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Colorvision, the TV and video retailer, has appointed Summerfield Wilmot Keene, led by the former McCann-Erickson chief executive, Malcolm Summerfield, to handle its pounds 5 million relaunch.

Colorvision, the TV and video retailer, has appointed Summerfield Wilmot

Keene, led by the former McCann-Erickson chief executive, Malcolm

Summerfield, to handle its pounds 5 million relaunch.



The account will be the biggest in the agency’s portfolio. It opened two

months ago after its acquisition of the pounds 25 million-billing

agency, BHP.



Zenith Media has been confirmed as the winner of the pounds 65 million

Rover/BMW centralised media account (Campaign, 28 June). Zenith, the

incumbent on the pounds 55 million Rover media business, beat

competition from a team comprising of WCRS, the incumbent on the BMW

business, and Initiative Media.



Garnet Edwards, the Leopard creative director, is leaving the agency

after eight years to concentrate on the development of his own creative

independent. The veteran art director, who produced much of Vodafone’s

TV advertising, wants to concentrate on his consultancy, Second

Thoughts.



BMP DDB has recruited a board account director to work exclusively on

the Labour Party account. Daryl Fielding will report to the BMP chief

executive, Chris Powell, and joins from Lowe Howard-Spink, where she was

in charge of the Vauxhall business.



Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising has been dropped from the list of

agencies pitching for the pounds 5 million Evening Standard creative

business. It leaves Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO to shoot it out against two

unnamed agencies that have been invited to join the fight that began in

May (Campaign, 24 May).



Seven out of ten British consumers are happy to allow the advertising

industry to police itself, according to research conducted on behalf of

the Advertising Standards Authority. Only 14 per cent say they would

prefer a government body to regulate advertising. The survey, together

with research into public attitudes to taste and decency, will be

discussed at an ASA seminar on 30 July. Bookings are available through

Mandi Hunt on 0171-580 5555.



The creative pitch for the Sun in Scotland will conclude this week after

a two-way pitch between the Scottish shop, the Union, and the Sun’s

incumbent for the UK, Simons Palmer Clemmow Johnson. The pitch was

sparked after Ellis Watson, the marketing director of the Sun,

considered using a local agency north of the border.



The Government has scaled down the advertising element in its drive to

combat smoking among young people in light of the failure of previous

campaigns. Brewer Blackler, the communications company that won the

pounds 1 million account from Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO in March, will

devote just pounds 250,000 to above-the-line ads, which break in youth

magazines next week.



Motive has parted company with Dockers, Levi’s upmarket sister brand,

just four months after picking up the account. The Bartle Bogle Hegarty

media dependent handled the brand’s launch capaign in the UK in March

this year. The creative account stays with the Swedish agency, Garbergs.



Keith English, the director behind last year’s controversial ads for

Great Frog jewellery, has joined Will van der Vlugt Film Productions. He

is joined by his producer, Emma Walliker. The pair teamed up at the now

defunct Eye of the Storm Productions and have been working as a

freelance team for a year. English’s most recent commercials work was an

ad for the launch of the Renault Megane in Spain.



The Independent Television Commission has drafted in the research

specialist, Mori, to conduct a survey among key players in the

advertising and media fields. The survey will canvass opinions of the

ITC and its work.



Leisureplan Live, an interactive travel database that will allow

travellers to select hotels and attractions and book them over the

Internet, launches this week. The joint venture company, backed by

Thomas Cook, Philips Media and Twine Media, will offer the service free

to advertisers for one year.



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