The planning business moved without a pitch from Starcom UK. Carat previously handled the buying for the Disney Attractions division, which was the last buying-only account it handled. The business comprises Walt Disney's parks and resorts.
Carat secured the bulk of the £48 million Disney brief, which includes the Buena Vista music and video distribution business as well as the Disney TV channels, at the start of 2004. The business was realigned by Aegis from its Vizeum UK office as part of a housekeeping exercise to ensure Disney was handled by one network across Europe.
The Disney Attractions planning account has always been an anomaly within Disney's media arrangements. Starcom had handled the account for four years, having picked up the business through its US network where it is Disney's agency of record.
No-one at Carat would comment on the win.