Fairbrother White, the media consultancy, is understood to have
been hit by a rift between its two main partners, Ian Fairbrother and
Stephen White. Legal action is being mooted over the fallout.
Richard Britton, the former non-broadcast director of CIA Medianetwork,
is in talks with Carat’s former press director, Nigel Breckon, about
forming a media agency. Britton left CIA during a round of redundancies
late last year. Breckon left Carat in December. Neither were available
Wieden & Kennedy London has withdrawn from the contest for Barclays
Bank’s new corporate branding campaign after the first round of
strategic presentations. J. Walter Thompson, Leagas Delaney and BMP DDB
will make creative proposals.
Chuck Peebler, the former boss of Bozell, has been named chairman
emeritus of the network’s True North holding company. He had been a
candidate for the True North chairmanship after Bruce Mason’s retirement
but the job went to David Bell, Bozell’s chief executive (Campaign,19
Tempus, the owner of CIA Medianetwork, has agreed to launch a joint
venture media operation with Young & Rubicam in Germany and eastern
The Financial Times has parted company with the FT.com marketing
director, Yehuda Shapiro, and its commercial director, Tony Blin-Stoyle.
Shapiro is being replaced by Paul Waddington, who joins from Reuters,
where he was director of marketing communications and research, while
Martin Burke, the sales and marketing director at FT Business, takes
over from Blin-Stoyle.
The US venture capital group, Warburg Pincus, is talking to a number of
companies including BSkyB about selling its stake in Channel 5. Warburg
Pincus’s 18 per cent stake in Channel 5 is valued at pounds 94
Five companies have submitted bids of more than pounds 500 million for
the outdoor operations of Havas, which includes Mills & Allen in the UK.
The bidders are Clear Channel Communications, TDI, JC Decaux, Outdoor
Systems International and Texas Pacific.
Fleur McNally has been appointed new-business manager of M&C Saatchi on
a permanent basis. A former staffer at the agency’s office in New York,
she had been deputising for Cheryl Stevens who has chosen not to return
after the birth of her baby.
Andy Bryant, the former Bates Dorland joint head of client services and
account chief on its Heinz business, has been appointed managing
director of the Bates-owned Campaign Palace in Sydney. Bryant joined the
pounds 50 million-billing Australian shop as general manager two years
The regional newspaper group, Johnston Press, has upped its stake in the
rival publisher, Portsmouth & Sunderland, to more than 17 per cent.
Johnston, which is keen to buy P&S, is competing with three other
bidders, but all companies must get clearance from the Competition
Commission before a deal can go ahead.
The Economist has confirmed it is to hold a review of its new-media
account, which has been held since the launch of the Economist.com
website more than two years ago by the Omnicom-owned Online Magic.
Andrew McGregor, head of new media at The Economist, said he was talking
with online agencies in the UK and the US.
BH McCann has appointed Carole Davids to head its ten-strong creative
department. Davids, who joins from McCann-Erickson Manchester, is BH
McCann’s first creative director.
The deadline for the D&AD Cannes Young Creatives Programme is this
Friday (16 April).