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NDB’s Review Timetable Pushed Back
NEW YORK–National Discount Brokers’ agency review was delayed at least a week after the executive leading the review left the company, sources said last week. Paul Miller, managing director of marketing, is no longer at NDB, a company representative said. Billings are about $10-12 million. Miller was not available for comment. The finalists are Partners & Simons, Boston, and Stein Rogan & Partners and DiNoto Lee, both New York.

More Shops Emerge in E&Y Review
NEW YORK–D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles and the Romann Group, both New York, made presentations last week for the estimated $15 million Ernst & Young account, sources said. Other contenders include incumbents Grace & Rothschild and Grey Advertising, along with J. Walter Thompson, DDB Needham, Saatchi & Saatchi and Della Femina/Jeary and Partners, all New York.

U.S. Shops Honored at U.K. Design Awards
LONDON–Two gold trophies and 39 silver honors were given out at the 1998 British Design & Art Direction Awards. Among U.S. ad agencies taking home trophies were Cliff Freeman and Partners, New York, for its work for the Fox TV network, and Mad Dogs & Englishmen, New York, for its ads for Friends of Animals. British agency winners included TBWA Simons Palmer, London, which garnered three silver awards for its Nike work; Saatchi & Saatchi, London, which took home three silvers for its Department of Health/COI campaign; and BMP DDB, which won three silvers for its Volkswagen work.

Future Shop Consolidates at Doner
DETROIT–Future Shop, the Burnaby, British Columbia-based retailer of computers and electronics, has consolidated its $30 million U.S. and Canadian account with W.B. Doner & Co., Southfield, Mich. In December, the retailer split broadcast media buying responsibilities between EvansGroup in Seattle (U.S. media) and Media Co. in Toronto. At that time, the client said broadcast creative chores, previously handled in the U.S. by McCann-Erickson, Seattle, would be assigned to shops on a project basis, but Doner now handles it alone. Print buying remains in-house.

Y&R Hires Creet as Creative Chief
SAN FRANCISCO–Young & Rubicam here has tapped Stephen James Creet as executive vice president and chief creative officer, the same title he currently holds at BBDO Canada. Creet starts work at Y&R on July 1. In addition to handling the shop’s existing clients, he will work on the Lincoln-Mercury account, which is moving from Y&R Detroit this summer, according to agency executives.

True North Posts First-Quarter Gain
CHICAGO–True North Communications here reported first-quarter net income of $3.7 million, compared with a net loss of $1 million in the same quarter last year. The 1997 first-quarter loss had been due primarily to a write-off of costs associated with the Poppe Tyson unit of Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt, which merged with TN in December 1997. Revenues for this year’s first quarter were $280 million, up 5.2 percent from $ 266 million a year ago.)

Suissa Miller Reassured by Boston Market
LOS ANGELES–Suissa Miller here has been assured by client Boston Market that its estimated $80 million account is intact following recent management changes at the Golden, Colo.-based restaurant chain. Boston Market’s newly installed president, Michael Jenkins, met with agency executives last week to review ads. “There are no changes planned in our agency relationship,” said Karen Rugen, a representative of the company.

Fahlgren, Moroch Talk Merger
CHICAGO–Fahlgren in Dublin, Ohio, and Moroch & Associates in Dallas are in merger negotiations, the two agencies confirmed last week. Both are major McDonald’s regional agencies: Together they handle local advertising for nearly one-quarter of the client’s 12,400 U.S. restaurants.

Newswire Roundup
Jim Clarke, creative director and partner at O’Leary Clarke & Partners, New York, died of cancer May 3 at the age of 48. An award-winning art director, Clarke worked at BBDO, The Bloom Agency and Martin Landey Arlow Advertising Laurel Cutler has joined Fallon McElligott, Minneapolis, as the first member of its board of directors from outside the agency. Cutler, who had been global director of marketing planning for Foote, Cone & Belding, retired in November from the board of FCB parent True North Communications in Chicago Cramer-Krasselt in Milwaukee has won the estimated $5-10 million account for Dean Foods’ Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables division, based in Green Bay, Wis. Young & Rubicam’s San Francisco office resigned the account in January Citgo Petroleum, Tulsa, Okla., has awarded its $12-15 million creative and media account to Barkley Evergreen & Partners, Kansas City, Mo. Creative and media planning chores were previously handled on a project basis by 911, Chicago. Media First International, New York, handled media buying Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, has landed an estimated $20 million account from Provident Cos., a disability insurance provider in Chattanooga, Tenn. The incumbent was Brouillard Communications, New York Coca-Cola Co.’s PowerAde account, previously handled by McCann-Erickson, Seattle, will get additional help from the shop’s New York office, a client representative said.