Wieden Wins Konami Business
LOS ANGELES--Video game maker Konami of America awarded its $15-plus million account to Wieden & Kennedy, New York, after an informal review of three shops. The account was previously at GWhiz!, a division of Grey Advertising, New York, which participated in the review. The other contender was not disclosed. The Redwood City, Calif.-based unit of Tokyo-based Konami, has entered a partnership with ESPN to publish a full range of ESPN-branded video games in the spring, including Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer titles. Wieden's New York office handles advertising for ESPN.
Lowe Names Management for Europe, London
NEW YORK--Tim Lindsay, president of the former Lowe & Partners Europe, will hold the same title within the newly merged Lowe Lintas & Partners Europe. The London office, meanwhile, retains its top executives from the Lowe side and adds Chris Thomas, former chief executive officer of Ammirati Puris Lintas London, as managing director. Paul Weinberger remains chairman, Charles Inge remains creative director and former managing director Paul Hammersly becomes chief executive officer.
Publicis Wins Pro Bono Account
NEW YORK--The Boys & Girls Clubs of America tapped Publicis' New York office for its pro bono advertising account, after a review that included Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners and Warwick Baker O'Neill, both in New York. The organization is a national network of more than 2,300 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving some 3 million disadvantaged youths. B&GCA board member Anthony Conza, who is also founder and chairman of Blimpie International, said in a statement that Publicis' range of integrated marketing services gave it the edge. The former Ammirati Puris Lintas had handled the account for more than a decade and created spots featuring Denzel Washington and Colin Powell.
Omnicom Combines a Pair of PR Agencies
NEW YORK--Porter Novelli International, New York, and Copithorne & Bellows Public Relations, San Francisco, two wholly owned subsidiaries of Omnicom Group, will merge to create an international business unit focused on the integrated marketing public relations needs of tech-driven companies. The shops will merge on Jan. 1. The new global unit of Porter Novelli, called the Porter Novelli Convergence Group, will start with more than 400 employees and about $50 million in annual revenues.
5 Remain in Minnesota Health Review
CHICAGO--The Minnesota Department of Health narrowed its search to five contenders as it seeks an ad agency to create a tobacco-prevention campaign. Still in the $7-8 million review are: BBDO, Campbell Mithun Esty (with Shandwick International), Kruskopf Olson, Lynch Jarvis Jones and Martin/Williams, all Minneapolis. Presentations are scheduled for mid-December, with a decision expected by the end of the year. The state government agency initially sent out more than 600 requests for proposals, only 24 of which were returned.
Hawaii Tourism Says 'Aloha' to Milici
LOS ANGELES--Milici Valenti Ng Pack Advertising emerged as the winner in a review for the ad portion of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau marketing contract with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, valued at more than $38 million over three years. The Honolulu agency prevailed over Ogilvy & Mather's Hawaii office, which has handled the business since 1993. The three-year contract begins Jan. 1.
McCann's White Resigns, Arrives at Lot21
SAN FRANCISCO--Michael White is the latest executive to leave McCann-Erickson/A&L, San Francisco, resigning as executive group director to join Lot21, an interactive agency. Earlier this fall, Betsy Sperry, former managing director of Anderson & Lembke, left the shop.
Grey's MediaCom won offline media planning and buying duties for Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch. The account is worth about $10 million. Pactiv Corp., formerly Tenneco Packaging, selected J. Walter Thompson for its $12 million Hefty brands account over review finalists Euro RSCG Tatham and Ogilvy & Mather, all Chicago. The Lake Forest, Ill., company split with DDB, Chicago, in August in what sources said was a perceived conflict with DDB's Clorox business. EPB Communications, New York, has acquired Buckfield Lord , an Oxon, England-based shop whose clients include Bentley Motorcars, Kenwood Electronics, Ercol Furniture and Ducati Motorcycles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is the second outside the U.S. for EPB, which bought The Square, London, from TMP Worldwide in 1998. DraftWorldwide has launched a direct-to-consumer healthcare marketing division to be headed by agency veteran Ellen Miller. The Chicago shop's clients falling into the DTC healthcare category include Eli Lilly, Searle and Takeda Pharmaceuticals America. ... Rives Carlberg won the first stage of a contract to promote Houston's as-yet-unnamed National Football League expansion team following an extensive review. The Houston agency's initial task on behalf of Houston NFL Holdings is a campaign to raise funds for the city's new stadium. Billings through the end of this year are estimated at $1 million. Rodgers Townsend in St. Louis named Tom Hudder executive creative director, a new position at the 3-year-old shop. Agency principal Tom Townsend remains chief creative officer.