[new york] Enron Corp. bankruptcy creditors include Interpublic Group of Cos.' Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Boston, and Bcom3 Group's D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Troy, Mich. Enron's federal court bankruptcy filing did not disclose the nature or amount of the sums owed the two agencies. Hill Holliday had handled some Enron direct marketing work, said an agency spokesman, but he could not gauge the amount owed. D'Arcy executives did not return calls late Friday.
Late '02 agency pick seen for super scooter
[manchester, n.h.] The advertising assignment for Segway LLC's Segway Human Transporter high-tech scooter is likely to be awarded by the end of next year when the company begins marketing a consumer version of its much-hyped product. No review or spending details were disclosed. Segway's VP-marketing, former IBM Corp. marketing executive Gary Bridge, said "The initial goal of [last week's] announcement was to explain the idea of the product so we can get it out on the sidewalk. ... We're not going after consumers at all until September of next year."
Five bid for White House anti-drug ad work
[washington] Five bidders, including incumbent WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, New York, are pursuing the $150 million White House Office of National Drug Control Policy account, involving mostly media planning and buying. Oral pitches are set for the week of Dec. 17. Ogilvy is teamed with sibling media shop MindShare. The other bid teams are Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide, New York/Initiative Media and McCann-Erickson Worldwide, New York/ Universal McCann, both from Interpublic; Cordiant Communications Group's Bates Worldwide, New York, with Zenith Media; and Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi, also bidding with Zenith.
Moore named General Mills ad VP
[minneapolis] General Mills named Doug Moore its VP-advertising and branding. Mr. Moore, most recently exec VP-group account director, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, succeeds VP-advertising Bill Blake, who retired.
Payless Shoe shops for media agency
[new york] Payless ShoeSource invited media buying agencies to pitch its business, said agency executives. Payless spent about $66 million on measured media last year, according to Taylor Nelson Sofres' CMR.
Mad Dogs CEO Soinski exits agency
[new york] Mad Dogs & Englishmen CEO-Managing Director Jeff Soinski is leaving the agency to join Specialized Health Products, Bountiful, Utah, as president-CEO. Mr. Soinski's duties will be assumed by agency co-chairs Nick Cohen and Robin D. Hafitz.
Deal set on in-school marketing curbs
[washington] Marketers and schools would be required to let parents opt-out from school-based programs that provide marketers with personally identifiable information about students under compromise language approved by Senate and House negotiators last week. The restrictions are part of a larger education bill that is expected to be passed by Congress this week.
Online pre-launch for Porsche Cayenne
[atlanta] Porsche Cars North America, in its first online pre-launch effort, is promoting its new Cayenne sport utility vehicle via a microsite (www.porschecayenne.com) that lets consumers sign up for e-mail updates about the car. The Cayenne is due to go on sale in the second half of 2002. Catalano Lellos & Silverstein, New York, handles online media strategy, planning and buying for Porsche.
Celebrity Cruises picks three finalists
[miami] Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Celebrity Cruises narrowed its estimated $35 million review to three agencies from five. Finalists present this week. They include Omnicom Group's Rapp Collins Worldwide, Dallas; the Wunderman Worldwide, New York, unit of WPP's Young & Rubicam; and one other undisclosed agency.
Former Seagram Co. chief Edgar Bronfman Jr. resigned as exec vice chairman of Vivendi Universal the company that bought Seagram. He remains vice chairman of the Vivendi board. ... Octagon Worldwide, Interpublic's sports marketing unit, is moving headquarters to New York from London. Les Delano becomes its New York-based CEO, succeeding Frank Lowe, who remains chairman. ... Incumbent Publicis in Mid America, Dallas, withdrew from TGI Friday's $40 million review, citing "business reasons." ... Omnicom's DDB Worldwide Communications Group acquired Carlson & Partners, New York, for an undisclosed amount. ... VF Corp., Greensboro, N.C., is seeking an agency to handle its $3 million to $5 million account for Vanity Fair and other lingerie lines. Bcom3's D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, New York, is the incumbent. ... Major League Baseball and Interpublic's Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide, San Francisco, split. Billings were estimated at $15 million. MLB said its contract with FCB expires Dec. 31 but offered no other comment. ... Interpublic's Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Boston, said Exec VP-Chief Marketing Officer Ruth Ayres resigned, effective Dec. 15. A successor hasn't been named. ... Burger King Corp. assigned print buying to Media First, New York, which handles BK cable TV buying. ... AXA Financial, a unit of AXA Group, has contacted agencies about a $10 million assignment, said agencies close to the situation. ... Mobile computing company Symbol Technologies tapped Interpublic siblings DraftWorldwide and Golin Harris International, both New York, for its $15 million creative and media account after a review. MatchWorks, New York, handled the review.