J. Walter Thompson has won pounds 6 million worth of new business
this week in the form of the online travel company, Travelselect.com,
and a new international project for Bloombsbury publishing. JWT will
handle the brand strategy and communication development for
Travelselect, which is the only online site for buying Eurostar
VirginNet, the online leisure and entertainment service, is talking to
agencies about its pounds 4 million above-the-line account, held by
Archibald Ingall Stretton. The client is understood to be looking for an
agency with dotcom experience that will give the brand more depth.
Part of the brief will be to differentiate the brand from
Scottish Widows has centralised its pounds 16 million media planning and
buying account into Zenith Media without a pitch. Zenith, which last
month picked up the pounds 4.5 million TV buying business from
Mediapolis, the incumbent agency on Scottish Widows, also gains the
press and radio buying for the financial services group.
The International Herald Tribune has called off its pitch and is taking
its advertising in-house, where it will be co-ordinated by Piers
Warburton, the company’s creative and communications manager.
TBWA GGT Simons Palmer has appointed Andrew McGuinness as its new board
account director on the News International account. McGuinness was
previously group account director at M&C Saatchi in Sydney.
The RAC is reviewing its direct marketing business as part of an overall
advertising supplier audit. Lowe Direct, the incumbent, will repitch
against five other agencies. Meanwhile, it is thought that the incumbent
on the above-the-line account, M&C Saatchi, has pulled off the pitchlist
and been replaced by WCRS.
BSkyB has signed up 2.6 million digital subscribers since its launch,
and is ploughing pounds 250 million into the development of its sky.com
and skysports.com brands. The company has also unveiled a 13 per cent
increase in revenue to pounds 849.7 million and an increase in ad
revenue of 10 per cent to pounds 113.5 million for the six months to
Dirk Spiers and Roy Brooks, the former chief executive and creative
director of SMI, are setting up a venture to service dotcom advertisers
called agency3. They will be joined by Andrew Croft, the former client
services director at Team Saatchi.
Mike Gorman has been appointed international media director for FCB
Worldwide’s Daimler Chrysler account. Gorman moves over from Bozell
Worldwide where he performed a similar role.
Yvonne Chalk and Amy Appleton, former producers at Tony K, are setting
up the production facilities company, Baby, targeted at overseas
WWAV Rapp Collins and Sage Software have parted company ’by mutual
agreement’, only a few months after WWAV retained the business in a
repitch. Zalpha, WWAV’s planning offshoot, will continue working on the
Bids for Synder Communications, due in on Friday, are thought to be
escalating to as much as dollars 2.5 billion. Havas and WPP are thought
to be the front runners for the purchase of the company.
A claim for wrongful dismissal by Roy Wilson, Grey’s former chief
financial officer, will be put before an employment tribunal during an
eight-day hearing beginning in London on 13 June. Wilson alleges he was
dismissed last year for making a disclosure to managers which they found
Strathclyde University’s Centre for Professional Legal Studies has
appointed the retail agency, Coltas, to handle the creative task on its