AICP/Midwest presents Meet. Drink.Talk industry event

AICP is holding a much needed social evening of munching, sipping, and chatting with others in the industry on June 1. AICP/Midwest’s Meet. Drink.Talk is a social event created exclusively for Midwest agency, commercial production, and editorial professionals. Advertising agency creatives and producers; AICP/Midwest members, associate members, sponsors and crew are invited to Meet. Drink.Talk in … Continue reading “AICP/Midwest presents Meet. Drink.Talk industry event”

The Colonie ‘Sponsor Reel’ is a hit across all three AICP award shows

Before the official AICP winners were even announced, The Colonie won a major honor. For the first time in its history, the Chicago based post-production company was selected to create the Sponsor Reel for the National AICP awards show.  The Colonie’s reel played across all three AICP shows during their virtual premieres; the AICP Show, … Continue reading “The Colonie ‘Sponsor Reel’ is a hit across all three AICP award shows”

Friends and colleagues gather for AICP/Midwest Meet. Drink. Talk. event

Good times were had last evening at the Tunnel on Kinzie where AICP/Midwest held their Meet. Drink. Talk. Safely. social event, created exclusively for Midwest agency, commercial production, and editorial professionals. While all were welcome to attend, the event was designed specifically for AICP/Midwest members, their advertising agency creatives and producers, sponsors and crew. It … Continue reading “Friends and colleagues gather for AICP/Midwest Meet. Drink. Talk. event”

AICP event Meet. Drink. Talk. Safely.

Meet. Drink. Talk. Safely. AICP (The Association of Independent Commercial Producers) is holding a much needed social evening of munching, sipping, and chatting with others in the industry on October 7. AICP/Midwest’s Meet. Drink. Talk. Safely. is a social event created exclusively for Midwest agency, commercial production, and editorial professionals. The venue has a retractable roof … Continue reading “AICP event Meet. Drink. Talk. Safely.”

AICP: Utopic, DDB, Cutters, Highdive rep Chicago in Next and Post Awards

The 2021 AICP Next and Post Awards debuted virtually this week in New York during AICP week, recognizing creative excellence in new and emerging media. Chicago post-houses and agencies did take home wins during the ceremonies. Utopic The post-house had a big win last night at the AICP Post Awards. Craig Lewandowski was honored with a win … Continue reading “AICP: Utopic, DDB, Cutters, Highdive rep Chicago in Next and Post Awards”

AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19

One of the most exciting stops on the AICP tour happens every year in Chicago. It’s one of the few opportunities for those in production, advertising and film to gather together, share a cocktail or four and just hang. This year, with a pandemic raging and cases on the rise again, the AICP Midwest Show … Continue reading “AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19”

Flavor creates masterful montage of AICP Post Awards

Flavor created a masterfully designed package highlighting some of the 16 total minutes of original content created for the 2020 AICP Post Awards… all accompanied by a brilliant score by Yessian. Building on the epic legacy of the AICE organization, which officially merged with the AICP in 2018, The AICP Post Awards continue to celebrate the artistry … Continue reading “Flavor creates masterful montage of AICP Post Awards”

AICP townhall: Crew Safety and Filming (video)

Yesterday, members of the AICP Midwest held their second townhall, discussing the best practices for the safety of crew and everyone on set while filming. With the Chicago Film Office scheduled to begin issuing permits for filming on June 15, this was an important meeting as the Chicago film and TV industry prepares to get … Continue reading “AICP townhall: Crew Safety and Filming (video)”

AICP Midwest holding town hall on crew safety & filming

AICP Midwest presents: A Look Forward Crew Safety and Filming Thursday, June 4, 2020 10:30 am CST Via Zoom  A town hall Q & A for crew on navigating the road ahead when production resumes.  AICP Midwest Board Members/Moderators:Qadree Holmes – Founder / Executive Producer Quriosity ProductionsMarsie Wallach – Freelance Line Producer Panel: Tim Harris … Continue reading “AICP Midwest holding town hall on crew safety & filming”

AICP takes ‘A Look Forward: Agency, Production & Post’

When will what passes for ‘normal’ return? When will agencies be able to mount more traditional shoots? How does one make up for the missing synergy of the edit suite? And who’s missing lunch?  These were some of the questions kicked around by the six Chicago agency executives from the creative and production ranks who … Continue reading “AICP takes ‘A Look Forward: Agency, Production & Post’”

AICP panel discussion on navigating the road ahead

AICP Midwest presents:A Look Forward Partners in Production: Agency, Production, Post Thursday, May 14, 20203pm CST via Zoom AICP panel discussion on navigating the road ahead when production resumes. AICP National Board Members/Moderators: Lisa Masseur, Executive Producer/Founder, Tessa Films, AICP Midwest Pres./National Board Craig Duncan, Managing Director, Cutters Studios, AICP National Board ALSO READ: AICP … Continue reading “AICP panel discussion on navigating the road ahead”

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”

R/GA’s Tiffany Rolfe to serve as 2020 AICP Judging Chair

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced today that Tiffany Rolfe, EVP and US Chief Creative Officer for R/GA, has been named as the 2020 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair. As such, Rolfe will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the AICP Next Awards presentation this June during AICP Week in New York. Tiffany … Continue reading “R/GA’s Tiffany Rolfe to serve as 2020 AICP Judging Chair”

AICP short film asks, are you ‘Obsessed With Craft’?

Obsessed with Craft is a new short film released by AICP to promote entries to the AICP Awards — The AICP Show, The AICP Post Awards and The AICP Next Awards. It features the world’s most obsessive crafter talking about her love of craft and her belief that, at its heart, “craft is a symphony … Continue reading “AICP short film asks, are you ‘Obsessed With Craft’?”

Chris Franklin named AICP Post Awards Chair

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced that Chris Franklin, Owner/Editor at Big Sky Edit, will serve as the Chairperson of the 2020 AICP Post Awards. Franklin’s appointment marks the first time the association’s annual competition for excellence in the post production arts will adopt a chairperson structure for its judging panels and curatorial … Continue reading “Chris Franklin named AICP Post Awards Chair”

PRETTYBIRD’s Ali Brown to chair 2020 AICP Show

Matt Miller, AICP President and CEO, announced that Ali Brown, Partner/Executive Producer at PRETTYBIRD, will serve as the Chairperson of the 2020 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial. Miller additionally announced that the AICP Show will now accept entries from agencies, marketers, production companies and post production companies globally in all categories. … Continue reading “PRETTYBIRD’s Ali Brown to chair 2020 AICP Show”

Protokulture rocks 2019 AICP sponsorship video

When you’re always the last stop on the AICP NEXT Awards Show tour year after year, you know you have to come hard. There’s a reason (actually multiple) why the chatter among producers, creatives and reps, around the country,  is that Chicago is their favorite AICP city stop. The city’s advertising peeps from agencies to … Continue reading “Protokulture rocks 2019 AICP sponsorship video”

AICP helps feed the hungry and homeless

Every year the AICP chooses a local non-profit whose goal is to feed the hungry and homeless to sponsor during the season of giving. This year, AICP Midwest has chosen to team up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) by hosting both a traditional food drive-stationing drop off boxes around the city as well … Continue reading “AICP helps feed the hungry and homeless”

AICP announces stellar lineup for 2019 Awards

Panel guests for the Chicago finale include DDB Chief Britt Nolan, FCB Chief Andrés Ordóñez, and Leo Burnett Chief Liz Taylor Lisa Masseur, President of the AICP Midwest Chapter, today announced the panel line-up for the 2019 AICP Next Awards presentation, which will be presented as part of the AICP Awards in Chicago. Britt Nolan, … Continue reading “AICP announces stellar lineup for 2019 Awards”

Next stop for AICP awards tour – Detroit

Coming off a successful Los Angeles panel and party, which you can see photos of here, The AICP Next Awards motor into The Detroit Historical Museum tomorrow, August 1. The popular program, which has made Detroit a regular stop since 2013, kicks off with keynote speaker Jeff Beverly EVP, Global Director of Content, Commonwealth/McCann. Beverly … Continue reading “Next stop for AICP awards tour – Detroit”

