NEW YORK, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OMD Worldwide has been recognized as Global Media Agency of the Year by Adweek magazine and as U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Advertising Age magazine. These prestigious wins cap off an outstanding year for the media agency, which landed recognition across the board: Campaign magazine's Global Media Network of the Year; the Gunn Report for Media's Most Awarded Media Network in the World; and a #1 rating by RECMA both in the U.S. and worldwide. OMD Worldwide President and CEO Joe Uva noted, "2005 was a year of great challenge and opportunity for OMD. In the end, our passionate commitment to our clients, our consistency in delivering and sharing best practices and our rigorous pursuit of deeper consumer understanding everywhere in the world paid off for both our clients and ourselves." In declaring OMD Media Agency of the Year, Advertising Age noted, "Most impressively OMD continued to expand its research capabilities and is showing it's become a strong partner for the brave new digital world." "2005 was an exhilarating year for OMD -- one that really took us to the next level. We moved to #1 rankings, our creativity was recognized with more awards than any other media agency, and we won several exciting new accounts," commented Page Thompson, CEO, OMD North America. "It was our best year to date and I'm confident that with our talented, motivated staff and lots of great ideas already in play, we'll continue onward and upward in '06." Naming OMD Worldwide Global Media Agency of the Year, Adweek noted, "OMD had its biggest year on the awards front. The agency won three Media Lions, the highest number won by an individual media agency in 2005. It also dominated the shortlist with 26 nods. And it was the Gunn Report's Most Creative Media Agency for 2005." It was a year of unprecedented accomplishments: for the second year in a row, The Gunn Report for Media, which ranks the most-awarded campaigns, agencies and advertisers in 31 media competitions across the world, named OMD the Most Awarded Media Network in the world. OMD's creativity dominated awards shows such as Cannes, the Effies, and the Fiaps. OMD Colombia won two Cannes Media Lions, one for the GM 7:24 Cab campaign in the Internet/New Media category and another for a Clorox campaign in the TV category. OMD Poland also won a Cannes Lion for their mixed media campaign for Heyah mobile phones. The Gunn Report for Media is modeled after the well-known Gunn Report on creativity. RECMA ranked OMD number one in worldwide and U.S. rankings. With a network of over 300 partners in the trade press, companies specializing in advertising-monitoring industry bodies and media consultants, RECMA is the only research company that publishes information on the worldwide media agency industry. In December Campaign magazine named OMD Media Network of The Year on a worldwide basis. In their selection of OMD, Campaign explained, "Its strength in capturing new business, its consolidation in global markets and its continuing success at awards ceremonies put OMD in the top spot." About OMD Worldwide OMD (http://www.omd.com) is the largest and most innovative media communications specialist in the world, with more than 140 offices in 80 countries. In 2005 OMD had the distinction of winning more media Lions than any other media agency at the Cannes International Advertising Festival. The agency network is a unit of Omnicom Group Inc.
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