Olympic Committee narrows $150 mil review
[lausanne, switzerland] The International Olympic Committee has narrowed its $100 million to $150 million account review down to a handful of agencies, including TBWA/Chiat/Day, Playa del Rey, Calif., and Y&R Advertising, New York, according to an executive familiar with the review.
Barclays Global opens search
[san francisco] Barclays Global Investors, a subsidiary of British Barclays, is contacting agencies in a review of its $20 million account. Agency executives said the company is calling shops on the East and West coasts. A Barclays spokeswoman confirmed the review and said a decision will come in late summer.
DDB wins $10 mil Liquid-Plumr account
[oakland, calif.] Clorox Co. is moving its $10 million Liquid-Plumr drain cleaner account to DDB Worldwide, San Francisco, from Y&R Advertising, San Francisco, effective in October. The move is a realignment intended to give DDB all Clorox's household cleaning business, a Clorox spokeswoman said.
Vlasic consolidates account at FCB
[camden, n.j.] Vlasic International, the $1.1 billion spinoff of Campbell Soup Co., is consolidating its $8 million to $10 million ad account at Foote, Cone & Belding, New York. FCB already handled Vlasic pickles and picks up the Swanson frozen dinner business from Y&R Advertising, New York. Media will be handled by TN Media, New York; the now-disbanded Campbell Media alliance had handled.
Conde Nast, Bloomberg in talks
[new york] Conde Nast Publications and Bloomberg are in discussions to jointly introduce a personal finance magazine, possibly using the Currency name. The deal would marry Bloomberg's financial journalism expertise with Conde Nast's sales, marketing and distribution clout. Conde Nast Exec VP Catherine Viscardi Johnston confirmed the talks but said the project is not yet "on the agenda." Others said the first issue could appear as early as this fall. Bloomberg declined comment.
Dominicks' account to McCann
[northlake, ill.] Safeway Stores, which recently acquired Dominicks Finer Foods, has consolidated the $10 million Dominicks account with Safeway's media buying agency, McCann-Erickson Worldwide, San Francisco, and its creative agency, Dailey & Associates, West Hollywood, Calif. BBDO, Chicago, previously handled.
Churchs Chicken tries prototype
[atlanta] AFC Enterprises' Churchs Chicken chain is testing Southern Oven, a concept with home-style foods targeted to economy hotels and office buildings. The first is in a Ramada Inn in downtown Atlanta. Hala Moddelmog, president of the $755 million chain, said it is premature to discuss expansion plans.
Dell reviews European account
[london] Dell Computer Corp. invited four networks to pitch a European ad account, according to people familiar with the review. Contenders are Ammirati Puris Lintas, BBDO Worldwide, Euro RSCG Worldwide and Lowe Group. BBDO handles Dell's global brand agency through its New York office and already does some Dell work in Europe; Ammirati, New York, last month won Dell's U.S. Home & Small Business assignment. Euro RSCG works with Dell in Asia.
Online retailer shops $20 mil account
[new york] Fashion500.com is meeting with agencies to handle a launch campaign for its apparel e-commerce Web site, according to executives close to the review. The site currently is under construction and is expected to be launched later this year. Spending is estimated at $20 million. The review is being handled in-house.
Senators introduce bill requiring violence labels
[washington] U.S. Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (D., Conn.) last week said they will introduce legislation requiring TV networks, movie makers, videogame makers and music companies to implement a common ratings system for violence in their products. Ad groups questioned the constitutionality of the measure, to be introduced this week, calling it "compelled speech."
After 24 years with Hearst Magazines, John Mack Carter, 72, is retiring as president of magazine development arm Hearst Magazines Enterprises. He will continue to consult for the company. In 1975, he was named editor in chief of Good Housekeeping, a post he held for 19 years before being named president of HME. . . . Ruth Whitney, editor in chief of Conde Nast Publications' Glamour for 30 years, died June 4 after a long illness. She was 70. Ms. Whitney joined Glamour as editor in chief in 1968 and retired in August. . . . Burger King Corp. said it has pulled advertising for its current promotion linked to "Teletubbies" because toy supplies were depleted earlier than expected. The fast-feeder said customers have snapped up nearly 50 million finger-puppet toys. . . . Meredith Corp.'s Publishing Group awarded Della Femina/Jeary & Partners, New York, its $2 million account. The account was awarded without a review. . . . Sprint Corp. has tapped the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles network to do some project work, according to executives close to the situation. DMB&B declined comment. . . . Gary Lee, 50, to worldwide chief financial officer, Y&R Advertising, New York, from chief financial officer of North America, Ogilvy & Mather. He succeeds Jacques Tortoli, now senior VP-finance, Y&R Inc., a newly created title. . . . Mark Willes, 57, chairman, president and CEO of Times Mirror Co., last week stepped down as publisher of its flagship Los Angeles Times, appointing Kathryn M. Downing, 46, the newspaper's president-CEO, as