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Kmart Sets Its Sights on Two Finalists

NEW YORK—Three weeks after seven agencies pitched Kmart’s $100 million account, Kmart is said to be considering two New York shops: TBWA\Chiat\Day and Lowe Lintas & Partners, sources said. Kmart executives, including CEO Chuck Conaway, were in New York Wednesday to visit each agency in what amounted to a chemistry check, sources said. A decision could come as early as this week. The other shops that pitched were FCB in Chicago, Temerlin McClain in Irving, Texas, New York shops Grey Advertising and J. Walter Thompson, and the incumbent, Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis. A client representative said no decision had been made.

Burger King RFPs Collected, Sans Consultant

NEW YORK—RFPs were due back last week in the review for Burger King’s $400 million account. The client will not likely use a consultant in its search, a client representative said. Among the agencies returning RFPs: Saatchi & Saatchi, Wieden + Kennedy and McCann-Erickson Worldwide, sources said. Lowe Lintas & Partners is defending.

Seven Take on $140 Mil. Postal Service Work

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service awarded four ad contracts for its $140 million marketing account Friday. As expected, lead creative duties will be handled by Leo Burnett [Adweek, Sept. 11]. FCB Worldwide in New York will handle direct mail and interactive marketing. Frankel in Chicago retains duties for in-store and retail marketing, while MediaCom in New York takes over media duties. The Bravo Group will handle Hispanic marketing, Chisholm-Mingo takes the African American market and Asianese Partnership in New York will take over the Asian market.

Grey/MediaCom Wins Unisys’ $20-40 Mil. Account

NEW YORK—Unisys has awarded media and creative duties to Grey Global Group and its media arm, MediaCom, after a four-month review. Billings are estimated at$20-40 million. Other contenders were Leo Burnett in Chicago and McCann-Erickson in New York. Bozell in New York had the account previously.

Contenders Emerge for Leo Worldwide

CHICAGO—Linda Wolf and Stephen Gatfield have emerged as top contenders to lead Leo Burnett’s worldwide operations, leaving former Leo Group chief executive Roger Haupt to focus on his duties as CEO of Burnett holding company Bcom3, sources said. Wolf is CEO of Burnett’s North American operations and Gatfield is general manager of Burnett’s Asia-Pacific region. Burnett declined comment.

Strike Negotiations Continue Into Weekend

NEW YORK—Talks between SAG/AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee representing advertisers continued on Saturday last week, the ninth day in this session. At press time, it was uncertain if talks, aimed at ending the 21-week-old actors strike against the ad industry, would continue today.

Account Activity

Lowe Lintas & Partners in San Francisco has been awarded Internap’s $25-30 million account … Citron Haligman Bedecarré has won the $12 million account of Scudder Weisel, a proposed online arm of venture capital firms Scudder Kemper Investments and Thomas Weisel Partners.