IQ News: bits

-Razorfish, New York, announced plans to acquire London-based creative shop Sunbather, marking the second acquisition by the Communicade shop of a U.K.-based agency this year. The agency’s work includes interactive TV trials, Web sites and traditional print design for books and magazines. Razorfish bought London’s CHBi this spring.

-Novo/Ironlight Interactive and Levi Strauss & Co., both San Francisco, have teamed on the relaunch of a new Web site for Levi’s Slates clothing line. now offers users fashion tips from professionals, product information and a retailer locator.

-Ubiquitous media queen Oprah Winfrey made her debut on the Web last week with the launch of Co-developed by ABC Internet Group, New York, and Ms. Winfrey’s Chicago-based production company Harpo Productions, the site allows viewers of The Oprah Winfrey Show to suggest show topics and share personal stories with others plus browse titles from Oprah’s Book Club.

-Snap, San Francisco, formed a marketing alliance with Tower Records, Sacramento, making it the premier music retailer throughout Snap and the anchor tenant in Snap’s One-Stop Music Shop. Snap will also be featured on SBC Internet Services’ new consumer Internet start page. SBC Internet Services, San Francisco, operates Pacific Bell Internet Services, Southwestern Bell Internet Services and Nevada Bell Internet Services.

-Steve Zales has been named senior vp and general manager of ESPN Internet Ventures. He was vice president of CNN/SI Interactive.

-Saatchi & Saatchi, Los Angeles, today will launch a site supporting the State of the World Forum involving leaders from politics, media, business and other fields which is being held this week in San Francisco. The site,, will include daily stories from the event, an e-mail newsletter, chat areas and live audio feeds.

-K2 Design, New York, has been hired to create online branding, e-commerce and media strategies for BusinessWeek Online, New York., San Francisco, will offer its community members access to Parable’s ThingSearch database of digital collectibles, to be hosted on the site. Parable, Newton, Mass., will license more than 10,000 animated .GIFs and clip art from, a community centered around marketing products directly to its members, will sell the Parable authoring tool, ThingMaker, on the XOOM site.