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Antoniades named regional CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group

Antoniades named regional CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group

Starcom MediaVest Group has appointed John Antoniades as its new CEO for the Middle East and North Africa. Antoniades will take up his new position on 1 September and has been tasked with growing the group organically and extending market leadership in the region. He will fill the position left vacant by the departure of […]

Expression named regional Lufthansa partner

Expression named regional Lufthansa partner

Dubai-based boutique agency Expression has been named the regional advertising partner for German airline Lufthansa. The move follows the airline’s handing of its global advertising account to Kolle Rebbe, a Hamburg-based creative boutique agency, earlier this month, with Expression becoming the Middle East and North Africa partner in the global Lufthansa agency network. In total, […]

Abu Dhabi Film Festival calls advertising and media review

Abu Dhabi Film Festival calls advertising and media review

Abu Dhabi Film Festival has called a pitch for both its advertising and media accounts. The annual celebration of film, which pitches both accounts every year, worked with ad agency JWT for last year’s festival. In the past Mindshare has held the media buying and planning account. Earlier this year the festival became part of […]

Rangel takes on executive creative director role at gyro

Rangel takes on executive creative director role at gyro

Guilherme Rangel has taken on the role of executive creative director at gyro Dubai. Formerly of Horizon Draftfcb and Y&R Dubai, Rangel is the first person to take on the ECD role at the agency. Fiona Menzies, managing director at gyro, said: “We are thrilled that we finally have the rockstar we’ve been searching for […]

The IAA launches its first code of best practice

The IAA launches its first code of best practice

The UAE chapter of the IAA has launched the region’s first ever code of best practice relating to the pitch process. The voluntary code, which is the product of a year’s research, industry forums and open panel discussions, has been developed in response to growing frustrations among both clients and agencies with regards to how […]

‘We will get back to you with our feedback...’

‘We will get back to you with our feedback…’

George Kotsolios is joint managing director of GolinHarris in Dubai “How rude, unprofessional or simply incompetent are those who don’t get back to you with feedback after PR pitches? Everyone reading this knows exactly to whom I am referring. What you don’t know – nor indeed do I – is  why? Since no one tells […]

Let’s all make it up as we go along...

Let’s all make it up as we go along…

Ramsey Naja is chief creative officer, JWT MEA “There’s a great expression in Arabic, which, as many would argue, sums up our approach to life in the region. Literally translated, it says: “I hope I get him in the eye.” Which makes it not just the equivalent of a shot in the dark, but outlines […]

The jury’s still out when it comes to PR awards

The jury’s still out when it comes to PR awards

Sunil John is CEO of Asda’a Burson-Marsteller “As everyone in the communications industry knows, we do most of our work far from the spotlight – developing strategies and solutions for our clients that will make them shine. The Dubai Lynx awards and the Cannes Lions are among the highest-profile such accolades offered by the communications […]

Memac Ogilvy Label lands third gold on final day at Cannes

Memac Ogilvy Label lands third gold on final day at Cannes

This year’s Cannes Lions festival has culminated in another gold and a single bronze for ‘The Return of Ben Ali’. Memac Ogilvy Label was the only agency to convert from the final shortlists of the festival – film, film craft, branded content & entertainment, and titanium & integrated – taking home a gold in branded […]

Two silvers but no golds during Cannes' third awards night

Two silvers but no golds during Cannes’ third awards night

It was a relatively disappointing evening on the Promenade de la Croisette last night, with only two silvers and two bronzes won by regional agencies. Winners in the press, design, radio and cyber categories took centre stage in Cannes, but there were only two Middle East winners in press (a traditionally strong category for the […]