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Agency of the Year

Shooting for Saturn
5 Agencies Present in Detroit
Publicis & Hal Riney, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and three other shops made pitches for Saturn’s $30-50 million Ion business last week. Sources say General Motors North America chairman Bob Lutz was at some of the meetings, and could have a say in the decision.

Seven agencies have advanced in the review for EarthLink’s $40-50 million creative and media account. Following meetings last week with the Internet service provider, the shops are now preparing creative presentations for next month.

Bowled Over
Matthews/Mark has been drafted to develop an identity and advertising package for next year’s Super Bowl in San Diego.
The win, which came without a review, follows an earlier project the shop did for the San Diego Super Bowl Host Committee.

Slam Dunc
Duncan/Channon has won two new pieces of business: the $15-20 million Network Associates and $3-5 million Sony Metreon accounts. The shop edged out such competitors as Grey and McCann-Erickson for the Network Associates win, sources said.

Marina del Rey, Calif., agency Ground Zero has decided to close its New York outpost, vowing to reopen when the ad business bounces back.
The office had been open just 15 months.

It’s a Super Bowl debut for H&R Block as well as its agency, Campbell Mithun. For a darkly humorous twist on the client’s current campaign, CM turned to fellow Minnesotans Joel and Ethan Coen. Aaron Baar reports. Barbara Lippert endorses the coolest candidate among Levi’s three Bowl contenders up for vote on the Web.