ANA, ever-faithful and aggressive on behalf of its advertiser members, struck a second blow to 4As this week -- a right uppercut to the chin -- with a new ANA study of advertising production practices. The report detailed "a range of improper behavior, including allegations that some agencies have steered production contracts to their in-house production and post-production outfits by urging other companies to inflate their prices during the bidding process," as reported in WSJ. ANA's first blow -- a left to the head -- was its 2016 media transparency report, which outlined improper media owner rebates and kickbacks to media agencies. The combination 1-2 punch is sure to further undermine trust and lead to contract reviews and reductions in agency remuneration. 4As is taking it on the chin. What can they do? The fight is a mismatch. ANA has the weight advantage -- or does it?
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