Rover Group has said a move to put the Rover and BMW advertising
accounts, held by Ammirati Puris Lintas and WCRS respectively, out to
pitch ’is not going to happen in the short term’. Speculation about a
review follows a global management shake-up of the Rover marketing
St Luke’s has said it will not repitch for Eurostar if the account is
put up for review. Eurostar has centralised its UK, French and Belgian
marketing functions, leading to speculation that it could consolidate
its media and creative work across Europe. A Eurostar spokesman said no
decision about a review had yet been made.
Publicis has appointed John Wisbey as chief executive of its new
contract publishing division, Publicis BluePrint. He was formerly
business development director at Forward Publishing where he was close
to the Tesco account.
Jason Frost, former publishing director of Redwood Publishing, is to be
managing director of BluePrint, which was formed after Asda chose
Publicis to do its customer magazine.
John Teal has been appointed advertising director of the Daily Mail.
He had been caretaking the job since the promotion of Mike Ironside to
managing director of The Mail on Sunday early this year.
New PHD has retained the HSBC media account in the UK. Last week the
financial services company appointed Zenith Media Worldwide as its lead
media agency internationally. Zenith is unable to handle the HSBC
account in the UK because it would clash with its Lloyds TSB media
Four agencies are pitching for Texaco’s through-the-line business. The
incumbent, IMP, has been joined by Tequila Payne Stracey, GGT Direct and
HHCL & Partners. Pitches have not yet taken place.
Saatchi & Saatchi has reorganised its finance department, making Sally
Spensley finance director for Saatchis in London, France, Germany, Italy
and Spain. Alec Graham, formerly finance director of Saatchis London,
takes charge of the Middle East and Africa and all other European
Longmire, the luxury jewellery brand, has chosen Spirit Advertising to
handle its international creative account. Spirit has created a new
cufflinks print campaign to run in European and US luxury titles.
Davies Little Cowley Fiddes has picked up the advertising and direct
marketing account for the UK’s number two home security company,
Protection One. The account is believed to be worth pounds 1 million and
was awarded without a pitch.
Following last week’s appointment of Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe, the
Energy Savings Trust has hired Carlson as its sales promotion
Griffin Bacal has been appointed to handle the launch of Town Pages, an
internet information service to challenge the likes of Scoot and Talking
Pages. Regional trials are underway for the service, which will roll out
nationally later this year.
Campaign’s coverage of direct news will now run through the whole news
section each week, rather than on its own, discrete page. This gives
below-the-line stories a prominence that relates purely to their
significance, rather than confining them to a ghetto defined by the
nature of the work.
The Ivy won the coveted Favourite Media Restaurant accolade in Monday’s
Carlton London Restaurant Awards. The Media Restaurant category,
sponsored by Campaign, was voted on by Campaign readers and Carlton
Tickets are still available for the inaugural Campaign Direct Awards, to
be held on 12 April at the Park Lane Hotel, London. Tickets cost pounds
105 a head plus VAT and are available from Helen Thomas on 0171 413