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The online video and DVD vendor blackstar.co.uk has briefed creative agencies ahead of a pitch for its pounds 8 million account. An appointment is expected by the end of the month.

The online video and DVD vendor blackstar.co.uk has briefed

creative agencies ahead of a pitch for its pounds 8 million account. An

appointment is expected by the end of the month.





Fleur McNally, the former new-business director at M&C Saatchi, has set

up a new-business consultancy and will be working for Wieden & Kennedy

and with the direct marketing specialist, CiB.





Guinness’s ’surfer’ ad, by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, swept the board at

the Creative Circle awards this week, winning five categories, including

the president’s award. Lowe Lintas & Partners won two awards: for

Heineken’s spoof of the Andy McNab books and the consumer press campaign

for Stella Artois.





Faulds Advertising has won the Scottish investment company Murray

Johnstone’s advertising account after a four-way pitch. MediaFaulds

retains the media business.





The household cleaning product specialist Spontex has handed its pounds

1 million account to Walsh Trott Chick Smith after a shoot-out against

Mitchell Patterson Grime Mitchell. The account was previously held by

FCA!. Spontex plans to launch a national TV and poster campaign for new

products this summer.





WPP has appointed Christopher Mackenzie to its board, bringing the

number of directors to 14. He is partner and principal at Clayton

Dubilier and Rice, the US-based private equity company.





D&AD has launched a series of advertising workshops to be held in the

north of England with the aim of nurturing local talent. They will take

place in May and June at agencies including Poulters Partners,

McCann-Erickson Manchester, Cheetham Bell, BDH TBWA and Brahm. The

closing date for applications is 29 March 2000.





The Foundation, the consultancy set up last year by the former Duckworth

Finn Grubb Waters managing director, Charlie Dawson, has set up an

advisory board with members including Boots’ director of corporate

affairs, Alastair Eperon; the City editor of the Evening Standard,

Anthony Hilton; and Andrew Mitchell, the director of Lazard.





The spring launch of Cabal’s men’s magazine Mondo has been put back to

the autumn. The company said it was difficult to secure retail

promotions with the proliferation of new launches in the industry.





The Sunday Express is revamping its magazine. The new 84-page A4 glossy

targets women and will include seven-day listings . It launches on 9

April.





Campaign has made improvements to its Daily News Headline service on its

website, CampaignLive.com. If you’re a subscriber and not receiving your

daily news fix, e-mail your reference number to:

news.campaign@haynet.com.





Cordiant Communications Group has rebranded its new-media holdings,

including Bates Interactive in London, as CCG.XM. The group will have

more than 200 employees with offices in the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle

East and Australia.





McCann-Erickson Manchester has appointed six creative partners in a

restructuring intended to bolster the agency’s above-the-line

credentials. The move sees the introduction of two new faces. Richard

Irving joins from Leeds-based Poulter Partners and Simon Sinclair moves

over from Miller, Bainbridge & Partners.





The Radio Authority has announced that following a public interest test,

Scottish Media Group’s acquisition of Ginger Media Group is not expected

to act against public interest, provided that there is no conditional

selling of advertising between Virgin 1215 AM and any other SMG company.



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