D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles’ New York office is believed to have won the $100m (66m) corporate account for the Korean electronics conglomerate the LG Group, formerly known as the Lucky Star Group. The agency won the account in a three-way pitch with McCann-Erickson and M&C Saatchi.
Virgin Radio is looking for an advertising agency to handle creative work for its London and national stations. In-house creative work was used for the 1.7m launch of the London station this year.
Friends of the Earth, the environmental pressure group, is believed to be talking to ad agencies about its account. Its most recent campaign featured a controversial cinema ad by McCann-Erickson which featured a toilet with a mahogany seat, filling with blood. The Advertising Standards Authority banned the ad from the cinema in October but FoE is ignoring demands that it pulls the ad from the Internet.
BBDO Worldwide has won the Bayer AG account and will handle the company’s advertising for virtually all of its consumer care products around the world, including Alka-Seltzer and Bayer Aspirin.
Faulds Advertising has kept the Scottish Tourist Board’s 3m ad account after a five-way pitch. Faulds, which has held the account for more than four years, has recently launched the 1.25m Autumn Gold campaign for the board, which included TV and cinema work.
Campbells Distillers has dropped Davis Little Cowley from its pitch list for the Pernod campaign – worth about 1.5m. Leagas Delaney has been asked to pitch again along with DMB&B, Frankfurt – as the campaign has changed from UK-focused to international.
Comedians Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath are featuring in a new radio ad campaign for Shell UK. The company has been threatened with a worldwide consumer boycott because of its involvement in Nigeria.
The Lowe Group has formed a partnership with Swiss agency Bosch & Butz. The move means that Lowe’s international network spans 27 countries.
Cellnet head of marketing campaigns Simon Lubin is leaving the telecoms company at Christmas to join ad agency The McWilliams Partnership. Lubin reported to Paul Leonard, Cellnet head of marketing communications.