Pitches will be at the end of next week. VMTV's Virgin1 channel has just unveiled a character called Red, so the creative strategy for that channel is probably already sorted.
Following last week's day-out at Pirbright Barracks, the hardy agencies looking to be recruited on to the Army account were told that they would have to form a consortium with a host of other companies, including IT providers and training companies, and register the partnership by the end of the month.
Similarly, agencies hoping to be involved in the gargantuan UPS creative, media and DM pitch are putting teams together after RFIs went out this week. Chemistry meetings are due to take place at the end of July.
Autoglass, the windscreen replacement brand, has shortlisted Carat, MediaCom, Starcom MediaVest and Walker Media to pitch against the incumbent, Universal McCann, for its £9 million media planning and buying business. Given that Autoglass recently renewed a £15 million two-year deal with the specialist radio creative agency Radioville, it seems the appointed agency won't have much to do beyond booking radio spots.
Agencies involved in the £80 million Lloyds TSB and HBOS media pitch are struggling to make time for anything else. The whole process is so involved that one agency has likened preparing for the pitch to "being in a dark tunnel". Pitches will take place on 24 June, when agencies will hopefully feel closer to seeing the light at the end of it.
And finally ... DM agencies that have got through to the chemistry stage for the National Blood Service business have been given a week's respite after the client broke her arm. Chemistry meetings that were meant to take place on 1-2 June have been pushed back until 8-9 June.