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Repucom International hires OgilvyAction Singapore GM
Dec 23, 2008
Kenny Lim

Repucom International hires OgilvyAction Singapore GM

SINGAPORE - Sponsorship research firm Repucom International has appointed OgilvyAction sports & entertainment GM, Ben Heyhoe Flint (pictured), as its regional director for Asia.

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STAR Movies unveils logo as STAR launches Farsi channel
Dec 23, 2008
Benjamin Li

STAR Movies unveils logo as STAR launches Farsi channel

HONG KONG - STAR Movies channel will unveil a new logo from 1 January across its network that consists of Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, the Middle East and Taiwan.

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Bloomberg head of new media leaves for Technicolor
Dec 22, 2008
Kenny Lim

Bloomberg head of new media leaves for Technicolor

SINGAPORE - Bloomberg Television Asia-Pacific's head of network distribution and new media, Jimmy Kim (pictured), is leaving to join Thomson's Technicolor as managing director of Asia-Pacific.

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Sina acquires most of Focus Media for $1 billion
Dec 22, 2008
Kenny Lim

Sina acquires most of Focus Media for $1 billion

SHANGHAI - Chinese portal, Sina, has acquired most of digital media group Focus Media for more than a US$1 billion.

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Grey promotes Evans to head GSK biz
Dec 21, 2008
Kenny Lim

Grey promotes Evans to head GSK biz

SINGAPORE - Grey has promoted Tom Evans (pictured) to executive vice president, regional client services director to head its GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) business across Asia-Pacific.

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Monocle to launch weekly audio bulletin
Dec 18, 2008
David Blecken

Monocle to launch weekly audio bulletin

LONDON - Design and current affairs magazine Monocle is to launch a weekly audio bulletin via its website, monocle.com, and iTunes, at the end of the month.

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Burnett promotes D'Esterre to oversee global Vidal Sassoon branding
Dec 18, 2008
David Blecken

Burnett promotes D'Esterre to oversee global Vidal Sassoon branding

HONG KONG - Leo Burnett has promoted Antoni d'Esterre to the newly created position of global brand director for its Vidal Sassoon account.

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Ad spend set to plummet in Korea: study
Dec 18, 2008
David Blecken

Ad spend set to plummet in Korea: study

SEOUL - Korean advertising spend is likely to reach its lowest ever point over the coming year, according to a recent survey by the Korean Advertisers Association (KAA).

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Intel may open-source digital
Dec 18, 2008
Anita Davis

Intel may open-source digital

ASIA-PACIFIC - Digital agencies in Asia-Pacific admit Intel has approached them within the past year regarding future interest to work on aspects of the company's business amid rumours of Intel's growing dissatisfaction with its partnership with McCann Worldgroup.

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Catapult Action debuts in Asia
Dec 18, 2008
Anita Davis

Catapult Action debuts in Asia

SINGAPORE - Creative and strategy agency Catapult Action-Biased Marketing has teamed with Singapore-based strategic-marketing company Gosh! to open its first international office in the country in an effort to popularise its shopper-marketing model.

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Microsoft Advertising names engagement lead
Dec 18, 2008
Kenny Lim

Microsoft Advertising names engagement lead

HONG KONG - Microsoft has appointed CASBAA's events and convention director, Kevin Jennings, as engagement lead for Microsoft Advertising in Greater Asia-Pacific.

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VivaKi makes leadership appointments in India
Dec 18, 2008
Kenny Lim

VivaKi makes leadership appointments in India

NEW DELHI - VivaKi, Publicis Groupe's strategic unit, is to combine its media and digital operations and has appointed managing director of Solutions Digitas Srikant Sastri (pictured), as country chair for India, while Ambika Srivastava, CEO of ZenithOptimedia India, takes on the additional responsibility of chairperson of the India Media Exchange (IMX).

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UM bags $5 million Dutch Lady biz in Malaysia
Dec 18, 2008
Kenny Lim

UM bags $5 million Dutch Lady biz in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Dutch Lady, one of Malaysia's leading dairy brands, has appointed Universal McCann for its US$5 million media account following a four-way shootout which included MEC, Starcom and incumbent ZenithOptimedia.

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Aussie court allows solicitor to serve notices via Facebook
Dec 18, 2008
Staff Brand Republic

Aussie court allows solicitor to serve notices via Facebook

CANBERRA - An Australian court has approved the use of Facebook to serve a legally binding document on a couple that defaulted on a six-figure housing loan.

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Stuff magazine makes debut in Vietnam
Dec 17, 2008
Kenny Lim

Stuff magazine makes debut in Vietnam

HANOI - Consumer gadget magazine, Stuff, is set to become the first international title to be published in Vietnam under license by a local firm.

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Iris boosts creative team with joint CD
Dec 17, 2008
Kenny Lim

Iris boosts creative team with joint CD

SINGAPORE - Iris has named Y&R Singapore's creative group head, Tom Ormes (pictured), to the newly created role of joint creative director.

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Synovate names qualitative research director for Malaysia
Dec 17, 2008
Kenny Lim

Synovate names qualitative research director for Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Synovate has appointed Dr. Christina Lee (pictured) as its qualitative research director in Malaysia.

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Y&R wins West Tower creative
Dec 17, 2008
Benjamin Li

Y&R wins West Tower creative

GUANGZHOU - Y&R Guangzhou outgunned McCann Erickson Guangming and Dentsu in a pitch for the creative account for the 103-storey skyscraper, Guangzhou International Finance Centre, also known as the West Tower, in the heart of the central business district in Tianhe.

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Omnicom poised to retrench 5 per cent of workforce
Dec 17, 2008
David Blecken

Omnicom poised to retrench 5 per cent of workforce

NEW YORK - Omnicom Group is reportedly planning to retrench up to 3,500 jobs within its global network, amounting to almost 5 per cent of its staff, by the end of the year.

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China Youku blocks Baidu and Google
Dec 17, 2008
Anita Davis

China Youku blocks Baidu and Google

BEIJING - Chinese online video site Youku has blocked search engines including Baidu and Google from crawling its website in an effort to scale down bandwidth costs, reports out of China claim.