[arlington, va.] In the light of last week's terror attacks, visits to finalist agencies were postponed in the $20 million Department of Defense Joint Recruitment Advertising Program review, according to an executive familiar with the pitch. One meeting scheduled Sept. 11, the day of the attack, took place at WPP Group's J. Walter Thompson, Atlanta. Meetings with finalists Cordiant Communications Group's Bates Worldwide, Bcom3 Group's D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles and Interpublic Group of Cos.' Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide, all New York; and Interpublic's Mullen, Wenham, Mass., are being rescheduled.
Anheuser-Busch scales back advertising
[st. louis] Anheuser-Busch is running a "minimal amount" of existing advertising, mostly on cable, and plans to return to its regular media schedule using existing creative when the broadcast media return to their regular schedules, the company said in a statement in reaction to last week's terrorist attacks. Anheuser-Busch is donating $1 million to the American Red Cross of Greater New York, and it provided about 10,000 cases of drinking water to relief workers.
Air Transport Association readies campaign
[washington] The Air Transport Association, the organization of the nation's airlines, was readying an ad campaign to run this week featuring an "open letter" to American travelers that says how tragic the terrorist incidents were and the steps airlines are taking to improve security. WPP's Burson-Marsteller, Washington and New York, is handling.
Fallon employees move into new office
[new york] The 80 employees of Publicis' Fallon New York office start work in new offices at 4 Herald Square today. Forced out of its space at 233 Broadway due to the World Trade Center attack, the agency will share space temporarily with 350 staffers of Publicis Groupe's U.S. headquarters.
DDB wins Pinnacle West account
[phoenix] Pinnacle West, a retail and wholesale energy supplier for the western U.S. and a real estate developer, awarded its estimated under $5 million ad account to Omnicom Group's DDB Worldwide, Los Angeles. Other finalists include Bcom3's D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Los Angeles, E.B. Lane, Phoenix and Interpublic's Hill Holliday, San Francisco. Young Associates, Phoenix, was the previous agency.
J.D. Edwards taps Deutsch for $25 mil acc't
[marina del rey, calif.] J.D. Edwards tapped Interpublic's Deutsch, Marina del Rey, Calif., for its estimated $25 million business, which is not believed to be a global account. Deutsch bested incumbent neoBrands, Costa Mesa, Calif., which teamed with WPP's Y&R Advertising, Irvine, for the pitch, Omnicom's Doremus, San Francisco and New York, and Cordiant's DWP/Bates Technology, Atlanta.
Qwest Communications today breaks an estimated $10 million TV and radio campaign for its QwestDEX yellow pages from Omnicom's DDB, Chicago. ... Global Sports, which operates e-commerce businesses, plans to buy e-tailer Ashford.com, for $14.2 million in cash and stock. ... Clear Ink, an online and traditional ad shop, is closing Sept. 26. ... The California Department of Health Services, cancer detection section, awarded its three-year $10 million to $12 million early detection account to Interpublic's Hill Holliday, San Francisco. ... Wanamaker Associates, an Atlanta consultancy, sent blind requests for proposals to over 20 agencies for a telecommunications client. The account's value is between $150 million and $200 million. ... Mazda North America Operations is conducting reviews for its first agencies of record for the Hispanic and African-American markets. Four finalists pitched. The automaker declined to discuss billings or name the agencies.