News Roundup

Smith Barney in New York confirmed it has hired New York shop Merkley Newman Harty & Partners to handle its estimated $15 million creative account. The selection was expected [Adweek, June 16]. … has awarded an estimated $15-20 million media planning assignment to Publicis’ MediaVest in New York. The client spent about $20 million on ads in 2002, according to TNS Media Intelligence/CMR.