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The Walt Disney Co., Burbank, Calif., announced an investment in Infoseek, Sunnyvale, Calif. Disney agreed to acquire a 43 percent stake in Infoseek in exchange for Disney's remaining ownership position in Starwave, plus $70 million. Disney, Starwave and Infoseek will combine to form an Internet portal strategy that includes ABCNEWS.com and ESPN.com as well as search and directory services.
Nickelodeon Online, New York, announced that David Vogler, who recently has been vice president of kids' content at Disney Online, is returning to the company. Vogler, who launched Nickelodeon Online in 1995, will become vp, creative, for the network's online division.
Excite, Redwood City, Calif., announced the launch of a new events search tool called Excite Event Finder powered by Jango. Located on Excite's Travel Channel. The tool can find listings for concerts, festivals, movies, sporting events and plays. The listings come from sites including TicketMaster and EventCal.
A $14 million lawsuit was filed last week against USWeb Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., and its affiliate SystemLogic, Santa Monica, Calif., by Larmark, a Huntington Beach, Calif.-based marketing company which had plans to establish an Internet site dedicated to the jewelry trade. Larmark is suing the companies for breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, among other allegations. The suit claims that SystemLogic and USWeb failed to complete the project they were hired for by the agreed-upon deadline.
Go2net, Seattle, a network of niche Web sites, has signed a co-branding partnership with Pasadena, Calif.-based Internet service provider EarthLink Network. EarthLink will make a co-branded version of go2net Labs' Java games technology available to subscribers. The games, and a chat community, will reside in EarthLink's games area, The Arena.
CNN Interactive, Atlanta, formed a deal with TotalE, New York, for the Columbia House online store to be the exclusive music and video electronic commerce advertiser on CNN.com's Entertainment section.
IQ is currently gathering information to update its chart of the 50 top interactive advertising agencies, ranked by revenue. Agencies that wish to be part of the next ranking should send an email to Jim English at jenglish adweek.com to receive an online copy of the current questionnaire. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 29.