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Dan Wieden, chief creative officer and CEO of Wieden + Kennedy, will serve as president of the Cannes International Advertising Festival's Film and Press/Outdoor juries in 2003. Wieden, who rarely sits on awards show juries, takes the post after winning last year's Film Grand Prix with the Frank Budgen-directed "Tag" spot for Nike. ... According to the Four A's 2001 Television Production Cost Survey, the average cost of shooting a 30-second spot rose 8 percent to $358,000 in 2001, reversing a downward trend. Last year's survey revealed that the cost of shooting actually fell from 1999 to 2000, in part due to the SAG/AFTRA strike, which sent many commercials shoots overseas. ... The American Advertising Federation (AAF) and the International Advertising Association (IAA) have joined forces to take the AAF's Addy competition international this awards season. The international competition will run in tandem with the tiered domestic Addy competition, with final judging of both scheduled to take place May 2-3 in Montreal. Each competition will be judged by its own panel, but an award will be presented to the best entry overall as determined by a consensus of both panels. ... Nike chief Phil Knight has acquired a majority interest in animation house Vinton Studios, which, like Nike, is based in Portland, Ore. As a result of new investment (he's been a minority shareholder since 1998), the Nike chairman, president and CEO will join Vinton's seven-member board of directors. ... Bicoastal production company Tool of North America has entered into a cross-representation agreement with Paris-based production house Entropie Films. Known as Paranoid Projects in the U.S., Entropie will now be represented as Paranoid Projects@Tool in the U.S., while Tool will be repped as Tool@Entropie in France. ... Editorial company Harley's House and music house Primal Scream have entered into a strategic alliance. As part of the deal, Primal Scream has relocated into headquarters at Harley's Santa Monica facility.

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