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No Limit Agency

No Limit Agency has found its new president in industry and current independent consultant, Bryan Van Dyke.

Prior, Van Dyke spent nearly two years as chief operating officer for AutonomyWorks. Before that, Van Dyke was with Razorfish for eleven and a half years where he led client engagement for a decade and served as managing director before his departure in June of 2013.

Founded in 2008 as a social media agency, No Limit Agency bills itself as a “biography agency,” telling brand stories through all communications channels.

NLA has now earned national recognition within the Inc. 5000 (three times as a fastest growing company) and The Agency Post’s Agency 100 by maintaining a high level of professionalism in the eyes of our clients, the media, the industry and the public. Based in Chicago’s historic Prudential Building, their team of 30 employees represents more than 50 brands.

Last year the agency brought in $5.1 million in revenue and it recently picked up an Effie Award for its work on the “Wiener Wars” campaign for Checkers & Rally’s. Its client roster also includes Dairy Queen, Ruby Tuesday, Sport Clips, Pita Pit, Smoothie King, Papa Murphy’s, and Sylvan Learning.

Bryan Van Dyke“Bryan joining No Limit Agency is a major moment in the lifecycle of our agency,” No Limit Agency founder and CEO Nick Powills said in a statement.

“This is a big step forward for us to be more competitive with household names in the agency world. Bryan’s background and experience will help to advance our digital business. I look forward achieving our next level of success with his guidance.”

“What attracted me to No Limit Agency is that we have a clear positioning in the marketplace,” Van Dyke added. “From both a service and a technology standpoint, there are multiple avenues where we can grow the business to help our clients succeed in theirs. I plan on spending the first few months working alongside our leadership team and our clients to evolve our offerings to provide even more value to our clients.”

CSN Chicago switches to NBC Sports Chicago

CSN Chicago announced Wednesday that effective October 2, it will become NBC Sports Chicago. It’s the fifth time in 35 years that the sports cable channel has undergone a name change.

The announcement was made by David Preschlack, President of NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBC Sports Group Platform and Content Strategy.

Preschlack said the move connects the local cable sports channel to NBC’s brand and brings it in line with the eight other regional networks across the country in the NBC Sports Group. This includes CSN Northwest, CSN Philadelphia, CSN Mid-Atlantic and CSN New England.

The new names will incorporate “NBC Sports” with each of the networks’ regional designations. In the same statement Preschlack said, “We’re excited to complete the brand evolution of our remaining RSNs, which will now include the iconic NBC Sports name on all of our networks. This development is a reaffirmation of our continued commitment to provide the best, most compelling local sports coverage to our fans across the country.”

The rebranding in early October was timed to ensure the new channel name is in place in advance of the start of 2017-18 seasons for the NHL and the NBA. If you’re a sports fan like most Chicagoans you are probably aware that Comcast SportsNet Chicago is the principal outlet for live game telecasts of both the Blackhawks and the Bulls, in addition to the Cubs and White Sox.

The brand progression of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, which began in April with NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, will be complete in advance of the 2017-18 NHL and NBA regular seasons. New York-based SNY will retain its name.

Dillman joins Charlieuniformtango

Director Elliot Dillman has joined charlieuniformtango for national commercial and VR representation.

Elliot DillmanDillman’s directorial experience spans broadcast commercials, branded VR content, music videos, and multi-camera live events. He has been at the helm of national ad campaigns for a number of top agencies including GSD&M, CP+B, Leo Burnett, Y&R and BBDO, directing spots for brands such as Kraft, Nerf, GMC, and Subway.

Over the past decade, Elliot has directed many notable commercial and branded VR campaigns, including the 2016 D Show award winner for Best of Digital Media, GMC’s #enlistme skydiving VR experience starring Josh Duhammel. The project took catastrophically injured veterans on a thrilling skydive, in order to raise funds to build life-changing smart homes for other disabled American service members.

Recently, Elliot’s work with Verizon and Momentum Worldwide received two 2017 CLIO Awards for the “Virtual Gridiron” VR experience at Super Bowl LXXXII. Also, his short film, “In Harmony,” part of the Oculus VR for Good program, premiered at the Oculus house during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection of SXSW 2017.

“I’m excited to join the charlieuniformtango team because of the strong, yet down to earth leadership of both Lola and Jack, and the turnkey, concept-to-finish resources that this shop has to offer its clients,” said Dillman. “Tango has a long history of exceptional work and I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to join their roster, and to be supported by such great folks.”

Jeffrey YorkYork makes International Screenwriters Association
Top 25 list

Celebrated illustrator, film critic and podcast host and former JWT, Chicago creative director, Jeffrey York was named by Los Angeles-based International Screenwriters Association as one of their top 25 screenwriters for 2017.

Jeff happily posted the news on his Facebook page, “Many thanks to the International Screenwriters Association as I just found out I was named one of their Top 25 Screenwriters of 2017!”

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