Agency News

Dallas-based TXU, formerly Texas Utilities Co., has launched a public relations campaign with the support of Publicis Dialog in Dallas. The effort, which includes changing the $40 billion energy company’s name to TXU, will include television, print and magazine advertising.
Locke Bryan Productions in Houston recently completed TV spots for Academy Sports & Outdoors in Katy and Castle Dental Centers in Houston.
WarrenCordes+McCullar in Austin won a yearlong public relations contract from Adhesive Software, also in Austin.
Aries Productions and LSG Animation are now sharing production capabilities and office space in Arlington.
Nourzads in Austin has added ClearSource Inc., a telecommunications company, to its client roster.
Patrick Henry Creative Promotions, Houston, created a new food and beverage program for Durango USA, the Florida-based owner of the 18-restaurant Durango Steakhouse chain.
Hothaus Designs in Dallas produced a promotional campaign for a Showtime Networks movie, as well as animated segments for Sky TV and Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures.
Tarrant County College in Fort Worth has tapped The Nelson Group, also in Fort Worth, to design its new logo.
The Hart Agency, Dallas, has been hired by interior designer Kirk Lucas to produce and market his first series of paint techniques videos.
Makos in Austin has launched campaigns for La Placita, an Austin retailer specializing in handcrafted Mexican home furnishings, and for Austin-based Texadelphia restaurants. The agency has also signed two new clients: Nirvana Systems and
DesignWorks Advertising Group and St. John Design, both in Wichita Falls, have merged into DesignWorks.
The Women’s Shelter in Fort Worth has selected Witherspoon & Associates in Fort Worth to produce its 20th anniversary community report.
The Covenant Group, Fort Worth, has selected Stuart Bacon, Fort Worth, as its advertising and public relations agency of record.
Whole Wheat Creative in Houston has completed three television spots for the Southwestern Brick Council that are currently airing in Texas.
Cool Films in Houston has acquired Infinite Animation, a graphics and special effects company.
Swieter Design U.S. in Dallas has acquired Neo-Vision Communications, a Dallas-based Internet and software development shop. The company also marks its 10th year of providing design, advertising and marketing services for the Dallas Cowboys.
Gonzales Creative has moved to new offices in Dallas.
American Women in Radio and Television in Dallas named Deb Gugel, president and founder of Gugel Advertising, Agency Owner of the Year.
Fisher Creative, Houston, completed a design overhaul of the Time Warner Communications Web site.
Shootz Production Group, San Antonio, won an award from the National Mental Health Association for its documentary film on eating disorders.
Hadeler White Public Relations, Dallas, received an Obelisk Award for New Initiatives by a Small Business from the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts.
The Houston chapter of the American Marketing Association presented its Marketer of the Year award to Earl Littman, managing executive director of the Drugs Kill Prevention/Education Campaign.
Software Spectrum in Garland won the Best Business-to-Business Web Site Campaign award from the d:tech conference and expo.
Solitaire Creative Services, Houston, received an Award of Distinction from The Communicator Awards for its menu design for Hoffbrau Steaks in Baytown.
Hartmann Communications, Tulsa, has been contracted to provide public relations support and marketing communications services for the Tulsa division of Little & Associates Architects and marketing communications programs for the specialty chemical division of Tamko Roofing Products in Missouri.
The Communications Group, Little Rock, recently added three new accounts to its client roster: State Farm Agents of Arkansas, Easter Seals Arkansas and the Old State House Museum.