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Circuit City is down to just three shops in its search for an agency to handle TV branding work. DDB Worldwide, Chicago; TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York; and another, unnamed Chicago shop are said to be contenders. Deutsch, New York, is believed to have dropped out. Circuit City spends about $150 million on TV every year; however the assignment, now handled in-house, may not encompass the whole budget.

Foodmaker, operator of the Jack in the Box burger chain, has named Gregory Joumas, 37, division VP-marketing communications, and company veteran Linda Vaughn VP-marketing. Mr. Joumas joins the company from Euro RSCG/DSW Partners, San Francisco, where he managed brand advertising for Intel Corp. He succeeds Brad Haley, who left the company. Ms. Vaughn's prior post was VP-products, promotions and consumer research.

Freightliner Corp. is deciding between four agencies for its $10 million ad account. The semi-truck maker, a division of DaimlerChrysler, has narrowed its search to Bozell, Cole & Weber, Seattle; Mandala Agency, Bend, Ore.; and the Richards Group, Dallas. The incumbent was Young & Roehr, Portland, Ore. A decision is expected by early August.

Copyright July 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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