Assignment Group has Antipodes, Special Group had Mr Vodka, a few Colenso chaps are involved with Stolen Rum, some of the Shine gang are in the hospo game and, as this article shows, ad agencies like Anomaly, Sid Lee and Droga5 are increasingly moving into new areas to help pay the bills. But despite this international advertising trend, we were still surprised when we received a tip-off about Saatchi & Saatchi's diversification plans.
"I was driving down the motorway the other day and I saw Saatchi & Saatchi’s new company car. It was a beat up green van/wagon. But on closer inspection, I saw they’re actually diversifying. It was a dry cleaning business called Starchi & Starchi. I wonder if they’re expensive?"
In a bold display of a commitment to objective journalism and solidarity with an NBR journalist, today has seen a landslide of journalists and media companies withdraw entries from the EY Business Journalism Awards after a badly handled conflict of interest.