Peloton has tapped Horizon Next as its new media agency of record, following a review. Horizon will handle the popular fitness bike company's strategic planning and media buying across channels including digital, TV, audio, print and out-of-home. Horizon Next is a performance marketing entity within independent Horizon Media.
New York-based Peloton, founded six years ago, formerly worked with R2C Group. That agency is now working with Aaptiv, a provider of digital fitness content. Peloton's creative duties are handled by Mekanism.
The news arrives on the same day Peloton filed a lawsuit against competitor Flywheel Sports in U.S. District Court in the East District of Texas, alleging that Flywheel "infringed the Peloton Patents" with a "copycat" version of the Peloton bike experience, dubbed "Fly Anywhere." Peloton asserts in the lawsuit that Flywheel copied its intellectual property with the bike, released last year. (Flywheel "denies the claims raised by Peloton and strongly believes that its Anywhere product does not infringe any valid claim of Peloton's patents," says Andy Wong, chief marketing officer at Flywheel in response to the lawsuit.)