Pitch update

The Lexus direct marketing shortlist has come to light: the incumbent, Partners Andrews Aldridge, is going up against Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw and Archibald Ingall Stretton. Hang on a minute ... Doesn't Kitcatt Nohr handle Citroen? Doesn't AIS handle Skoda? Controversial.

On the subject of DM, check out how OgilvyOne has soared to the top of the league this week. The agency has finally secured confirmation of spend from its new British Airways and British Gas clients. There's a few other DM shops that have not got round to client confirmations yet. More fool them.

Thomas Cook, on the hunt for a new ad agency, is understood to have decided that it wants a small agency to handle its business and has eliminated all network shops from its longlist.

E.ON's media review has been extended to incorporate online media, as well as offline. This means Zed, the online incumbent, has effectively lost the business.

We're having trouble discerning whether or not Fallon is still in the running for the Halifax business. TBWA\London is definitely out, while DDB's and the incumbent Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners' work is said to have gone into research. But Fallon still seems to be in talks with the high-street bank. There must be a side project on the cards, or Fallon just won't take no for an answer.

Meanwhile, we hear the Department of Health has delayed indefinitely its pitch for the £12 million brief to raise awareness of strokes.


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