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Smith PR Calls Shops for Mystery Tech Client
LOS ANGELES–Smith Public Relations here has been tapped to conduct an agency search for an undisclosed high-tech client, confirmed Smith president Steve Smith. The client is described as a startup marketing its low-price personal computers to families who do not own one. Billings are estimated at $12-15 million, said sources. “We have been in communication with several, primarily California agencies,” said Smith.
DMB&B to Handle GM Buy Power Rollout
LOS ANGELES–D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Los Angeles, has been assigned ad duties for the national rollout of General Motors’ Internet Buy Power program, to begin in early 1999. Billings are undisclosed. The shop handled last year’s Buy Power test program.
Bozell Breaks First Hilton Work
LOS ANGELES–Bozell Worldwide, Costa Mesa, Calif., with Delaney Fletcher Bozell in London today break an estimated $15-20 million global print campaign for Hilton Hotels. The work is tagged, “It happens at the Hilton.”
Reviews Roundup … Lambesis Out of Freeman
Lambesis in Del Mar, Calif., has dropped out of the review for Freeman Cosmetics’ estimated $10 million account. … Luxury watch marketer Raymond Weil will hold chemistry checks this week with 14 agencies for its estimated $8-10 million W1 Collection business. … Relax the Back, El Segundo, Calif., has narrowed the list of contenders for its estimated $2 million account to seven shops, said executives at Select Resources International, the Los Angeles consultancy running the search. The California contenders are incumbent Big Imagination Group, Marina del Rey; Fotouhi Alonso, Los Angeles; Kovel Kresser & Partners, Venice; The M1 Agency, Santa Monica; VitroRobertson, San Diego; Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, San Francisco; and one undisclosed shop. A decision is expected by the end of November.
Accounts Roundup … Thermador Picks Hamon
Thermador awarded its estimated $3 million account to Hamon & Stern in Los Angeles without a review. The Huntington Beach, Calif.-based maker of high-end appliances parted ways with Team One Advertising, El Segundo, Calif., over the summer. … McCann-Erickson, Los Angeles, has split with digital cable television provider TVN Entertainment, Burbank, Calif. The shop declined to defend when the client recently placed the account in review, said agency executives. Billings are estimated at under $5 million. … Eddie Bauer, Redmond, Wash., has selected Alcone Marketing Group in Irvine, Calif., to handle promotional marketing duties.
For the Record
Moses Anshell is not relocating to Scottsdale, Ariz., from Phoenix. … Adams Golf broadcast media buying duties were previously handled by various agencies, including RD/Fox, which continues to handle creative [Adweek, Sept. 28].