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”
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.
Negotiations between the AICP/Midwest and IATSE Local 476 went smoothly and quickly, to deliver a new four-year contract that continues to demonstrate their mutual goal of delivering the best, most professional work in commercial production.
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.
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.”
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”
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”
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”
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.
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.
Thursday night’s Annual AICP Show: “The Art & Technique of the American Commercial,” as it’s formally designated, always bows June at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and, after touring major advertising cities, always ends in Chicago in November.
It looks like Chicago/Illinois’ spot production market is vastly bigger than has been officially reported in the past, according to AICP’s just-released 13th annual Survey of the Commercial Production Industry activity in 2014.
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
A suspension of the Illinois Filmmakers Tax Credit was one of many items contained in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s announced budget cuts, in an overt ploy to prod the Democrats to come to terms with his proposed fiscal 2016 state budget.
If Chicago’s visual media industry is ending 2014 with a big smile of satisfaction from a profitable outpouring of work, then 2015 will have everyone positively beaming like the sun.
Seven more organizations are starting the New Year with new looks, staff and ideas.
For the first time, STORY production/post will have an in-house sales director, working in its new offices when commercial pro, Melissa Thornley, starts Nov. 1 as Midwest head of new business development.
ONE AT OPTIMUS has boosted its directors’ roster to 11 with the addition of a trio of award-winning directors. They are LA-based Danny J. Boyle and Ben Chappell, both known to Chicago clients through past associations, and director/photographer Ben Fink of New York.
Detroit is the first stop for the 23rd annual AICP Show on its 10-city awards tour, following its June 12 premiere at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
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.
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MULTICULTURAL AGENCY COMMONGROUND, named Ad Agency’s Small Agency of the Year in 2012, has just become bigger and a more important player. After a 3-month review, it won the African American work for Verizon Wireless, formerly with Global Hue.
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.
Events uptempo during the second half of April (accelerated no doubt by Mars and Mercury, planets of creativity and communications going direct) also gives us a choice of more than one or two places to go on the same night.
JOB OFFERS KEEP POURING IN for Roscor’s former skilled employees, 100 of whom were suddenly and sadly terminated from the 35-year old Mt. Prospect-based AV equipment company on Black Friday, Oct. 28. Many had been with the company for 20 years, and some as long as 30 years.
Companies from all over who learned about the mass layoffs have reached out to the former staffers with job openings!
Invitations to send in letters, resumes and applications appear in the BackTalk, or comments section, following our recent Roscor stories.
EVERYONE HERE who worked on the Chicago-set, Chicago-filmed “Boss” – all the unions, the Cinespace owners, all of us who believe in our industry and want to see it thrive – will be ecstatic hearing the rave reviews the show is starting to garner.
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.
After three hours of picketing by two union locals early Dec. 8 to protest a production company’s unwillingness to sign a labor agreement that provides health benefits to members, the targeted company agreed to become a signatory of both locals.
At issue was Optimus One’s hiring of a 23-person, non-union film crew for a national TV commercial being shot at Resolution Digital Studios.
Six months ago, Studio Mechanics Local 476 and Cameramen’s Local 600 had tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a labor agreement with Optimus One, the in-house production arm of the post facility.
DURING THEIR FOUR WHIRLWIND DAYS in L.A., a Chicago sales contingent saw 19 producers, several with possible projects for the state, says Local 476’s Mark Hogan. He was accompanied by Teamsters 726’s John Coli and IFO director Betsey Steinberg on their latest sales mission.
Any new projects heading our way?