Agency brief: Is anybody out there?

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If my inbox is any indication, y'all are getting a fair bit of relaxation this week.

Not that this week wasn't without its share of fireworks — of the Martin Sorrell and $2.3 billion acquisition varieties.

Oh, and those other ones too, I guess.

I'm going to brag a little bit, sorry: Working from a little beach cottage in Northern California this week has made mundane organizational duties somewhat of a special treat. And it's always fun doing a whole "Can you hear me now?" routine with sources when you're at your respective vacation outposts and can't find a place with a decent signal (or one not overrun by screaming, sparkler-wielding relatives!)

But excited to get back to business as usual next week. Instead of screaming out into the void for any longer, I'll keep it short: Read on for this week's agency news.

Sprechen Sie TLGG?

TLGG, the digital strategy consultancy Omnicom acquired in 2015 (then called Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr), is opening up shop in the U.S. Managing Director Katrin Zimmermann will lead TLGG's New York office. Today, the TLGG works with Bayer, BMW, Unilever, Porsche, SAP, Mercedes-Benz and Smuckers on how to use digital tech and navigate data and privacy matters.

Big Love

IPG-owned Huge — which says it prides itself on "giving a shit about the world around us" — sponsored a bus for its employees to head to the Families Belong Together march in Washington, D.C. last week. The chartered bus left from Huge's Brooklyn headquarters the morning of June 29 and took employees to its D.C. office, where they made signs for the rally. The agency also created an Amazon Wish List that will go to children being detained at a facility in Harlem — and it has done an internal drive to collect clothing, diapers and other items to send to the facility.

On the move…

Chicago agency Merge has plucked Michael Plunkett — who formerly helped build analytics offerings at Legacy.com and did creative analytics at Leo Burnett — as its new director of strategy and analytics.

Isobar's C-Suite has seen some shaking up in recent months — it named new U.S. CEO Deb Boyda in April. Now it has elevated its Sue McCusker to the role of chief client officer (from global client director), Caroline Dean to chief marketing officer (from global director of marketing communications) and Vikalp Tandon to chief technology officer (from senior VP of data and technology).

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Also, time's running out to buy tickets for Ad Age's Small Agency Conference & Awards in Marina del Rey, California on July 17 and 18. For more information, go here.

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