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Fallon Awarded John Nuveen Account
CHICAGO–Investment firm John Nuveen Co. here picked Minneapolis agency Fallon McElligott to handle its $5 million advertising account after a five-month review. The other finalists were McConnaughy Stein Schmidt Brown and Bender, Browning, Dolby & Sanderson, both in Chicago. Publicis & Hal Riney, Chicago, resigned the account in June.
Burnett’s Giant Step Gets P&G Web Work
CHICAGO–Procter & Gamble has assigned Giant Step, the digital marketing unit of Leo Burnett, development of a P&G corporate Internet site as well as strategic consulting and Web site development work for the Vidal Sassoon and Pert Plus brands.
Leap Got $6.8 Million From Sale to Y&R
CHICAGO–The Leap Group here sold its One World Communications subsidiary–which included ethnic agency Kang & Lee and the AT&T account of YAR Communications–to Young & Rubicam for $6.8 million in cash and certain liabilities, according to a document Leap filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Leap bought YAR and Kang & Lee in 1997 for a combined $24.8 million.
Fila Limits GH5 Debut to Print
CHICAGO–Fila USA has delayed until February TV advertising for its GH5 Grant Hill-endorsed basketball shoe, due to the NBA lockout. An initial print ad for the shoe–the first work for Sparks, Md.-based Fila from Leo Burnett here–broke last week in Sports Illustrated and other sports books. The ad directs consumers to a Web site at www.gh5.com developed by Lyons Communications, Wilmington, Del.
General Motors Presents Alpha Awards
DETROIT–General Motors presented its annual GM Alpha Awards to roster agencies last week. D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Troy, Mich., captured three awards (best national TV, national TV launch, TV carryover); Leo Burnett, Chicago, won two (best integrated marketing and catalog); Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Warren, Mich., won for best call-to-action ads and tied for best print with McCann-Erickson, Troy, Mich., which also won for best Internet ads and received the Elsie Award for most improved campaign (Buick Century). Saturn work from Publicis & Hal Riney, San Francisco, was judged most enduring. Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York, won the DaVinci Award for repositioning GMC.
Chupa Chups Narrows to 7 Finalists
DALLAS–Chupa Chups USA, Atlanta, cut the list of competitors for the creative portion of its $15 million account, sources said, to incumbent Lois/EJL, Chicago; The Richards Group, Dallas; GSD&M, Austin, Texas; Fallon McElligott and Weiss Stagliano Partners, both New York; Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Miami; and Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners West, San Francisco. KSL Media, Los Angeles, handles media.