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WCRS has lost two of its top creatives, copywriter Robin Weeks and art director Robin Smith, the duo that invented the Sega pirate TV campaign. Both resigned on Friday, and are understood to be joining Leo Burnett.

Emirates, the Dubai airline, has shortlisted TBWA, Butterfield Day Devito Hockney, D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Leagas Delaney, Simons Palmer Denton Clemmow & Johnson and incumbent Grey to pitch for its £10m worldwide business. A decision is expected in April with the new work breaking in September.

Leo Burnett has parted company with new business director Nick Hough.

McCann-Erickson Bristol has ended its three-month search for a creative director with the appointment of David Woolway. Woolway was a creative director with Ogilvy & Mather in London.

Kerry Foods has consolidated its £2m business into McCann-Erickson by shifting its Mattesons brand out of SP Lintas to join Wall’s and Richmond Foods.

The British Horseracing Board has approved new advertising sites for racehorse owners. The new, larger sites on attendants and horses – similar to football shirt advertising – comes into effect today (March 1).

Britannia Music’s 1995 BRIT Awards sponsorship involved marketing support worth more than £1m, the company confirmed this week.

Arc has renamed its direct marketing subsidiary Arc Direct, Tomahawk.

Barnes Vereker has won the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society advertising account following a three-way pitch. It said last week that it planned to start lending money to small business following legislation changes.

American Express spending £2m on a TV campaign created by Ogilvy & Mather to promote its Membership Awards loyalty programme.

Kirin, the Japanese lager brand, launches in the UK on March 10 with a television advertising campaign on ITV and Channel 4, featuring alternative comedian Greg Proops. The campaign is by Laing Henry.

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