Long established as the UK's biggest advertising agency, as well as one of its most admired creative powerhouses, AMV is also the local outpost for BBDO. Having held a minority stake since 1991, the American network acquired the balance of the business in 1998. In fact, AMV has served as something of a model for other agencies in the BBDO network. During the 1980s and 1990s, its founders assembled a portfolio of other businesses alongside main advertising agency Abbott Mead Vickers to offer an impressively broad range of marketing services. BBDO subsequently encouraged the other lead agencies in its network to broaden their portfolios in a similar fashion, though in recent years most of AMV BBDO's satellite units have been spun off into Omnicom's other UK-based networks.
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Adbrands Weekly Update 21st Sep 2017: Ads of the Week "Compton Cowboys". AMV BBDO's very belated follow-up to its Congolese Sapeurs campaign for Guinness is this striking and intriguing short documentary featuring the real-life cowboys of LA's Compton ghetto. It's not at all what you might have expected from a Guinness ad, and certainly all the better for that. But we're not sure how entirely truthful it is: the Compton Cowboys are certainly real, but we'd be a little surprised if they are indeed connoisseurs of Irish Stout, as the final scenes appear to suggest.
Adbrands Weekly Update 29th Jun 2017: Ads Of The Week: "Play With Time". Travel with us along the coast from the Cannes Lions Festival, over the border at Ventimiglia and into la Bella Italia. Leave the dust from the festival to settle, and instead let's meet up for an aperitivo. As a drink, Martini is arguably something of an acquired taste, but this gorgeous film from AMV BBDO has universal appeal. A lovely and refreshing break after all that relentless networking.
Adbrands Weekly Update 15th Jun 2017: AMV BDDO CEO Ian Pearman is changing lanes within Omnicom, and moving to Singapore to become regional president for Asia for sister network TBWA. He replaces Philip Brett, who will relocate to London in the newly created role of global COO of TBWA. At AMV, group chief executive Cilla Snowball will take back Pearman's duties as head of the main London agency.
Adbrands Weekly Update 24th Nov 2016: Ads Of The Week: "Brothers". Moving swiftly on from their Sainsbury's spot, AMV BBDO are back with another cracker, a rather more thoughtful one for HP. It's kind of a Christmas spot without the Christmas, because it's got the giving, and the coloured lights and the family theme, but isn't even remotely seasonal. In fact, we might actually call it profound, and quite moving, as a young musician tries to find a way of including his deaf brother in his world. The results are emotionally rich and ultimately uplifting. Just be grateful you don't have to live next door to them. Look at the size of those speakers!
Adbrands Weekly Update 17th Nov 2016: Ads Of The Week: "The Greatest Gift". AMV BBDO's parting shot for Sainsbury's was the last of the Big UK Retail Christmas specials to be unveiled. Nice to see it goes in a completely different direction again this year from 2015's Mog animation or 2014's Christmas in the trenches. However, the underlying theme is once again family and community. Excellent animation from Passion Pictures, but we have a couple of reservations (of course). James Corden is in danger of becoming just a bit too ubiquitous these days - the Stephen Fry of the 2010s - shilling in the past month alone for Apple, Confused.com, Sainsbury's and now Chase Sapphire credit cards as well in the US. A bit less, James, or we'll be getting sick of you. And we don't want to sound like Donald Trump but this ad's political correctness - multi-racial plus gay couples of both sexes - is possibly just a little too overdone (and, hey, where is a representative of the disabled?). But generally it's a heart-warmer. Plus it's Christmas, so let's forgive and forget and enjoy the story.
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