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- Amanda Perelli and Sydney Bradley report that YouTube star David Dobrik is losing sponsors for his podcast, “Views.”
- Brands like Honey, DoorDash, and HelloFresh confirmed they were no longer working with Dobrik.
- These decisions follow an investigation into a former member of Dobrik’s YouTube Vlog Squad.
- Publicis is shaking up leadership at two of its media-buying agencies, Starcom and Spark Foundry, Patrick Coffee reports.
- As a result, CEO Kathy Ring and global chief strategy officer Kathy Kline will leave Starcom.
- Spark Foundry CEO Chris Boothe is being promoted to lead both agencies.
- Former Adidas executive Mark King arrived at Taco Bell in mid-2019. He replaced Brian Niccol.
- The pandemic sidelined King’s plan to turn the iconic fast-food chain into a global powerhouse.
- King, who just launched a podcast, talked to Nancy Luna about how “restless creativity” will transform Taco Bell.
More stories we’re reading:
- Mark Zuckerberg said policing bullying is hard when the content is ‘not clearly illegal’ – in 44 states, cyberbullying can bring criminal sanctions (Insider)
- A new TikTok influencer house that got AT&T as a sponsor shares the exact 26-page media kit it uses to pitch (Insider)
- 11 digital fitness companies vying to compete with Peloton’s winning membership model and cash in on the at-home exercise boom (Insider)
- Trump may partner with an obscure social media app ‘built on the power of positivity’ to launch his own network (Insider)
- Tommy Hilfiger appoints Alegra O’Hare as chief marketing officer (WWD)
- Boulder ad agency sues former employees for alleged client-poaching (The Daily Camera)