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‘Insulting and confusing’: Aussie govt video on sexual consent mocked

‘Insulting and confusing’: Aussie govt video on sexual consent mocked

The video, which cost approximately AU$3.8 million in taxpayer funds to produce, was widely ridiculed on social media and has since been removed.

Tesla’s reputation degrades in China following auto show protest

Tesla’s reputation degrades in China following auto show protest

A protest by a Tesla user that went viral at a Shanghai auto show prompted an apologetic statement from the brand about rethinking its communications.

Allison+Partners promotes Jonathan Heit to global COO

Allison+Partners promotes Jonathan Heit to global COO

The firm is also expanding the roles of two other global presidents.

Turkish Airlines takes relationship with Finn Partners global

Turkish Airlines takes relationship with Finn Partners global

The firm has been its agency partner in the Americas since 2017.

Omnicom PR revenue drops 3.5% in Q1

Omnicom PR revenue drops 3.5% in Q1

The holding company's overall global revenue was down 1.8% in the period.

Malaysian body introduces content code following footwear debacle

Malaysian body introduces content code following footwear debacle

A new set of guidelines in response to a botched collaboration with local celebrity Neelofa around ‘Muslim-friendly footwear’.

Ex-Google chief Joanna Flint joins Mandarin Oriental

Ex-Google chief Joanna Flint joins Mandarin Oriental

PRWeek Asia’s weekly roundup of account wins and people moves.

Grab plans US IPO: What does this mean for marketers?

Grab plans US IPO: What does this mean for marketers?

Finsbury Glover Hering hires FleishmanHillard's global tech chief

Finsbury Glover Hering hires FleishmanHillard's global tech chief

Finsbury Glover Hering has hired Sophie Scott, global managing director for technology at FleishmanHillard, to lead growth of its global tech business.

Next 15 reports 'excellent' results as full-year profit grows

Next 15 reports 'excellent' results as full-year profit grows

Next 15 saw pre-tax profit rise 22 per cent to £49.1m in the year to 31 January 2021, in what it described as "excellent" results aided by its focus on the b2b and tech sectors.

Shutterstock picks Hoffman as APAC agency

Shutterstock picks Hoffman as APAC agency

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Alibaba stock rises despite US$2.8 billion fine

Alibaba stock rises despite US$2.8 billion fine

A record penalty imposed over the weekend by China'a anti-monopoly regulator hasn't fazed investors.

Grab and Gojek reveal Ramadan campaigns

Grab and Gojek reveal Ramadan campaigns

Two delivery giants in the region kick off the holy month with unconventional films.

Edelman promotes Russell Dubner, Lisa Osborne Ross

Edelman promotes Russell Dubner, Lisa Osborne Ross

The firm is naming Dubner global vice chairman; Osborne Ross is succeeding him as U.S. CEO.

Lintas Live campaign in India shines a light on girls’ education

Lintas Live campaign in India shines a light on girls’ education

The Indian PR campaign looks at girls’ education as a future investment, one that will reap large economic rewards for the country.

Golin Hong Kong clinches Four Seasons account

Golin Hong Kong clinches Four Seasons account

PRWeek’s Asia weekly roundup of account wins and people moves.

Herbal supplement brand ambassador trolled on social media after positive Covid test

Herbal supplement brand ambassador trolled on social media after positive Covid test

Indian actor Akshay Kumar featured in an ad that claimed the product, Dabur Chyawanprash, was clinically tested to protect consumers against Covid-19.

Myanmar journalists in peril amid anti-coup protests

Myanmar journalists in peril amid anti-coup protests

The future of journalists in Myanmar hang in the balance following a string of arrests and a massive crackdown on independent and social media.

Richard Edelman outlines succession plan for world’s largest PR firm

Richard Edelman outlines succession plan for world’s largest PR firm

Edelman said the list of potential heirs could include family and non-family members. He also gave updates on building leases in Chicago and NYC and a return to office work environments.

Tyler Kim elevated to APAC CEO at Weber Shandwick

Tyler Kim elevated to APAC CEO at Weber Shandwick

Meanwhile, Baxter Jolly moves to chairman duties.

PRHK launches task force to address work-life balance

PRHK launches task force to address work-life balance

The task force aims to identify causes of overwork in PR and create a playbook for all member agencies.

Movers & Shakers: Brunswick, Finn Partners, Iris and more

Movers & Shakers: Brunswick, Finn Partners, Iris and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

Cannes Lions outlines safety plans for in-person festival

Cannes Lions outlines safety plans for in-person festival

The hybrid event will take place as a digital-first festival with live and on-demand content and experiences.

Special Group launches PR unit in New Zealand

Special Group launches PR unit in New Zealand

The agency will be expanding its offering to include comms and PR, influencer marketing, and activations and experiences.

