SCC agency co-founder Mark Schafer dies suddenly at 58

A memorial service was held Monday for Mark Schafer, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Schafer Condon Carter, who died Thursday of a heart attack at age 58

Mr. Schafer had retired from the agency in 2014 and he and his wife, Katie, had purchased a farm near Mauston, Wisconsin, where they were living at the time of his death.

Mr. Schafer was called by the agency “An exceptional advertising and marketing leader, he was also a kind, calm and rock-solid individual who inspired colleagues and clients alike.”

Schafer Condon Carter acquires talents of creatives Pitzel and Hebson of Romani Bros.

Romani Bros., a small but mighty ad agency run by partners Bernie Pitzel and Denny Hebson since 2003, was acquired by Schafer Condon Carter, a privately held, independent mid-sized local agency.

Pitzel and Hebson become creative directors, along with SCC’s CDs Suzanne Martineau and Ron Sone. Romani art director Christen Young also moved to SCC.

The acquisition comes as SCC enters its 20th year of consecutive growth as a integrated agency.

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

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AbelsonTaylor hires Scott Moers as Senior DBD

0 AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has hired Scott Moers as senior director of business development. He will lead a strong business development team and work with all agency departments to advance AbelsonTaylor’s growth, reporting to Executive Vice President Jay Carter.  “Scott’s proven abilities to understand prospective clients’ needs, … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires Scott Moers as Senior DBD”

CAF Honors Renetta McCann of Publicis Groupe

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BTS: Miller, Lewandowski on new UCM spot

4+ Last Friday, a brave and emotional new spot for the University of Chicago Medicine broke on regional TV. Crafted by independent, digitally driven, creative agency Schafer Condon Carter, the minute-long spot, directed by Sandro Miller, powerfully captures the raw emotions that patients and families feel when confronted with a life-threatening diagnosis. Titled ‘Not Fair,’ … Continue reading “BTS: Miller, Lewandowski on new UCM spot”

SCC acquires PR and digital agency TimeZoneOne

1+ Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) has acquired 100 percent of the operations of TimeZoneOne (TZO), a multi-faceted PR and digital agency based in Chicago with offices in New Zealand and Canada. TZO serves a global roster of clients in entertainment, hospitality, tourism and consumer goods. In addition to serving as the PR and digital agency of record for … Continue reading “SCC acquires PR and digital agency TimeZoneOne”

SCC takes Small Agency of the Year, Silver

2+ Chicago-based independent creative and technology agency, Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) won its second Small Agency of the Year Award in three years taking the Ad Age Silver. The metaphoric icing atop the agency’s 30th birthday cake, Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) has pushed boundaries by taking its mission statement, “We work for humans,” to heart … Continue reading “SCC takes Small Agency of the Year, Silver”

Zevia Partners with Haberman & Sarofsky for Zevia Kidz

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Facets announces Children’s Film Fest winners

3+ Ainslie Henderson’s ‘Archie’ wins Best of Fest; Jerome Boulbes’ ‘The Bridge and the Brogs,’ wins Milos Stehlik Award Facets’ 36th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival hosted its Closing Night Ceremony on November 10, 2019 at Facets (1517 W Fullerton), to celebrate the award winning films selected by the Festival’s juries. The Festival awards over … Continue reading “Facets announces Children’s Film Fest winners”

SCC wins big in Ad Age’s Small Agency awards

4+ Schafer Condon Carter takes home gold in Advertising Age’s annual agency awards According to Ad Age’s Small Agency Awards landing page one of the biggest advantages of being a small agency is, “One of the biggest advantages of being a small agency is having more hands-on time with clients, less red tape and the … Continue reading “SCC wins big in Ad Age’s Small Agency awards”

SCC obsesses over new Portillo’s campaign

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Motion, MSI, SCC, Bennett Jr., Haddish, Incredibles 2

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Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses

8+ SCC names new CEO in reorganization Cubs’ AOR Schafer Condon Carter shuffled their leadership team into new roles effective this month. According to an agency memo from co-founder, Tim Condon, the changes are attributed to the company’s growth. “SCC has come of age. And while we’re still a feisty, scrappy group — and always will … Continue reading “Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses”

Cubs name Lauren Fritts VP of Marketing

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Seasons greetings from the industry

9+ Reel Chicago wishes all of our readers Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Joyful Kwanzaa, and an awesome belated Solstice. But we’re not the only ones. Windy City ad, film, music, and production companies have been spreading the warmth for weeks. Below is a selection of customized wishes.     UPSHOT AGENCY     TESSA FILMS … Continue reading “Seasons greetings from the industry”

Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys

8+ There were many smiling faces at the 59th annual regional Emmy Awards Saturday night. Sponsored by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the awards show was streamed live on WGN-TV.com from the Swissotel Hotel. Both Potenza Productions and Daily Planet Productions, Ltd came away with Emmys. Potenza — … Continue reading “Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys”

Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms

4+ The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy Arts and Sciences announced nominees last Thursday night at Rockit Bar and Grill. Hosted by WCIU’s “The Jam” team of Jordan Cornette, Danielle Robay and Felicia Lawrence, nominations were announced in a total of twenty-eight categories. Among those nominated were Ogilvy, Chicago, who has been tearing up … Continue reading “Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms”

Carol H Williams exec Britton Gibson honored by Polished Pebbles

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