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[sacramento, calif.] The California Lottery Commission on June 20 extended its ad contract with incumbent Grey Global Group's Grey Worldwide, Los Angeles, on an emergency basis pending the conclusion of a long-running review to select an agency for a new five-year, $125 million contract. A consultant will handle the new review, the commission's third attempt to issue a new contract, and RFPs for the new review may not be published before September, the commission said.

Anti-drunk driving ads get $11 mil campaign

[washington] The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration broke an $11 million "You drink, you drive, you lose" paid ad campaign June 20 to run through the high-travel July 4 holiday period. Omnicom's GMMB, Washington, created two TV :30s, one in Spanish, that show drunk drivers being arrested, handcuffed and led away. A national TV schedule is supplemented by a 13-state buy targeted at men ages 21 to 34.

Aegis sets new structrure, creates Vizeum network

[london] Aegis Group said a new unit, Aegis Media, will oversee its Carat network and a new media agency network, Vizeum, that consolidates 17 of Aegis' regional, non-Carat media agencies into a communications planning and buying network across the U.K. and Europe. The Vizeum agencies will have combined billings of more than $1.5 billion, Aegis said, and be led by Eric Drancourt, formerly CEO of Carat International France, who becomes Vizeum's CEO, and Martyn Rattle, formerly VP of Carat International, London. See QwikFIND aao78a

Fox breaks campaign for MLB All-Star Game

[new york] News Corp.'s Fox breaks tune-in advertising this week for its telecast of the July 15 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Tag line for the TV, radio and print effort is "This time it counts," a reference to the fact that the winner of the annual mid-season All-Star Game will determine home field advantage for October's World Series. Spending was not disclosed. The campaign was handled in-house.

Amtrak seen picking Arnold, MPG, Brann

[washington] Amtrak is expected to tap three Havas units, creative shop Arnold Worldwide, McLean, Va., media agency MPG, New York, and direct marketing agency Brann Worldwide, Baltimore, to handle its estimated $27 million account. Amtrak said it plans an announcement this week but declined to make further comment.

Comcast to DiMassimo for a new ad campaign

[philadelphia] Cable TV giant Comcast Corp. tapped DiMassimo Brand Advertising, New York, for a campaign to promote its various tiers of cable offerings. Red Tettemer, Philadelphia, remains Comcast's agency of record. The DiMassimo campaign, due in August, will also highlight Comcast's high-speed Internet capabilities. Media is expected to focus on TV but will include radio, print and direct marketing. Comcast did not specify spending, which was estimated at as much as $20 million.

E-Trade mulls review, talks with consultants

[menlo park, calif.] E-Trade Financial is talking to consultants about its ad account, according to executives close to the discussions. E-Trade did not return calls; Omnicom Group's Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, declined to comment. Last year, e-Trade spent an estimated $35 million in measured media, according to TNS Media Intelligence/CMR.

GM dealers pressed to join local ad groups

[detroit] General Motors Corp. told its dealers in 61 markets they must join local dealer-marketing groups or lose matching funds for individual dealership ads, Automotive News reports today. Hold-out GM dealers now get the benefits of dealer-group ads without paying the 1% fee GM adds to each new-vehicle invoice. The policy starts Jan. 1 and applies to 61 markets, representing two-thirds of GM's sales volume, where high media costs make individual dealer ads ineffective.


Federal anti-spam legislation approved by the Senate commerce committee last week would make it illegal for marketers to knowingly use e-mail spammers and subject them to Federal Trade Commission enforcement actions. ... Havas' Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper and seven other Euro RSCG Worldwide operations in London will announce a new name this week and a reorganization that combines them into a single entity with one profit-and-loss structure, said people close to the situation. Current Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper Co-Chairman Mark Wnek becomes chairman of the combined organization and Chief Executive Chris Pinnington will have those duties in the new unit. Co-Chairman Brett Gosper was said to be discussing possible new worldwide duties in New York. ... Publicis Groupe formed Publicis Healthcare Group under President-CEO Roger Haupt. Klemtner Group, Medicus Group and Nelson Communications will be the brands in its North American unit. The global unit will house Medicus Group and Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare. ... Havas' McKinney & Silver, Raleigh, N.C., named Dave Cook, 41, formerly executive creative director at Mad Dogs & Englishmen, New York, to lead creative on McKinney's key Audi of America account. Mr. Cook reports to McKinney Executive Creative Director David Baldwin, who previously led creative on Audi and who oversees creative on Audi and McKinney's other accounts. ... Citigroup's Smith Barney unit moved advertising to Omnicom's Merkley Newman Harty, New York, from Interpublic's McCann-Erickson Worldwide, New York, after a review. Spending was not disclosed. See QwikFIND aao77x ... Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore., will develop advertising for Time Warner Interactive Video Group's Mystro TV service, the agency said. Spending was not disclosed. Wieden is corporate brand agency for AOL's America Online unit. ... Discount brokerage Scottrade to Gearon Hoffman, Boston, for a campaign project with spending estimated at $20 million, after a review. The remainder of its account remains in-house. ... American Heart Association awarded its three-year, $36 million account to Interpublic's Campbell-Ewald, Warren, Mich. See QwikFIND aao78I . ... The anti-tobacco American Legacy Foundation assigned public relations to Interpublic's Golin/Harris International, Washington, after a review. Spending was not disclosed. See QwikFIND aao77y

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