Pitch update

This week's pitch news.

Npower: creative shortlist
Npower: creative shortlist

In one of the longest-running pitch sagas of recent years, Npower has finally named a shortlist for its creative account. Cogent Elliott, McCann Manchester, Now and Publicis will compete for the business. AAR is overseeing the contest.

Brothers and Sisters, Karmarama and The Brooklyn Brothers have been shortlisted in the TK Maxx ad review after Fallon, M&C Saatchi and VCCP were knocked out of the process, which is handled by Oystercatchers.

The initial interest stage of the UNHCR’s quest to build a creative roster has closed, with the United Nations refugee agency now whittling down candidates. It wants shops that can help with fundraising strategies, global campaigns, brand development and evaluation services.

SCA’s creative pitch is nearing a conclusion. TBWA\London has been knocked out, leaving the incumbent, Publicis, to battle it out with Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.

Scandinavia has produced some of the most distinctive TV drama of late, with Arne Dahl, Borgen and The Killing becoming household names. Two unfamiliar names, Jabra (a Danish headphones company) and Dansk (a Danish furniture business), are currently looking to raise their profiles and are in talks with UK ad agencies.

The household goods company Wilkinson has started the process of appointing an ad agency. After two request for information stages, chemistry meetings will take place next week, with AAR organising proceedings.