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ANA’s Production Transparency Report Corroborates Years of Illegal, Anticompetitive Behavior by Ad Agencies

The Wall Street Journal rocked the ad industry last December by revealing that the U.S. Department of Justice had begun investigating the practice of bid rigging, which agencies and their parent companies allegedly use to divert work on big-budget client campaigns to their own in-house postproduction units. Within days, all four of the largest holding…[…]

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Deutsch Hires Google Alum to Oversee Production of Digital Projects

Deutsch has hired Dan Murphy as senior vice president, director of digital operations and production, effective as of today. In the role, Murphy will work out of the agency’s New York office and oversee digital projects across the agency’s client roster, which includes Johnson & Johnson, Acuvue, PNC Bank and A-B InBev’s Busch brand, which…[…]

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R/GA Rehires Former Head of Production to Lead Its Global Studio

R/GA’s New York headquarters has hired Vin Farrell as executive vice president and global head of R/GA Studios. The announcement marks a return for Farrell, who spent nearly six years with the IPG agency as head of production and svp of creative operations before moving to Havas in early 2013 as global chief content officer,…[…]

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This San Francisco Shop Mimics a Hollywood Production Studio

After growing tired of how slow moving traditional agencies had become, two industry vets–former CP+B president Steven Erich and Goodby Silverstein & Partners executive creative director Eric Kallman–decided to strike off on their own last year, founding their own shop, Erich & Kallman. In order for this new San Francisco agency to succeed, its creators…[…]

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How Some Agencies Rig Production Bids to Favor Their In-House Studios

Sometimes it's a subtle pricing scheme that stacks the deck. Sometimes it's as blatant as calling in a favor. Either way, the result is the same: Ad agencies are often rigging production bids to favor their in-house studios over independent vendors, according to several veteran producers who spoke to Adweek in the days since a[…]

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How Some Agencies Rig Production Bids to Favor Their In-House Studios

Sometimes it's a subtle pricing scheme that stacks the deck. Sometimes it's as blatant as calling in a favor. Either way, the result is the same: Ad agencies are often rigging production bids to favor their in-house studios over independent vendors, according to several veteran producers who spoke to Adweek in the days since a[…]