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Monsterbox - Scotland's Best Kept Secret / Detective kids (2020) (UK)

Monsterbox relaunched their fresh food delivery service in Scotland

GOSH - Home for Christmas 🎄 / Mia came home (2020) :90 (UK)

This is an animated story for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Three - "Your phone has seen a lot this year" (2020) :30 (UK)

"Your phone has seen a lot this year" is the idea from Three.

Very.co.uk - Christmas is this Very moment / Expectations vs reality (2020) 1:20 (UK)

Christmas is full of amazing moments. Christmas is this Very moment. Life is this Very moment.

John Lewis / Waitrose - Give A Little Love - Christmas (2020) 2:00 (UK)

"We believe that the world would be a better place if we all gave a little more love.

Argos - An Evening with AbracaDaisy & The Incredible Lucy / Christmas (2020) 2:00 (UK)

This year, the magic of Christmas is captured by two sister’s dreams of becoming master magicians, and after they circle a simple box of tricks, we wi
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Plenty - Love Hurts / #Xmess (2020) :90 (UK)

Plenty #Xmess

TikTok ad agency hostage and Ransoming the ransomers

This week I got stuck into one of the more interesting advertising industry social media incidents that I've seen.
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Gucci - Holiday office party 1994 #Guccigift - (2020) :30 (UK)

An office party set in a mythical early 90s where only the computer graphics are actually 90s, and everyone is dressed to the nines in the latest Gucc

Aldi - Kevin the Carrot home for Christmas (2020) :90 (UK)

Kevin the Carrot is back.

Disney - From our family to yours (2020) 3:00 (UK)

This Christmas advert focuses on a little Mickey Mouse doll and the memories of an old lady who it belongs to. 

Tesco - Little changes / Shop alone - (2020) :30 (UK)

We've all made little changes this year.

Childline - I'm a creep / Nobody is normal (2020) UK

This captivating animation shows a young man struggling to keep himself inside of his "normal-suit" every day at school, while Radioheads cl

McDonald's Inner Child / #ReindeerReady (2020) :90 (UK)

McDonald's continue with their seasonal reindeer ready labeling of carrot treats, this year the story is about a mother and a sullen teenage son

Peleton - Workouts for the Family / Feeling Good (2020) :30 (UK)

This campaign went live last week across TV, Digital and Web, features the original version by Nina Simone, as well as two new versions, a Hip Hop cov

Battenhall takes Very Serious Ltd's TikTok account for ransom

Battenhall communications agency, the ad agency for the social media age, have hijacked Very Serious Ltd's Tiktok account as a reply to

VERYSERIOUS are very serious and have taken agency social media accounts HOSTAGE

Very serious have taken social media accounts, specifically TikTok accounts, hostage.
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Pepsi MAX - Refresh Your Christmas (2020) :20 (UK)

Silent nights are a thing of the past with TrueMendous and Kamakaze who refresh, remix, and revitalise Christmas their way in our 2020 Xmas ad. Refre

Amazon - The show must go on (2020) 2:00 (UK)

Lucky Generals tells this story of a ballerina practicing for a show during Corona times.

TK Maxx - The Lil' Goat / Designer (2020):30 (UK)

TK Maxx Xmas 2020 - The Lil' Goat

Pulse Films Signs ‘Mogul Mowgli’ Director Bassam Tariq to its Commercials Roster

Pulse Films has today announced the signing of director Bassam Tariq for Commercials & Music Video representation. Bassam Tariq is a writer and

Twitter celebrates Halloween in London with glow in the dark OOH tweets

In London, Twitter is getting into the Halloween spirit of things decorating the city with gloriously Halloweeny glow in the dark spooky tweets.

Friends electric announces signing of multi-media artist and director Cris Wiegandt

London and LA based Friends Electric are delighted to announce the arrival of Cris Wiegandt; a celebrated Berlin based multi-media artist and Director

TENA: I Will Be Me (2020) 1:00 (UK)

TENA Women challenges social stigma and taboo around incontinence head-on, encouraging viewers to speak more openly and honestly around the subject
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Pantone launches new shade of red to end menstruation stigma

A campaign by color matching company aims to ‘emboldens people who menstruate to feel proud of who they are’

Spectator magazine doesn't bow to peer pressure, or editorial influence

The UK magazine stands for editorial independence.
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Alexa - Opera Singer / Summer Vibes (2020) :30 (UK)

A rendition of Opera is rudely interrupted
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Jameela Jamil will be the 2020 Alternative MacTaggart keynote speaker.

