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Calvin Klein reviewing int'l media buying.

[new york] Calvin Klein has started a review for international media buying. J. Walter Thompson Co. and Zenith Media, both New York, are among those vying for the $15 million account. In-house CRK Advertising will continue to handle U.S. media.

$30 mil Black & Decker account in review

[towson, md.] Black & Decker Corp. has initiated an internal review of its $30 million account. Roster agencies McCann-Erickson Worldwide and Fallon McElligott Berlin, both New York, are believed to be the only contenders.

'WSJ' to offer news free on the Internet

[new york] The Wall Street Journal will announce today an agreement with technology company PointCast to offer news and information free via the Net. That marks the first time Journal content will be available free online since the paper's web site became subscription-only last fall.

Poppe Tyson delays offering until fall

[new york] Poppe Tyson again delayed an initial public offering. The Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt unit, which postponed an IPO in December and began anew in January, this month sent a memo to staff saying it would revisit the idea in six months.

Stroh moves $5 million beer accounts to Doner

[detroit] Stroh Brewery Co. moved all its brands previously handled by Hal Riney & Partners, San Francisco, to W.B. Doner & Co.'s Detroit and Baltimore offices. Riney had Stroh's, Old Milwaukee, Schlitz, Red River and Augsburger. Combined billings are estimated at $5 million.

Willow Lake shampoos get $35 mil debut

[minneapolis] Lamaur today introduces Willow Lake shampoos and conditioners with $35 million in spot and network TV and magazine ads plus consumer promotion from Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis.

True North agreement means $2.5 million loss

[chicago] True North Communications took a $2.5 million charge against earnings in the fourth quarter in connection with exit settlements for ousted executives Jack Balousek and Craig Wiggins. Both lost their jobs last summer after an unsuccessful bid to oust Chairman-CEO Bruce Mason. Each man will draw a salary between $180,000 and $325,000 each year for the next nine years.

Nike talking with Fallon for project work

[beaverton, ore.] Nike has talked with Fallon McElligott, Minneapolis, about taking on some advertising projects, according to insiders at the agency. Chairman Pat Fallon acknowledged having a conversation but said that any assignments are far off. He said the agency isn't part of the $1 million Niketown retail review.

Nivea Beaute line offers color cosmetics

[hamburg] Beiersdorf's Nivea is entering the color cosmetics market with Nivea Beaute in Belgium, backed by a TV and print campaign from Wilkens, Paris and Hamburg, with the tag "The colors of care."

Clorets' $15 mil account moves to Bates

[morris plains, n.j.] Warner-Lambert Co. awarded global ad duties for Clorets gum and mints to Bates Worldwide, New York. The $15 million account had been at J. Walter Thompson Co., New York.

Sony Web site draws new sponsors

[new york] General Motors Corp., American Airlines and Sears, Roebuck & Co. have signed on to sponsor Sony Online Ventures' (http://, as expected. Advertisers include: Kellogg Co., Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Microsoft Corp., which join Visa USA, Station's marketing partner. Sony said advertisers paid $1 million in cash.

Compaq Computer denies $200 mil account consolidation

[houston] A Compaq Computer Corp. executive denied Compaq is mulling a consolidation of its $200 million global account even as an executive close to Compaq shop Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York, said consolidation is being considered. Kathleen Harrington, director of advertising-North America, said: "We don't have any plans right now to make any [agency] changes."

Meineke franchisees win $601 mil in ad fund lawsuit

[charlotte, n.c.] GKN, parent of Meineke Muffler Discount Shops, said it will appeal the decision in a lawsuit it wrongly took money from its advertising account and failed to fulfill its ad commitment. U.S. District Judge Robert Potter last week ruled franchisees had been defrauded and awarded franchisees $601 million. The case could prompt ad-related lawsuits from other franchisers.


United Auto Group Chairman-CEO Carl Spielvogel resigned effective April 17. He will remain as a consultant until his contract expires Dec. 31, 2000. Vice Chairman Marshall Cogan takes over Mr. Spielvogel's duties. . . . Joel Hochberg to president-chief operating officer, Asher/Gould, Los Angeles, succeeding Bruce Silverman, who left the company. Mr. Hochberg resigned in January from Foote, Cone & Belding, Los Angeles, where he had been exec VP-managing director. . . . Polly Perkins, publishing director of Sports Traveler, is expected this week to sell the title to Petersen Publishing Co. and join the company as president of Petersen's Sport. . . . Tyson Foods is introducing Tyson Gourmet Selections, a four-item line of refrigerated meals designed to compete with take-out food. Consumer promotions, couponing, in-store advertising and sampling will support. Noble & Associates, Springfield, Mo., is Tyson's agency.

. . . Business Week announced changes in its sales department: Harry Somerdyk to senior VP-marketing/brand development from VP-marketing and Constance Bennett to VP-international sales from VP-sales Eastern region. . . . American Home Products Corp. to Grey Advertising, New York, for its approximately $4 million Anacin pain reliever account from Lois/EJL. . . . David Gallo, 57, co-president

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