June 24, 1987
London-based Trilateral Communications said it is weighing a bid for JWT, the parent of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency and the Hill & Knowlton public relations firm. Trilateral said three high-ranking JWT executives approached it about buying the New York-based firm. Meanwhile, JWT told WPP Group, another British suitor, that it would provide it with confidential information under certain conditions. WPP has offered $50.50 a share for the firm.
July 3, 1987
The auto maker said it will reassign advertising for nine of its European affiliates to Ogilvy Group Inc. and for Ford's Canadian division advertising to Young & Rubicam Inc. This marks the first client defection since London-based WPP Group PLC agreed to acquire JWT Group last week. The 10 Ford accounts are believed to represent nearly one-third of Ford's estimated $350-million account with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, a division of JWT.
June 23, 1987 |
A firm half owned by Los Angeles entertainment giant MCA said Monday that it has purchased nearly 5% of the embattled parent of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency. Quantum Media, a New York media and advertising firm, owns 4.7% of the JWT Group. Robert Pittman, Quantum Media's chief executive, wouldn't discuss the firm's JWT holdings. Quantum Media was formed by MCA and Pittman last fall to make media- and entertainment-related acquisitions and ventures.
June 16, 1987 |
The British marketing services firm that launched a hostile bid for the parent of J. Walter Thompson advertising agency said Monday that it would raise its bid by more than $50 million if a merger agreement with JWT Group is reached by Wednesday. The London-based WPP Group said it was prepared to raise its $45-a-share bid to $50.50 a share to "bring about an immediate acceptance of our proposal and to put this extended period of instability behind JWT as quickly as possible."
May 26, 1999 |
Coco's restaurants has hired a San Francisco-based advertising agency to help the 50-year-old Irvine chain update its image and reverse a three-year trend of flat or declining sales. JWT West, which has handled campaigns for such chains as Burger King and Denny's, is expected to roll out its first campaign for Coco's by early fall, said Larry Tolpin, the agency's chief executive.
June 18, 1987 |
The parent of the troubled J. Walter Thompson advertising agency Wednesday rejected a $45-a-share bid from a British marketing services firm, but agreed to enter discussions with WPP Group, beginning today. Until now, JWT Group has resisted WPP's overtures. Industry analysts expected today's talks to lead to a merger between London-based WPP and JWT, also the parent of the Hill & Knowlton public relations firm. "JWT will go to WPP," predicted James D.