agency news

A TEXAS
The Center for the
Persuasive Arts, San Antonio, has developed two television commercials for the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau.
First Financial Bankshares, Abilene, has contracted Stuart Bacon, Fort Worth, to create its 1999 annual report.
Murray Brown Creative Group, Fort Worth, has been selected to develop graphics and print materials for Fort Worth Clean City.
Grayson Marketing Group, Plano, has acquired three new accounts: Beans & Barristers, a coffeehouse and legal services provider; Visiontel, a videoconferencing specialist; and GamTech/Ralston Supply, a vendor of bingo products to casinos and gaming facilities.
Production house Tom’s Easy Way, Dallas, recently completed work on commercials for Nokia and SuperValu Stores via The Richards Group; Wolf Brand Chili through Berry-Brown Advertising; Midway Entertainment via DDB Dallas; Mountain Board Sports through Ackerman McQueen; PGA Tour via GSD&M; Whataburger through Square One; and Quaker Instant Oats and Aunt Jemima via Grupo Cuatro.
National gold winners at the Golden Pyramid Awards competition conducted by the Promotional Products Association in Dallas this year included Above and Beyond Incentives, Irving, for internal promotions; Communica Marketing Group, Richardson, for business-to-business programs; and Gardner Printing and Ad Specialities, Irving, in the not-for-profit category.
MarketingServicesNow.com, based in Addison, was recently selected agency of record for ThePlanetcom, a Web-hosting service provider.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has launched a new site on the Internet, www.bahamas.com. The venue was designed by SixtyFootSpider in Irving.
Austin-based Makos Advertising, Marketing and Design won 14 Addys at the annual local competition, including seven gold awards.
Witherspoon & Associates, Fort Worth, won the most awards (19) at the recent Fort Worth Ad Club’s Addy competition. Circle R Group, the in-house advertising department of Radio Shack, finished second with nine Addy awards as well as a best of show honor for its “Get your program” print campaign.
Film Crew, Dallas, recently completed production on television spots for E. Magreth Apparel and Time Warner.
Vectrix.com, an e-business solutions marketer in Dallas, has launched a new sports marketing division. The unit will be led by sports marketing veteran Mark Andrew Zwartynski.
Austin-based production house Inferno Films won two bronze Telly awards for its work on the regional campaign of the Texas Runaway Hotline.
MusicHost, an entertainment marketing and digital production company, has relocated its headquarters to Richardson.
United Stations Radio Networks has opened a full-service advertising sales office in Dallas. The facility will serve as USRN’s Southwest headquarters.
Syndetic Design, Austin, has moved to new offices in the Barton Creek Arts Center. Separately, the company has been selected to revise Netpliance’s Web site.

A NEW MEXICO
Ray Shewnack, chief executive officer of Wright Edge Corp. in Albuquerque, has acquired all the stock in the automotive advertising agency. Separately, Wright Edge has acquired two new clients this year, a car dealership in Stockton, Calif., and one in Cincinnati.
Rick Johnson & Company, Albuquerque, won 14 Addys and the inaugural Advertising Works award at the recent New Mexico Advertising Federation’s creative competition. The Advertising Works award honors the campaign with the most effective client results.
G&G Advertising, Albuquerque, took home six Addy awards, plus best of show and judge’s choice prizes, in the Advertising Federation’s local competition. All of the awards were for work created by G&G that targets Native Americans for Census 2000.

A OKLAHOMA
A public service campaign by Ackermann McQueen won best of show, a special judges award and seven Addys at this year’s competition in Oklahoma City. The television and print ads were created for the Oklahoma City National Memorial.