Tim Mellors, the chairman and creative director of Mellors Reay and
Partners, has been voted president-elect of the D&AD after a
head-to-head ballot against Jay Pond-Jones, the executive creative
director of GGT. Mellors, a past president of the Creative Circle and
the Cannes jury, will shadow the current president, Mike Dempsey, for a
year before taking up the his post in 1998.
Royal and SunAlliance is talking to non-roster agencies with a view to
holding a full-blown pitch on its pounds 15 million advertising account,
formed after the merger between Sun Alliance and Royal Insurance.
Stanley Hutton, a consultant for the insurance giant, has been doing the
agency rounds this week. The roster agencies, Leagas Shafron Davis and
Arc Advertising, will also pitch.
The story of Maurice Saatchi’s sensational sacking and the establishment
of his breakaway agency could be turned into a feature film. Dustin
Hoffman’s production company has expressed interest in taking an option
on Conflicting Accounts, Kevin Goldman’s newly published book on the
affair, provoking speculation that Hoffman might play Charles Saatchi.
Mike Nichols, the director of the Graduate, has also discussed the idea.
Jeff Goldblum is being mooted as a possible candidate to play
The Department of Health is reviewing its pounds 500,000 blood donor
account, currently held by Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper, as part of a new
strategy, aimed at recruiting the 100,000 new volunteers needed every
year. Three COI roster agencies - Delaney Fletcher Bozell, Leagas
Shafron Davis and WCRS - are being joined on the pitch-list by Mellors
Reay and Partners.
Sega has reappointed the HHCL Brasserie to launch at least another four
Sega Saturn games with a second pounds 6 million TV campaign. The
Brasserie, which landed Sega’s pre-Christmas campaign in August last
year, will initially create four TV spots for the games.
The first ads will break before Easter.
Leagas Delaney has handed the running of its new San Francisco agency to
a team of four senior executives following the resignation of its
managing director, Jack Rooney, last week. The management team will now
comprise the agency’s planning director, media director and a senior
account director. Bruce Haines, Leagas Delaney’s chief executive, said
he was on the brink of hiring a creative director to complete the
Virgin Interactive Entertainment is reviewing its account with TBWA
following the agency’s acquisition of Simons Palmer, which handles the
larger Sony Playstation account (Campaign, last week). At the same time,
IDV and Simons Palmer have formally parted company and the drinks giant
is holding pitches for its Gonzalez Byass sherry account from Young and
Rubicam, Lowe Howard-Spink, Court Burkitt and Company and Banks Hoggins
Edmundo, the Spanish director who has shot commercials for Burger King,
Midland Bank, Vidal Sassoon and Paul Smith, has left Jane Fuller
Associates to start his own production company, Upside Down Productions,
with his producer, Sharlene George.
Viv Walsh, the Saatchi and Saatchi art director, has quit the agency to
join the Minneapolis-based agency, Fallon McElligott. Walsh achieved
notoriety with his copywriter partner, Jo Tanner, with the controversial
small-scale ads for clients such as the Great Frog jewellery shop and
the style magazine, Don’t Tell It.
UK Living, the satellite TV channel, is launching its first ad on
terrestrial TV to back a new series of talk shows. The ad, created by
Mitchell Pattison Grime Mitchell and bought by New PHD, will run in the
centre break of Blind Date.
Ken Viney, a former editor of Campaign, has died. Viney, 81, was editor
of World’s Press News, when it was acquired by Haymarket Publishing and
relaunched as Campaign in 1968. A service will be held at the South West
Middlesex crematorium, Hanworth, near Twickenham, on Thursday 6 February