Another Country names Tim Konn as Managing Director

Another Country Founder and Cutters Studios Partner John Binder and his colleagues worldwide announce the immediate promotion of Another Country’s Executive Producer Tim Konn to the position of Managing Director. “Working with Tim is always an outstanding experience,” Binder said. “He keeps the whole process real and fun, and that attitude absolutely shines through with … Continue reading “Another Country names Tim Konn as Managing Director”

Audio pro Jordan Stalling joins Another Country

Award-Winning sound designer / mix engineer brings considerable advertising campaign experience to Chicago studio Managing Director John Binder, Executive Producer Tim Konn, and their colleagues at the acclaimed sound design studio Another Country are very proud to announce the addition of award-winning Sound Designer and Mix Engineer Jordan Stalling to their staff. Effective immediately, Stalling … Continue reading “Audio pro Jordan Stalling joins Another Country”

Another Country adds Peter Erazmus as 5th sound mixer

Cutters’ Another Country sound design studio added audio mixed/engineer Peter Erazmus, who becomes the sound company’s fifth engineer as part of its expansion.

He joins the team of John Binder, Drew Weir, Erik Widmark and Dave Gerbosi, whom he assisted when they worked together at CRC.

Another Country opens “Cinema Room”

Another Country has opened what is possibly the largest sound recording room in the Midwest — one that clients are calling “the best room in Chicago,” says partner/sound designer John Binder with justifiable pride.

Construction on the $1 million sound stage began last November and was completed by late January to handle sound for Super Bowl spots.

“The room was designed to mix all formats for broadcast and theatrical,” notes executive producer Tim Konn.

Another Country adds ace mixer David Gerbosi

One of the city’s favorite sound designer /mixers, David Gerbosi, is gearing up for a month of work on a big package of Anheuser-Busch/DDB Super Bowl spots in his new 25th floor mixing room at Another Country.

Gerbosi joined Cutters’ sound division Monday, after his current contract with CRC expired in November after 16 years with the company.

DDB put a hold on its two favorite Bud brand sound designers, Gerbosi and John Binder, for a slew of Anheuser-Busch brands — Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime and American Ale -? 2009 Super Bowl spots to air Feb. 1 from Tampa.

Burns Group welcomes Arturo Gigante as Chief Creative Officer

Independent agency Burns Group welcomes their first ever Chief Creative Officer, award-winning creative industry veteran Arturo Gigante. The hire comes as BG has added numerous new clients to its roster and is experiencing organic growth from its established client base.   “Burns Group has always been a strategic powerhouse, and hiring Arturo means that our pursuit … Continue reading “Burns Group welcomes Arturo Gigante as Chief Creative Officer”

The General Insurance launches new ad campaign from Highdive

The General Insurance launched its new ad campaign after announcing a brand refresh back in February of this year. They addressed brand perception barriers by tackling the issue head on, acknowledging that misperceptions were driven largely by how consumers viewed previous ads.  This time around, The General is continuing to evolve the brand with the … Continue reading “The General Insurance launches new ad campaign from Highdive”

The Distillery Project says ‘Get Real’ in Fresh Thyme Market campaign

Independent, creative and strategic agency The Distillery Project has created a new marketing campaign for Midwestern full-service specialty retailer Fresh Thyme Market that urges shoppers to “Get Real” and find more authentic, healthy and affordable ways to make living better a reality.   Fresh Thyme Market focuses on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. Stepping into a … Continue reading “The Distillery Project says ‘Get Real’ in Fresh Thyme Market campaign”

Award-winning The Road Up screening at Gene Siskel Film Center

The Road Up, the inspiring documentary feature from Siskel/Jacobs Productions (No Small Matter, Louder Than a Bomb) will open October 8 at Gene Siskel Film Center.  The Road Up returns to Chicago following a successful film festival run, including the world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. The … Continue reading “Award-winning The Road Up screening at Gene Siskel Film Center”

Flavor expands VFX with addition of Flame Artist Michael Anderson

Creative production studio Flavor announces the addition of Michael Anderson to their Chicago staff in the position of Flame Artist. The announcement was made by Flavor’s Executive Producer Neal Cohen. Having risen to the role of Flame Artist with Filmworkers back in 2009, Anderson has been a Senior Flame Artist with Carbon VFX since its … Continue reading “Flavor expands VFX with addition of Flame Artist Michael Anderson”

Framestore: Anh Vu goes back to school with Macy’s

This school year, it’s not just students and teachers that are coming back to classrooms — it’s smiles, backpacks, long overdue high fives and even pants that aren’t sweatpants. Framestore Pictures Director Anh Vu brings her unique aesthetic to Macy’s once again for its 2021 back to school campaign, encouraging kids and their families to … Continue reading “Framestore: Anh Vu goes back to school with Macy’s”

One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils

FCB Chicago received eight One Show Gold Pencils this year.  They include four Golds with FCBX, Lord + Thomas and Current Global, all in Chicago, for the City of Chicago “Boards of Change” (three in Design, one in Digital Craft), three with FCB New York, Lord + Thomas, and Myles Beeson, both in Chicago, for Michelob ULTRA “Contract for Change” in Integrated, … Continue reading “One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils”

