Landor acquires majority stake in ManvsMachine

LONDON (2 November 2015) – The world’s leading strategic brand consulting and design firm, Landor, has acquired a majority stake in multi award-winning motion design studio, ManvsMachine.

ManvsMachine was founded in London by designers Mike Alderson and Tim Swift and has worked on a range of global campaigns in recent years for clients that include Nike, Microsoft, Honda, and Audi, as well as identity campaigns for major broadcasters such as Channel 4, Discovery, NBC Universal, and most recently, ITV2.

The studio has picked up numerous industry awards for its work in design, film, and branding. In addition to winning two Cannes Gold Lions in 2013 and 2014 and seven further silver and bronzes, this year they received the much-coveted Black Pencil for “ground-breaking creative excellence” at this year’s D&AD Awards for Film4’s new idents. ManvsMachine was also recently ranked as the fourth most-respected UK design studio by its peers at the Brand Impact Awards 2015.

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The acquisition is part of an ongoing strategy at Landor to broaden its creative capabilities, in this instance in screen-based and multi-channel branding. It comes on the back of last year’s acquisition of innovation agency, NorthandSouth.

Commenting on the acquisition, Lois Jacobs, Landor’s CEO said: “We are extremely pleased to be welcoming ManvsMachine into the Landor family.  The partnership will strengthen the breadth of our creative capabilities throughout our global network.”

Tim Swift, ManvsMachine’s co-founder, said: “This powerful partnership will help build on our success by giving us the scale and breadth of capabilities to take on exciting new international opportunities whilst continuing to produce award-winning work for clients we love. It also gives us access to a truly global network with all the advantages this can offer our clients.”

For more information contact:

Eimear Hunter
Executive Director, Business Development & Marketing
+44 20 7880 8447
Eimear.Hunter@landor.com

About Landor

Landor’s branding services include strategy and positioning, identity and design, brand architecture, prototyping, innovation, naming and verbal identity, research and analytics, environments and experiences, engagement and activation, and digital and media design.

Founded by Walter Landor in 1941, Landor pioneered many of the research, design, and consulting methods that are now standard in the branding industry. Today, Landor has 27 offices in 21 countries, working with a broad spectrum of world-famous brands. Clients include Barclays, Bayer, BMW, BP, Diageo, FedEx, GE, Intuit, Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Singapore Airlines, and Taj Group.

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