Todd Steele named TFMA CEO; Tullman now chairman

Howard Tullman, Tribeca Flashpoint chairman

TRIBECA FLASHPOINT’S HOWARD TULLMAN has stepped down as CEO/president, his role since helping to found the school in 2007, to become TFMA’s chairman and focus on expanding the school’s business partnerships.  Assuming the CEO position is Todd H. Steele, who cofounded Career Educational Corp. where he served as SVP/international and business development.  He left that position in 2008 and has since been working as a consultant.

In 2010, New York-based Tribeca Enterprises became a 50% partner and added Tribeca to the Flashpoint name. A year ago a private equity firm acquired a majority interest in the school. Enrollment is around 600.

WE HEAR … That O&M had a mass layoff last week – 35 staffers were supposedly let go due to an alleged slowdown in S.C. Johnson business.   Here’s the innocuous statement that O&M management issued last week:

“After several years of significant growth, Ogilvy Chicago had a reduction in staff today. This is never an easy course of action, especially at an agency that places such high value on our people and our culture. We took a close look at our costs mid-year and the move was necessary to position ourselves for future success.”

TWO AGENCY PROJECT MANAGEMENT SEMINARS aimed at creating more efficient management of workflow systems for agency managers and staffers are Second Wind Certified Agency Operations School and ADEPT

Second Wind’s two-day workshop is June 4-5 at the U of C’s Gleacher Center and Starcom Worldwide hosts the one-day Creative Project Management Workshop June 11, at Starcom’s offices, 35 W. Wacker Dr.

PRODN CENTRAL.  STORY director Jeff France was in town shooting Palmolive Dish soap spots for Y&R New York. Gabortarko.com was the DP.  Casting that took place in New York, L.A., Chicago and Miami paid off with two actors from New York, one from L.A. and three from Chicago selected for the national spots. Merilee Newman produced for STORY and Heidi Baltzer produced for the agency.

The San Jose Group, led by George San Jose, is producing a multilayer PSA campaign for client Gift of Hope, an organ donation organization.  Shooting of the TV portion of the campaign starts June 17 at various locations, directed and edited by Joe Scudiero.  Besides TV, media includes radio, outdoor and a social media blast – and “the making of …” the campaign.

For the third year, Cary Shaw Brown directs another round of Culver’s Restaurant spots for the Heibing Group, Madison.  Cutters is handling post.

PREMIERE PARTY AND BLUES CONCERT for John Anderson’s doc, “Born in Chicago,” at The Vic June 6 will be followed with a four days of screenings starting June 7 at the  Gene Siskel Film Center.  Post screening Q&A with the doc’s blues stars: Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Sam Lay, Harvey Mandel ad Corky Siegel. The doc repeats June 10, 12, and 13 at the Film Center.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CHICAGO FILM ARCHIVES’ 2nd annual Media Mixer June 6 at the Hideout  are music critic extraordinaire Peter Margasak serving as DJ and the premiere of short video collaborations made entirely with CFA footage.

Music, dance, raffle prizes ( Pitchfork Music Festival passes,  “Book of Mormon Tickets, membership to the Gene Siskel Film Center and much more) all for a $15 ticket that benefits the CFA’s work in conserving Chicago’s history through archival videos.

So much going on, so much to tell us about.  Share your news by Emailing ruth@reelchicago.com. Do it now.

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