Veritas Software Goes Into Review

SAN FRANCISCO Veritas Software has launched a review for the media portion of its estimated $20 million account, the client confirmed.

It was unclear whether the creative and media incumbent, Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, would mount a defense, although the shop will be invited to participate, said Rene Bonvanie, vice president of corporate marketing for Veritas. The agency declined comment.

The client is in talks to award the creative portion of its account to Godfrey Q & Partners, the San Francisco shop recently launched by former Hill, Holliday senior vice presidents Patrick Godfrey and Brian Quennell, sources said. Agency officials could not immediately be reached and the client declined comment.

Select Resources International in West Hollywood, Calif., is leading the review. The consultant could not immediately be reached.

Hill, Holliday in San Francisco launched its first work for the Mountain View, Calif.-based technology company last June with a global print, online and direct marketing campaign that portrayed the firm as a worldwide leader in data storage.

Hill, Holliday won the account in October 2001 following a review that included finalists Doremus in San Francisco and Leo Burnett in Chicago.

Earlier this year, Hill, Holliday lost Red Roof Inn’s $10-12 million creative account and is also parting with Sybase, which spent $4 million. The agency did add Tilia’s $5-10 million account.