BMP DDB has been assigned the pounds 30 million European Exxon
Mobil account after its parent, DDB Worldwide, won the global business
earlier this week. DDB pitched against McCann-Erickson for the account,
which also includes planning. Media buying is still under review.
Orange has bought the Press Association’s interactive division Ananova
for pounds 95 million. Ananova, which launched in April, is an animated
internet newscaster and information provider. The Press Association
revealed its intention to sell off the division in February.
TBWA GGT Simons Palmer is understood to have won the COI’s Individual
Learning Account business. It picked up the account having pitched
against Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters and Delaney Lund Knox Warren &
The Conquest agency in London is closing down its in-house media
operation in favour of an alliance with fellow WPP shop MediaInsight.
Media planning and buying projects at the pounds 40 million-billing
Conquest will be handled by MediaInsight.
Channel 5 has signed its biggest equity for airtime deal with a stake in
the online travel agent TheFirst Resort.com, in return for pounds 3
million worth of advertising. Channel 5 will get a 5 per cent stake in
the business and will provide the online travel agent with spot
advertising, programme sponsorship and links from the Channel 5
Halifax has retained 141 Communications as its direct marketing agency
following last month’s review. It is thought that the process was a
comparative costing exercise.
John Dean, the creative director of Partners BDDH, has resigned and will
leave the agency at the end of this year. He is in discussions with both
Partners and other agencies to explore creative ideas in new media and
The Leith agency’s joint creative director Guy Gumm has moved to Roose &
Partners to become a senior art director. Gumm will team up with the
writer Matt Bartley.
Parkhill Publishing has appointed Jane Phillimore as the new editor of
the women’s magazine Aura. The launch editor, Deirdre Vine, will stay on
as a part-time contributing editor.
Doner Cardwell Hawkins has suffered two senior losses to its management
board. The agency’s chairman, Don Reisett, and its planning director,
Lindsay Roberts, have both resigned.
McCann-Erickson Manchester has picked up the Magnetexpress.co.uk launch
business. The service promises to deliver kitchens and accessory
products within 48 hours to local builders and tradesmen.
Davies Little Cowley Fiddes has been picked to handle a pounds 2 million
integrated marketing campaign for LeisureHunt.com, which claims to be
Europe’s largest online hotel reservation and booking service. The
appointment follows a pitch that included the Bates-owned 141.
The Publicis Group has set up an international web agency network called
Publicis Networks to provide web solutions and WAP and interactive TV
services to clients. The network will have offices in London, Paris,
Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. The UK and German agencies were
previously known as Publicis Technology.
D’Arcy has won the pounds 5 million account for Attenda, an internet
hosting company that enables customers to access internet servers, after
a creative pitch against two undisclosed agencies. A fully integrated
campaign starts this week with advertising in national, business and IT