H&M stores shuttered in China, brand erased from internet

H&M stores shuttered in China, brand erased from internet

Large tech players such as Baidu and Didi are dissociating themselves with the retailer amid the Xinjiang controversy.

Google, J&J, Tesco, Etihad: top speakers set for PRWeek Connect global conference

Google, J&J, Tesco, Etihad: top speakers set for PRWeek Connect global conference

PRWeek Connect - a major new conference taking place virtually across four key regions - will be held on 13 April, with tickets now available.

Chinese netizens call for H&M boycott after Xinjiang cotton issue

Chinese netizens call for H&M boycott after Xinjiang cotton issue

Users on Weibo have criticised the brand for turning its back on Chinese labour and products.

Hong Kong Tourism Board under fire for spending US$1.15 million on two-minute video

Hong Kong Tourism Board under fire for spending US$1.15 million on two-minute video

A New Year's video showing virtual fireworks came with a very real price tag, an HKTB official revealed in a legislative session Monday.

Rice Communications and Akin launch insights-driven business unit

Rice Communications and Akin launch insights-driven business unit

The new unit signals increased demand for integrated PR and data-driven solutions among clients.

PRWeek Global Awards 2021 – shortlist revealed

PRWeek Global Awards 2021 – shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the PRWeek Global Awards 2021 has been unveiled, with some of the world's best campaigns, agencies, in-house teams and comms pros appearing in the prestigious list.

NSW police chief lambasted for sex consent app idea

NSW police chief lambasted for sex consent app idea

The police commissioner found himself in a flurry of criticism after proposing and defending the idea of an app to ‘end sexual assault’.

Movers & Shakers: WE Comms, H+K, Buro and more

Movers & Shakers: WE Comms, H+K, Buro and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

Jury members announced for PR Awards Asia

Jury members announced for PR Awards Asia

The entry deadline for the 20th edition of the region's foremost recognition of excellence in public relations is April 7, with a late-entry deadline of April 13.

Movers & Shakers: Ikea, Distilleri, and Sling & Stone

Movers & Shakers: Ikea, Distilleri, and Sling & Stone

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

Facebook signs deal with News Corp in Australia

Facebook signs deal with News Corp in Australia

Tech platform will pay media conglomerate an undisclosed fee to use its content.

Supermarket in Sydney sells ‘human beings’

Supermarket in Sydney sells ‘human beings’

A clever stunt to to raise awareness and funds for Anti-Slavery Australia (ASA).

MSL Singapore names new MD

MSL Singapore names new MD

The announcement comes shortly after previous MD Suya Kim moves to Edelman.

Online violence against Maria Ressa reflects woes faced by women journos

Online violence against Maria Ressa reflects woes faced by women journos

Online gender-based threats against the embattled journalist is part of a worrying trend of abuse against women journalists, according to a report by ICFJ.

WPP PR performance dips in Q4 but BCW improves

WPP PR performance dips in Q4 but BCW improves

WPP reported a weaker performance in its PR arm in the fourth quarter of 2020, when like-for-like revenue in the division declined 4.1 per cent.

Trip.com picks Finn Partners as global agency of record

Trip.com picks Finn Partners as global agency of record

The agency will provide a range of services spearheaded by CatchOn in China and Hong Kong.

Movers & Shakers: BCW, Weber Shandwick, Zeno Group, and more

Movers & Shakers: BCW, Weber Shandwick, Zeno Group, and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

Myanmar military inks US$2 mil deal to hire controversial lobbyist

Myanmar military inks US$2 mil deal to hire controversial lobbyist

The junta enlisted the help of Israeli-Canadian lobbyist Ari Ben-Menashe to seek relief from US sanctions.

Sandpiper Communications announces Singapore leadership

Sandpiper Communications announces Singapore leadership

The specialist agency promotes from within following a strong year in Singapore.

Simone Gupta named CEO of Havas PR Australia

Simone Gupta named CEO of Havas PR Australia

Gupta took on the title just a month after Red Havas CEO Sarah Trombetta departed the company.

Visa names new APAC head of marketing

Visa names new APAC head of marketing

Danielle Jin will take over the position left open by the promotion of Frederique Covington Corbett to a global role.

PRHK launches 2021 Young Lions competition

PRHK launches 2021 Young Lions competition

Open to HK agency employees of 30 years of age or younger, the competition will provide budding professionals a chance to shine on the global Cannes stage.

Red Havas announces major restructure of health agencies

Red Havas announces major restructure of health agencies

Red Havas has merged its health agencies in Europe and the US with individual health comms professionals across the Asia Pacific region to create the single unified brand Red Havas Health, it announced today.

Next 15 to repay £1.4m in furlough payments

Next 15 to repay £1.4m in furlough payments

Next 15 is to repay £1.4m it received from the UK Government via the furlough scheme, "in recognition of the group's continued strong trading performance and balance sheet".