Leading television industry event, the Edinburgh TV Festival (ETF), brought to you by YouTube and Freeview, has today announced that actor, podcast ho
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Audi apologises for "insensitive" image of young girl eating a banana.

"We sincerely apologize for this insensitive image and ensure that it will not be used in future.
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"I ❤️JK Rowling" banner temporarily back at Waverley train station, Edinburgh.

This Friday, people at Waverly train station were momentarily treated to another glimpse of the controversial "I ❤️JK Rowling" poster design

RSA Films Signs Acclaimed Director Meji Alabi

Acclaimed Director/Photographer Meji Alabi has signed to RSA Films UK and US for commercial representation.
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The "I ❤️JK Rowling" billboard has been removed by Network Rail Scotland

Well, that didn't take long.
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"I ❤️JK Rowling" billboard goes up in Waverley train station, Edinburgh.

The founder of Standing for women, Kellie-Jay Keen, has a new billboard that has just gone up in Scotland.

Ogilvy Exec Iain Bundred's new job: To head up YouTube Public Policy

After nine years with the agency, Ogilvy’s former EMEA managing director Iain Bundred has moved to a job in-house, taking up the role of YouTube’s hea

The Rolling Stones "Scarlet" (2020) 3:44 (UK)

the Rolling Stones recently unearthed a demo jam from 1974 featuring Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page when they were both arguably at their peak.
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Kellie-Jay on Adland's podcast

The Adland Podcast ep 8: Kellie-Jay Keen "Woman" campaign creator on why it's so controversial.

Kellie-Jay, also known as Posie Parker, speaks with Dabitch on this episode of Adland's podcast about the "Woman" billboard campaign th

Tennent’s is gifting a pint to Scotland in "Dedicated to you" campaign.

Scotland’s favourite beer makes a return to TV with "Dedicated to You" campaign.

Libresse Bodyform - Womb Stories (2020) 3:18 (UK)

"Our #wombstories are never simple. But all of them – the weird and the wonderful; the happy and the sad – need to be heard. "

The AdForum PHNX Tribute - July 9

JOIN US ON JULY 9 TO CELEBRATE CREATIVITY

D&AD Announce Programme for New Blood Digital Festival 2020

D&AD today announces plans for this year's New Blood Digital Festival and Awards which will take place from 6-10 July.
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Transgender activist and model Munroe Bergdorf makes peace with L’Oréal

L'Oréal Paris fired Munroe Bergdorf in 2017, then faced criticism for hypocrisy after embracing Black Lives Matter last week

Brits in a pandemic - There's something going around (2020) 3:00 (UK)

Anthony Rubinstein has directed this sort of digital scrapbook of life in lockdown 2020, accompanied by Syeshia Sweeney's words.

HUN Wine launches brand with outdoor campaign at the worse possible time.

"This is the worst time to launch a new brand." TBWA London admits, but then they used this as an opportunity to stand out.

Quirky upcycled propaganda posters from Engine tell Londoners to stay home

So many campaigns have been launched to encourage people to stay home during lockdown, and like the upcycled propaganda posters w
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Adland's podcast ep 5: Marc Lewis, SCA Dean on launching an online creative school

The Dean of the Scool of Communications Arts 2.0, Marc Lewis, is the guest on Adland's Podcast today.

Furloughed ad industry workers created ad collective "Not Fur’Long" to help small business clients in need

A group of advertising creatives who are currently being paid not to work, decided to get together and work for clients who can't pay them.

Gerety Awards announces a deadline extension and that it will not be accepting Covid-19 related ads

Gerety Awards has a new deadline extension, confirms its judging will be remote this year and announces it will not be accepting Covid-19 related ads.

Castrol - Hang Up Your Key (2020) :60 (UK)

Ahead of a long and sunny Easter weekend, Castrol, the brand that has kept people moving for 120 years, launched a social film to encourage drivers to

The Caples Awards Becomes Free to Enter for 2020

The awards will go ahead in May to support creativity amid the Coronavirus pandemic

Silent London: The Sound of our Isolated Capital

Haunting and beautiful but in sound and vision. Have to say I love this idea.
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Luckie Helps Regions Bank Shift Ad Buy To Instead Support Food Banks

Ad agency Luckie and client Regions Bank, today announced the donation of 100% of their advertising inventory (:15 and :30 TV, digital ads, paid soci

Corona Cards: Greeting cards for lockdown living.

When one of them had to spend their birthday alone, these students made greeting cards for social distancing.

