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Burnett Joins Hunt for SBC Media Account
DALLAS–Leo Burnett, Chicago, and DDB Needham’s Optimum Media, New York, last week were pegged by sources as additional contenders for the combined media buying account of SBC Communications’ Southwestern Bell and Pacific Bell brands. The account, which insiders estimate to be valued at $200 million, is likely to be awarded next month. Burnett two weeks ago resigned its $100 million Ameritech media account. Other previously identified shops still believed to be in contention include GSD&M, Austin, Texas, which handles creative work for SBC’s wireless and Yellow Pages business; and TBS Media Management, New York, the incumbent on Pac Bell media. Representatives at all of the agencies either declined to comment or referred calls to SBC, which declined to comment or confirm agencies. D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, St. Louis, the incumbent on SBC’s media, is not participating.
3Com Consolidates with Foote, Cone & Belding
LOS ANGELES–3Com Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., officially consolidated its $80 million advertising account with Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide last week, without a formal review. FCB’s San Francisco office will be the lead agency for the computer and computer networking products manufacturer. The Leap Partnership, Chicago, lost its business with 3Com’s recent merger partner, U.S. Robotics, Inc., Skokie, Ill.
Burnett Gone, Ameritech Nears Media Finalists
CHICAGO–Ameritech expects to select two or three finalists this week for its $100 million media account, a company representative said. An initial list of less than 10 shops was invited to participate. Morgan, Anderson & Co. in New York is assisting in the search, begun when Leo Burnett resigned the business on Oct. 17. Ameritech’s lead agency, Ammirati
Puris Lintas in New York, is expected to participate in the media review. A decision may come as soon as next week.
America West Narrows Review
LOS ANGELES–America West Airlines, Phoenix, has narrowed its agency review to four finalists, according to DeWitt Helm of the consultancy Achenbaum Bogda Associates in New York. They are Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis; The Richards Group, Dallas; Hal Riney & Partners, San Francisco; and J. Walter Thompson West, San Francisco.
Ryder TRS Picks Short List for $20 Mil. Account
NEW YORK–Ryder TRS in Denver has selected four finalists for its $20 million ad account. It confirmed the four shops as Grey Advertising in New York; Fallon McElligott in Minneapolis; Campbell-Ewald Advertising in Warren, Mich., and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Troy, Mich. Ogilvy & Mather here had previously handled the account.