Comings, Goings for C. Thomas

Christopher Thomas has parted with long-time signature client Fallon Healthcare—but added work from Black & Decker.

Fallon had been handled by the agency’s Boston office, which for a decade produced high-profile regional TV ads starring actress Mel Harris.

Leo Rice, president of Christopher Thomas’ Boston office, said the agency resigned Fallon after the account essentially became inactive. The client in Worcester, Mass., spent about $1.5 million on ads in 1998 and 1999, per Competitive Media Reporting. No ad spending was listed for 2000.

A Fallon representative said the HMO has begun reviewing small area agencies and expects to make a selection in June, with new ads breaking in the fall. The representative declined to discuss why the Christopher Thomas relationship ended.

Separately, Chris-topher Thomas’ outpost in Stamford, Conn., was tapped by Black & Decker for about $2 million worth of TV, print and collateral, Rice said.

Christopher Thomas, which claimed 2000 revenue of $9.1 million and billings of $59 million, earlier this year agreed to a buyout by St. Louis-based Kupper Parker Communications. Once the deal closes in the next few weeks, the agency is expected to be renamed KPC Christopher Thomas.