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Lovin Dubai buys 7Days’ social media handles

Lovin Dubai buys 7Days’ social media handles

Augustus, the holding company behind online news and entertainment guide Lovin Dubai, has bought the social media channels that used to belong to defunct UAE daily newspaper 7Days. The free tabloid closed at the end of December after struggling to find a viable business model in a climate of reduced print advertising spend. However, over […]

Dubai Lynx announces speakers and jury line-up

Dubai Lynx announces speakers and jury line-up

Plans for the Dubai Lynx are firming up with the announcement of the headline speakers and the full jury list. The speaker line-up will be driven by “the huge focus on innovation and progressive technologies in the region,” said the organisers. Terry Savage, chairman of the Dubai Lynx, said: “Creativity has shown time and time […]

OOX Monitor signs CNN parent Turner

OOX Monitor signs CNN parent Turner

Turner Broadcasting System, the company behind television news channel CNN and The Cartoon Network, has signed up OOX Monitor, a Dubai-based online advertising monitor covering the Middle East and North Africa. “Acquiring the account of Turner Broadcasting System is a high-profile win for OOX,” said Fouad Bedran, the firm’s co-founder and managing director. “Turner is […]

Edelman lays off staff as PR agency moves to go ‘beyond public relations counsel’

Edelman lays off staff as PR agency moves to go ‘beyond public relations counsel’

Dubai-based PR agency Edelman DABO has laid off about 20 members of staff. “In response to the changing communications landscape, we are proactively transforming our business to drive increased efficiencies and effectiveness for our clients,” said CEO Tod Donhauser in a statement to Campaign. “This process includes refining the roles and specialities within our team. […]

MullenLowe MENA names Matt Butterworth managing director

MullenLowe MENA names Matt Butterworth managing director

After  seven months as the regional director of digital and integration, Matthew Butterworth has been promoted to managing director of  MullenLowe MENA. A statement from the agency says Butterworth has been championing the coming of the Digital Age since his early days in advertising at Publicis London, Amaze and McCann UK. Butterworth said: “My simple aim […]

BPG Cohn & Wolfe wins Guinness World Records for Middle East

BPG Cohn & Wolfe wins Guinness World Records for Middle East

BPG Cohn & Wolfe has been appointed as the first Middle East region public relations agency for Guinness World Records, following a competitive three-way pitch against M&C Saatchi and Fleishman Hillard The account covers the Middle East with a special emphasis on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia markets. BPG Cohn & Wolfe’s role includes increasing […]

The Big Won Rankings: Impact BBDO Dubai named highest awarded agency

The Big Won Rankings: Impact BBDO Dubai named highest awarded agency

The results of the annual Big Won rankings by The Directory are out, tallying up the awards won by the world’s top agencies and creatives in international, regional and local awards shows in 2016. The Middle East holds its own in the rankings, although slightly down on last year. The UAE is the fourth country […]

Huawei Middle East holds media pitch

Huawei Middle East holds media pitch

Chinese tech giant Huawi has put its regional media planning and buying account out to pitch. The incumbent agency Initiative MENA is pitching for the account, while Zenith and PHD are understood to have been invited to take part. Huawei offers telecom network equipment, IT products, and smart devices in 170 countries. Its creative mandate is […]

Chrysler moved from MEC to Starcom in the Middle East

Chrysler moved from MEC to Starcom in the Middle East

MEC MENA has lost its account with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles following a global media pitch that saw the account go to Publicis Media in EMEA and Asia-Pacific. The media planning and buying account is now being handled by Starcom in 30 markets. The agency swiped the account from WPP’s Maxus in most of the markets […]

MSL Group takes Samsung PR from Fleishman Hillard

MSL Group takes Samsung PR from Fleishman Hillard

Publicis Communications’ PR agency MSL Group has won the Samsung Gulf Electronics account from Omnicom Group’s FleishmanHillard following a competitive pitch. Its remit will include media relations and working with technology influencers. The win strengthens the relationship between MSL Group and Samsung Electronics. The agency has represented Samsung’s Middle East and North Africa corporate/headquarters account […]