Pitch update

Get ready for the long haul. The pan- European Monster pitch, being overseen by the AAR, is going to occur in three stages. DDB, TBWA\London, McCann Erickson, JWT and 180 have all received an RFP. The next stage will determine resources, and the final stage will get round to creative capability. Phew!

So BSkyB is looking for an agency to replace Beattie McGuinness Bungay. Now that Dawn Airey has departed the broadcaster, it appears that BMB doesn't believe it has a hope in hell of retaining any business. Maybe WPP will finally secure a slug of the account, especially since it now owns a portion of CHI & Partners, which is home to Sky's darling Nick Howarth.

Meanwhile, Patrick Cox is putting all of its eggs in two baskets. Saatchi & Saatchi and Leagas Delaney will be going head to head for the sexy shoe-maker's advertising account.

EBay's pitches are under way, with Saatchi & Saatchi, WCRS, Mother and Albion competing. Albion might not be quite the outsider you think; the agency has impressive dotcom credentials, and handles Skype and Joost's accounts.

Seven Stars, Vizeum and Media Mix are going at it hammer and tongs for the Ministry of Sound business.

Wow! Euro RSCG has rocketed to fourth place on the advertising league table, up from 34th. The agency's 3 and Yakult wins take it to within £1 million of CHI & Partners' third place.

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