Integer Group to Acquire Karsh & Hagan
LOS ANGELES–TIG Communications Group, a new holding company formed by The Integer Group, Lakewood, Colo., has announced its intent to acquire Karsh & Hagan, Denver’s oldest ad agency, by the fourth quarter. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Integer founder and chief executive officer Ron Askew is stepping down from Integer to oversee TIG, which consists of three advertising and integrated marketing agencies: Integer, Kragie/Newell in Des Moines, Iowa, and TIG Dallas in Dallas.
Reviews Roundup … ID8 Competes for Kahlœa
ID8, a promotional shop in Los Angeles, is among the contenders for Allied Domecq’s $12 million Kahlœa coffee liqueur account, according to the client. Other contenders are incumbent Lois/EJL, BBDO and Leap Partnership, all in Chicago; Square One, Dallas; and Lois/EJL, New York. Lois’ two offices are pitching separately. … BBDO West, Los Angeles, has dropped out of the Jenny Craig review. The remaining contenders are incumbents Suissa Miller and Western International Media, Los Angeles; Team One Advertising, El Segundo, Calif.; The Richards Group, Dallas; WongDoody, Santa Monica, Calif., and Seattle; and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Los Angeles. … As expected, Young & Rubicam’s San Francisco office was last week named the winner of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino’s estimated $20 million account [Adweek, June 15]. … McClain Finlon Advertising and Linhart McClain Finlon Public Relations in Denver have been selected as agencies of record for Red Robin International, after a review of Colorado shops. … The Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau has awarded its estimated $1-2 million account to McCann-Erickson’s Los Angeles office after a review, according to sources.
West Sweeps Radio Mercury Awards
LOS ANGELES–FJCN/W&R, Salt Lake City, won the $100,000 grand prize at the 1998 Radio-Mercury Awards held earlier this month in New York for its “Lip Ring” radio spot for the Utah Transit Authority’s summer youth pass program. Other winners from the Western region, which took home seven of the 12 awards, were Mendelsohn/Zien Advertising, Los Angeles; Outer Planet/Clatter & Din, Seattle; KUPL American Radio Stations, Portland, Ore. (two awards); and Muse Cordero Chen & Partners and La Agencia de Orc’ & Asociados, both in Los Angeles.
Parkinson Makes Drive for Cadillac
LOS ANGELES–Jon Parkinson, formerly a creative director at Bozell Worldwide in Costa Mesa, Calif., will join D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Troy, Mich., on July 1 as senior vice president and executive creative director on the $250 million Cadillac account. He replaces Gary Horton, who continues as chief creative officer.
For the Record
The California Department of Conservation’s current contractor is Greenbaum Public Relations, Sacramento. Glass/McClure, Sacramento, is the advertising subcontractor [Adweek, June 15].
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