Mark Androw receives AICP’s highest honor

The legendary Chicago producer and entrepreneur was presented with the Jay B. Eisenstat Award during last night’s AICP Show in NYC STORY co-founder and Executive Producer Mark Androw received the Jay B. Eisenstat Award at last night’s AICP Show in New York City. Almost single-handedly responsible for making AICP one of the most effective and … Continue reading “Mark Androw receives AICP’s highest honor”

Bob Carr to be inducted into AICP Hall of Fame

Award-winning ‘great Chicago guy’ who mentored many and cut high-profile ads for Budweiser and McD’s to receive posthumous honor The late Bob Carr, an award-winning editor and co-founder of the Chicago post boutique NuWorld, will be inducted into the Post Hall of Fame at the 2019 AICP Post Awards, set to take place here on … Continue reading “Bob Carr to be inducted into AICP Hall of Fame”

AICP announces Community Award and Shortlists

Wieden + Kennedy, Apple and MJZ lead Shortlist nominations. Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the first-ever “Community Award,” to be presented during AICP Week in June. The Community Award is an unfiltered way to give the entire industry the ability to voice its opinion on the favorite spot of the year. … Continue reading “AICP announces Community Award and Shortlists”

AICP announces Camp Kuleshov winners

Cosmo Street’s George Irizarry, Heard City’s Tom Morris and Flavor’s Andrew Becker win “Lev” honors AICP has announced the winners of the Lev Awards, the grand prizes in its annual Camp Kuleshov genre-swapping competition for assistants. Held last fall in five chapters across the country, the Lev — named for Russian film theorist Lev Kuleshov … Continue reading “AICP announces Camp Kuleshov winners”

The Colonie scores a pair of nods on AICP Shortlist

Chicago shop makes the cut with a Porsche spot and a Taylor Bennett music video The Colonie is on the AICP Post Awards’ Shortlist with two of the company’s projects receiving nominations for exceptional work. Editor and Social Media Director Jimmy Helm and Creative Director Jennifer Moody received a nomination in the New Media: Vertical … Continue reading “The Colonie scores a pair of nods on AICP Shortlist”

AICP Midwest Chapter sets active agenda for spring

A busy slate of events will culminate in the AICP Post Awards next month AICP’s Midwest Chapter is about to kick off a series of events for the local ad and production community that will provide opportunities for professional development, learning and networking. The slate is the product of planning and strategizing by the chapter’s … Continue reading “AICP Midwest Chapter sets active agenda for spring”

AICP Post Awards announces 2019 Curatorial Committee

The select panel of editors, colorists, visual effects artists, directors and audio mixers will ensure work meets judging criteria and select Shortlist and Best in Show Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the makeup of the 2019 AICP Post Awards Curatorial Committee. The AICP Post Awards, part of AICP’s suite of competitions … Continue reading “AICP Post Awards announces 2019 Curatorial Committee”

2019 AICP Show Curatorial Committee Announced

Winning selections for “the most important advertising showcase in the U.S.” will be preserved in The Museum of Modern Art Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, and Daniel Bergmann, Founder and President of global creative network Stink and the 2019 Chairperson of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, today … Continue reading “2019 AICP Show Curatorial Committee Announced”

Jaime Robinson settles into AICP Next judging chair

The JOAN Creative co-founder and CCO “represents the next generation of creative leader,” according to AICP President Matt Miller Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced today that Jaime Robinson, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of JOAN Creative, has been named as the 2019 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair, and will serve as Master … Continue reading “Jaime Robinson settles into AICP Next judging chair”

Mark Androw’s post-AICP agenda

The recently retired AICP/Midwest President keeps busy with the organization, the industry, and STORY Mark Androw had a truly unique experience at the AICP Show last November. For the first time in more than a decade, he enjoyed the open bars, designer cuisine, and fancy couture without handling any responsibilities. “I got to see what … Continue reading “Mark Androw’s post-AICP agenda”

AICP Post Awards announces change with call for entries

Revamped and rebranded competition to focus on editorial, audio, VFX and color while opening entries to all AICP has announced the Call for Entries for the AICP Post Awards, its revamped and rebranded competition for excellence in the post-production arts. Formerly the AICE Awards, its categories have been re-imagined with a focus on recognizing standout … Continue reading “AICP Post Awards announces change with call for entries”

AICP explains how to cover your production’s assets

Don’t find out what you don’t have when there’s a claim   Mark Egmon of The TEAM Companies will moderate an insurance forum for creators, producers and post-producers of commercials and other advertising content. Leading the discussion will be experts Scott Taylor, President of Taylor & Taylor Insurance and Denise Gilmartin, VP of Business Affairs … Continue reading “AICP explains how to cover your production’s assets”

AICP sets new venue, agenda as it comes to Minneapolis

New format includes a ‘happy hour’ for drinks and socializing, followed by a screening of the Next Awards (Minneapolis — 30 August 2018) The honorees of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial and the AICP Next Awards will be showcased in Minneapolis this year at a re-vamped screening and reception … Continue reading “AICP sets new venue, agenda as it comes to Minneapolis”

Upcoming AICP Show honors best in advertising

  The AICP Awards honors the Best Advertising of the Year     (Detroit — 23 July 2018) The honorees of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, will be showcased on August 2, 2018 at Detroit Historical Museum. This year’s guest speaker is Agnieszka Palarz, VP/Director & Executive Producer at … Continue reading “Upcoming AICP Show honors best in advertising”

AICP launches another brilliant celebration of creativity

Following its premiere at MoMA, the Show and Next Awards will tour museums and cultural institutions around the country and abroad   (New York — 14 June 2018) The AICP Show premiered tonight at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, closing out AICP Week, a celebration of advertising in the motion … Continue reading “AICP launches another brilliant celebration of creativity”

The 2018 AICP Show and Next Awards shortlists released

AICP winners will be announced during AICP Week (New York — 23 April 2018) Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the AICP Awards Shortlists, which are comprised of work entered into the AICP Show and AICP Next Awards.   “Each year’s Shortlists come into being because of the hard work of the … Continue reading “The 2018 AICP Show and Next Awards shortlists released”

FCB’s Credle to chair 2018 AICP Next panel

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, has announced that Susan Credle, Global Chief Creative Officer of FCB, will serve as the 2018 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair, and Master of Ceremonies at the AICP Next Awards presentation on June 12, 2018. “Susan’s reputation as an influencer and steward of creativity is unparalleled,” noted Miller. … Continue reading “FCB’s Credle to chair 2018 AICP Next panel”

Credle, Favat & Cartwright in new AICP short

Add acting to the illustrious resumes of FCB’s Global Chief Creative Officer Susan Credle, Deutsch North American Chief Creative Officer Pete Favat and 72andSunny’s Executive Creative Director Keith Cartwright. The three appear in director Brian Billow’s (of O Positive) new AICP short film created to generate excitement for this year’s touring awards show. In the … Continue reading “Credle, Favat & Cartwright in new AICP short”

Leo B, Luci Creative, AICP in the news

Burnett & Samsung take home top commercial award from 16th annual Visual Effects Society Hot off the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards, comedian / author Patton Oswalt was back on the mic for the 16th annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Same location. Different awards. Wonder if he got a room. With … Continue reading “Leo B, Luci Creative, AICP in the news”

Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced yesterday that Robin Shenfield, Co-Founder and CEO of The Mill, will serve as Chairperson of the 2018 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. As Show Chair, Shenfield will oversee the AICP Show Committee, which is responsible for promoting and marketing the AICP Show, … Continue reading “Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show”

Craig Duncan joins board of newly merged AICE/AICP

After joining AICP and AICE into a single association under the AICP brand, the newly formed organization announced that Craig Duncan, Managing Director and Partner of Cutters Studios Chicago, has joined the AICP National Board. “We’ve thought long and hard about how to advance our mission of support and advocacy for the post-production industry, and … Continue reading “Craig Duncan joins board of newly merged AICE/AICP”

AICP Next Awards at Siskel Film Center

The AICP Next Awards will offer much more than a screening of new and experiential media on Monday night. Beginning with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., the event’s inaugural run at the Gene Siskel Film Center expects to draw hundreds of professionals and supporters from Chicago’s advertising, film, visual effects and post-production industries. … Continue reading “AICP Next Awards at Siskel Film Center”

Chance The Rapper, Sandro Miller propel AICP Next Awards

There are certain things you can be sure of when you’re attending an AICP event in LA.

