When the senior teams of Access and Emanate first met with each other in New York this summer, there was an immediate buzzing energy that filled the room. “These people…these people are just like us!” I remember thinking as brazen ideas, bold curse words and contagious laughter coursed throughout our initial meeting. It was the start of something truly special.

That leads us to today and perhaps one of the biggest announcements in Access’s twenty four year history. Access and Emanate are merging to create a power boutique agency — an agency entrepreneurial in spirit and iconoclastic in attitude — able to provide the integrated communications services clients need today. Most importantly we know that the Access Emanate combination will deliver on Aristotle’s quote “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” and that together we will be even more innovative and competitive that we could be individually.

Together we are creating a 200 person mid-size agency while keeping the shared values and passions that made our agencies unique in the first place. Our family of creative risk-takers, swat teams of media assassins and razor-sharp media strategists just got a lot bigger with greater scale and expanded skill sets while remaining committed to our scrappy and contrarian DNA.

Through our new combined offering, we will be better together with expanded digital and social offerings including new video capabilities, and a broader bench of senior management who can uniquely combine our market-leading innovation expertise with Emanate’s big brand knowledge developed from working with clients that include Philips, Nivea, Lysol and more. Additionally, by integrating with Emanate, Access will now be able to better serve clients in expanded geographies including our first entry into EMEA with a London office. In the U.S. we will double our presence in New York and strengthen our West coast presence with a Los Angeles office.

Access is excited. Emanate is excited. Get ready to start playing with us on an entire new level. We’re together. We’re better. We’re Access Emanate Communications.

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