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Sunday 07 February 2010
I defy anyone not to fall for Lissa Evans' smart, funny, ingenious, revealing tale of London life during the Second World War. Catrin is the girlfriend – posing as a wife – of self-centred war artist Ellis Cole, and working as a copywriter at a small advertising agency when the Ministry of Information asks for her help with the scripts for domestic propaganda films (girls working extra hours with a cheer, mums doing exciting things with swedes, and so on). Has-been actor Ambrose Hilliard has been drafted in to star, and lonely spinster seamstress Eleanor Beadmore helps with costumes. All three find that the war changes them and their relationships with those closest to them – with amusing and touching consequences.
Tuesday 05 January 2010
In the history of Tory advertising campaigns, yesterday's homage to David Cameron hardly ranks alongside such slogans as 1979's election-winning "Labour Isn't Working" or even 1992's "Tax Bombshell".
Monday 14 December 2009
Go on then, what's the best ad of the last decade? Which commercial has taken you by the scruff, held you rapt, entertained you, moved you (and, yes, the best ads should be able to do all of that)?
Sunday 13 December 2009
The vocal demands of Strauss’s a capella motets are such that what is needed is a choir of Arabellas, Composers, Bacchuses and Mandrykas, hence they are rarely performed.
Monday 23 November 2009
A question. Who makes the best adverts in the world?
Monday 02 November 2009
Hot news, trend watchers: the age of user-generated advertising is over. Admit it, you're relieved. Phew, you're thinking, no more ads made by lonely pubescent punters in their bedrooms – the stuff made by the pros is bad enough.
Friday 30 October 2009
Advertising and media giant WPP today predicted a "marked improvement" in second-half profits but warned that consumer confidence remained fragile.
Monday 26 October 2009
It is the mark of a troubled industry that the advertising business is suddenly tooling itself up with new think-tanks and foundations as it prepares to battle for survival.
Sunday 25 October 2009
All eyes will be on what Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP has to say about the world economy when he reports third quarter results this Friday as the advertising giant is such a bellweather of how companies are faring. Analysts reckon that WPP's revenues will be down by 9.4 per cent on the period, albeit slightly better than the second quarter's fall.
Tuesday 13 October 2009
Monday 05 October 2009
I am not going to talk about ads this week. No one else seems to want to. Ads have rather gone out of fashion. Clients still want ads. Advertising agencies still make ads. We're all still looking at ads. But it seems to have become deeply passé, and really rather suspect business practice, to remain simply an "advertising agency" these days.
Thursday 27 August 2009
Monday 20 July 2009
Monday 08 June 2009
"Let's be completely honest. No company wants to go through this." The voice is smoothly soothing. "This" is Chapter 11. But don't panic. This is General Motors's phoenix ad.
Wednesday 03 June 2009
Nearly a quarter of WPP shareholders failed to back the bonus scheme that could net the advertising giant's chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell $95m (£57m) over the next five years.
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