Arif Durrani

Arif Durrani has been a media specialist for the past two decades. His blog brings you news, gossip, analysis, and the occasional insight on all aspects of London’s media fraternity. He also provides wider comments on marketing in his Brand Republic leader here – http://www.brandrepublic.com/go/arif_durrani/

Grey suffers friendly-fire from Patti Smith in Cannes

The problem with turning to famous faces and outspoken media stars to help promote yourself in Cannes is that such slebs are not always easy to control. And so it was with this year’s roll-call of improbable celebrities attending the seminars and lunches in the Croisette.

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5 Learnings from La Croisette

My time at Cannes 2010 is coming to an end, but before I pack up, just thought I’d share some simple lessons gained from outside the conference rooms of the Palais des Festivals.

Because while the conferences and seminars have played host to some of the leading minds in the business, for
some inexplicable reason, the allure of the bright Riviera sunshine, luminous sea and golden sands, bars pumping out music, fine-dining and general festival atmosphere has been enough to keep some (read most) outside. Read more on 5 Learnings from La Croisette…

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Violence in the air when Mad Men ruled the world

Shining a light on some of the seismic changes in British advertising over the last six decades was the remit of Campaign’s seminar in Cannes earlier this week, and unsurprisingly it provided plenty of fodder.

Caroline Marshall moderated the session, ‘When Soho’s Mad Men Ruled The World’, joined by Clear Channel International’s president and CEO William Eccleshare, Publicis London’s Adam Kean and Ogilvy & Mather’s (India) Piyush Pandey. Read more on Violence in the air when Mad Men ruled the world…

Yahoo achieves the impossible and makes Ben Stiller a flop

It was the wrong month for film star Ben Stiller to be visiting the South of France, something he himself realised quite soon after 5pm yesterday evening. It began, as such public disasters so often do, full of promise and expectation. Read more on Yahoo achieves the impossible and makes Ben Stiller a flop…

Will this be the year UK media comes up short?

Tonight’s the night of the Radio, Media and Outdoor Lions awards and, following a dogged year of contraction in the British media, it’ll be interesting to see how our campaigns fare against the best the rest of the world has to offer.

A glance at tonight’s shortlists suggests it might feel like a long night. Read more on Will this be the year UK media comes up short?…

Sorrell and Levy upstaged by Hollywood funny man

The Cannes film festival is in May, so why at the end of June, with advertising’s big shots rolling into town, is La Croisette buzzing with news of movie star Ben Stiller? Read more on Sorrell and Levy upstaged by Hollywood funny man…

A sunny start to Cannes 2010: What’s all the fuss about?

After a week of heavy storms, it’s been a bright start to Cannes this morning, with early festival-goers greeted by dazzling sunshine and temperatures of 22° by 9:30.

Now in its 57th year, the Cannes Lions International Ad Festival claims to be the “most exciting, action-packed and must-attend event” of the ad industry’s calendar, so let’s see what all the fuss is about. Read more on A sunny start to Cannes 2010: What’s all the fuss about?…

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