Agency News

DeWitt Media in New York was assigned the media planning and placement account of New York’s Beth Israel Health Care System. The first TV spots, by Berlin, Cameron & Partners of New York, have been airing throughout the metropolitan area. The theme is: “We heal New York.”
2S Advertising & Marketing in North Massapequa has added America In-Line Corp. to its client roster. The Ronkonkoma, Long Island-based client is a designer, developer and operator of multi-rink roller hockey facilities.
WPI Advertising in New York was awarded the ad account of Crazy Eddie, the defunct consumer electronics retailer that is attempting a comeback. The account will be headed by WPI vice president Harry Spero, formerly the client’s in-house ad director. TV and radio spots will again feature Jerry Carroll, who delivered the “Our prices are insane” line in previous ads. The first new store is set to open in mid-February in Wayne, N.J.
Blum/Herbstreith in New York recently released a humorous TV commercial for Diet Rite cola, the first new national advertising for the client in four years. “Yoga” shows women struggling to exercise, including one who works herself into a pretzel shape. The spot extols the virtues of more relaxed women who simply sit back and enjoy their Diet Rite. “Feel all right” is the tagline.
Wieden & Kennedy in New York is developing a national branding campaign for the newly renamed Classic Sports Network of ESPN, slated to break in March. New York-based CSN was acquired in late October by ESPN, for which Wieden is the lead agency. SFM Media in New York handles media chores.
Robert Marston and Associates in New York was selected to mount a medical and corporate public relations program for Neurogen Corp. of Branford, Conn.
Lou Hammond & Associates in New York has signed four clients: La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs, Calif.; Sonoma Coast Villa Country Inn, Bodega, Calif.; El Conquistador Resort & Country Club, Puerto Rico; and Oro Verde Hotels, Ecuador.
Procter & Gamble’s “Promises” campaign for ThermaCare Heat-Wraps was developed by D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in New York. Tagged “It’s heat. It’s therapy. It’s ThermaCare,” ads portray adults using the heating pads to combat back, knee, neck and arthritis pain, helping them keep promises to loved ones to join in various activities including fishing, beachcombing and riding horses.
Foote, Cone & Belding in New York has completed its acquisition of Giovanni Comunica‚oes, gaining a majority ownership of the Brazilian agency that reported 1997 billings of more than $135 million. Offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and S‹o Paulo will be renamed Giovanni/FCB.
BBDO in New York earned top honors in the best creative/production achievement category at the 40th annual New York Festivals International Television Advertising Awards Show. The agency was singled out for its “Chefs,” “Team Prayer” and “Batman” trilogy, a series of humorous sports-oriented commercials for Snickers candy bars.
Feb. 13 is the deadline for entering the seventh annual AICP Show of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers in New York. The 1998 program will debut June 3 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Info: AICP, (212) 475-2600.
Planters Co. in East Hanover, N.J., has awarded the ad account for its newly acquired Cornnuts business to North Castle Partners in Stamford. The agency will be responsible for creative development, media planning and promotions.
Turchette Advertising Agency in Fairfield was named agency of record for Fabricated Components of Stroudsburg, Pa.; Wellpower in Parsippany; and MG America and N.J. Packaging, both in Fairfield.
Pat Burns & Co. in Haverford has signed two new business-to-business marketing communications clients: Industrial Systems Associates of Bensalem and Cell & Molecular Technologies in Lavallette, N.J.