IQ News: bits

-Blue Dingo Digital, New York, the interactive division of Grybauskas Beatrice Advertising, has launched a Web site for hip hop label Tommy Boy Music that offers a promotion with NFL Films. Visitors to the site can purchase the new album The Power and the Glory: The Original Music and Voices of NFL Films, which features 32 tracks of classic NFL film music, game action and narration. The album is being co-promoted at the NFL site.

-Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has signed an agreement making the premier music merchant on the MSN Shopping channel, the MSN.COM portal page and other selected properties in the MSN network of Internet services. Seattle-based will have a Buy Music Quick Link, as well as other promotions.

-BigStar Entertainment, New York, an online movie store, has selected iballs Internet Media, New York, to launch a series of targeted marketing campaigns through the end of the year and beyond. The campaign will revolve around its “Every Day is Free Video Day at” promotion, which gives visitors a free copy of such movies as Armageddon and Good Will Hunting with purchase and other offers.

– Home Network, Redwood City, Calif., signed four new e-commerce advertisers to run rich media ad campaigns during the holidays. The advertisers are: clothing retailers, New York, and Eddie Bauer, Seattle, digital video purveyor DVD Express, Los Angeles, and music seller EveryCD, Stamford, Conn., Needham, Mass., an Internet reseller of children’s educational products, has named Saatchi & Saatchi’s online arm Darwin Digital, New York, as its marketing partner for its first national consumer awareness campaign. The assignment follows a review involving four other undisclosed agencies. The introductory marketing budget is expected to be $5 million. The campaign involves print, broadcast and online advertising, including placement on portals, search engines, women-targeted sites and education-focused sites.

-USWeb, Santa Clara, Calif., and CKS Group, Cupertino, Calif., have scheduled a merger close date of Dec. 16. The combined company will temporarily use the name USWeb/CKS because the planned name, Reinvent Communications, is subject to a legal claim.