Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO has joined the pitch for the European
launch of Ultrafem’s sanpro product, Instead. Gotham and Marketing Drive
are also pitching for the pounds 10 million account. Leagas Delaney and
Delaney Flethcher Bozell are out of the running.
The Department of National Heritage is set to relaunch as a powerful
economic ministry next week. It is expected to take over some of the
functions of the Department of Trade and Industry, which is currently
responsible for the advertising industry, multi-media, radio and
Associated Newspapers has shortlisted BMP Optimum, the Media Centre and
the two incumbents, Motive Communications and Optimedia, to pitch for
its pounds 15 million pooled media business.
Nick Kelvin, the planning director of CIA Medianetwork, left the company
last week. His departure comes two months after the arrival of Alan
Brydon as deputy managing director of CIA. No-one at CIA was available
Planet 24, the TV production company behind the Big Breakfast, is
bidding to make its first foray into radio as part of a consortium vying
for the North-west regional radio licence, to be awarded at the end of
the year. Other members of the More 105.4 bidding group are the Radio
Partnership and Mark Story, a former producer at Radio 1 and Capital
Capital Radio’s chief executive, Richard Eyre, is the frontrunner for
the newly created post of chief executive of ITV. An unnamed senior
executive from the leisure industry is also understood to be on the
The UK will get its first TV Internet service in October. NetChannel
will offer viewers a full Internet faculty via an existing domestic TV
and a standard telephone line and will give TV advertisers the chance to
route viewers from their TV ads to an Internet site. Emap, Conde Nast
and Associated Newspapers are set to provide customised content for the
Nick Baum, the former European network director of Euro RSCG, has been
appointed group executive vice-president of Euro RSCG Worldwide. He will
be responsible for the Peugeot account worldwide and all the network’s
international acc-ounts that are managed from Paris.
Neil Campbell, Clark & Taylor’s new-business director and a former
partner at Walton & Wiggins, is setting up an account-handling and
new-business company to work alongside the creative independent, Grounds
The McWilliams Partnership has hired Fran Caplan to head business
development with a brief to help the agency achieve top 20 status within
four years. Caplan previously worked at GGT, J. Walter Thompson and Leo
United News & Media has appointed the Emap Business Communications
director, Tony Tillin, as chief executive of Miller Freeman Worldwide.
Tillin will report to David Arculus, United’s chief operating officer.
He will be replaced at Emap by Derek Carter, the managing director of
The mystery publisher behind Project Tease, the magazine launch touted
as a ’Loaded for women’, is circulating an A4 dummy. The magazine will
cost pounds 1.95 and launches in the third week of September, backed by
a promotional campaign.
IPC Southbank has formed a new product development team to work on
magazine launches. The Options editor, Maureen Rice- Knight, will head
the group which will focus on fashion, teenage, health and beauty
John Wilman, the soft furnishings and wall covering manufacturer, is
consolidating its entire account within the Poulter agency in Leeds by
switching its pounds 750,000 Coloroll business from J. Walter Thompson
in Manchester. The extra business complements the main pounds 1 million
John Wilman brand which Poulter has handled for the past three years.