Pixar moves to Golin Harris

LOS ANGELES: Pixar, the computer-animation studio behind hit movies

Toy Story and A Bug's Life, has handed its PR business to Golin/Harris'

San Francisco and Los Angeles operations.

Golin will handle general media relations for the San Francisco Bay

Area-based company, as well as support a full-blown PR campaign

surrounding the launch of Pixar's fourth animated feature, Monsters,

Inc., scheduled for release on November 2, 2001.

Prior to Golin, Pixar worked with hi-tech PR firm Niehaus Ryan Wong for

several years, then brought its account in-house last June. Pixar PR

director Kim Cannon declined to comment on the company's decision to end

its relationship with NRW, but Jon Klaff, a former account leader for

the agency, called the decision a mutual one.

For Golin/LA, Pixar is the most high-profile of a slew of recent

business wins. Other clients who have joined the roster since January

include: 4kids Entertainment, which licenses, distributes and produces

entertainment-themed products for children; Kurzweil Al Network, which

hired Golin for inventor/author Raymond Kurzweil's virtual alter-ego,

Ramona; and Kessel, a Hong Kong-based consumer electronics company.

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