Chili’s awards project to O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul

O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul (OKRP) will be firing up the grill for some “bar-bee-q” as they were just awarded a new assignment from Chili’s. Owned by Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE:EAT), the restaurant made the announcement after conducting a review that was run by Dalla

Sarofsky makes friends for new Netflix series

The new Netflix original series, Friends from College, from writer/director Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and spouse/co-writer Francesca Delbanco (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) finally debuted earlier this month.Directed and executive produced by Stoller, the eight-episode show delves into interwove

The art that complements the Pitchfork Music Festival

Artist Jason Wyatt Frederick created a visual symphony for the cover of the Chicago Reader’s annual Pitchfork preview issue last week.Using a lineup supplied by the publication, he combined dozens of musicians with notable Chicago personalities and landmarks into a “Where’s Waldo” style rock and roll poster.

Optimus trolls Chicagoans with Heinz "Dog Sauce"

There’s a scene in Dirty Harry where Clint Eastwood berates his partner for doing the sin of sins — putting ketchup on his hotdog.“Nobody puts ketchup on a hotdog,” is a truism shared by every true hotdog-eating, Cubs and Whitesox loving/hating Chicagoan.But what about “Dog Sauce?”Just in time for #NationalHotDogDay, Heinz has unveiled a Dog Sauce exclu

McDonald’s seeks to trim fat from agencies

Well the sauce is going to get a little less special for some of McDonald’s regional agencies. According to Ad Age and Agency Spy reports, as well as confirmed by a Los Angeles creative recruiter, the Chicago-based fast food giant is looking to consolidate more of its advertising at We Are Unlimited, the dedicated Omnicom agency. This will be accomplished by greatly reducing the

Leo Burnett helps museum goers speak for specimens

Well, we’ve been “voicing” everything from bees to dinosaurs in film and TV for decades now, so why not start doing the same for specimens in museums?That’s exactly what the Field Museum is doing via an experiential effort from agency, Leo Burnett. Burnett, who already cleaned up at Cannes for their fantastic Art Institute VanGogh Air bnb, is no stranger to bringing a museum’s

Nimble Media creates 1,000 videos for elite universities

Director/producer John Yaworsky recently completed one of the biggest homework assignments of his life: 1,000 video pieces for Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. “I learned a lot,” says the owner of Wilmette’s Nimble Digital Media. Over a span of 33 months, Yaworsky and his team provided strategy and created online content to supplement 70 graduate level di

Havas Chicago welcomes new GCD Karen Goodman

Former Under Amour creative, Karen Goodman, has joined Havas Chicago as Group Creative Director.According to Agency Spy, she will lead the creative on the agency’s Hefty and Reynolds accounts while reporting directly to ECD, Paul Hirsch.In a statement, Hirsch said, “The range of experience Karen brings to Havas is invaluable. We’re building a shop infused with heart and soul

It’s happy hour in Chicago as beer returns to DDB

DDB Chicago, which has a storied history of creating award-winning work for beer brands — Anheuser-Busch to be specific — is ready to break out the beer steins again as Miller Lite consolidated its brand within the network. As many industry pundits had predicted, DDB Chicago will be global AOR for Mill

Sunnier days ahead for Chicago Sun Times?

The Chicago Sun-Times has new owners. And it’s not rival Chicago Tribune. The struggling tabloid, as well as The Chicago Reader, were sold to former Chicago Alderman Edwin Eisendrath and a group of investors that includes The Chicago Federation of Labor, four other unions, former ABC7 anchor, Linda Yu and corporate turnaround specialist Bill Brandt.

See the Emmy noms for Outstanding Commercial

While most of the Emmy Awards broadcast audience will be on the edge of their seats watching House of Cards duke it out with The Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld, there will be another audience – advertisers and their agencies – who will be watching, with baited breath, to see who will win the Emmy for outstanding commercial.

Ad and film pros capture the poetry of Cook County Jail

This is the final installment of a three-part series. To view part one, click here. For part two, here.Leo Burnett executive producer Ron Nelken transfo  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.