[london] Tempus Group Chairman-CEO Chris Ingram will not accept Martin Sorrell's offer of a position within WPP Group, said an executive close to Tempus. WPP has so far outbid Havas Advertising in the quest for Tempus and its CIA Medianetwork. Mr. Sorrell, WPP group chief executive, promised Mr. Ingram a post as co-chair of a unit that would combine MindShare, the Media Edge and CIA. Besides Mr. Ingram's refusal, the executive predicted large-scale resignations at Tempus should WPP buy it. Havas extended its offer for Tempus and is expected to come back soon with another bid.
JWT slated to cut up to 20 staffers this week
[detroit] J. Walter Thompson USA, Detroit, is expected to lay off up to 20 staffers this week, including at least one VP, according to executives close to the matter. The positions are said to be mostly financial and administrative or tied to non-Ford Motor Co. accounts. A JWT spokesman confirmed the layoffs.
CNN narrows branding review to two
[atlanta] AOL Time Warner's CNN is believed to have narrowed a review for a branding assignment for the 24-hour news network to two West Coast agencies: Interpublic Group of Cos.' Foote, Cone, Belding Worldwide, San Francisco, and Omnicom Group's TBWA/Chiat/Day, Playa del Rey, Calif., a person close to the situation said. A Turner spokesman declined to comment. Turner Broadcasting Chairman-CEO Jamie Kellner has been in search of ways to bolster the network's image.
Chains begin preselling Microsoft's Xbox
[redmond, wash.] At least two national retail chains kicked off presell programs Sept. 1 for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox videogame console. Babbages and Electronics Boutique invite gamers to sign up for the Xbox on their Web sites, instead of waiting until Nov. 8 when it goes on sale. Babbages' site offers gamers several different product and software bundles to choose from, ranging from a $599.91 package, including the console, three game titles and peripherals, to a $1,199.78 bundle that comes with the console, peripherals and 14 titles. The console, by itself, is $299, comparable to Sony Computer Entertainment America's PlayStation 2 machine. Xbox software titles are expected to be around $40 to $50.
Four Interpublic offices to merge in Texas
[irving, texas] The four offices composing McCann Erickson/Southwest are slated to merge with Temerlin McClain in Irving, Texas, in the coming months. Both agencies, owned by Interpublic, will take the Temerlin McClain name. Dennis McClain, CEO of Temerlin MClain, will run the new entity. McCann Erickson's roughly 100 employees, most of whom work in the Dallas office, will change locations to Irving. Temerlin McClain has about 400 employees.
American Legacy breaks three `Truth' ads
[washington] The American Legacy Foundation formed by state attorneys general as a result of state tobacco settlements breaks three ads for its "Truth" anti-tobacco campaign Sept. 6 on the MTV Video Music Awards that highlight chemicals found in tobacco. In one of the spots from Havas' Arnold Worldwide Partners, Boston, and MDC Communications Corp.'s Crispin Porter Bogusky, Miami, a man in a rat suit notes that cigarette smoke, like rat poison, contains cyanide. All spots carry the tagline "Infect truth."
Muris to unveil stance on Net privacy laws
[washington] Federal Trade Commission Chairman Tim Muris is expected to unveil his stance on Internet privacy legislation and enforcement during a speech Oct. 4 to a Privacy 20001 forum in Cleveland. Mr. Muris, who hasn't said whether he will continue to seek legislation sought by former FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky, has been meeting with privacy and industry groups to hear their views.
Business Week this week launches its branding campaign with outdoor buys in New York and San Francisco. The $5 million effort from DCA, New York, is valued around $5 million. ... Louis Killeffer joins Omnicom's Merkley Newman Harty, New York, as chief marketing officer, from chief marketing officer of BenefitPort, Greenwich, Conn. ... The Internal Revenue Service is seeking bids on its expiring advertising contract, which is handled by Cossette Post, New York. It asked agencies to submit qualifications by Aug. 27. ... Daewoo Motor America laid off 70 of its 225 staffers last week. The South Korean car importer called off a review for its first agency of record this summer. ... The Democratic National Committee will break a Spanish-language spot this week suggesting President Bush hasn't been compassionate in his immigration policy. The ad, from Gutierrez & Associates, Albuquerque, N.M., will air on Univision and Telemundo. ... The Wine Market Council is conducting a review for an agency for a TV campaign. The initial budget is expected to be $6 million. ... Media agencies will meet with Sony Corp. of America executives this week to discuss the potential of a Sony global media consolidation. ... The International Advertising Festival is finalizing plans to add a four-day marketing-services festival at the end of the week-long Cannes Lions show, starting in 2002. Separately, organizers are in talks with the city of Cannes, which is trying to renegotiate after two years the festival's five-year contract.