Stories you’ll find in this week’s print edition of Adweek West Edition

Exit Interview
Hal Riney talks candidly to Adweek about his reluctance to retire, getting “sandbagged” by Saturn, and what still inspires and irks him about the business.

Whither Bates?
Cordiant/Havas Post-Chat Wrapup
French holding company Havas has talked to Cordiant Communications Group, parent of Bates, about an acquisition, according to sources. But how desirable are the assets of the troubled London-based network?

Three’s Company
Capping off a month of hires and promotions, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners named Harry Cocciolo its third top creative director. The Leagas Delaney veteran and former Goodby ACD joins Steve Simpson and Jamie Barrett in leading creative on the agency’s top accounts.

Saying he wants to give Hollywood a try, Black Rocket/Euro RSCG co-founder Bob Kerstetter is leaving his creative director post at the agency. Best known for his Yahoo! work, he says he will to try to peddle scripts and possibly direct. But he hasn’t ruled out returning to advertising.

Hired You Are
Greg Bell was the kid who collected Star Wars action figures and watched the films hundreds of times. So it was a dream come true when a client contact helped Venables, Bell & Partners land a project to do teaser and outdoor work for Lucasfilm’s latest release.

Doctor’s Orders
Citing creative differences, Group Health Cooperative severed its relationship with DDB and moved its $2 million account to Foote, Cone & Belding, the other finalist in this spring’s review.

On the Road
At Rhode Island’s Duffy & Shanley, “nobody is cool,” says one of its designers. And, she points out, that’s its appeal. One of three major players left in the area, the Providence shop retains a small-town charm and a family feel.
What’s missing? Just a respectable softball team. Mae Anderson reports.