Gyro, Burrell, Netflix in the news

Chris Hill

Chris Hill

gyro promotes Hensley, Hill

The Chicago office of gyro promoted two leaders to important new roles: Mike Hensley is now SVP-Strategic Planning and Chris Hill is president of gyro Chicago/Denver.

Hensley has spent more than 35 years as a B2B agency leader. He has served as the national chairman of the BMA, is a recipient of the G.D. Crain Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Business-to-Business Hall of Fame.

As SVP-Strategic Planning Hensley will key global clients and top new business pitches.

For the past five years, Hill has been serving as a steady force behind many of gyro’s top clients including USG, Aflac and Grant Thornton. Before joining gyro, he held leadership roles at FCB and Ogilvy & Mather. He was most recently SVP, Account Management Director, gyro Chicago/Denver.

Mike Hensley

Hill joins the award-winning ECD Doug Kamp as the leaders of this important office. Along with Head of Planning Mark Witthoefft. This team will only continue to grow this successful gyro office.

Christoph Becker, gyro Global ceo+cco, said: “gyro’s deep bench of impressive talent speaks for itself. These promotions are proof of this powerful fact. It no secret that gyro Chicago/Denver has ignited something in terms of talent, work and overall growth.”

“Only great things are on the horizon for this successful office and gyro as a whole,” he added.

Hensley said: “Watching gyro grow from a start-up into a global B2B powerhouse has been a dream come true. Our B2B expertise and our mission to create ideas that are humanly relevant has never been more vital. I am looking forward to working with our top clients and all of the great talent around the globe.”

“Our team at gyro Chicago/Denver always shoots for only the highest levels of excellence for all of our valued client partners,” said Hill. “I am proud to partner with Doug Kamp to lead this amazing office and work towards all of the great success to come.”

Burrell wins nine EMMAS

The 2017 Excellence in Multicultural Awards sponsored by NAMIC – The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications – were handed out on October 2 and Burrell Communications took home nine, including three first place wins for client Comcast in TV, OOH and radio. Congratulations Burrell team! You can watch all of the first-place winners below:

Netflix raises rates

Damnit. It will cost more to watch the new season of “Daredevil” and upcoming “House of Cards.”

The streaming giant has announced it is raising the monthly rates on two of its three streaming plans.


The streaming giant’s most popular “standard” plan, which allows simultaneous viewing on two devices and includes HD, will increase $1 from $9.99 to $10.99 per month for U.S. viewers.

The premium tier, which accommodates four devices at a time and offers ultra-HD, will go up $2 from $11.99 to $13.99.

The basic plan, which allows one screen and standard definition, will stay at $7.99.

The new rates went into effect October 5 for new subscribers. Existing subscribers will be informed about the price hikes starting Oct. 19 and will be given a 30-day head’s-up. The changes will roll out over the coming months.


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