CRC’s new sales director is music man Dave Dakich

Dave Dakich

THE PERFECT MATCH: Chicago Recording Company and sales rep Dave Dakich have teamed up to make beautiful music together, figuratively speaking.  Dakich is CRC’s newly hired in-house director of business development, a lifelong musician and music fan, and music house rep for years.

“Dave’s combined background in music and advertising worlds make him the perfect addition,” says CRC studio manager Chris Shepard, filling the CRC position that’s been vacant for several years.

Dakich, who has played guitar since he was eight years old and continues to record and play in local bands, started in music/sales as an executive producer with Steve Ford Music in 1999. He then worked as EP for John Ferreira’s Genuine Music and most recently has headed his own dbl.D representation company.

Side dish: JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound band will perform at CRC’s annual holiday party Dec. 11.

CHICAGO’S CENTRO TOPS THE LIST of Ad Age’s best ad agencies to work in the entire US. Number one on the list of 40 mostly publicly owned East Coast agencies, it was the only Chicago company to make the list. 

Centro took the honor in stride, since this is its fifth recognition.  Crain’s named it the best place to work in Chicago for four consecutive years.

ZACUTO’S NEWEST DEVELOPMENT, the Gratical HD Micro-OLED EVF, called “the new standard for electronic viewfinders,” will start shipping Jan. 15. Zacuto’s design team of Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn spent more than two years and the collaboration of five high-tech electronics companies to bring this focusing tool to life.

CHICAGO FILM ARCHIVES on Dec. 4 will celebrate a decade of founder Nancy Watrous’ mission of collecting and preserving Chicago’s rich history and culture on film, with a night of music, food, drink and, of course, cinema.

The benefit takes in the penthouse atop the 160 E. Illinois residential building, 6 to 9:30 p.m. p.m. Entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m. will be provided by host and cultural arbiter Alison Cuddy, artist Theaster Gates, actor and improviser David Pasquesi and CFA chair, Andrea Bambino.

Tickets are $100 per person, $150 a couple and may be purchased here.

ANOTHER 10 YEAR MILESTONE was marked by NEP Festivals (formerly Trio Video) when it supplied the HD trucks, cameras and expert tech support for the production of VH1’s live music special, “A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving.”

“BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN” UPDATE. Now that the Marvel superheroes have finished shooting urban scenes in Detroit and Chicago – where Uptown was turned into Gotham City – the final location is New Mexico where an extravagant set is being built in the desert.  March 6 is the announced release date. 

CAFM’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY HURRAH, a fundraiser for nonprofit Chicago Acting in Film Meetup, is Dec. 15 at the Bottom Lounge. Fun includes a DJ, dancing, raffle with major prizes, silent auction, open bar (7-8 p.m.) and hors d’oeuvres all night.  Tickets are currently $55 and maybe purchased here.

Proceeds from the event help fund CAFM’s ongoing educational work, industry events and giving back outreach.

MORE THAN 39,000 CLICKS were registered on ReelChicago’s Facebook photo page to look at the 172 photos taken by the Reel’s Dan Patton of guests attending the Nov. 20 AICP Show.

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