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Mates Healthcare has awarded its ú750,000 condom advertising account to start-up agency Knight Leach Delaney, after a competitive pitch involving Kelly Weedon Shute, KHBB, Cowan Kemsley Taylor, Mustoe Merriman Herring & Levy and D’Arcy Masius

Mates Healthcare has awarded its £750,000 condom advertising account to start-up agency Knight Leach Delaney, after a competitive pitch involving Kelly Weedon Shute, KHBB, Cowan Kemsley Taylor, Mustoe Merriman Herring & Levy and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles.

Chiat Day has won the £2m Radio 1 account from incumbent Arc, after a pitch which included Saatchi & Saatchi, Cowan Kemsley Taylor and Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe.

Lowe Howard-Spink has been awarded a new international advertising account for IDV’s Malibu coconut liqueur. It is believed the new work will focus initially on building sales in the US, with a budget of about $4m. Burkitt Weinreich Bryant Clients & Partners, however, continues to handle the £2m Malibu account in the UK.

J Walter Thompson deputy managing director Stephen Carter has been promoted to managing director…

…J Walter Thompson has relaunched its sponsorship department as a separate company to attract business from outside the agency and offer an expanded service to current clients. Vision 20/20 will be run by sponsorship director Nick Walford.

Saatchi & Saatchi’s legal battle with its four former senior managers, Maurice Saatchi, Bill Muirhead, David Kershaw and Jeremy Sinclair, starts in the High Court next week.

Lowe Howard-Spink and Vauxhall have denied industry rumours that they are to part company. `There is categorically no truth in that story,’ says Vauxhall marketing director Chris Lacey.

Dennis Publishing has awarded the media-buying for the £750,000 launch of its men’s magazine Maxim, to Pattison Horswell Durden. The creative account stays with incumbent agency River. A press, radio and poster campaign is planned before the title’s launch in mid-April.

PPHN, the direct marketing specialist, has hired former Howell Henry Chaldecott Lury partner Mark Fiddes, who left before Christmas to complete a game show. He will join PPHN as joint creative director with Ian Haworth.

Marketing Week and The Lawyer are holding a conference, The Saatchi Saga: Lessons to be Learned, on March 22. It will cover topics such as how an agency can keep clients when senior people leave, and how to enforce restrictive covenants.

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