Leo Burnett to create ads for ABC


Agency sources confirmed that ABC Television Network has hired
Chicago-based Leo Burnett Co. to develop a new on-air advertising campaign
for the struggling network.

The current campaign was created in-house at ABC, and the network is said to
want a new creative ad package to kick off the 2002-03 season.

Word of the deal came one day after the abrupt departure of ABC Television
president Steve Bornstein, the fourth person in roughly five years to hold the

ABC said yesterday that it would not fill the post, and it probably doesn't need to
with the top two Walt Disney Co. executives, Michael Eisner and Bob Iger, devoting much of
their time to fixing ABC, which they've cited as their No. 1 priority.

The network declined to comment on the agreement with Leo Burnett.