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How brand names, ad organizations reply to Ukraine-Russia war

How brand names, ad organizations reply to Ukraine-Russia war

March 1, 2022

6:11 PM ET

CCM hockey to stop using Russian stars in world internet marketing

Hockey gear maker CCM will cease making use of Russian NHL players—including upcoming Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin—in worldwide advertising and marketing initiatives, the organization mentioned Tuesday.

“We are really unhappy to witness, like the relaxation of the globe, what is happening in Ukraine,” CCM CEO Marrouane Nabih explained in an e-mail to TSN, which is Canada’s model of ESPN. “Although Mr. Ovechkin is not responsible for the Russian government’s steps, we took the selection to not use him (or any Russian participant) on any world-wide CCM communication at this level.”

Ovechkin, who is fourth all-time in aims scored, has been a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the past, and faced criticism final 7 days following selecting not to condemn Putin for the invasion. Fellow Russian star Evgeni Malkin, who is also sponsored by CCM, has also supported Putin.

—Mark Fischer

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4:24 PM ET

Ford halts Russian JV

Ford is suspending functions with joint enterprise associates in Russia. “As component of the world neighborhood, Ford is deeply worried about the invasion of Ukraine and the resultant threats to peace and stability. The predicament has compelled us to reassess our functions in Russia.” the automaker said.

The statement notes that Ford had in modern many years “significantly wound down its Russian operations,” which now consists of industrial van producing and Russian revenue by means of a minority desire in the Sollers Ford joint venture. 

“While we do not have considerable operations in Ukraine, we do have a robust contingent of Ukrainian nationals working at Ford about the planet and we will proceed to aid them via this time,” Ford added, noting its Ford Fund will make a $100,000 donation to the World Giving Ukraine Relief Fund.

—E.J. Schultz

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3:46 PM ET

DirecTV pulling Russia’s RT channel from satellite Tv lineup

DirecTV, a person of the biggest U.S. pay-Tv vendors, is pulling the Russian-government-managed RT network from its assistance, citing that country’s invasion of Ukraine.An agreement involving DirecTV and RT was established to expire in the second 50 % of 2022, but the invasion pushed the organization to act faster to close the arrangement, a spokesman reported Tuesday.

“In line with our past arrangement with RT The us, we are accelerating this year’s contract expiration timeline and will no for a longer time offer you their programming efficient instantly,” a DirecTV spokesman mentioned in a statement.


3:05 PM ET

Publicis guarantees salaries for Ukraine workers for the year

Publicis CEO and Chairman Arthur Sadoun sent an inside memo to the holding company’s  350 Ukraine workforce today, making certain all Ukraine personnel will have a certain salary for the rest of 2022. All salaries will be paid out in whole every single two months for the total 12 months, alongside with an progress payment of their March salary. The salary move was built on prime of security, wellness, housing, and relocation actions that Publicis has by now in place according to the memo.

“While these financial steps can only aid a compact section of the turbulent reality you encounter now, we hope it will give you some feeling of protection, enable provide for your liked ones and make it possible for you to plan and just take back handle of your life,” Sadoun wrote in the memo.

Adhering to the memo, global and local Publicis management held a non-public roundtable with its Ukraine workforce.

—Brian Bonilla

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9:40 AM ET

Disney, Sony and Warner Bros. halt film releases in Russia

Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony Images have paused film releases in Russia. Stated Disney: “Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian disaster, we are pausing the release of theatrical movies in Russia, like the approaching Turning Pink from Pixar. We will make long term company decisions based mostly on the evolving problem.”

Warner Bros. halted this week’s launch of “The Batman” in Russia, though Sony paused releases which include “Morbius,” Reuters stories.

—E.J Schultz

7:15 AM ET

D&Advertisement refunds entry value for Ukraine businesses

U.K. awards overall body D&Advert introduced it will refund all dollars obtained by Ukrainian organizations for entries into D&Ad Awards 2022 to the entrants. This will consist of any entries gained to day as effectively as any even further work gained from Ukranian corporations, which can enter the level of competition free of charge of charge until entries close March 16. Russian entries into D&Advert Awards 2022 will be paid out as a donation to the Artwork Director’s Club of Ukraine.

“Our ideas are with the Ukrainian men and women who are struggling, and we hope that by way of the international community’s joint attempts we will be ready to enable them as a result of this disaster and guidance them to recover from this unjust and unthinkable devastation and destruction,” claimed Dara Lynch, D&AD’s main functioning officer, in a statement. 

D&AD’s variety of entry price ranges can be downloaded from the D&Ad web page, which has also extra a web site of information and facts on useful techniques to assist Ukraine.

—Alexandra Jardine