FORD REVIEWING IN ARGENTINA, BRAZIL

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[buenos aires] Ford Motor Co. is looking to consolidate its ad account across Argentina and Brazil, creating an estimated $109 million assignment handled by one agency. Ford has asked incumbent agencies J. Walter Thompson Co. and Young & Rubicam to present credentials in a contest for the account that is likely to see investments of $89 million in Brazil and $20 million in Argentina. JWT has held the account in Argentina for the last 50 years. Y&R handles Ford's Brazilian account.

Burnett Thai unit pulls Hitler ad

[bangkok] Leo Burnett Thailand and Thai company Food Processing Co. said they are permanently withdrawing a controversial Thai campaign for X brand potato chips that featured Adolf Hitler. The Burnett unit apologized to anyone offended by a Thai TV commercial using Hitler's image.

Tempus eyes better True North ties

[london] Tempus, the holding company for CIA Medianetwork, is looking to extend its relationship with True North Communications in Europe and possibly the U.S. "We're having conversations about how [the relationship] might be extended in Europe," says Tempus Chairman Chris Ingram. CIA and True North subsidiary Bozell Worldwide already have a handful of alliances in Europe. "As far as any global alliance is concerned, we're examining possibilities with several players." He confirmed True North is one of those, but refuses to comment on rumors that Young & Rubicam and Dentsu are others.

Animal Planet takes on Asia

[london] BBC Worldwide and Discovery Communications predict Animal Planet network, launching in Asia on June 26 as an English-language service, will reach 1 million subscribers by the end of the year. Animal Planet is in a race for subscribers against a joint venture between NBC and National Geographic Channel.

CNNI, Cartoon nets test Philippines

[hong kong] Turner International and Home Cable, the Philippines' second-largest multiple systems operator, have concluded an agreement to provide CNN International, TNT and Cartoon Network to subscribers in the Philippines. The agreement is effective immediately and marks Turner's first direct relationship with Home Cable. Earlier, Disney Channel said it will launch in the Philippines in the second half of the year.

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