Pitch update

It could be a long and busy weekend for several of London's leading agencies with three large pitches imminent.

WCRS, DDB London and Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners, the final three on the E.ON pitch, are preparing presentations for the end of next week with the final pitch now moved to 12 March. Also set for a restless few nights are M&C Saatchi, Karmarama, Publicis, JWT and Bartle Bogle Hegarty, all of which are competing in the Debenhams pitch that kicks off on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions pitch, scheduled for next Wednesday, is causing the biggest headaches among shortlisted agencies. Competing shops are working away into the small hours on a complicated brief focusing on state pension reform.

The Lions Gate media pitch is gathering pace as the competing agencies, including Starcom MediaVest Group and the incumbent, Mediaedge:cia, have made their initial submissions. Agencies are expected to learn this Friday who has made it through to the second part of the process, which involves a formal presentation. Given that recent Lions Gate releases include the Jason Statham flick Crank High Voltage and the gory horror My Bloody Valentine 3D, there could be some lively pitch theatre involved.

The £100 million pan-European Universal Music pitch is moving very slowly. Requests for information have been sent to agencies but the company is taking its sweet time over coming up with a shortlist. WPP's MediaCom, which currently handles the UK portion of the business, is set to pitch against rival networks.

It seems like every DM agency in town is scrambling to get on to the Post Office shortlist. Requests for information need to be returned by 20 March, and the first round of pitches are set to take place at the beginning of April.

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