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Gunn Report for Media 2014: UAE ranks 7th

Gunn Report for Media 2014: UAE ranks 7th

OMD is top media network, driven by MENA, Singapore, Colombia and UK; Starcom comes second, powered by USA, supported by UAE, Egypt, Poland and Netherlands. UAE has been ranked seventh globally among most awarded agencies for media in 2014, according to the Gunn Report for Media. Entries from the country accounted for 167 points, behind […]

Starcom promotes three DGMs in KSA

Edmond Bouez, Khaled Abou Sleiman and Ziad Sukkariah take over as GMs of Starcom Jeddah, MediaVest Riyadh and Starcom Riyadh respectively. Starcom MediaVest Group KSA has announced three promotions at its offices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Edmond Bouez has been promoted as general manager of Starcom Jeddah, Khaled Abou Sleiman as general manager of MediaVest Riyadh, and […]

Starcom MediaVest appoints Sue Frogley global commercial director

Starcom MediaVest appoints Sue Frogley global commercial director

She moves from Dentsu Aegis Media, and will report to Laura Desmond, global CEO, SMG, in the newly created role. Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) has announced the appointment of Sue Frogley to a newly created role of global commercial director. She  joins SMG from Dentsu Aegis Media, where she was president of commercial operations. Based in London, she will report to Laura Desmond, global […]

MediaCom wins GSK's regional social and SEO brief

MediaCom wins GSK’s regional social and SEO brief

MediaCom has won the social and SEO account for GSK across the region following a competitive pitch. The Dubai-headquartered agency was awarded the business for brands such as Panadol, Horlicks and Pronamel, with the brief covering the GCC, Levant and Egypt. The incumbent Starcom, along with MediaCom, were the only two agencies participating in the […]

Havas Media wins Emirates' global media account

Havas Media wins Emirates’ global media account

Havas Media has won Emirates’ global media planning and buying account following a hotly contested review. The decision means the account, which is believed to be worth an estimated $150 million, is no longer with Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), which had held the business since 2008. Boutros Boutros, divisional senior vice-president corporate communications, marketing and […]

Agency heads sign and ratify IAA pitch code

Agency heads sign and ratify IAA pitch code

Senior figures from the advertising and marketing industry have pledged their support for the IAA’s first voluntary code of best practice. The UAE chapter’s Best Practice in the Pitch Process, which was first unveiled in June last year, is the region’s first ever guideline devised to improve the pitching process for both agencies and clients. […]

Interesting Times bags grand prix at the Effies

Interesting Times bags grand prix at the Effies

Beirut-based boutique agency Interesting Times has won the Gemas Effie grand prix for the second year in a row. The agency picked up the award for its ‘The Last Summer on Earth’ campaign (above and below) for Lebanese Brew, capitalising on its grand prix for the same client last year. It also won gold. In […]

Leo Burnett, Starcom and OMD shine at MENA Cristals

Leo Burnett, Starcom and OMD shine at MENA Cristals

Leo Burnett was the runaway winner at this year’s MENA Cristal Festival, grabbing both the agency and network of the year titles as well as the majority of grands prix. The Beirut office was named agency of the year on the back of its ‘Fake it all’ work for the Brand Protection Group and its […]

Starcom lands media brief for Tiffany & Co

Starcom lands media brief for Tiffany & Co

Starcom has landed the media account for Tiffany & Co, one of the world’s most famous jewellery firms. The brief covers the Middle East and North Africa, with the account covering all media buying and planning for offline, online, social media and content. It is the first time that Tiffany & Co has independently approached […]

Only strong competition will keep us creative

Only strong competition will keep us creative

Rayan Karaky is general manager, digital, at VivaKi “A few weeks back, on the back cover of the print edition of Campaign, a little war of words emerged between two giants in the media industry. I read over multiple social networks and blogs, comments in favour and others against. Hate it or love it, this […]