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– Electronic Trading Network Picks Fallon
CHICAGO–Archipelago, a fledgling electronic stock trading network, selected Fallon McElligott as its agency of record. The Minneapolis shop will create a multimedia brand campaign as the Evanston, Ill. company moves to become a fully electronic national trading exchange that competes with the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. Billings could go as high as $30 million, an agency representative said.
– Y&R Declines to Pitch Block
CHICAGO–Young & Rubicam here will not participate in H&R Block’s $100 million global advertising review. The incumbent agency on the account cited “philosophical differences” with the Kansas City, Mo., client. Y&R Toronto, and The Bravo Group, New York, are also out of the review. Still deciding whether to proceed are Y&R units Impiric and The Media Edge. The client has hired Select Resources International, Los Angeles, as a consultant, and query letters were sent to agencies last week. A decision is expected in June.
– Pinnacle Merges With Atlanta Shops
ATLANTA–Minority marketing firm Pinnacle Associates Group has merged with ad agency Vargas Flores & Amigos and public relations shop Roy Communications, both here. Chicago-based Pinnacle will have expanded breadth, now serving both the African American and Hispanic communities. Terms were not disclosed.
– Levy Shutting Down; K&R/Marc Absorbs Clients
CHICAGO–Jack Levy Associates here is closing May 1, with three accounts and several executives joining K&R/Marc. The accounts are On-Cor Frozen Foods, Citizens Bank and Shure Inc. K&R/Marc in Chicago is a unit of Marc/USA, Pittsburgh.
– Clark New Business Exec at FCB
CHICAGO–Erin Clark joins FCB Worldwide in Chicago on May 1 as executive vice president and group management director, new business. Clark comes from Grant/Jacoby in Chicago where she was managing partner and director of client services. Formerly Clark worked at The Leap Partnership, Euro RSCG Tatham and J. Walter Thompson.
– HSR Tapped by Agilera.com
CHICAGO–HSR Business to Business will handle brand development, advertising and eCommerce for Agilera.com. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the application service provider delivers e-business and enterprise solutions to small and mid-sized businesses. Billings were undisclosed. HSR is in Cincinnati.
– Miller Drops Shipyard; Buys Rest of Celis
CHICAGO–Miller Brewing has sold its interest in Shipyard Brewing, Portland, Maine, five years after it bought a stake in the regional brewery. The Milwaukee brewery also said it had acquired 100 percent ownership of Celis Brewery in Austin, Texas, in which it has had a majority stake since 1995. The Celis family maintained a minority interest until selling out, Miller said. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.