EURO RSCG is to merge its various operations in Italy to form a single entity, EURO RSCG Italia.

Siemens is to run an international TV campaign through Publicis to build awareness of itself as a mobile phone brand. The company currently ranks sixth worldwide against competitors such as Nokia and Motorola.

Ipsos, the French market research company, has sold 37 per cent of its shares to Kurun, an investment fund, and Amstar, a company headed by Walter Butler, who led the rescue of BDDP before the agency’s subsequent deal with GGT.

Rai Uno, Italy’s principal television station, is to reintroduce its 90-second ‘Carosello’ advertising slot after an absence of 20 years. Carosello airs, as before, after the Saturday evening news, when it traditionally marked children’s bed time.

A Madrid judge has ordered television advertising promoting For Sun sunglasses to cease. The style of the ads is considered too close to campaigns for Fortuna, a cigarette brand, and thus open to interpretation as indirect advertising for a tobacco product.

Springer & Jacoby’s work for Fisherman’s Friend, Young & Rubicam’s for the Ford Ka and Grey’s campaign for Odol Med 3 were among 12 campaigns awarded an award for advertising effectiveness in this year’s German Effies.

Ben & Jerry’s is planning to introduce standalone outlets in France next year as part of its assault on Häagen-Dazs, which currently dominates the country’s premium ice-cream market.

Swatch’s international autumn/ winter campaign will break this month featuring advertising produced by Italian agency BGS/DMB&B, which uses the line ‘Time is what you make of it’.

Bhler & Partner, the Frankfurt advertising agency, is to open an office in Paris, principally to service General Motors’ Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, which it handles on a pan-European basis.

Canal Satélite in Spain has signed a deal to incorporate NBC into its digital offer. Programming will be subtitled in Spanish.

Two founders of KNSK, the Hamburg creative agency, which last year merged with BBDO, have announced plans to leave and take a majority stake in BLB, in conjunction with AP Lintas.

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