California Lottery to Rebid Media

LOS ANGELES—The California Lottery said it will ask finalists for its five-year, $125 million account to submit new bids relating to media costs. Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco appeared to have won the account in July following a review that included the incumbent, Grey, as well as DDB and McCann-Erickson, all in Los Angeles. The lottery said it is granting the protest filed by DDB over the media costs submitted by FCB and its pitch partner, Initiative Media in Los Angeles. The lottery is issuing an amendment to the RFP calling for new price/cost proposals. A time frame for a decision could not be determined.

Novell Picks JWT for $30 Mil. Account

NEW YORK—Novell has selected J. Walter Thompson in New York to handle its estimated $30 million account, a representative for the Orem, Utah-based client confirmed. The decision came after a prolonged review that was nearly scuttled, said sources. The other finalists were Mullen in Wenham, Mass; Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos in Boston; and the incumbent, SicolaMartin in Austin, Texas, which tapped into the resources of WPP Group sister shop Young & Rubicam in New York, said sources. The account is said to include creative and media duties.

2 West Shops in Finals

LOS ANGELES—Online dating service last week cut to four finalists in the review for its estimated $20 million creative and media account. The remaining contenders are: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco; Publicis in the West, Seattle; DDB, Dallas and Chicago; and Mullen, Wenham, Mass., said Select Resources International in West Hollywood, Calif., which is leading the search. Not advancing were Ground Zero in Marina del Rey, Calif.; GSD&M in Austin, Texas; Berlin Cameron/Red Cell in New York; and Arnold in Boston. Launch Partnership in Irving, Texas, which has handled projects for the Richardson, Texas-based client, declined to participate in the review, sources said [Adweek, Sept. 23]. Presentations will take place in late October, and a decision is expected shortly thereafter.

McElroy:FCB President Hops to Volcom

LOS ANGELES—McElroy:FCB president Thom McElroy has left the shop to join Volcom, a company that makes skateboarder apparel, confirmed Jim Harrington, president of Foote, Cone & Belding in Irvine, Calif. McElroy did not return calls. His title at Volcom, based in Costa Mesa, Calif., could not be determined. He will not be replaced at McElroy:FCB, which was founded as McElroy Communications and acquired by FCB in 1999. Instead, Harrington will lead the youth-marketing shop, which works with clients such as Vans and Kawasaki and is housed in the same building as FCB.

VB&P Wins Mondavi

SAN FRANCISCO—Venables, Bell & Partners here has won the estimated $5 million Robert Mondavi wine account, agency co-founder and creative director Paul Venables said. The shop was selected over one other finalist, AKQA in San Francisco. Agency officials did not speculate on when work for the Oakville, Calif., client would break.