WPP tops Andy Berlin’s dance card
as he prepares to sell his agency.
Hal Riney Back in Action for Ion Pitch
Saturn and the founder of Publicis & Hal Riney go way back. Hal Riney, now the shop’s semi-retired chairman, created Saturn’s homespun launch campaign. These days, he’s back at the office as the driving force behind the shop’s crucial pitch for the Ion launch.
Neither incumbent Bates USA West nor Hyundai Motors’ U.S. staff was informed that the Korean automaker would launch a review of its $450 million-plus global media business, sources said. The search may be followed by a review of creative duties.
Dropped by McCann-Erickson over a conflict with S.C. Johnson, Reckitt-Benckiser could have a tough time finding
a new home for its $300 million global account. Many other agency networks handle competing packaged-goods brands, creating conflicts of their own.
BATTLE OVER BROOKS
WPP Group will not pursue an injunction filed in London against its chief human resources
officer, Brian Brooks, who resigned to take the same post at IPG. Brooks, who also sits on WPP’s board, agreed to give 12 months’ notice as contractually required.
Business-consulting group Cap Gemini Ernst & Young is
initiating a review for its $20 million U.S. account, which will include creative and media duties, according to sources.
Mediaweek honors standouts in the media business, from broadcast to print to planning. Bob Frank of SFM Media wins
the President’s Award for a career spent pioneering the
full-service media independent. And Media Executive of
the Year goes to Rich Hamilton, CEO of Zenith, which won 10 of 12 accounts in the last 18 months.
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