Prap Japan Group acquires Singapore creative agency

Prap Japan Group acquires Singapore creative agency

The move comes as the Japanese PR network eyes expansion in Southeast Asia.

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Zeno Group, Okta and more

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Zeno Group, Okta and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

All the Gold PR campaign winners at Spikes Asia 2021

All the Gold PR campaign winners at Spikes Asia 2021

Recap the winning campaigns in a competitive and highly creative year.

Ogilvy consolidates offerings under one unit in AUNZ

Ogilvy consolidates offerings under one unit in AUNZ

Creative and brand specialties will merge with PR and Health under a newly created leadership team.

Hyundai names global CMO

Hyundai names global CMO

Former BMW marketer Thomas Schemera takes over the role from Wonhong Cho.

Facebook to restore news in Australia

Facebook to restore news in Australia

The social-media network said the Australian government has agreed to make last-minute changes to the terms of the media bargaining code, which could pass as soon as Wednesday.

New managing director for Pulse

New managing director for Pulse

The consumer brand marketing arm for WPP AUNZ’s opr announces a senior appointment.

MSL launches office in South Korea

MSL launches office in South Korea

APAC CEO Margaret Key—who is incidentally based in Seoul—will oversee the formation of the agency in Korea.

Edelman launches global anti-disinformation offering

Edelman launches global anti-disinformation offering

Disinformation Shield aims to uncover illicit actors on the fringes of the dark web and combat disinformation.

Australia to press ahead with media bargaining law despite backlash

Australia to press ahead with media bargaining law despite backlash

As Facebook pulls news sites offline, prime minister Scott Morrison is unbowed, telling social media users he "won't be intimidated" by big tech.

Edelman elevates Ashutosh Munshi to head of brand for APAC

Edelman elevates Ashutosh Munshi to head of brand for APAC

Based in Mumbai, Munshi joined Edelman 18 years ago and most recently served as head of brand for India.

Chinese tea house pulls sexist products following social media pressure

Chinese tea house pulls sexist products following social media pressure

The chain of tea shops, which goes by the name Sexy Tea, has apologised for using inappropriate slogans on its merchandise that were derogatory to women.

Water’s Edge leaders form integrated outfit

Water’s Edge leaders form integrated outfit

Following the closure of the prolific Singapore agency, Andy Lee and Michelle Tee launch W/E + Partners.

Thrive PR announces new general manager

Thrive PR announces new general manager

The agency promotes Clare Basire following more than three years as business director in Sydney.

Belle Baldoza is TikTok’s new director of global comms

Belle Baldoza is TikTok’s new director of global comms

The comms wunderkind will lead comms for brand campaigns from her base in Toronto.

Edelman launches Edelman Studios content creation hub

Edelman launches Edelman Studios content creation hub

The agency has also started partnerships with content optimization platform VidMob and French digital media company Brut. UEG CEO Jarrod Moses (pictured) will oversee Edelman Studios.

Edelman China hires public affairs veteran Winston Chen

Edelman China hires public affairs veteran Winston Chen

An expert on China-US relations, Chen will lead the agency’s public affairs offering and expand its remit in China.

Havas acquires Singapore independent BLKJ

Havas acquires Singapore independent BLKJ

Formation of BLKJ Havas, run by existing BLKJ management will become Havas Group Singapore's creative offering.

Tennis Australia launches audio stream to allow blind to follow sport

Tennis Australia launches audio stream to allow blind to follow sport

Design and innovation agency AKQA and Monash University helped to build the technology that will be piloted during the Australian Open finals.

Baldwin Boyle Group hires former HSBC comms lead to lead Indonesia office

Baldwin Boyle Group hires former HSBC comms lead to lead Indonesia office

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

Climate activist jailed in India after leaked ‘toolkit’

Climate activist jailed in India after leaked ‘toolkit’

The 21-year-old activist—who is linked to Greta Thunberg—was arrested for allegedly distributing information in support of the ongoing farmers’ protests.

Dentsu reports $1.3 billion annual operating loss after tough Q4

Dentsu reports $1.3 billion annual operating loss after tough Q4

Merkle was a rare bright spot as the holding company outlines a new four-year management plan.

Twitter bows to Indian govt pressure following threat of noncompliance

Twitter bows to Indian govt pressure following threat of noncompliance

Following legal threats, the social media giant agrees to block a number of accounts that were critical of the government’s handling of the ongoing farmers’ protests.

Polansky: IPG Dxtra PR firms’ revenue falls by mid-single digits in Q4

Polansky: IPG Dxtra PR firms’ revenue falls by mid-single digits in Q4

The group saw a similar decline for all of 2020.

Ex-Edelman duo launches agency in Australia

Ex-Edelman duo launches agency in Australia

The new outfit will focus on responsible business practices to cater to a burgeoning need for purpose and conscious comms.