Optimus promotes Joanna Woods to Executive Producer

Leading production and post house Optimus today announced it has promoted Joanna Woods to executive producer (EP). Woods joined Optimus from Beast/Company 3/Method Studios as a senior producer in 2018 along with Editors Angelo Valencia, Matt Glover and Emily Hayes and VFX Supervisor Ryan Wood. Woods has post-produced campaigns for brands including Allstate, AutoZone, BCBS, … Continue reading “Optimus promotes Joanna Woods to Executive Producer”

Porsche casts Bill Nye to teach Electric Taycan

Who doesn’t love Bill Nye, the Science Guy? Porsche certainly does, as the luxury brand has tapped Nye for a five-part web series explaining the engineering of the battery electric Taycan. Launching today, the project is aptly titled “Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan.”  This is a fast follow to last month’s “Going the Distance” 8-minute film with … Continue reading “Porsche casts Bill Nye to teach Electric Taycan”

Highdive’s new Jeep spot is worth making noise about

Highdive, Ad Age’s 2020 Small Agency of the Year and back-to-back winner of USA Today’s 2020 and 2021 AdMeter, premiered a new creative spot, directed by Lance Acord out of Park Pictures, for Jeep during last night’s Golden Globes. Titled “Earth Odyssey”, the spot marks the launch of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe as Jeep paves the … Continue reading “Highdive’s new Jeep spot is worth making noise about”

Steeves and Cutters on the making of before/during/after

While many people dream of assembling a Who’s Who list of premier talents to help them tell their personal story on the big screen, highly accomplished actor turned screenwriter and producer Finnerty Steeves (Orange is the New Black) has brilliantly brought this widely cherished dream to Technicolor reality with Steeves’ independent dramedy feature, before/during/after. On the heels … Continue reading “Steeves and Cutters on the making of before/during/after”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

Craig Duncan takes on role of President of Cutters Studios

Cutters Studios’ Managing Director and Partner Craig Duncan has been promoted to the position of President. As announced by CEO Tim McGuire, in addition to his responsibilities as President, Duncan will continue to fulfill his duties as Managing Director. Well known in the creative industry as a premier editor himself, Tim McGuire launched Cutters as … Continue reading “Craig Duncan takes on role of President of Cutters Studios”

MiraLAX unveils ‘Gutlightenment’ campaign by BBDO

MiraLAX releases its new campaign, ‘Gutlightenment’, aimed at modernizing the brand and breaking through the category to reposition MiraLAX in a broader physical and emotional context. The brand defies conventions by leaning into the feelings of irritability and frustration that arise from occasional constipation, helping consumers see gut health in a whole new light. Through … Continue reading “MiraLAX unveils ‘Gutlightenment’ campaign by BBDO”

Cutters Studio releases indie feature “before/during/after”

The leaders of international creative company Cutters Studios join their fellow filmmakers in celebrating the World Premiere for indie narrative feature before/during/after as part of the ninth annual Greenpoint Film Festival. To safely create new experiences uniting film lovers in controlled, VIP entertainment environments, this year’s Festival will be staged as a drive-in. Hosted by Broadway Stages … Continue reading “Cutters Studio releases indie feature “before/during/after””

Glad, FCB thank sanitation workers in new campaign

Aside from Oscar the Grouch, who would have thought that one day, taking out the trash would be the best time of your day? Many people are now using this time as a new form of entertainment – even as an opportunity to dress up. So, as a brand that exists to keep people Glad  by bringing … Continue reading “Glad, FCB thank sanitation workers in new campaign”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business

Reel Chicago supports all efforts of those who are working, boots on the ground, to service their clients during these most difficult times. Below is a list of AICP Midwest members who are open for business, supplied by Lisa Massuer, AICP Midwest President. FROM AICP MIDWEST  Collectively, the National AICP community has been working to … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”

Maestro Rob Churchill joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor are very proud to announce the addition of Rob Churchill to their Chicago staff in the position of VFX Director. The announcement was made by Flavor’s Executive Producer, Neal Cohen. According to Churchill and executives from Flavor parent Cutters Studios, this momentous development also involves Churchill as a … Continue reading “Maestro Rob Churchill joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor”

Sneak peek at State Farm’s new ‘Not the One’ spot

After meeting Jake, a new face of State Farm who appeared during the company’s Super Bowl pregame spot, consumers might be wondering where the brand is headed next. Now, the wondering is over, and it was hilariously worth the wait. Launching tomorrow, State Farm’s new multi-year campaign, Like a Good Neighbor, re-envisions how the brand … Continue reading “Sneak peek at State Farm’s new ‘Not the One’ spot”

2019 Camp Kuleshov Winners

Optimus’ Kathryn Schade, Cutters’ Magdalena Hernandez, Another Country’s Logan Vines take first places in Graphics, Editorial, and Sound Design Camp Kuleshov, AICP’s annual trailer competition for assistants and junior-level employees at member companies, challenges entrants with re-imagining or reworking films by creating new trailers that cast the movie in a different genre than originally released. … Continue reading “2019 Camp Kuleshov Winners”

