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Havas, the French media group, has emerged as the favourite to buy Snyder Communications, the US-based company that owns Britain’s Partners BDDH and the direct marketing specialist, Brann. Publicis is understood to believe that Snyder lacks synergy and, along with WPP and Omnicom, has concluded that it is over-priced. Omnicom is said to be watching events.

Havas, the French media group, has emerged as the favourite to buy

Snyder Communications, the US-based company that owns Britain’s Partners

BDDH and the direct marketing specialist, Brann. Publicis is understood

to believe that Snyder lacks synergy and, along with WPP and Omnicom,

has concluded that it is over-priced. Omnicom is said to be watching

events.





Energizer has shortlisted three agencies - Initiative Media, MindShare

and Motive - to pitch for its dollars 20 million pan-European media

business.



The incumbent on the business is Zenith Media.





Nikon is reviewing its advertising arrangements, which are handled by

Conquest. Simon Coleman, general manager, claims that the review

reflects changes in the market, including the increase in the popularity

of digital cameras. It is unlikely that Conquest will re-pitch.





The British Television Advertising Awards has chosen Robert Campbell,

from Rainey Kelly/Y&R, as its chairman of the jury for 2000. Other jury

members include Richard Flintham from Fallon McElligott, Kevin Thomas

from Godman and Sholto Douglas-Home from the NMEC. The 2000 awards take

place on 8 March.





Claydon Heeley Jones Mason has landed the through-the-line advertising

task for the MCI WorldCom subsidiary, UUNET, after a four-way pitch

against undisclosed agencies. Previously, the account was held by BMP

DDB, which picked it up three years ago through its now defunct direct

marketing operation.





McCann-Erickson Business Communications has picked up a dollars 20

million global account to promote Worth Global Style Network - an online

news and information provider for the fashion and design industries. The

agency pitched against M&C Saatchi and Delaney Lund Knox Warren.





Bob Lawrie, one of the founders of Blink Productions and now a director

with Stink, is leaving the company to join Mad Cow Productions. ’Bob is

just the sort of director I want at Mad Cow. It is time to concentrate

on the local London market,’ said head of production, Richard

Forbes-Robertson.





Lloyd’s of London is to advertise for the first time with a pounds

500,000 campaign through Rzed. The campaign will run in the UK and US

financial press.





J. Walter Thompson has hired Jurgen Karl as its global business director

on Siemens. He moves from Young & Rubicam, where he was worldwide

account managing director on Lufthansa.





New PHD has poached Kathleen Saxton from Carlton Screen Advertising to

be its new-business director. Saxton, who was an account manager in

client sales at Carlton Screen, joins the agency in April. She replaces

Mike Anderson who left New PHD last year to join Associated

Newspapers.





A new magazine from Cabal Communications aimed at men in their 20s is to

be called Mondo. The title is set to launch this spring, along with a

second title aimed at older men.





Barclays is putting fresh advertising support behind B2, its savings and

investments brand, with a new TV and press campaign through Banks

Hoggins O’Shea/FCB. The brand is not being killed, contrary to a

suggestion in this week’s leader column which was based on an inaccurate

national press report. We apologise for the error.





Stephen Palmer, marketing director of The Guardian and The Observer, has

resigned to join Emap Performance as marketing director. He will oversee

marketing on Emap’s music brands in radio, TV and magazines. A successor

to Palmer has not been announced.



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