IQ News: Bits

Vivid Studios, San Francisco, has bought its freedom from Platinum Technologies, the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., IT company that acquired it in May 1998. The buy-back was completed shortly after Platinum was itself acquired by Computer Associates of Islandia, N.Y; CA/Platinum retains 10 percent of the Web shop. Terms were not disclosed.
Mpath Interactive, San Francisco, today launches an affiliate program that will let any Web site provide voice chat via a new product called myVoiceChat. The application launches visitors directly into chat rooms at, Mpath’s community site. already provides voice chat to Yahoo!, E! Online and The Black World Today., New York, has been named agency of record for Harris Interactive, Rochester, N.Y. It will do branding work, redesign the firm’s Web site and create advertising to support the company’s change from the name Harris Black International.
KPE, New York, a unit of Grey Interactive, has formed a new division, KPE Rich Media, to develop broadband content for its clients in the film, television, music, publishing and electronic gaming industries.
Xceed, New York, will redesign the site for Vancouver-based EWRX. Set to launch in late October, the site will include auctions, online purchasing of insurance and financing for classic cars, classified ads, a toy store and collectibles.
CORRECTIONS: Cybersight, Portland, Ore., with $3.6 million in projected interactive media and advertising revenue between January – June 1999, should have been listed as No. 49 on the Top 50 Interactive Agencies chart which ran in the June 28, 1999 IQ Interactive Report. The company also reported to IQ that it had $2.4 million in revenue during the same period in 1998, and had $5 million in interactive media and ad revenue for the full year 1998. InterActive8, New York, which also reported $3.6 million in projected revenue for the first six months of 1999, but less revenue for the first six months of 1998, is No. 50. … In the July 5 feature “Go Cable, Young Man!” Mary Coller was incorrectly listed as executive producer of SoapCity, Columbia TriStar Interactive’s Web site. She is general manager; Michael Fairman is executive producer.