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Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO turned down the chance to pitch for the Prudential’s pounds 14 million business last week, while it awaits the result of its pitch against Bates Dorland for the pounds 26 million merged Halifax/Leeds account. Bates Dorland and AMV presented strategic pitches to Halifax’s chief executive, Mike Blackburn, last Wednesday. A decision is due on 13 December. According to a source, AMV has not completely shut the door on the Pru. ‘If Halifax awards AMV only part of the business, AMV is almost certain to reject it and resume talks with the Pru,’ the source said.

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO turned down the chance to pitch for the

Prudential’s pounds 14 million business last week, while it awaits the

result of its pitch against Bates Dorland for the pounds 26 million

merged Halifax/Leeds account. Bates Dorland and AMV presented strategic

pitches to Halifax’s chief executive, Mike Blackburn, last Wednesday. A

decision is due on 13 December. According to a source, AMV has not

completely shut the door on the Pru. ‘If Halifax awards AMV only part of

the business, AMV is almost certain to reject it and resume talks with

the Pru,’ the source said.



Agencies are circling for a piece of BSkyB’s pounds 18 million

advertising as its three-month contract with Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters

comes to an end. Sources claim the business could be up for review,

following recent moves by Sky to keep in close contact with agencies.

However, Sky has already extended Duckworth Finn’s contract for another

month, and insiders say the satellite channel is likely to proceed with

ad hoc arrangements with agencies rather than plump for any long-term

relationships.



The Alka-Seltzer account is set to switch to Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

from McCann-Erickson after Bayer’s consolidation of its dollars 275

million global consumer care business within the BBDO network. The

arrival of Alka-Seltzer, and the anti-thrush treatment Canesten, is

expected to boost AMV’s billings by pounds 4 million.



MediaCom has scooped the pan-European Lexmark International account.

Lexmark is IBM’s printer subsidiary and the account is worth pounds 2.5

million in the UK. Planning and buying was previously held by Initiative

Media in a number of European markets.



Roger Kennedy, the design company director charged with taking part in a

pounds 2.5 million Jaguar fraud along with Renny Platt, the ex-Saatchi

and Saatchi joint head of facilities, was cleared of plotting to defraud

Jaguar this week. However, Kennedy was found guilty of conspiring to

commit false accounting in relation to over-inflated invoices that he

submitted to Platt. Kennedy, Platt and three other defendants will be

sentenced in early January. Kennedy is not to be confused with Saatchis’

current head of typography.



Knight Leach Delaney has abandoned its action against Rizla and Cowing

Balmforth Trendall (Campaign, 10 November). A statement issued through

the law firm, Bristows Cooke and Carpmael, said: ‘KLD acknowledges that

there has been no infringement of copyright or breach of confidence by

Rizla or by CBT, nor any other wrongdoing by them in connection with the

Rizla campaign’.



Mark Austin has been recruited by the CIA Group to head its new media

joint venture in Singapore. CIA has joined forces with Asia’s largest

independent ad agency, Batey Ads, to launch Singapore’s first media

specialist, CIA Medianetwork (Singapore). Austin - who left Austin West

Media, the company he helped found, in May - will manage around

US dollars 50m of billings.

The Metropolitan Police has drawn up a list of agencies to pitch for its

pounds 2 million account, currently held by Saatchi and Saatchi. The

long list comprises Leagas Delaney, Ogilvy and Mather, Delaney Fletcher

Bozell, Lowe Howard-Spink, BMP DDB Needham, Ardley Phillips Horrell and

the incumbent.



CIA Medianetwork, TMD Carat, Universal Media Manchester and TMC

Manchester are lining up to pitch for the pounds 5 million media

planning and buying for Green Flag, the national breakdown recovery

service. Pitches are understood to be due next week and a decision is

expected before Christmas. CIA is the incumbent.



Mark Patterson, the group media director on Ford at O&M Media, is tipped

to join 20/20 Media as the second-in-command to managing director, Paul

Woolmington. Steve Varcoe, the head of TV planning at Manning Gottlieb

Media, has also joined 20/20.



The next issue of Campaign (15 December) will be the last of the year.

Campaign will be in its new offices at 174 Hammersmith Road, London W6

7JP from 23 December onwards. Phone and fax numbers remain unchanged.



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