Pitch Update

It's been a long trip out to Atlanta this week for the equally long list of agencies lining up for the global UPS pitch.

Teams from Arnold, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Euro RSCG, JWT, Ogilvy Advertising, TBWA, Young & Rubicam and a combination of The Martin Agency backed by DraftFCB will attend meetings this week, in a process handled by the AAR. Pitches will take place on 22-23 September, with a result expected shortly after.

After reaching the research stage of the pitch process, COI's sexual health review is drawing some comparison to a real-life STD test situation. Teams at VCCP and M&C Saatchi have put their samples in to be tested and are waiting nervously for the results, which are expected a week on Friday at the earliest.

Agencies lucky enough to be seeing Barratt Homes have been scheduled for meetings today (Thursday) and tomorrow. A shortlist is expected in the coming weeks.

In media, Molson Coors has decided on a shortlist for its £15 million planning and buying business. Going up against the incumbent agency, Vizeum, for media across brands including Carling and Grolsch are Mindshare, MCHI, Universal McCann and ZenithOptimedia.

Still no news on the £80 million Lloyds TSB Group pitch, which is now a head-to-head between ZenithOptimedia and Mediaedge:cia. Agency sources are predicting an outcome within three weeks.

The biggest DM pitch of the year is underway, with four agencies battling it out for the TV Licensing account. Along with Proximity, the incumbent agency on the business, MRM Worldwide, OgilvyOne and Rapp have all held initial meetings with the organisation. But don't expect the client to make a decision anytime soon - a result is not going to come until next April at the earliest.

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