Abbot Mead Vickers has won the Corporate Advertising Media pop quiz
for the second year running, seeing off 82 teams to take the top
But certain rivals could not accept AMV’s pop prowess. ’This is all very
Ben Johnson,’ said one media agency bod - presumably referring to the
disgraced sprinter and not the 16th century poet. ’They scrape through
all the heats and then storm the final. This could be one of the biggest
scandals in media - it’s just waiting to be uncovered.’
But AMV assures Hotcakes that no steroids were involved. ’We just have a
very good team,’ says team organiser Lynn Bond. AMV was particularly
strong on the wittily titled ’Ska-rry Nights’ round. In fact, the team
only struggled on one round - the ’Music from TV Ads’ round, of
The teams from Top of the Pops, Smash Hits and Parlophone all failed to
impress, although their performance was not as dismal as that of
Mediapolis, which came joint 14th in their heat. The under-performers
had a variety of excuses, which ranged from ’too much booze’ and ’I got
distracted when the girls started putting video cameras up their tops’
to ’asking us to name Bambi’s killer was a loaded question’.
Hotcakes wishes to apologise to Paul Goad, an account manager at
DoubleClick, for ’slightly misleading’ him at a recent awards
Hotcakes witnessed Goad chatting to an attractive young lady while he
ignored her friend, a less attractive young man. Although the young man
protested loudly that he was being blanked, Goad continued to focus his
attentions on the lady.
At this point, Hotcakes could not resist introducing the young man -
rather misleadingly - as William Pecover, managing director of Haymarket
Business Publications, one of Goad’s clients.
Of course, Hotcakes only intended to give Goad a bit of a shock. But it
was so much fun listening to the DoubleClick salesman telling ’Pecover’,
how ’he admired his work’, that Hotcakes forgot to reveal the
pretender’s true identity as a display sales executive from Campaign.