There’s something perversely pleasant about the idea of every
piece of creative work on the planet that is designed to get people
to buy something to feel better about themselves being generated by
a single, ocean-spanning, monolithic advertising firm with an
ominous name, whether it’s selling Coke or Pepsi, Walmart or
Target, Budweiser or Coors. It almost happened! But then it didn’t.
The proposed merger of Omnicom and Publicis, two of the four ad
mega-companies, has collapsed, in large part
because powerful rich people couldn’t decide who should have
which powers in the new ultra-ad company. But we still might get
something like that, if we’re lucky:
Publicis could make a hostile bid for Omnicom or go after another big player like the Interpublic Group. Dentsu, a large Japanese advertising firm, might also seek some kind of deal.
“We’ve essentially tossed the salad up in the air,” Mr. Wieser said.#