Flavor adds Joshua Studebaker to L.A. staff

Visionary Artist assumes CG Supervisor role to heighten global superpowers The leaders from creative production studio Flavor are very proud to announce the addition of Joshua Studebaker to their Los Angeles staff in the position of CG supervisor. The announcement was made by Executive Producer Darren Jaffe. For more than eight years, Studebaker has been … Continue reading “Flavor adds Joshua Studebaker to L.A. staff”

Cutters signs new East & West Coast representation

Bobby Rowe and Sean C. Sullivan are the new faces in New York and LA, Collective Management remains in the Midwest The principals of international creative company Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the immediate appointment of highly accomplished industry professionals Bobby Rowe and Sean C. Sullivan as the firm’s new representatives on the … Continue reading “Cutters signs new East & West Coast representation”

mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign

‘3 PM Slump’ delivers the kind of quick humor that is destined for internet memehood Office workers succumb to a corporate form of zombification in Slump, a new spot by mcgarrybowen for P3 Portable Protein Packs. Stricken by the energy sapping late afternoon, they drop like dominoes in the elevator, at their desks, and all … Continue reading “mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign”

Jeremy Renner stars in Jeep campaign by HighDive

I did not know Hawkeye could sing. Avengers, Mission Impossible and Bourne star, Jeremy Renner, is now not only featured on screen in a new Jeep brand television campaign that but in the audio as well as all three spots use the actor’s music tracks. Thanks to Chicago boutique agency HighDive, I now know different. … Continue reading “Jeremy Renner stars in Jeep campaign by HighDive”

UNLTD. helps McD’s and Uber launch a tasty service

“Delivering Happy” combined a pair of globally recognized brands that offered a chance to create a fun spot, and fun it is Last night, May 15, on primetime television, McDonald’s in partnership with Uber Eats released Delivering Happy, a national TV and digital ad campaign. The campaign promotes the new McDelivery with Uber Eats service, … Continue reading “UNLTD. helps McD’s and Uber launch a tasty service”

Cutters promotes a pair in Chicago

The editing and post-production studio moves Heather Richardson to Executive Producer, Patrick Casey to Head of Production Cutters Studios Managing Director and Partner Craig Duncan today announced the promotion of Heather Richardson to Executive Producer, and the promotion of Patrick Casey to Head of Production. Both Cutters Chicago leadership appointments are effective immediately. According to … Continue reading “Cutters promotes a pair in Chicago”

‘Knock Down the House’ documents a new tradition

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive cohorts are part of a movement that will not be ignored   Knock Down the House, which debuts today on Netflix, is the story of four American women who turned their political frustrations into a national wakeup call. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Paula Jean Swearengin, Cori Bush, and Amy Vilela jumped … Continue reading “‘Knock Down the House’ documents a new tradition”

Filmmaker Michael Lippert back with new documentary

40-minute doc about classic North Carolina theater had its premiere on April 6 Longtime Cutters editor and Chicago filmmaker Michael Lippert has debuted a new documentary, Reeves: a Home for Music, at RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Lippert, who made festival noise three years ago with Miriam is Going to Mars, focuses … Continue reading “Filmmaker Michael Lippert back with new documentary”

Kraft puts gender pay gap into nut bags

NUT-rition teams up with Laura Dern, mcgarrybowen, Whitehouse, and Another Country to shine a light on pay inequality on National Equal Pay Day NUT-rition is a brand that believes women should demand more — more from their snacks and more from their lives. But women today face bigger issues than finding the right snack. On … Continue reading “Kraft puts gender pay gap into nut bags”

Cramer Krasselt panel talks about “Changing the Narrative”

An industry group discussion helps launch a new chapter on diversity and inclusion in advertising Cramer Krasselt’s Changing the Narrative panel discussion on February 26 was a journey into the complexities of being Black in America. For nearly an hour, Burrell Communications Chief Creative Officer Lewis Williams, Inclusion Nation Founder Michelle Silverthorn, Creative Consultant Mark-Anthony … Continue reading “Cramer Krasselt panel talks about “Changing the Narrative””

Flavor Detroit adds Chadwick Halbritter full-time

Cutters Studios’ design partner welcomes Hollywood-savvy creative visionary to the Motor City mix Cutters Studios and its design / visual arts group, Flavor, are very proud to announce the addition of Creative Director / Designer Chadwick Halbritter to their full-time staff in Detroit. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios Detroit’s Managing Director Kurt Kulas. … Continue reading “Flavor Detroit adds Chadwick Halbritter full-time”

Dogs turn the tables on people for Avocados from Mexico

Chicago agency creatives are stuck inside from the below-0 temperatures, but that has not stopped them from releasing their spots for the Super Bowl which features the Patriots vs the Rams this Sunday, Feb. 3. Next up, is Energy BBDO’s fun Kristin Chenoweth spot for Avocados from Mexico. A few weeks ago, Reel Chicago debuted … Continue reading “Dogs turn the tables on people for Avocados from Mexico”

Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot

The actor pulls off some of the best four-legged humor this side of “Best in Show” in new Super Bowl teaser from Energy BBDO Energy BBDO unleashed a Super Bowl teaser video that features Kristin Chenoweth coaching a trio of canines on the proper way to sing the Avocados from Mexico jingle. The 15-second Chorus … Continue reading “Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot”

Cutters opens full-force studio in Kansas City

The expanding production and post company adds a trio of highly specialized suites in the city’s Crossroads Arts District Back in August, 2017, the principals of international creative company Cutters Studios announced the opening of a satellite studio in Kansas City. Resulting in high profile collaborations for numerous brands including Dairy Queen, Gatorade, Big O … Continue reading “Cutters opens full-force studio in Kansas City”

Cutters New York hires editor Alison Grasso

Versatile, award-winning pro brings post, radio, on-camera, voiceover, and production expertise to the Big Apple boutique Cutters Studios welcomes the highly accomplished commercial editor Alison Grasso to its New York staff, effective immediately. Well known as a staff editor for Crew Cuts in New York, Grasso started her commercial career with the company immediately upon … Continue reading “Cutters New York hires editor Alison Grasso”

Sidebar helps Hershey update a holiday classic

”Heartwarming the World” spreads holiday joy by allowing users to create and share customized versions of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” Sidebar recently kicked off a Hershey campaign that adds more cowbell to Christmas. Created with help from Framestore and Another Country, Heartwarming the World transforms the legendary Hershey Bells TV commercial into a … Continue reading “Sidebar helps Hershey update a holiday classic”

From writing copy to writing novels: Jonathan Harries

“Arrogance is a terrible thing for a writer to have. I know what she’s thinking. I know what he’s thinking. You don’t.” Jonathan Harries   When I first met Jonathan Harries in the late 90s, I remember how engaging, funny and straight forward he was. I enjoyed his wit, humor and worldview over the ensuing … Continue reading “From writing copy to writing novels: Jonathan Harries”

Dictionary promotes Cody McGuire, adds Joe Kirkendall

The integrated house adds a pair of Senior Producers who have completed projects of all sizes for dozens of top tier brands (Chicago — 3 October 2018) Dictionary Films U.S. managing director Chris Rossiter today announced the promotion of Cody McGuire to senior producer and the addition of senior producer Joe Kirkendall to the company’s … Continue reading “Dictionary promotes Cody McGuire, adds Joe Kirkendall”

Cutters helps ‘Chasing The Blues’ earn theatrical release

With editorial, VFX, and sound support from Cutters Studios, Director Scott Smith’s award-winning film hits the big screen October 5   (Chicago — 25 September 2018) Thanks to distributor Ammo Content, Fulton Market Films’ Chasing The Blues will launch a U.S. theatrical debut on October 5. The run begins in LA, Phoenix, Portland, Columbus, Philadelphia, … Continue reading “Cutters helps ‘Chasing The Blues’ earn theatrical release”

Cutters Studios promotes Marian Oliver to Editor

“We fell for Marian long ago when she was assisting Chris Claeys (and snickering along with our antics in the back of his edit suite)” —Per Jacobson, The Distillery Project   Cutters Studios is very proud to announce the promotion of Marian Oliver to editor. The announcement was made by managing director/partner Craig Duncan and … Continue reading “Cutters Studios promotes Marian Oliver to Editor”

We Are Unlimited’s hilarious new campaign for McD’s

Everyone’s favorite grandma returns with an encore that is Sweet N’ Spicy, just like her (Chicago — 27 August 20-18) McDonald’s and We Are Unlimited today launched a new campaign featuring Marianne, the McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Tender-lovin’ Grandma, who dishes out saucy advice while describing her affection for McDonald’s new Sweet N’ Spicy Honey BBQ … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited’s hilarious new campaign for McD’s”

Quaid makes commercial debut in new Esurance spot

The actor’s humorous performance embodies the brand’s straightforward approach to insurance   “I like Dennis Quaid” is a line from a new Esurance spot that made me smile. Aside from the “prop apple,” it’s one of many reasons why the brand’s recent commercial by Leo Burnett — titled Surprisingly Painless — is Reel Ad of … Continue reading “Quaid makes commercial debut in new Esurance spot”

Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns to Chicago September 12

Features seventeen films from across the Asian continents, presents premieres including Japanese zombie comedy “One Cut of the Dead” as Closing Night — tickets on sale now (Chicago — 13 August 2018) — Non-profit pan-Asian film organization Sophia’s Choice today announces Asian Pop-Up Cinema – Season Seven, the fall film series presenting seventeen films from … Continue reading “Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns to Chicago September 12”

Allstate’s Purple Purse creates experiential film

Explores Lyft passengers’ reactions when faced with domestic and financial abuse   This past June, Reel Chicago reported on the Allstate Foundation “Purple Purse” – an initiative aimed at ending domestic violence through financial empowerment – aligning itself with tennis champion and philanthropist, Serena Williams. Now, Leo Burnett has created a smack-you-in-your-face experiential 2:40-minute piece, … Continue reading “Allstate’s Purple Purse creates experiential film”

