Fallon Awarded John Nuveen Account
CHICAGO–Investment firm John Nuveen Co. here picked Minneapolis agency Fallon McElligott to handle its $5 million advertising account after a five-month review. The other finalists were McConnaughy Stein Schmidt Brown and Bender, Browning, Dolby & Sanderson, both in Chicago. Publicis & Hal Riney, Chicago, resigned the account in June.
Burnett’s Giant Step Gets P&G Web Work
CHICAGO–Procter & Gamble has assigned Giant Step, the digital marketing unit of Leo Burnett, development of a P&G corporate Internet site as well as strategic consulting and Web site development work for the Vidal Sassoon and Pert Plus brands.
Leap Got $6.8 Million From Sale to Y&R
CHICAGO–The Leap Group here sold its One World Communications subsidiary–which included ethnic agency Kang & Lee and the AT&T account of YAR Communications–to Young & Rubicam for $6.8 million in cash and certain liabilities, according to a document Leap filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Leap bought YAR and Kang & Lee in 1997 for a combined $24.8 million.
Fila Limits GH5 Debut to Print
CHICAGO–Fila USA has delayed until February TV advertising for its GH5 Grant Hill-endorsed basketball shoe, due to the NBA lockout. An initial print ad for the shoe–the first work for Sparks, Md.-based Fila from Leo Burnett here–broke last week in Sports Illustrated and other sports books. The ad directs consumers to a Web site at developed by Lyons Communications, Wilmington, Del.
General Motors Presents Alpha Awards
DETROIT–General Motors presented its annual GM Alpha Awards to roster agencies last week. D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Troy, Mich., captured three awards (best national TV, national TV launch, TV carryover); Leo Burnett, Chicago, won two (best integrated marketing and catalog); Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Warren, Mich., won for best call-to-action ads and tied for best print with McCann-Erickson, Troy, Mich., which also won for best Internet ads and received the Elsie Award for most improved campaign (Buick Century). Saturn work from Publicis & Hal Riney, San Francisco, was judged most enduring. Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York, won the DaVinci Award for repositioning GMC.
Chupa Chups Narrows to 7 Finalists
DALLAS–Chupa Chups USA, Atlanta, cut the list of competitors for the creative portion of its $15 million account, sources said, to incumbent Lois/EJL, Chicago; The Richards Group, Dallas; GSD&M, Austin, Texas; Fallon McElligott and Weiss Stagliano Partners, both New York; Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Miami; and Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners West, San Francisco. KSL Media, Los Angeles, handles media.