Monday Stir

By Kyle O'Brien 

-Revry the first global LGBTQ+ streaming service, premiered the 8th annual QueerX Awards on October 11, National Coming Out Day, honoring influential personalities in culture, entertainment and sports who have impacted the LGBTQ+ community. The awards ceremony, co-hosted by Arisce Wanzer and Dexter Mayfield, celebrated influential personalities in culture, entertainment, and sports such as Trace Lysette, Kylie Minogue, Trixie Mattel and Alex Newell. Haircare brand Redken played a big part in the opening of the event. In a short film, Wanzer gets a makeover by Vernon François, Redken’s global consultant and celebrity hairstylist while Mayfield frantically calls to tell Wanzer some big news.

-Adweek’s 2023 Fastest Growing Agencies rankings are now out. See who made this year’s list.

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-Adweek spoke with agency folks who weighed in on how they find inspiration from other work, both inside and outside their agencies, and how that helped them learn and grow.

-For Sober October and beyond, nonalcoholic drinks are attracting heavy-hitting partners in travel, sports, streaming and music.

-A new study shows consumers like smaller-reach influencers—and more of them—rather than the big names.

-During a panel at Social Media Week Europe, Adweek talked with Coolr’s Jack Hyslop, Jen Leung from Leo Burnett U.K. and Natalie Wills from Booking.com to talk about how brands can truly show allyship and support LGBTQ+ communities.

-As the Israeli-Hamas war continues in the Middle East, comms experts offer advice to business leaders on if, when and how they produce statements on the conflict.

-Agency Dept, which aims for 50% of managers to identify as women or non-binary, has hired Sandra Masiliso as its first global DEI leader.

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