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Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
Breakthrough Enables Man To Talk To Animals
Picture Dr. Doolittle talking to the animals-except in this case, the "doctor" is in need of some medical attention. That's the offbeat scenario heralding Primary Network's ability to provide customers with all their telecommunications needs, including local phone service, long-distance calling,...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
"The Art of Black and White"
Oreo cookies make their way from the palate to the palette in this black-and-white spec spot, which opens on a female artist eyeing a blank canvas. You can see her contemplating what to create. Then she finds her spark of inspiration. The woman appears to be sketching with charcoal, making sweeping...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
De Thame & Norowzian Top IAAAs
Mercedes-Benz-via both its former agency and successor ad shop-topped the television portion of the fifth annual International Automotive Advertising Awards (IAAA) held on Jan. 12 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Ironically, "Artists," the last Mercedes ad to come out of Lowe & Partners/SMS (now...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
FCC Issues Ultimatum Re: DTV
As the first Super Bowl to be telecast in HDTV nears, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman William Kennard has warned broadcasters and electronics manufacturers that they will face regulatory intervention if they don't come up with solutions by April that facilitate the introduction of...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
Twist Arises In Spot Music Litigation
Though it is one of three defendants in a court case alleging music copyright infringement, bicoastal tomandandy contends that none of its work was used for the spot in question: Michelob's "Pillow Talk," out of Chicago-based ad agency The Leap Partnership. Jim Hannon, COO of tomandandy, told SHOOT...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
AICP, Teamsters Local 399 Finalize Amended Contract
The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and Studio Transportation Drivers Local 399 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have reached an agreement that resolves disputed areas relative to gang bosses and motorhome drivers. The agreement incorporates new language and...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
Radium Adds Whitehead, Rivard And Holmes
Radium, a San Francisco-headquartered digital studio, has expanded its presence in Southern California, moving its satellite shop into new, larger Santa Monica digs, and hiring head of production Jonathan Whitehead and visual effects artist Christine Rivard. The company has also brought on board...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
Hungry For Prime Time
Hungry Man has moved another step closer to prime time series television. The bicoastal/international firm, which is known for producing offbeat comic spots, is making three pilots in a similar vein via its TV division. With two pilots in the works at FOX Television, and a third underway at the WB...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
Gordon Joins Asche & Spencer
Asche & Spencer, a music/sound design house with bases in Minneapolis and Venice, has hired "Seoor Amor"-a.k.a. Mark Gordon-as its West Coast-based executive producer. Gordon will replace executive producer Hugh Barton, who has announced plans to depart the company and launch his own firm...
Friday, Jan. 14, 2000
Cucoloris Films And DoRo Form Strategic Alliance
Cucoloris Films-the Venice-based commercial production house headed by partners/executive producers Linda Stewart and Bernie Wesson, and partner/director Danny Ducovny-has entered into a strategic alliance with DoRo, a European company active in music videos, concert films, television programs and...

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