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Duffy & Shanley Changes Hands
BOSTON–David Duffy, 60, president and chief executive of Duffy & Shanley, will sell his majority ownership stake in the 35-person agency to a three-man partnership comprised of senior staffers. Bob Newbert becomes chief executive, Peter Marcionetti becomes chief creative officer, and Duffy’s son, Jonathan, becomes president. David Duffy plans to remain chairman for five years and focus on strategic consulting. Clients of Rhode Island’s largest shop include The Providence Journal, R.I. Economic Development Corp., Saga Software and Swarovski.
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Bozell Kamstra Nabs APB.com
BOSTON–Bozell Kamstra has unveiled a $20 million nationwide campaign for APBnews.com, an Internet news service that covers the criminal-justice system. Ads are themed “You have the right to know” and encourage users to visit the site for police reports, court testimony and government documents. The campaign makes use of yellow police tape to deliver headlines such as, “You have the right to know if your neighborhood is safe.” The crime scene tape “was the icon in all ads because it is immediately recognizable by almost everyone,” said Bill Drake, co-creative-director of Kamstra’s Peabody, Mass., office. TV and print ads will begin appearing soon in major U.S. markets.
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KGA Loses a Second Creative Chief
BOSTON–Doug Johnston has left his position as executive creative director at KGA Advertising after three months. The Middletown, Conn., shop would not comment on why Johnston left or where he went. Johnston was creative director at Littlefield Marketing & Advertising in Tulsa, Okla., before moving to KGA to succeed Michael Hammond, who left early this year. Steve Culton, a senior copywriter, is again leading the department.
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O&P Wins United Illuminating
BOSTON–United Illuminating has named O’Neal & Prelle agency of record after a review of undisclosed agencies. O’Neal & Prelle president Mike Kintner would not specify billings, but said it becomes one of the agency’s top five accounts. The Hartford-based shop will develop regional and national campaigns for UI’s nonregulated business units that offer energy-related services.
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Circle, CMGI Buy E-mail Companies
BOSTON–Circle.com, a unit of Snyder Communications, bought NetMarquee in Needham, Mass., for an undisclosed sum. Baltimore-based Circle will operate the e-mail company as a subsidiary. NetMarquee chairman Bob Gunther becomes vice president of strategic communication at Circle, while chief executive officer Paul Baudisch becomes general manager of the subsidiary. Separately, yesmail.com last week agreed to a stock-for-stock swap with CMGI in Andover, Mass. The e-mail company will be operated as a majority-owned company of CMGI.
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For the Record
OneCore Financial initially developed the “electronic financial officer” concept later executed in ads by Gearon Hoffman [Adweek, Dec. 6]