18 November 1999


Lastminute.com (www.lastminute.com) has signed a global deal with Forte Hotel Group, giving late-booking customers access to more than 250 Meridien, Posthouse and Heritage hotels around the world. It is the first in a series of expected deals with global hotel chains aimed at positioning lastminute.com as a leading channel offering hotel accommodation online across the […]


Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s UK home entertainment division has brought the design of its packaging and point-of-sale material in-house. CDP, which used to handle the business, will continue to run MGM’s advertising and PR.

HHCL parts company with £3m BAA brief

HHCL & Partners has split with airport operator BAA a year after being appointed to the £3m retail account. BAA is carrying out an annual statutory review of its retail account and HHCL says it has opted not to repitch.


Zara, the fashion chain, is to introduce a range of perfumes and toiletries for men and women as a result of a deal struck by Spanish parent company Inditex with the perfume maker Antonio Puig.


Equinox Communications, part of Zenith Media, has been handed the £4m media planning and buying account for Fox’s Biscuits, following a successful pitch against BBJ and MindShare.


Gameplay (www.gameplay.com), an online computer games retailer, has struck a deal with Asda which will see its goods supplied through Asda’s online service, Captain Value Mad (www.valuemad.com). According to Gameplay: “This deal will enable us to develop the services and maximise the cost savings and will give us a wider audience reach.”


Carat, owned by the Aegis Group, has bought leading Scottish media agency Feather Brooksbank for &£7.5m, as predicted in Marketing Week (October 14). The company, whose clients include Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, ScottishPower and the Scottish Tourist Board, will merge with Carat Manchester.

Brutal images bring Ulster issue home

I couldn’t help but notice the dichotomies in your “Undertaking Ulster” story (MW November 11). At first sight we are treated to a picture of a fresh-faced boy, the line “Northern Irish humour” and shots of sunset bliss. But these are juxtaposed with a biting – and slightly insensitive – headline conjuring up the deadliest […]


Chrysalis and Abbey Road Interactive are releasing a DVD of Robbie Williams’ Angels EP on December 6.


Clear Channel International, parent of the More Group, has appointed James Craven, PR manager for More Group UK, as marketing and communications manager for Adshel worldwide.

Sound barrier

Agencies have traditionally valued radio far less than TV. But a new breed of creatives is focusing its expertise on radio and calling attention to its unique potential as a medium, says Stephanie Bentley.

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