Cooper ‘n’ Thomas

Phil Thomas, CEO of Ascential Events and Chairman of Cannes Lions + Mike Cooper, CEO of PHD Worldwide

In this episode, we hear Phil and Mike talk about the challenges they face to evolve their services. Phil explains how this year’s Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity is changing to meet the call from brands and agencies for a simplified awards structure and value for money. Mike talks about the need for media agencies to stay on top of constant technological change, why the threat from consultancies is overblown and why agencies current use of data resembles teenage sex. Phil and Mike ponder the lessons learnt from signing off staff ‘car parking’ expenses and over-promising a client on the availability of 70s TV icon Denis Norden to front a campaign. Finally, we all learn if Tim Berners-Lee like to party or prefers a mug of hot cocoa.

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About the guests:

Phil Thomas is CEO of Ascential Events and chairman of Cannes Lions, the International Festival of Creativity. He oversees Cannes Lions, Money2020, and a diverse portfolio of award-winning international B2B events and trade exhibitions.

He began his career as a journalist, working on national and international magazines and newspapers, and editing Empire, the UK’s biggest-selling movie magazine, before moving into publishing and becoming Managing Director of FHM worldwide, launching the iconic men’s magazine in more than 30 countries. He was appointed Managing Director of Emap’s Australian and South East Asian division, based in Sydney for three years, before returning to the UK, and in November 2006 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Lions Festivals. Philip began his current role when Ascential Events was established in August 2016. He remains CEO of Cannes Lions.

Mike Cooper is CEO of PHD Worldwide and responsible for growing the Omnicom-owned network, which today has over 80 offices in 69 countries.  Mike started working in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi in London in 1984 before moving to Hong Kong in 1989 to work as media director. By 1993 he oversaw North Asia for Saatchi’s.

He joined Omnicom in 1997 as OMD’s first employee to set up the network in Asia-Pacific.  As CEO for OMD Asia Pacific he grew the network to 26 offices and in 2005 he launched PHD across the Asia Pacific region, leading to him being named Media Magazine’s ‘Regional Agency Head of the Year for Asia’.  Mike’s appointment to Worldwide CEO in 2007 saw him return to London, where the PHD network’s HQ is based. PHD manages clients such as VW Group, Unilever, GSK, SAP, Ferrero, Bayer, SC Johnson and Google amongst others.

Dewar-Gibb ‘n’ Rumalla

Nigel Dewar-Gibb, specialist media lawyer at Lewis Silkin + Rahul Rumalla, Founder + Chief Technology Officer of Paperchain

In this episode, we hear Nigel and Rahul talk about the so called ‘Black Box’ royalties that remain unclaimed by artists, auditing performing rights organisations such as PRS for Music, PPL and BMI and the potential for Blockchain in the music industry. They also discuss the Radiohead/Lana Del Rey copyright bust up, when is the right time for a legal scrap, the joy of buying the Ramones in four different formats and living a more minimalist life by selling everything except a back pack and guitar. 

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About the guests:

Nigel Dewar-Gibb is an experienced commercial IP lawyer and his focus is on digital media and technology sectors and he advises companies on the acquisition, production and licensing of content including ‘fingerprint’ tech companies, which track and report revenue. Because of the increasing complexity of copyright, he has set up a team to investigate royalty income flows worldwide to promote transparent and accurate accounting. Previously he was senior in-house Counsel for a number of multinational companies including Virgin Records and its affiliated music publishing company and for Picture Music International, a division of EMI Records active in film, TV and video production.

Rahul Rumalla is founder and Chief Technology Officer of Paperchain, a technology company empowering music copyright owners with products which solve the problem of unpaid royalties. He is a technology professional turned entrepreneur and now builds products and services for the music industry. He has a Master’s in Music Business from Berklee College of Music and was a Fellow at the Open Music Initiative.

Kriss ‘n’ Turner

Kimberly Kriss, the former CMO at Verisure Securitas Direct and AEG Live + Mimi Turner, former Communications Director, Northern & Shell

In this episode, Kimberly and Mimi talk about the ongoing #metoo campaign and give their opinions on this and diversity in business too. They share thoughts on inspiring leadership and discuss a crisis within the UK newspaper industry involving Kate Middleton and the concept of hiring burglars as security consultants…


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About the guests:

Kimberly Kriss has an impressive background in brand strategy, marketing, and communications spanning more than 20 years. She helps companies revitalise and transform to deliver an exciting brand experience, greater commercial results and increased customer preference and loyalty. Her comprehensive perspective combines experience in the UK, Europe, the US, and on both client and agency sides. She has driven the direction of some of the world’s leading brands including Reebok, PepsiCo, Sotheby’s, NewsCorp, AEG Entertainment, Accolade Wines, Rockwool, Verisure Securitas Direct and Prezzo Restaurant Group.

