M&C Saatchi has not been so lucky on the Unicef pitch though, and has been lopped off the shortlist, leaving Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy. It is now thought that the remaining agencies will face each other in another round of meetings.
EBay, meanwhile, which has just kicked off a DM review (page 1), has shown this week that when it comes to pitching, it can be utterly ruthless. The internet auction site has decided to unceremoniously boot off all of its local roster agencies, which include Springer & Jacoby, Albion and Euro RSCG in France, and put Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Fallon and the French agency Legg on to the final shortlist.
In media, the £14 million 118 118 media pitch is gathering pace. The pitch consultancy Oystercatchers has invited agencies to chemistry meetings to take place today (Thursday).
There are a couple of interesting global reviews too: the £300 million Nokia global pitch and the Royal Sun Alliance review have both kicked off, with requests for information out to agencies on Nokia, and a shortlist imminent on RSA.
Gyro, Partners Andrews Aldridge and EHS Brann should be applauded for getting their heads round a complicated data-driven, hi-tech brief for the Government Communication Headquarters. The agencies have made it to the final stage of pitches, and a result is expected shortly.
And DM new-business directors are all breathing a big sigh of relief now the deadline for returning the Post Office requests for information has passed. Now the question remains over how many will be conflicted out because of their financial clients.