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TBWA GGT Simons Palmer is expected to land the Labour Party account after a pitch against Saatchi & Saatchi and J. Walter Thompson. Labour officials insisted no decision had been taken but confirmed that TBWA had emerged as the front-runner following presentations to senior party figures last week.

TBWA GGT Simons Palmer is expected to land the Labour Party account

after a pitch against Saatchi & Saatchi and J. Walter Thompson. Labour

officials insisted no decision had been taken but confirmed that TBWA

had emerged as the front-runner following presentations to senior party

figures last week.





The Observer is understood to be launching a monthly sports magazine.

The glossy, which will be picture-led, and will go out with The Observer

initially, though it is believed that there are plans to sell the title

on newsstands at a later date.





Eastern Energy, the UK’s second-biggest gas supplier after British Gas,

is looking for advertising and media agencies to handle a pounds 2

million campaign. The search is being conducted by the AAR.





BMP DDB has been appointed to create a launch campaign for the

controversial website Burymeright.com. The site, which goes live at the

end of next month, offers a range of ideas for funerals, from the

unusual to the sedate. The website is being created by BMP’s multi-media

arm, Billco.





Holsten Pils has shortlisted J. Walter Thompson, Duckworth Finn Grubb

Waters, Leagas Delaney and the incumbent, TBWA GGT Simons Palmer, to

pitch for its pounds 6 million advertising account.





Springer & Jacoby International has won the creative account for the

online wine merchant madaboutwine.com after a three-way pitch. An

above-the-line campaign launches next month. The media planning and

buying will be handled through CIA Medianetwork.





Mark Williams, the commercials director who has worked on Club 18-30,

Castlemaine XXXX and the St Mungo’s charity, has joined TalkBack

Productions. He is the first commercials director to be taken on by the

company’s commercials division.





MMAD Productions, whose roster includes the award-winning Damien

O’Donnell, the director of the film East is East, has signed Ric Hawkes

as its latest director. Hawkes previously worked through Initial, where

he directed commercials for Fiat, Heineken and Nissan.





The shortlist for Air Miles has been whittled down to two agencies -

TBWA GGT Simons Palmer and HHCL & Partners. The original list also

included Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO,

which has now withdrawn from the pitch.





Lowe Lintas & Partners Worldwide is to maintain two separate agencies in

France despite the global merger of the Lowe and Ammirati Puris Lintas

networks at the end of last year. Alice, a subsidiary of the former Lowe

network, will continue to trade as Alice, while APL Paris will become

Lowe Lintas & Partners.





McCann-Erickson Manchester has appointed Margaret Clarkson new-business

director. Clarkson previously handled third-party promotions and

sponsorship opportunities for FCA!





The centralisation of Marks & Spencer’s media account has begun, with

the AAR approaching media agencies about the review. Incumbents on the

account include OMD UK, Optimedia and MediaVest Manchester.





The second Rushes Soho Shorts Festival is being held between 29 July and

4 August in cafes, bars and cinemas around Soho. Rushes are seeking

films of no longer than 12 minutes. They should have been produced in

the 12 months up to 8 May this year, which is the closing date for

submissions.





Publicis is continuing to beef up its presence in the US by acquiring a

majority interest in the PR consultant Winner & Associates.



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