[new york] Lowe & Partners/SMS is believed to be close to filling its vacant president spot, left open by Robert Kantor's departure in January. The agency is said to be considering picking two people to jointly manage its New York operation. Among the rumored contenders is Rob Quish, Ammirati Puris Lintas exec VP-multinational client director on the Iridium account He could not be reached for comment. A Lowe spokesman said no decision has been made. The agency is also considering a name change to include current principals.
Hilfiger sends $25 mil to Kirshenbaum Bond
[new york] Tommy Hilfiger Corp. hired Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners to handle its jeans and children's lines, with approximately $25 million in billings. Kirshenbaum replaces Arnell Group Brand Consulting, which retains Hilfiger's other businesses, including men's and women's sportswear and fragrance lines. Arnell just finished shooting Tommy Jeans' next TV and print campaign, which will break in the fall.
Global Crossing's $50 mil acc't in play
[hamilton, bermuda] Global Crossing is said to be meeting with agencies about its $40 million to $50 million account. This comes as the telecommunications provider is completing its purchase of Frontier Corp. Global Crossing is promoting itself as "One planet. One network."
'Nightline' readies prime-time show
[new york] ABC is planning on airing an hourlong prime-time version of "Nightline" on Thursday nights from July through September, according to a network insider. At CBS, executives there have been trying to convince David Letterman to move "Late Night" to 10 p.m. 'ET' on Fridays for the summer to get more people to sample it.
Advanta trims search to 13 finalists
[spring house, pa.] Advanta Mortgage narrowed its $11 million agency search from more than 20 to 13 finalists, based on their response to requests for proposals. Agencies on the finalist list include Lowe Fox Pavlika, New York, and DMW Worldwide, Wayne, Penn.
Film co. seeks buyer on $40 mil acc't
[santa monica, calif.] Destination Film Distribution Co. is looking for a media buying agency for its startup theatrical film business with annual estimated budget of $35 million to $40 million per year, according to industry executives. Destination Films's initial lineup is for six films through next year. It aims to grow to 15-20 films per year.
Estee Lauder readies Happy for men
[new york] Estee Lauder Cos. will introduce a new men's extension of its Clinique Happy fragrance in fall, with a joint ad campaign for the Clinique Happy and Clinique Happy for Men lines. The campaign was created in-house and Bates USA, New York, will handle media.
Wells Fargo's Yellow Pages go to CME
[san francisco] Wells Fargo Bank has awarded its multimillion-dollar Yellow Pages assignment to Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis, after a three-month review. The incumbent was Wahlstrom & Co., Santa Ana, Calif.
Lotito expected to join Western
[new york] Michael Lotito, a former executive for Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York, is expected to join Western Initiative Media Worldwide as early as this week in the No. 2 job domestically.
Judge unplugs Energizer ad
[new york] Ralston Purina Co. was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge here to stop running ads from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York, comparing the performance of its Energizer Advance Formula battery against rival Duracell Ultra. Gillette filed suit May 10, claiming the ads violated federal laws against unfair competition and false advertising. The ad was based on a article that rated batteries' performance in Popular Electronics' January issue. Ralston Purina said through a statement it is considering an appeal.
Arnold snags Kelly Award for work on Volkswagen Beetle
[new york] Arnold Communications, Boston, won the $100,000 MPA Kelly award for its Volkswagen of America's New Beetle print advertising campaign. The campaign also won three other top awards: Best Headline and Copy; Best at Meeting Objectives; and Best Design and Graphics.
Conde Nast Publications' on again/off again talks about acquiring Mortimer Zuckerman and Fred Drasner's title Fast Company are back on. . . . Martin Grant resigned this week as president-advertising and marketing at Channel One, New York, to pursue another opportunity. . . . Webstakes.com is looking for an agency to handle its estimated multimillion-dollar account. . . . Nationwide Insurance Enterprise will launch a new brand image this week with advertising from Temerlin McLain, Dallas. Newspaper ads in eight key markets will run May 21. . . . Luana Floccuzio to exec VP-managing director of N.W. Ayer & Partner's Detroit office from director on the General Motors Corp. advertising and corporate marketing team. She succeeds Dannielle Colliver, who is leaving the agency in June to relocate her family and pursue new opportunities. . . . Deutsch, Marina del Rey, Calif., has dropped out of the $25 million to $40 million Budget Group review. . . . Anthony Hoyt, senior VP-group publisher for American Media, was let go last week despite assurances he would remain from new owners Evercore Capital Partners and Chairman-CEO David Pecker. Associate Publisher Paul Tsigrikes also was let go. . . . True North Communications, Chicago is slated to announce the acquisition of a New York agency today. The shop is expected to be housed under Bozell Worldwide, New York. . . . Scott Wallace to chairman, Marstellar Advertising, New York, from president-CEO; also, Joe Fisher to president-CEO, from managing director of Burson-Marstellar; and Mike McKenna to chief operating officer, from managing director-chief creative officer of Citigate. . . . J. Walter Thompson Co. appointed four new board members: William Hamilton, exec VP-worldwide creative director; Bob Jeffrey, president of JWT, New York; Steven Carter, CEO of JWT, London; and Dennis Ryan, exec VP-exec creative director of FCB, Chicago. . . . AMBI to Artustry Partnership, New York to handle the launch of its Chromax brand supplement. . . . Muriel Siebert & Co.'s $3 million direct-response TV and print review is down to three finalists, including Gramercy Group and DMW Worldwide, New York. A decision is expected soon on the discount broker's account, now in-house.