Havas Group expands regional leader Canteli's role

Havas Group expands regional leader Canteli's role

Havas Group’s regional chair and CEO Alberto Canteli has been given an expanded remit to include South East Asia and North Asia.

Australian journalist arrested in China on ‘national security’ grounds

Australian journalist arrested in China on ‘national security’ grounds

The state media journalist has been active within the Australian expat community in Beijing.

SPCA Singapore campaign slams electric-shock collars for dogs

SPCA Singapore campaign slams electric-shock collars for dogs

A pro bono campaign by Forsman & Bodenfors uses a group of ‘tough’ humans to demonstrate the cruelty of electric-shock collars used in dog training.

Tokyo Olympics chief brings national shame over sexist remarks

Tokyo Olympics chief brings national shame over sexist remarks

Yoshiro Mori has been at the centre of outrage and shame after saying ‘women talk too much’.

The Hoffman Agency announces new GM in Hong Kong

The Hoffman Agency announces new GM in Hong Kong

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

Final deadline today: PR Awards Asia 2021

Final deadline today: PR Awards Asia 2021

On the 20th anniversary of the Awards, additional categories have been added to celebrate agencies’ hard work. Get all the details on key dates and download the entry kit.

SPAG makes senior appointments in Southeast Asia

SPAG makes senior appointments in Southeast Asia

The healthcare specialist makes senior appointments in Malaysia and the Philippines following plans to rapidly expand into the region.

Montieth & Company and SPRG form joint venture in Hong Kong

Montieth & Company and SPRG form joint venture in Hong Kong

The two agencies have been collaborating for 15 years now and have decided to elevate the partnership.

Tourism NZ launches crusade against generic tourist selfies

Tourism NZ launches crusade against generic tourist selfies

The organisation released a hilarious video as part of its ‘Do Something New’ campaign which advocates more original holiday poses.

Ogilvy combines Singapore and Malaysia operations

Ogilvy combines Singapore and Malaysia operations

The move reorganises the combined agencies around five core businesses that Ogilvy sees as critical to the next phase of growth for itself and its clients.

Sling & Stone hires social media veteran Brian Giesen

Sling & Stone hires social media veteran Brian Giesen

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

GCI Health expands into Japan and India

GCI Health expands into Japan and India

The WPP agency announces its arrival in two of the biggest healthcare markets in the region.

WPP's Mark Read to speak at Spikes Asia

WPP's Mark Read to speak at Spikes Asia

Register now for the live and on-demand event taking place February 22 through 25.

Singapore’s Ministry of Comms shares reflective film

Singapore’s Ministry of Comms shares reflective film

The film, while meant to shine a positive light on the spirit of community, fails to reflect the challenges many still face in this pandemic.

Dan Lochmann to depart Mitsubishi as global comms lead

Dan Lochmann to depart Mitsubishi as global comms lead

The comms leader will move to Orix for the role of managing director, group communications.

Innovation and speed keep Shiseido afloat

Innovation and speed keep Shiseido afloat

The brand’s regional director of digital marketing speaks to us about dramatic digital adaptation during Covid and expanding retail tech.

Vishnu Mohan to depart Havas Group

Vishnu Mohan to depart Havas Group

A reorganisation will see management of the region shifting to Alberto Canteli, currently CEO of Middle East and Eastern Europe, except for India, which will continue under Rana Barua.

Singapore Red Cross unveils adorable mascot refresh

Singapore Red Cross unveils adorable mascot refresh

The organisation’s mascot, known as Blood Buddy, was rebranded to appeal to a younger audience.

Movers & Shakers: The PR Group, Twitter, and more

Movers & Shakers: The PR Group, Twitter, and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

Joele Frank, SVC, Brunswick: which agencies topped Mergermarket 2020 M&A adviser rankings?

Joele Frank, SVC, Brunswick: which agencies topped Mergermarket 2020 M&A adviser rankings?

Joele Frank overtook Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC) as the agency that handled the most M&A deals by value globally in 2020, although the latter retained the top spot by deal volume, new research shows.

Movers & Shakers: Pitchfork Communications, Gusto Luxe, and more

Movers & Shakers: Pitchfork Communications, Gusto Luxe, and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

Ikea Singapore embraces typo on reusable bag

Ikea Singapore embraces typo on reusable bag

The furniture giant casually exclaimed ‘Alamak’ and quickly went back to business as usual.

Former Appier comms head launches agency

Former Appier comms head launches agency

Susie Hughes, who also clocked in a lengthened stint at Allison+Partners, launches her own operation.

Lenovo’s Torod Neptune to join Medtronic as global communications leader

Lenovo’s Torod Neptune to join Medtronic as global communications leader

Neptune has led communications at Lenovo since 2017.

