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H&R Block expects to settle on agency

[kansas city, mo.] H&R Block will decide as early as today between Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis, and DDB Worldwide, Chicago, in its $100 million global account review. Hill, Holliday, Boston, withdrew from the review last week, citing workload concerns. Select Resources International, West Hollywood, Calif., handled the review.

Philip Morris pulling ads from six more magazines

[new york] Philip Morris USA will pull cigarette ads from six more magazines owing to concerns about teen readership. Five are Spanish-language versions of magazines where the company already removed ads -- Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, People en Espanol and Vogue. The sixth is ESPN the Magazine, which escaped notice earlier because it hasn't yet been included in surveys on teen readership. Separately, Philip Morris USA President Michael Szymanczyk testified in a Florida trial that the company last year spent more on youth prevention ads than Marlboro ads.

Four A's responds to salary query

[new york] The American Association of Advertising Agencies sent out an industrywide memo in response to a Morgan Anderson Consulting questionnaire requesting individual employee salary information. The Four A's called it "most rare" for agencies to provide such data to any consultant or client. The Four A's confirmed it sent out the memo, but declined to elaborate. "It is imperative for clients to have their agencies disclose individual salaries . . . so fees are not unreasonable," said Morgan Anderson Managing Principal Arthur Anderson, adding the information is kept confidential.

Taco Bell opens 1st broad Net push

[irvine, calif.] Taco Bell Corp. will launch its first comprehensive Internet ad campaign, promoting its late-night service. At least a dozen banner ads designed by TBWA/Chiat/Day, Playa del Rey, will break this week on 16 Web sites, including and

BBDO exits DirecTV review

[el segundo, calif.] BBDO West, San Francisco and Los Angeles, has dropped out of the review for DirecTV's $150 million advertising account, leaving GMO/Hill, Holliday, San Francisco; D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Los Angeles; and Deutsch, Marina del Rey. Incumbent Campbell-Ewald, Los Angeles, dropped out. Select Resources International, West Hollywood, is the review consultant.

Toys `R' Us picks e-commerce finalists

[woodcliff lake, n.j.] Among finalists for Toys "R" Us' $25 million e-commerce account are Citron Haligman Bedecarre, San Francisco; Doner, Southfield, Mich.; and D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Los Angeles. The retailer will hear final presentations this week. Incumbent Leo Burnett USA, Chicago, continues to handle Toys "R" Us stores. Select Resources International, West Hollywood, Calif., is the consultant.

Ogilvy hires Saturn team from Riney

[san francisco] Ogilvy & Mather has hired the Saturn creative team at Publicis & Hal Riney for an office it plans to open here this year. Dennis Lim and Greg Ketchum, Riney creative directors, will be joined by Frank Schumacher, who ran the Kodak account at Ogilvy in New York, said an executive familiar with the situation.

Exelon narrows review to four

[valley forge, pa.] Exelon Energy is looking at four shops to handle its utility account: J. Walter Thompson USA, Leo Burnett USA and Y&R Advertising, all Chicago, and Tierny & Partners, Philadelphia, agency for parent Peco Energy Co.

McCann leaves Citibank review

[new york] McCann-Erickson Worldwide dropped out of the estimated $48 million U.S. account review for Citigroup's Citibank business. Most of the seven remaining contenders, including incumbent Y&R Advertising, met with the marketer last week.

WPP buys 49% stake in UniWorld Group

[london] WPP Group has purchased 49% of UniWorld Group, a U.S. multicultural marketing communications company with estimated billings of $230 million. Byron Lewis, chairman-CEO, will report directly to John Zweig, CEO of WPP's Branding & Identity, Healthcare and Specialist Communications businesses.

Adviser urges scrapping

tobacco ad ban in Europe

[brussels] The top adviser to the European Court of Justice wants to scrap a directive banning tobacco ads and sponsorship in the European Union. Advocate General Nial Fennelly said last week that the new law, due to be phased in starting in July 2001, is a health issue that is meant to be dealt with at the national level. The European Court of Justice, which normally follows the advocate general's advice, will decide whether the law should be scrapped.


The Federal Communications Commission on June 16 approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corp., paving the way for the launch of Verizon Communications (AA, April 3). GTE shop Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and Bell Atlantic agency Lord Group, both New York, created the new Verizon Wireless campaign, but it's not known whether they'll spearhead a brand campaign for the new company. . . . Jonathan Mandell is leaving his post as chief creative officer at N.W. Ayer & Partners, New York, to pursue other interests. He is succeeded by Jack Cardone, 42, and Michael Grieco, 43, previously exec VP-group creative directors. . . . America Online today announces AOL TV, which enables users to access instant messaging, chat, e-mail and other services via a set-top box made by Philips Electronics and Sony Electronics and a wireless keyboard or remote control. . . . Marguerite Kramer and Stacy Morrison to editorial director and editor in chief, respectively, at the upcoming design title One. One is the first publication from One Ventures, founded by former Wired Publisher Dana Lyons. . . . Wally Snyder, American Advertising Federation president-CEO, plans to tell the group's annual conference in Las Vegas this week that advertising agencies are going to have to pay higher starting salaries if they want to attract young talent. . . . Eric McClellan, group creative director, has left GMO/Hill, Holliday, San Francisco.

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