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Tim Mellors, the chairman and creative director of Mellors Reay and Partners, has been voted president-elect of the D&AD after a head-to-head ballot against Jay Pond-Jones, the executive creative director of GGT. Mellors, a past president of the Creative Circle and the Cannes jury, will shadow the current president, Mike Dempsey, for a year before taking up the his post in 1998.

Tim Mellors, the chairman and creative director of Mellors Reay and

Partners, has been voted president-elect of the D&AD after a

head-to-head ballot against Jay Pond-Jones, the executive creative

director of GGT. Mellors, a past president of the Creative Circle and

the Cannes jury, will shadow the current president, Mike Dempsey, for a

year before taking up the his post in 1998.



Royal and SunAlliance is talking to non-roster agencies with a view to

holding a full-blown pitch on its pounds 15 million advertising account,

formed after the merger between Sun Alliance and Royal Insurance.

Stanley Hutton, a consultant for the insurance giant, has been doing the

agency rounds this week. The roster agencies, Leagas Shafron Davis and

Arc Advertising, will also pitch.



The story of Maurice Saatchi’s sensational sacking and the establishment

of his breakaway agency could be turned into a feature film. Dustin

Hoffman’s production company has expressed interest in taking an option

on Conflicting Accounts, Kevin Goldman’s newly published book on the

affair, provoking speculation that Hoffman might play Charles Saatchi.

Mike Nichols, the director of the Graduate, has also discussed the idea.

Jeff Goldblum is being mooted as a possible candidate to play

Maurice.



The Department of Health is reviewing its pounds 500,000 blood donor

account, currently held by Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper, as part of a new

strategy, aimed at recruiting the 100,000 new volunteers needed every

year. Three COI roster agencies - Delaney Fletcher Bozell, Leagas

Shafron Davis and WCRS - are being joined on the pitch-list by Mellors

Reay and Partners.



Sega has reappointed the HHCL Brasserie to launch at least another four

Sega Saturn games with a second pounds 6 million TV campaign. The

Brasserie, which landed Sega’s pre-Christmas campaign in August last

year, will initially create four TV spots for the games.



The first ads will break before Easter.



Leagas Delaney has handed the running of its new San Francisco agency to

a team of four senior executives following the resignation of its

managing director, Jack Rooney, last week. The management team will now

comprise the agency’s planning director, media director and a senior

account director. Bruce Haines, Leagas Delaney’s chief executive, said

he was on the brink of hiring a creative director to complete the

line-up.



Virgin Interactive Entertainment is reviewing its account with TBWA

following the agency’s acquisition of Simons Palmer, which handles the

larger Sony Playstation account (Campaign, last week). At the same time,

IDV and Simons Palmer have formally parted company and the drinks giant

is holding pitches for its Gonzalez Byass sherry account from Young and

Rubicam, Lowe Howard-Spink, Court Burkitt and Company and Banks Hoggins

O’Shea.



Edmundo, the Spanish director who has shot commercials for Burger King,

Midland Bank, Vidal Sassoon and Paul Smith, has left Jane Fuller

Associates to start his own production company, Upside Down Productions,

with his producer, Sharlene George.



Viv Walsh, the Saatchi and Saatchi art director, has quit the agency to

join the Minneapolis-based agency, Fallon McElligott. Walsh achieved

notoriety with his copywriter partner, Jo Tanner, with the controversial

small-scale ads for clients such as the Great Frog jewellery shop and

the style magazine, Don’t Tell It.



UK Living, the satellite TV channel, is launching its first ad on

terrestrial TV to back a new series of talk shows. The ad, created by

Mitchell Pattison Grime Mitchell and bought by New PHD, will run in the

centre break of Blind Date.



Ken Viney, a former editor of Campaign, has died. Viney, 81, was editor

of World’s Press News, when it was acquired by Haymarket Publishing and

relaunched as Campaign in 1968. A service will be held at the South West

Middlesex crematorium, Hanworth, near Twickenham, on Thursday 6 February

at 3pm.



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