Pitch update

Some are blaming half-term, others think it's the menacing shadow of a downturn being cast over UK business. Yep, nobody knows why, but it sure is quiet out there.

CHI & Partners, characteristically, has found its way on to one of the few shortlists in town. "London's pitching agency" will go up against Krow, Leo Burnett and Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R for the Anadin account.

The AAR is playing its cards close to its chest. We hear it's got a pan-European digital car brief. Agencies have held chemistry meetings with a client representative called Mr Alam. However, none of them know which company Mr Alam works for. Better be a good brand after all this cloak-and-dagger stuff.

Meanwhile, Wunderman has fallen off the British Airways direct marketing pitch list. It transpires that the airline presented something of a conflict with its existing Lufthansa client. Duh! This leaves OgilvyOne, Carlson and WWAV Rapp Collins in the running.

The Army pitch is closing for entry next Wednesday. Once the tenders are in, it'll draw up a not-so-shortlist of six agencies.

Nationwide seems to be getting its skates on. The pitch, which first came to light in December last year, has skipped through chemistry meetings. But now is crunch time, and Carat, Mediaedge:cia and Media Planning Group will all be pitching today (Thursday) for the £20 million booty. OysterCatchers has been overseeing the process.

JWT and Saatchi & Saatchi are both on tenterhooks as Dubai's Atlantis Palm deliberates, slowly, over their presentations. Both network shops are expecting a result imminently.

And, finally ... the Telegraph is turning its nose up at DM agencies in its pitch, kicking Rapier and Archibald Ingall Stretton off its list, but keeping TBWA\London and Adam & Eve.

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