You will see the coolest glasses collection this side of a designer optometrist on Rodeo Drive. You will dance to a DJ spinning old school songs that are so ancient, the sperm and egg that created him had not even connected at the time the song were actually popular. You will see beautiful women killin’ it so hard in their cocktail dresses that they deserve to be ranked by Entertainment Weekly and People’s Red Carpet reporters.

And beards, lots of beards.

AICP Leads Commercial Production Seminar

Chicago Producers, Production Supervisors, their assistants and Coordinators now have a chance to gain valuable information and updates on live and digital productions at the first-annual AICP Commercial Production Training Seminar.

Already offered in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Atlanta, the weekend seminar will feature four breakout sessions taught by commercial production specialists in the city.

AICP’s new NDA protects members in bidding process

The AICP has updated its Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) following a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into production and postproduction bidding practices to determine if ad agencies have been unfairly directing business to their in-house production/post departments over outside vendors.

The NDA, issued to AICP member companies, recommended that they use it (or a similarly worded document) before submitting bids to any agencies and/or cost consultants on behalf of marketers, according to New York-based Shoot.

Quriosity’s Lumpkin producing the AICP Show

When Quriosity senior producer Jennifer Lumpkin attended her first AICP Show at the Cultural Center four years ago, she was “overwhelmed” and remembers thinking, “It was gorgeous and so inspiring.”

On Thursday, Nov. 17, she’ll be at the show as a co-producer.

Lumpkin, one of several volunteers who worked on the show, planned to shadow five-year executive producer Gayle McCormick this year and assume the lead role in 2017, when McCormick steps down to accommodate her growing responsibilities as executive producer at Ogilvy.

Burnett winner of two AICP Next Awards, here Nov. 3

The AICP Next Awards, an extension of the AICP Show that traditionally climaxes a year of special events in Chicago, screens Nov. 3 at the AMC 600 N. Michigan Ave. theatre.

Optimus executive producer and freelance spot producer Marsie Wallach are producing the Chicago Next Awards that honor winners of “the most innovative work in alternative media projects,” says AICP/Midwest president Mark Androw of STORY.

Androw reelected president of AICP/Midwest a third time

The Chicago-headquartered AICP / Midwest has elected new officers and board beginning Oct 1 for a two-year term, with Mark Androw of STORY reelected for a third term as president.

AICP / Midwest is one of seven regional chapters. Its membership consists of 22 General Member and 24 Associate Member companies.

The newly elected officers, in addition to Androw, are freelance producer Marsie Wallach as vice president, who is new to the board, and Essanay Studios’ Wayne Kubacki, returning for his second term as treasurer.

AICP trains 30 PA recruits for “the real world on set”

Thirty potential production assistants learned what working on a film set and location was all about at AICP Chicago’s annual PA Training Session, held last Saturday at Essanay Studio & Lighting.

The diverse recruits were brought into “the real world on set” by 17 film professionals – called “the best in the business” by AICP chapter president Mark Androw of STORY – organized by freelance commercial producer Marsie Wallach and Dictionary Films’ EP Meghan Maples.

AICP expects 300 guests at annual social event, 4/7

MEET. DRINK. TALK. — that’s the official title of AICP-Midwest’s popular annual event held exclusively for Midwest agency, commercial production and editorial professionals Thursday, April 7 at The Underground.

More than 300 guests are expected from AICP member production companies and their agency clients, “to eat, drink and “talk face-to-face in a comfortable, casual environment,” notes Stan Glapa, Cineverse rentals manager and a member of the event planning committee.

Burnett again in awards spotlight, winning at AICP

THE AICP NEXT AWARDS held last night in New York as part of AICP Week, presented its 2015 Most Next honor to Leo Burnett’s Allstate’s “Social Savvy Burglar.”  As part of the award, the winner gets to donate a $5,000 grant from the AICP Foundation to an educational institution of its choosing.  The recipient was nonprofit Marwen, which offers offering free, arts-based youth development programs for underserved Chicago students in grade

Guests coming from all over for tonight’s AICP Show

Tonight’s 26th annual AICP Show will be bursting with creative energy as more than 1,000 guests (as of 9 a.m.) from Michigan Avenue, Los Angeles and across the country will the socialize with people they do business with, meet new folks and reunite with old friends.

If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you can still buy them at $175 until 4 p.m. online here or $200 at the door.

Biggest attendance yet expected at AICP Show

The annual AICP Show, the industry’s giant grand finale party, expects 1,200-1,500 guests when it arrives Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Chicago Cultural Center, the third city on its annual year-end tour of 10 major US advertising markets.

Kansas City is the first stop on itinerary, for the first time, Nov. 6, as the AICP Midwest chapter reaches out to embrace more Midwest advertising markets, according to chapter president, STORY’s Mark Androw.

AICP Show the climax of November’s many activities

11/7 GREEK FILM FESTIVAL FILM HELLENES  opens two different venues, the Patio Theatre and the Gene Siskel Film Center for the US premiere of “The Grocer.” This award-winning film by director Dimitris Koutsiabasakos will be preceded by student-filmmaker Stella Kyriakopoulos’ short, “Bob Goes to the Parthenon.” Thereafter, the festival of Greek storyteller in countries throughout the world takes place exclusively at the Patio

New AICP Midwest board includes four women members

Four members of AICP Midwest were newly elected to the 13-member board of directors in the annual election held Tuesday, Sept. 23.  They are Megan Maples, executive producer of Dictionary Films (Cutters), Melissa Thornley, managing director, Beast/Method/Company Three, Chicago and freelance line producers Marsie Wallach and Gayle McCormick. 

Chicago spot talent shows up on AICP Shortlist

Fourteen commercials produced by Chicago agencies and one production company are on the AICP Shortlist of 230 spots that are competing for a final slot on the prestigious annual AICP Show Reel and NEXT Awards. 

When the curators meet to make their final decision, the number of spots will shrink from the Shortlist’s 10 entrants in each of 23 categories, to from one-to-three spots per category.

AICP Show expects to host 1,000 guests Thursday, Nov. 17

AICP SHOW UPDATE. One thousand adbiz folks will start the year’s end/holiday celebration season by attending the Thursday, Nov. 17 AICP Show at the Cultural Center.
“It’s going to be a great show!” says an enthusiastic Mark Androw of Story, the president of the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the New York-based national organization over which Androw once presided.

AICP survey: Spot business rebounds to 2008 levels

THE COMEBACK of commercial production business this past year is a sure signal that the economy is rebounding, as production expenditures are up by 5% and nearly back to 2008 levels.

Confirmation of the rebound comes from the AICP’s 9th annual Survey of the Commercial Production Industry – an industry measured at $4.5 billion – made by L.A.-based Resolve Market Research.

The survey reports California still rules live action production, shoot days on locations were the highest since 2008 heights and the amount of digital production soared.

Nov. 17 AICP meeting to discuss new agreement

PRIOR TO THE NOV. 18 AICP SHOW, a general membership meeting will convene Nov. 17 at Fletcher Cameras. AICP president Matt Miller and AICP VP/labor relations Jane Nunez from New York will discuss the new IATSE national agreement that went into effect Nov. 1 and how it affects commercial production.

“The meeting is open to all interested parties,” says Mark Androw, who was recently officially elected president of the AICP Midwest Chapter. Meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Come all ye faithful to the annual AICP Show

With 1,000 guests expected Nov. 18 at the Chicago Cultural Center, the 19th annual AICP Show will again deliver as advertising’s biggest and most anticipated social event of the year.