Cutters Studios welcomes editor Livio Sanchez

Virtual reality storytelling pioneer and internationally-acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez joins Cutters Studios New York location   (New York — 20 July 2018) – Cutters Studios is very proud to announce the addition of internationally-acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez to its New York staff, effective immediately. The announcement was made by New York Executive Producer Elizabeth Krajewski. … Continue reading “Cutters Studios welcomes editor Livio Sanchez”

Havas launches elegant new campaign for Moen

  Moen celebrates how water designs our life with four product-focused spots     And you thought Havas only did amazing installations. The Chicago agency has kicked off a new advertising campaign for North Olmsted, Ohio-based Moen that can only be described as dramatic and beautiful. You know, just like water can be. The #1 … Continue reading “Havas launches elegant new campaign for Moen”

Highdive weaves stories of concert goers for Jeep

Jeep drivers and passengers are met with impromptu adventures revolving around the same live OneRepublic show       Gaaaaah! Sorry, that was my inner fan girl screaming at the notion that there is a national campaign with Grammy-nominated OneRepublic. Two-year boutique agency Highdive, led by former DDB creative execs Mark Gross and Chad Broude, … Continue reading “Highdive weaves stories of concert goers for Jeep”

Chicago premiere of the International Media Mixer

The Chicago Film Archives will host a cross-cultural evening of film and music at Millennium Park on July 17   (Chicago — 21 May 2018) The US premiere of Chicago Film Archives new International Media Mixer project will take place on July 17, 2018 as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series produced by … Continue reading “Chicago premiere of the International Media Mixer”

McD’s leaves Barkley, Goodman and Union “Speechless”

Apparently McDonald’s has accomplished something even Shaq can’t – silencing Charles Barkley. All it took was introducing a new 100% fresh beef Quarter Pounder burger to quiet the outspoken and opinionated TNT broadcaster and former NBA legend, as well actors John Goodman and Gabrielle Union. The fast food giant claims that when one is enjoying … Continue reading “McD’s leaves Barkley, Goodman and Union “Speechless””

Leo B, Hootenanny capture comedy for Esurance

Hootenanny and Leo Burnett used classic rock, dramatic hyperbole, and smart humor to deliver an effective message in Tears, a new commercial for online insurance company Esurance. Focusing on Esurance’s “Photo Claims” feature — which allows customers to “send photos of the damage from your phone to get your claim settled lickety-split” — the tale … Continue reading “Leo B, Hootenanny capture comedy for Esurance”

McD’s Golden Arches flip for International Women’s Day

McDonald’s has a long-history of supporting women in the workplace, giving them the opportunity to grow and succeed. To take their support a step further, the fast-food giant has literally flipped their iconic logo in recognition of International Women’s Day. Yes, the “M” (arches), which is usually untouchable, has been turned into a “W.” “In … Continue reading “McD’s Golden Arches flip for International Women’s Day”

Leo B launches first spot for new Serta campaign

Leo Burnett’s first commercial for Serta’s new campaign uses Monty Python styled humor to make an effective selling point. Titled, Rick Blomquist, the spot relies on the narration of a very proper sounding Englishman who talks in an excellent John Cleese kind of way. With an undertone of authority, the voiceover helps set up a … Continue reading “Leo B launches first spot for new Serta campaign”

Chrissy Teigen leads new McD’s dollar menu campaign

Reel Chicago is loving the new McDonald’s work. Chrissy Teigen toplines a hilarious new national introduction of McDonald’s new $1 $2 $3 Menu led by AOR We Are Unlimited in close partnership with retail agency The Marketing Store, PR agency Golin, packaging and logo agency Boxer and multicultural agencies Burrell, Alma and IW Agency. According … Continue reading “Chrissy Teigen leads new McD’s dollar menu campaign”

Burnett, Mayhem make new resolution for Allstate

During a season when people make resolutions, why shouldn’t that pesky character from Allstate, Mayhem, make some as well? The character whom Leo Burnett pitched to Allstate as “Mr. Mayhem,” has been played to dark comic perfection by actor Dean Winters since 2010. With his black suit, dress shirt and black necktie, he has always … Continue reading “Burnett, Mayhem make new resolution for Allstate”

Energy BBDO calls up new smart phone for ZTE

On Friday, ZTE, the Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, released their most innovative, revolutionary device yet to market – the dual screen ZTE Axon M. To launch the product, which is exclusive to AT&T, the brand debuted an entertaining new marketing effort from Energy BBDO that features the simple … Continue reading “Energy BBDO calls up new smart phone for ZTE”

Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety”

I’ve been in this situation way too many times. I’m streaming Netflix on my phone streaming Spotify and suddenly my once inviting Green Lantern-green battery icon changes color into a vile Satanic red. I sweat trying to finish up my hike and song or search desperately in the dark for my power cord. Then wham! … Continue reading “Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety””

Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival announced its winners Friday night and one of the films awarded was a Cutters Studios post project by writer / director Stephen Cone called Princess Cyd. The film was given “The Chicago Award.” A Chicago-based filmmaker, Cone is best known for 2015’s Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, which was hailed … Continue reading “Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest”

Grandma gets a life in new McD’s spots

We are Unlimited has released a batch of fun new work that, according to a spokeswoman, contains 30 pieces of original content from the agency. And they are perfect for those who have been calling for McDonalds to use buttermilk in their Crispy Chicken Tenders. Or just happen to have a Grandma fetish. Let’s go … Continue reading “Grandma gets a life in new McD’s spots”

Advertising agencies are digging SUM1’s new digs

Shortly after Sum1 opened four years ago, the audio post and sound design boutique became known as an unofficial extension of the advertising agencies it served. Since moving into a customized studio at 180 N. Michigan Ave. earlier this year, that reputation is now just a few steps away from most of Chicago’s largest shops.