SEC Newgate buys Newington outright and merges it with sister shop

SEC Newgate buys Newington outright and merges it with sister shop

SEC Newgate has increased its stake in Newington to 100 per cent and merged it with sister shop SEC Newgate UK – the first step to rebranding all its agencies SEC Newgate by the year end, excluding consumer-focused Publicasity.

BCW Malaysia absorbs Essence BCW

BCW Malaysia absorbs Essence BCW

The move marks the completion of the WPP acquisition of essence BCW.

Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

The Dutch electronics company is reviewing creative, media and communications globally, and has invited four major holding companies to participate.

Fried rice influencer apologises after featuring China critique as guest

Fried rice influencer apologises after featuring China critique as guest

Nigel Ng who plays the popular Uncle Roger character on YouTube lands on the chopping block after appearing to pander to China.

The Mango Agency rebrands following management buyout

The Mango Agency rebrands following management buyout

The new entity will be led by Jennifer Dembitz and Andrea Seifert.

Weber Shandwick makes senior promotions in APAC

Weber Shandwick makes senior promotions in APAC

Longtime Weber Shandwick leader Vanessa Ho Nikolovski will take on an expanded regional role.

Mobile gaming company Scopely hires Ben Webley as CMO

Mobile gaming company Scopely hires Ben Webley as CMO

He’s worked at Facebook, Zynga and EA.

PRWeek Global Awards 2021: early bird deadline imminent

PRWeek Global Awards 2021: early bird deadline imminent

The early bird deadline is January 13 - entrants have until Wednesday to make submissions at the lower cost rate.

Paradigm Consulting brings in economist as senior advisor

Paradigm Consulting brings in economist as senior advisor

Amin Rajan, a professor and CEO of CREATE-Research, will collaborate with the agency on asset management consultation.

Gusto Luxe appoints creative partner

Gusto Luxe appoints creative partner

Creative veteran Sunny Lai joins the luxury agency.

WhatsApp users flock to Signal, Telegram in light of privacy concerns

WhatsApp users flock to Signal, Telegram in light of privacy concerns

A WhatsApp alert about its data-sharing policy with Facebook has boosted downloads for alternative messaging apps. But the policy is in fact not new.

Pinduoduo boycott intensifies following employee suicide and termination

Pinduoduo boycott intensifies following employee suicide and termination

The ecommerce platform’s grueling working practices have been the centre of debate on Chinese social media.

Bat sandwich in outdoor retailer's ad leaves a bad taste

Bat sandwich in outdoor retailer's ad leaves a bad taste

Australia's ad watchdog is investigating complaints about a BCF ad from The Monkeys, which says the pandemic arose because "somebody ate a bat".

Pinduoduo faces scrutiny following death of staffer

Pinduoduo faces scrutiny following death of staffer

The ecommerce platform has been known for its pressurising work practices, and is facing backlash after the death of an overworked staff member.

Salesforce CMO Stephanie Buscemi exits

Salesforce CMO Stephanie Buscemi exits

CMO role will be filled by Sarah Franklin, who is currently general manager of platform.

Prudential jumps on K-pop bandwagon with SuperM pact

Prudential jumps on K-pop bandwagon with SuperM pact

The life insurer and music supergroup have launched a joint campaign and will hold events to motivate people to lead healthier lives.

Lintas Live wins real estate account

Lintas Live wins real estate account

The agency will script the narrative for its client as it expands its footprint in India.

Emily Poon named president of Ogilvy PR in Asia

Emily Poon named president of Ogilvy PR in Asia

Poon takes over from Scott Kronick who will step down from his leadership role after 33 years at Ogilvy.

MDC Partners, Stagwell reach agreement to combine

MDC Partners, Stagwell reach agreement to combine

Former top Clinton adviser and one-time Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn is set to serve as chairman and CEO of the combined network.

Our favourite ads of 2020

Our favourite ads of 2020

We pick the pieces of work that made us smile, weep and applaud in admiration of APAC’s creative power.

Redhill opens South Korea office

Redhill opens South Korea office

The agency has appointed Julia Jisun Lee to lead its Korea operations.

P&G brings out the babies in ‘Lead with love’ campaign

P&G brings out the babies in ‘Lead with love’ campaign

FMCG giant is committing to carry out 2,021 ‘acts of good’ during 2021.

Movers & Shakers: Schneider Electric, Brunswick, Bud and more

Movers & Shakers: Schneider Electric, Brunswick, Bud and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

The PR Group wins string of accounts

The PR Group wins string of accounts

The tech and innovation agency secures Fiverr and SevenRooms among other local players.

An unabashedly Pure Sh*t campaign

An unabashedly Pure Sh*t campaign

Australian agency launches manure brand inspired by 2020 to direct profits to charity.

