Agency News

San Francisco’s Friends of Recreation & Parks has launched a 50-page Web site at http// Created by San Francisco-based Web developer Marquette Online, the site is intended to augment the organization’s ongoing marketing and membership programs.
Harvest Films, San Francisco, has produced 10 spots for a new national TV campaign for Firstplus Financial. The 30-second spots feature Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Dan Marino as spokesman and were conceived by STRAT-IM Advertising in Sacramento.
BITSource, an electronic distributor of hardware and software for the IT market, has selected Lighthouse Advertising & Design in Santa Clara as its strategic and communications partner.

Portland-based Satterwhite Design has completed work on a promotional Web site for Hinds Instruments, a high-technology company located in Hillsboro.
INS, a full-service advertising and marketing communications agency in Portland, has been appointed to provide media analysis, negotiation and purchasing services for Christian Supply, a retailer of inspirational books, music and gifts, with locations in Oregon and Washington.

Lages & Associates, a strategic high-technology public relations firm in Irvine, has been selected by Entrega Technologies as its public relations agency.
Digitalfacades has merged with Rare Medium to form Rare Medium LA. The new company will be headquartered in Marina del Rey.
Elliott & Associates, a Los Angeles-based design and marketing agency, has created a new corporate identity program for The Comdyn Group (formerly CDI Computer Dynamics Incorporated), a national provider of information technology services to industry and public sector clients.
White Design has changed its name to Perceive and moved into new offices in Long Beach.
High Technology Solutions in San Diego has chosen Santa Monica-based Young Co. to create its brand identity campaign.
Farr Marketing Group, a full-service public relations and marketing agency based in Los Angeles, has been named public relations counsel for Prototypes, a national social organization for women.
Cassle Communications, a San Diego-based advertising and public relations agency, has moved into new office space in the Point Loma/Sports Arena area.
United Stations Radio Networks, a New York-based radio distribution and production house, has opened an advertising sales office in Los Angeles.
ko/Envision, a new partnership between Anschultz Corp. and a core group of sports and entertainment marketing veterans in Los Angeles, has acquired deo/Millennium Marketing, a subsidiary of DavisElen Advertising specializing in entertainment marketing and partnership promotions.
Green Hills Memorial Parks in Palos Verdes has appointed Potter/Katz & Partners in Toluca Lake as its first full-service advertising agency.
Apollo Interactive LLC, a Web site design company with offices in El Segundo and Santa Monica, will design, host and maintain the new Web site for Foodmaker, operator of Jack in the Box Restaurants, based in San Diego.
Jill Lloyd and Associates, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, has been hired to handle a promotional campaign for the Farmers Fair and Expo at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in mid-October.
Gates Radio, owner and operator of five Spanish-language radio stations in the San Diego market, has retained Drasnin Communications in Del Mar to design a new corporate identity package.
Novocom, a broadcast branding group located in Los Angeles, has produced end tags for eight NBC News programs.
California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, has selected OgilvyOne Worldwide to provide strategic consulting, corporate positioning and direct marketing services for a new charitable annuities product and public education campaign.
Spear/Hall & Associates, a San Diego-based advertising and public relations agency, has been retained by Tennfit International, a component developer for the tennis, baseball, softball and golf markets. The shop has also been retained by Pacific Southwest Wildfowl Arts, a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting wildfowl art.
Visual effects house Planet Blue is moving from its Hollywood offices to a new location in Santa Monica. The move should be completed before the fall production season begins.
The Petersen Co., a Los Angeles-based multimedia marketing solutions, publishing and brand development company, announced the launch of Max Speed, a new monthly magazine devoted to the personalization and performance enhancement of late-model vehicles.
Another Large Production, a broadcast and print promotion firm in Hollywood, and ReZ.n8 Productions, a design branding and computer animation production house in Los Angeles, have entered into a global strategic alliance. The new agreement calls for the companies to work together on marketing projects that require video/print promotional design, production and concept-driven graphics and animation services.
Irvine-based homebuilder MBK Homes has selected The Roxburgh Agency in Costa Mesa to provide all marketing needs for its newest single-family community, Soleil, located in Aliso Viejo.

Penna Powers Cutting & Haynes, a Salt Lake City-based advertising and public relations agency, has added World Wireless Communications, a developer and manufacturer of wireless communications technology and products, to its client roster.

Digital Kitchen, a Seattle-based broadcast design firm, has finished work on a new promotional video aimed at the teenage orthodontic audience for Sonicare, a sonic toothbrush manufactured by Optiva Corp.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has chosen JayRay Ads & PR in Seattle to tie together its printed material under a unifying position and theme.
Horton Lantz Marocco, a Seattle-based design agency, has been named agency of record for two new clients: National Merit Insurance, a Washington-based insurance company; and Resort Semi-ah-moo, a resort located in Blaine, two hours north of Seattle. The shop was also chosen by Redmond-based Nintendo to create a retail brochure for the Nintendo 64 game station. –compiled by Gregory Turner