British Gas - Here to solve (2020) :60 (UK)

British Gas is here to solve.

the 2020 D&AD Festival is cancelled, but the award show will go on!

The D&AD festival is cancelled.

Burger King changes signs to "Stay home"

Yet another brand promotes corona social distancing

LIA Cancels 2020 Awards and Creative LIAisons - Will Resume in 2021

LIA (London International Awards) today announced that the 2020 awards and their associated Creative LIAisons program have been cancelled for 2020.

The Trussel Trust foodbank gets a timely topical ad from SCA 2.0 students

A very timely topical ad!

Tesco's "about bloody time" bandage product is accused of plagiarism.

As I pointed out already, Tesco's bandages for diverse skin are not the first, but now they're even accused of plagiarising the concept from

ASDA - Extra Special Beef / Don't compromise - (2020) :30 (UK)

You and nan are having a disagreement, but don't compromise on beef.

"Bath Store - "Wash away" (2020) :30 (UK)

‘Washaway’ a film directed by Cannes Grand Prix winner Jaron Albertin, shows a woman studying her reflection in the bathroom mirror, finding her skin
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Tesco relaunches dark skin tone band-aids with a bloody double entendre

"It's about bloody time" reads the cheeky headline.

Salons in UK refusing gossip magazines after Caroline Flack's suicide

Beau Boutique Salon in Kent has started a small salon revolution.
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Gillette "Raheem Sterling: Made of What Matters" (2020) 1:10 (UK)

Gillette UK wants you to contemplate what matters.

Nubian Skin wins TFL's diversity in advertising competition, Mayor Sadiq Khan gets backlash on Twitter

The Nubian Skin billboard above was this year's winner of the TFL's competition to improve ethnic diversity in advertising.

Natwest - This is how we do it (2020) :30 (UK)

A little girl is in the money after dad left a pound in the cart.

Otto’s story | Starbucks LGBT+ Channel 4 | Every name’s a story (2020)

“It finally feels like I’ve come to a point where I have become myself”

Nicole’s story | Starbucks LGBT+ Channel 4 | Every name’s a story (2020)

“I decided whatever I open this magazine on I’m gonna go with whatever name dominates that page”
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Starbucks won LGBT+ Channel 4 Diversity Award 2019 with "Every name’s a story" (2020) (UK)

Starbucks won the LGBT+ Channel 4 Diversity Award 2019 with "Every name’s a story". This is the extended Version running at 2:19

McDonalds - "It must have been love" (2020) :30 (UK)

Big Mac lovers in for a treat as McDonald's and Leo Burnett London launch the Grand Big Mac Integrated campaign announcing the Grand Big Mac

Expedia steals the "Megxit" show with topical print ad

A royal bomb dropped as Meghan and Harry, formerly the Duchess of Sussex now simple a Duchess, declared that they intended to carve out a "new ro

P&O Ferries Brexit reassurance campaign

P&O Ferries has launched a campaign tapping into the ongoing conversations around Brexit with a series of ads that will run in full page national
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Pantene - Paris Lees / Hair identity (2019) :60 (UK)

Paris Lees talks about having great hair days.

Pantene - The Dresscode Project / Group Film, Paris Lees

This film features Pantene UK Power Squad ambassador Paris Lees, alongside Travis Alabanza, Lea T and Angela Ponce who share their personal stories.

The Glue Society Debuts Brexit-Inspired Installation at London Design Festival

The striking 6m-high installation inverts the familiar mechanics of a forklift, depicting a conspicuously airborne machine overwhelmed in its attempt

Google bans British greasy spoon café ad, for advertising their faggots and peas.

These automatic ad bans just keep getting funnier.

John Paton Appointed Chairman of Independent Digital News and Media

Today, Independent Digital News and Media Limited has announced the appointment of John Patron as Chairmen, this is effective immediately.
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Mermaids UK - "ETHAN" - short film (2019) 2:15 (UK)

A short film produced by RAW for Mermaids. Starring 18-year-old Ethan. This ad often appears on Minecraft videos on Youtube.

Pantene - The Power of Hair / Paris Lees (2019) :45 (UK)

Pantene believes that when your hair transforms, you do too... that's the power of hair.

Leo Burnett London and McDonald’s create spoof fashion brand ‘Schnuggs’ to launch spicy chicken nuggets

McDonald’s and Leo Burnett London have launched an amusing campaign called ‘Schnuggs’ celebrating the release of new Spicy Chicken McNuggets, their ho

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