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Claire Beale, editor, Campaign

 

Agency rivalries and one big Omnicom superstore

There are only two things most agencies want to talk about at the moment.

 

Why marketers get the agencies they deserve

This time last year, I was editing Campaign's sister brand Marketing and we did a little private survey of what clients thought of their agencies.

 

Sapient deal reshapes Maurice Lévy's legacy

If you believe the gossip, WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell was on the phone to Sapient Corp's mandarins last weekend making a counter offer for the digital company, which, by Monday morning, had accepted an astonishing $3.7 billion bid to join Publicis Grou...

 

Telefónica's U-turn poses unanswered questions

There must be a story behind the story of Telefónica's media agency shift. I doubt it's one that will show our industry in a good light.

 

Gender always causes a stir, no less so in adland

There's been an awful lot of heat generated over the past week about a piece written in Adweek, by Grey's newly promoted chairman Nils Leonard, on the subject of the creative of the future.

 

Shared values help keep collective excellence alive

There are a few things we need to talk about this week. Thing one: Peter Mead.

 

Powerful reminders of why greatness is worth a fight

When the director Ringan Ledwidge stood up at a Now event last week and talked about the need (the absolute requirement, even) to fight (literally, perhaps) for great ideas, he hardly had to convince his creative agency audience.

 

Forget the Publicis hubris - what matters is the people

The lines of this week's Publicis Groupe press statement announcing some structural fiddling are too close together to read much between them.

 

Adland's quest to reclaim content from factory lines

I've spent an awful lot of time this past week talking to writers in the US. It's been one of the most thoroughly depressing things I've done in a long time.

 

JWT proves that edgy isn't always the right approach

It's nearly ten years since J Walter Thompson became JWT and tried to reinvent itself through the pages of an in-house book called Hold My Skateboard While I Kiss Your Girlfriend.

 

Can Dare finally recapture the spirit of its success?

Like quite a lot of people much smarter than me, I completely screwed up over Dare.

 

Post-POG, the mega-deal spotlight shifts over to IPG

Well, that's it.

 

From start-up to corporate beast: the task facing Lund

I had lunch the other day with a former big-agency CEO who went off and did a start-up a couple of years ago.

 

Can the creative/media schism ever be fixed?

I sat through a presentation from a big, bright media agency the other day.

 
 

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