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SBC WILL HEAR PITCHES FOR WIRELESS BRANDS
DALLAS-San Antonio-based SBC Communications will hear presentations from at least four agencies for the consolidated wireless creative accounts of its Southwestern Bell and Pac Bell brands. Sources said GSD&M, Austin, Texas; Ketchum Advertising, San Francisco; Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Warren, Mich., and Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis, are scheduled to present this week. All of the agencies declined to comment or confirm their participation. An SBC Communications representative also declined to comment. GSD&M is the incumbent for SW Bell wireless; Ketchum represents Pac Bell wireless. A decision is expected next week.
ANOTHER CONTENDER FOR BABY BELLS’ MEDIA
DALLAS-ICG/Carat, Los Angeles, emerged as a contender for the $200 million consolidated media account of SBC Communications. ICG executives declined comment, but sources said ICG joins four previously identified contenders: GSD&M, Austin, Texas; Leo Burnett, Chicago; and TBS Media Management and Optimum Media, both New York. The review will consolidate all media chores for Southwestern Bell and Pac Bell. A decision is expected this week or next, according to sources. SBC representatives declined to comment.
VENDORS, EX-EMPLOYEE SUE LORD FERNANDEZ
NEW ORLEANS-The former comptroller and three vendors filed a petition last week in U.S. bankruptcy court asking that Lord Fernandez Advertising be forced into involuntary liquidation. Lord’s Metairie, La., office has been closed for more than a month since the agency lost its main account, Grand Casino Coushatta. According to court documents, comptroller Michelle Marks, Mele Printing, Graphics Unlimited and Romney Photography filed claims last Thursday for nearly $30,000 in unpaid wages and bills. The agency’s New Orleans telephone number has been disconnected.
ANDERSON GRADS FORM SAN ANTONIO PR FIRM
DALLAS-Three ex-Anderson Advertising veterans have established a new San Antonio agency, Janes and Associates Public Relations. Joining owner Jeanne Janes are senior public relations account executive Marilyn McDougal and public relations account executive Lisa Tanner. The new shop will offer full-service work in media relations, communication training and promotional events.
ADWEEK CALLS FOR BEST TV SPOTS OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK-Adweek magazine is accepting entries for the best television commercials of 1997. The winners, selected by Adweek editors, will be announced in January. TV spots that first aired in 1997 are eligible. Submit entries to: Adweek’s Best Spots of the Year, 1515 Broadway, 12th floor, New York, N.Y. 10036, Attn: Nancy Sobel. The deadline is Dec. 31, 1997. For more information, call (212) 536-6453.