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
Energizer has shortlisted three agencies - Initiative Media, MindShare
and Motive - to pitch for its dollars 20 million pan-European media
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
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
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
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
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.