Fred & Farid is one of France's most admired and biggest independent agencies, the vehicle of multi-award-winning creative team Fred Raillard and Farid Mokart, whose CVs included stints at such noted agencies as Goodby Silverstein, BBH London, and latterly at Publicis Groupe, where they led the newly created Marcel creative boutique. They jumped ship from Publicis in 2006 to launch their own agency with private financial backing from then-Havas chairman Vincent Bolloré. (Early partner Christophe Lambert moved on in 2008 leaving Fred & Farid with 70% of the business. Bolloré retains the remaining shares, though the agency operates entirely separately from Havas Group). Fred & Farid has expanded its offering since then through the acquisition or launch of multiple satellite units, including digital shops Kids Love Jetlag and Docial Studio, and production company Killdeath. The group launched its first international outpost, in China, towards the end of 2012 as well as an inhouse media division in France, in a partnership with Havas Media. Further international offices have followed including outposts in New York, from 2015, and in Los Angeles as well in 2017. Subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to Adbrands.net premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.
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