Mimi Turner is Founder of brand strategy consultancy Mimi Turner Associates, helping content businesses redefine their brand in a mobile and social world. A former head of strategy for VICE and marketing director of The Lad Bible, she spent three years working for Richard Desmond as Group Director of Communications and Public Affairs after over a decade in journalism with the Hollywood Reporter and Sunday Times. Mimi is a firm believer in the power of content and protecting the creative view.

Tomlinson ‘n’ Smith

Sam Tomlinson, Partner (Media Assurance), Price Waterhouse Coopers + Phil Smith, Director-General, UK advertiser association, ISBA

In this episode, Sam and Phil discuss the winners and losers of the GDPR data rule change, how procurement and marketing services people can get along better, brand owners bringing their adtech in-house and the trade press tendency to conflate all consultancies into one bucket!


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About the guests:

Sam Tomlinson is a partner in PwC’s media assurance practice. He has worked for the global consultancy for nearly 20 years, working with media organisations in both London and New York. He currently leads PwC’s award-winning work on audience measurement and advertising effectiveness and he has advised clients on issues ranging from media audit to impact measurement to digital strategy to cross-border news consumption.  PwC’s measurement and media assurance services cover publishing, websites, apps, television, radio, out-of-home and live events.

Phil Smith was appointed Director-General of the UK advertiser association, ISBA at the start of 2017. Formerly Marketing Director of Kraft, Phil formerly sat on ISBA’s Executive Committee, which he later chaired while Commercial & Operations Director of Camelot. In grocery retail he has held marketing and general management positions on the boards of Kwiksave, Somerfield and Musgrave. He has also played hands-on roles in a number of early stage marketing technology businesses. At ISBA, Phil has set his sights on protecting advertisers’ interests in the media owner and agency environment and addressing the issues brand builders face in the digital world.

Wildman ‘n’ Bruno

James Wildman, CEO, Hearst Magazine UK + Julio Bruno, CEO, Time Out Group

In this episode, we hear James and Julio discussing digital transformation for their respective content empires, diversifying and building food markets and book fairs around the world, their biggest career mistakes, where they get their inspirations from and how they share these with their respective teams and how being the CEO of a Plc compares to running a big market for a private global company… 


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About the guests:

James Wildman is CEO, Hearst Magazines UK, a position he has held since January 2017. Formerly Chief Revenue Officer at Trinity Mirror plc, James was responsible for the group’s national advertising revenue and commercial operations, transforming the company’s industry reputation and driving a turnaround performance built around digital acceleration and creativity. Previously, he was managing director and VP of sales at Yahoo UK.

Time Out Group CEO, Julio Bruno has been at the company’s helm since 2016, having initially joined as Executive Chairman in October 2015.                 He steered the company through its IPO (TMO-AIM) in June 2016, raising £90m, valuing the business at £195m. He has also been instrumental in the group’s diversification strategy, building a series of food markets in cities including London, Miami Lisbon and Berlin. Prior to Time Out Group, Julio has worked in senior commercial positions in UK, Europe and in North/Latin America at companies such as TripAdvisor, Travelport, Regus Plc., Energizer Corp and Diageo Plc.

Howell ‘n’ Pester

Rupert Howell, Group Development Director, Trinity Mirror + Paul Pester, CEO, TSB


In this episode, Rupert and Paul discuss TSB’s involvement with Pride of Britain and Pride of Sport Awards, their biggest mistakes in business and the lessons they learned from them, digital transformation in media and banking and we hear which branch of the TSB is now surprisingly the biggest


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About the guests:

Rupert Howell’s career spans over three decades and reads like a who’s who of media brands, including senior level positions at Chime Communications, Ogilvy, Grey, Y&R, McCann Erikson, ITV Plc and of course, the award-winning advertising agency which bears his name, Howell Henry Chaldecott Lury (HHCL). Rupert is currently the Group Development Director at Trinity Mirror Plc and is also non-executive Chairman of Brave (part of Lagardere Plus Sports & Entertainment) and a Trustee of The Media Trust.

Paul Pester is the CEO of TSB Bank. Having joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2010, he was instrumental in the design, build and launch of TSB Bank and its separation from Lloyds. Paul led the successful IPO of TSB Banking Group on the London Stock Exchange in June 2014 and one year later when TSB was acquired by the Spanish bank, Banco Sabadell, Paul was appointed to the Group’s Global Management Committee. Previously, Paul spent six years as the first Group CEO of Virgin Money, and worked at Santander and Lloyds Banking Group. Paul spent the early part of his career in management consulting, principally at McKinsey & Company.