Digital Kitchen’s Chris Hill, the event producer, says the host committee is “keeping it fairly simple this year. We’re providing a great atmosphere, from furniture to flowers to menu ? but not a lot of entertainment.”

Which really is superfluous when practically everyone knows everyone else, or will get acquainted quickly enough as the evening progresses.

Comma Music honored at AICP MoMa Show

COMMA MUSIC was the only Chicago honoree among the hundreds of bi-coastal commercial companies that swept the 19th annual AICP Show June 8 held annually at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The winning reel will screen in Chicago Nov. 18 at the annual AICP Show.

Comma was honored in the Musical Arrangement category for its 2-minute music video for Nike/Wieden & Kennedy, featuring basketball stars LaBron James and Kobe Bryant, and rapper Lupe Fiasco.

AICP survey: Commercials a $5 billion industry

While the state of TV commercial production is changing as fast as new apps are created, it remains a robust $5 billion industry, when factoring in post, talent payments and other indirect expenditures.

That was one of the findings in AICP’s 7th annual Survey of the Commercial Production Industry that give members a sense of changes and challenges ahead.

AICP members account for 85% of all commercials aired nationally. The AICP/Midwest chapter has 22 general members and 10 associate members.

New AICP/Midwest, Local 476 wage pact

One of the changes in the new AICP/Midwest-Local 476 labor agreement is a provision that helps fund high-tech certification training programs for union personnel, in keeping with changes in the entertainment industry.

Story’s executive producer Mark Androw, representing commercial production companies, and Mark Hogan, 476’s business manager, negotiated changes to the new three-year contract that went into effect Feb. 1.

DGA-AICP pact provides for members’ pay raise

The new two-year commercials contract between the DGA and the AICP covers salary increases, the adoption of a code of preferred practices on creative rights and provisions protecting and securing health and pension coverage for directors.

“I’m very pleased by the outcome of the commercial negotiations, especially considering the state of advertising in this economy,” said DGA president Taylor Hackford.

“By working together with the AICP, we were able to find solutions that will benefit both sides of the table, ultimately providing more work for all of us.”

See Protokulture’s AICP show opening reel

The third time was the charm for John Michaels, who was determined to produce the sponsors opening reel for the annual AICP Show. This year, after three years of trying, his company, Protokulture, made the cut.

“It was a huge opportunity for us. We wanted to celebrate what the show represents, while simultaneously showing off our talents,” says company president/creative director Michaels.

AICP Midwest Show welcomes 1,000 guests

The venue may have changed, but enthusiasm for what’s called “the party of the year” — the 18th annual AICP Midwest Show in Chicago — is higher than ever.

The 2009 AICP Show will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 at the bigger, grander Chicago Cultural, after 16 of its 18 sold-out years of filling the Chicago History Museum.

“The new, larger venue is the ideal place to hold the show in Chicago and will give it a whole, different tone,” notes AICP Midwest Show coordinator Chris Hill of Digital Kitchen.

AICP feels like a memorial to the old protocol

The time has come for the annual “State of the Union” ball, a.k.a. the AICP show.

Each year, we collectively take the temperature of the ad and production world at this event. Each year, we see more reluctant freelancers as well as energized re-inventors appearing as we celebrate the death of the old form and protocol, one that is increasingly seen in the rear view mirror.

Yes, many of the pieces in the show are now “content, or at least ‘repurposed'” and even at Cannes Best of Show a piece can be seen exclusively on the web.

Not unexpectedly, annual AICP Show/New York dominated by big agencies, production houses

Some 2,000 adfolks gathered Tuesday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to see the sold-out, hour-long 17th annual AICP Show of the best commercials of the year.

The big agencies and production companies were in the forefront as expected, and once again Chicago agencies and their work were MIA in a commercial showcase.

BBDO proved that New York rules by leading with nine commercials, the biggest number of agency commercials on display.

One significant change in 4th annual AICP survey shows more non-traditional advertising is up 70%

AICP’s fourth annual Survey of the Commercial Production Industry shows that nearly 70% of member companies produced non-traditional advertising outside of the traditional television commercial during the study year of 2005.

Not surprising was that Southern California remains the most popular location, and Canada is still the top-ranked foreign location.

Los Angeles-based Goodwin Simon Victoria Research conducted the survey to measure how and where spot dollars are spent and what the major issues are to members.

Revised AICP guidelines reflect industry changes

National Assn. of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) has announced revisions to its national guidelines, which outline subjects to consider for production companies and agencies during contract negotiations.

The updates, which address payment issues for both live action and digital productions, reflect the “new realities,” according to letters recently sent to AICP members and to agency business managers and producers.

THE REEL THING: Egmom ends AICP presidency

MARK EGMON decided to step down as president of AICP’s Midwest chapter after an intense six years of service “to focus more intensely” on his growing branded entertainment company, Outer Radius.

The big Nov. 16 AICP Show will be Egmon’s seventh and he is predicting the biggest, with more than 800 attendees.

AICP board treasurer Joanne Bittmann of Crossroads also decided not to seek reelection next month.

IPA also will vote for a new board president as Eileen Willenborg, SAG/AFTRA executive director, won’t seek reelection.

Everyone in ad biz, commercials expected to attend AICP show Nov. 16 at History Museum

Don’t let the fact that only three local companies?none of the big ones you’d expect to be represented?deter you from attending the 15th annual AICP Show Nov. 16 at the Chicago History Museum.

This year’s show expected to attract a record audience of 800, making it not only advertising’s, but the visual arts community’s biggest event of the year.

Centerpiece of the evening is the 90-minute reel honoring the art and technique of the commercial in 23 categories and mostly produced by the big bicoastal companied.

THE REEL THING: Egmon ends AICP presidency

MARK EGMON decided to step down as president of AICP’s Midwest chapter after an intense six years of service “to focus more intensely” on his growing branded entertainment company, Outer Radius.

The big Nov. 16 AICP Show will be Egmon’s seventh and he is predicting the biggest, with more than 800 attendees.

AICP board treasurer Joanne Bittmann of Crossroads also decided not to seek reelection next month.

IPA also will vote for a new board president as Eileen Willenborg, SAG/AFTRA executive director, won’t seek reelection.

MIA: Chicago work on AICP’s 2005 best spot reel

An audience of 2,000 adfolk attended the 15th annual AICP Show at the Museum of Modern Art last week to applaud the 82-minute reel of the best commercials of 2005.

Unlike in years past, no Chicago agency, a la perennial winners Leo Burnett and DDB, was among the top honorees, ironically, as Chicago is North America’s second largest advertising market.

He’s the sole Chicagoan on AICP’s national board, but Mark Androw is chairman for the second year

Mark Androw frankly admits his loves his job as board chairman of the 255-member Assn. of Independent Commercial Producers.

The president/executive producer of The Story Companies was recently reelected to a second one-year term. “There’s an amazing group of producers on the board and it’s a it’s a privilege to serve with them,” he says.

AICP survey: $3.5 BB for production; L.A. still biggest U.S. spot center

Everyone knows the commercial production industry is big, but how big didn’t hit home until the new AICP survey spotlighted its immense size.

According to the survey, direct production expenditures were a massive $3.5 billion. When factoring in additional expenditures, including talent and post, the total impact climbs to $5.5 billion.

What makes this number so astounding is that expenditures were reported by AICP’s approximately 250 general members and 250 associate members, a relatively small but elite and powerful group.

Story Companies’ Androw ascends to lead national AICP’s 479 members

Mark Androw has been traveling to New York and California on AICP business at least four times a year for the last 15 years serving on the national board in various influential capacities.

As newly-elected chairman of an association representing $4 billion in gross member billings, he anticipates ramping up his frequent flyer miles.

Androw is owner/executive producer of The Story Companies, based in Chicago with offices in Los Angeles and New York and a staff of 19.

