After a Year Away, This Co-Founder of The Barbarian Group Is Returning to the Agency World With KBS

After spending more than a year away from the agency world, The Barbarian Group co-founder Keith Butters has returned to join KBS as global chief technology officer. “I wasn’t even thinking of joining an agency again, at least for awhile,” Butters told Adweek. “I didn’t want to be hired to a big legacy [agency] to…[…]


Deutsch Welcomes New Group Planning Director to Its New York Office

Deutsch recently welcomed Michelle Rowley as group planning director on Johnson & Johnson’s global Acuvue account and new business efforts. She started in the role on April 3. “Michelle’s passionate about finding strategic insights that will take our creative and our client’s business to new levels,” Deutsch New York CEO Val DiFebo said in a…[…]

The ACLU is fighting police who want private info on a political Facebook group

In a potentially troubling move for the future of online organizing, police in Washington are looking to dig up private information on members of a political Facebook group. A judge recently granted the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department a warrant served on Facebook that seeks out the “messages, photos, videos, wall posts and location information (IP[…]


Blackstone Group Doubles Down on Ad Industry Investment as John Bernbach Becomes Chairman of Ai Media

Last October, private equity firm Blackstone Group entered the digital media and marketing industry for the first time in its 30-plus year history by acquiring a minority stake in Ai Media, a search engine marketing organization that defines itself as an agency rather than an ad-tech company. This week Blackstone, whose CEO Stephen Schwarzman currently…[…]

Hundreds of marines accused of sharing nude photos in secret Facebook group

The U.S. Department of Defense is investigating a new online scandal: a secret Facebook group where hundreds of marines shared nude photos of female service members and veterans.  SEE ALSO: Marine Corps to make job titles, boot camp gender neutral The secret group, “Marines United,” featured hundreds of photos and, according to the Center for[…]


TGI Friday’s and The Richards Group Reunite to Promote Endless Apps

TGI Friday’s has named The Richards Group as its agency of record for the second time. The Dallas-based indie agency last won creative and media duties for the fast casual chain in 2011, but the two haven’t worked together since 2015. There was no formal review. Now, they’re reuniting for a campaign that debuts this…[…]


Q&A: Grey Global President Michael Houston on the Agency’s ‘Brand Experience Group’ Launch

Since 2015, when Grey was named Adweek's Global Agency of the Year, the WPP organization has been in expansion mode. North American CEO Michael Houston took on the role of global president in February, and since then he has worked to reshape the network around the world. The latest stage in this evolution is today's[…]


Social Data Focus Group: G.O.P Debate and U.S Politics

This week’s news cycle was tumultuous and perpetual, starting with the sad passing of two beloved and iconic Brits, David Bowie and Alan Rickman. The last seven days have also bore witness to the largest Powerball jackpot, ever. College football championship showdown drama. The Golden Globes came and went and the #OscarNoms hit the interwebs.[…]