PHELPS ACQUIRES COHEN/JOHNSON
LOS ANGELES-The Phelps Group here has acquired crosstown agency Cohen/Johnson for an undisclosed sum, Phelps executives confirmed at press time.
AFTER MULLING LEAP, DWP REHIRES FOTOUHI ALONSO
LOS ANGELES-The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has signed a year-long contract with its former agency, Fotouhi Alonso Cameron. Farida Fotouhi, principal of the Los Angeles shop, said the agency will not produce work until the client submits for approval a plan of deregulation to the City Council. Last week, DWP ended its relationship with Leap L.A., although the client had made a verbal pact in July to work with the Santa Monica, Calif.-based shop.
AMERICA WEST TRIMS LIST OF CONTENDERS
LOS ANGELES-America West Airlines said it will announce this week the list of agencies that will compete for its $20 million account. Incumbent Team One Advertising of El Segundo, Calif., opted not to participate in the review.
KADANOFF LEAVES MILLER/KADANOFF/HUBER
SAN FRANCISCO-Marcia Kadanoff, executive vice president and co-principal of Miller/Kadanoff/Huber Direct & Interactive, has left the agency. Kadanoff is considering career opportunities in California's Silicon Valley, sources said.
FOUR SHOPS VIE FOR DAEWOO'S NATIONAL ACCOUNT
ATLANTA-Daewoo Motor America's regional agencies will meet with the client this week in Atlanta to make their pitches for the Korean automaker's national branding assignment, according to sources. Ground Zero, Santa Monica, Calif.; Korey Kay & Partners, New York; The Leap Partnership, Chicago; and Tausche Martin Lonsdorf, Atlanta, are scheduled to present.
REVIEWS ROUNDUP. . .
California Pizza Kitchen, Los Angeles, has awarded its estimated $2 million account to Colby Effler & Partners of Santa Monica, Calif., following an informal review of three shops, the client confirmed. Rubin Postaer and Associates, Santa Monica, Calif., resigned the account. . . Taco Bell has awarded its estimated $2 million Hispanic ad account to Ornelas & Associates in Dallas, after a brief review of Hispanic shops, sources said. Eight-year incumbent Valdƒs Zacky Associates in Los Angeles declined to participate in the review.
RPA LAUNCHES WEBTV, ACTIVISION CAMPAIGNS
LOS ANGELES-Rubin Postaer and Associates launches a $10 million campaign for WebTV this week in major markets around the country.
ONWARD AND UPWARD
Bob Johnson, executive vice president and director of client services for Goldberg Moser O'Neill, San Francisco, left the agency last week to pursue other interests.