Wednesday Morning Stir

By Erik Oster 

-Mr. Beans abound in Caviar Creative Kuwait’s spot for Elife Infinite, directed by David Kerr (video above).

-WPP merged the Seattle offices of Wunderman, Possible and Cole & Weber to create Wunderman Thompson Seattle.

-WPP CEO Mark Read warns of a third consecutive year of decline in 2019 and a long turnaround ahead.


-Fallon vet Jeff Kling and Barton F. Graf vets Barney Robinson and Laura Janness launched a new Brooklyn agency called Lightning Orchard. Or maybe they’re a noise rock band?

-Agencies are trying a number of things to combat burnout, including banning Slack on weekends.

-Unilever saved €500m on marketing last year, says in-housing is “more efficient” than agencies.

-BBD Perfect Storm hired JWT and Publicis vet Tony Quinn as chief strategy officer.

-Tennessee-based Williams Sausage linked up with New Orelans agency Peter Mayer advertising as its first agency of record.

-The History of Advertising Trust (HAT) launched its first podcast.