Brown humour” press and poster campaign has triggered a flurry of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on the grounds of indecency and inappropriateness. The TBWA/London- created campaign, which uses the tagline “Brown humour. Not to everyone’s taste”, broke last month. The ASA has yet to adjudicate on the ads that […]

Vimto firm seeks shop to revitalise Panda Pops

Marketing Week

Vimto-owner Nichols is seeking a creative agency for its children’s soft drinks brand Panda Pops. Nichols, which acquired the brand at the start of this year (MW January 27), is thought to be in talks with several agencies about the account, which has had no recorded above-the-line spend for more than five years. It is […]

Euro RSCG London wins gov’t fire safety brief

Marketing Week

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has appointed Euro RSCG London to handle its advertising campaign for the new fire regulations due to come into force in April 2006, following a competitive pitch against unnamed agencies. The brief is to highlight the change in fire safety law. The new regulations mean that those […]

Carlson wins UAE airline’s business

Marketing Week

Carlson Marketing has been appointed to the global customer relationship management business for the United Arab Emirates’ new national airline, Etihad. The agency, formerly Carlson Marketing Group, has been handed the account without a pitch and will be working on a number of loyalty programmes for the airline. Earlier this year, TBWA won the $90m […]