28 November 1996

DIGESTS

The Crown Prosecution Service has rejected a call from the Gaming Board to investigate the activities of NHS Loto (right). It says that it will take no further action unless it receives a complaint from a local police force. The CPS decision is understood to have angered the Gaming Board. Air Travel Group, owned by […]

EC must review restrictive laws

If Anheuser-Busch successfully challenges France’s Loi Evin, it could force the EC to reconsider whether an individual country has the right to curb advertising freedom. John Shannon reports. John Shannon is president of Grey International.

…but loses Brann 10m buying business

Direct marketing agency Brann has pulled its 10m media business out of CIA Media Solutions, and handed the account to Manning Gottlieb Media (MW November 22). Brann’s client list includes CompuServe, Colonial Direct, Age Concern, Touchline Insurance, RSPCA, and Norwich Union. Bristol-based Brann, which is opening a London office in January, also picked up the […]

CIA nears agreement with Laser…

Laser Sales is understood to have backed down from forcing CIA Medianetwork to agree airtime sales deals covering 1997 as a condition of an end to the legal dispute with the media buying agency. Both sides involved in the dispute confirmed they were edging towards an agreement as Marketing Week went to press. A formal […]

Briefs

‘This Budget will not give rise to high-octane spending,’ says Sir Stanley Kalms, chairman of Dixons Stores (right), before the warranties scare wiped an estimated 87m off the company’s share price. ‘This Budget won’t spark profligate consumer spending, I think those days are over for now. Last year we had a political Budget that really […]

Hallmaark ad drive sparks 4m hunt

Greetings cards manufacturer Hallmark is believed to be planning a 4m advertising drive next year and is seeking a media-buying and ad agency to handle the account. The move comes as the greetings card sector enters its peak period. The company is not thought to have a UK ad or media-buying agency. The strategic changes […]

The Diary spots sponsor winner

The Diary is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Spot the Sponsor competition, run in conjunction with York Racecourse. Karen Reid, brand manager at Tennant Caledonian Breweries, correctly answered one of the three clues printed in Marketing Week over the past six months. Her name was put into the draw, and pulled out […]

K’Nex appoints JWT to 15m global business

J Walter Thompson is to handle toy manufacturer K’Nex’s 15m global business. K’Nex, a construction toy which competes primarily against Lego, was launched in the early Nineties and now has a turnover of about $40m (25m) in the US alone.

Disney enjoys the profits of the Circle of Life

Disney as a brand has far exceeded what is considered possible. However, Jonathan Durden can’t help feeling that somehow he had no choice in whether or not to become one of its customers. Jonathan Durden is managing partner of New PHD.

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