Haman now SVP head of The Onion’s in-house agency

Rick Hamann, Onion Labs’ SVP/creative

ENERGY BBDO CREATIVE RICK HAMANN left the agency, where he’d been SVP/group CD since mid-2011, to join Onion Labs, as SVP and head of the satirical publication’s in-house agency, with offices in River North.

With Hamann’s 15 years of agency experience working on important brands, says The Onion CEO Steve Hannah, “Rick is perfect to head up Onion Labs. His job is to make sure that the most original, inventive comedy and pop culture ideas are created for our clients, and that they are absolutely aligned with their business goals.”

Earlier, Hamann was a copywriter at JWT and now-defunct Element79 before senior creative positions at Factor Desig and Cramer/Krasselt.
THREE TOP MANNY AWARDS went to Abelson-Taylor at last Saturday’s presentation ceremony in New York. The agency came home with Best Consumer Campaign, Best Non-branded Campaign and Most Admired Agency awards.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Manny Awards is a global competition that recognizes excellence among healthcare advertising agencies, sponsored by Med Ad News.  Abelson-Taylor, BTW, is the world’s biggest independent medical ad agency.

EMMY WINNING EDITOR STEVE HULLFISH of Varascope – one of the first Avid Master Editors in the world – speaks on how to “Save Time on your Edit” at Keycode Media’s May 8 Post-NAB Roadshow in Schaumburg.

“Change the Conversation” is the topic of speaker Nate Cooper, VP/sales at ProMAX, about ways to navigate the sea of technology to increase your workgroup or facilities’ creative output.
NEW YOUNG LIONS STORYTELLING ACADEMY, sponsored by Starcom MediaVest, is one of the 10 dedicated “academy programmes” being offered at Cannes Lions, June 15-21.  Serving as academy dean is Keith Reinhard, Chairman Emeritus of DDB Worldwide Communications Group.  The academy will focus on the art and craft of storytelling and the positive impact it can have on brands.

SAVE THE DATE FOR A DREAM AFTERNOON with 10 famous screenwriters, at the 3rd annual Page One Writers Conference, presented by DePaul’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media is May 3 at DPU, 14 E. Jackson at noon.  And it’s free. (See our previously posted Events for more detail.)

REELCHICAGO IS 10 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH! So a big thanks to our 25,000 readers and a big hug to our advertisers for their loyal support that allows us to keep you in the Loop of Chicago visual media news.

If you’d like to know how the Reel and Ruth (aka the “Energizer Bunny that just keeps going … ) arrived at this milestone, take a few minutes to read this interview
with Media Shower.  You’ll also get some perspective on the industry we serve.

At this juncture in its mission, the Reel is enlarging its scope by producing a net set of Reel Chicago projects and events, with some terrific partners.

And we end this column with a familiar refrain: Send us your news.  Regardless of your company size or the genre you work in, we want to include your news in the Reel world.