Pitch Update

The Philips and ExxonMobil global ad pitches are hotting up while the Tate has assembled a strong looking pitch list and media agencies are preparing for the Suzuki review.

Pitch Update

Philips has decided on a shortlist for its global creative review. After meetings in Amsterdam earlier this month, the incumbent, DDB, will face Ogilvy and Leo Burnett for the £300 million business.

The ExxonMobil global creative review is edging towards the finish line. Sources suggest one option is that the company splits its business between two agencies, rather than consolidate it into one network as previously thought. DDB, McCann Erickson and BBDO are contesting the account.

There's finally been some movement on the Open University advertising pitch. The organisation first invited agencies to tender for its £10 million account in May. It now seems to be back on a track and a shortlist is due to be drawn up imminently, with pitches expected to take place at the beginning of next month.

Tate's advertising business now has a shortlist of agencies. Marc Sands, the marketing director, has chosen 18 Feet & Rising, DDB UK, The Brooklyn Brothers and the design company Pentagram to compete, with a pitch due next month.

Good news for media agencies. The Suzuki ad review will also encompass media, with the automotive company in the process of holding chemistry meetings with media shops.

And the long-forgotten Penguin Books media pitch has finally waddled back on to the scene. The client has issued RFIs to agencies, including the incumbent, Total Media.

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