IPC Media’s proposed acquisition of Gruner & Jahr UK has put in
doubt the future of the German publisher’s women’s title Project
Florence. The magazine was due to hit newsstands in the summer after a
planned spring launch was put back. However, preparations appear to have
J. Walter Thompson and ITV have both refused to comment on reports that
the agency’s London chief executive, Stephen Carter, is a front-runner
to be the next chief executive of ITV. Carter is on holiday.
Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R has poached Marcus Brown from Saatchi &
Saatchi to become its new-business director. Brown joined Saatchis in
1994, rising to new-business director in 1998. He was credited with
significantly improving the agency’s new-business record with wins from
Bisto, Telewest and Mr Kipling.
Maiden is to launch two new products aimed at internet users this
autumn. Home-Net and Office-Net will aim to catch internet users
travelling home and to work.
The Hayward Gallery has appointed Publicis as its first agency,
reflecting greater competition for visitors in the wake of the opening
of the Tate Modern. Publicis and Optimedia, its media buying affiliate,
will launch the gallery’s autumn exhibition as the prelude to a
A five-strong team drawn from a mixture of advertising and direct
marketing backgrounds is launching an independent agency called Alphabet
Advertising. Its clients include Granada Media and Claims Direct, and
its management team comprises Marc Farror and Sean Harris, previously at
TBWA GGT Simons Palmer, planning director Craig Elston from Brann
London, and creative directors Nick Platt and Barney Cockerell from
Saatchi & Saatchi.
Natalie Rich, a senior producer and board director at Grey, has moved to
Roose & Partners as head of TV.
Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners has pulled out of the First-e
shortlist, leaving Malcolm Moore Deakin Blayze and Fallon on the list.
Tom Knox, a partner at Delaney Lund Knox Warren, said the agency wants
to pitch instead for the Halifax.
WCRS e-brands has won the pounds 3 million account for the house-moving
site, smove. The company aims to offer advice from property finding and
selling, to finding solicitors and local information. It was founded by
Nancy Cruickshank, a former managing director of BSkyB (TV), and Jim
Cruickshank, former deputy media director at Leagas Delaney.
Burkitt DDB has won its first account as a merged agency by picking up
the online travel service Travel Select. The business leaves J. Walter
Rapture Television, the youth channel, has finalised a deal with Sky
Digital which will allow it to extend its hours of broadcast to 24 hours
a day from 24 July. Rapture TV will be retailed within Sky’s Family Pack
of channels and marketed by Sky.
The Wireless Group has joined forces with GWR and Scottish Radio
Holdings to bid for four key regional digital radio multiplex licences,
called the Digital Radio Group. Between them, the three groups already
operate six multiplex licences.
Capital Radio has acquired the Scottish FM station Beat 106 for pounds
33.75 million. The deal extends the group’s coverage to Glasgow,
Edinburgh and Central Scotland.
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO has signed Martin Casson, the former M&C
Saatchi art director best known for his work on Silk Cut cigarettes and
British Airways. He is being paired with the copywriter Matthew Abbott.