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Publicis Seattle CEO Resigns

LOS ANGELES—Dennis Miller, chairman and CEO of Publicis in the West, has resigned, effective immediately. Co-presidents Randy Browning and Kevin Kehoe, who serve as chief marketing officer and chief creative officer, respectively, are assuming leadership of the Seattle shop. They retain their current titles and will report directly to Robert Bloom, chairman and CEO of Publicis in the U.S. A Publicis representative declined comment on why Miller resigned or what his next steps will be. Miller could not immediately be reached.

Starz Encore Group Meets With Contenders

LOS ANGELES—At least three shops are vying for the creative portion of Starz Encore Group’s $40 million account. In the running are Publicis & Hal Riney and TBWA\Chiat\Day, both in San Francisco, and one of McCann-Erickson’s California offices, sources said. Meetings were said to have taken place last week. A representative of Starz in Englewood, Colo., declined comment.

Timberland Cuts to 8

LOS ANGELES—Eight shops have advanced in the review for the creative portion of Timberland’s estimated $15-20 million account. They are: Black Rocket/Euro RSCG, San Francisco; Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis; and New York agencies DDB, Fallon, J. Walter Thompson, Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Young & Rubicam. The outdoor footwear and apparel maker, based in Stratham, N.H., last month dismissed The Martin Agency in Richmond, Va. [Adweek, May 21]. Select Resources International, West Hollywood, Calif., is overseeing the review. After site visits, Timberland may cut to three or four in early July. A decision is expected on Aug. 15.

Sheldon, Hirshberg Promoted at Deutsch/LA

NEW YORK—Deutsch/LA named Mike Sheldon and Eric Hirshberg managing partners. Sheldon, 41, remains general manager, and Hirshberg, 32, remains executive creative director at the Marina del Rey, Calif., shop.

Colby Effler Changes Name

LOS ANGELES—Colby Effler & Partners has changed its name to Colby & Partners. Don Effler, presently chairman of the Dentsu Business Development Group in New York, had played a role in the development of the Santa Monica, Calif., shop, but is no longer involved in its operations. Agency president Rick Colby said no other changes are expected.

Key Art Awards Honor Movie Marketing

LOS ANGELES—The Ant Farm walked away with the most honors at The Hollywood Reporter’s 30th Annual Key Art Awards, held last week at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The company won Best of Show in the audio/visual category for a trailer created for Walt Disney Studio’s Unbreakable. The shop was also recognized for a comedy TV spot for Dreamworks SKG’s Chicken Run; action/adventure TV spot for Screen Gems’ Snatch; and comedy trailer for DreamWorks SKG International’s Meet the Parents. Frankfurt Balkind Partners captured Best of Show in print for a teaser poster created for Universal Pictures’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.