CIA Medianetwork is poised to win the £20m Book Club Associates media-buying account from The Media Business Group. Talks between CIA and TMBG subsidiary Mansfield Lang – which handles BCA – are understood to be well advanced.
TV Licensing has shortlisted Hall Harrison Cowley, J Walter Thompson, SP Lintas, Bainsfair Sharkey Trott and Bates Dorland for its £4m account.
The Health Education Board for Scotland refuses to comment on the pitch list for the statutory review of its £6m advertising account. However, agencies thought to be on the list include Faulds and Morgans, as well as incumbent Leith.
Avis Europe is understood to be on the verge of breaking away from Howell Henry Chaldecott Lury. Avis UK broke with the agency last year.
McCann-Erickson has created a new worldwide management board including UK chairman Malcolm Miles and London Group chairman David Warden.
Waterstone’s, the bookshop chain which is owned by WH Smith, is believed to be looking for an advertising agency. It previously launched a £200,000 advertising campaign through Moffatt Associates last July (MW July 14).
Burkitt Weinreich Bryant Clients & Company has won the £1.5m Bakers Complete Dogfood account, beating Cowan Kemsley Taylor, Kelly Weedon Shute and incumbent agency Ingenia to the business. Mediastar previously held the media account.
Stephen Franks, creative director for corporate identity at design consultancy Coley Porter Bell, has left to set up his own company.
Hoverspeed has appointed Maher Bird to handle its £3m account.
Pace Advertising and Marketing of Manchester has won the £650,000 North Sea Ferries account.
Bates Dorland and Burkitt Weinrich have been ruled out of the Beauty International account, which is said to be worth £5m. Publicis, Rainey Kelly and BMP DDB Needham are expected to receive a verdict within two weeks.
Coca-Cola is suing soft drinks company Polar Corporation to prevent the Massachusetts firm using its polar bear symbol in a take-off of Coca-Cola’s TV ads.