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Ogilvy & Mather Europe has appointed Paul Smith as its new creative director. Smith, 50, was most recently international executive creative director at Grey.

Ogilvy & Mather Europe has appointed Paul Smith as its new creative

director. Smith, 50, was most recently international executive creative

director at Grey.





Danone is finalising details for the media planning business of its

Dairy and Premier Waters divisions.



Motive has won the planning task for the HP Foods operation while Carat

keeps the media buying across all of the divisions.





A snail race in Cuba is to be featured in Guinness’s next ’good things

come to those who wait’ commercial through Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.



The film, breaking nationally next Thursday and backed by a pounds 5

million spend, follows the ’swimmer’ and ’surfer’ executions.





The Granada Group has announced a 14 per cent increase in pre-tax

profits to pounds 835 million for the week to 25 September. Ad revenue

for the group’s ITV interests was up 6.2 per cent across the year and 13

per cent up in the final quarter.





PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed that it has moved its account out

of Ammirati Puris Lintas into the sister Interpublic Group agency,

McCann-Erickson. The merger of Lintas with Lowe & Partners threw up a

clash with the KPMG account, which is handled by Lowe.





Fallon McElligott will advertise Switch2.net, an entertainment portal

backed by the digital broadcast company, Edison Interactive. Switch2.net

will launch next year with a marketing pounds 7 million.





Greg Dyke, the BBC’s incoming director-general, is to be the keynote

speaker at the Race in the Media Awards on Friday 7 April 2000. RIMA is

an annual event organised by the Commission for Racial Equality to

recognise excellence in coverage of race relations issues. The closing

date for entries is Friday 10 December and entry forms can be obtained

from the RIMA Office on 0181-864 2005 or at

www.cre.gov.uk/media/rima.html.





BMP DDB has been appointed to handle the advertising for Aroma, the

chain of cafes bought by McDonald’s in March. A full campaign is

scheduled to run next year, breaking first in the London area. Media

will be handled by BMP OMD.





Vinnie Jones is to front a campaign for a new British perfume. Jones has

signed up to be the face of Penny Black and will appear in press

advertising by McCann-Erickson Birmingham and on fly-posters from early

next month.





Fallon McElligott has won the advertising account for

onlinehighstreet.co.uk, a new website that allows users to shop at a

choice of major conventional high street names. The company is expected

to spend pounds 3 million on a launch campaign early next year.





EPB Communications has acquired Buckfield Lord for an undisclosed

sum.



Buckfield Lord, which was founded in 1984 and claims billings of pounds

12 million, recently lost its Mercedes business but retains clients

including Bentley Cars, Kenwood Electronics and Ducati Motorcycles.





The Internet Advertising Bureau, which represents 90 per cent of

companies selling ad space on UK websites, has agreed to submit itself

to regulation by the Advertising Standards Authority. Andrew Brown,

chairman of the Committee of Advertising Practice, hailed the move as ’a

major step forward for online consumer protection’.





London Transport has shortlisted four direct marketing agencies for its

below-the-line business. Craik Jones, Claydon Heeley, GGT Direct and the

incumbent, Interfocus, will pitch.





Northern & Shell is launching a men’s magazine called M2K in April next

year which will target men who have outgrown lads’magazines.



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