Bates and Saatchi & Saatchi look set for their first head-to-head
confrontation since the former Cordiant sister networks were formally
separated last year. The pair emerged this week as front runners in
Allied Domecq’s global pitch for Ballantine’s whisky. The original
line-up had also included BBDO and Publicis. A decision is not expected
until early August.
Marks & Spencer’s foods group is understood to have abandoned plans for
a branding campaign and withdrawn from agency pitches for the task
(Campaign, 15 May). Instead, M&S Foods will continue working with
McCann-Erickson on a project basis.
Virgin Direct is understood to have shortlisted three agencies for
presentations on its pounds 10 million account. These are said to be
Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe, HHCL & Partners and CDP.
Ben Langdon, McCann-Erickson’s managing director, has taken a more
direct role in the agency’s new-business drive following a move by Hugh
Cameron, the business development director, into a planning post. A
new-business unit, which includes the former account directors, Nicky
Carey and Jay Haines, together with Chris Collins, an account executive,
will report to Langdon.
Pete Russell, a managing partner at Optimedia, is leaving the company to
join the sport marketing firm, International Sports Management. Russell
will take on the business development role at ISM, helping to expand the
company’s commercial base.
Four agencies have made it through to the next round of pitches for the
European launch of Toyota’s Yaris. Ideas from Saatchi & Saatchi bureaux
in London, Paris and Brussels will be competing with a presentation from
the German roster agency, BMZ, during meetings scheduled for the end of
The Department of Trade and Industry has cleared Capital Radio’s
takeover of the London alternative music station, Xfm, deciding that it
is not anti-competitive. The Radio Authority approved the proposed
takeover last week.
Alistair Delves, one of the founders of Barrett Cernis Delves &
Partners, is quitting as the agency’s joint managing partner. The former
Young & Rubicam deputy managing director is to explore other
non-advertising interests, but will remain involved with some of the
Nike has denied that it pulled a press ad featuring the England player,
David Beckham, following objections from the player’s lawyers. In an
official statement, the sportswear giant expressed disappointment that
the Times, which carried a front-page story on the ad, broke Nike’s
embargo and revealed the proposed text with alleged distorted facts.
Nike claims the ad was one of many World Cup executions that it simply
decided not to run.
Laser, the ITV sales house, has poached Michael Carter-Smith from RTE to
head its airtime sales team on the new Irish commercial TV station, TV3.
Carter-Smith has worked at RTE for 15 years.
The British Plastics Federation is calling on the Advertising Standards
Authority to ban a national press campaign by the Timber Trade
Federation which claims that using plastic as a building material
threatens the environment. The BPF has condemned the advertising, by
Travis Sennett Sully Ross, as ’spurious’ and claimed it would not stand
up to scientific scrutiny.
CKMP - formerly Integrator - has been awarded pounds 2 million worth of
extra business by its US consumer products client, Arm & Hammer, with an
assignment to handle the UK launch of its Extra-Whitening toothpaste
More than 80 per cent of submissions to this year’s IPA Effectiveness
Awards, recently revamped to make them more relevant to clients, deal
for the first time with the advertising’s effect on employee
relationships and company share prices. French Connection, Orange,
Wallis, Olympus, Inland Revenue self-assessment and Renault Clio are
among entrants vying for a place on the shortlist to be announced in
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