TWO AGENCIES EXIT NOKIA $35 MILLION REVIEW

McCann, Wieden Withdraw; Down to DDB and Grey

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SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) -- Two of the four agencies vying for Nokia's estimated $35 million creative account have dropped out of the review, executives at the two shops said.

Interpublic Group of Cos.' McCann-Erickson,

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Troy, Mich., and independent Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore., have pulled out of the cell phone marketer's search for an agency. Grey Global Group's Grey Worldwide, New York, and Omnicom Group's DDB Worldwide, Chicago and Dallas, will compete for the creative account.

Richards Group was incumbent
Nokia, which had its account with independent Richards Group, Dallas, began contacting agencies in November.

Final presentations are scheduled for the next two weeks. A Nokia spokesman and other company executives did not return phone calls for comment by press time.

The Finnish marketer controls 35% of the global handset market, but faces stiff competition as rivals Motorola, Samsung Electronics Co. and Siemens increased market share.

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Claire Atkinson contributed to this report.

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