Burnett Poised for Toys R Us
CHICAGO–Leo Burnett was reported to be in final negotiations late last week with Toys R Us, Paramus, N.J., for its $50-75 million account, sources said. Burnett pitched the consolidated account with its Starcom Media Services unit. The agency referred calls to the client. Officials there could not be reached. Other contenders in the creative review were Deutsch in New York and Doner in Southfield, Mich. The media account was chased by The Media Edge and Western Initiative Media, both New York. Incumbents were The Kaplan Thaler Group and Quantum Media International, both New York.
Y&R Detroit Gets a New Leader
DETROIT–Mike Webster, who was promoted to the No. 2 position at Ross Roy Communications, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., just over a month ago, is leaving to take the top slot at Young & Rubicam, Detroit, sources said. Y&R’s former chairman, John Vanderzee, retired March 1. Webster’s title and precise duties are still under negotiation, sources said. Webster could not be reached.
Burnett Drops Out of Budget Review
CHICAGO–Leo Burnett here has withdrawn from Budget Group’s review, citing possible conflicts with General Motors. The remaining contenders for creative duties on the $40 million account are incumbent Publicis & Hal Riney, Chicago; Fallon McElligott, Minneapolis; Cliff Freeman & Partners and Deutsch, both New York; and GSD&M in Austin, Texas. Budget’s media buying will continue to be handled by Burnett’s Starcom unit.
Progressive Insurance Down to 3 Shops
CHICAGO–Finalists for Progressive Insurance’s $70 million account are Foote, Cone & Belding, Chicago; Doner, Southfield, Mich.; and Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Boston, sources said. The Cleveland-based client split with Arnell Group Brand Consulting, New York, saying it wanted a stronger direct agency.
Ludwig Named IAAA Judge Chairman
DETROIT–Bill Ludwig, vice chairman and chief creative officer at Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Warren, Mich., has been named judging chairman for the 1999 International Automotive Advertising Awards. The IAAA’s 1999 international panel of judges will convene in November, and their results will be presented at an awards ceremony Jan. 12 in Detroit.
TN Posts First-Quarter Earnings
CHICAGO–True North Communications here reported first-quarter revenues of $303 million, up 6 percent from the same period a year ago. Net income was $7.2 million, or 15 cents per share, while operating income was down 5 percent, to $11 million.
For the Record
Frank Lowe, chairman of the The Lowe Group, was misidentified in a caption accompanying his photo in the National News section [Adweek, May 3].