AGENCY APPOINTMENT: Colette Hill Associates has appointed former RAC head of corporate comms Adrian Linden to a board role. Linden is a former director at Wyatt Communications and was at the RAC from 1992 to 1997. His appointment coincides with an agency rebrand – the firm will become CHA next week.
SPORTS SPONSORSHIP: Hill & Knowlton has been appointed by consumer goods firm Gillette to promote its sponsorship of the 2004 Gillette Rugby League Tri-Nations. The tournament will take place in the UK in October and November. H&K has worked for Gillette since 1998.
CONSUMER PR: Create PR has launched a consumer media relations push for Universal Cycles. Create PR was set up four months ago; agency partner Greg Wixted formerly worked for UC on a project basis.
ENTERTAINMENT PR: Sitrick & Co has been hired by cast members of The Simpsons to promote their case during an ongoing dispute with Fox over salary levels and profit-sharing. Fox has declined to meet the cast’s demands and has suspended talks while cutting short production of the programme after production was delayed when actors refused to work.
CONSUMER PR: Snack-food firm Kettle Foods has hired Oregon-based Maxwell PR as its agency of record in the US. The agency reports to Kettle V-P of marketing Michelle Peterman and will use media relations and sampling activity.
OFFICE CLOSURE: Beattie Communications has closed its Aberdeen office. The agency plans to open offices in Manchester and Birmingham within three months and is on the hunt for senior staff.