“No more hailing a ride, generating an expense report and producing a paper trail to get to and from our studios,” says producer / sound designer Shawn Ballman.

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.

The Reader’s been a great supporter of local artists and musicians,” says Frederick, who has been illustrating the Pitchfork issue since 2011. “I’m so happy to get this gig.”

FCB Chicago’s Liquid Plumr spot on crack and the pipe

And there it is — the headline I’ve been waiting to write forever. The new “Reel Ad of the Week” goes to FCB Chicago for their very funny Liquid Plumr spot titled, “There’s a Plumr in all of us.”

Set to the finger popping tune of Rosemary Clooney’s, Too Marvelous for Words, we watch various folks ranging from a cute old couple swimming to a bowler and firefighter, all doing their thing… while displaying a little plumber’s crack!

First-ever book about teen movie master John Hughes

IF YOU LOVED JOHN HUGHES’ MOVIES you’ll be especially engrossed in the first book ever written about the “philosopher of adolescence,” as Roger Ebert once called him. Jason Diamond, who like Hughes was a North Shore native and suffered painful teen years, has authored “Searching For John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned from Watching 80s’Movies.”

17 Chicago AICE assistants win Camp Kulshov awards

A wide swatch of Chicago post house assistant editors, graphic designers and audio mixers – 17 in all — were winners in the annual AICE international Camp Kuleshov trailer Competition among all AICE chapters.

Chicago chapter winners were announced Oct. 18 at the Fremont Chicago restaurant and nightclub in River North, attended by some 200 staffers of AICE Chicago’s 23 member companies. Aice. org

Entries open for 2016 AICE Camp Kuleshov challenge

Entrants in AICE’s 2016 international Camp Kuleshov trailer competition this year will compete for a prestigious new top award from the second annual challenge assistant to editors, mixers and graphic designers.

Assistants at any AICE member company (or freelance assistants sponsored by an AICE company) are invited to submit entries to any category, regardless of what discipline they work in.

Deadline for entries is Monday, September 12, 2016.

Colonie & Beast editors among top AICE winners

“We did ourselves proud last night,” says Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter president, “not only in award-winning but in putting on a great show” – the 15th annual AICE Awards at Navy Pier with an audience of 500.

Chicago had had three top winners out of the Awards’ 33 categories.

Best of Chicago was awarded to Beast’s Angelo Valencia for DigitasLBi spot for Whirlpool.

The Colonie won twice: Brian Sepanik for GrubHub / Tandem, Inc., in the Dialog / Monolog / spoken Word category and Keith Kristinat for 71 Degrees North / Chevy Trucks in the Spec Spot category.

Burnett agency Arc gets top tier leadership overhaul

TOP ECHELON CHANGES in the leadership team at Leo Burnett’s Arc have put Chris Cancilla into the US CCO seat. Karuna Rawal was promoted to Arc US president and Chief Strategy Officer of Arc Worldwide, while Bob Raidt was upped from global president to global CEO.

Cancilla will oversee 150 employees in Arc’s US office and has the responsibility for driving the agency’s creative culture. He reports to Britt Nolan, Leo Burnett new US CCO.

Camp Kuleshov winners did their AICE employers proud

Optimus assistant editor Aaron Porzel won the Grand Prize for Editing at the 4th annual 2014 AICE Camp Kuleshov Chicago trailer editing contest. The presentation last Wednesday at The Attic @ American Junkie was attended by 150 guests.

The contest, exclusively for AICE members’ assistant editors, assistant audio engineers and assistant or junior designer employees, received 58 entries.  

Cutters a leader in AICE Awards with 7 finalists nods

Cutters is doing Chicago proud in the 2014 AICE Awards by having scored seven nominations, out of 90 US/Canadian nominees in 30 categories.  Cutters and Beast, with two finalists, compete for the Best of Chicago, and Cutters/Detroit made it into Best of Detroit.

The AICE Awards presentation will be made at Gustavino’s in New York, May 15.

ASB’s business is good; staff more than doubles

Since Animated Storyboards opened its seventh international branch in Chicago last May, its opening staff of five has swelled to a dozen and could further expand by the time its first anniversary rolls around.

Co-managing directors Wes Mallgren, in charge of production, and  Paul Grajek, who handles Midwest marketing, transferred here from ASB New York, where the global company is headquartered. 

Trio of veteran engineers open SUM1 audio studio

A trio of the city’s top sound designer/engineers opened the doors to their own company last week in the best possible way, with new business under their arms.

