Miller Lite and DDB Chicago introduce Beercoal to ‘Lite’ up summer grills

Summer is the season of beer. Warmer temps make cold ones a no-brainer from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, but not all light beers are created equal, and not all grill owners are BBQ masters. Miller Lite is bringing its iconic beer taste where it belongs – the grill. Introducing Miller Lite Beercoal, the … Continue reading “Miller Lite and DDB Chicago introduce Beercoal to ‘Lite’ up summer grills”

DDB Chicago releases hilarious first spots for Orkin

The first Orkin campaign from AOR DDB Chicago is hilarious. The theme — The Best in Pests. When you have pests, call in a pro… the right pro. DDB Chicago uses humor to show the difference between a ‘pro’ and an Orkin Pro by bringing in professional Tennis pro Rianna Valdes to swat mosquitoes, Fishing … Continue reading “DDB Chicago releases hilarious first spots for Orkin”

REEL WOMEN: DDB Creative Director Carolyn Bergen

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 Carolyn Bergen are making “Herstory.” A passionate, proven creative leader and writer, Carolyn is a … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: DDB Creative Director Carolyn Bergen”

Rodrigo Jatene joins DDB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer

DDB North America has announced the appointment of Rodrigo Jatene to Chief Creative Officer, DDB Chicago to lead creative vision, culture, and product at the region’s largest office. Jatene will partner with CEO Andrea Diquez and the Chicago leadership team, including newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer Milo Chao and Sandra Alfaro, Head of Business Leadership to create Unexpected Works for clients including Molson Coors, Mars, McDonald’s, and … Continue reading “Rodrigo Jatene joins DDB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer”

Sandra Alfaro is the latest addition to the DDB Chicago team

DDB North America today announced that Sandra Alfaro has joined DDB Chicago as Head of Business Leadership. Alfaro will oversee leadership and growth for the region’s largest office, reporting directly to DDB Chicago CEO Andrea Diquez. Alfaro’s appointment follows the addition of Milo Chao, who joined as Chief Strategy Officer in September. Diquez said, “We are focused on building … Continue reading “Sandra Alfaro is the latest addition to the DDB Chicago team”

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”

Britt Nolan leaves DDB, returns to Burnett

Both Adweek and Ad Age are reporting that DDB North American CCO Britt Nolan is rejoining Leo Burnett Chicago as president and CCO, almost exactly two years to the day he left. According to the reports, Nolan will oversee the creative output and manage the Chicago office while supporting the global Leo Burnett network. He … Continue reading “Britt Nolan leaves DDB, returns to Burnett”

Andrea Diquez named DDB Chicago CEO

DDB North America today announced the addition of a new leader at the helm of their Chicago office. Andrea Diquez joins DDB Chicago as Chief Executive Officer. DDB looks to Diquez’s inspirational leadership to ignite growth for the region’s largest office. “Andrea is bringing an incredible set of skills and experience to DDB Chicago,” says North America CEO Justin Thomas-Copeland. … Continue reading “Andrea Diquez named DDB Chicago CEO”

Burnett, DDB, FCB represent Chicago at Andy Awards

The Andy Awards announced their winners on April 12 and Leo Burnett, DDB Chicago and FCB Chicago represented the windy city for their work on Kraft Heinz Country Time, Miller Lite and Coors Light respectively. Burnett The Chicago office took home an Idea Andy for their work on Country Time Lemonade’s Littlest Bailout. , which … Continue reading “Burnett, DDB, FCB represent Chicago at Andy Awards”

Two new adam&eveDDB spots for Temptations

We all know that over time, owners start to look like their pets. And with special moments lasting longer with Creamy Purrrr-ee…this could get out of hand! Creamy Purrrr-ee is a new irresistible treat for cats and a means to create spontaneous moments of enhanced bonding with your furry friend. To highlight this, adam&eveDDB created a … Continue reading “Two new adam&eveDDB spots for Temptations”

Minority New York agency sues DDB over Army account

Minority owned New York ad agency HERO Group (aka HERO Collective) filed suit against Omnicom-owned agency DDB in Illinois Northern District Court court this week, alleging DDB “exploited” HERO to win the U.S. Army contract and didn’t pay it for two years of work. Chicago-based Swanson, Martin & Bell and Beverly Hills-based Singh, Singh & … Continue reading “Minority New York agency sues DDB over Army account”

Dog vs Snowman in Greenies campaign by adam&eveDDB

A little boy puts the finishing touches on his snowman, before the dog playfully pulls its arm off in a moment of shock and deadpan comedy in this Greenies campaign. The resolution is giving the dog a Greenies Dental Treat, which is positioned as “something better for your dog to chew on.”  The video was … Continue reading “Dog vs Snowman in Greenies campaign by adam&eveDDB”

Omnicom’s plan to reopen DDB and Energy BBDO

As states begin to think about slowly reopening and relaxing social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the advertising industry, which has been hit hard, is starting to think about their own plan. Omnicom CEO John Wren sent a memo to employees yesterday outlining how Omnicom of which DDB, Agency 720, Energy BBDO, Critical Mass, FleishmanHillard, … Continue reading “Omnicom’s plan to reopen DDB and Energy BBDO”

