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VISUAL IMAGE TOPS OKLAHOMA CITY ADDYS
DALLAS-Visual Image Advertising earned 26 Addys and both television and print best of show honors to sweep the 1997-98 Oklahoma City Advertising Club’s American Advertising Awards last Friday. The shop won best of show in broadcast and best of show in print for work produced for the Oklahoma City Zoo, plus a judges choice award. Ackerman McQueen won 13 Addys, plus a special judges award for cinematography. Jordan Associates won 11 Addys, Harold’s Stores nine and New West Group finished with seven. More than 600 entries were judged for the show at Remington Park.
GSD&M TO BREAK NEW CHILI’S SPOT IN MARCH
DALLAS-GSD&M, Austin, Texas, next month will break a follow-up to a recent 30-second TV spot for Chili’s Bar & Grill that featured two chilis-brought to life with stop-motion animation from Will Vinton Studios in Portland, Ore.-sitting around a campfire. The new commercial will feature the chilis in a different setting, according to GSD&M vice president and creative director Scott McAfee.
METRO DALLAS YMCA ASSIGNS WORK TO BAGWELL
DALLAS-The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas hired the Bagwell Agency here to head its advertising account. The YMCA operates 23 branch locations in the Dallas area. Assignments include membership marketing efforts, public relations and annual report duties.
FOOTACTION WEB SITE GAINS A PROMO ADD-ON
DALLAS-DDB Interactive here has revamped the Internet site of Irving, Texas-based FootAction, adding promotional giveaways to drive retail traffic. The site now allows visitors to register to win items including a Michael Jordan poster. DDBI creative director Chris Hess said the promotional component was added to “heighten consumer interest in the brand.”
CRESCENT CITY’S OLDEST SHOP HAS NEW ADDRESS
NEW ORLEANS-After 35 years in the K&B Plaza Building here, the Crescent City’s oldest ad agency has relocated. Kupper Parker/Fitzgerald’s new offices are located at 433 Metairie Road. Fitzgerald, which merged last fall with Kupper Parker Communications of St. Louis, celebrates its 72nd year in business this year. Executives said the new office is centrally located for agency employees. The facility is also equipped to allow the shop to link its computers directly into Kupper Parker’s St. Louis system.
COMMUNICATIONS GROUP LANDS STATE BUSINESS
DALLAS-The Communications Group, Little Rock, Ark., picked up advertising duties for the Department of Arkansas Heritage after a review that included four other local agencies: Combs & Co., Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, Frank J. Wills and Kirkpatrick Williams Associates. Billings were not disclosed. The Communications Group will develop a full marketing initiative for the state agency.