Sorrell’s S4 Capital Merges Content Division With Integrated Digital Agency Circus Marketing

Sorrell’s S4 Capital Merges Content Division With Integrated Digital Agency Circus Marketing

Sir Martin Sorrell’s S4 Capital has announced it will merge its content division MediaMonks with integrated digital agency Circus Marketing, expanding its presence in eight new locations across America and Spain.

 The move follows last year’s merger of MightyHive, S4 Capital’s programmatic practice, with Brazil-based consulting firm ProgMedia to further enhance its programmatic capabilities.

With Circus on board, S4 Capital will further strengthen its content expertise and position in the Latin America region through the addition of projected revenues of $38 million and gross profit of $20 million in 2019.

The move will see 350 professionals working collaboratively as one team across eight locations in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Los Angeles in the United States and into Spain for the first time.

Formed in 2005 and headquartered in Mexico City, Circus is a purely digital agency that creates content strategies and high impact campaigns for the world’s top new economy brands.

It counts Netflix, Spotify, Google, Facebook, Uber and others among the clients on its roster

Sorrell said: “Bruno Lambertini, Ignacio Liaudat and Luis Alonso and their colleagues at Circus share our vision of focusing on purely digital content, unencumbered by analogue baggage. Circus also embraces our data-driven holy trinity model and embodies faster, better, cheaper or speed, quality and value. They are buying into our unitary model, combining seamlessly with our content and programmatic practices.”

Circus CEO and founder Bruno Lambertini said: “Our culture is defined by diversity and the varied expertise of our team, and I am confident this merger will enrich our community even more, enabling us to bring our unique point-of-view on creativity to the world.

“We believe in ‘emotions driven by data’ and by bringing our talents, expertise and networks into the S4 Capital family, we’re building a solid framework for the new era of advertising.”

MediaMonks founder Wesley ter Haar said: “Beginning the new year with a curtain raiser, Circus joining MediaMonks and the S4 Capital team is something I’m immensely proud of. We’re excited to welcome three amazing entrepreneurs, Bruno, Ignacio and Luis, into the S4 Capital fold.

“We’re also looking forward to expanding our focus and footprint in Latin America and beyond, with 350 of the best creatives and content developers for modern brands in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world, with a client list to prove it.

“Having a group of self-proclaimed misfits like Circus join the family proves once again that we’re building the biggest and best tent in the industry for talent. We should have skipped the holidays and started 2020 before year-end!”

S4 Capital has confirmed that trading for the first 11 months and expectations for December continue in line with market expectations, with like-for-like revenue and gross profit growth well in excess of 40 per cent and EBITDA margins improving significantly in the second half as flagged at the half-year.

Full year results for 2019 will be announced on 18 March 2020 and a capital markets day will be held in Amsterdam on 21 April 2020.

S4 also confirmed the completion of the BizTech merger with MediaMonks on 18 December 2019, and anticipates the WhiteBalance merger with MediaMonks will be completed shortly.


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