“Principal’s $25-30 Mil. Account in Play
CHICAGO-Financial services company Principal Financial Group is contacting agencies about its $25-30 million account. Triad Consulting Group, Troy, Mich., is handling the search. The company cited its global growth as a reason for the review. Incumbent Brown Marketing Communications in Chicago was invited but declined to participate.
“Tobacco Foundation Names Ad Chief
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Chuck Wolfe, the man who headed Florida’s anti-tobacco campaign, has been tapped to develop a communications program for the Tobacco Control Foundation. The Foundation was created as part of last year’s tobacco settlement and will wield a $250 million budget for anti-smoking efforts over the next 10 years. The organization plans to send out a request for proposal in the coming weeks.
“Bacardi Talks to Shops About Rum Assignment
NEW YORK-Bacardi-Martini USA is talking to shops about handling a new creative assignment for Bacardi rums, including Bacardi Light and Bacardi Light-Dry brands, the client confirmed. Lead agency Ammirati Puris Lintas in New York, is participating as is roster shop Amster Yard, sources said. AAR/Bob Wolf in New York is assisting in the review. The business is worth $15 million in billings, sources said.
“4 Named to JWT Co.’s Worldwide Board
NEW YORK-J. Walter Thompson Co. chief executive Chris Jones last week named four executives to the company’s board of directors: worldwide creative director William Hamilton, New York president Bob Jeffrey, London chief executive Steven Carter and Chicago executive creative director Dennis Ryan.
“TBWA/C/D Breaks “Phantom’ Ad for Tricon
LOS ANGELES-TBWA/Chiat/Day rolled out the first TV spot last week in an estimated $40 million campaign to support client Tricon’s promotional tie-in with the new Star Wars flick, The Phantom Menace. The spot marked the first time that Tricon’s three fast-food brands-Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC-were featured in the same ad.
“Account Activity, New York, is looking for a shop to handle a $20 million account for general market and online duties, sources said … DiNoto Lee, New York, has pulled out of the $24 million American Media review, sources said. Remaining: Arnell Group Brand Consulting, Della Femina/Jeary and Partners, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Mezzina/Brown and Spier, all New York … Deutsch, New York, has exited Budget Group’s $40 million review, sources said. Remaining: incumbent Publicis & Hal Riney, Chicago; Fallon McElligott, Minneapolis; GSD&M, Austin, Texas; and Cliff Freeman and Partners, New York … The Media Edge has landed global media duties for TV channel BBC World, following a review that came down to TME and Carat. (Continued on page 82)