Trisect cuts staff in wake of ConAgra account changes

BLENDED AGENCY TRISECT a recently went through a rough patch that caused it to reduce staff by 25%, letting between 20 and 30 staffers go as a consequence of changes in the ConAgra account.

The agency explained in a statement that this was “a proactive step to ensure the agency is well aligned with rapidly shifting client needs and their demands for leaner, more nimble partners. Trisect is centered on its care growth drivers – digital marketing, social media and cross-channel content production.”

Trisect last spring was named AOR for the Chicago Bears. Other accounts include Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Slim Jim and Merrick pet care.

SINCE POLITICS ARE IN THE FOREFRONT, it’s fitting that “Busted City,” a feature from directors Paul Carr and Stefan Braun screens Nov. 4, a few days before the Nov. 8 presidential election. The story is about the Civil Rights struggle in America focusing on Chicago’s 1998 Chicago mayoral election when Harold Washington became the city’s first African American mayor.

It stars Michael Byrne, Guy Dibenedetto, Archy Harmon, Nick Leinger and Tony Pulgine.

The feature, converted from a stage play at Prop Thtr, plays screens one night only at the Patio Theatre, 6000 W. Irving Park, 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door or here.

THE NAME GAME. We hear that LA producer Bob Teitel might be filming his latest feature, untitled, in Chicago in December … Director / editor Suzanne Suffredin has joined DePaul University as a professional lecturer in the School of Cinematic Arts … Comedian Nora Dunn recorded ADR with BAM’s Matt Sauro for Fox TV’s “New Girl” series.

TYLER JAY’S TANDEM productions is busy with a three-spot series for Northwestern University’s marketing team that will air on the Big Ten Network during basketball season. The director and crew start shooting Nov. 7 at the school. The 30-second spots center on three NU professors and their synergistic curriculums.

Jay and crew last week wrapped shooting several content pieces for GrubHub. They will be edited by The Colonie’s Brian Sepanik and Joe Clear.

COMING EVENTS: AbelCine on Tuesday, Oct. 18 hosts a training session on the fundamentals of prepping and operating the VariCam at its 2602 W. 26th St. training center, 2-5 p.m

On Thursday, Oct. 20 CIFF Industry Days bring together an auspicious group of 38 top executives, financiers and filmmakers from New York, LA and Chicago, at the Gallery of GreenRiver at 259 E. Erie.

And on Friday, Oct. 21 Columbia College’s Cinema Slapdown screens Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants some at 8 p.m. followed by a discussion about the film, with associate professor Julian Grant vs. student Youssef Gouda, at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash. Free and open to all.

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