– Heater to Return to Hill, Holliday; Wecal Promoted
BOSTON–Bill Heater on July 1 will return to Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos as an executive vice president, a move not entirely unexpected. Heater, a nationally known creative director and copywriter, will work mainly on the $120 million Fidelity Investments account, on which he had already been consulting for several months [Adweek, June 12]. Heater’s 12-person brand-consulting operation, Heater Advertising, Boston, will remain in business without Heater’s involvement, said consultancy official Jennie Smith Wilson. Heater, one of Hill, Holliday’s brightest creative stars in the 1980s and early-1990s, did not return calls. Separately, David Wecal has been named president of Hill, Holliday’s 80-person New York office, succeeding Chuck Kushell, who departed in March. Wecal will also continue to serve as the outpost’s chief creative officer.
– Arnold, San Francisco, Battles Y&R for Informix
SAN FRANCISCO–Informix Corp. has selected two Bay Area shops–Young & Rubicam’s San Francisco office and Arnold Ingalls Moranville–to compete for its estimated $40-50 million global account. Informix, a software company based in Menlo Park, Calif., has asked both to make strategic presentations in a final meeting next week. Arnold Ingalls Moranville, a unit of Boston-based Arnold Communications, is also among initial contenders for California’s anti-smoking assignment.
– Hill, Holliday Sues Hill Family Trust
BOSTON–Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos has filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court seeking the return of $501,430 the agency claims it paid in error to the family of the late George “Jay” Hill, who helped found the Boston shop in 1968. The agency contends Hill and his family should have received $20 million for Hill’s equity in the Interpublic Group shop, an amount that includes severance pay, life insurance policies and consulting fees. Instead, Hill and the trust received slightly more than $20.5 million, which the agency attributes to an “oversight” involving the insurance. The family has said through its attorney that it is entitled to the amount it received.
– RDW Steals Show in Greater Worcester
BOSTON–RDW Group captured best of show honors last week at the Mary T. Holland Competition for Creative Excellence in Worcester, Mass. The award honored a TV spot by the Providence, R.I., shop for the Roger Williams Park Zoo, which featured the slogan, “You can learn a lot from an animal.”
– Hatmaker Presents Tribute to Tom Corey
BOSTON–Glenn Kesner, Hatmaker studio director and former Turner Network vice president, last week presented a tribute to Tom Corey at the Promax/BDA 2000 Conference in New Orleans. During his career, Corey helped launch MTV and branded, named or designed channels such as Nickelodeon, The Cartoon Network, TV Land, TNT, Noggin, Nick at Nite and Warner Television. The tribute included a specially assembled video with footage and interviews with Corey, as well as with his family and friends. Corey died on August 29, 1999 at the age of 46.