The Walt Disney Company is losing Andrew McLean, its head of
advertising and media in Europe, to media agency The Media Edge. Walt
Disney declined to comment on who would head the division when McLean
leaves at the end of October, but it is understood that Disney will
restructure as a result.
McLean controlled a dollars 150m advertising budget. At The Media Edge,
he will report to Paul Woolmington, the agency’s president. Prior to
working with Disney, McLean worked for DMB&B’s Media Centre on its
SC Johnson is launching an odour-removing fabric spray called Shout.
The product will go head-to-head with Procter & Gamble’s Febreze, which
was the UK’s fastest-growing brand over the past year after its sales
grew by 21,812.5% (Marketing Biggest Brands Survey, August 12). FCB
Worldwide will handle advertising for the launch.
The Carphone Warehouse has hired its original creative team of writer
Phil Brisk and director Adrian Rowbotham to create its Christmas
television advertising, breaking in November. The move follows the
resignation of Young & Rubicam from the account, following its merger
with Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe two months ago.
Norwich Union said it is looking at applying for a retail banking
licence as part of a long-term strategy to expand its business. The
insurance and fund management company also said it was investigating
better ways to use the internet and digital TV, but denied that it would
launch an internet bank.
Trinity Mirror has appointed Jason Smith as its first new media sales
director. Smith joins from Virgin Net, where he was sales manager, and
reports directly to Trinity Mirror’s managing director of new media,
David Clarke, the former chief executive of Virgin Net.
Rank Holidays, part of the Rank Group, has confirmed it is carrying out
an internal annual review of its pounds 10m media planning and buying
The business is handled by CIA Medianetwork.
The general manager of BSkyB’s Sky Networks programming arm, Bruce
Steinberg, has resigned after three years with the company. He was
formerly director of movies and pay-per-view and was promoted last
Steinberg will remain as a consultant.
Planet Hollywood, which operates about 80 movie memorabilia theme
restaurants around the world, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday this week.
The company said it planned to continue its operations after
restructuring its debt.
Chanel has appointed IMP London as its below-the-line agency. Its brief
is to develop a relationship marketing programme for customers,
rewarding them with exclusive offers and events. The initiative follows
the launch of a new skincare range called Precision, which is customised
to each user’s individual skin profile.
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury goods
manufacturer, and Prada are reported to be buying a controlling stake in
rival fashion house Fendi. The deal is expected to value Fendi, which is
privately owned, at about pounds 680m. LVMH has been looking for avenues
to expand its business since losing a six-month battle for control of
the Italian Gucci Group.
Sara Lee Bakery, the UK’s biggest frozen dessert company, has appointed
Deidre O’Donoghue, its marketing manager for retail, to the newly
created position of marketing director. It is the first time the company
has appointed a marketer to board level. The move has been caused by a
reshuffle of the firm’s senior management.General manager Tim Smith is
leaving to join Express Dairies. He will be replaced by Rooney Anand,
former general manager UK branded retail business.
Gordon’s Gin is launching its first relationship marketing campaign in
mid-October to build loyalty to the brand among existing and lapsed gin
drinkers. The pounds 750,000 campaign will feature a direct mail drive
targeting 100,000 gin drinkers, including a competition to win a trip to
Craik Jones designed the campaign, with internet and press buying
through TMD Carat.