Finalists pitch their films for 2022 Community Builders Grant

Come celebrate the Finalists for the 2022 Community Builders Grant in STYLE, as they pitch their projects for the final stage of the grant! Get ready to PARTY! 🥳🎉 Finalists will pitch their films for a chance to win the Community Builders Grant. Prizes include $5,000 in gear credit and $5,000 cash. Join us to … Continue reading “Finalists pitch their films for 2022 Community Builders Grant”

Chicago Med Finale pics & promo for And Now We Come To The End

The Chicago Med finale is this Wednesday.  Chicago Med ends Season 7 with lots of surprises in the final episode titled And Now We Come To The End airing Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Will and Hannah clash over a patient in need of a kidney transplant. Crockett … Continue reading “Chicago Med Finale pics & promo for And Now We Come To The End”

Second City and Columbia College alum Aidy Bryant leaves SNL

One of Chicago’s favorites, Aidy Bryant takes the stage exit door at SNL following Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, and Kyle Mooney who are all expected to take a final bow on Saturday’s finale. As in the end of every season on SNL there is speculation as to who’s in and who’s out but this is … Continue reading “Second City and Columbia College alum Aidy Bryant leaves SNL”

Director Greg Popp joins the roster at SEED Media Arts

Veteran Writer/Director, Greg Popp, has joined SEED Media Arts, bringing his outstanding comedic storytelling to their rapidly expanding roster. Popp’s seasoned experience and award-winning work is no doubt a very exciting addition to the SEED family. His recognizable portfolio includes well known work created for Head and Shoulders, Burger King and Anheuser-Busch, as well as … Continue reading “Director Greg Popp joins the roster at SEED Media Arts”

REEL WOMEN: Jen Shelley, Director of Communications Whitehouse Post

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Jen Shelley are making “Herstory.” As Director of Communications for Whitehouse Post, Jen Shelley oversees … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Jen Shelley, Director of Communications Whitehouse Post”

Flavor and Cutters Studios announce design team promotions

Flavor and Cutters Studios announced promotions for several long-standing team members. According to Flavor’s Executive Producer Neal Cohen, Brian McCauley rises to Executive Creative Director, Brad Backofen and Colby Capes ascend to Associate Creative Director, and Mack Neaton becomes Senior Art Director, effective immediately. McCauley has been a Flavor All Star since his first freelance … Continue reading “Flavor and Cutters Studios announce design team promotions”

Sandro Miller: How a still master mastered motion

If you’ve seen his work, you’ve been spellbound. Because when you look at a portrait by Sandro Miller, it’s as if his subjects are looking right back. This is magical, iconic stuff. A walk through his studio is like shaking hands with the world. There are bikers with souls and ink laid bare. There are … Continue reading “Sandro Miller: How a still master mastered motion”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Lies’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Lies is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Voight employs his new informant to help solve a tricky drug trafficking case. Atwater, who once again struggles to reconcile his personal and professional life, reaches a decision.  Below are … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Lies’”

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced a new initiative to strengthen Chicago’s TV and film industry. The new “Chicago Made” workforce development program and public awareness campaign are based on recommendations from the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force outlined … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative”

UPDATE: Burrell CCO Lewis Williams to join Weber Shandwick

Yesterday, Reel Chicago broke the story that award-winning Chief Creative Officer, Lewis Williams, had resigned from Burrell Communications. He will join Weber Shandwick as EVP, head of Brand Impact early next year. Terrence Burrell will take the helm as Interim Chief Creative Officer. In this role, Terrence will lead the agency’s creative teams in developing strategic … Continue reading “UPDATE: Burrell CCO Lewis Williams to join Weber Shandwick”

One at Optimus signs directors Ashley C. Battle and Chris Vanderwall

Ashley C. Battle and Chris Vanderwall join the directorial roster of ONE, the production arm of Optimus. The latest in a series of moves marking significant growth for the leading production and post house, the new directors further expand ONE’s creative offerings. Battle brings visual storytelling and fashion expertise, and Vanderwall excels in performance-driven pieces, docu-style work, and comedy. … Continue reading “One at Optimus signs directors Ashley C. Battle and Chris Vanderwall”

Navy Pier names Amanda Willard as VP of Marketing and Communications

Navy Pier announced the appointment of Amanda Willard to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications. In her new role, Willard will lead the Pier’s marketing, branding and communications initiatives to create unique opportunities to attract more locals and tourists to Navy Pier. Willard brings over 19 years of experience transforming brands to better connect … Continue reading “Navy Pier names Amanda Willard as VP of Marketing and Communications”

The Distillery Project makes merry for Meijer in midwest holiday campaign

Full-service ad agency The Distillery Project (TDP) has created a holiday brand campaign for retailer Meijer. The earnest and reflective spot highlights the value of family and the lasting memories we create together while reevaluating what the holidays mean and what’s truly important in 2021. Ultimately, it relays the idea that traditions carried on from childhood keep the … Continue reading “The Distillery Project makes merry for Meijer in midwest holiday campaign”

Randolph Street Market returns with Mag Mile Pop-Up

Randolph Street Market lights up the Magnificent Mile with three Holiday Market weekends.  After a 2 year break, Randolph Street Market comes back to Chicago and will be decking the halls this holiday season for three weekends December 4 & 5, 11 & 12, and 18 & 19 at 830 N. Michigan Avenue, formerly the … Continue reading “Randolph Street Market returns with Mag Mile Pop-Up”

Composing duo Robl + Sutta score Chicago film Grasshoppers

The composing duo Robl + Sutta recently scored the original soundtrack for Grasshoppers, award-winning filmmaker Brad Bischoff’s directorial feature film debut. The emotionally charged drama recently made its world premiere as an Official Selection of the 18th Annual Bend Film Festival. The director, Brad Bischoff is a native of Chicago and the film was shot the in the … Continue reading “Composing duo Robl + Sutta score Chicago film Grasshoppers”

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade returns with hundreds of talented performers

This year marks the 87th year of the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade with hundreds of talented performers from near and far. Several hundred thousand Chicagoans and visitors are expected to line the streets in celebration of this time-honored event.  On Thursday, November 25, the free, family-friendly event will kick off at 8 a.m. on the corner … Continue reading “Chicago Thanksgiving Parade returns with hundreds of talented performers”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Trust Me’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Trust Me is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: As the team works to bring down a drug ring, Voight builds trust with a new informant. However, it soon becomes clear she has a plan of her own.  … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Trust Me’”

Tom Pastorelle joins Sarofsky as Senior Editor

One-stop cross-media production company Sarofsky is adding Tom Pastorelle to its full-time staff as Senior Editor. The news was announced by company Principal and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky, and Executive Producer Steven Anderson. “We are so thrilled to be adding Tom to our team,” Erin began. “He has edited a lot of amazing projects over the … Continue reading “Tom Pastorelle joins Sarofsky as Senior Editor”

Whitehouse Post marks a new chapter with promotions of five key staff

Whitehouse Post announces the promotion of five key employees to partnership roles, and a new Executive Director of Post Production, as they continue to evolve and build for an exciting next chapter of the company.  Editors Heidi Black, Charlie Harvey, and Adam Marshall join the partnership ranks along with Director of New Business Development Joni Williamson … Continue reading “Whitehouse Post marks a new chapter with promotions of five key staff”

Stunt insurance for an 8000 pound RV on a frozen lake

Jeremy Pinckert of Explore is an Emmy Award winning director of commercials and branded content. Time and time again, Jeremy has proven that he has the eye-catching vision for monumental shots and performances.  We asked Jeremy to take us behind the scenes on one of his more interesting shoots on a frozen lake. Jeremy Pinckert’s Behind … Continue reading “Stunt insurance for an 8000 pound RV on a frozen lake”

Backyard Productions signs Director/DP Max Gutierrez

Backyard Productions announces that Award-winning Director/DP, Max Gutierrez, noted for his authentic lifestyle and warm family oriented work, has signed with the internationally acclaimed production house. With a passion for visual storytelling and capturing authentic slice of life moments, Max approaches his craft with a steadfast vision for finding the truth in a scene, having … Continue reading “Backyard Productions signs Director/DP Max Gutierrez”

