Wirtz Corporation Launches Video Production Company / by Patrick Dahl

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Wirtz Corporation Launches Video Production Company Banner Collective Award winning team goes beyond the hockey rink in new venture

CHICAGO, IL – In a new venture launched this week, members of the Chicago Blackhawks video production team will begin producing quality video content for clients outside of the United Center. A Wirtz Corporation company, Banner Collective is the newest addition to one of Chicago’s most storied family businesses. Banner is focused on full-service video and digital production, bringing award-winning talent to the market.

“We saw a great opportunity to capitalize on the talent and resources we already had,” explained Danny Wirtz. “The world of video is expanding at a more rapid pace than any other media vehicle. Having the ability to service our family of companies alone is worth the investment.”

Banner Collective launches with a full-service award-winning team, able to go from ideation to post-production under a single roof and in a timely and affordable fashion. The company was co-founded by Dave Knickerbocker, Vice President of Business Operations and Patrick Dahl, Vice President of Creative and Production. Banner will continue to produce the popular Blackhawks TV content under the direction of President and CEO, John McDonough and Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Jay Blunk. Blackhawks TV has revolutionized team produced content with game day and promotional video content, original commercials, TV shows and documentary films.

"Banner is in a position to help companies bring their engaging content to multiple screens with a model that promotes creativity and efficiency," noted Knickerbocker.

Dave Knickerbocker has spent the past four years heading up the Chicago Blackhawks marketing and sponsorship sales division, playing an integral role in many of the Blackhawks high profile business initiatives including triple digit percentage sponsorship growth and ground breaking marketing programs and events. Patrick Dahl has produced internal creative video work for the Blackhawks for the past five years, including in-arena entertainment and the popular Blackhawks TV content winning two local Emmy's for writing. Previously, Dahl worked on the production side for NBC Universal in Los Angeles.

Together, the Banner team has won six local Emmys and four ProMax Marketing awards for their work. Contact Banner Collective and view their portfolio of work at www.bannercollective.com.

About Wirtz Corporation Wirtz Corporation thrives as a private holding company with diversified business interests including liquor distribution, real estate, insurance, banking, sports and entertainment. Headquartered in Chicago, the company employs more than 3,100 employees. Wirtz Corporation stands as one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.