Hill, Holliday Quits Run at Brokerage Account

NEW YORK Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos has withdrawn from the review for the creative portion of Edward Jones’ $25-30 million ad account, sources said.

The move follows “work in progress” meetings last week and precedes final strategic presentations, to be held the week of Oct. 20 at the client’s St. Louis offices.

Sources said Hill, Holliday pulled out “to pursue other business.” The Boston-based Interpublic Group agency, which had been chasing Edward Jones through its New York office, is currently pursuing Johnson & Johnson’s $115 million Tylenol ad account.

Still in the pitch are New York shops Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners and the Wolf Group.

A decision is due at the end of the month.

The brokerage is searching for an agency to handle consumer advertising, direct-response creative and interactive work in North America and the U.K., consultant Randy Lindel has said.

Neither the client nor consultant could immediately be reached for comment. Agency representatives declined comment.

Media planning and buying, which is handled by Omnicom Group’s PHD USA, is not part of the review.