2020 in Review: Mark Egmon of The Team Companies

Editor’s Note: In 2020, the world changed right before our very eyes. Ad agencies, production companies and post houses were forced to adapt and begin a “new normal” working, living, exercising and entertaining out of home. Now that we have just entered 2021, we asked around our industry friends to reflect back on the year and … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Mark Egmon of The Team Companies”

2020 in Review: Mary Caddy of The Colonie

Editor’s Note: In 2020, the world changed right before our very eyes. Ad agencies, production companies and post houses were forced to adapt and begin a “new normal” working, living, exercising and entertaining out of home. Now that we have just entered 2021, we asked around our industry friends to reflect back on the year and … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Mary Caddy of The Colonie”

Cutters promotes David Rubin to editor

High-end editorial boutique Cutters announces the promotion of David Rubin to Editor. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios President/Managing Director Craig Duncan and Managing Editor Grant Gustafson. Rubin landed an internship with Cutters immediately upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leading to a position as Assistant Editor, mainly working for Gustafson. … Continue reading “Cutters promotes David Rubin to editor”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. It … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago

Panavision has named Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys to lead the company’s Chicago office as Vice President and General Manager. Borys will ensure Panavision’s customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support throughout the commercial, television, and feature sectors, and will be supported by Chicago Operations Manager Stan Glapa. Sharon Walker Retires Borys’ appointment … Continue reading “Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago”

Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett

Best of the Midwest voted on by attendees as iconic ads are highlighted in benefit event for Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis food banks. The hors d’oeuvres were whatever you had on hand, the tinkling of cocktail glasses was done from afar and the applause was a bit muted, but that didn’t stop the Midwest advertising, … Continue reading “Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett”

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”

Highdive named Small Agency of the Year, Gold

Holy Jeep! Congratulations to our friends at Highdive Advertising. The independently-owned, full-service creative agency based in Chicago, announces today that it has been named Small Agency of the Year, Gold by Ad Age. This year’s honorees were named at the Small Agency Conference, which was hosted virtually on August 3-5. The Ad Age Small Agency Awards, now in their 11th … Continue reading “Highdive named Small Agency of the Year, Gold”

STORY celebrates the Bud Light beer man

Even though there are no fans in the stands, baseball fans can still have Bud Light delivered to their seats, at home. While Major League Baseball fans won’t be going to the ballpark this year, Bud Light is bringing a bit of the ballpark to them. A new broadcast and social campaign, produced by STORY … Continue reading “STORY celebrates the Bud Light beer man”

Chicago urban farmer in Mailchimp docuseries Essentials

Mailchimp, VICE, and Arts & Sciences, launches the self-shot docuseries Essentials that follows nine essential workers navigating their lives during Covid-19 in various cities around the United States. The show focuses on often less-heard-about employees and small business owners who are exploring ways to modify their capabilities to provide needed services to their communities. The five-part, … Continue reading “Chicago urban farmer in Mailchimp docuseries Essentials”

Chicago’s Two Sides launches ‘Love Paper’ Campaign

Two Sides North American ‘Love Paper’ campaign says ‘go green, go paperless’ is not always the way to go. Two Sides North America today announced the launch of Love Paper, a new campaign designed to raise consumer awareness of the unique and inherently sustainable characteristics of print, paper and paper-based packaging. The centerpiece of the campaign is … Continue reading “Chicago’s Two Sides launches ‘Love Paper’ Campaign”

SKITTLES celebrates Pride Month with Pride Packs

For the month of June, SKITTLES has given up its signature rainbow by removing the iconic colorful branding to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and highlight that during Pride, only #OneRainbow matters. For the first time in the U.S., the brand is releasing limited-edition SKITTLES Pride Packs. The packs feature a colorless design with colorless candies … Continue reading “SKITTLES celebrates Pride Month with Pride Packs”

FCB takes home 7 Gold Pencils at 2020 One Show

Anti-gun violence campaigns scored big this year at The One Show 2020  as winners were revealed today.  “Generation Lockdown” by McCann New York for March For Our Lives; “The Gun Violence History Book” by FCB Chicago, Lord + Thomas and The Mill for Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence; and “Back To School Essentials” by BBDO New York for Sandy Hook Promise all won multiple Gold Pencils at The One Show 2020 FCB was awarded … Continue reading “FCB takes home 7 Gold Pencils at 2020 One Show”

Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines

With the world slowly reopening, the film, advertising and TV industries are in search of answers, especially with COVID-19 and demonstrations still ongoing.  With economic and political uncertainty pushing insecurities, filmmakers, actors, and other collaborators look to the Illinois Film Office and Chicago Film Office. This week, the Chicago Film Office website posted their Be … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines”

Zoom Interview: with David and Joan of O’Connor Casting

There are two sides to every camera story: those behind it creating movie magic, and the talented performers in front.  What many may not consider are the people who bridge the gap between the two worlds; one of these departments being Casting.  One company that’s been adjusting during these turbulent times is O’Connor Casting, run … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: with David and Joan of O’Connor Casting”

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.”

REEL WOMEN: Mary Caddy Partner at The Colonie

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Mary graduated from The School of The Art Institute … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Mary Caddy Partner at The Colonie”

CD Justin Hori returns to Squeak E. Clean Studios

International creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios welcomes Justin Hori back as a Creative Director out of the Chicago office. A talented composer, Hori has developed a knack for crafting poignant, contemporary audio stylings for branded content, crafting original music for award-winning projects with such top clients as Apple, Reebok, Adidas, Volkswagen and Budweiser, … Continue reading “CD Justin Hori returns to Squeak E. Clean Studios”

Optimus promotes Emily Hayes, Ben Winter to editor

Leading production and post house Optimus today announced that it has promoted both Emily Hayes and Ben Winter to Editor. The two have proven themselves with their unique creative voices and stellar work. Hayes has cut spots for brands including Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Campbell’s, Securian and Whirlpool. Winter has worked with … Continue reading “Optimus promotes Emily Hayes, Ben Winter to editor”

Emmy-winner Jane Lynch joins STORY

Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Lynch is joining STORY as a director for advertising projects. Lynch, who currently stars in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has already completed her first project with STORY, a two-spot campaign, currently in post-production. “Jane Lynch is one of the most gifted comic talents working today,” … Continue reading “Emmy-winner Jane Lynch joins STORY”

AMP Awards issues 2020 Call for Entries

The 2020 AMP Awards for Music & Sound is off and running! The industry’s only non-profit juried competition honoring excellence in music and sound for brands across all media has announced its Call for Entries and the opening of its online entry portal. The portal, which features an updated design for 2020, can be found … Continue reading “AMP Awards issues 2020 Call for Entries”

The biggest stories of 2019

The City of Chicago reigned supreme in 2019. Advertising agencies blended social justice with clever branding. Content creators reinforced Chicago’s reputation for inclusivity. Film studios entertained the nation while helping the local neighborhoods. And a handful of friends said goodbye. Below is a list of Reel Chicago’s top articles for 2019, separated by category and … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”

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”

Whitehouse Post expands to Kansas City

International editorial shop now boasts offices in five cities and two continents In addition to their offices in London, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, editorial company Whitehouse Post is bringing their award-winning talent to Kansas City. Partnering with creative post house 19 Below, Whitehouse has designed a comfortable and stylish editing suite within their … Continue reading “Whitehouse Post expands to Kansas City”

Carbon strengthens roster across the USA

Key hires and promotions reinforce new Chicago studio and seamless continental workflow Visual effects and design studio Carbon is proud to announce the promotion of Phil Linturn to Managing Director of Carbon North America and Gretchen Praeger to Executive Producer of the Chicago office. Additionally, the company is excited to announce new hires including Jeff … Continue reading “Carbon strengthens roster across the USA”

