Adweek’s Winners’ Circle Event Unofficially Kicked Off the 2016 Holiday Party Season

The New York weather may have been foul on Dec. 6, but nothing stopped revelers from attending Adweek's inaugural Winners' Circle party, honoring the Media All-Stars, Media Plan of the Year, Agency of the Year and Media Agency of the Year winners. Held at the rooftop club Skylark, the Winners' Circle event attracted some 250 agency folk, from both the creative and media sides of the business—and was sponsored by The Trade Desk. Given the positive energy in the room, the night also served as an unofficial kickoff to the 2016 holiday party season, as drinks flowed and hors d'oeuvres were munched. A good time was had by all.

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Droga5 Celebrates En Masse

With their fearless leader David Droga tucked neatly in the middle, the Droga5 team celebrated its U.S. Agency of the Year win in large numbers.

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Assembly’s Rising Star and Company

The youngest Media All-Star in attendance, Rising Star Ali Offer of Assembly (holding flowers) gets the love and support of her colleagues, as they test the metal of their medals. 

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MediaCom and Adweek

From left: MediaCom U.S. CEO Sasha Savic chaired the Media Plan of the Year jury this year; MediaCom chief strategy officer Jon Gittings was one of our Media All-Stars; Adweek editorial director James Cooper.

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Ogilvy’s Team Celebrates Global AOY Honors

Celebration in numbers was the order of the day for the Ogilvy team at the Winners' Circle party. 

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Vamping It Up

A pair of partygoers prepared to pose for their Adweek mock cover shoot, which attracted crowds all night. 

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Breakthrough Agency of the Year Venables Bell & Partners and The Trade Desk

From left: Paul Venables and Kate Jeffers of VB&P join Adweek's James Cooper and Rob Greenholtz, The Trade Desk's senior director of business development (and the evening's benefactor). 

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Miles Young Entertains the Crowd

Though he's no longer officially running Ogilvy & Mather anymore, Miles Young spent plenty of time with his Global Agency of the Year colleagues at the Winners' Circle party.

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UM Had a Lot to Celebrate

UM also showed up with a sizable contingent, a reflection of its numerous wins in 2016, including Global Media Agency of the Year, Project Isaac Awards' Gravity prize (for the "Field Trip to Mars" on behalf of client Lockheed Martin) and a few Media Plan of the Year awards. 

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Carat Takes Center Stage

For its U.S. Media AOY win as well as Justine Bloome's (third from right) selection to the Media All-Stars (bonus: she also served on the jury of the Media Plan of the Year), Carat's team temporarily took over the step-and-repeat corner of the party. Joining them was Adweek editorial director James Cooper (in white shirt).

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Tomorrow’s Agency Leaders Enjoy a Drink Today

Representing and supporting Media All-Star Trevor Guthrie (not pictured) of Giant Spoon were several of his colleagues. From left, Ehi Ogiamien, project manager, Giant Spoon; Gabrielle Fratangelo, senior account executive, Atrium PR (Giant Spoon's public relations agency);  Corbin Booker, associate project manager, Giant Spoon; Kara Mavros, account coordinator, Atrium PR; Sarah Emery, brand manager, Giant Spoon; Chelsea Freitas, senior strategist, Giant Spoon.

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The Room Was Full, the Mood Was Festive

In all, about 250 people packed the Garment District club Skylark, which offered beautiful views of midtown Manhattan.

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A Media All-Star and his MullenLowe Mediahub Friends

Media All-Star Sean Corcoran of MullenLowe Mediahub (second from right), is joined by his boss John Moore (far left) and colleagues at the bar. 

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Meeting of Creative Minds

Two of the brightest creatives in the advertising industry, David Droga and Ogilvy's worldwide CCO Tham Khai Meng, share a moment together.