14 October 1999

Digest

Hearst Corporation, publisher of women’s magazine Cosmopolitan, is to collaborate on a pay-TV venture in Spain and Portugal next spring. Hearst has formed a joint venture with Spanish media company MultiPark Madrid with the aim of creating a 24-hour channel.

Digest

J Walter Thompson Detroit has won Safeway’s US TV and radio media planning and buying account. The business was previously held by Western Initiative Media Worldwide, Los Angeles, and McCann-Erickson, San Francisco.

Digest

Swatch has signed a deal with Sega to link the company’s new digital watches with the Sega Dreamcast games console.

Campari to launch £12m Euro review of Cinzano

Campari International plans to hold a European-wide advertising review for its newly-acquired Cinzano vermouth brand. The account is understood to be worth £12m. The Monaco-based drinks giant last week bought Cinzano from Diageo for an undisclosed sum. The deal completes Diageo’s £225m sale of its non-core spirits brands. Cinzano’s international advertising has been handled by […]

Sordid affair of cfuk bickering

French Connection and Conservative Future are bickering about who owns their trademark – an obscenity (MW September 30 and September 16). This dispute does credit to neither party, and your distinguished journal would add greatly to its lustre if it were to ignore the whole sordid affair. Mack Bottle Interbrand Newell & Sorrell London

Digest

Weider, the US publisher, is producing a Russian version of its health magazine Shape, which launched through Mollin in the UK earlier this year.

Contract Killers

Procter & Gamble is taking former employee Paul Stoneham to court after he broke a three-year restrictive clause in his contract to work for rival Alberto Culver. Is it reasonable to enforce unrealistic contracts? US law is against individuals

Aerial assault for chance to see digital TV

I was interested to read Robert Mayes’ letter (MW October 7) regarding ONdigital. I live in a block of flats. When I moved in a few years ago, I suggested we erect a satellite dish, but, for one reason or another, the freeholder would not allow it. I also suggested cable and, again, the freeholder […]

Just reward for services to TV

I read with interest Torin Douglas’ column (“How SkyDigital shaped viewing habits at with the push of a button” MW October 7). Now I know as BBC News’ media correspondent Torin has to keep his finger on the pulse of current affairs but after a quick calculation I have worked out that his household’s viewing […]

Digest

Toyota has appointed Tony Whitehorn as sales director, reporting to commercial director Mike Moran.

Digest

Razorfish (www.razorfish.co.uk), the new media agency, has been appointed by NatWest to help on the development and roll out of the bank’s e-commerce and digital services.

Digest

Katie Grand, the freelance fashion stylist and former fashion director at Dazed & Confused magazine, has been appointed fashion director at EMAP Metro title The Face.

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