How models, advertisement businesses answer to Ukraine-Russia war

March 1, 2022

6:11 PM ET

CCM hockey to end employing Russian stars in world promoting

Hockey tools maker CCM will quit using Russian NHL players—including potential Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin—in world internet marketing initiatives, the company explained Tuesday.

“We are incredibly unfortunate to witness, like the relaxation of the globe, what is taking place in Ukraine,” CCM CEO Marrouane Nabih explained in an electronic mail to TSN, which is Canada’s model of ESPN. “Although Mr. Ovechkin is not dependable for the Russian government’s actions, we took the choice to not use him (or any Russian player) on any international CCM conversation at this point.”

Ovechkin, who is fourth all-time in goals scored, has been a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the past, and confronted criticism past 7 days after picking out 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 operations with joint venture partners in Russia. “As part of the world-wide group, Ford is deeply worried about the invasion of Ukraine and the resultant threats to peace and steadiness. The situation has compelled us to reassess our operations in Russia.” the automaker mentioned.

The statement notes that Ford had in recent decades “significantly wound down its Russian functions,” which now is composed of industrial van production and Russian income via a minority fascination in the Sollers Ford joint venture. 

“While we do not have sizeable functions in Ukraine, we do have a robust contingent of Ukrainian nationals doing work at Ford all over the world and we will continue to aid them by this time,” Ford extra, noting its Ford Fund will make a $100,000 donation to the Worldwide 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, just one of the biggest U.S. pay-Tv set companies, is pulling the Russian-authorities-managed RT network from its services, citing that country’s invasion of Ukraine.An settlement among DirecTV and RT was established to expire in the next 50 percent of 2022, but the invasion pushed the organization to act quicker to conclude the arrangement, a spokesman stated Tuesday.

“In line with our former settlement with RT The us, we are accelerating this year’s deal expiration timeline and will no lengthier provide their programming efficient right away,” a DirecTV spokesman said in a statement.


3:05 PM ET

Publicis guarantees salaries for Ukraine staff members for the year

Publicis CEO and Chairman Arthur Sadoun sent an inside memo to the holding company’s  350 Ukraine employees today, ensuring all Ukraine employees will have a certain income for the relaxation of 2022. All salaries will be compensated in total every two weeks for the overall yr, together with an progress payment of their March income. The wage transfer was produced on top rated of safety, health and fitness, housing, and relocation steps that Publicis has by now in position in accordance to the memo.

“While these money actions can only help a compact element of the turbulent truth you deal with right now, we hope it will give you some feeling of stability, help supply for your beloved ones and make it possible for you to strategy and take back management of your life,” Sadoun wrote in the memo.

Pursuing the memo, international and regional Publicis management held a non-public roundtable with its Ukraine workers.

—Brian Bonilla

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9:40 AM ET

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

Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony Photos have paused movie releases in Russia. Said Disney: “Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian disaster, we are pausing the release of theatrical movies in Russia, which include the approaching Turning Red from Pixar. We will make upcoming organization selections centered on the evolving condition.”

Warner Bros. halted this week’s launch of “The Batman” in Russia, when Sony paused releases like “Morbius,” Reuters studies.

—E.J Schultz

7:15 AM ET

D&Ad refunds entry value for Ukraine businesses

U.K. awards system D&Advertisement announced it will refund all revenue acquired by Ukrainian corporations for entries into D&Advertisement Awards 2022 to the entrants. This will involve any entries been given to date as well as any more work been given from Ukranian corporations, which can enter the opposition no cost of demand until entries near March 16. Russian entries into D&Advert Awards 2022 will be compensated as a donation to the Art Director’s Club of Ukraine.

“Our views are with the Ukrainian men and women who are struggling, and we hope that by means of the world community’s joint attempts we will be able to assist them as a result of this disaster and aid them to get well from this unjust and unthinkable devastation and destruction,” stated Dara Lynch, D&AD’s chief working officer, in a assertion. 

D&AD’s assortment of entry rates can be downloaded from the D&Ad website, which has also added a site of facts on realistic ways to help Ukraine.

—Alexandra Jardine


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