"Oracle Narrows Search, Adds Global Duties
LOS ANGELES-Global incumbent DDB, London, was added Friday as a late finalist in the review for Oracle Corp.'s global and U.S. account, estimated to be worth a combined $90 million. The other four finalists in the review are: Young & Rubicam, San Francisco; Leo Burnett, Chicago; Grey Advertising, New York; and Bozell Worldwide, San Mateo, Calif. A decision is expected by mid-June. Think New Ideas, Los Angeles, the incumbent on the U.S. ad account, declined to participate in the review. Earlier last week, executives with the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based client confirmed the scope of the search included global ad duties, but had said DDB would not participate (see Shoptalk, page 12).
"Citron in Line for CNet Account
SAN FRANCISCO-CNet was in final negotiations last week with Citron Haligman Bedecarr Euro RSCG here for its national branding account, worth an estimated $30-40 million in billings. The account is being awarded after a review of about 20 agencies in the San Francisco area, where CNet, a Web and TV programming company, is based.
"New Nick Network Picks O&M
LOS ANGELES-Noggin, a recently launched commercial-free educational TV network for kids, has selected Ogilvy & Mather, Los Angeles, to create a trade and consumer campaign slated to break this week. O&M's work for Noggin, which teams Viacom's Nickelodeon and the Children's Television Workshop, will feature the tagline "Noggin: Use it." Billings were not disclosed.
"Toshiba Narrows Computer Chase to 9 Shops
LOS ANGELES-Toshiba America's computer systems division has narrowed the list of contenders for its estimated $30 million business to nine West Coast agencies, said sources. The shops, which last week began chemistry checks with the Irvine, Calif.-based client, are D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles and Kovel/Fuller, both Los Angeles; DGWB, Irvine; JSM+ Communications, Santa Monica, Calif.; and five undisclosed others, sources said.
"Deutsch Joins Broad's NFL Squad
LOS ANGELES-Deutsch/LA, Marina del Rey, Calif., will make a presentation in Atlanta on Monday night to the National Football League committee on behalf of client Eli Broad, who heads a Los Angeles expansion team effort called New Coliseum. Deutsch will propose a two-year, $20 million marketing effort designed to drum up support for an L.A. team. Plans call for a Super Bowl ad kickoff next year if the group is awarded the franchise.
"Scott Handling CheckOut.com Review
LOS ANGELES-The online account review being handled by The Scott Group, Agoura Hills, Calif., is for CheckOut.com, whose partners include Hollywood power broker Michael Ovitz and former Disney Online president Richard Wolpert.