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Publicis/Bloom Pursues Phillips 66 TV Job
DALLAS–Three additional shops surfaced last week as contenders for a television assignment being shopped by Phillips 66 Co., Bartlesville, Okla. Sources said Publicis/Bloom in Dallas and Kansas City shops Barkley Evergreen & Partners and NKH&W are under consideration, along with DDB Needham Dallas, which handles corporate work for the client. Ron Stanley, Phillips director of corporate advertising, said last month DDB was in the running but would not confirm the other shops or billings last week. Sources have pegged the budget at $2 million or less. The assignment will mix an image message with a plug for the company’s gasoline, Stanley said [Adweek, Jan. 26].

GSD&M’s Last Anti-Litter Ads Star Rimes
DALLAS–GSD&M this week launches its final campaign for the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Don’t mess with Texas” litter prevention series. The TV and radio spots feature country singer LeAnn Rimes. The ads air through the week of March 9. Feb. 20 was the deadline for agencies to respond to a request for proposal issued for the account, which GSD&M resigned last month. The Austin, Texas, agency created the “Don’t mess with Texas” line after first winning the account in 1985.

Freed Acquires 2 Automotive Dealerships
DALLAS–Freed Advertising in Stafford, Texas, was awarded two car dealer accounts. Billings for Mike Calvert Toyota and Davis Chevrolet, both Houston, are more than $2 million for print, TV and radio work. Freed topped two Houston shops for the business.

T3 Leads Austin Addys With 19 Gold Awards
DALLAS–Austin, Texas, shop T3 bested GSD&M at the 1998 Austin Advertising Federation’s Addys competition Feb. 9, earning 19 golds to the larger Austin agency’s 13. T3 also won a special judges award for copywriting with its Dick’s Last Resort print ad. Best of show in the print category went to TKO for the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, while broadcast best of show went to Bradfield/Martino for an Austin Lyric Opera spot. Also scoring at the show were Sibley/Peteet Design of Dallas with eight Addys, SicolaMartin with four, Bradfield/Martino with three and McGarrah/Jessee with two.

Zehnder Lands N.O. Downtown Development
NEW ORLEANS–The New Orleans Downtown Development District has awarded its $400,000 account to Zehnder Communications after presentations from four finalists. Incumbent Keating Magee competed with Logan Marketing, Hess Marketing and Zehnder for the account. The client’s board of directors is expected to finalize Zehnder’s selection at a March meeting.

For the Record
Olicom, a client of Dallas shop M/C/C, is headquartered in Richardson, Texas [Adweek, Jan. 19].