IQ News: Bits

Better Homes and Gardens Online ( has produced a Homeplans site with house plans that include photos and drawings of exteriors, floor plans, dimensions and detailed descriptions. All plans can be purchased. BH&G Online is the most recent interactive venture from Des Moines, Iowa-based Meredith’s Better Homes & Gardens.
As expected, interactive agencies Modem Media, Westport, Conn., and Poppe Tyson, New York, merged last week to form Modem Media.Poppe Tyson. Bozell Worldwide, Poppe’s parent, was acquired last year by True North Communications, which also owns a stake in Modem Media. G.M. O’Connell, chairman of Modem, will be chairman and CEO of the new company.
NBC Interactive, New York, has hired USWeb Studio, the design arm of Santa Clara, Calif.-based USWeb, to provide Internet production, technical services and other development services for its Web site, The site features original programming, including “Homicide: Second Shift” and “The Pretender Adventure,” both of which are spinoffs of NBC TV series, as well as areas for all NBC shows.
Scott Mednick, founder, chairman and CEO of THINK New Ideas, New York, has left the company to pursue philanthropic interests. Ron Bloom, who worked directly under Mednick, will assume his duties.
K2 Design, New York, has been named interactive agency of record for LEXIS-NEXIS, Dayton, Ohio, makers of information tools for legal, news and business professionals. The agency’s work for LEXIS-NEXIS’ Business Information Unit and Corporate Communication Web sites is scheduled to launch this month.
George R. Garrick has been appointed president and CEO of the Flycast advertising network, San Francisco. Garrick was CEO-North America for Information Resources and A.C. Nielsen Co. Outgoing president and CEO Miles Walsh will remain at Flycast for a 30-day transition period as vice president, business planning.
CareerBuilder, Reston, Va., makers of electronic recruiting solutions, has launched the CareerBuilder Network, an online listing that syndicates job postings across the Internet. Partners in the network include CNET, Black Enterprise Online, AOL Digital Cities, and Yahoo.