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Disappointing year for the Middle East at D&AD

Disappointing year for the Middle East at D&AD

Agencies from the Middle East and North Africa failed to win any yellow Pencils at the D&AD awards in London this year. Out a total haul of 14 – the second highest number of Pencils ever won by the region – only three were given graphite status, the equivalent of a silver. Graphite winners from […]

Broadcaster Al Arabiya cuts 50 jobs

Broadcaster Al Arabiya cuts 50 jobs

Saudi-owned news channel and website Al Arabiya has reportedly cut dozens of jobs as part a restructuring. Saudi Akhbaar24 reported that 50 jobs had been lost, including Lebanese presenter Gisele Habib, veteran journalist Nasser Al Sarami, website economy section head Ghalib Darwish and presenter Nicole Tannouri. However, a source told Gulf News that speculation surrounding […]

Industry shocked by the death of MullenLowe's Mark Lewis

Industry shocked by the death of MullenLowe’s Mark Lewis

Tributes have poured in for Mark Lewis, executive creative director at MullenLowe MENA, who passed away suddenly last week. A visibly shocked industry reacted to news of his death with disbelief, posting condolences on social media and questioning the suddenness of his passing. “The most committed, loyal, positive, pure person I have ever met. We […]

Nicole Kidman appears in virtual reality film in Reimagine for Etihad Airways

Nicole Kidman appears in virtual reality film in Reimagine for Etihad Airways

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman is back as the face of Etihad Airways’ latest advertising campaign  a 360-degree virtual reality film. The five-minute film, Reimagine, will give viewers a panoramic look at the airline’s  Airbus A380 luxury surroundings following the Oscar-winning actress, who became the face of Etihad last year, while she tours the aircraft at it […]

Linktia Group launches phocal Media

Linktia Group launches phocal Media

The Dubai-based Linktia Group of Companies has launched phocal Media in a strategic move to supply globally relevant content worldwide. The new platform will have arabianEye as its flagship collection, with the company working alongside South African branding agency Iheartideas on the creation of the phocal Media brand. “Our aim is to give clients content […]

Penso wins Yas Island digital brief

Penso wins Yas Island digital brief

Australian communications agency Penso has won the digital account for Yas Island following a competitive pitch against local and international agencies. The Melbourne-headquartered agency was appointed by Abu Dhabi-based asset management business Miral to handle its social media, content, data and digital work for the leisure and entertainment destination. The win marks Penso’s first venture […]

Palau takes on BKP Media Group role

Palau takes on BKP Media Group role

(Palau: second from right)  Douglas Palau, vice president of Impact BBDO, is leaving the agency to become a partner in Dubai-based BKP Media Group. Palau will take on the role of chief executive at the audio post-production and music production company, with founder Barry Kirsch taking up the position of chairman. The new chief executive […]

MEED cuts Dubai editorial team by a third

MEED cuts Dubai editorial team by a third

Dubai-based business magazine Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) has made four people redundant amid a challenging economic climate. The publication, which has operated in the Middle East for 58 years, has cut its editorial staff of 15 down by nearly a third, with both print and digital positions affected. In a letter sent to the affected members, the company’s […]

FP7/DXB wins Lipton digital account

FP7/DXB wins Lipton digital account

FP7/DXB has won the digital and social media account for global tea makers Lipton following a pitch. The MCN-owned agency will oversee digital communication and content strategy for Unilever’s flagship tea brand Lipton across the Gulf region. “Lipton is a great global brand, and as digital and social have become increasingly important in our region, […]

MediaCom CEO Tarek Abdalla quits after 5 months

MediaCom CEO Tarek Abdalla quits after 5 months

Tarek Abdalla, the new chief executive of MediaCom MENA, is to quit the position after only a few months in the role. Having officially joined from Google in January this year, Abdalla is to move to property developer Emaar, where he will become executive director of corporate marketing. Frank Bitter, Benelux chairman and market development […]