Pitch update

Publicis is mixing with the big boys, taking on Karmarama, Leagas Delaney and the Body Shop's in-house creative department in the fight for the retailer's advertising account.

So Visit Wales is looking for an agency. Great opportunity for just about any shop; the organisation is at that juicy stage when it's just beginning to talk to contenders. Above the line, below the line, digital ... you name it.

Carat appears to have jumped aboard the good ship Johnson & Johnson, replacing MindShare, which pulled out last week, on the pitchlist. The pitch is being overseen by Agency Insight. The intermediary has a tough job on its hands; word on the street is that Johnson & Johnson is looking to have a new global agency in place by the end of June.

So the British Heart Foundation is looking for a DM agency. Brief sounds very appealing: overhauling the charity's fundraising strategy. Freestyle Marketing is acting as the intermediary. But be warned! Check the small print. The BHF is trigger-happy on above-the-line pitches. Before you throw heart, soul and thousands of pounds at the pitch, make sure it's for a retained position, not just a project.

Mum's the word: a lot of media agencies are going for the Axa and Admiral media accounts, but none will admit to it. Trouble with financial services business is that most shops are conflicted up to their eyeballs.

Toshiba's pan-European pitch continues. Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, Saatchi & Saatchi and the Lowe/Sholtz joint effort have made it through to round two. Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO are out of the running.

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