– Actors Strike Motion Sent to Committee
LOS ANGELES–The motion initiated by Jackie Goldberg of the Los Angeles City Council calling for a moratorium on commercial film production on Los Angeles city property until the actors strike is resolved has been sent to committee. The motion, which calls for a “prohibition on commercial filming in city-owned property where commercial actors are on strike,” will now be reviewed by the Community and Economic Development Committee. This committee will work with the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. to determine the city’s possible role in finding a resolution to the strike. The motion was handed to the committee July 7. No meeting has yet been set to discuss the matter.
– 1-800 Contacts Launches Review
LOS ANGELES–1-800 Contacts, a seller of contact lenses, is looking for an agency to handle its estimated $18 million account. Kevin McCallum, vp of marketing for the Draper, Utah-based company, said four finalists are competing: one global firm, one midsized shop, one startup and one local agency. The search is national, he said. A decision is due in August. The client parted company with Saatchi & Saatchi, San Francisco, last year.
– Cisco Reviewing Internet, Direct Shops
LOS ANGELES–Cisco Systems, a leader in networking for the Internet, is looking for one or more shops with direct marketing and/or Internet expertise to augment its agency roster. Incumbent Miller/Huber, San Francisco, will continue to work with the client. Lead shop GMO/Hill, Holliday, San Francisco, also is unaffected by the search. The San Jose, Calif., company is expected to make a decision in the $15-25 million review within four to six weeks. Brotherton Consulting Group, San Rafael, Calif., is handling the search.
– Young & Rubicam Wins Informix Business
SAN FRANCISCO–Young and Rubicam’s San Francisco office has been awarded the $40-50 million Informix business, according to sources. Details are expected this week. The other finalist was Arnold Ingalls Moranville, San Francisco. Informix, Menlo Park, Calif., markets database management systems and interconnectivity products that allow companies to manage their databases across global computer networks. The company has struggled to compete with such rivals as Oracle (which holds 40 percent of the data storehouse market) and IBM.
– Hotwire Goes to Goodby
LOS ANGELES–Hotwire, San Francisco, an online airfare discount service, awarded Goodby, Silverstein & Partners its ad account after a review that included two other San Francisco finalists: Black Rocket and Leagas Delaney. Lot 21, San Francisco, was named Hotwire’s online agency without a review. Budgets were undisclosed.
– Burnett Breaks Out LeoHealth
CHICAGO–Leo Burnett has formed LeoHealth, a consumer healthcare marketing division. It will handle more than $150 million in billings for clients including Pharmacia/Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Aventis, and Procter & Gamble.