The Mill Chicago welcomes new EP Jenny Lumpkin

“Force to be reckoned with” brings industry expertise and relationship-building finesse to full-service production studio The Mill announced today that Jenny Lumpkin has joined their Chicago studio as Executive Producer. Lumpkin arrives at The Mill after spending the last seven years at Quriosity Productions, a Chicago-based production company. As Senior Producer, she developed Quriosity’s production … Continue reading “The Mill Chicago welcomes new EP Jenny Lumpkin”

Camp Kuleshov issues 2019 call for entries

AICP’s trailer contest for assistants releases list of source films for Editing, Graphic Design, and Sound Design, sets Labor Day deadline   Camp Kuleshov, AICP’s annual trailer competition for assistants, has issued its 2019 Call for Entries. Named for the Russian film theorist Lev Kuleshov, Camp Kuleshov is open to assistants, junior creatives, admin and … Continue reading “Camp Kuleshov issues 2019 call for entries”

The Colonie hires artist/designer Ashley Lee

Former UNLTD. creative brings agency chops to expanding and “formidable” department offerings The Colonie has added Motion Designer and 3D Artist Ashley Lee to its full-service editorial and postproduction staff. Before becoming a part of The Colonie’s expanding Motion Design Department, Lee spent two years animating and crafting content for a variety of online platforms … Continue reading “The Colonie hires artist/designer Ashley Lee”

A sneak peek at Billy Dec’s ‘Food. Roots. Philippines.’

Chicago’s award-winning restaurateur and media personality films a quest for family and food in Southeast Asia Billy Dec’s Food. Roots. Philippines. explores an ancient recipe for success on the other side of the world. Currently in post-production, the PBS project is a journey into the country, culture, and cuisine of his ancestors. The Southeast Asian … Continue reading “A sneak peek at Billy Dec’s ‘Food. Roots. Philippines.’”

R/GA elevates Benevides to Exec Content Producer

Benevides to champion the Studio’s practice while pushing for effective storytelling across all media R/GA, the company that creates transformation at speed, today announced Julie Benevides was promoted from senior content producer to executive content producer in the agency’s Chicago office. In her new role, Julie will partner with the Chicago office’s business and creative … Continue reading “R/GA elevates Benevides to Exec Content Producer”

Human brings audio expertise to Chicago

The agency’s new West Loop studio and office will be led by veteran Creative Director Justin Hori Human pushes its industry-leading talents into fresh territories, joining the robust Chicago creative market with a new West Loop studio and office under the leadership of veteran composer/producer Justin Hori. Complemented by offices in New York, Los Angeles, … Continue reading “Human brings audio expertise to Chicago”

Insperity’s solution for seeing employees as numbers

We’ve all been there. Whether we’re at our local coffee shop or Tinder dating, we have all felt like numbers at one time or another. Especially at work. Insperity, the Texas-based HR solutions company wants to put an end to that. Working with award-winning AOR gyro Chicago/Denver, the company has launched an extended digital version … Continue reading “Insperity’s solution for seeing employees as numbers”

AMP announces 2019 Curatorial Committee

Expert panel of music and advertising pros will review judging results, evaluate category winners and select “Best in Show.” The AMP Awards for Music & Sound has released the lineup for its 2019 Curatorial Committee. Selected by members of the AMP Awards Committee in consultation with AMP Awards Show Chair Katy Hornaday, EVP and Executive … Continue reading “AMP announces 2019 Curatorial Committee”

Zach Braff joins RSA Films

It all started when the award-winning actor / writer / director bumped into executive producer Chris Karabas on the street Globally acclaimed production company RSA Films is pleased to announce renowned comedy director and actor Zach Braff has signed on for commercial representation. Braff’s first work with RSA is a Hidden Valley Ranch campaign via … Continue reading “Zach Braff joins RSA Films”

Mill+ adds Daniel Ryan to its directorial roster

Chicago-based pro recently completed two fully immersive films for a large-format, ten-screen video installation at 900 N. Michigan Mill+ is thrilled to welcome Daniel Ryan to its global directorial roster. Having been in the industry for over a decade, Daniel Ryan is a well-established director in the Chicago market. In the last couple of years, … Continue reading “Mill+ adds Daniel Ryan to its directorial roster”

AMP Awards announces 2019 call for entries

Revamped music and sound competition kicks off sixth year with discounts and new audio-only marketing category   The 2019 AMP Awards are off and running with the announcement today that its official Call for Entries portal is open and ready to accept submissions. Sponsored by the Association of Music Producers, the AMP Awards are advertising’s … Continue reading “AMP Awards announces 2019 call for entries”

David Winer launches Fancy Mountain Music & Sound

”The goal is always to help the narrative and to feel something. When you do, it’s lovely stuff.” David Winer On November 12, veteran musician and composer David Winer launched Fancy Mountain Music & Sound, a Chicago-based company serving the advertising and film industries. With decades of experience creating music for live, studio, commercial, and … Continue reading “David Winer launches Fancy Mountain Music & Sound”

Whitehouse, Cutters, Colonie entrants win Kuleshov

“Eerie explosive work” and “lovely animated sequences” reinforce the competition’s unique creative tradition   AICP’s annual Camp Kuleshov trailer competition announced the 2018 winners for its Chicago component during an event at Rock Bottom Brewery on Tuesday night. Named in honor of legendary Russian editor Lev Vladimirovich Kuleshov, Camp Kuleshov celebrates “storytelling through movie trailers, … Continue reading “Whitehouse, Cutters, Colonie entrants win Kuleshov”

Midwest Indie Fest reveals Ad Community Shorts lineup

Working with a jury of pros from the likes of Quriosity, The Mill, and The Onion, MIFF and AICP present the popular program Nov. 6 (Chicago — 22 October 2018) The Midwest Independent Film Festival, in partnership with AICP Midwest, has announced the program lineup for the 2018 Advertising Community Shorts Night, an annual event … Continue reading “Midwest Indie Fest reveals Ad Community Shorts lineup”

The Mill promotes Erica Hilbert, hires Blake Nickle

Erica Hilbert is now Head of Production and Blake Nickle is Executive Producer at The Mill’s Chicago office The Mill is thrilled to appoint a new Head of Production and an Executive Producer to further bolster the growing production team at their Chicago studio. Newly appointed as Head of Production, Erica Hilbert has already taken … Continue reading “The Mill promotes Erica Hilbert, hires Blake Nickle”

​straight 8 shootout comes to the US for the first time

straight 8 – the global one super 8 cartridge no editing film challenge from London – brings its ad industry charity ​shootout​ from Cannes to the USA   (8 August 2018) straight 8 brings its thrilling filmmaking competition, from Cannes Film and Ad Festivals, to the United States. All kinds of companies from the ad … Continue reading “​straight 8 shootout comes to the US for the first time”

The Mill Chicago hires Peter Hullinger as Exec Producer

With experience on brands likes Gatorade, State Farm, and Bud Light, the former Beast GM will focus on “relationships” and “top-tier creative.” (Chicago — 7 August 2018)   The Mill is thrilled to announce the addition of Peter Hullinger as Executive Producer. Hullinger has been active in the advertising space for nearly two decades. Throughout … Continue reading “The Mill Chicago hires Peter Hullinger as Exec Producer”

2018 Camp Kuleshov Trailer Competition opens

The challenging trailer contest for assistants casts a wider net, with entries now accepted from production as well as post studios.   (New York — 30 July 2018) Camp Kuleshov, the annual trailer competition named for the Russian film theorist Lev Kuleshov, has issued its 2018 Call for Entries. This year, the competition is open … Continue reading “2018 Camp Kuleshov Trailer Competition opens”

Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll joins The Mill Chicago

With experience ranging from Adidas to Radiohead, the formerly London-based huemaster is part of the VFX and creative content studio’s continued expansion (Chicago — 26 July 2018) – Oisin O’Driscoll joins Chicago’s expanding colour team from The Mill London where he crafted a highly impressive body of work since joining in 2014. O’Driscoll — known … Continue reading “Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll joins The Mill Chicago”

