Epsilon lands $24 mm consolidated Del Monte biz

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AFTER A FIVE MONTH REVIEW, Dallas-headquartered Epsilon won the estimated $24 million consolidated Del Monte Foods account from three incumbent agencies, to be handled by Epsilon’s Chicago-based team that includes chief creative officer John Immesoete.

“We’re different than any other agency out there, which is why we’re starting to get a lot of notice,” said Immesoete, formerly CCO of The Ryan Partnership, which was purchased by Epsilon in 2013 for $450 million. “We look forward to working with this great, growing Del Monte business, and creating some great work in the process.”

Epsilon said it will develop “an overarching multi-channel creative campaign and communications spearheading marketing across traditional, digital and retail channels” for brands College Inn, Del Monte plastic Fruit Cup and vegetable products. Del Monte reported $1.7 billion in annual sales.

Epsilon Chicago is located at 233 N. Michigan. Privately-owned Del Monte, headquartered in Walnut Creek Cal., previously had worked agencies, including Juniper Park/TBWA and Publics Groupe’s MRY. Starcom continues as its media agency.

NAMES IN THE NEWS. Demetra Diamantopoulos was named unit production manager on “Chicago Fire,” replacing Carly Corwin, who was shifted to UPM on NBC/Dick Wolf’s new series, “Chicago Justice.”

At Cutters, Nick Chiou, an assistant editor since 2011, was promoted to editor. A DePaul Digital Cinema grad, he is an AICE Camp Kuleshov committee member and, as a lifelong hockey player, the captain of Cutters hockey team. His recent work includes Spaulding, Nike and Citibank.

Chiou joins Chicago staff editors Tom Brassil, Chris Claeys, Christopher Gotschall, Grant Gustafson, Kathryn Hempel, Aaron Kiser, Michael Lippert, Tim LoDolce and Matt Walsh.

THE 48HOUR FILM PROJECT MIXER, Sunday, July 31, will bring together filmmakers interested in teaming up to enter the 12th annual event in Chicago.

Here’s where you can obtain information about the competition and subsequent screenings of all submitted films and the winners at the Music Box Theatre in August.

At the Music Box Lounge, 3733 N. Southport, 5:30-8 p.m. To register, click here.

ROCKET PRODUCTIONS’ HECTOR PEREZ just took delivery on a new Panasonic Varicam 35, which simultaneously captures 4K and HD, to enable him to produce higher-end and higher quality documentaries, he says.

His first Varicam-captured project will be a proposed doc of activist Dr. Juan Andrade, president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute http:www.ushli.org in Chicago and a presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. “He was involved in many Latino civil rights issues I felt it was time to preserve his inspiring legacy,” Perez says.

NEXT UP FOR AWNY (Advertising Women of New York), which made splashy Chicago entry with last week’s SRO Stages Summit, holds a C-Suite Meet with high-powered Justine Fedak, SVP Brand, BMO Financial Group leading its advertising and sponsorship portfolio, Aug. 10th at FCB Chicago.

AWNY says of Fedak, “Justine will take us on a journey to better understand how fear can create invisible barriers that prevent us from reaching our full potential. At 875 N. Michigan, 8-9:30 p.m.; members, $25, guests $50. Register here. https://awny.org/events/detail/event/c-suite-meet-with-justine-fedak

SAG AFTRA CONSERVATORY on Aug. 1 offers its members a chance to learn how to self-tape a great video demo with actor / editor Jim Dougherty, who has successfully booked multiple roles via self-tape for work on “Chicago PD,” “House of Cards” and “The Inspectors,” among others. At SAG AFTRA offices, 1 E. Erie, 6-8 p.m.

REEL DETROIT. The fifth installment of “Transformers: The Lst Night, began its eight-week stay in Detroit by transforming downtown Fort Street at Shelby, outside the Detroit Free Press building and the federal court house, into a London street last Saturday.

The entrance to the Underground subway system and a red public television booth on the corner were part of the transformation.

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