London Docklands Development Corporation is carrying out a statutory review of its advertising account held by D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. It has shortlisted six undisclosed agencies. A budget has yet to be decided.
Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Worldwide has appointed John Fitzgerald as president and chief operating officer. He is widely seen as the long-term replacement for chairman and chief executive Ed Wax.
M&C Saatchi will be formally appointed to handle the Conservative Party account later this month…
…the Conservative Party has also hired its first DM firm. Claydon Heeley International completed a direct mail fundraising drive for the Tories at the end of 1995 and will work with the party in the lead-up to the General Election.
Casson Beckman has been appointed to report on the collapse of Woollams Moira Gaskin O’Malley which went into receivership with debts of 900,000 in August. Creditors have until January 14 to dispute the appointment.
BBJ Media Services has won Harvester Restaurants’ 3m media buying and Rayban sunglasses’ 1m account.
The Home Office is launching a 1m drive in an attempt to reduce the number of house fires. The EURO RSCG Wnek Gosper campaign represents a return to a more basic message after eight years of promoting the wider use of smoke alarms. It concentrates on the danger of children playing with matches, using the imagery of a moth being drawn to a flame (right) and the endline “do you know where every match is in your house? They probably do.”
Osprey Park creative director Roger Beattie has died from a brain haemorrhage. Beattie, 51, had previously worked at Young & Rubicam and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles.
George Simko is retiring as chairman of the executive committee at D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, its worldwide policy making body. Agency chairman and ceo Roy Bostock takes Simko’s responsibilities.
Abbott Mead Vickers. BBDO art director Kiki Kendrick is leaving the agency to join EURO RSCG Wnek Gosper.
BST.BDDP’s creative director Jon Iles is leaving to work abroad. His role will be taken by Paul Leeves until a new creative director is appointed.
Jim Downie, the Leith Agency’s executive creative director, is to move to rival Scottish advertising agency Faulds. He will be joint creative director working with Andrew Lindsay and Simon Scott.