OMD Five in '05 Media Agency Wins Five Top Accolades in 2005

    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.
 
 

SOURCE OMD Worldwide

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