SUM 1 Audio Post and Sound Design is the new business of partners Robert Marshall and Ben Keller, 15 and 12-year veterans, respectively, of Cutters’ division, Another Country, and Shawn Ballman, who has operated his own solo audio company, Soundslave, for many years.

Rossiter to give new meaning to Dictionary Films

Dictionary Films, Cutters’ production arm which went gangbusters in 2012, is headed for a bigger spot in the galaxy of production houses with the addition  of one of advertising’s best known and respected production executives. 

Chris Rossiter, who capped a 26 year career at Leo Burnett as  EVP/director of production since 2005 — joins Dictionary as managing director March 1.

KFC campaign targets the ‘couchgaters’ of the world

Nowadays, with the healthy food police constantly causing a ruckus about anything that smacks of unhealthy eating, it’s gotta be tough for KFC.  

Sure, the fried chicken chain supposedly has a healthier version of KFC still out there in the marketplace. But one doesn’t hear a lot about it these days.

Larmon’s Cavalry delivers a creative punch for Coors

Beer advertising needed a jolt.  And Jim Larmon, the chief creative officer at Cavalry/Chicago, has delivered a big one.

With the unveiling on Sunday of the new agency’s first work for Coors Light, Larmon and Cavalry have demonstrated quite clearly that all a shop really needs to do superlative work is a concept that’s fresh and exciting and the talent on board to execute it to perfection.

Kellogg’s ‘Swimmer’ best in Olympic ad competition

Hundreds of hours and seemingly thousands of television commercials later, the 2012 London Summer Olympics are now winding down.  As psyched as we were to experience both the Games and the advertising when it all began nearly two weeks ago with a dreary slog of an opening ceremonies, we must confess Olympics fatigue is setting in.

The track and field events, which have consumed much of this last week of competition just don’t have the inherent drama of swimming and gymnastics, so the proceedings have begun to drag more than a bit.

Cutters wins at AICE; Beast boosts Bradley

KUDOS TO CUTTERS for winning three top 2012 AICE awards at the ceremony held Thursday in Marina Del Ray Ritz Carlton. Editor Chris Hafner scored Best of Chicago and Best Automotive for Fiat 500 “Karl Abarth,” and John Binder of Another Country aced Best Sound Design for Allstate.  Optimus Design won for Best Design for Craftsman. 

re:think recreates Norelco’s iconic Santa’s ride spot

Men of a certain age might remember Philips Norelco’s 1990s commercial of Santa Claus’ epic ride over snow-covered hills to deliver a Norelco razor. 

Santa will ride again, this time atop Philips Norelco’s state-of-the-art SensoTouch 3D rechargeable electric razor, in recreated stop motion 15 and 30-second spots.

that start airing Dec. 12 on network television and cable outlets that skew to male demographics, and on YouTube.

Cutters expands to Detroit via RingSide acquisition

Tim McGuire’s Cutters, one of Chicago’s biggest and most established production/post houses, just got bigger.  It finalized the acquisition last week of integrated media studio RingSide Creative, LLC of Oak Park, Michigan.

Cutters purchased RingSide in partnership with Detroit’s Steven Wild’s Wild Acquisitions and Brian Efrusy of RingSide, who continues as the company’s CFO.  

Duncan to Cutters as executive producer

Within the space of a year, post house executive Craig Duncan has come full circle.

Leaving Detroit’s multi-division Grace & Wild after more than a decade for single-service Red Car editorial, he’s now Cutters, Inc.’s newly appointed executive producer of Cutters Editorial, and also leads the company’s other divisions, Sol Design, Another Country, Dictionary Films and Picnic.

Duncan will work with long-time Cutters staffer, Cindy Duffy, who has been elevated from executive producer to director of post production of all five divisions.

Lottery spot reprises 2009’s “Joy Someone”

AN UPDATED ILLINOIS LOTTERY holiday spot from Energy BBDO now airing builds last year’s successful musical campaign that encourages Illinoisans to “Joy Someone” by gifting them with holiday scratch-off tickets.

The 2010 campaign, again produced by local 59 Films and directed by Aaron Ruell of L.A. based Biscuit Filmworks, features humorous new lyrics to “Deck the Halls” arranged by Spank Music’s Mat Morse.

Thank YOU, Ron Howard!

WHAT AN UNEXPECTEDLY NICE GESTURE. In surely what’s got to be a first in the 35-year annals of Hollywood-in-Chicago entertainment production, departing director Ron Howard, stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, and the cast and crew of “The Dilemma,” placed a full page ad in the Sun-Times Friday.

The ad thanked Chicago “for a great shoot and a great time in your town!”

The ad offered “Our special thanks to ?

Docmaker in Middle East on peace mission

IN THE MIDDLE EAST for three weeks is documentarian Malachi Leopold of Left Brain/Right Brain Productions. He is visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza as part of a delegation hosted by Interfaith Peace Builders and meeting with young Palestinians and Israelis under the age of 25 who are working together to achieve peace.

Leopold has worked for more than a year on developing a project connected to the ongoing Middle East conflict.