Ogilvy names Julianna Richter global CEO of PR, influence

Ogilvy names Julianna Richter global CEO of PR, influence

The role has been empty since Stuart Smith left the firm early last year.

Rice adds retainer clients in Singapore

Rice adds retainer clients in Singapore

The regional agency announces wins in the professional services and healthcare sectors.

Sling & Stone goes on hiring spree

Sling & Stone goes on hiring spree

The agency brings in over 20 new hires across its three offices globally.

Edelman brings on Helga Ying to lead purpose

Edelman brings on Helga Ying to lead purpose

She’ll have both U.S. and international duties when she joins the firm next month.

Nike Japan ad receives backlash—but is incidentally brilliant

Nike Japan ad receives backlash—but is incidentally brilliant

A moving new film by W+K and Nike sparks debate about racism in Japan.

BCW launches corporate and public affairs offering in APAC

BCW launches corporate and public affairs offering in APAC

The new offering will focus on global companies seeking understanding in APAC markets—particularly China, India and Indonesia.

Former HSBC comms leader launches firm in Hong Kong

Former HSBC comms leader launches firm in Hong Kong

Victoria Coplans Hope announces the opening of her employee engagement consultancy.

Manifest expands into Australia

Manifest expands into Australia

Manifest has opened an office in Melbourne – the group's fifth after London, Manchester, Stockholm and New York.

Unilever to test four-day working week in NZ

Unilever to test four-day working week in NZ

Employees will slash their working hours by 20% on the same payroll.

MSL China announces leadership appointments

MSL China announces leadership appointments

The Publicis Groupe agency elevates two female veterans to GM roles.

Edelman, MSL, WE among PR agencies that shine in Campaign’s AOY

Edelman, MSL, WE among PR agencies that shine in Campaign’s AOY

See which agencies picked up Agency of the Year gongs across different regions in APAC.

Anchor Dairy’s Christmas campaign encourages giving over buying

Anchor Dairy’s Christmas campaign encourages giving over buying

NZ agency Pead leads creative and PR for the dairy giant.

Singapore Sports Hub names Mutant as PR partner

Singapore Sports Hub names Mutant as PR partner

The indie agency will deliver an integrated campaign for the homegrown space.

Asia PR Werkz secures string of clients

Asia PR Werkz secures string of clients

The Singapore agency gains government and consumer brands before the year closes.

Durex campaign shows how little Singaporeans know about sex

Durex campaign shows how little Singaporeans know about sex

New AKA Asia work shines a light on an alarming lack of awareness around STIs and STDs.

WPP moves to fully acquire WPP AUNZ

WPP moves to fully acquire WPP AUNZ

WPP issues an unsolicited bid to acquire all the shares of WPP AUNZ that it doesn't already own and take 100 percent ownership by March.

Covid erased $63 billion in global adspend

Covid erased $63 billion in global adspend

The latest forecast from Warc calls for a 10.2 percent drop in global adspend in 2020, and the organisation says it will take until 2022 to recover to 2019's level of spend.

How the pandemic changed Australia's consumption culture

How the pandemic changed Australia's consumption culture

A new report from Pulse, part of WPP AUNZ's opr, shows how COVID-19 has recast the way consumers are considering their purchases.

Baldwin Boyle Group launches Indonesia office

Baldwin Boyle Group launches Indonesia office

The firm has worked with Indonesia clients for many years via local partners and on-the-ground teams.

Diageo reveals 10-year sustainability plan

Diageo reveals 10-year sustainability plan

Promoting positive drinking and achieving net zero carbon emissions are part of the brand’s ambitious plan to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Narendra Modi and Virat Kohli among top scorers in Twitter engagement report

Narendra Modi and Virat Kohli among top scorers in Twitter engagement report

India's top influencers shone in Twitteet's October analytics.

India bans 43 more apps

India bans 43 more apps

The apps were said to threaten 'sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order'.

Belle Baldoza leaves Airbnb comms role

Belle Baldoza leaves Airbnb comms role

She was previously Southeast Asia lead for the travel company.

Mattel hires Discovery’s Catherine Frymark to lead communications

Mattel hires Discovery’s Catherine Frymark to lead communications

She’s a 20-year veteran of Discovery.

GCI Health names Kristin Cahill its next global CEO

GCI Health names Kristin Cahill its next global CEO

Wendy Lund will depart at year's end to serve as chief communications officer at Organon.

CatchOn names director of client services

CatchOn names director of client services

The Finn Partners company brings an art and travel expert to its leadership team.

YouTube launches audio ads

YouTube launches audio ads

Head of music at video giant says the pandemic has “fundamentally changed the music industry forever” due to music concerts being cancelled.

Atul Sharma named president of PRCAI

Atul Sharma named president of PRCAI

The association announces a new—albeit male-heavy—executive committee.

