Lufthansa will see pitches in Germany on Friday for the pounds 10 to
pounds 12 million pan-European relaunch of its executive-class flight
service. The list of agencies includes Ogilvy and Mather, Saatchi and
Saatchi and the incumbent, Young and Rubicam.
Phil Lawlor, the marketing director-cum-general manager of Sunday
Business, has left the company. He departed on Monday after a serious
disagreement with the paper’s owner, Gordon Brown. It is understood that
Sunday Business is looking to replace Lawlor internally, but there are,
as yet, no takers.
Bob Hoskins is likely to bow out as the front man for BT’s ‘it’s good to
talk’ campaign in the autumn. The actor’s contract with BT expires at
the end of the year, but he will shoot at least four new commercials
through Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO before handing over to the comedian,
Bass has reduced the shortlist on the Grolsch/Hooch pitch to two. The
pounds 6 million account has been in the air since Bass dumped Bates
Dorland from its roster (Campaign, 3 May). Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters
has been removed from the shortlist, with DMB&B and Euro RSCG Wnek
Gosper expected to submit more ideas to Bass. A result is expected in
the next few weeks.
Alistair Delves, Ogilvy and Mather’s head of television, is leaving the
agency after two years to concentrate on his management consultancy
business. Delves, 49, joined O&M from Young and Rubicam in October 1994.
He is expected to remain at O&M for the next two months until a
successor is found.
Emap Pursuit has chosen McCann-Erickson and Universal McCann, its media
buying arm, to handle the launch of Sported, its fortnightly sports
magazine for teenagers, following a five-way pitch (Campaign, 12 July).
Apple, the troubled computer company, has affirmed its intention to stay
with the BBDO network, scotching speculation that it would ditch its
global agency of ten years. But the company expects to cut back its
dollars 200 million budget by up to 10 per cent and change its
advertising approach to convince consumers that it is on the road to
The through-the-line agency, Claydon Heeley, has picked up the pounds 1
million Lanson champagne account which Saatchi and Saatchi was forced to
resign in March when it took on the Moet et Chandon business. The client
has commissioned a brand audit before developing a new communications
Sky Sports and Haymarket Magazines has appointed Grounds Morris to
launch its joint-venture Sky Sports Magazine, planned for the autumn.
The publishing director, Andrew Taplin, said: ‘We must establish the
title as a brand in its own right, while taking advantage of the
promotional opportunities provided by the link-up with Sky Sports’.
A row has broken out between the Daily Record and the Sun in Scotland.
The Record claims that the Sun is giving away thousands of copies to
boost its circulation figures. In response, the Record has launched a
campaign offering a pounds 10 reward to any newsagent who reports an
approach from the Sun’s publisher, News International, to participate in
the hand-out. The Sun this week denied the allegations.
Amanda Platell, managing director of the Independent, is understood to
have been approached about the vacant marketing director’s post at
Express Newspapers. Mirror Group Newspapers, however, denied that
Platell was leaving the company.