Publicis will begin the search for a post-Maurice Lévy leader next summer. Lévy had planned to retire this year, but that plan was scrapped. The announcement was made at this week’s Reuters Global Media Summit. [via Reuters]

Speaking of Publicis, the company has acquired Polish PR agency Ciszewski, which focuses on tech PR, financial communications, consumer, and sports outreach. The firm will now go by the name Ciszewski MSL led by Jerzy Ciszewski, Ciszewski’s founder and president. According to the press release, Ciszewski experienced 59 percent organic growth in 2010 and is expected to see a 41 percent increase this year.

DDA Public Relations and Blueprint Public Relations are partnering for DDA Blueprint, a London venture that will focus on international TV and theater. The standalone firm will be led by Blueprint directors Janet Balmforth and Aimee Norman with Lawrence Atkinson, DDA’s CEO, and John Stannard, DDA COO, as non-executive directors. [via Variety]

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