Agency News

Production Works, Dallas, recently completed work for the Texas Department of Economic Development’s state tourism campaign for McCann-Erickson Southwest, Houston. The director was Tony Balderrama, with M. Colleen Sweeney serving as executive producer and Andrea Font Hickham as producer.
The Quest Business Agency, Houston, was recently awarded a portion of a $300,000, three-year contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Quest will research markets for ground surface movement maps being produced by two of Quest’s partners in the venture.
Robert Yaquinto Printing Co. in Dallas has added a six-color Akiyama press to its facility.
Hothaus Design and Creative in Dallas created an on-air graphics package for Memphis, Tenn., Fox affiliate WHBQ, Channel 13.
Fisher Creative in Houston renewed its agency-of-record status with Houston’s KnowledgeBase Marketing, a provider of integrated information marketing solutions.
Regian & Wilson Advertising & Public Relations in Fort Worth recently hosted “Ad Bowl One,” in which advertising professionals across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex were invited to participate in a critique of Super Bowl ads.
San Antonio-based MediaWorks has moved to The Atrium, 85 NE Loop 410, San Antonio 78217. Phone: (210) 805-0608. Fax: (210) 805-8616.
Big Fish Films in Dallas completed two new TV spots for Primestar Partners Satellite Broadcasting in Englewood, Colo. Director/cameraman Robert Latorre and director Joe Scudiero earned creative credits.
Inside PR selected The Hart Agency, Dallas, as one of the “Best in Their Niche” in a recent issue.
Those winning gold awards in the 41st annual Promotional Products Association International Golden Pyramid Awards in Dallas included Don Sanders Marketing Concepts, Dallas; Ad Ventures in Texas, Austin; and Gary Rugoff Sales, Dallas.
AvreaFoster, Dallas, produced collateral for Compaq Computer Corp., Houston, promoting the newest line of Windows NT and UNIX-based professional workstations. The work was targeted for trade shows, direct mail, reseller channels and intercompany sales.
Tucker & Associates, Dallas, was named public relations shop for Solar Communications Group in Millville, N.J. Billings are projected at $500,000 in 1999.
C. Pharr & Co., Dallas, has relocated to 16526 Westgrove Drive, Addison, Texas 75001. Phone: (972) 931-7576. Fax: (972) 931-2055.
Rapp Collins Worldwide, in Irving, recently hosted 14 Omnicom Group Diversified Agency Services in the first annual Southwest Agency Collaborative for the company.
Killeen’s Artworks Ad Agency designers John Ciaburri and Keith Dotson attended the annual Student Portfolio Review and official advisory board meeting at Texas State Technical College in Waco. Also the shop sent assistant media buyer Suzanne Bundschuh to the Media Buying Academy’s “Bootcamp,” which was held in Dallas Feb. 10-11.
Zagorski Communications in Dallas has relocated to 6440 N. Central Expy., University Tower #312, Dallas 75206. Phone: (214) 750-6601. Fax: (214) 750-6542.
The Powell Group, Dallas, oversaw event marketing and media relations for the groundbreaking of The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. The shopping mall is owned by Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Taubman Centers.
Lee Marketing Services, Dallas, was honored by parent company World Cos., Omaha, Neb., for ending the year with sales revenues 13 percent above budget.
The Richards Group, Dallas, has launched a Cinco de Mayo promotion and advertising campaign for The Gambrinus Co.’s Corona Extra and Corona Light. The promo’s theme is “No Corona. No Party,” and includes point-of-sale materials.
McGarrah-Jessee in Austin produced TV and radio spots for the 50th anniversary of February’s San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Universal Sports America, a Dallas-based sports-marketing firm, last week agreed to merge with Bull Run Corp. of Atlanta, which concurrently announced its own merger with Lexington, Ky.-based Host Communications.
Align Solutions in Houston, has acquired Dallas-based Synapse Group, a full-service Internet consulting firm. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Taylor Speier Group, Houston, recently launched a campaign announcing client Houston Industries’ conversion to its new Reliant Energy name. Print ads ran in several business and financial publications.