Agency News: SOUTHWEST

Polygram Films selected Moroch & Associates, Dallas, to handle advertising, publicity and promotion duties in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. Polygram’s first film-The Game-opens Sept. 12.
VGS Marketing Group, Dallas, was named agency of record for Memory Merchandising, a design firm that specializes in creating model home interiors for builders.
The Public Relations Society of America has awarded accreditation to Alice Brink, vice president of corporate and financial relations at Vollmer Public Relations, Houston.
DDB Needham Dallas received a Diamond Cutter Award from the Greater Dallas Chamber. DDB was one of three companies chosen for the award, which recognizes accomplishments in purchasing from women-owned businesses and hiring and promoting women into managerial positions.
The AdPlex Cos., a 16-year-old Houston graphics and printing firm, has acquired Characters, a 20-year-old company that provides prepress, digital printing and other services. The new entity will operate as The AdPlex Cos. and consist of three divisions.
Two T-shirts designed by Fort Worth’s Witherspoon & Associates for Sundance Square and Typecase have been chosen to appear in the Designer’s Handbook of T-Shirt Promotions, published by Print magazine.
Stuart Bacon, Fort Worth, celebrates 10 years in business this month.
Timeslips Corp., Dallas., has released Timeslips for the Mac, Agency Version, a computer billing program created for advertising companies.
R.J. Kolar Advertising, Austin, finished production of a catalog for 3M’s Electrical Products division.
DDB Interactive, Dallas, has launched the Web site for DreamWorks SKG’s first film, The Peacemaker. The site is housed within Pepsi World on the Web, also created by DDBI. The motion picture is being released on Sept. 26.
Montemayor y Asociados, San Antonio, has developed promotional campaigns for Corona Extra Beer and Modelo Especial. The promotions are tied to Hispanic Heritage Month (Corona) and Mexican Independence Day (Modelo). The Gambrinus Co. in San Antonio distributes the two brands in Texas, 25 Eastern states, the District of Columbia and the Caribbean.
Fernandez & Associates in San Antonio has launched an outdoor advertising campaign for the new Western Beverages store in El Paso.
Williamson Printing Corp., Dallas, took home 91 awards, including three first-place “Bennies,” in the Printing Industries of America’s Premier Print Awards competition.
Dee Shoup Public Relations, Dallas, changed its name to DSPR, Inc. and has opened a location in New York. The new office is located at 1285 Avenue of the Americas, 35th floor, New York, N.Y. 10019. Phone: (212) 554-4133.
BMR Software, Dallas, named Michael A. Burns & Associates, Dallas, its public relations agency of record. The agency is implementing a national public relations initiative for the client.
The Baker Agency and Allcraft Printing, both Dallas, were chosen to handle design and production of a menu for Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The restaurant recently opened in Memphis, Tenn.
Dallas post-house Tom’s Easy Way has completed a renovation and expansion of its McKinney Avenue facility and has added a third Avid editing suite.
Laster & Miller Advertising, El Paso, has changed its name to The Laster Group. Nancy Laster remains president and sole stockholder of the company, which is currently constructing a new office at 5407 N. Mesa, next to Pepper Tree Square.
Square One, Dallas, has begun production on fall television commercials for Whataburger, a Corpus Christi-based fast-food chain.
Houston’s Fogarty Klein & Partners hosted a “Dog Days of Summer” event for staffers, clients and local media celebrities that raised over $2,000 to benefit the Houston chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Richards Group, Dallas, recently teamed with director Robert Latorre of Big Fish Films, Dallas, to shoot four commercials for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center of Houston. The shoot employed “The Big Freeze,” a rig that accommodates 360 still cameras to capture action.
Makos, an Austin agency, has added accounts from local firms Dell Computer, Trilogy and NETForce. Assignments include marketing communications planning, corporate identity, graphics, collateral, print and radio advertising, direct mail and Web site strategy and design. The two-year-old agency’s annual billings are now at $3 million.

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, Little Rock, earned a certificate of excellence award in a recent competition sponsored by the Bank Marketing Association. The winning entry was a newspaper ad for First Commercial Investments.
A T-shirt and invitation designed by Stone & Ward of Little Rock for River Market has been selected for inclusion in the Designer’s Handbook of T-Shirt Promotions, which is published by Print magazine.

Rosemary Beach, a new town under construction in the Florida Panhandle, has named Peter A. Mayer Advertising, New Orleans, agency of record for its ad account. The 100-acre development of beach frontage between Destin and Panama City, Fla., is being planned by architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.

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