SINGAPORE - Sponsorship research firm Repucom International has appointed OgilvyAction sports & entertainment GM, Ben Heyhoe Flint (pictured), as its regional director for Asia.
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.
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.
SHANGHAI - Chinese portal, Sina, has acquired most of digital media group Focus Media for more than a US$1 billion.
SINGAPORE - Grey has promoted Tom Evans (pictured) to executive vice president, regional client services director to head its GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) business across Asia-Pacific.
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.
HONG KONG - Leo Burnett has promoted Antoni d'Esterre to the newly created position of global brand director for its Vidal Sassoon account.
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).
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.
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.
HONG KONG - Microsoft has appointed CASBAA's events and convention director, Kevin Jennings, as engagement lead for Microsoft Advertising in Greater Asia-Pacific.
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).
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.
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.
HANOI - Consumer gadget magazine, Stuff, is set to become the first international title to be published in Vietnam under license by a local firm.
SINGAPORE - Iris has named Y&R Singapore's creative group head, Tom Ormes (pictured), to the newly created role of joint creative director.
KUALA LUMPUR - Synovate has appointed Dr. Christina Lee (pictured) as its qualitative research director in Malaysia.
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.
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.
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.