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Fallon McElligott, the Minneapolis-based agency, has signalled its intention to set up in the UK with its inclusion on the pitch-list for the pounds 20 million Lee Jeans pan-European account. The agency, which handles Lee in the US, will compete against the incumbent, Grey, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, which has Lee’s associated brand, Wrangler, and Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters.

Fallon McElligott, the Minneapolis-based agency, has signalled its

intention to set up in the UK with its inclusion on the pitch-list for

the pounds 20 million Lee Jeans pan-European account. The agency, which

handles Lee in the US, will compete against the incumbent, Grey, Abbott

Mead Vickers BBDO, which has Lee’s associated brand, Wrangler, and

Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters.



Speedo, the swimwear manufacturer, has shortlisted WCRS,TBWA Simons

Palmer and the incumbent, Grey, to pitch for its pounds 8 million

account across Europe. The Australian company took advice on compiling

the list from the Advertising Agency Register.



Ford Europe’s roster agencies, Ogilvy & Mather and Young & Rubicam, are

gearing up for the multi-million pound launch of a replacement marque

for the 30-year-old Escort. It is unclear whether Ford will run a

pan-European campaign or take a market-by-market approach. O&M has the

account across Europe, with the exception of Germany which is handled by

Y&R. The new car, likely to be called the Fusion, will be unveiled at

the Geneva motorshow. An ad campaign is scheduled for autumn.



Al Young, a senior writer at HHCL & Partners, has been promoted to

creative director alongside the partners, Steve Henry and Axel

Chaldecott. Young has worked at HHCL since 1990. He left in 1995 to work

as a director with his HHCL partner, Trevor Robinson. However, the

partnership split up three months later and he returned to the agency.

Young is best known for his work on Orange and Apple Tango.



Young & Rubicam has poached Tania Scotland, a senior media planner at

the Network, as media planning director. Scotland, who was heavily

involved on the Guinness account, will be number two to the media

director, James Whitmore.



A typography company is suing Sainsbury’s and its agency, Abbott Mead

Vickers BBDO, for alleged copyright infringement. In a High Court writ,

Monotype Typography is claiming damages over a typeface developed by AMV

for the supermarket chain and used for in-store promotional material.

Monotype claims the agency has copied one of its typefaces in breach of

a written agreement. AMV said it would defend the action.



The RAC has appointed the Advertising Agency Register to handle the

review of its pounds 5 million media planning and buying account. It was

previously handled by the Media Business, which resigned the account

because of a clash with its Direct Line work.



Cogent, which lost the Jewson account to J. Walter Thompson (Campaign,

13 February), has been appointed to handle advertising for the Graham

Group, a rival builders’ merchant. The media task, which amounted to

pounds 750,000 last year, will be handled by PHD Compass.



The Creative Circle is relaunching its workshop scheme for students with

the help of the headhunter, Kendall Tarrant. It will offer places to

eight young teams, who will each work on four separate briefs before

presenting them to creative directors. The workshops begin on 17 April

and will be repeated in October if successful. Eventual winners will be

offered an agency placement.



FCB is unifying its direct marketing operations into one network, to be

called FCB Direct Worldwide. Brendan Ryan, the FCB chairman, will be its

chief executive and the senior management team will include the

London-based John Penberthy, who is responsible for FCB’s direct

marketing activities outside the US.



RPM3 has been appointed to launch a range of herbal remedies through the

pharmaceutical company, Pherrosan. The range, called Heath & Heather,

will be launched with a press campaign in April with a budget of pounds

750,000.



Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, owners of the Ivy and Le Caprice, have

bought the two Sheekeys restaurants in London. The original Sheekey

restaurant opened 100 years ago. Corbin and King have pledged to

preserve the basic formula.



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