Jeremy Lee

Jeremy Lee, associate editor

JEREMY LEE ON ADVERTISING

Slowly but surely, adland's getting its house in order

The dark evenings of autumn have already consigned the dog days of Cannes to a distant, and slightly D Ott-addled, warm and fuzzy memory. They also mark the time for Campaign to hunker down in an artificially lit room and collectively reflect on a ...

 

Who'd be an agency CEO in these unforgiving times?

The end-of-year merry-go-round of departing ad agency bosses spins apace and seems to show that the life of a chief executive is in danger of becoming, to quote Thomas Hobbes, increasingly nasty, brutish and short.

 

John Lewis has a fight on its hands this Christmas

Was the John Lewis boss, Andy Street, deliberately trying to manage expectations of its Christmas ad campaign with his comments at the recent World Retail Congress? Street - who, later on the train home, managed to offend the French by telling a jour...

 

Bazeley appointment proves nothing is impossible

Six months ago, when Tom Bazeley, Dave Bedwood, Sam Ball and Dave Cox decided to cash in their Lean Mean Fighting Machine chips and sell to M C Saatchi, it s probably safe to say that, deep down, they didn t really expect to play much of a pivotal ro...

 

Could this be the final roll of the dice for Anomaly?

Carl Johnson's intense frustration at the lack of traction at Anomaly London is palpable in his searingly honest quotes on the front page of this magazine.

 

A UK ad revival? Well, the clients appear to think so

Is London once again a regional centre of creative excellence? It's an optimistic (and therefore attractive enough) theory that was put to me by one buoyant agency chief executive recently.

 

Voters could decide the fate of Scottish advertising

In case you've been living on the moon for the past six months or so, today marks the day when 5.3 million Scots will decide the fortune of the 300-year-old union - something that millions more of the Scottish diaspora have been denied.

 

Time has come for the quiet shops to start shouting

Slightly subtler than one of Julian Fellowes' clunky plot twists, the narrative of two of the more interesting start-ups of recent years has changed with the news that both Joint and Lucky Generals had won a place on the Amazon ad roster - with the f...

 

Kwik Fit laughs in the face of its 'band' positioning

There s a moment of unintentional humour in the Kwik Fit advertising tender document that prompts a snort of derision. While the process the company is suggesting to hire a new agency partner is far from funny, the name of the proposed brand campaign...

 

Albion shows Engine how to get a deal over the line

In the annals of corporate acquisitions of UK advertising agencies, Lake Capital's putative purchase of Engine must surely go down as one of the most muddled.

 

Jones' exit provides a lesson in culture preservation

With Gwyn Jones' surprise departure from Bartle Bogle Hegarty - the only employer that he has ever known - industry chat has turned to whether the special covenant that Publicis Groupe promised when it fully bought out the shop still stands.

 

A time for reflective silence. From advertisers too

Two powerful and thoughtful pieces of commemorative advertising have already been produced ahead of Monday's centenary of Britain's entry into World War I. Johnny Fearless' sublime and moving piece of animation for the Imperial War Museum is a though...

 

Ad business needs more like its rebel with a cause

A recent reunion at my village school was a reminder of how much your earliest years shape you. I once made a stab at a career in advertising, but it finished before it began - me having been stumped by the second question on Young & Rubicam's 1994 g...

 

Another busy week for the men who make us spend

All good stories need their heroes and villains. The documentary-maker Jacques Peretti was quick to point the finger at the entire advertising industry being the latter in his over-simplistic rant against consumerism, The Men Who Made Us Spend , on ...

 

How much more can new business cost agencies?

The lyrics of Andy Williams 1963 hit Can t Get Used To Losing You should sum up the attitude of the more competitive agency new-business directors the words of the late crooner continuing to spur them on. But while Williams lamented the emotional ...

 
 
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