Saatchi's Thomas Departs After 17 Years
TOKYO—Graham Thomas, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi in Tokyo, is leaving the agency after 17 years and returning to the U.K. Succeeding him as CEO is Chris Foster, who joined Saatchi's Asian operation three years ago as a regional director on Procter & Gamble business. Thomas, who during his tenure at Saatchi held executive posts in London, Singapore and Toyko, said, "I have come to a … point in my life where I want to launch into the unknown again. For the first time in my life, I have absolutely no plans—a wonderful sensation after 47 years."
FCC Fields Complaints About Victoria's Secret Show
WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission has received 50 complaints about the racy nature of the Victoria's Secret fashion show, which aired last week on ABC. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who told reporters Friday that the complaints were e-mailed to him from citizens around the country, is asking the FCC's Enforcement Bureau to investigate whether the program and its promotional material violated broadcast indecency rules. "A lot of the stuff that's come in early addressed the promos," Copps said. "Sometimes the promotions are more provocative than the shows." Under FCC rules, indecent speech—which can be limited to protect children—can only be aired from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. ABC aired the show at 9 p.m. on the East Coast. The FCC considers material indecent if it "depicts or describes sexual or excretory activities or organs in a patently offensive manner as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium."
California Passes on Carat Protest
LOS ANGELES—A California state commission said it will not act on Carat USA's protest concerning the state's five-year $125 million anti-smoking account. The Commission on Organization and Economy referred the matter to the state's Legislative Audit Committee. Carat said the state mishandled the account by letting Ground Zero control media spending after Carat was awarded the media portion of the account. John Barnes, managing director of Carat's Los Angeles office, which lodged the complaint, said, "We'll continue to pursue this, I guarantee you that."
Questionnaires were due back last Friday in a $15-20 million review for the educational-toys division of VTech Holdings Ltd., sources said. The Hong Kong-based company sells phones, pagers, digital assistants and other electronic devices, but also develops electronic games and toys, including its line of Little Smart Toys for infants and children. Its U.S. offices are in Winnetka, Ill., as is the consultant running the review, Jamie Pfaff. The 20-page questionnaire covers media and creative duties. … DDB in San Francisco has won the Celestial Seasonings account following a review that included three undisclosed agencies, the client said. The herbal tea maker's business is estimated to be worth $10-15 million in billings. Celestial Seasonings, based in Boulder, Colo., merged with the Hain Food Group last year to form the Hain Celestial Group, which is headquartered in Uniondale, N.Y.