Dentsu reports 14.2% revenue decline, profits down nearly 25%

Dentsu reports 14.2% revenue decline, profits down nearly 25%

Asia performed the worst among regions, and although the company says pandemic pains have eased slightly, a cost-cutting cull aims to reduce the international agency roster from 160 to just six.

Five Deepavali ads we liked in 2020

Five Deepavali ads we liked in 2020

Deepavali season is upon us, and select markets in the region are abuzz with exciting creative work. We take a look at some of our favourites this year.

Dolce & Gabbana ignites controversy in China once again

Dolce & Gabbana ignites controversy in China once again

An overly decorative exhibition stand at the China International Import Expo appears to be the latest misstep in China for the luxury brand.

W Communications wins Marks & Spencer business in Singapore

W Communications wins Marks & Spencer business in Singapore

The agency will deliver strategic and creative communications to drive awareness, build brand creditability and engage the local community.

Sandpiper launches health practice in Hong Kong

Sandpiper launches health practice in Hong Kong

The consultancy expands its healthcare practice to support a growing list of clients in the sector.

MSL China CEO moves to H+K Strategies

MSL China CEO moves to H+K Strategies

The industry veteran lands at H+K as China CEO where he will be responsible for strategy and performance across the region.

Huntsworth buys 800-strong global medical comms group

Huntsworth buys 800-strong global medical comms group

Huntsworth has acquired Nucleus Global, one of the world’s biggest medical specialist comms groups, for an undisclosed sum.

Finsbury adds senior hire in Asia

Finsbury adds senior hire in Asia

Ginny Wilmerding joins the agency as partner in Hong Kong.

Ruder Finn wins $1.4m Huawei account

Ruder Finn wins $1.4m Huawei account

The China-based technology giant also renewed a $1.9 million deal with Racepoint Global.

Definition buys internal comms agency to create 'joined-up' offer

Definition buys internal comms agency to create 'joined-up' offer

Reputation management consultancy Definition has acquired internal comms and employee experience agency Words&Pictures (W&P), with plans to create an 'inside and out' offer for clients.

BCW Korea lead moves to Weber Shandwick

BCW Korea lead moves to Weber Shandwick

Elizabeth Bae will be EVP for the firm’s corporate practice in South Korea.

Heineken’s Stacey Tank to chair PRWeek Global Awards jury

Heineken’s Stacey Tank to chair PRWeek Global Awards jury

Entries for the 2021 PRWeek Global Awards officially open today.

Huawei global corporate communications VP Joe Kelly dies at 55

Huawei global corporate communications VP Joe Kelly dies at 55

Kelly was living in Shenzhen, China, with his wife and two sons.

Visa gamifies financial literacy in Malaysia

Visa gamifies financial literacy in Malaysia

One-year simulation game will cover themes such as digital payments, financial scams, loans and savings.

A city-wide treasure hunt to launch a hotel

A city-wide treasure hunt to launch a hotel

How one NZ agency worked on a hotel opening with zero tourism and no physical spaces.

Redhill announces managing director

Redhill announces managing director

The new leader will oversee the agency’s global strategy and operations as well as expand into new markets and industries.

WPP to pay annual bonuses despite COVID-19 and cut offices by up to 20%

WPP to pay annual bonuses despite COVID-19 and cut offices by up to 20%

Staff below board level will be eligible for bonuses.

Heineken names Sarah Backhouse as global comms director

Heineken names Sarah Backhouse as global comms director

She joins the company on November 16.

Kia appoints M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment to global tennis brief

Kia appoints M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment to global tennis brief

The automotive brand has selected the agency to activate its partnership with Rafael Nadal.

Rooster booked to promote new luxury hotel brand

Rooster booked to promote new luxury hotel brand

Rooster has won the brief to launch The Ozen Collection in the UK.

WPP PR arm improves in Q3 amid 'robust' client demand

WPP PR arm improves in Q3 amid 'robust' client demand

WPP reported an improved performance in its PR division in the third quarter of 2020, citing strong demand for comms services.

WPP beats Publicis to retain $600m Walgreens Boots Alliance account

WPP beats Publicis to retain $600m Walgreens Boots Alliance account

The integrated account encompasses PR, advertising and marketing and runs until 2022, with an option to extend until 2024.

Interpublic Group rebrands CMG division as IPG DXTRA

Interpublic Group rebrands CMG division as IPG DXTRA

The 28-agency, 7,000-person offering will operate as a global collective under the leadership of CEO Andy Polansky, supported by a core centralized team.

Golin Hong Kong wins pharma account

Golin Hong Kong wins pharma account

The agency will handle the healthcare company’s internal, stakeholder and media communications activities.

PRWeek Crash Course: How to build a brand voice

PRWeek Crash Course: How to build a brand voice

Learn how your business values should determine the language and tone you use on social media, and how to implement your brand voice at scale. And yes, there'll be a quiz at the end.

