Revlon has sold its Brazilian Colorama cosmetics and haircare brand to L’Oréal Group for $55m (£39m).

Marketing chief Orpen leaves to launch consultancy

Shaun Orpen, Microsoft’s outgoing director of corporate marketing, is to become an IT consultant from September. Orpen says he will try consulting for six months but his long term goal is to become the managing director of a smallto medium-sized IT-related company. He says he has had discussions with companies over new marketing jobs but […]

Cadbury wins bid to control all vending machines on Tube

Cadbury Trebor Bassett (CTB) has won a ten-year extension to its contract to supply vending machines on the London Underground (LU). The confectionery giant has promised to install new machines and widen the range of products available to the 3 million passengers who use the Tube every day. CTB, which beat companies such as Coca-Cola […]

Previously unseen Lennon artwork to appear on children’s merchandise

A range of children’s merchandise featuring artwork by Beatles legend John Lennon will go on sale in the UK and Europe next spring. Lennon’s estate is signing 11 licences with major high street retailers to put Lennon’s Real Love artwork on children’s clothes, bedding, furniture and gift sets. The names of the retailers and the […]

John Brown picks US chief as md

John Brown Publishing (JBP) has promoted its US publishing director, Dean Fitzpatrick, to managing director, UK. Fitzpatrick was responsible for setting up JBP’s US office in New York, but returned to this country last year. Andrew Hirsch, the chief executive of JBP in the UK and US, was transferred to New York earlier this year […]

Sportsworld Media Group picked to handle Toyota F1 sponsorships

Toyota Motorsport has appointed Sportsworld Media Group to secure sponsors and rights for its new Formula One team, which commences Grand Prix racing in 2002. The appointment coincides with the announcement that the Japanese car company has signed a deal with the Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, which will see its Panasonic brand become title sponsor […]

Allied loses global chief in wake of rejig

Allied Domecq senior vice-president of global marketing Mark Doorbar has left the wines and spirits group as part of a global marketing restructure. The company will not replace Doorbar. His responsibilities will be shared between Simon Stewart, senior vice-president for core brands; Simon Hunt, senior vice-president of innovation; and Edward Beasley, senior vice-president of speciality […]

UKTV unveils Style-branded DIY website

UKTV is extending its UK Style digital channel brand on to the Web, with a website that enables users to design virtual rooms. Visitors to the site, at www.- ukstyle.tv, can change wall colours, floor coverings and furniture to give them ideas for their own homes. UKTV is targeting the 2 million UK Style viewers […]

Handbag.com premieres interactive e-mail drama

Handbag.com, the women’s website jointly owned by Boots and Hollinger New Media, is raising the curtain this week on what it bills the world’s first interactive e-mail drama. Written by BAFTA nominated IMP Corporation, the e-soap will run for eight weeks from July 2. Entitled, “Love, life & e-mail”, it will be delivered to registered […]


Avenue A, a leading online ad agency, is closing its UK office. The US-based company, whose clients include Expedia, iVillage and Gateway, will wind down its operations over the next few months. It entered the UK market a year ago.

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