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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins signs with high-powered Creative Arts Agency

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins signs with high-powered Creative Arts Agency


A month after he returned to Twitch, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins made another strategic career move. 

The esports star has signed with high-powered Hollywood shop Creative Arts Agency (CAA) for representation. 

“Super excited for this next chapter in my career,” Blevins tweeted. “Officially signed with CAA!.”

In a July interview with The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported CAA signing the Fortnite legend, Blevins said he wants to try his hand at producing, acting and other entertainment ventures. 

Blevins skyrocketed to gaming fame by becoming the most popular creator (16 million followers) on Twitch. His Fortnite streams with stars from all spheres of society and dyed hair led to a cover on “ESPN: The Magazine” and other opportunities, which he’s looking to explore with CAA representing him now. 

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Microsoft temporarily stole “Ninja” by making him the face of its streaming platform, Mixer, until this summer. He returned to Twitch on a multiyear deal. 

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Leo Burnett bags ‘Lanka’s Creative Agency of 2020’

Leo Burnett bags ‘Lanka’s Creative Agency of 2020’

Leo Burnett Sri Lanka (part of the Publicis Groupe) has been ranked ‘Sri Lanka’s Creative Agency of the Year for 2020’ at Campaign Brief Asia. Leo Burnett’s Creative Team headed by Ransley Burrows has been recognized with this accolade.

Significantly, the results of the 2020 Campaign Brief Asia Creative Rankings are tabulated from creative award wins at the 11 award shows included over a rolling two year and a half year period starting from AdFest 2018 (March 2018) through to Campaign Brief’s The Work 2020 (June 2020). The shows that are included in these calculations are Ad Stars, Spikes Asia, AWARD Awards, AdFest, Campaign Brief’s THE WORK, Clio Awards, London International Awards, New York Festivals, One Show, D&AD and Cannes Lions. This monumental triumph for the Publicis Groupe reflects its creative powerhouse of talent.

Sanjay Chaudhari – Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Publicis Groupe Sri Lanka said, “We are thrilled to be recognized as ‘Sri Lanka’s Creative Agency of the Year for 2020’ by Campaign Brief Asia. We are pleased that our creativity in action is being recognized in the region while benefitting our clients and the rest of the industry. Our performance at several key global awards in 2019/20 has propelled us to the forefront of the industry as the foremost creative agency in the country across all media.”

The Publicis Groupe in Sri Lanka is facilitating a modern approach to marketing and business transformation that creates greater collaboration and effectiveness to drive new levels of scale and value. It enables lining up end-to-end capabilities across the Groupe in a model that puts clients’ agenda first by eliminating silos and complexity and allowing for a much more modular and agile engagement.

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NHL free agency 2020 – Signings, analysis, grades and buzz

NHL free agency 2020 – Signings, analysis, grades and buzz

Due to the altered schedule whereby the 2019-20 NHL season was completed quite a bit later than usual — with the Stanley Cup playoffs lasting until Sept. 29 — free agency began on Oct. 9 this year, as opposed to the traditional July 1 starting point.

But while the key dates have shifted, the goal of free agency has not: GMs around the NHL hope to land the game-changing veteran who can boost their contention status, or bolster their core with the glue that builds championships.

Here’s our continuously updated tracker, featuring a list of every player signed from Sept. 1 onward, along with analysis on the biggest deals, and buzz on what could happen next. Note that the newest deals are at the top.

Grades on big signings | Team previews | Top 60 FAs

Draft recap: Every pick | Grades | Takeaways

Oct. 10

Veteran defenseman Zach Bogosian (one year, $1 million) and forward Travis Boyd (one year, $700,000) have signed with Toronto.

Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk lands with the Capitals on one-year, $800,000 deal.

RFA defenseman Brandon Montour is back with the Sabres on a one-year, $3.85 million pact.

A two-year, $4.5 million contract has brought veteran forward Cody Eakin to the Sabres.

Former Ranger Jesper Fast has landed with the Hurricanes on a three-year, $6 million contract.

RFA forward Sam Anas agrees to a two-year, $1.45 million deal with the Blues.

Netminder Louis Domingue lands with the Flames on a one-year, $700,000 contract.

Forward Kevin Labanc sticks with the Sharks, agreeing to a four-year, $18.9 million deal.

Former Wild captain Mikko Koivu has made his next move, signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Blue Jackets. Grade for the deal.

Dallas bolsters its blue-line depth, signing former Panthers defenseman Mark

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NHL free agency 2020 – Grades, analysis for every big signing

NHL free agency 2020 – Grades, analysis for every big signing

NHL free agency for 2020 is underway!

For each key signing, Emily Kaplan, Chris Peters and Greg Wyshynski will be assessing the player’s fit with his new team, weighing whether the terms of the contract make sense and serving up an overall grade.

We’ll be grading the most notable offseason signings below, so come back for updates as deals are completed throughout the fall.

Free agency: Tracker | Preview | Top 60

Trades: Grading every big deal

Draft recap: Every pick | Grades | Takeaways

Terms: Seven years, $6.5 million average annual value

Where does he fit: Well, this was a shocker. At least to everyone not named Scottie Upshall, who predicted that Blues general manager Doug Armstrong would “do everything in his power to get Alex Pietrangelo back in the Blue Note this afternoon. But if not, expect a big play at the stud Torey Krug.”

The focus on the Blues was very much about unrestricted free agent Pietrangelo, and whether the St. Louis captain would end up re-signing with his team. Speculation was that the fate of Krug, another unrestricted free agent, hung in the balance until Pietrangelo made his decision.

Turns out everyone had it reversed.

The former Boston Bruins defenseman ended the Pietrangelo era in St. Louis on Friday with a seven-year, $6.5 million AAV contract. He joins Marco Scandella, Carl Gunnarsson and restricted free agent Vince Dunn on the left side of the Blues’ defense, although Justin Faulk can play both the right and left side, too.

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The Core Agency expands creative team with two new hires

The Core Agency expands creative team with two new hires

The Core Agency has expanded its creative team to meet growing client needs, appointing Sarah Mould as a copywriter and Sophie Adams to its Core design team.

Sophie Adams and Sarah Mould

The announcement:

Independent creative shop, The Core Agency, has made two new creative hires to meet the growing remit from its clients for broader creative services.


Sarah Mould joins as a copywriter and will work across all agency clients, with a particular focus on QBE, IGA and Just Better Care, all of which have an increasing demand for integrated campaigns. The agency also publishes a regular magazine for Just Better Care, plus produces digital, social and video content for QBE and IGA.

Sophie Adams joins the Core design team to bolster the agency’s digital and UI design capability. Recent new pureplay client wins has meant that the agency is creating an increasing number of websites as part of integrated brand launches and campaigns.

“While COVID-19 continues to present challenges for the industry, we are very lucky to be able to invest in growing our agency team,” The Core Agency founder and creative partner, Christian Finucane says.

“It’s fantastic to welcome Sarah and Sophie to The Core Agency. They each bring fresh perspectives, superb craft skills and a burning desire to do something different. We’re excited to see how that will translate into great creative work for our clients.”

The agency’s client list includes IGA Supermarkets, QBE Insurance, PwC, Just Better Care, Key Pharmaceuticals, Evergreen Garden Care, Elders Insurance and Beem it.

Source: The Core Agency press release

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