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Choice Hotels International's Comfort Inn & Suites line has linked with Nintendo of America on a Pokemon summer promotion. National radio and print from Gray Kirk/VanSant, Baltimore, will support.

Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, has dropped out of the ad review for DirecTV's $150 million account, citing a conflict with its newly won Sirius Satellite Radio account.

Coca-Cola Co. will launch a $15 million TV and print campaign from Berlin, Cameron & Partners, New York, the first for its Dasani water brand.

Ed Kelly, publisher of Travel & Leisure and longtime American Express Publishing Corp. employee, is expected to be named as president of the company the week of June 5. Daniel Brewster had been president-CEO; on June 5 he begins his new job as president-CEO of Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing.

General Motors Corp. began advertising its new, cross-brand online incentive program June 4 in Parade, to be followed by ads in national newspapers. McCann-Erickson Worldwide's Troy, Mich., handles.

Della Femina/Jeary & Partners and Grace & Rothschild have merged to form Della Femina, Rothschild, Jeary & Partners, New York.

Ellen Kunes, the editor in chief of O, the Oprah Magazine, resigned from the newly launched title, to spend more time with her twin toddlers. Ms. Kunes said the decision was hers, and that she will remain with the magazine through a transition period.

Zion Communications is looking for a first agency to handle its $15 million account. Select Resources International, West Hollywood, Calif., is managing the review.

Copyright June 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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