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P&G Shuffles Global Accounts
CHICAGO–As part of its strategy to consolidate ad duties for its global brands at one or two shops, Procter & Gamble last week shifted worldwide creative duties for Vidal Sassoon to Leo Burnett here, which handles the brand in Asia and Latin America. Euro RSCG Tatham in Chicago handled the $30 million account in the U.S. and Europe.
Separately, P&G moved creative duties on the $25 million Crest toothbrush account from Burnett to D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, New York, which handles Crest toothpaste.
Omnicom Posts Strong Third Quarter
NEW YORK–Omnicom Group last week reported a 30 percent boost in net income to $54 million for the fiscal third quarter, compared to the same period last year. Worldwide revenues increased 31 percent, to $982 million during the third quarter, according to the New York-based owner of TBWA/Chiat/Day, DDB Needham and BBDO Worldwide. Omnicom rival the Interpublic Group of Cos., New York, will report its third-quarter earnings this week.
Federal Anti-Drug Effort Gets $185 Mil.
WASHINGTON–In a new spending bill approved by Congress last week, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will receive $185 million for its anti-drug media campaign, $10 million less than the $195 million that was expected to be spent over each of the next four years.
JWT Taps Hamilton; Forms New Ford Unit
NEW YORK–J.Walter Thompson has named former Ogilvy & Mather executive Bill Hamilton to the post of worldwide creative director. Hamilton joins Larry Tolpin in San Francisco and Allen Thomas in London. Separately, JWT formed the Ford Automotive Global Business Unit in Detroit to consolidate management of its Ford, Mazda and Jaguar business outside of the U.S. Senior partner Bryan Cooper was named to head the unit, reporting to JWT president Peter Schweitzer.
Lowe Bows New Mercedes Spot
NEW YORK–Lowe & Partners/SMS here breaks a new 60-second TV spot in its brand campaign for Mercedes-Benz in Montvale, N.J. The new spot reunites Peter Pan with Michael, now an adult. The two decide to go “flying” again. It turns out that the two are tooling around in the new Mercedes SLK car.
Weiss Stagliano Wins Dictaphone
BOSTON–Dictaphone Corp. in Stamford, Conn., named Weiss Stagliano Partners (formerly Weiss, Whitten, Stagliano), New York, to handle its $4 million ad account, sources said. Partners & Simons, Boston, was runner-up for the task, which had been at The Colligan Group in New York.
Ogilvy’s Barton Joins Riney in Chicago
CHICAGO–Publicis & Hal Riney here named Ted Barton its executive creative director. He was a senior partner, creative director at Ogilvy & Mather in New York; prior to that, he worked at Hal Riney & Partners in San Francisco.
OWN&P Wins Salon Online Magazine
SAN FRANCISCO–Odiorne Wilde Narraway & Partners won the estimated $3-5 million ad account of Salon magazine. The agency will create a national image campaign for the controversial “Webzine” early next year. OWN&P competed for the business against San Francisco shop Blazing Paradigm.
Intel Move to Hit Euro RSCG DSW Workforce
LOS ANGELES–Staff cuts are expected at Euro RSCG DSW following Intel Corp.’s announcement last week that it will move its estimated $100 million consumer account to Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer/Euro RSCG, New York. John Dahlin, president of the Salt Lake City agency, confirmed there will be “adjustments,” but would not say how many jobs will be affected. The agency retains Intel’s business-to-business and interactive duties. The agency’s 47-person San Francisco office, which handled most of the consumer business, will stay open, Dahlin said.
Newswire Roundup
Envoy Communications Group, Toronto, has agreed to acquire New York-based Hampel/Stefanides, which has billings of $125 million Grey Advertising in New York won the $15-20 million account of Bridgestone/Firestone, Nashville, Tenn., following a review. TBWA/Chiat/Day resigned the business several months ago J. Walter Thompson, Atlanta, won the account of Slazenger Golf in Greenville, S.C. The client will spend more than $30 million over the next three years Allied Domecq Spirits USA is considering seven agencies for its $3-5 million Beefeater gin creative account.
Contenders are New York shops Bates USA, Cliff Freeman and Partners, DeVito/Verdi, Lois/EJL and Weiss Stagliano Partners; Publicis & Hal Riney, San Francisco; and BBDO, Chicago Wherehouse Music Stores, Torrance, Calif., has narrowed the list of contenders for its broadcast creative project to WongDoody, Santa Monica, Calif., and Seattle; Big Bang Idea Engineering, Seattle; Colby Effler & Partners, Santa Monica; Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Kansas City, Mo.; and Gibb, Kelley & Partners, New York. The winner could wind up with its entire $15 million account Mail Boxes Etc., the San Diego-based retail postal center chain, has selected four finalists for its estimated $15 million account: DDB Needham, Chicago; J. Walter Thompson, San Francisco; Ogilvy & Mather, Los Angeles; and incumbent Kenneth C. Smith Advertising, La Jolla, Calif. A decision is expected by year-end.