Digests

The Lowe Group has bought Azure Advertising to augment its healthcare division. Azure clients include Warner Lambert and Schering Plough.

Harari Page has been hired by upmarket fashion company Paul Costelloe to create a 1m to 2m poster, press and cinema campaign.

North West Water is holding a statutory review of its 900,000 creative account held by BDH Advertising.

The Guardian is to launch its new advertising campaign created by Partners BDDH on September 1 with national 96-sheet posters. The push will be followed by national TV and press advertising through the autumn. The TV ad will introduce the line ‘Free Thinkers Welcome’.

McCann-Erickson has hired Lowe Howard-Spink board account director Chris Hunton as deputy managing director. Group account directors David Boscawen and Rhian MacKenzie have been promoted to joint heads of account management…

… McCann-Erickson Manchester has won the 500,000 advertising account for the Double Two shirts brand owned by the Wakefield Shirt Company.

Swinton Insurance launches a press campaign (right) on September 1 to run in the weekly financial sections of The Mail and the Evening Standard. The campaign was created by Bartle Bogle and Hegarty…

…Levi’s has pulled one of its new TV advertisements through BBH after the Independent Television Commission received 100 complaints from viewers angry about the execution which shows an apparently dead hamster.

McCann-Erickson Europe will handle a European marketing assignment for Europay International’s Eurocard-MasterCard credit cards and Maestro debit cards.

1576 Advertising has won the Motherwell Football Club account, awarded by the new club chairman John Boyle who is chairman of Direct Holidays, one of the agency’s clients.

Edinburgh Crystal has appointed Osprey Scotland to create an above- and below-the-line campaign.

Nimble, the low-calorie bread brand owned by British Bakeries, has shortlisted Gotham and Griffin Bacal to pitch pitch for its account.

Grey Integrated has been appointed to handle a public awareness campaign for the Direct Marketing Association following a three way pitch against J Walter Thompson and LVB DraftWorldwide.

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