Pitch update

Could the mighty LG pitch be reaching its conclusion? Not until pitch teams have filed some more travel expenses.

Agencies have been called back for a second round, with duties split across LG businesses. Bartle Bogle Hegarty, DDB and TBWA will contest the LG mobile account, while TBWA and Publicis will scrap for the wider brand brief. Pitches are in three weeks.

Back in the UK, the TV industry's very own Thinkbox is on course to appoint its first retained ad agency. The trade body has shortlisted The Red Brick Road, Engine, Beattie McGuinness Bungay and Albion.

Whitehall update. So COI has invited WCRS, CHI, DDB London and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO to fight for the Department of Health cervical cancer brief. Meanwhile, with the Christmas party season approaching, the Home Office should have an official result on its anti-binge-drinking brief fairly soon.

A glut of financial services briefs has left new-business managers scratching their heads. Creative Brief is boasting a £17 million piece of domestic business (not Nationwide, Bradford & Bingley or Barclaycard for those in the guessing game). Meanwhile, the AAR has a global financial services brand and wants an agency with expertise in three of the globe's financial cities: London, New York and Beijing. Might these be the seeds of the big Christmas pitch?