This Young, Video-Centric Agency Is Making a Web Series With Reddit and Wired

Following work for de Blasio and Airbnb

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Who Partners Matt McLaughlin (l.) and Andrew Simkiss

What Creative content studio

Where New York

After working at production companies and ad agencies, partners Matt McLaughlin and Andrew Simkiss started Acres in 2013. Focused on digital video for nonprofits and political campaigns, one of the studio's first projects was a series of online videos for the winning campaign of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. With work for Airbnb, Motorola and the American Civil Liberties Union under its belt, Acres now has its sights set on the entertainment industry. The company, with a handful of staff in lower Manhattan, recently partnered with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on its first entertainment series, dubbed Cyborg Nation, now in production for Condé Nast's Wired. "The reason why we [started] doing this stuff to begin with was mostly trying to get involved in having a bigger impact on the world," said McLaughlin, "doing work and working with different groups that make the world a better place."