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[Milwaukee] Miller Brewing Co. has put its $240 million media account into review. The business has been with Publicis Groupe's Starcom, Chicago, for nine years. Starcom is defending against WPP Group's MindShare and Aegis Group's Carat. The review is being managed by Roth Associates, New York. A Miller spokesman said the move is consistent with parent company SABMiller's practice of periodically reviewing agency relationships. See AdAge.com QwikFIND aar32w

DaimlerChrysler shifts in wake of Roehm exit

[Auburn Hills, Mich.] DaimlerChrysler last week shifted its executive ranks, naming Stephen J. Bartoli, 45, to VP-global product planning and marketing, a new post, from VP-product strategy. Jeffrey Bell, 43, moves to VP-product strategy, from VP-global Chrysler/Jeep marketing, while Gordon Heidacker, 44, takes the new post of director-strategic projects, from director-hybrid electric vehicle product development. The shifts follow the departure of Julie Roehm to Wal-Mart (see story at right). The company said her post won't be filled.

Doritos biz up for grabs among Omnicom shops

[Plano, Texas] Frito-Lay is conducting a jump-ball review among Omnicom Group agencies for its $10 million Doritos brand, according to executives familiar with the situation. The agencies facing off are said to be incumbent BBDO, DDB, GSD&M, and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. A Doritos spokeswoman said, "Frito-Lay taps into those resources and talks about its Doritos work with BBDO and other Omnicom agencies." The agencies declined to comment.

E&J Gallo consolidates $16M biz at BBDO West

[Modesto, Calif.] E&J Gallo Winery has consolidated its $16 million account at Omnicom Group's BBDO West, executives familiar with the situation said. WPP Group's Grey had handled several Gallo brands. A Gallo representative could not be reached for comment.

Sporting News agrees to $7.2M settlement over ads

[St. Louis] Sporting News agreed to a $7.2 million settlement with federal prosecutors to settle claims that the magazine promoted illegal gambling by accepting ads for unlawful Web and phone gambling services. Under the terms of the deal, the title paid the government $4.2 million and agreed to conduct a $3 million public-service campaign warning against illegal betting services.

Hispanic media shop Amistad to shut doors

[Austin, Texas] Amistad Media Group, the biggest independent U.S. Hispanic media-buying shop, is closing after 11 years. According to Advertising Age data, Amistad would have been the 11th biggest Hispanic media-buying specialist in 2005 with media billings of about $44 million. David Flynn Huerta, Amistad's managing director, said, "We just had some things fall through and a set of circumstances put us behind. And new-business prospects dried up." See AdAge.com QwikFIND aar33g

Judge allows photo of kissing men in ad

[Washington] A district court judge, reversing an earlier ruling, rejected a complaint from two men whose photo was used in an ad without their permission. The ad, from the United Senior Association under the name USA Next, targeted AARP and used a news picture from the men's Oregon marriage in which they were kissing. The men claimed the ad violated their privacy and was libelous because it made them appear unpatriotic (the ad accused the AARP of opposing U.S. military efforts abroad and supporting gay marriage) A temporary injunction against the picture's use had been issued in March, 2005, but Judge Reggie B. Walton reversed that ruling, saying the ad made the claim about the AARP, not the men.

SuperValu, CVS seek $10B Albertsons deal

[Boise, Idaho] Takeover talks for Albertsons resumed Jan. 20 between the nation's No. 3 grocer and a group led by SuperValu and CVS Corp. The nearly $10 billion bid for the 2,500-store chain is a sign of further consolidation in the grocery industry, particularly among traditional-format chains stuck in the middle, squeezed on one end by low-cost giant Wal-Mart Stores and fast-growing gourmet retailers like Whole Foods.

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Coty will ratchet up its efforts in the prestige fragrance market with the creation of a new Coty Prestige division, which combines its former Lancaster Group brands including J. Lo and Sara Jessica Parker fragrances with those it acquired last year from Unilever, among them Calvin Klein and Vera Wang. ... Natural-products marketer Burt's Bees has named John Replogle president-CEO. Mr. Replogle, former general manager of Unilever's skin care division, replaces Doug Meyer, who has left to pursue other interests.

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