Arnold, Ground Zero in BC/BS Review
CHICAGO—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has narrowed the list of contenders vying for its $80-110 million, 10-year anti-smoking ad program. Still in the hunt are: Arnold in San Francisco; Ground Zero in Marina del Rey, Calif.; Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami; BVK in Milwaukee; and BBDO and Carmichael Lynch, both in Minneapolis, a company rep said. A decision is due by July.
Agencies Pursue $125 Mil. Calif. Lottery
LOS ANGELES—Proposals for the "do-over" California Lottery review are due May 13. The business is worth $125 million over the next five years. Earlier this year, the lottery named DDB in Los Angeles the apparent successful bidder, but put the account back in review following a complaint from incumbent Grey in Los Angeles. Shops pursuing the business include Grey and DDB, as well as McCann-Erickson in Los Angeles, Bates USA West in Irvine, Calif., Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco and Butler, Shine & Stern in Sausalito, Calif. The lottery expects to name finalists by May 30. Presentations are planned for July 15-17, with a decision by July 31.
B.D. Fox Cuts Staff
LOS ANGELES—B.D. Fox & Friends Advertising has laid off eight people, less than 10 percent of its staff, confirmed agency president and CEO Brian Fox. The Santa Monica, Calif., shop now employs 80. Fox attributed the cuts to a decline in spending from clients such as CBS.
FCB Seattle Seeking GM
LOS ANGELES—Foote, Cone & Belding is searching for a general manager in Seattle following the departure of Chris Lloyd, who held that title for seven months. Lloyd, 43, starts at DDB in Seattle in mid-May in the new position of managing director of advertising. He will report to Tim Pavish, managing partner of advertising. Group account director Carole Kitchell will serve as interim GM.
Wieden Vet Russell Joins Leopold Ketel
LOS ANGELES—John Russell, former group account director at Wieden + Kennedy, has joined Leopold Ketel & Partners in Portland, Ore., president and partner. Russell, 48, spent 14 years at Wieden, most recently working in Portland on Diet Coke, Powerade and Coke Classic projects. His position was eliminated last October following the loss of Diet Coke. He now reports to Leopold Ketel managing partner Jaime Leopold, who becomes CEO.
Campbell Mithun Wins Time Warner Cable L.A.
LOS ANGELES—Campbell Mithun in Irvine, Calif., has won the $5 million Time Warner Cable-Los Angeles Division account without a formal review. The Costa Mesa, Calif., client previously used various shops for projects. Work will include TV, radio, direct mail, outdoor and print.
White Retires From Former DSW Partners
LOS ANGELES—Jon White, founding partner of the agency now known as Euro RSCG Tatham Partners in Salt Lake City, has retired, the agency confirmed last week. White, 46, had been the partner for creative services at the agency, which recently changed its name from Euro RSCG/DSW Partners. He will not be replaced.