Subdued. It's the word that most appropriately describes this year's meeting of the world's advertising leaders in Cannes.
We've just spent two weeks reviewing and scoring the Agency of the Year submissions - a gruelling task that ended with a final round of discussion involving senior regional marketers in Singapore.
Why is it that women in advertising continue to be under-represented at the top? While the overall mix between men and women working in Asian agencies seems to be largely equal, very few women actually climb up to senior roles - an issue that's magnified on a regional level.
There have been more client reviews recently focusing on cost-cutting and marketing budget reductions.
Japanese electioneering has just tiptoed into the digital age.
Celebrity scandals don't get much better than this.
The advertising industry is used to being in the firing line, whether it's for obesity, smoking or shock-tactic advertising.
One of the creative industry's most awaited and debated lists is out in this issue of Media - the Creative Rankings 2009.
Chinese sport wasn't designed to celebrate the individual.
It's been a rough year for the creative industry; keeping advertising fresh and innovative has been a struggle as clients consistently reduce or shift budgets, and agencies battle to keep costs under control and find ways to improve the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
There are some potentially painful conversations taking place between advertisers and their agencies.
It is perhaps the most powerful, albeit peculiar, case yet to illustrate the influence of social media: angry consumers hijacked NestlÃ©'s Facebook page and posted attack messages that forced the brand to make an extraordinary about-turn.
It's hard to tell whats captivated the industry more - the fact that the Enfatico experiment failed or that WPP swallowed its pride and admitted it.
The veil was finally lifted on one of the most anticipated gadgets in recent years, as last month Apple showed off its new iPad - a tablet-shaped computer which the brand hopes will win it domination of the e-reader market.
The tough economy has put clients and their agencies under pressure to deliver: they have to be more accountable, more transparent and work faster than ever before..
Some important decisions will be finalised at adidas' headquarters in Germany this week, which could potentially impact the sportswear maker's marketing teams and their agencies.
The battle to safeguard the integrity and independence that have made Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) integral to press freedom in Hong Kong has taken a new turn, as the appointment of a new chief removes at least one of the important questions hanging over the organisation - leadership in these uncertain times.