Pitch Update

Ebay has shortened its shortlist. Albion and Mother will go forward, having defeated WCRS and Saatchi & Saatchi. Rumour has it that the company also toyed with the idea of asking glue London to pitch for the business - clearly the thing for any finger-on-the-pulse client to consider these days.

Meanwhile, the AAR is sending out mystery briefs, asking for credentials on behalf of a "price-sensitive" brand and a "retail client".

In the spirit of integration, a few advertisers are mixing it up with their shortlists. Take Porsche, which has invited Leo Burnett and M&C Saatchi to pitch against Clark McKay & Walpole and WWAV Rapp Collins.

Additionally, Abercrombie & Kent has asked M&C Saatchi and Tequila\London to meet its travelling needs.

Bad luck all of you tan junkies: Monster has decided to hold its pitch during Cannes week. DDB London's Jeremy Craigen, Cannes' greatest devotee, is said to be distraught.

So Birds Eye has asked Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO to present for its account. Tough call: the incumbent, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, has done great work since it has had the business, but then Birds Eye's Martin Glenn enjoyed a lot of success at PepsiCo via his relationship with AMV. Let's hope BBH is not wasting its time.