A Toyota Pairs Oasis, Saatchi for Campaign
LOS ANGELES--Toyota Motor Sales USA has tapped lead agency Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles along with Oasis Advertising to handle the launch of an advertising campaign for its Prius hybrid gas/electric vehicle. The model will go on sale in the middle of this year. Oasis, New York, which has teamed with Toyota on corporate image work since 1993, recently developed a corporate print campaign for the Torrance, Calif.-based automaker highlighting the Prius. It was unclear how duties for this new project would be divided. Saatchi remains Toyota's lead agency.
A JSM+ Enters a New Epoch
LOS ANGELES--JSM+ Communications has launched an estimated $3-4 million print and outdoor campaign for Internet service provider Epoch Internet. The Santa Monica, Calif., agency recently won the account of the Costa Mesa, Calif., client.
A Tonic 360 Taps Powell as Media Director
SAN FRANCISCO--Doug Powell, 40, has joined Tonic 360 as media director, a new position. He joins the San Francisco agency from crosstown agency FCB Worldwide, where he served as a senior vice president/media director. Powell, an industry veteran of more than 17 years, began his advertising career at FCB in Chicago.
A Reviews Roundup ... Italia Still in LJS Net
Fast-food seafood chain Long John Silver's is in talks with at least seven agencies, according to sources, for the creative portion of its $35 million account. Italia/Gal, Los Angeles, is competing against Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Miami; Campbell Mithun Esty and Fallon McElligott, both Minneapolis; Campbell-Ewald, Warren, Mich.; Temerlin McClain, Irving, Texas; and possibly others, said sources. Doe-Anderson Advertising and Public Relations, Louisville, Ky., did not defend the account. ... Juno Online Services is seeking an agency to handle its $20 million account. AAR/Bob Wolf & Partners, Los Angeles and New York, is the consultant. DDB, New York, is defending the business.
A Accounts Roundup ... Y&R Catches Dot.com
Neoforma.com, a Web site selling medical supplies and equipment, has tapped Young & Rubicam to handle its national advertising account. The agency's San Francisco office will handle the estimated $10 million business. Burson-Marsteller, a Y&R unit, will handle public relations for the client. ... Friendly Ice Cream has tapped San Francisco-based Terry Heffernan Films to handle a campaign that will hit the airwaves in March. Billings are an estimated $15-20 million. ... SkillsVillage.com, an Internet service that helps connect workers with corporate employers, has named Duncan/Channon, San Rafael, Calif., as its agency of record. Billings are estimated at $10 million. Print ads will break in March, followed by online and radio. ... Matthews/Mark will develop a $5 million national brand identity campaign for loanGenie.com, which provides first-time mortgages, refinancing and auto and vacation loans. The San Diego agency recently picked up the Santa Ana, Calif., client