Saatchi & Saatchi has been eliminated from the running, so it's Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R and the incumbent, WCRS&Co, that have seen their work go into research.
Chemistry meetings for the Disneyland Resorts pitch are taking place this week. The company is understood to be meeting eight agencies, with around half that number being invited to pitch for the business next month. The process is being handled by the AAR.
For agency new-business people who didn't immediately press the delete button on any recent e-mails from a Nigerian bank, there's a pitch opportunity in store. Guaranty Trust Bank, one of Africa's largest, is contacting ad agencies to create a global campaign. Funnily enough, nowhere in the lengthy brief that was sent out does the bank mention the image problem that faces Nigerian financial institutions or the major consumer trust issues that need to be overcome. Perhaps it thinks that's a given. Good luck to all those who take up the invitation to pitch.
Vertu, the luxury mobile brand, has shortlisted Fallon, JWT London and M&C Saatchi to contest a global brief for its handsets.
On the media front, Vizeum has been busy defending its business of late, with presentations for the BMW account held last week, in which it was challenged by the rival shops Universal McCann and Starcom MediaVest Group. It is also gearing up for the review of Eurostar's £4 million media business. Walker Media, UM, Rocket, Maxus and Arena Media have all been shortlisted alongside the Aegis agency. Presentations won't be held until at least April, as the review is subject to an approval process by the Official Journal of the European Union. However, initial meetings with agencies start as early as next week.
Meanwhile, the media pitch for the financial services brand Hiscox won't be concluded any day soon. Agencies have been told that it won't kick off until at least late March or early April.