And Then There Was One…

Several weeks ago, Continuum Health Partners narrowed its agency review to three shops: Hampel/ Stefanides, Angotti, Thomas, Hedge and DeVito/Verdi. Final presentations were scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25.
Before then, however, Angotti and Hampel both dropped out, leaving DeVito standing. The agency is still waiting to hear if it won the account and referred calls to the client, which could not be reached by press time.
The $3-5 million review was for the labor-intensive direct response and print advertising portion of the business, but not the broadcast component, which turned off some of the shops involved.
For its part, Angotti pulled out before the final meeting, due to the demands of its pending merger. The $100 million shop said two weeks ago that it was combining with Interpublic Group of Cos. sibling Anderson & Lembke in New York [Adweek, March 1].
TV is at Berlin Cameron & Partners, which is prepping a new campaign.
The contest was handled by AAR/Bob Wolf Partners, New York, which referred calls to the client.
–Justin Dini