Slang Music offers new ‘house music’ iPhone apps

VINCE LAWRENCE’S Slang Music has added another service — creating iPhone apps under a new company, iLL Concepts, LLC, with partners Thomas Beckmann and Jack Eisenberg. First up is “House Music Ringtones,” whereby users can download the free app and have immediate access to four free house music ringtones.

“Users then have the option pay $1.99 for 21 more original ringtones and a reduced price for each additional library of future house music ringtones from other founding fathers of the genre,” says Lawrence.

July 10 start here for 3D “Transformers 3”

“TRANSFORMERS 3” IN 3D? That’s what director Michael Bay and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told USA Today — that they will shoot in 3D and oh yes, it will have “a killer ending” as they bring the franchise to a close.

The excitement starts July 10 for six weeks, wrapping Aug. 19, as a crew of 200 films machines invading Michigan Avenue and the Loop, somehow engaging with the Russians in a space race.

The crew then spends two days, June 12-13 in Milwaukee to shoot a pivotal scene at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Hungry Man is the Hugos’ top TV choice

HUNGRY MAN of New York, famous for its creative directors and take on comedy commercials, has won the Commitment to Excellence Award for TV commercials from the 2010 Hugo Television Awards, announced Jesse Berkowitz, competitions coordinator at a party Thursday night.

Hungry Man’s managing partner/executive producer Kevin Byrne will accept the Gold Hugo on behalf of his company at the April 15 awards ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Famous for comedy commercials, Hungry Man’s work is always a dominant force on the Super Bowl.

Creative costumes abound at Cutters party

More than 450 guests crowded Cutters downtown facilities for its first Halloween party, one that assuredly will become an annual event for hosts Cutters, Sol Design, Another Country and Dictionary films.

Since the guests were mostly adpeople, their inventive costumes expressed their creativity to the hilt — with three guests, two from DDB, taking home serious cash prizes for their originality.

“Gene Simmons of Kiss,” a.k.a.

SOLdesignfx’ Markos puts new swing into an old image for Two by Four’s new White Sox campaign

As a spot in the new White Sox campaign laments, they “haven’t won a championship in, like, months.” Since then, however, the Sox have assumed the responsibility of offering baseball fans a new look at an old favorite pastime.

SOLdesignfx artist Chris Markos directed the two-day shoot for Two by Four agency.

The two-day production utilized two remote controlled high speed HD video cameras that shot at 1000 fps, during an actual game.

A total of nine spots ultimately will be cut.

Ravi Kebab House on exotic Devon Ave. delivers authentic platters of Pakistani-Indian delights

When the mood me hits for a full switch to another country, the madness of Devon Avenue is the perfect place to get lost.

The Ravi Kebab House, 2447 W. Devon Ave., an Indian and Pakistani restaurant directly in the heart of Devon’s exotic, Middle Eastern glory is my type of place.

When my eating buddy, Lisa, and I were seated at our choice of table, a friendly waiter presented the menu. The dishes were portrayed in color photos, which make choosing a meal quite difficult. For a couple of starving women, those pictures were pure temptation.

5-25-77: How “Star Wars” Changed My Life

Patrick Read Johnson’s teenage visits to the visual effects stages of “Stars Wars” and “Close Encounters” launched him on a 20-year career as Hollywood effects technician and studio writer/director.

His credits include “Spaced Invaders” (writer/director, 1990), “Baby’s Day Out” (director, 1994), “Angus” (director, 1995), “Dragonheart” (writer, 1996), and “When Ghouls Go Bad” (writer/director, 2001).

Then he moved back into the house where he grew up in tiny Wadsworth, Ill.

Bob Ebel directed

a Friendly’s Restaurant/Laughlin Constable spot at a Friendly’s in Kissimmee, Florida and a Kids “R” Us store in Orlando.

Father (Adam Vernier) takes his son (Evan Nave) to a Friendly’s after they were in a department store where Dad has been shopping.

There, while they watch images on a big screen TV, a voiceover reminds Dad that “what we really need, we already have.” The spot ends with the tag, “You and Me and Friendly’s.”

Steve Ford music provided the score, Another Country the sound design, and Tom Pastorelle of Cutters edited.

REELSCREEN: News and Notes

TEST SPOT GURU and Daily Planet founder Fred Berkover continues to ply his years of expertise with a new company partnered with Swell president Mike Topel. Tentatively named Stealth, the company is located on the 14th floor of NBC Tower, as is 59 Films, Ron Lazzeretti and Ed Amaya’s production company.

OCT. 4 IS THE DATE set for the IFO’s “Sweet Home Illinois” party for Chicagoans who now work in the L.A. film industry.

Chicago companies top competition to win six Mobius prizes, four for TV

Lapiz Integrated Hispanic Marketing topped the seven Chicago winners who were among the 68 U.S. winners of top prize Golden Statuette winners in the recent 2003 Mobius Advertising Awards.

Lapiz took a total of eight awards — five Golden Statuettes and three Second Place certificates. Cramer-Krasselt, Another Country and Leo Burnett each brought home two and Campbell Mithun one for TV. Grant-Jacoby won a Golden Statuette for mixed media and The Monogram Group for direct mail. Cramer-Krasselt also was one of six U.S.