Visa International’s 25m media account has been slimmed down to two agencies, Saatchi & Saatchi and J Walter Thompson. Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO and Bartle Bogle Hegarty have been cut from the list.
Prudential will sponsor the Channel 4 programmes Ally McBeal and NYPD Blue. The sponsorship includes characters in ads who resemble the lead characters in both shows. The deal was brokered by media agency New PHD.
Nickelodeon, the children’s channel, is launching a new campaign through ad agency Magic Hat. The ads focus on common characters in children’s lives, such as parents or teachers, in unex-pected situations.
Associated Newspapers’ sales and marketing manager Richard Miller has been appointed sales director (circulation) of Express Newspapers.
JC Decaux, the privately-owned French poster group, has won its lawsuit which it launched against the UK’s More Group during the bid to acquire More earlier this year. A French subsidiary of More was found to have forged documents that sought to discredit Decaux.
BBC Worldwide is launching a new monthly magazine for six to ten year olds this week called BBC SMart.
The Independent Television Commission has published for consultation draft Rules on the Amount & Scheduling of Advertising, previously known as ITC Rules on Advertising Breaks.
The ITV Network has appointed Kate Stross finance and development director. She was corporate and media development director at Granada Media.
Atlantic 252, the radio station, will launch its first satellite TV campaign for five years, to promote its Friday and Saturday night dance show bpm. The campaign was created by advertising agency Rapier.
Tryton Food brand Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire Puddings will sponsor the regional weather for ITV morning channel GMTV. The deal was brokered by Booth Lockett Makin.
Total Media has appointed Annie Lambert and Annemarie Laverty, currently group account managers, as directors. Guy Sellers and Nigel Potter have become joint managing directors and managing director Mike Sell chief executive.
Condé Nast International has acquired Sposabella magazine in Spain and Portugal.