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Adam Kean, the joint executive creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi UK, is considering whether to stay with the agency after turning down the role of regional creative director for Asia. Saatchis is expected to reorganise its creative department following the appointment of David Droga as the executive creative director. John Pallant, Kean’s fellow joint executive creative director, is expected to stay at the agency.

Adam Kean, the joint executive creative director of Saatchi &

Saatchi UK, is considering whether to stay with the agency after turning

down the role of regional creative director for Asia. Saatchis is

expected to reorganise its creative department following the appointment

of David Droga as the executive creative director. John Pallant, Kean’s

fellow joint executive creative director, is expected to stay at the

agency.



The director general of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising,

Nick Phillips, has written to ITV supporting the network’s campaign to

move its flagship evening news bulletin, News at Ten. The programme’s

current position prevents ITV from screening films after the 9pm

watershed without a break.



Two Scottish agencies have already turned down the chance to pitch for

Kwik-Fit’s pounds 10 million advertising account - one of Scotland’s

largest - which was put up for review two weeks ago. The Union and 1576

responded negatively to the invitation from Kwik-Fit, but Faulds

Advertising and the Leith Agency are expected to take the brief

alongside the incumbent, the Morgan Partnership.



Virgin Radio has increased its revenue by 91 per cent since Chris Evans

joined the station last October. Revenue for October 1997 was pounds

1.88 million, which has risen to pounds 4.2 million for this October -

the largest revenue month in the station’s history.



Jacobs Bakery has handed Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper the pounds 2 million task

of promoting its Vitalinea brand of low-fat snacks as part of an agency

realignment.



The brand was previously with Saatchi & Saatchi.



Leo Burnett’s media arm in the US, Starcom, is teaming up with the

MacManus-owned TeleVest to pitch for United Distillers and Vintners’

dollars 85 million North American media account. This is the first

concrete sign of co-operation between the pair in the US since Campaign

revealed they were in talks about linking their media operations around

the world. The two have already pitched successfully for Procter &

Gamble’s media in the UK.



The regional newspaper group, Trinity, has sold its North American

business leaving it with a portfolio focused entirely on UK activities,

with the exception of the Dublin newspaper, the Sunday Post. It has sold

Trinity Holdings in the US to its management in a deal worth pounds 33.5

million, which it will use to reduce debt.



1576, the four year-old Edinburgh Agency, made an impact at the Scottish

Advertising Awards this week, taking home the same number of awards as

the Leith Agency - traditionally Scotland’s most creative shop.



The two agencies won nine awards each, leaving Faulds Advertising in

sixth place with two.



BBH Unlimited, Bartle Bogle Hegarty’s new total communications division,

has hired Kieron Matthews, a senior account director from TBWA/Chiat Day

Canada, and the art director, James Pearson, who was previously

freelancing.



The Yorkshire-based bed company, Rest Assured, has appointed the Leeds

agency, Advertising Principles, to its account. Rest Assured previously

handled most of its advertising in-house, and the business was awarded

without a competitive pitch.



BMP DDB has hired two planners, Max Wright and Emma Williams. Williams,

who joins from the Camelot Group, will work on Anheuser-Busch and

Reuters, while Wright, who was formerly at DMB&B, will work on the Meat

and Livestock Commission, American Airlines and Volvic mineral

water.



Tim Mellors, the creative chief at Grey, is to be the next guest of

CampaignLive’s TalkBack channel. Mellors, who has taken on the task of

revitalising the Grey creative product after folding his Grey-affiliated

agency, Mellors Reay & Partners, into the main agency, will be open to

questions from 10am on 27 November. Anyone wishing to take part should

go to www.campaignlive.com, proceed to channel 4 then click on the

’chat’ button.



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