Pitch Update

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been forced to postpone its pitch to find a mascot for the London 2012 Olympics for a week because of the G20 summit protests.

The agencies involved, VCCP, Mother, Saatchi & Saatchi and Iris, were due to present at LOCOG's Canary Wharf offices but were told to come back a week later because they wouldn't be able to make it through the throng of placard-waving protesters.

The agencies looking to bolster their green credentials by winning the Fairtrade Foundation ad review are Arthur, Wieden & Kennedy and Baby Creative. The pitch will take place in early April, with a decision by the middle of that month.

True to form, Visit Wales is dragging out its ad pitch across as many stages as possible. The tourist board is currently drawing up a shortlist of five agencies, to be announced on 15 April. Those five will then have to do a written submission before the list is whittled down to three, who will pitch for the business in June. Phew!

After last week's chemistry meetings, 118 118 has put together a shortlist to pitch for its £14 million media planning and buying business. The chosen four are ZenithOptimedia, Mediaedge:cia and the incumbents, Arena BLM and OMD.

The Admiral Insurance media pitch moves on next week, with chemistry meetings between the client and agencies after sister company Confused.com appointed PHD. It is unclear whether the incumbent, Mindshare, will repitch.

But it's all gone quiet on the £10 million Lionsgate media review, which kicked off back in January. Agencies have been asked to submit buying proposals, but there has been no sign of a pitch yet.

And DM agencies are expecting to find out whether their efforts have paid off on the Energy Savings Trust digital pitch this week. Crayon, Lida and Sapient are the three agencies that will be nervously waiting by their phones when the result is announced on Friday.


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