Pitch update

A decision on the £69 million global HP media business is imminent.

Omnicom Media Group's OMD and PHD are favourites to land the account, but WPP rival Mediaedge:cia is said to still be involved in the process as it goes through HP's procurement department. Either way, ZenithOptimedia looks set to lose the business.

PSA, the French motor giant that owns the Peugeot and Citroen brands, is set to send briefs to agencies involved in the pitch for its pan-European media business. Agencies close to the process said that they expected to receive them within the next fortnight, with a decision expected by June.

The delayed media pitch for MTV is finally picking up pace, with competing agencies expected to present in mid-March. The incumbent, Equinox, is expected to contest the business against Maxus and Vizeum.

Meanwhile, it's going to be intriguing to see which agencies line up for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games ad account. Word is that very little money will go to the successful agency. Instead, LOCOG is asking agencies to do it "in value in kind", in exchange for sponsorship and marketing privileges. In these uncertain times, will the prestige of the account still be enough to get the major agencies lining up?

In the current gloom-and-doom, penny-pinching climate, two agencies have been linked to the shiny £70 million global advertising account for Mini. So far, Leagas Delaney and Beattie McGuinness Bungay are thought to be in the running in the pitch handled by The Observatory.

You may be forgiven if you'd forgotten about the Royal Bank of Scotland's digital pitch that kicked off back in August. The company initially shortlisted six agencies - including glue London, M&C Saatchi's digital arm, Play, and CHI & Partners - to pitch for the account, which spanned the RBS and NatWest brands. But it's gone extremely quiet with everyone waiting to hear back as to the client's next steps.

Hastings Direct has shortlisted three agencies for its direct marketing account. Rapp, EHS Brann and Dig for Fire are the three that have made it through, but with speculation still rife that the parent company Insurance Australia Group is ready to sell the insurance brand, it's anyone's guess as to when a final decision will be made.

Finally, we've heard of some random requests for information in our time, but none as strange as the one that has landed on adland's doorstep from the AAR for a client who is looking for an agency to fight with them shoulder to shoulder in the marketing trenches. It remains a mystery as to who this is. Please send any suggestions to Campaign to win yourself a DVD of The Very Best Of Dad's Army.


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