Marcel is a Paris-based creative agency created in 2005 under the umbrella of Publicis Worldwide. The name is a homage to Groupe founder Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet. It tends to work alongside the main agency on major clients - it is currently located in the same Champs Elysées address as Publicis Conseil - or occasionally as a conflict shop. Its brief history to-date has been eventful to say the least as a result of a series of management shuffles following its launch. Marcel was originally conceived as a vehicle for hot creative team Frederic Raillard and Farid Mokart, but they jumped ship soon after to launch their own shop, Fred et Farid. A new leadership team was recruited to replace them, and Marcel was strengthened considerably in 2010 with the absorption of the Groupe's standalone digital agency Publicis.Net to create an integrated online and offline specialist. Since 2013, the agency has also added an international presence, opening outposts in New York and Sao Paulo (Marcel Talent), Australia (the former Publicis Sydney office) and Mexico. Charles Georges-Picot is CEO with Anne de Maupeau as chief creative officer. In 2020, though, the Australian office was shuttered, with staff and clients absorbed into Saatchi & Saatchi.
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Adbrands Daily Update 18th Nov 2020: Publicis Groupe continued to streamline its global agency portfolio with the elimination of the Australian outpost of Marcel, which was itself previously Publicis Sydney. Most of Marcel's staff and its clients are being absorbed into Saatchi & Saatchi Australia; but local managing director Ryan Bernal has left the Groupe. Saatchi said the merger was "designed to strengthen operational capabilities for Marcel clients".
Adbrands Daily Update 21st Jun 2019: "60 Christmasses Spent Together". French supermarket giant Carrefour is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a trip down memory lane into Christmasses past. Marcel Paris has lovingly recreated a few key epochs - the hair, the fashions, the terrible TV - in the history of one particular French family. The whole sequence is anchored by the Dad's terrible traditional mealtime joke, capped off with a sweet and poignant final touch.
Adbrands Daily Update 21st Jun 2019: Host nation France was a late arrival at the Cannes Lions Grand Prix party, only picking up its first top award on Thursday in the Creative Effectiveness category. Publicis-owned Marcel collected the Grand Prix for "Le Marché Interdit", a campaign for Carrefour supermarkets that highlighted the absurdities of EU laws on organic produce. The retailer created dedicated "Black Market" sites within its stores to sell cereals, fruits and vegetables grown from seeds that were not historically included in the EU's official Catalogue of Authorised Species. This lists only around 3% of the seed varieties available, predominantly patent-protected hybrids that have been expensively developed by commercial suppliers. There is nothing wrong with the majority of seeds not included in the catalogue, or with the EU's original desire to ensure food safety. However, explained the judges, "little by little, the agrochemical lobby had the catalogue rules changed so that only hybrid seeds could be eligible. In 1981, they passed a law to prohibit the sale of anything that did not fit into the catalogue. Today, it no longer serves food safety; it serves business. As a result, 90% of farmable varieties have disappeared worldwide in the 20th century, farmers have to depend on pricy hybrids patented by the agrochemical industry, and consumers are deprived of a wide range of superior produces, richer in nutrients, taste, and better for the environment."
Adbrands Social Media 7th Jan 2019: "Start Something Real". All the dials are turned up to 11 in Marcel's latest campaign for dating site Match (or Meetic as it is known in mainland Europe). The first 20 seconds are positively hyperactive in a rapid-fire debunking of all the different fakeries of modern life; followed by an even more startling change of pace and tone for the main sales message. Yet the pitch here is no less ramped-up. Judging by her enraptured gaze, our blonde protagonist is clearly in dire need of something rather more stimulating than a cup of coffee. Steady on, girls, this is a public place!
Adbrands Social Media 21st Jun 2018: Here's a sweet campaign from Marcel Paris for Nestle's Contrex mineral water. The food and beverage giant has partnered with crowdfunding site Ulule to help finance female-led entrepreneurial projects in France with up to €2,500 per idea. It's a commendable initiative, and these ladies' performances are just great. "Nothing beats the sensation of having a great idea. Apart from making it happen." You can practically see those lightbulbs going off above their heads. The member of the Adbrands team who suggested that there was something else going on here has been sent to stand in a corner for an hour in the hope that he will clean up his grubby thoughts.
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