Hyundai Plans Cut to 3-4 for $160 Mil. Account

LOS ANGELES—Hyundai Motor America is expected early this week to cut to three or four agencies in the review for its $160 million U.S. creative account, said Select Resources International in West Hollywood, Calif., which is leading the review. Sources said The Martin Agency in Richmond, Va., is among the contenders, but is still deciding whether to move forward. Martin referred calls to SRI, which declined comment. Also vying are incumbent Bates USA West in Irvine, Calif., Grey in Los Angeles, Foote, Cone & Belding in Irvine and San Francisco, Hill, Holliday and Publicis & Hal Riney, both in San Francisco, Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore., Publicis in the West in Seattle, Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis and The Richards Group in Dallas.

Coke Spot Delayed by Sept. 11 Airs

NEW YORK—Coca-Cola last week broke a spot originally scheduled to air on Sept. 11 as part of the “Life tastes good” campaign, a client representative said. “Tower” was made available to bottlers last Monday and is now running nationally. It depicts two men climbing a radio tower. As they both drink Cokes, one leans back in his safety harness and shouts, “I love this job!” The spot, created by Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis, has no tagline.

FCB Taps Taney

NEW YORK—Charlie Taney, who left Foote, Cone & Belding nearly three years ago, rejoined as vice chairman, a new worldwide position. He reports to FCB Worldwide CEO Brendan Ryan. Taney, 54, will focus on key FCB clients and work with worldwide new business director Maureen Shillet and Gene Bartley, who joined FCB in January as president, FCB Worldwide, a title he shares with Kelly O’Dea. Taney left FCB in 1999 to run New York recruiting and ad consultancy Gilbert Taney Farlie.

$100 Mil. USPS Review to Narrow

NEW YORK—The United States Postal Service is expected to make a cut this week in the review for its estimated $100 million account, sources said. The agency is looking to consolidate portions of its business, currently handled by New York shops Foote, Cone & Belding (direct advertising), Frankel (in-store, point of purchase) and Leo Burnett in Chicago (brand advertising). Grey Global Group’s MediaCom handles media planning and buying, also part of the review. The Washington-based client declined comment.

Gap, Modernista! Prepare to Part

BOSTON—A reorganization of Gap’s marketing department appears to have ended the retailer’s relationship with Modernista! A planned spring TV blitz for the Gap from the Boston shop has been shelved, and the San Francisco-based retailer has no plan to work with the agency on upcoming assignments, sources said. Modernista! referred questions to the client. A Gap representative said future advertising will be made on a “campaign-by-campaign basis.” For now, Gap will work on a “consulting basis” with creative director Lisa Prisco. Gap spends about $100 million annually on ads, per CMR.

IPG Revenue Down Nearly 5 Percent Last Year

NEW YORK—Interpublic Group last week said its worldwide revenue fell 4.8 percent in 2001, compared with 2000. The figure did not include Foote, Cone & Belding’s loss of Chrysler. When that loss is included, worldwide revenue actually fell 6.3 percent, from $7.2 billion to $6.7 billion, IPG said. Net income amounted to $359.2 million, down from $570.3 million in 2000.

Wieden Taps Flanagan for Planning Director Post

LOS ANGELES—Errol Flanagan has joined Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore., as planning director. Flanagan, 42, will lead strategy for Nike. He most recently had his own consultancy, Errol Flanagan Consulting in Cornwall, England. Flanagan succeeds Russell Davies, who in May became planning director at Wieden in London.

Creet to Depart Y&R

SAN FRANCISCO—Stephen Creet, evp and chief creative officer at Young & Rubicam in San Francisco, will leave the shop, the agency confirmed. A replacement has not been named. Creet has worked for Y&R since 1998 on accounts such as Chevron and Lincoln-Mercury. Sources said Creet is taking a post at Cossette Communication Group in Toronto. Cossette could not be reached.

Newswire Roundup

Pizza Hut hears final pitches this week from agencies vying to be the Dallas-based client’s “ancillary” agency to lead shop BBDO, sources said. Contenders are Cliff Freeman and Partners, Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi, all in New York, and Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore. Spending on the assignment was undisclosed. … Dyson last week met with at least four New York agencies to handle its estimated $30 million media buying account, sources said. They are Publicis and Cordiant Communications’ Zenith Media, WPP’s Mediaedge:CIA and MindShare, and Aegis’ Carat. … Blimpie International has awarded its $15 million creative account to The Kaplan Thaler Group in New York following a review that included Fitzgerald & Co. in Atlanta and Earle Palmer Brown in New York, sources said. Raleigh, N.C., consultancy Hasan + Co. handled the process. … Robert Mondavi Corp. has launched a review for its Woodbridge wine brand. Incumbent Dailey & Associates in Los Angeles is defending. Billings are estimated at $10 million. New York consultancy Roth Associates is managing the search… EarthLink last week narrowed to three shops for its $40-50 million creative and media account: Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami and Los Angeles, D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in New York and Leo Burnett’s LB Works in Chicago, the client said. Cut were the incumbent, TBWA\Chiat\Day in Playa del Rey, Calif., Berlin Cameron/Red Cell in New York, McKinney & Silver in Raleigh, N.C., and Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore.