Latest Optimus promotion is Tim Cahill to editor


Tim Cahill

OPTIMUS’ LATEST PROMOTION is seven year-staffer Tim Cahill to editor from assistant, following in the wake of Optimus elevating Tracy Spera and Jon Desir to executive producers.

Cahill, a Southwest suburban Darien native, started his Optimus career as an intern in 2009 “I grew up at Optimus and love all these people,” he says, having joining after graduation from the University of Dayton where he studied audio recording, switched to pre-law and then discovered electronic media.

“I fell in love with the editing process, became familiar with Avid and stuck with it,” he says.

In 2011, Cahill was promoted to assistant editor working with editor Julie Kravitz Gannon until she moved to LA earlier this year and then assisted other Optimus editors. He’s currently working on Olive Garden commercials and past work includes Barilla Pasta, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Capri Sun, Coca-Cola, DSW, Humana, JCPenney and Lincoln cars.

During the 2016 AICE show last spring, Cahill was nominated for awards in Best of Chicago and Best Under 50K his work on Leo Burnett and Off the Street Club’s “One Chicago,” which also made the 2016 AICP Shortlist.

Along with Cahill, Optimus editors are Mike BergDana Huiras, Randy Palmer, Aaron Porzel, Kate Wrobel, Ruben Vela and Carl Schumacher.

THE CLIO AWARDS recently named Leo Burnett Chicago the 2016 Agency of the Year. It also won a Grand Clio in the Branded Entertainment category for “Van Gogh BnB,” its campaign for the Art Institute of Chicago, the most awarded campaign with six gold and silver Clios, while Burnett’s global network won a total of 18 Clio Awards.

REEL MICHIGAN: AICP MIDWEST IS PARTNERING with the Michigan Production Alliance for a special event Thursday, Oct. 13, a panel discussion of “Talent in Advertising: What you Don’t Know Can Cost You,” at Territory Post, 22838 Woodward Ave. at 6 p.m.

Panelists are Carl Zucker: VP/Production Business Affairs, The TEAM Companies and Marie Goss, VP / Talent Payroll & Business Affairs, The TEAM Companies; Sue Witham, executive producer, Rare Medium Well Done and casting director Kathy Mooney.

They will cover such subjects as how to incorporate union, non-union and print models into a project, labor laws, union rules, employment tax codes and other government requirements.

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