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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.

The "I ❤️JK Rowling" billboard has been removed by Network Rail Scotland

Well, that didn't take long.

"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.
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


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

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.

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

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.

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

Taylors of Harrogate - "Why didn't we think of that before?" in new £2M Coffee Bags campaign, created by Lucky Generals.

Taylors of Harrogate kicks off a £2M campaign Monday 12th August shining a spotlight on the genius invention of coffee bags.

Marmite bites back at Vegemite in full page ad: "See you at the home of Cricket" #MarmyArmy

So, recall that Marmite 'started it' as they handed out free jars of Marmite at the Ashes? Yeah, then Vegemite responded in an ad.

Bat for Lashes "The Hunger" | Directed by Natasha Khan / Lief (2019)

Bat For Lashes, aka Natasha Khan, unveils her new song “The Hunger” from her highly anticipated new album Lost Girls out on September 6 via AWAL Recor
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Co-op - Ice Cream / “It’s what we do” (2019) :30 (UK)

This little ad stars two ladies, both open water swimming enthusiasts for many years, who are enjoying a dip in the sea.

Artists, fans, labels: Here's how to claim the money PledgeMusic took from you

I was initially going to call this article "Crowdfunding to make music to crowdfund to," but Dabitch put her foot down as that was too much

Renault with getaway driver Thierry Henry in ‘The Big Shop’ and ‘Game Over’ idents

Renault has launched its latest campaign ‘The Getaway’ starring brand ambassador and legendary French striker Thierry Henry for its sponsorship of Sky

Fallon London hires former Virgin in-house strategist and award-winning creative João Paulo Testa

João Paulo Testa (JP) joins from F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi São Paulo and Olly Markeson joins from Virgin.

Idles - "Mercedes Marxist" - headbanging office worker video directed by Will & Dylan of Directors 32

Will & Dylan team up with much buzzed about band Idles for a head-banging new music video for their single 'Mercedes Marxist'.

Reactions to Campaign's Nigel Farage article.

The advertising world was rather taken aback by Campaign's choice of putting Nigel Farage on the cover.

Campaign Magazine puts Nigel Farage on the cover: "Ad industry has 'no idea what's going on in people's lives'"

Farage proclaims in an exclusive interview with Campaign Magazine that the Ad industry has 'no idea what's going on in people's lives&#

D&AD New Blood Winners Announced: 173 Pencils Awarded

Tonight, D&AD revealed the winners of their 2019 New Blood Awards at an electric ceremony in London. 173 Pencils were awarded in total, with

David Jacobsen Joins Invisible North as Head of Production

Former Giant Spoon and Grey Executive Joins Experiential Shop to Lead Production Efforts For LinkedIn, Netflix, Hermes and Others

D&AD launches New Blood Shift London 2019

D&AD New Blood Shift, a free night school for aspiring creatives, returns for its fourth year.

Voltaren - the drama of pain - (2019) :50 (UK)

Every so often an ad comes along with an idea so simple and spot on it kind of stings a little.

Jamie Windust for HSBC tweet is deleted after pushback

On 23rd of May HSBC tweeted a clip showing Jamie Windust talking about how being too much is actually just enough.

Editorial Powerhouses Cut+Run and The Quarry Are Teaming Up in the US Market

Creativity grows through the connection of brilliant and daring minds.

Manifest CEO calls out client for ripping off their work.

Like all industries, advertising is filled with good eggs and bad ones.

Condom firm Skyn have created the "baby blocker" that remove babies from your social media feed

Skyn Condoms have created a plugin called the baby blocker that will wipe cute baby pictures from your social media feeds.

Ubrew - The Legendary Beer Heroes have been found, and we brewed beer with them

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this idea and now wish I was a viral beer hero just so I could help brew a blood orange saison.

Alphabet shareholders call for Google’s parent company to be broken up

Consumer group SumOfUs believes that Alphabet is too large to be managed effectively and that creates conditions for collusion with oppressive regimes

Dick Powell steps down as chairman of D&AD

D&AD announces that after almost ten years as Chairman of D&AD, Dick Powell has decided to step down from the role in September: current CEO T

Sky TV - Grandad, Idris Elba, and the Incredibles 2 (2019) :60 (UK)

With Sky TV you can enjoy a range of entertainment including the final season of Game of Thrones and family favourite Incredibles 2.

Combat Stress - Bring them home (2019) :90 (UK)

Combat Stress Reveals How Trauma Traps Soldiers on the Battlefield ENVY Advertising creates gripping sound design, edit, and online vfx for po

LIA Announces the 2019 Jury Presidents

London International Awards (LIA) has announced the 2019 Jury Presidents. Now entering 34 years, LIA is a show created for creatives, that strive

D&AD Industry Insights report interrogates the political, societal and cultural influences impacting creativity today

The report explores the powerful role of human creativity in the face of automation, AI and political, economic and social uncertainty.

Leonard Cheshire - "How is your work ethic?" (2019) :80 (UK)

For disabled people the hard work never ends, and it’s time for society to work harder for them.


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