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Area 23 Makes History as First to Win All Top Honors at 2017 Manny Awards

Press Release - New York, 27 April 2017

Agency Scores Agency of the Year – Category 1, Most Admired & Most Creative Honors

NEW YORK, April 27, 2017 — FCB Health swept this year’s Manny Awards, with specialty agency Area 23 scoring Agency of the Year (Category 1), Most Creative Agency and Most Admired Agency, marking the first time in the history of the awards show that any agency has won all three of the top awards. This is Area 23’s second time to win Manny’s Agency of the Year Award, its third time being named Most Creative Agency and its second consecutive time for Most Admired. In total, FCB Health and Area 23 brought home a combined six awards at the annual healthcare communications awards. The FCB Health Network has been named “Agency of the Year” by Med Ad News, Medical Marketing & Media, Advertising Health and the Global Awards a combined total of eight times, and “Most Creative Agency” seven of the past eight years.

Area 23’s historic achievements at the Manny Awards were showcased on the same evening that FCB Health Network CEO and President Dana Maiman was honored as Med Ad News’ Industry Person of the Year. Under Maiman’s leadership, Area 23 and the entire FCB Health family worldwide have seen monumental growth, with quadrupled revenue, a growing client roster that now includes 18 of the top 20 global healthcare companies, and growing network that now numbers more than 1,700.

The complete list of FCB 2017 Manny Awards winners is:

Area 23

• Agency of the Year – Category I
• Most Admired Agency
• Most Creative Agency
• Best Interactive Physician Campaign: “Time Hides Alz”
• Best Medical Device Campaign: “The Breakthrough Cancer Pain Movement (Lazanda)”

FCB Health
• Best Nonbranded Campaign: “Her Endometriosis Reality”

“I am extremely proud of Area 23 and FCB Health for this truly historic showing at the Manny Awards. These achievements are a true testament of the caliber of creative work and top-tier talent within our network. 2017 is off to a positive start for the FCB family, and I can’t wait to see what comes next,” said Dana Maiman, president and CEO of the FCB Health Network.

The Med Ad News Manny Awards honor the creative work of agencies serving the healthcare market, their people and their contributions to the industry. An annual gala was held for award recipients and honorees, with winners announced on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.


About Area 23
Area 23 is a full-service healthcare agency that has dismantled barriers that stand in the way of true innovation. Their “What if” way of working goes beyond agency sloganism and provides a real framework to do breakthrough creative. Just ask any one of the 325 entrepreneurial, passionate, curious and bold people who work there.

The agency, led by managing directors Tim Hawkey and Renée Mellas, has undergone significant growth in the last four years, nearly quadrupling in size under their leadership. Their campaigns are consistently recognized with top honors from CLIO Healthcare, the Global Awards, the Effie Awards, the Manny Awards, the MM&M Awards and, of course, Lions Health. In 2017, Area 23 was the first agency ever to win all top honors from Med Ad News, scoring Agency of The Year (Category 1), Most Admired Agency – for the second consecutive year, and – for the third consecutive year – Most Creative Agency. It was also named Mid-Sized Agency of the Year by Medical Marketing & Media consecutively, in 2014 and 2015.

About FCB Health
With more than 30 years of experience marketing to healthcare professionals, patients and consumers, FCB Health produces work that is both strategically relevant and creatively compelling. The agency provides its clients with multichannel capabilities, including DTC and HCP communications, professional education, branding, scientific services, strategic planning and media services. Its high energy, diverse culture and global network have resulted in a robust client roster, including AbbVie, Allergan, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ironwood, J&J, Lilly, Novartis and Genentech. It was named “Agency of the Year” by Med Ad News in 2006, 2009 and 2015 and by Medical Marketing & Media in 2007, 2010 and 2013. For the past seven out of eight years, an FCB Health Company was named Most Creative Agency by Medical Advertising News.

FCB Health is a unit of FCB, itself a member of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). Under its network umbrella, FCB Health has an impressive roster of separate full-service, multichannel healthcare agencies, including Area 23, Neon and FCB Cure, as well as units focusing specifically on managed markets and medical education: Mosaic, ProHealth, Hudson Global and Trio. For more information, visit

About FCB
FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) is a global, fully integrated marketing communications company with a heritage of creativity and success dating from 1873. Based on a deeply developed understanding of diversified local markets and global cultures, FCB focuses on significantly changing consumer behavior to the benefit of its clients, its people and society. With more than 8,000 people in 109 operations in 80 countries, the company is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). Learn more at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@FCBglobal) and Facebook (FCB Global).