DIGESTS

Express newspapers has shortlisted BMP DDB Needham, Lowe Howard-Spink and Walsh Trott Chick Smith in the creative account review of its titles, The Express (right), The Star and the Express on Sunday. Pitches were held on Tuesday.

Esso has drawn up a shortlist of agencies to pitch for its 11m advertising account. The list includes Ammirati Puris Lintas, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, EURO RSCG Wnek Gosper, McCann-Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi and WCRS. Esso will cut the shortlist to three or four agencies.

Miller Brewing is understood to be splitting the 5m full-service account for Miller Genuine Draft between TBWA London and the Dublin-based agency the Helme Partnership. The agencies, which are both part of the same network, pitched against Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe for the business.

IDV UK and Gonzalez Byass have shortlisted roster agencies Banks Hoggins O’Shea and Court Burkitt & Company for the Gonzalez Byass brands following the split with Simons Palmer Clemmow Johnson.

The Stock Exchange is understood to have opened an investigation into short-term share-dealing in advertising and marketing company the Birkdale Group.

Rothman’s international division is talking to agencies about its Rothmans King Size brand. The review is believed to cover business in the Middle East and Africa markets.

J Walter Thompson is to handle the Jaguar Cars account in South Africa.

Publicis is to handle all above-, and below-the-line business for Royal Doulton, which is worth about 3m. The account, previously held by McCann Manchester, includes Lawleys by Post and Royal Doulton Direct.

Foote Cone & Belding is linking with the Financial Times on a political project based on its Mind & Mood consumer research, called ‘Election Mood’, in Luton, Stourbridge and Bolton – all towns in marginal constituencies.

Galloway & Company has created a 500,000 poster campaign for Young’s, the south London real ale brewer, to appear on more than 200 sites.

BT has given 3m of direct marketing incentive business to marketing agencies Maritz and Motivforce. The business comprises corporate clients, customer services and the business connections accounts.

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