Find a pencil and paper and take down the following details. According to Campaign, Marks & Spencer is talking to agencies about becoming a major above-the-line advertiser. Now bear in mind what this means: M&S currently spends about pounds 2m in this area (through BMP4), while rivals Tesco and Sainsbury spend about pounds 35m and pounds 40m, respectively. So why not call the head of advertising at M&S, Gerry Hodes, and offer him dinner? The number: 0171-935 4422. Good luck!
The big heart of Andrew Cracknell, chairman at Ammirati Puris Lintas, missed a beat last week. Sitting on the Tube, he spotted The Guardian's headline "A liar and a cheat", and the top half of a mugshot, showing a thinning head of hair. In fact, this was a story about ex-minister Neil Hamilton, but Cracknell's first thought - as he told journalists afterwards - was: "Christ! What have they written about me now?" Crackers, Crackers - whatever can you mean?
Paul Twivy - an adman regarded as peerless among account
planners, if not quite so special in staff management - has removed his belongings from the office and taken them home. Coming two-and-a-half years after he joined Dorlands, this move is understood to follow a hoo-haa with the Bates network's chairman, Michael Bungey. Meanwhile, the man whose appointment in January placed a fat question-mark over Twivy's future, Bates Dorland chairman Graham Hinton, attempts to soothe clients and staff.
Traditional advertising will never be the same: Alan Waldie
is bowing out. The senior art director at Lowe Howard-Spink, whose Sixties work at Collett Dickenson Pearce included the surreal Benson & Hedges campaign, is going freelance. That B&H work has been described as "a seminal piece of advertising", but there was more - for Ford, SupaSoft, Olympus and Hamlet. Then, in the Eighties, Waldie produced award-winning work for Heineken, including "blues singer" and "water in Majorca". Hats off.
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