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Andrew McMains

The GSK-Novartis Deal Triggered This Global Media Pitch

PHD battles MediaCom for $900 million in spending

GlaxoSmithKline is conducting a global review of media planning and buying for its consumer healthcare brands, and it comes as no surprise, given the company's recent asset swap with Norvartis. In…

Accounts in Review: Creative Searches Pick Up, a Bit

Olive Garden begins, DraftKings winds down

Media reviews continue to dominate the adverting landscape, but some sizeable creative searches are bubbling up now, too. Olive Garden, a mainstay at Grey since 1996, just started a search that's expected…

Saatchi Fills Top Global Strategy Role After 5-Year Vacancy

David Hackworthy was chief strategy officer at Fallon

Saatchi & Saatchi worldwide CEO Robert Senior has turned to a former colleague to lead strategy globally. David Hackworthy was chief strategy officer at Fallon in London, a fellow Publicis Groupe…

Droga5 Found Its Newest Client, NRG Energy, Through Old-Fashioned Matchmaking

WME's sports unit made the connection

Droga5's deal with William Morris Entertainment continues to pay dividends. WME's 49 percent investment in the agency has led to choice creative projects for WME clients like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.…

Fantasy Sports Site Wants to Ditch Frat-Boy Image With Help From a New Agency

DraftKings ups media spend nearly sixfold

Three years in, fantasy sports website DraftKings.com is getting serious about its advertising. Out is the frat-boy wordplay of its current ads (as seen below) and in is a search for…

Sid Lee Looks to Expand Into Asia With Its Sale to Hakuhodo

Agency now has 6 offices

Sid Lee's desire to enter the Asian market drove its decision to sell today to Kyu, the operating unit of Hakuhodo in Japan. The Montreal-based agency, which opened in 1993, already…

Accounts in Review: Coty, VF, Ragú/Bertolli Complete Searches

Priceline's creative contest is down to 7

After months of process, marketers are taking action. This week, Coty, VF Corp. and Ragú/Bertolli sauces complete separate searches, and Priceline narrowed its focus to seven agencies in its creative contest.…

How a New Branded Content Shop Plans to Break Out of the Agency Model

The Pub pitches its multichannel expertise

Here comes yet another player in the realm of branded content, this one with a focus on publishing. The Pub, a new venture from strategic consultancy Co:Collective, opens with clients…

ABC Television Is About to Pick a Digital Specialist for Its Online Media Buying

Moving away from general Wieden account

The ABC television network is searching for an agency to plan and buy its digital media, motivated by a desire for digital specialists, according to sources. Digital planning and buying…

Wrangler Jeans, Timberland Pro Boots and North Face Parkas Find New Shop for Media

Starcom takes on $100 million in spending

Wrangler jeans, Timberland Pro boots and The North Face parkas have found a new home for their media business. Publicis Groupe's Starcom is taking on media planning and buying for five…

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