Bates Dorland and Tim Ashton, the agency’s deposed creative
director, are edging towards a financial settlement as Ashton’s
departure (Campaign, last week) continues to unsettle the creative
department. Martha Riley, an art director hired by Ashton from M&C
Saatchi ten months ago, resigned this week, fuelling speculation that
others may follow. Graham Hinton, Dorlands’ chairman, insisted: ’Lawyers
are still in discussion but we will honour the terms of Tim’s
agreement.’ He added: ’There was unrest before Tim left and I’m sure his
departure will destabilise some people and make them restless. But I
hope we don’t lose people because they’re a terrific bunch’.
A dispute over control of the joint holding company to be set up if True
North, the FCB parent company, acquires the Bozell network, is delaying
a deal between the two sides. Industry sources say Chuck Peebler, the
Bozell president, is reluctant to share power with Bruce Mason, his True
North counterpart. However, a deal is expected to be concluded in the
next few weeks.
Granada confirmed on Wednesday that it has agreed an offer for Yorkshire
Tyne Tees Television which values YTT at pounds 711 million. Ward
Thomas, the chairman of YTT, has been invited to be chairman of the
merged TV operation.
New PHD is to give the Ben and Jerry’s premium ice-cream brand its first
conventional advertising outing in the UK after being appointed to
handle the account this week. A radio campaign, created in-house in
conjunction with Beer Davies, will break shortly. Separately, beeb, the
BBC’s new Internet service, has awarded New PHD its pounds 4 to pounds 6
million media buying account. Michaelides and Bednash won the strategic
planning task last month.
Tony Kenyon, the chief executive of the Negotiation Centre, is to take
control of the BT account, following the surprise departure this week of
the account head, Nigel Allmond. Kenyon said the move would be short
term, but added he had no plans to appoint an external replacement for
Allmond, who will go on gardening leave until the end of this year.
OgilvyOne Worldwide, the reconfiguration of Ogilvy and Mather Direct
Worldwide, has launched in Hong Kong. The remainder of O&M Direct’s
existing shops will have rebranded by 1 July.
Bo Ronnberg, chairman of this week’s Cannes International Advertising
Festival jury, is launching an Amsterdam hotshop called
AD’AM-JBR/Ronnberg/hasan. Ronnberg, president of Ronnberg McCann in
Sweden, is forming the creative-only agency in conjunction with Norway’s
JBR/McCann and Finland’s hasan and partners and aims to attract clients
from all over Europe.
Emap Radio’s new in-house sales operation is to be called Emap On Air.
The operation will sell Emap’s radio interests - including Kiss 100 FM
and Magic - and its TV channel, the Box. Tom Toumazis, managing director
of Emap On Air, is expected to announce the names of two of the five
board directors this week.
Wieden and Kennedy Amsterdam has ended its long search for a joint
creative director to partner Jon Matthews, with a hiring from its office
in Portland, Oregon. Matthews, from the UK, will pair up with John
Boiler, a senior art director who has worked on most of the agency’s big
accounts, including Miller and Coca-Cola. The team’s role will be
reinforced by the promotion of the senior Amsterdam-based creative duo,
Glenn Cole and Robert Nakata, who become joint associate creative
Bob Caldow, one of the founders of BCLO in Bristol, died on Sunday 22
June after a long battle with cancer. He was 49. Caldow had worked in
advertising for 20 years. He began his career at Nicklin Advertising in
the mid-70s, launched Nicklin Bath in 1984 and moved to Brunnings
Reading in 1992 as managing director. His funeral is being held at 1pm
on Friday 27 June at Semington Crematorium, Melksham, Wiltshire, with
flowers through Fords of Corsham on 01249-71 3319.
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