Leap Seeks Buyer for California Office
CHICAGO–The Leap Group in Chicago reported in its fiscal year earnings statement for the year ending Jan. 31 that it expects to save $3.5 million through the restructuring of its Santa Monica, Calif., office, which recorded an operating loss for the year of $4.3 million. Leap fired the office’s management in October and now plans to sell the building for which it paid $2 million. A Leap representative said the agency plans to remain in the Los Angeles area. A lawsuit filed against the agency by former TBWA Chiat/Day executive Steve Rabosky was settled in February. Terms were undisclosed.
Goodby Dominates One Show Awards
NEW YORK–Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, won 10 awards at the 22nd annual One Show awards last week. The agency was recognized for its Nike, Anheuser-Busch, California Fluid Milk Processors and Porsche work. BMP DDB in London won seven awards, including Best of Show for its 30-second TV spot for Volkswagen Polo.
Suissa Miller Safe on Boston Market
LOS ANGELES–Boston Market has assured Suissa Miller here that its estimated $80 million account will remain at the agency following recent management changes at the Golden, Colo.-based restaurant chain. The client’s newly installed president, Michael Jenkins, met with agency executives last week to review ads. “There are no changes planned in our agency relationship,” said Karen Rugen, a company representative.
Think New Ideas Picks Up Coinstar
LOS ANGELES–Think New Ideas’ Seattle office (formerly Herring/Newman) has picked up an assignment from Coinstar to develop its integrated branding and consumer messaging initiatives nationwide. Coinstar machines are operating in 40 regional markets in 30 states throughout the U.S. Billings were undisclosed.
Reviews Roundup. . . Finals on Deckers
Final presentations for Deckers Outdoor Corp.’s estimated $3-5 million ad account are scheduled for next week, said sources. Contenders for the Goleta, Calif.-based maker of Teva sandals are Black Rocket and Odiorne Wilde Narraway & Partners, both in San Francisco; BBDO West, Los Angeles; and Cohn Godley Norwood, Boston. A decision is expected by May 25. . . Incumbent Houston Helm & Co., Los Angeles, has declined to participate in the review for Secure Horizons’ $11 million account. The remaining Southern California contenders are Ogilvy & Mather and DavisElen, both in Los Angeles; Plan B in Newport Beach; and Kovel Kresser & Partners in Venice. . . A decision is expected early this week in the review for Irvine, Calif.-based United Lending. The finalists for the estimated $3-10 million account are Grey Advertising, Los Angeles, and Think Tank, San Diego, sources said. Previous advertising was handled in-house.
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