DDB, Grey Remain in Nokia

DALLAS Interpublic Group’s McCann-Erickson and independent Wieden + Kennedy have dropped out of the Nokia review, two weeks before their scheduled presentations, sources said.

Remaining in the competition for creative duties are Omnicom Group’s DDB in Chicago and Dallas and Grey Global Group’s Grey in New York, sources said. Those shops are scheduled to present creative and strategic work at their offices during the week of Feb. 23.

A client representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

The cell phone manufacturer spent about $35 million on domestic ads last year, per TNS Media Intelligence/CMR.

Sources said McCann-Erickson in Troy, Mich., bowed out because earlier this month Nokia increased its ownership in software maker Symbian from 32 percent to 63 percent. The agency viewed Symbian as a conflict with Microsoft, for which McCann-Erickson has global ad duties, sources said.

It was not immediately clear why Wieden in Portland, Ore., dropped out.

Agencies either declined comment or referred calls to the client.

The Richards Group in Dallas handles both creative and media chores for Nokia. The independent agency said it is not defending the account.

Nokia, with regional headquarters in Irving, Texas, is planning to launch a review for its media after its creative competition concludes, sources said.

—Adweek staff report