Pitch update: Chivas Regal, Formula One, MoreThan, Northgate

Chivas Regal: Havas no longer defending ad account
Chivas Regal: Havas no longer defending ad account

Keep up to date with the latest in agency new business with Campaign's Thursday round-up of pitch lists, reviews and wins.

Ongoing pitches

Havas London has pulled out of the pitch for Chivas Regal, an account that it has held since 2008. Pernod Ricard called the review in September.

Northgate, the commercial vehicle hire company held tissue meetings with agencies last week and is holding final pitches next week on Monday and Tuesday. AAR is handling the process and there is no incumbent agency. 

New-business rankings: creative accounts


Formula One is reviewing for its first dedicated global media agency in a bid to grow the sport and recruit new fans across the world. Oystercatchers is handling the review and a shortlist of agencies has been drawn up after chemistry meetings. 

RSA insurance brand MoreThan is reviewing its media and planning business. Vizeum, the incumbent is repitching, having won the business in 2013. Chemistry meetings have been held.

Meetic, the owner of Match.com, is reviewing its UK media account. Vizeum is again the incumbent and repitching. 

The World Wide Fund for Nature is pitching for a retained advertising account. Oystercatchers is running the process and chemistry meetings are being held on the week after next. J Walter Thompson London handles the charity's brief to save tigers and is not affectd by the review.

New-business rankings: media accounts


MediaCom has picked up the estimated £300m Vauxhall/Opel media account across EuropeCarat has held the account for more than a decade but General Motors, the parent company of Vauxhall and Opel, sold the division to PSA Group, the owner of Peugeot and Citroen, earlier this year.

Debenhams has hired Mother as its strategic, creative and design agency following a competitive pitch. JWT London split with the retailer earlier this year following an eight-year partnership.

Window dressing and flooring specialist Hillarys Blinds has appointed Red Brick Road to its £24m integrated creative account. AAR handled the review and The Refinery was the incumbent.

Triumph International has appointed VCCP as its global creative and strategic agency
following a competitive three-way pitch. The brand was previously working with Swiss agency Stories AG.

MC&C has won a digital brief for Unicef Latin American and Caribbean. There is no incumbent.

Hearing healthcare provider Amplifon has chosen SapientRazorfish to transform its digital strategy and enhance its overall user experience. There is no incumbent.