Halifax has revealed that Delaney Lund Knox Warren, FCA!, Rainey
Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R and Ogilvy will pitch against incumbent Bates
UK for its pounds 28m above-the-line advertising account. The move may
raise conflict of interest issues, as Y&R works for both Virgin and
Citibank on a pan-European basis and Ogilvy works for American Express.
A spokesman for Halifax said: ’Any issues of customer conflict will be a
matter for discussion once a decision has been made.’
Mars UK has re-appointed Concord for a further six months as its outdoor
poster buying agency. Concord pitched against Portland and Posterscope
for the pounds 12.3m business.
Diageo has said it is too early to comment on how sales and marketing
jobs will be affected by the merger of Guinness with its UDV spirits
operation, following the sale of its US food arm, Pillsbury, to General
Mills. The pounds 7bn deal may spark a spending spree, targeting Seagram
brand Chivas Regal whisky and distribution rights to Absolut vodka,
which are currently up for grabs.
The pitch for interactive TV broadcaster Open’s pounds 10m creative
account has been placed on hold following BSkyB’s decision to increase
its stake in the company to 80.1%. WCRS, TBWA GGT Simons Palmer and HHCL
are all shortlisted for the account, but any final decision will have to
be ratified by BSkyB. On Monday, BSkyB paid pounds 394m for shares owned
by HSBC and Matsushita in a deal which valued Open at pounds 1.1 bn.
The Central Office of Information is rebranding for the first time since
its launch in 1946. The organisation will in future be known as COI
Communications, a reflection of its growing work in areas away from its
traditional advertising information base. The rebranding comes as new
figures on government advertising spend are expected to show another
Sony Music Entertainment is to lay off 500 employees around the world as
part of a move to streamline the company and increase its
competitiveness in the global marketplace. The company said it did not
yet know the geographical spread of the redundancies.
Alta Vista, the search engine and portal, has appointed Claydon Heeley
Jones Mason to work on a fixed-term sales promotion project. The company
denied industry speculation that it plans to review its main advertising
business out of Wieden & Kennedy.
Excite@home, the cable operator and portal company, is merging its
international operations with internet service provider Chello Broadband
to create a new venture, dubbed Excite Chello. AT&T Liberty Media, which
bought a controlling stake in Chello’s parent company, UnitedGlobalCom,
earlier this year, announced plans to invest 200m euros (pounds 125m) in
the new operation.
Fashion Box, the Italian-based clothes company, has bought a majority
stake in Action Apparel, the company that distributes Coke’s Coca-Cola
WARE clothing range in the UK. The deal was made as a result of the
clothing line’s success in the UK, which has spurred a roll-out into
Grey Advertising and Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper are to continue working with
the two winners of Channel 4’s Who Wants to be an E-Millionaire? - Grey
for Joe Rajko’s youreable.com site, and Euro on Colin Robinson’s
proposition, schoolsforschools.com. The agencies offered their services
free for the show, but will be paid for future work.
The Body Shop International has poached the Arcadia Group’s head of
public relations, Pleun Van Akkerveeken, as its new head of global
public relations. Van Akkerveeken will report to Susan Falk, president
of The Body Shop International, and will be based in the firm’s London
Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice will sponsor the GMTV Cafe from July
24 for a month, when the show will be broadcast live between 7.30am and
8.30am from the Aroma Cafe in South Kensington. The deal comprises an
intro slot and ad break bumpers by Banks Hoggins O’Shea FCB. Media is by