Up and Down the Avenue – 08/13/04

Michigan Avenue could get a much needed big business boost if luck is with Cramer-Krasselt pitching the $200 million Kia Motors America account, and if Arby’s places its $15 million business with Euro RSCG, one of eight agencies it’s checking out. Also: The White Sox is looking for a new agency; Hoffman York currently has the account.

Leaving Michigan Avenue in January will be English WPP-owned JWT and Ogilvy & Mather, which will settle into new Merchandise Mart offices. Address doesn’t have the same cachet, but you can’t beat the economies of scale.

It’s the 15th anniversary for David Lewis Creative Radio. Lewis formed the boutique in August, 1989 after leaving his VP/CD job at DDB Needham. “I’ve been afforded the luxury of enjoying a career I love,” says the Detroit native, who credits his advertising clients and friends and his “studio partners” for the company’s longevity.

L.A.’s Dektor Films will film two commercials here for Harris Bank/Arnold Worldwide Partners the week of Aug. 23. Paul Dektor directs, his brother, Mark Dektor, lenses, and Mike Leary produces. It’s a return trip for Mark Dektor who was director/DP on a Blue Cross-Blue Shield/FCB spot for producer Kelly Durham. Marguerite Juliusson represents Dektor Films.

Among FCB’s six new VPs are copywriter Anne Hagerty and Melody Jeter, director of creative technology.

141 Worldwide named Drew Donatelle group creative director, who also will be in charge of account management on main accounts like Boeing. He joins after seven years at an SVP/GCD at Upshot.

Leo Burnett won the creative on the $15 million Pam cooking spray account. The agency also handles Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice and Life Choice, brands owned by Omaha-based ConAgra giant.

Duane Edwards – one of the top 10 Project Greenlight directors ? is up for another possible prize. His “Di Lao Hell Prison” script is one of 26 semi-finalists in the American Gem screenwriting contest. Five winning scripts will be announced Aug. 31. If his luck holds, he could be one of them.

Slack/Barshinger hired 12 staffers, thanks to new clients, Harris Bank, Underwriters Lab and PayPal. They include copywriters Shylo Bisnett, Karen Terry and assistant copywriter Betsy Fox; art director Dawn Evans and assistant A/D Julie Wenning.