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James Hilton departs AKQA

- James Hilton, the co-founder and chief creative officer of AKQA, is leaving the agency after 20 years to launch his own interior and product design company, handing over AKQA's creative reins to Rei Inamoto.

Private Hear: November 2014

- Chris Watson, creative head, The Leith Agency, and Hugh Todd, creative director, Leo Burnett, gave us their take on a selection of ads from the month just gone.

Facebook app plans will test publishers' resolve

- Publishers must decide whether they want to play ball with the social network's content plans, David Benady writes.

Double win for MediaCom at the PPA Advertising Awards

- MediaCom won Best Innovation and Best Use of Print at last night's PPA Advertising Awards, held at Paramount.

What does it take to win a Newsworks Planning Award?

- Hear from leading marketers, agencies and media owners involved in judging this year's Newsworks Planning Awards about what makes a strong news brand campaign.

Starcom MediaVest appoints Sue Frogley as global commercial director

- Starcom MediaVest Group has appointed Sue Frogley to the newly created role of global commercial director.

David Hasselhoff to join Sorrell, Naughton and Shing at IAB Engage 2014

- The actor, singer, and producer - nicknamed The Hoff, is set to close the show at the IAB's tenth anniversary Engage: We've Only Just Begun conference on 15 October.

Marketers and agency leaders talk about their biggest media challenges

- Media fragmentation and understanding the complex consumer journey are among the biggest challenges facing marketers and media planners today, according to judges for the Newsworks Planning Awards 2014.

Diary: Agencies and brands wet themselves for charity

- With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge spanning the world in support of Lou Gehrig's disease, a few agencies have bravely got involved by wetting themselves.

A List submissions to close on 29 August

- The UK's most senior advertising and media executives have until next Friday (29 August) to submit their responses to The A List.

Cooper and Heiss rejoin Dare

- Dare has rehired Brian Cooper and Flo Heiss to form a new creative leadership team with the current creative director, Vassilios Alexiou.

Things we like: Collaboration between Hearst and Global and The Sun and Google, and free Wi-Fi on buses

- Some things in the media business we liked in the week up to 15 August, and one thing we didn't...

The 2014 Caples Awards open for entry

- The 2014 Caples Awards, honouring the best in direct and interactive marketing around the world, is open for entries.

Engine sells to drive growth

- Engine is being sold to the private-equity company Lake Capital in a paper-for-paper deal that values the company at just under £100 million and will see management and staff take shareholdings in a new combined group.

Yahoo keeps agencies guessing about Europe

- The company might have spent the past couple of years in an acquisition frenzy, but what's the strategy? By David Benady.

Andrew McGuinness to join Freuds as CEO

- Andrew McGuinness, the founder of BMB and chairman of the PR agency Seven Dials, has been appointed the chief executive of Freud Communications.

Engine Group sells to Lake Capital for £100m

- The Engine Group is to be sold to the private equity company Lake Capital in a £100 million deal that will see management and staff take on shareholdings in a new combined group.

Clarification: Omnicom not late to the government review

- Campaign is pleased to clarify that Omnicom Media Group is on the government media buying shortlist and did not apply late to any part of the pitch process, handled by the Crown Commercial Service.

Ocean announces judging panel for Art of Outdoor 2014 competition

- Top creative and media stars, including Dare's Sean Thomson, M&C Saatchi's Elspeth Lynn and Robert Ffitch of MGOMD, have joined the judging panel for the annual Art of Outdoor digital competition.

Kameleon lands Sofaworks content brief

- The content marketing agency Kameleon has been appointed by the sofa retailer Sofaworks as its lead strategic agency.

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