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Publicis Bows Out of SBC Wireless Review

DALLAS—Publicis in New York has withdrawn from the review for the $185-250 million SBC Communications-Bell South consolidated wireless account, citing a conflict. Publicis in Seattle handles the account of VoiceStream Wireless Corp. in Bellevue, Wash. The shop’s withdrawal leaves incumbents GSD&M, Austin, Texas, and WestWayne, Atlanta, to battle with New York agencies Bates Worldwide, BBDO Worldwide and Grey Worldwide. A decision by the Atlanta-based telecom is expected in October.

Charlotte, N.C., Tourism Taps Anderson

ATLANTA—The Charlotte (N.C.) Convention and Visitors Bureau has chosen the hometown division of Anderson Communications Group to provide advertising and marketing support that will promote the city as a destination. Anderson topped incumbent Elberson Senger Shuler, Sterrett Dymond Stewart and Wray Ward Laseter, all Charlotte, for the $1.5 million account.

TNT to Dole Out Fall Ad Assignments

DALLAS—Turner Network Television is conducting its annual fall agency review prior to awarding assignments, sources said last week. A spokesperson at the network said the network was contacting current roster and new agencies to handle a variety of projects. Atlanta-based TNT spent approximately $37 million on advertising last year, according to Competitive Media Reporting.

ESPN’s Spanish Web Site Skips Florida Shops

DALLAS—Bromley Communications has won the creative account of ESPNdeportes.com, a Spanish-language sports Internet site which will launch in October. The San Antonio agency defeated Miami shops Creatability and Zubi Advertising and Vidal of New York to win the account. Billings were not disclosed.

Turner Fernandez Adds Work From 4 Clients

ATLANTA—Turner Fernandez Turner has won assignments from four new clients that add up to more than $1 million in billings. Coca-Cola Enterprises, PolyVision, NetEffect and SpatialAge Solutions have given the Atlanta agency projects ranging from marketing research and analysis to full-blown national advertising campaigns.

Caliber Learning Picks The Other Agency

BOSTON—The Other Agency has picked up the estimated seven-figure advertising account of Caliber Learning Network, topping several undisclosed Southeast shops. The client, a Baltimore-based provider of online learning services, had worked with The Ball Group in Baltimore and Lancaster, Pa. The Other Agency is located in Newton, Mass.,

L.L Bean Considers 6 Semifinalists

BOSTON—Catalog retailer L.L. Bean is evaluating six semifinalists for its $15-20 million advertising account. In the running are Foote, Cone & Belding, New York; Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis; Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Miami; and Leagas Delaney, San Francisco. Pile and Co. in Boston is overseeing the search. A cut to finalists will come in mid-September.