Local agency tops Ad Age’s 50 Best Places to Work 2016

CHICAGO AGENCY BE FOUND ONLINE was ranked Number One in Advertising Age’s Best Places to Work 2016, topping a list of 50 ad agencies throughout the US, including 18 New York shops, all cited for great benefits, culture and perks.

Founded in 2009 by President Dan Golden and CEO Steve Krull, it’s Located in Roscoe Village at 3394 N. Lincoln the internet marketying agenc has a staff of 40 and a branch in London.

Boutique agency Cossette Chicago also made the prestigious list, coming in at number 18. Toronto-headquartered Cossette, with a staff of 19, opened in Chicago in 2014 as a McDonald’s agency in West Loop offices at 30 N. Racine.

TV PERSONALITY STEVE HARVEY will be missed when he leaves Chicago for Los Angeles next fall after doing the “Steve Harvey” show here for five seasons. When his contract ends with EndemolShine North America in 2017, Harvey will host a new talk show that will give him more creative control and a substantial ownership stake in the show.

The new show will also be distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television and hopefully will be carried by the same stations that air “Steve Harvey.”

SHE’S NOT LEAVING TOWN, but Leo Burnett’s EVP/global ECD, Nancy Hannon, is said to have left the agency Monday to avoid inevitable impending layoffs resulting from Burnett’s recent loss of McDonald’s nearly $1 billion business, according to Agency Spy.

Hannon had been with Burnett since December, 2014. Earlier she was EVP/ECD at Energy BBDO and before that, spent five years as a SVP/GCD with the The Martin Agency. Chances are she will join another large Chicago agency.

CANON’S JUST ANNOUNCED new flagship camera, the Canon Cinema EOS C700, will be introduced locally by ProCam, the first area dealer to offer it for sale or rental, Saturday, Nov. 19, at its Aurora facility. The new camera, with internal 4K ProRes and XF-AVC recording, will be demonstrated by Canon’s regional sales manager Steve Olsen and ProCinema specialist Dirk Fletcher. Guests can try the camera out for themselves.

The open house takes place at 4300 Westbrook Drive, Aurora, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with refreshments served throughout the day. Ample free parking.

THREE LOCAL CAMERA EXPERTS are meeting and mingling with the most famous names in international cinematography all this week in Europe. Attending CameraImage in Byodgoszcz, Poland are Tom Fletcher, consultant to Zeiss Cameras, Ericka Frederick, VER Rentals’ national sales executive and Zoe Borys, Production Resource Group’s senior account executive/business development.

NOISE FLOOR’S NEW STUDIO MANAGER is Ruby Thompson, who will be responsible for day-to-day operations at the River North recording studio.  She replaces Katie Waters who was elevated to creative producer.  Thompson is a 2016 Marquette University grad with a major in writing and minor in marketing.

Thompson grew up on commercial music through her mother, jingle singer Anne deLangis Thompson, accompanying her to recording sessions and live shows.  She also has  background in piano.   


 A REVIVAL OFFUNKY FUNKY CHRISTMAS,” a seasonal song written by composer Paul David Wilson with Chuck Colbert quite a while ago is coming up part of a compilation of holiday songs that aims to post on YouTube before Thanksgiving. The song was used in the 2013 feature “Towheads” and Wilson is editing a 4-minute video from the movie for the new compilation. The song is currently part of a “Holiday Treats” video on YouTube.

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