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Monday Morning Stir


-BBDO New York rolls out its own Derek Jeter tribute for the MLB (video above).

-Y&R to open first majority-owned international agency in Mongolia.

-Stuart Smith is promoted to global CEO of Ogilvy PR.

-WPP divests ad servers to invest in AppNexus.

-Havas Worldwide Bangkok appoints Ricardo Turcios as executive creative director.

-Showtime’s mobile Homeland ad sets off a virtual bomb in your hand.

-WPP’s Martin Sorrell calls in-house ad buying a “temporary phenomenon.”

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Thursday Morning Stir

-WPP/GroupM agency Maxus once again lands in the news roundup as it’s now won L’Oréal’s media planning and buying account in the UK and Ireland. The contract will begin Jan 1. and is worth around £135m (approximately $216m) in billings. Maxus beat out PHD and ZenithOptimedia in the review.

-More U.K. news as former Mother creative directors Alex Holder and Oli Beale are joining Stuart Smith and Ben Moore as partners at Anomaly London. Holder and Beale will also serve as CDs.

-Twelve-year-old bi-coastal production company Harpoon Pictures has signed director Tony Franklin for commercial representation.

-Astrid van Essen will join the London office of MediaMonks, which works with the likes of Saatchi, Mother and AMV BBDO, as managing director, effective Nov. 1.

-According to Tel Aviv-based BBR Saatchi & Saatchi, there’s really no fancy presentation necessary in a new spot for the Ford Focus (above).

In Case You Missed It, StrawberryFrog Has Indeed Been Acquired

Looks like the price was finally right for StrawberryFrog founder/CEO Scott Goodson, who has denied rumors in recent months that his New York-based agency was for sale. Anyhow, the buyer is a company called APCO, which according to the Wall Street Journal, is a PR firm that is “known for public affairs and crisis communications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but speaking to WSJ, Goodson says that the acquisition “will give [StrawberryFrog] the ability to work with clients in more markets around the world.”

As one would expect, U.K marketing writer Stuart Smith, who of course caught Goodson’s ire last fall when he penned a piece suggesting a potential Frogpond sale, has plenty to say about APCO’s purchase of the agency. You can read all about it here.

D-Wade Toys with Technology in Latest ‘Dominate’ Ad

The 007 winks continue in this latest Dwyane Wade-starring spot from W+K’s “Dominate Another Day” campaign for Jordan Brand. This time, Flash learns from his sidekick H (guess Q was already taken) about the techy upgrades that have been made to his game shoes and testing them in H’s state-of-the-art obstacle course.

What is the objective behind this whole mission/campaign, besides obviously selling the sneaker? It’s about D-Wade bringing the championship rings back to Miami–though that’s as far-fetched an idea as a hoverboard if the Heat keep losing to Boston like they have been. Noam Murro once again gets behind the camera for this clip–which marks one of  W+K New York’s last creative efforts during the Austria/Proudfoot era–and Trent Reznor‘s cohort, Atticus Ross, returns to compose the score.

Full credits after the jump.

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