Fallon Cut From AT&T Wireless Review
SAN FRANCISCO—Fallon in Minneapolis was eliminated last week from the $400 million AT&T Wireless review. A client representative said a winner could be decided in a committee meeting this Friday. The three finalists are FCB and Ogilvy & Mather, both in New York, and TBWA\Chiat\Day, Playa del Rey, Calif. FCB in San Francisco formerly handled the business.
Dial Bypasses Suissa Miller for GSD&M
DALLAS—Dial Corp. last week handed its $15-20 million soap account to GSD&M in Austin, Texas. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based client was also considering Suissa Miller, Los Angeles, and The Richards Group, Dallas. Incumbent DDB, New York, pitched but did not make the finals.
Nike, Wieden Charged With Stealing 'Freestyle' Idea
LOS ANGELES—A sportswear company in New York is charging Nike and its agency, Wieden + Kennedy, with stealing the concept for the basketball/dance routine featured in the TV spot "Freestyle." In a suit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, Game Over claims it developed the concept for promotional events it staged at trade shows, and charges Nike and Wieden with unfair competition. It is seeking unspecified damages. Representatives from Nike and Wieden said the suit was without merit.
DirecTV Hands Rapp Collins an Assignment
DALLAS—Rapp Collins in Irving, Texas, was awarded a $20 million project from DirecTV, following a review. Publicis Dialog, Salt Lake City, was the other finalist. Sources said the assignment is for TV, print and direct mail in secondary markets. It was not immediately clear how the work might dovetail with efforts from lead agency Deutsch/LA in Marina del Rey, Calif.
MindShare Adds Arco Media
LOS ANGELES—Gasoline retailer Arco moved its estimated $15 million media account to MindShare in Los Angeles from Initiative Media, without a review, said sources. MindShare sister Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago, handles Arco parent BP globally. Rubin Postaer and Associates, Santa Monica, Calif., keeps Arco's creative.
Onward and Upward
Billy Fried, svp and group managing director of Doner's Newport Beach, Calif., office, is leaving to start his own shop, which he is planning as a cooperative of executives. ... Citing philosophical differences, Matt Seiler resigned as managing director of Wieden + Kennedy, New York. Replacing him in mid-July is Buz Sawyer, former president of Lowe Lintas & Partners' now-defunct San Francisco shop. Sawyer helped established Wieden's Amsterdam, Netherlands, office in 1992.
For the Record
A recent story indicated that Los Angeles agency G/F/D/M is a defendant in a lawsuit filed by DeLaunay/Phillips [Adweek, June 18]. In fact, the suit relates to the business practices of the former Asher/Gal & Partners, some of whose principals formed G/F/D/M. Although executives from G/F/D/M are named in the suit, the agency itself is not.