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Posh ready meal brand picks Contagious London for TV debut

Contagious London has won a brief to create the high-end ready meal brand Charlie Bigham's first TV campaign.

 

Tech viewpoint on multichannel content

Video content is the undisputed jewel in the digital advertising crown. As an online engagement tool, it is in exponential growth, no doubt fuelling, at least in part, yet another revision upwards of online spend in the latest IPA Bellwether Report.

 

You're not normal, nor is the person you sit next to - and as for your boss...

You're not normal. It's something that is all too easy to forget - I do it myself on a regular basis. In a step-change from drinking and dining with media's finest, I was out with the "dads from school" last week.

 

Things we like: Jon Snow, Good Housekeeping, robust outdoor

Some things in the media business we liked in the week up to 1 August, and one thing we didn't...

 

ITV's Adam Crozier: 'Work to be done' after losing out to C4 during World Cup

Adam Crozier, chief executive of ITV, has admitted there is "work to be done" to boost viewers after being outperformed for share of commercial impacts (SOCI) by Channel 4, despite its World Cup coverage last month.

 

Record entries for Media Week Awards 2014: meet the judges

This year's Media Week Awards have attracted a record number of 563 entries from the UK's most innovative media companies.

 

Forest slams ASA decision on DoH smoking ad claims

Smoking rights campaign group Forest has clashed with the Advertising Standards Authority and the Department of Health over claims in a television ad that smoking can cause "mutations" in the body.

 

McDonald's marks 40 years with charity ad

McDonald's UK is tonight launching the first ad in its 'Here's to What Matters' campaign, focusing on its charity work.

 

Thing we like: BBC Worldwide, Tulisa relief, AOL, Sky

Some things in the media business we liked in the week up to 25 July, and one thing we didn't...

 

TalkTalk attracts 1.1m customers and joins Thinkbox

TalkTalk, the TV, broadband, mobile and home phone provider, has attracted 1.1 million customers to its pay-TV service, after adding 185,000 in its last quarter.

 

Bloomberg appoints Matt Teeman as commercial director EMEA

Bloomberg Media has appointed former DMG Media and BBC Magazines leader Matt Teeman as its commercial director in Europe, Media East and Africa.

 

Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock helps BBC Worldwide return £173.8m to BBC

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, generated sales of £1.04bn in the year to 31 March, propelled by the international licensing of top shows Sherlock, Top of the Lake and Doctor Who.

 

Suzuki rolls out Swift TV campaign

Suzuki is releasing a brand campaign for its Swift range of cars including a TV spot that breaks on Monday.

 

BBC slashes £6m from talent bill and reduces exec pay

The BBC has made a wide range budget cuts in the 2013/4 financial year, including removing £6 million of "talent" costs as high-salaried presenters including Susannah Reid departed the corporation.

 

Sky Europe deal expected before summer gets underway

BSkyB's proposal to takeover Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland could be finalised by the end of the month, according to analysts.

 

Crusha cats return in 'hells angels' campaign

Crusha has continued its mix of cats and off-the-wall humour in its new TV and cinema campaign, despite changing creative agencies.

 

What does John Malone's raid on the Rovers Return tell us?

Ben Tolley, a partner at the media and technology corporate finance adviser Clarity, looks at what Liberty Global's purchase of BSkyB's stake in ITV says about the UK TV industry.

 

We are in the business to create and take risks, not to reassure accountants

We in the media seem to have an overriding obsession with being in the assurance business rather than the invention business.

 

Things We Like: George Clooney's spat with the Daily Mail

Some things in the media business we liked in the week up to 18 July, and one thing we didn't...

 

Time Warner rebuffs $80bn offer from Rupert Murdoch

Time Warner has confirmed it rejected an $80 billion (£46.7 billion) takeover offer from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox.

 
 

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