New leadership for The Mill in Chicago

  The Mill Chicago announces new Managing Director and Creative Leadership     The Mill has appointed three new leadership roles to its Chicago studio. Carl Phillips will serve as Managing Director, Andrew Doman as Deputy Managing Director, and Jay Bandlish as Executive Creative Director. Phillips joined The Mill in Chicago as Head of Production … Continue reading “New leadership for The Mill in Chicago”

Ogilvy KO’s Cannes’ Industry Craft competition

Wednesday’s Cannes Lions Awards Show turned out to be a great one for Ogilvy Chicago as the agency won the Grand Prix for their award-winning Kiwi Shoe Polish campaign for SC Johnson, USA. The story broke inThe Chicago Egotist. The new award is described as “focusing on the artistry, skill, talent and flair required to … Continue reading “Ogilvy KO’s Cannes’ Industry Craft competition”

Reel Women: Jenny Lumpkin, Agent and Producer

Jenny Lumpkin is the international Artist Agent and Senior Producer for Quriosity Productions. Politely referred to as “Q #2”, she is armed with a BFA in both graphic design and creative writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. Besides offering an intimate understanding of the art of visual communication in advertising and entertainment, Jenny is … Continue reading “Reel Women: Jenny Lumpkin, Agent and Producer”

Cutters, Mill, Optimus, Utopic among AICE Shortlisters

Rachelle Madden, VP, Post Production and Digital Production Affairs for AICP, has announced the Shortlist for this year’s AICE Awards for post production excellence. “Our 2018 Shortlist is the result of hours of work by our judges,” says Madden. “We want to thank them all for their contributions and also salute all the editors and … Continue reading “Cutters, Mill, Optimus, Utopic among AICE Shortlisters”

Bartoli, Hafner, Zumbrunnen to join AICE Hall of Fame

Beloved and respected editors with Hybrid, Cutters and Exile to be honored posthumously   (Los Angeles, CA – April 10, 2018) Three West Coast-based editors whose lives and work made an impact on their colleagues, their clients and their peers are being honored with posthumous induction into the AICE Hall of Fame at this year’s … Continue reading “Bartoli, Hafner, Zumbrunnen to join AICE Hall of Fame”

We Are Unlimited, Energy BBDO among Webby noms

Chicago’s We Are Unlimited, FCB, Onion Labs and Energy BBDO are among the ad agency and post-production companies nominated for this year’s Webby Awards, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced today. The Webbys were established in 1996, when most people thought of the web as something Spider-man shot from his wrists. The … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited, Energy BBDO among Webby noms”

The Reel Black List: Qadree Holmes, Visionary EP

Qadree Holmes has successfully risen from intern to production assistant to producer and, finally, to the Founder / Executive Producer of Quriosity Productions. While line producing, he recognized a significant shift in the market — clients and agencies were seeking integrated creative talent options to represent the different social channels now available. Conversely, they did … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Qadree Holmes, Visionary EP”

Leo B promotes Kieran Ots to EVP / ECD

A twenty-year vet of Leo B’s Sydney office, Ots will oversee the creative direction for Samsung, one of the agencies “marquee international clients,” according to a press release issued today. With experience gained from servicing the account as Digital Creative Director in Australia, Ots offers key global knowledge of the business to help ensure success … Continue reading “Leo B promotes Kieran Ots to EVP / ECD”

Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon, other recent moves

Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon Barry Burdiak, a nearly 30-year veteran of DDB Chicago, has left the agency to lead data-driven Epsilon Chicago as Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director. He’ll focus on new business efforts for new and existing clients. A mutiple Cannes Lion winner and Emmy nominee, he will report to a … Continue reading “Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon, other recent moves”

Chicago creative community to aid hurricane victims

Seeking to comfort victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, independent agency Schafer Condon Carter and several trade organizations yesterday launched Chicago Creative Relief, an industry-wide effort to raise $500,000 for affected areas in the US and Caribbean. The program intends to channel the generosity of Chicago’s creative community through a secure online portal that enables … Continue reading “Chicago creative community to aid hurricane victims”

Sandro Miller channels David Lynch with John Malkovich

In director Sandro Miller’s 17-minute short, Psychogenetic Fugue, actor John Malkovich portrays a selection of characters from David Lynch films, reenacting the scenes that made them famous.

For viewers, it’s a spine-tingling journey through the mind of a genius, a surreal exhibition of audiovisual madness, and a trippy tour of historic cinema. For Miller, it’s the latest work in a collaboration with the actor that has spanned two decades.

The community-sourced video tribute Ruth Ratny

The March 29 Ruth Ratny Memorial Celebration at Untitled Supper Club featured speakers from some of the most well known businesses and organizations in the Chicago creative community.

Mark Androw, Tom Duff, Craig Duncan, Julieanna Richardson, Barbara Roche, Roy Skillicorn and Joy Tillis were among those who grabbed the mic and shared personal memories of ReelChicago’s legendary late founder with the room full of people who turned out to celebrate her life.

Hundreds honor ReelChicago founder Ruth L Ratny

Humorous stories, fond memories and sincere gratitude for Ruth L. Ratny were expressed by hundreds of guests who attended a memorial celebration in her honor at Untitled, the River North Supper Club, on Tuesday March 21.

In the course of her four-decade career, Ratny often boasted that she had “forged a community where none existed before.” The evening’s lineup of guest speakers proved those words to be true.

Staff adds, changes at Cap Gun, Periscope, DDB

NAMES IN THE NEWS. Industry veteran Tom Fletcher, the former Fletcher Camera & Lenses executive, was named director of sales at Fujifilm’s optical devices division. In his new post, Fletcher, who has been consulting for the company for almost a year, will oversee sales and promotion of Fujifilm’s broadcast and cinema lenses in North America, reporting to division VP Gordon Tubbs and working out of a Lake Forest office.

Chicago hits record income from TV series filming here

Thanks to NBC, Fox TV, Amazon and other TV shows, features, and the large number of media and entertainment projects filming here, Chicago is ascending into the rarified strata of billion dollar film markets.

In just the span of five years, actually since the advent of Cinespace Studios in 2011, Chicago has recorded $1.3 billion generated by entertainment and commercial production.This means that the local economy has directly benefited by a  total of $3.25 billion from film production activity.

Three “Chicago” series kick off fall season filming

STARTING JULY 20, Chicago’s film industry will take off like a rocket as NBC/Dick Wolf’s three primetime series — “Chicago Fire,” “PD” and “Med” — all begin shooting their new fall seasons on Cinespace stages.

By mid-September, eight TV series will be filming here. Cameras will roll for Fox TV’s hit “Empire” and new Fox entries, “The Exorcist” Aug. 3 and “ABP” Aug. 22. NBC’s “Chicago Justice” is scheduled to start for mid-September airing.

Governor removes tax credit from endangered list

After four months of concern over how future film business would be affected by the suspension of the Illinois Filmmakers Tax Credits — a consequence of the state’s on-going budget impasse  — the Governor’s Office last night officially announced that film tax incentives remain viable and applications are welcome.  

Did C-K fire the client, or did Panera cut them off?

CRAMER-KRASSELT CHAIRMAN /CEO Peter Krivkovich candid internal memo Wednesday telling the staff why the agency fired two-year old client Panera Bread. He said whatever they did, how hard they worked, the results they gained, the client found fault with, not to mention politics getting in the way. 

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.

Comma’s Pecorella opens 2014 AMP music awards

Comma’s Larry Pecorella, national president of the Association of Music Producers, announced the 2014 AMP Awards for Music & Sound show will be held in New York next spring.

AMP is the only US industry forum recognizing excellence in music and sound for advertising and branding. “And it serves as an advocacy and standard-setter for the commercial music industry, like AICP and AICE for postproduction,” he said.

Editor Nadav Kurtz wins top Ad Shorts prize at MWFF

Tuesday night’s Annual Ad Community Shorts program of 14 films vividly displayed the high quality and imagination of filmmakers who work in various capacities in agencies and production houses. 

The 14 programmed films were so compelling, so good within their genres that the jury must’ve tossed coins to slot their final choices into traditional first-second-third places.