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Clio Awards Show Canceled After Organizers Fail to Pay for Hall

June 18, 1991

NEW YORK (AP) _ The winners of coveted Clio Awards for TV commercials will get their statuettes in the mail this year. The $175-a-seat awards show was canceled when the Clio organization couldn’t pay for the hall.

The abrupt cancellation of Monday’s show followed chaos at the private organization’s awards presentation for print and radio ads four days ago, when ad executives rushed the stage and snatched the trophies from the tables.

Some ad executives said what happened to this year’s shows embarrassed the industry and dimmed the luster of the Clios.

Bill Evans, head of the Clio organization, was unavailable for comment, but spokesman Don Catterson said Monday’s show was called off about five hours before its start because Evans couldn’t borrow enough money to secure the hall.

Mitchell Brower, general manager of the New York State Theater at the Lincoln Center, which has held the show for five years, said the group needed $59,750 for unpaid rent and payments for stagehands.

More than 1,000 people were expected to attend, Catterson said.

Clio awards have been doled out annually for more than three decades and are widely considered the most coveted prizes for creative ad work.

Jerry Siano, chairman and chief executive of the ad agency NW Ayer Inc., said that Evans ″has absolutely lost his credibility″ with the industry and that the Clio organization may have to change managers to survive.

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