There is no love lost between Bob Clarke’s Instrumental Media Group and many folks in the UK digital out of home sector so it was no surprise yesterday when we had half a dozen calls and emails from people claiming that the ‘receivers’ were in at Instrumental Media Group’s office in Chiswick, London.
IMG was once a power house in the industry, with both US and UK bases, half a dozen businesses under its corporate umbrella (ONCE including aka.tv) and at its height employing over 80 people – it could have been a conduit for real good in the industry, however whilst it never did ‘evil’ it certainly was a behemoth with a person at its head that took itself far too seriously and whom seemed hell bent on having an ‘enemy of the day’ each and every day – all in all we hear from far too many people that Bob was a very difficult person to work for.
You can travel far and wide, like we do, Ed and meet loads of really nice people who started off their signage and out of home career with IMG (or at least passed through it at some stage). Many of those folks don’t necessarily bear a grudge against IMG (in many cases it gave them their start in the business) but they always have a story and are always happy to talk about their experience – there are always tales to tell and the stories always describe a tale of epic proportions much like the rise and fall of the Roman empire!
IMG was always going to be on a slippery slope once it lost the contract to supply Tesco Screens with content and scheduling though a half million pound law suit (which they lost and had to pay to someone else) probably didn’t help either.
We were the first to report on Bob Clarke’s new venture back in April – “Any Other Business – 21st century content traders”