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Neary Back on the Freelance Circuit

After spending just nine months as group creative director at Darien, CT-based Colangelo Synergy Marketing, where he worked with brands including Trojan and Guinness, Canice Neary has headed back into freelancing. We’ve reached out to the man himself for comment, but from what sources tell us, Neary, who’s currently based in New York, is heading back to his native turf in Chicago. The creative vet of course was the man who quietly took over the creative reins at the now-defunct Element 79 once Dennis Ryan left for the CCO gig at Olson in 2011, but subsequently left after just a year at the helm. Neary spent 11 years in all at Element 79, which was folded into DDB Chicago last fall.

During his career, the copywriter by trade has had full-time gigs at the likes of Lowe and W+K and has freelanced for several shops including 72andSunny and VSA.

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Canice Neary Out at Element 79? (Update: Yes)

It looks like Canice Neary has left Element 79 almost just as quietly as he took over the creative reins last year at the Chicago-based agency. While Neary is still listed on the Element 79 management page, spies say his 11-year run at the agency ended as of last Friday. According to his LinkedIn, Neary appears to be quite the Mad Men fan as he’s now listed as a “free agent” and “special assistant to Peggy Olsen” at Cutler Gleason and Chaough.

Anyhow, Neary stepped up to the top creative role at Element 79 soon after Dennis Ryan left to take the CCO job at Olson. During his decade-plus stint at the agency, Neary led creative on accounts including Supercuts. Prior to Element, the creative had media and creative stints at the likes of DDB, Lowe & Partners and W+K. We’re trying to get official confirmation from the E79 camp about Neary’s departure. We’ll keep you posted. Update: It’s confirmed.

Is Element 79 Suffering from Loss of Harris Biz?

We’ve reached out several times to Chicago’s Element 79 but have no word, though from what we hear, the agency is still suffering from the loss of Harris Bank last year. One tipster paints a rather dire portrait, alleging that “layoffs at element 79 due to harris. 6 people let go and probably more to come with other client losses looks like element is in dire straits. Brian Williams the CEO to blame for all the loses. Once [former partner/CCO Dennis Ryan] left the agency to go to Olson the place has never been able to bounce back. Canice Neary the head creative has not helped the agency at all and he  stays under the radar.  They only have 4-5 accounts left. An agency that have 270 people three years ago is now down to 35 people left.”

They Don’t Always Get Haircuts, But When They Do, Musicians Prefer Supercuts

Apparently, one person thought this campaign was so “amazing” that they had to flood our tips box about it. Anyhow, Chicago’s Element 79 is behind a new effort for longtime client Supercuts called, yes, “Rock the Cut,” which aims to show off the chain’s relationship with the music community via broadcast/digital executions. The spot above features a band called Vintage Trouble, a dapper troupe who apparently feel much more at ease in rocking the crowd after getting their hair did by a Supercuts stylist.  It’s not just rock ‘n roll, though, that takes center stage in the “Rock the Cut,” which also spotlights artists in country, electronic and indie circles.

According to the parties involved, the interview portions of the Supercuts spots were shot over five days by director Barney Miller in Long Beach, CA and were completely unscripted in order to maintain what Element 79 is calling that “real people” feel. We’re not sure if this project entices us to visit a Supercuts again, but what the hell, we have a coupon, so why not take a chance. Check out another spot starring DJ Ken Loi as well as credits after the jump.

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Who’s Replacing Dennis Ryan at Element 79? Here’s One Guess

We hear from the Spy line that Canice Neary is going to replace Dennis Ryan as creative lead at the agency. Ryan, if you remember, left for Olson in February and now that the somber reflection is over, we have been told by sources familiar with the matter that if reported, we wouldn’t be sued, so there you go.

Neary has been with the Chicago-based Element 79 for 10 years and has most recently held the title of SVP/GCD, so maybe he was next in line after all. No one is speaking on the record about, but once again, the magic 8 ball says “All signs point to yes.” Before his decade-long stint at Element 79, Neary worked for the likes of W+K and DDB NY.