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March 9, 1999
J. Walter Thompson Will Name New Chairwoman: J. Walter Thompson Co., a unit of WPP Group, the world's No. 2 advertising and communications company, will name Charlotte Beers chairwoman as early as today, sources told Bloomberg News. Beers, formerly chairwoman and chief executive at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, a second WPP advertising company, will work with JWT Chief Executive Chris Jones on long-term strategic development for both clients and JWT, sources said.
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BUSINESS
November 18, 1987 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
J. Walter Thompson, the struggling advertising firm that has spent two years trying to build an image for Sears' Discover Card, lost the $35-million account on Tuesday, putting a damper on the ad agency's attempts to rebuild its own muddied image. The ad agency's loss comes at a time when the Discover credit card is also facing image problems--and financial losses.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
J. Walter Thompson Settles Deceptive Advertising Charges: The Federal Trade Commission alleged that the New York-based agency couldn't substantiate a claim that nine of 10 Jenny Craig customers would recommend the weight-loss program to a friend. The settlement prohibits the agency from misrepresenting any survey or test in connection with any weight-loss program or product. The FTC said this is the fourth time the agency has settled deceptive advertising charges since the mid-1970s.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1999
J. Walter Thompson Will Name New Chairwoman: J. Walter Thompson Co., a unit of WPP Group, the world's No. 2 advertising and communications company, will name Charlotte Beers chairwoman as early as today, sources told Bloomberg News. Beers, formerly chairwoman and chief executive at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, a second WPP advertising company, will work with JWT Chief Executive Chris Jones on long-term strategic development for both clients and JWT, sources said.
BUSINESS
May 6, 1987 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
The for sale sign is not up--nor are there plans to post it--at the troubled J. Walter Thompson ad agency, Chairman Don Johnston said at the parent company's annual meeting Tuesday. "JWT Group is not for sale, none of the JWT Group companies are for sale, nor are any parts of any JWT companies for sale," Johnston twice told about 275 shareholders. Industry rumors have surfaced in recent weeks that the company's public relations unit, Hill & Knowlton--and possibly J.
BUSINESS
April 28, 1987 | BRUCE HOROVITZ and SHIRLEY MARLOW
Has success spoiled Fred Rated? The fate of Shadoe Stevens, who has played the often overzealous if not zany Fred Rated character on more than 1,000 spots for the Federated Group since 1982, is in serious doubt. And even though Stevens' big-screen debut as the star of a Dino De Laurentiis film is just months away, he may not be Federated's leading man much longer. "We have torn opinions on what to do," said Keith Powell, president of Federated Group.
BUSINESS
November 10, 1988 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
It is the ad agency that made Cher's belly button and singer Sheena Easton's abdomen the focus of commercials for Holiday Spa Health Clubs. On Wednesday, it got a $25-million assignment to tone up ads for more fitness centers, including Vic Tanny. Since 1974, the Los Angeles office of J. Walter Thompson has handled most of the advertising for Health & Tennis Corp., which locally owns Holiday Spa Health Clubs and 315 health clubs nationwide. On Wednesday, Health & Tennis Corp.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the bleakest of beginnings to the holiday season, the Los Angeles office of the ad agency J. Walter Thompson on Monday handed walking papers to about 35 employees--about one-third of its staff. The layoffs, which follow the agency's decision last week to drop the estimated $50-million Bally's Health & Tennis Corp. media-buying business, will take effect Jan. 1. The layoffs are across the board, from secretaries to senior vice presidents. "This is no time for pep rallies," said William M.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
J. Walter Thompson Settles Deceptive Advertising Charges: The Federal Trade Commission alleged that the New York-based agency couldn't substantiate a claim that nine of 10 Jenny Craig customers would recommend the weight-loss program to a friend. The settlement prohibits the agency from misrepresenting any survey or test in connection with any weight-loss program or product. The FTC said this is the fourth time the agency has settled deceptive advertising charges since the mid-1970s.
BUSINESS
May 30, 1992 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California Lottery officials are rolling the dice--hoping that big, big changes will lure back customers. Late Friday, the lottery handed its $25-million ad business to a new agency, in the hopes that a new ad firm can help it better inform customers that drastic changes to the lottery have already been made--and that a complete overhaul is planned over the next six months. Among other things, the number of lottery computer terminals in the state will be doubled to 20,000 by the end of the year.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the bleakest of beginnings to the holiday season, the Los Angeles office of the ad agency J. Walter Thompson on Monday handed walking papers to about 35 employees--about one-third of its staff. The layoffs, which follow the agency's decision last week to drop the estimated $50-million Bally's Health & Tennis Corp. media-buying business, will take effect Jan. 1. The layoffs are across the board, from secretaries to senior vice presidents. "This is no time for pep rallies," said William M.
BUSINESS
November 28, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The local ad agency that has flaunted Cher's belly button and Raquel Welch's waistline in ads for Holiday Spa Health Clubs will no longer place about $50 million worth of its ads annually on TV and in newspapers. Bally's Health & Tennis Corp., parent to Holiday Spa and one of the West Coast's largest advertisers, has handed its media buying business to the largest buyer of spot TV time in the nation--Western International Media Corp.
BUSINESS
September 25, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ
Whenever New York ad agency hotshots would come to visit director Fred Petermann at his TV commercial production company in Hollywood, they always wanted to go outside for walks in the California sunshine. Once outside, however, the East Coast clients often found themselves surrounded by dirty air, ugly buildings and people asking them for spare change. It was as if they'd never left New York.
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