Zenith Media looks likely to be dropped from the pounds 12 million Abbey
National General Insurance account following a last-minute decision by
the bank to market its new direct insurance product under the main
brand. The future of the creative agency on the account, Duckworth Finn
Grubb Waters, is unclear.
Abbey National was intending to launch the product, called Future, in
November. Media space had already been optioned for a television
campaign produced by Duckworth Finn.
The product, which is codenamed Project Midsummer, will now be launched
at a later date under the Abbey National name. The building society is
due to talk to the agencies next week but says it will scrap all
existing advertising in favour of a possible below-the-line push.
Elaine Robinson, the former managing director of Midsummer and the
marketing director of Abbey National General Insurance, said: ‘We
haven’t got down to making decisions about agencies yet. We will be
talking to Duckworth Finn about how we can take on its excellent work on
the planning side, but I would have thought it unlikely we will work
with Zenith in the future.’
Robinson added: ‘We haven’t even decided if there will be any above-the-
Christine Walker, chief executive of Zenith, said: ‘We have been
informed by Abbey National that the project we were working on is no
Michael Finn, the managing director of Duckworth Finn, said that his
agency was also unclear about what was happening. ‘We have a contract
and will continue to work with them until such time as they decide
otherwise,’ he said. ‘We have a meeting to discuss things soon.’
Abbey National’s main business is divided between Barker and Ralston,
which handles print work, and Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper, which creates TV
Media is centralised into TMD Carat.