LeBron James, AT&T celebrate Black Chicago

1+ This Black History Month, AT&T Dream in Black presents the return of Black Future Makers, a future-forward celebration of inspirational people in the culture. The campaign was announced via a commercial celebrating frontline workers and everyday heroes from Chicago in a spot voiced by NBA superstar, philanthropist and entrepreneur LeBron James. James is also one of … Continue reading “LeBron James, AT&T celebrate Black Chicago”

Chicago neighborhood food pantries get boost from AT&T

3+ Food pantries and organizations helping residents address food insecurity issues in Chicago’s south and west side neighborhoods are receiving support from AT&T, including three neighborhoods – Austin, Auburn Gresham and South Shore – receiving special focus by Mayor Lightfoot and the City’s Racial Equity Rapid Response Team. AT&T is supporting the effort through its … Continue reading “Chicago neighborhood food pantries get boost from AT&T”

AT&T provides meals to 6,000 Chicago Police officers

3+ During this National Police Week, AT&T is recognizing police officers’ service and sacrifice with support to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which is providing meals to 6,000 Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers on the street and on duty across every police district in the city.  The initiative will also provide gift cards for the … Continue reading “AT&T provides meals to 6,000 Chicago Police officers”

Digital Kitchen brings ‘Westworld’ to Chicago AT&T stores

2+ Fans get close to the action in Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston “Everything in this world is magic, except for the magician.” Dr. Ford The line uttered by Anthony Hopkins’ Dr. Ford in Westworld’s first season speaks to the power of illusion and belief and the blurred lines between realities within HBO‘s runaway hit … Continue reading “Digital Kitchen brings ‘Westworld’ to Chicago AT&T stores”

Interview with OTV founder Dr. Aymar Jean Christian

3+ Open Television author and creator is helping to bring marginalized creators and content into the spotlight of American culture   Over the last four years, Dr. Aymar Jean Christian has inspired a community of artists and intellectuals to disrupt one of the greatest institutions in America. With analytical expertise, online manipulation, shrewd outreach, and … Continue reading “Interview with OTV founder Dr. Aymar Jean Christian”

Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes

4+ Yuri Rutman’s guerilla-filmed, psychoerotic short begins streaming tomorrow on ShortsTV Kiev-born, Chicago-raised, LA-based filmmaker Yuri Rutman endured 48 hours of the Windy City winter to make a film that becomes available for streaming in 33 million homes tomorrow. His 18-minute short, Trained, is a love story like no other. Offering a glimpse into the … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes”

Blue Chip elevates three to executive team

3+ The Chicago-based independent agency promotes Elizabeth Bleser to SVP of Integrated Media; Jason Geis and Joel Walker will co-lead Creative Chicago-based independent agency Blue Chip is proud to announce that it has added three new members to its executive leadership team. Elizabeth Bleser has been promoted to senior vice president of Integrated Media. Bleser … Continue reading “Blue Chip elevates three to executive team”

The Colonie hires artist/designer Ashley Lee

4+ 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 … Continue reading “The Colonie hires artist/designer Ashley Lee”

SocialDeviant hires new CCO, opens new studio

1+ Hart Rusen becomes Chief Creative Officer as agency grows by 2,400 sq. ft. in downtown Chicago Seven years after its founding as a modern agency for modern brands, SocialDeviant is doubling down on its commitment to creativity by hiring Hart Rusen as its Chief Creative Officer, effective immediately. This, along with building out their … Continue reading “SocialDeviant hires new CCO, opens new studio”

AICP honors the best advertising of the year

2+ Nike named Marketer of the Year as AICP Next Awards and AICP Show honor the most innovative marketing in the motion image Winners of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial were presented tonight at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Together with the AICP Next … Continue reading “AICP honors the best advertising of the year”

‘Chicago at the Crossroad’ world premiere at ABFF

0 Windy City doc committed to reducing gun violence screens at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, June 12 – 16 The world premiere of Chicago at the Crossroad — a film by Chicago-based Schodorf Media Creative — is one of only five documentaries set to screen at the 23rd Annual American Black Film … Continue reading “‘Chicago at the Crossroad’ world premiere at ABFF”

AICP announces Community Award and Shortlists

4+ 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 … Continue reading “AICP announces Community Award and Shortlists”

NY-based Nice Shoes expands into Chicago

4+ “Since making our way to Chicago in 2014, we have really enjoyed being a part of the creative community.” —Tara Holmes NYC-based creative studio Nice Shoes has expanded its Midwest presence by opening a stand-alone space in Chicago’s vibrant River North district. The studio will be led by Senior Colorist Ron Sudul and Color … Continue reading “NY-based Nice Shoes expands into Chicago”

Reel Black List: Charles Andrew Gardner, actor

7+ “I am most proud when I’m able to shift peoples’ perspectives through the work that I do.” Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, SAG-AFTRA Chicago local president Charles Andrew Gardner is an actor with a passion for illuminating the stories of the underrepresented. On-camera credits include episodes of The Chi and Chicago PD; … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Charles Andrew Gardner, actor”

‘Olympia’ at Chicago Comedy Film Festival

4+ “Olympia” received rave reviews at the Chicago Int’l Film Fest and is the latest from Chicago’s growing film community (Chicago, IL — 23 October 2018) Right off of a successful three-screening run at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival, Cow Lamp Films announce the film Olympia to screen for college audiences at the upcoming … Continue reading “‘Olympia’ at Chicago Comedy Film Festival”

Women in Comedy’s inaugural Short Screening

2+ These filmmakers are not only naturally funny, but they’ve also been honing their chops in professional arenas for years One of the most unique film collections of the year will light up the creative business incubator 2112 next week. The Chicago Women in Comedy’s Comedy Short Screening will culminate a six-month workshop designed to … Continue reading “Women in Comedy’s inaugural Short Screening”

Charles Andrew Gardner at Black Harvest Film Fest

4+ “We are starting to have a way for our stories to be shared, told, and heard … it’s only gonna make us and the entertainment industry stronger … It’s time” Charles Andrew Gardener, President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago, was among the guests enjoying the reception following Black Harvest Film Festival’s opening night at The Joffrey … Continue reading “Charles Andrew Gardner at Black Harvest Film Fest”

Reese Witherspoon helps build female film careers

6+ The Oscar-winning actress has teamed up with Fresh Films and AT&T to create a summer filmmaking lab for teen females   Though women make up 50% of moviegoers, they represent only 17% of creators in Hollywood, outnumbered by men in most roles within film and TV production, from writing and cinematography to production and … Continue reading “Reese Witherspoon helps build female film careers”

Chicago Filmmakers pitch for $1MM Tribeca competition

5+ The Year Between, a project written by Chicago filmmaker and comedian Alex Heller in development with Full Spectrum Features, will compete in AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, a live pitch event presented by AT&T and Tribeca Film Institute. Five teams will compete to receive a $1 million to produce their film. The competition will take … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers pitch for $1MM Tribeca competition”

Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley

9+ Christine Dudley rarely goes to the movies. That may seem odd for the Director of the Illinois Film Office, but she’s dedicated to a job that begins before most of the scenes are even shot and ends, like, never. So what does she do?     When Dudley’s not pitching Hollywood studios, she’s reading … Continue reading “Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley”