SYDNEY - Rob Atkinson, the chief operating officer of Clear Channel UK, has been appointed interim chief executive of Clear Channel's Adshel joint venture in Australia and New Zealand.
GLOBAL - Bloomberg Media has promoted Parry Ravindranathan, the managing director of Asia-Pacific, to the new role of managing director of international, which will include all regions outside of the US.
GLOBAL - Interpublic has appointed Matt Freeman, chief executive of Mediabrands Ventures, to the position of vice-chairman, global chief innovation officer of Interpublic creative agency, McCann Erickson.
Publicis Groupe was best partner from strategy point of view, despite not being the most compelling on price, chairman and CEO says.
Revenue at Ascential's marketing division fell 8% in 2018, while Ebitda dropped by almost a fifth.
GLOBAL - Interpublic's media division Mediabrands has restructured its global operations into three 'clusters' and handed more regional responsibility to Jim Hytner, EMEA president of UM.
Gustavo Martinez, the former global chief executive of J Walter Thompson, is working on projects for the agency's holding company WPP while the ongoing discrimination lawsuit against him and the agency continues.
GLOBAL - Havas is to rebrand its MPG Media Contacts network as Havas Media later this month, scrapping the 35-year-old media planning brand and aping the rebrand of its creative network to Havas Worldwide.
GLOBAL - The Timberland Company, manufacturer of rugged boots for walkers and hip hop stars, has agreed to sell to VF Corporation, the owner of The North Face and Wrangler, for US$2 billion.
GLOBAL - Publicis Groupe is to move its VivaKi programmatic buyers into its media agencies, so that they sit alongside the traders in other disciplines.
Mondelez International, the owner of Cadbury and Oreo, has signed a global strategic partnership with Facebook.
CANNES - Aston Martin Lagonda has appointed WPP to its global integrated marketing account.
Similar to crowdsourcing specialists like eYeka, Flare Studio is the first such platform to be launched by a creative ad network.
Publicis Groupe, the owner of Saatchi & Saatchi and Starcom Mediavest, and Omnicom, the owner of the OMD and BBDO networks, have confirmed plans to merge the two businesses.
Innocean Worldwide has appointed Jeremy Craigen, the former global executive creative director for Volkswagen at DDB, as its global chief creative officer.
GLOBAL - HTC is understood to have appointed Omnicom Media Group to its US$160 million global media planning and buying business, after a pitch.
GLOBAL - Bel Group, the French owner of the Babybel and The Laughing Cow brands, has called a review of its estimated US$217 million (€150 million) global media planning and buying account.
Grey and BBDO are understood to be lining up against incumbent JWT for the £400m HSBC global creative account.
GLOBAL - Google-owned video sharing site YouTube has begun trailing a new live streaming platform over two days from 13 to 14 August, which could lead to it launching a permanent live streaming function for content producers worldwide.