AGENCY NEWS

ARIZONA
CTS Advertising, Scottsdale, has moved to larger offices on First St. FinanCenter, Tucson, launched a campaign to increase awareness of its financial calculators among Web site providers.
IDAHO
Boise-based Oliver, Russell & Associates was enlisted by Women’s Challenge to provide PR and promotional services for the HP Laserjet Women’s Challenge.
NEVADA
Station Casinos, Las Vegas, designed a multimedia ad campaign to promote buffet and restaurant choices at its four major gaming and entertainment properties.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Cost Plus World Market and Michael Osborne Design, San Francisco, partnered to design an updated label for Cost Plus’ Electric Reindeer Wine suggesting a fun and friendly portable greeting card. Michael Osborne was also retained by Wells Fargo to create a new identity for its sponsorship of college football’s 1999 Sun Bowl.
The Amidei Group has relocated its headquarters from the San Francisco financial district to downtown San Rafael.
Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, San Francisco, sold its remaining 6 percent ownership position in Young & Rubicam.
Ubi Soft Entertainment and Swirl Advertising, San Francisco, launched a TV campaign for Rayman 2: The Great Escape, a new title for the Nintendo 64 platform.
Addis, Berkeley, designed a new look for all the products in Dole’s canned fruit, shelf-stable juices and healthy snacks line.
Mering & Associates, Sacramento, created advertising for The McClatchy Co., Sacramento, using New Yorker-style cartoons.
Digital production studio Western Images, production company Pandemonium and agency Collaborate, San Francisco, created two TV spots for Franklin Templeton Mutual Series Funds.
OREGON
Metro Regional Services chose Dodge, Schmitgall, Portland, to create an ad campaign promoting curbside recycling.
Diseno Advertising Design, Portland, will merge with Willamette Digital Group to form Diseno International. The firm was selected by Costazul Magazine to develop an electronic version of its travel guide.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Four Square Productions, San Diego, was selected by Gateway, Qualcomm, DirecTV, Computer Sciences Corp., Nokia and Lockheed Martin for multimedia marketing support.
Corona-based CSP Communications was acquired by Creamer Dickson Basford, headquartered in New York and with offices in Pittsburgh and Irvine.
Bandai America chose Porter Novelli, Los Angeles, as its public relations agency.
The National Kidney Foundation of Southern California assigned FMJ Adcomm, Venice, a pro-bono ad and promotional account.
Pittard Sullivan, Culver City, completed a new lead-in for HBO’s theatrical movies.
Enlace Communications, Los Angeles, produced a Hispanic market ad campaign promoting the merger of supermarket chains Albertsons and Lucky Stores.
Renegade Animation, Burbank, retained Artisans Public Relations, Los Angeles, to provide PR and advertising services for Elmo Aardvark, Outer Space Detective, its weekly Internet cartoon serial.
Ad agency Terry Hines hired PC Bureau, Culver City, to create Novajet posters for NewLine Cinema and FineLine Features.
Shelter Films, Hollywood, produced commercials for Sony Computer Entertainment developed by TBWA/Chiat/Day, Playa del Rey.
Computer Cafe, Santa Monica, provided 3D animation services to 525 Studios, Santa Monica, and Suissa Miller, Los Angeles, for a national TV spot introducing NEC’s Z1.
The Sparkman Co., Palos Verdes, launched QwikPiks.com, Gems Sensors’ commerce-enabled Web catalog.
The Ruby Restaurant Group selected The Ponzi Group, Trabuco Canyon, to head a PR campaign supporting its participation in the 111th annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
-compiled by Christine Campbel