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J. Walter Thompson has won pounds 6 million worth of new business this week in the form of the online travel company, Travelselect.com, and a new international project for Bloombsbury publishing. JWT will handle the brand strategy and communication development for Travelselect, which is the only online site for buying Eurostar tickets.

J. Walter Thompson has won pounds 6 million worth of new business

this week in the form of the online travel company, Travelselect.com,

and a new international project for Bloombsbury publishing. JWT will

handle the brand strategy and communication development for

Travelselect, which is the only online site for buying Eurostar

tickets.





VirginNet, the online leisure and entertainment service, is talking to

agencies about its pounds 4 million above-the-line account, held by

Archibald Ingall Stretton. The client is understood to be looking for an

agency with dotcom experience that will give the brand more depth.



Part of the brief will be to differentiate the brand from

Virgin.com.





Scottish Widows has centralised its pounds 16 million media planning and

buying account into Zenith Media without a pitch. Zenith, which last

month picked up the pounds 4.5 million TV buying business from

Mediapolis, the incumbent agency on Scottish Widows, also gains the

press and radio buying for the financial services group.





The International Herald Tribune has called off its pitch and is taking

its advertising in-house, where it will be co-ordinated by Piers

Warburton, the company’s creative and communications manager.





TBWA GGT Simons Palmer has appointed Andrew McGuinness as its new board

account director on the News International account. McGuinness was

previously group account director at M&C Saatchi in Sydney.





The RAC is reviewing its direct marketing business as part of an overall

advertising supplier audit. Lowe Direct, the incumbent, will repitch

against five other agencies. Meanwhile, it is thought that the incumbent

on the above-the-line account, M&C Saatchi, has pulled off the pitchlist

and been replaced by WCRS.





BSkyB has signed up 2.6 million digital subscribers since its launch,

and is ploughing pounds 250 million into the development of its sky.com

and skysports.com brands. The company has also unveiled a 13 per cent

increase in revenue to pounds 849.7 million and an increase in ad

revenue of 10 per cent to pounds 113.5 million for the six months to

December.





Dirk Spiers and Roy Brooks, the former chief executive and creative

director of SMI, are setting up a venture to service dotcom advertisers

called agency3. They will be joined by Andrew Croft, the former client

services director at Team Saatchi.





Mike Gorman has been appointed international media director for FCB

Worldwide’s Daimler Chrysler account. Gorman moves over from Bozell

Worldwide where he performed a similar role.





Yvonne Chalk and Amy Appleton, former producers at Tony K, are setting

up the production facilities company, Baby, targeted at overseas

clients.





WWAV Rapp Collins and Sage Software have parted company ’by mutual

agreement’, only a few months after WWAV retained the business in a

repitch. Zalpha, WWAV’s planning offshoot, will continue working on the

business.





Bids for Synder Communications, due in on Friday, are thought to be

escalating to as much as dollars 2.5 billion. Havas and WPP are thought

to be the front runners for the purchase of the company.





A claim for wrongful dismissal by Roy Wilson, Grey’s former chief

financial officer, will be put before an employment tribunal during an

eight-day hearing beginning in London on 13 June. Wilson alleges he was

dismissed last year for making a disclosure to managers which they found

embarrassing.





Strathclyde University’s Centre for Professional Legal Studies has

appointed the retail agency, Coltas, to handle the creative task on its

advertising account.



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