Kate Cronin promoted to CEO of Ogilvy Health

Kate Cronin promoted to CEO of Ogilvy Health

Andrew Schirmer, who co-led Ogilvy Health alongside Cronin, is leaving the network.

Mercury scraps $1m Turkey contract after pressure campaign

Mercury scraps $1m Turkey contract after pressure campaign

Dozens of California politicians demanded the Omnicom shop cut ties with the country.

Calvin Klein taps former Starbucks marketer as global CMO

Calvin Klein taps former Starbucks marketer as global CMO

Linh Peters replaces Marie Gulin-Merle who vacated late last year to join Google.

Redhill scores real estate account

Redhill scores real estate account

As land scarcity is an issue in Hong Kong and Singapore, Redhill will help its client with communicating about intelligent space optimisation.

Current picks up Subway global AOR account

Current picks up Subway global AOR account

The firm will handle both consumer and corporate work for the sandwich chain around the world.

Polansky: Interpublic CMG PR firms see mid-single-digit Q3 revenue drop

Polansky: Interpublic CMG PR firms see mid-single-digit Q3 revenue drop

CMG CEO Andy Polansky said he’s encouraged by the agencies’ performance and new business pipeline.

Philippe Krakowsky to succeed Michael Roth as IPG CEO

Philippe Krakowsky to succeed Michael Roth as IPG CEO

Krakowsky will take the helm effective January 1; Roth to move into executive chairman role.

Cathay Pacific retires 'Cathay Dragon' brand

Cathay Pacific retires 'Cathay Dragon' brand

The move comes as part of a wider restructuring for the Hong Kong-based airline that will see 8,500 job roles eliminated.

Sinclair bags new accounts

Sinclair bags new accounts

A strong start in Singapore after just a year operating in the market.

Edelman launches intelligence unit to bring data to the fore of comms

Edelman launches intelligence unit to bring data to the fore of comms

The new unit, DxI, will be led by former Wunderman Thompson chief data officer Yannis Kotziagkiaouridis.

Sandpiper names new GM in Greater China

Sandpiper names new GM in Greater China

The new hire joins from FTI Consulting, and reports to CEO Emma Smith.

SPAG Group launches internal comms practice

SPAG Group launches internal comms practice

The new arm will focus on employee engagement and employer branding for clients.

People in APAC heavily lean towards Biden as US election favourite

People in APAC heavily lean towards Biden as US election favourite

A YouGov study showed that only one country in APAC favoured Trump as a winner in the upcoming presidential elections.

Julie Nestor is Manulife's new Asia CMO

Julie Nestor is Manulife's new Asia CMO

She joins the insurer from Hilton International, where she was VP of marketing and GM of ecommerce for APAC.

Edelman launches nationwide campaign for Singapore Prison Service

Edelman launches nationwide campaign for Singapore Prison Service

A humane, emotive brand film to raise awareness of the rehabilitative role of prison officers.

Brunswick opens Tokyo office

Brunswick opens Tokyo office

The strategic advisory firm marks its sixth office in Asia.

Chief diversity officer Tiffany Warren to leave Omnicom

Chief diversity officer Tiffany Warren to leave Omnicom

The longtime executive is taking on a leadership role at Sony Music Group.

Go Communications snaps GoPro account

Go Communications snaps GoPro account

The agency will facilitate all PR initiatives for the brand in Malaysia.

Manifest wins retained global talent investment client

Manifest wins retained global talent investment client

International talent investor Entrepreneur First has appointed Manifest to handle UK communications and provide global support on a retained basis.

Elevating purpose marketing while remaining true-to-brand

Elevating purpose marketing while remaining true-to-brand

Covid and increased awareness on D&I issues have caused brands and organisations to recalibrate their purpose marketing plans. Leaders in the region discuss issues and solutions.

BTS faces backlash in China following Korean war tribute

BTS faces backlash in China following Korean war tribute

Brands including Hyundai and Samsung have begun to remove mentions of the boyband on their Chinese websites.

Tanishq withdraws ad after #AntiHindu claims on social media

Tanishq withdraws ad after #AntiHindu claims on social media

The jewellery brand said the campaign was intended to "celebrate the coming together of people from different walks of life and communities" but has instead stimulated "divergent and severe reactions".

TikTok banned in Pakistan

TikTok banned in Pakistan

Short video app "failed to fully comply" with Pakistan's requests and now faces tricky government negotiations in yet another market.

New head of policy comms at Twitter APAC

New head of policy comms at Twitter APAC

Ex-Edelman director moves to the social media platform to work in public policy team.

MullenLowe Lintas Group rebrands GolinOpinion in India

MullenLowe Lintas Group rebrands GolinOpinion in India

Golin’s operations in India will now work through IPG’s Constituency Management Group.