Boston shop HHF
Arnold Communications, Boston, acquired Houston Herstek Favat, Boston, as expected (AA, Nov. 3). The Houston agency will be absorbed into Arnold, and a physical move to merge offices should happen in about six months with no employee layoffs planned, according to Arnold Chairman-CEO Ed Eskandarian. Rich Herstek and Pete Favat, both partners in HHF, will each become an exec VP-creative director at Arnold. Lisa Unsworth, a partner and president of HHF, will become exec VP-group account director at Arnold. Doug Houston, a partner at HHF, will not join the merged agency.
'Money' editorial unit
Time Inc. Editor in Chief Norman Pearlstine reorganized the editorial lineup of Money last week to create the Business Information Group, including Fortune, Money and Your Company. Money Managing Editor, and American Society of Magazine Editors President, Frank Lalli was named senior executive editor of Time Inc., undertaking a number of special projects beginning with the expansion of Money's franchise in Asia, Europe and Australia. Robert Safian, 33, a senior editor at Fortune for nine months after moving over from Smart Money, was named managing editor of Money, a 1.9 million-circulation monthly. In an unusual arrangement, Mr. Safian will report to Fortune's John Huey, managing editor, and Rik Kirkland, deputy managing editor.
MTV sues Cronin
after job switch
MTV Networks has filed suit in New York State Court against Rich Cronin, who was recently named president-CEO of Fox Kids Network and Family Channel. Mr. Cronin had been president of MTV Networks' Nick at Nite's TV Land before he was fired for talking to Fox and Fox parent News Corp. about taking a job with them next July, after his MTV Networks' contract would have expired. The suit, which also names News Corp. and Fox Kids Worldwide, alleges that Mr. Cronin will give trade secrets to his new employers. A Fox Kids Worldwide spokesman said his company saw no merit in the suit.
insert with 'We'
Time Inc.'s Fortune has teamed with new lifestyle/service magazine We to produce a special insert that will run in the March issues of both magazines. We, aimed at people with disabilities, was launched in March as an every-other-monthly with 125,000-controlled circulation and will move to monthly publication with general newsstand distribution this March. The joint section will coincide with Fortune's "America's Most Admired Companies" issue.
Alling grocery VP
Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, during a push to establish a supermarket presence, has hired Nestle USA's Jim Alling for the new post of senior VP-grocery. Mr. Alling was most recently VP-business unit manager for chocolate drinks and dairy products and formerly VP-general manager of the company's ground coffee division. At Starbucks, he will oversee all aspects of the company's business in grocery stores.
AdvoSystems has signed a letter of intent to acquire Super Coupons, New York, a home delivery vehicle for coupons offering discounts for neighborhood merchant services.
Former Zenith exec, Cordiant settle
Former Zenith Media U.K. CEO Christine Walker settled a dispute with Zenith parent Cordiant, clearing the way for her to open Walker Media, London, a new media-buying agency 50%-owned by Ms. Walker and 50%-owned by M&C Saatchi. Ms. Walker, a well-known U.K. media executive, agreed not to solicit business from an undisclosed list of Zenith clients before next Oct. 25. She also agreed not to recruit key Zenith executives for her new agency for the same period.
Nabisco adds Cornnuts
to snack line
Nabisco Holdings said it signed an agreement to acquire Cornnuts for an undisclosed amount, acquiring the strong convenience store distribution channel for Cornnuts, a brand with an estimated $45 million in sales. Nabisco is expected to move the account from its current agency, Ketchum Advertising, San Francisco, to one on its snack roster, either McCann-Erickson Worldwide or Foote, Cone & Belding, both New York.
Ads back Holiday Inn Express, Crowne hotels
Holiday Hospitality Corp. early next year will break separate media campaigns for its Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza brands. The Express campaign is the first separate effort for that brand and will feature its frequency program. The Crown Plaza campaign will feature a new tag: "The new address for the savvy traveler." Fallon McElligott, Minneapolis, handles. Spending is estimated at $10