Pitch update

All eyes are on the eBay prize currently up for grabs: great brand, good spend, few conflict issues. Nevertheless, beware the client that falls out with Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners. The agency famed for its knack for client service rarely has acrimonious splits. Some are warning that it's not the dream pitch it might seem. Still, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, WCRS, Albion and Saatchi & Saatchi are set to compete.

Meanwhile, ISBA's strange 3 list does its stuff. Punters are backing Hurrell and Dawson because Euro RSCG hasn't won much lately, and glue isn't an ad agency. Pitches took place earlier this week. Most expect news next week.

Bartle Bogle Hegarty is staying true to its "we-don't-do-creative-work-in-pitches" mantra this week, with news that it has pulled out of both the Ikea and Nokia contests. The decision leaves Mother, Wieden & Kennedy and Beattie McGuinness Bungay to do battle for Ikea, which is being handled by the AAR.

At last, the news is out, the AAR's top-secret pan-European online brand is Monster.com. Agencies are vying for a place on the list, no doubt recalling all the awards the advertiser brought in for Saatchi & Saatchi.

Johnson & Johnson's global media review has hit problems, with MindShare pulling out citing too much emphasis on cost and efficiency. Silly us for thinking it might be conflict issues with its gargantuan Unilever account.

"A fairly even playing field" is how the DM industry is describing the Orange pitch. Craik Jones Watson Mitchell Voelkel, Chemistry, Harrison Troughton Wunderman and WWAV Rapp Collins will compete on 17 and 18 May.

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