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ACCOUNT ACTION

Courage, a London-based brewer, to the Media Centre from BMP DDB Needham for its $31.5 million media buying and planning account.

Slim-Fast Foods Co., New York, to Grey Advertising from Young & Rubicam, which resigned the $30 million account citing "creative differences."

Super Kmart Centers, Troy, Mich., to FKQ Marketing, Clearwater, Fla., for its $15 million grocery marketing account, from project work with FKQ.

Citgo Petroleum, Tulsa, Okla., to Wells Rich Greene BDDP, Chicago, for its $10 million account. Creative had been in-house; media was at Bates USA, Dublin, Ohio.

Sportmart, Niles, Ill., to Cramer-Krasselt, Chicago, from Chase, Ehrenberg & Rosene for the retailer's up to $10 million account.

Texas Tourism Division, Austin, retained GSD&M for its $8.5 million account after a review.

Netscape Communications Corp., Mountain View, Calif., to Dahlin Smith White, Salt Lake City, as first agency of record.

MEDIA MOVES

Viacom, New York, believed contemplating a bid for CBS, retained Bear Stearns & Co. to help sell its Spelling Entertainment Group subsidiary.

Arbitron Co., New York, unveils a new local market media research service August 15 for broadcasters and cable systems to provide new retail information to advertisers. The service is expected to include parts of Arbitron's local radio ratings portfolio, Scarborough consumer research and other data.

COMINGS & GOINGS

Hiroshi Okud, 62, to president, Toyota Motor Corp., Tokyo, from exec VP. He succeeds the ailing Tatsuro Toyoda, 66.

Robert Chandler, formerly senior partner-creative director on IBM Corp. at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Los Angeles, has left to start a new venture. (For more people news, see Ad Age on the World Wide Web at http://www.adage.com.)

FOR THE RECORD

Senate Commerce Committee passed two bills last week restricting violence on TV. One, sponsored by Sen. Ernest Hollings (D., S.C.), would prevent broadcast and basic cable TV from airing violent shows during prime children's viewing hours. A bill sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D., N.D.) would require a quarterly report card on violent shows and their sponsors.

Frito-Lay signed as title sponsor of the Fiesta Bowl through 1998 in a deal costing the Plano, Texas-based PepsiCo unit roughly $5 million. Frito's Tostitos brand, handled by DDB Needham Worldwide, New York, will be featured in advertising and promotion connected to the college football championship game, which airs Jan. 2 on CBS.

IBM Corp., Armonk, N.Y., laboring to improve its ailing home-computer business, created a global consumer division to market Aptiva PCs, multimedia software, online services and "PC-based products." James Firestone, 40, who was president of Ameritech Corp.'s consumer services division, will be general manager.

Procter & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, said net income rose 16% to $472 million for its fourth quarter ended June 30; revenue increased 13% to $8.5 billion. For fiscal 1994, net income was up 20% to $2.65 billion; revenue increased 10% to $33.4 billion.

Omnicom Group, New York, said second-quarter net income rose 26% to $42.1 million compared with the same period a year ago; revenue increased 24% to $526 million. For the first half ended June 30, net income increased 26% to $66.3 million; revenue was up 23% to $985.9 million.

General Motors Corp. said it plans to spin off Electronic Data Systems, Plano, Texas, to GM Class E shareholders in a tax-free stock exchange to make it an independent public company. Goldsmith/Jeffrey, New York, handles EDS.

True North Communications, Chicago, said second-quarter net income rose 10.9% to $11.4 million compared with the year-ago period; revenue increased 8.6% to $110.9 million. For the first half, net income rose 13% to $13.7 million; revenue was up 8.3% to $206.2 million.

Tambrands, White Plains, N.Y., is relaunching its flagship Tampax line in the U.S. this fall with new packaging, graphics, a redesigned applicator and other upgrades. A more than $12 million TV and print campaign via BBDO Worldwide, New York, and consumer promotions will support.

Donald "Lucky" Kanter, 70, an agency veteran in the U.S. and U.K. and an author, died July 12 of a heart attack in Wardley, England. He was a co-author of "The Cynical Americans."

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