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John Oliver's Parody Ad Skewers GM With Bleak Phrases From an Internal Memo

These cars totally aren't 'Kevorkianesque'

While it's true HBO is not an ad-supported network, Last Week Tonight's John Oliver made an exception Sunday, uttering the words rarely heard on the premium cable network: "We'll be…

Can Indie Ad Agencies Thrive in the Merger Era?

Nimble and tech-savvy shops dodge both acquisition and bankruptcy

Inside a converted manufacturing building in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y., lies an independent ad agency called Breakfast. Its tiny band of workers sits before a tight cluster of…

3 Agencies You've Never Heard of That Handle Walmart, BK, Pepsi

Big brands cast small shops in leading roles

The Martin Agency may be Walmart's lead creative shop, but Vimby, a 50-person agency in Van Nuys, Calif., creates more TV ads for the retailer. Likewise, two other West Coast…

What's Slaying the All-American Burger?

After 5 years of steady growth, chicken comes home to roost

Could the hamburger, the long-reigning, all-American favorite, finally be toast? Beef burgers made their name as a workingman’s meal during the Great Depression—before evolving into the symbol of American corporatism and…

Brand Genius 2014 Call for Submissions

Adweek is accepting nominations for marketing's top honor

For a quarter of a century, Adweek's Brand Genius Awards have recognized the sharpest marketing minds in the business—but we need your help in finding them. Do you know a…

Are Omnicom and Publicis Laying Grounds for a Divorce?

Suddenly, merger obstacles are looming large

By raising tax domicile issues related to its megamerger with Publicis Groupe, Omnicom Group has drawn a line in the sand. And in doing so, the American company has only…

This New York Anti-Agency Helps Clients Like HP Do Good in the World

Also has worked for the Clinton Global Initiative

Specs Who (From left) Sean Donovan, strategy director; Jeff Smith, chief innovation officer; Rob Holzer, co-founder and CEO; and Nancy Elder, co-founder and chief strategy officer What Creative agency Where New York Societal change…

Brands Need to Stop Trying to Play Hero

The goal should be participation

Illustration: Miguel Montaner Did you ever know that you’re not my hero? There. It had to be said (or sung). Consider this amusing yet pertinent disconnect in the spirit of helping…

The New Head of McCann Erickson N.Y. Misses the Rain and Camaraderie of London

Chris Macdonald's transition to the agency's flagship office

Specs Who Chris Macdonald New gig president, McCann Erickson New York Old gig CEO, McCann Erickson London; chairman, McCann Worldgroup Age 47 You grew up in Oxford. Did you ever think you would work…

These Fashionistas Parlayed Digital Smarts Into a Creative Shop

CA Creative's clients include Ann Taylor Loft, Edition Hotels

Specs Who Co-partners Carol Han (l.) and Alexandra Weiss What Digitally focused branding agency Where New York In 2010, Carol Han and Alexandra Weiss, then working on the still-nascent digital side of fashion (Han…

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