agency news

Vista Design Associates, Houston, has developed brochures for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies, introducing the client’s financial services unit.
A new radio advertising campaign for by Bates Southwest, Houston, features former sitcom star Charlie Kimbrough promoting the Internet real estate brokerage.
The Advertising Council of New York and the Country Music Association, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., have launched a public awareness campaign to remind parents to listen to their children. The “Tune in to your kids” series, which features country music stars, was developed by GSD&M, Austin.
The Southwest office of Publicis and its integrated marketing group, Publicis Dialog, have relocated to a new 90,000-square-foot facility in North Dallas.
VisionEdge Marketing, Austin, has acquired three new clients: BMC Software, Houston, and NetSolve Inc. and QuickArrow, both in Austin.
Internet marketing firm imc2, Dallas, recently held a reception to showcase its new 30,000-square-foot headquarters.
Patrick Henry Creative Promotions, Houston, has been retained by Fuddrucker’s to develop marketing programs. Based in Boston, Fuddrucker’s operates 200 restaurants throughout the U.S.
One Group Advertising has added DeliverEtoday and Haggar Clothing Co.’s
Horizon Group to its client roster. The agency has also moved to new headquarters in Dallas.
Aries Productions, Arlington, has won two Communicator awards for work it produced on behalf of Dr Pepper/7 Up and the American Heart Association. The award-winning projects were produced in partnership with Marketech Associates, Dallas.
Two annual reports produced by Sibley Peteet Design, Dallas, recently received recognition. The 1998 Texas Utilities report won a Katie Award for excellence in public relations and corporate communications, and the 1998 Atoms Energy Corp. report received a Nichelson Award as the best category entry in the natural gas industry.
FilmCrew, Dallas, has produced television commercials for Destination Hotel & Resorts and Wolf Brand Chili on behalf of Berry-Brown Advertising, Dallas.
Digital Dimension Studios, Dallas, and Blue Byte Software, Austin, have joined forces to create a 30-second television commercial for a video game that will accompany Stephen King’s new novella, Everything’s Eventual.
The Crouch Group, Denton, has added a new outdoor advertising division, Wheels America Advertising of Texas. The company provides backlit, mobile billboards that are mounted on trucks.
Ribit Productions, Dallas, received a standard of excellence award in the WebAwards online site competition, sponsored by Broadvision, iSyndicate, LinkExchange, Interactive Week magazine and PR Newswire.
Saunders-Ream Marketing Communications Group, Dallas, has been named agency of record for Dallas-based Viastar Services Corp., which provides various
support to truck fleet operators. The agency has also picked up the advertising account of Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning, a Waco-based national franchise system of heating and cooling sales and service dealers.
Murray Brown Creative Group, Fort Worth, has been selected by Planet Events to develop and implement a corporate identity program. The Fort Worth-based client provides special event planning services. In addition, Murray Brown Creative Group has been designated agency of record by InfoSphere, which is also located in Fort Worth. The client provides technical systems and support services to e-commerce retailers.
First Data Corp., a provider of electronic commerce and payment services, has acquired an equity stake in, an Internet advertising technology company. First Data Corp. of Atlanta and Austin-based have developed a strategic marketing agreement to offer Internet-based marketing solutions and services to merchants.
Virtually There Inc., Fort Worth, has launched a new Web site for United States Aluminum. The Web design specialists have also been contracted by Bene-Marc, an athletic and special events insurer, and Higginbotham & Associates, a personal and commercial insurance company.
The Griffin Group, Lubbock, has created a series of television commercials featuring former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett for automobile dealership Toliver Brothers. The advertising campaign will air through the remainder of the year in the Texas markets of Abilene, Ballinger and San Angelo.
Video Post & Transfer, Dallas, has a established an original composition subsidiary, Cuppa Joe Music. The new division has already created music for J. Walter Thompson’s Ford advertising and Moroch & Associates’ McDonald’s account.
Austin-based WarrenCordes+McCullar has been selected by VostraNet, also located in Austin, to create corporate identity, online and direct mail programs. The client is a supplier of digital subscriber line and Internet services to small and medium-size businesses.
EnviroMedia, Austin, was recently awarded the advertising account of Capital Metropolitan, the city of Austin’s mass transit authority.
Bromley Communications, San Antonio, won two prizes at the New York Festival. The shop earned a silver award for its San Antonio Symphony work and a bronze for its efforts on behalf of Amoco.
A brochure designed for the Greater Houston Partnership by Pennebaker.LMC, also located in Houston, recently received a citation of excellence at the American Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Awards competition.
[Metal], Houston, has been chosen by Landmark Graphics Corp. to produce a brand advertising campaign. The Houston client provides information systems to petroleum companies.
The McIntosh Advertising & Design (MAD) House was named agency of record for Bicycle Sport Shop. Both the agency and the cycling retailer are based in Austin.

Rick Johnson & Company, Albuquerque, recently won three silver Telly awards for advertising it produced on behalf of St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Los Alamos National Bank and Santa Ana Casino.

The Will Rogers World Airport has retained Thinking Cap as its agency of record following a review. Both the client and agency are based in Oklahoma City