DDB Chi reportedly reduces staff by 30

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect ad agencies, causing reductions of staff, salary cuts and furloughs. DDB, Chicago is the latest agency forced to slightly restructure. The agency has reportedly laid off 30 people including global business director for Unilever, Mark Mulhern, and chief people officer, North America Britt Hayes.  Last week, our sister outlet Reel … Continue reading “DDB Chi reportedly reduces staff by 30”

DDB Worldwide ranked Second Most Creative Agency

The World Advertising Research Center (WARC) has released the results of its second annual Creative 100, ranking the most creative agencies, networks and campaigns in the world. For the second year in a row, DDB Worldwide was ranked the #2 most creative agency network in the world.  Two DDB agencies were ranked among the world’s top … Continue reading “DDB Worldwide ranked Second Most Creative Agency”

DDB brings back original social media – “Miller Time”

So many of us (you know who you are) are more concerned with having thousands of followers than a few good friends. In an engaging new campaign from DDB, the creative agency for Miller Lite, has tapped into this thought and created a campaign that is both engaging, smart and funny as hell. “With this … Continue reading “DDB brings back original social media – “Miller Time””

BOO! DDB drops first Skittles Halloween spot in 5 years

The Blair Witch would be proud. Or at least laugh her wrinkly, green ass off. Some of the best and most innovative advertising to come out of Chicago, and let’s be real – strangest, is the Skittles work from DDB Chicago. Whether it’s throwing a broadway halftime show with Michael C. Hall or screening a … Continue reading “BOO! DDB drops first Skittles Halloween spot in 5 years”

UNLTD. to be absorbed by DDB?

Less than a week after McDonald’s announced its new U.S. lead creative agency would be Wieden + Kennedy New York, it seems that the bespoke Omnicom shop, We Are Unlimited will be folded into DDB Chicago. AgencySpy, citing anonymous sources from Business Insider, reports that We Are Unlimited will retain its name, but operate as … Continue reading “UNLTD. to be absorbed by DDB?”

Dreams come true in new Blue Moon campaign by DDB

A light-hearted pair of spots do an excellent job of implying that beer makes everything better DDB explores a range of the possibilities that a drinker can dream in a colorful new campaign for Blue Moon titled, Once in a Blue Moon. The effort centers on a pair of light-hearted spots that re-imagine everyday situations … Continue reading “Dreams come true in new Blue Moon campaign by DDB”

DDB celebrates State Farm commitment to doing good

Chicago agency helps insurance company get laughs with Heimlich maneuvering, crosswalk assisting, and whale saving in ‘On The Board’ DDB created a flurry of humorous scenes to help State Farm generate laughs and spread kindness through On The Board, a new commercial highlighting the power of collective good. Tracking a pair of zealous co-workers who … Continue reading “DDB celebrates State Farm commitment to doing good”

Britt Nolan named DDB North America CCO

Britt Nolan leaves Burnett to run DDB North America creative, as Ari Weiss is promoted to global CCO DDB Worldwide today announced that former Leo Burnett co-President and Chief Creative Officer, Britt Nolan, is moving to DDB Worldwide as the CCO of its North American network. Ari Weiss, who previously held the position has been … Continue reading “Britt Nolan named DDB North America CCO”

DDB, Miller Lite, Eric Andre play ‘The Cantroller’

After you drink the beer inside, the Cantroller continues to operate your video games I’m suddenly reminded of the line Tim Robbins said in The Coen Brothers’ Hudsucker Proxy, “You know, for kids!” Okay, this “ludicrous” (DDB’s words in a press release, not ours) product innovation they’ve created for Miller Lite is definitely not for … Continue reading “DDB, Miller Lite, Eric Andre play ‘The Cantroller’”

Creative force Jon Flannery joins DDB Chicago

Award-winning leader accepts challenge to help make marquee client Capital One “even more successful.” DDB Chicago today announced that Jon Flannery has been hired as EVP, Executive Creative Director. As a creative leader, Flannery has a reputation for architecting innovative work that both grows brands and garners creative recognition. In his new role, he will … Continue reading “Creative force Jon Flannery joins DDB Chicago”

DDB helps State Farm get funny with celebs

Ken Jeong and Terry Crews share their ‘Hidden Talents’ in a new campaign about life insurance State Farm’s Hidden Talents campaign — created by DDB and featuring actors Ken Jeong and Terry Crews — launched yesterday. The campaign is inspired by the fact that that State Farm is just as much an expert on life … Continue reading “DDB helps State Farm get funny with celebs”

DDB’s new look is a celebration of the past

“This visual identity perfectly captures our heritage and legacy … and positions us for the future.” DDB CEO Wendy Clark DDB Worldwide unveiled a new visual identity in a brief, compelling, and informative video released today. The one-minute, 42-second piece references the agency’s history and branding while flashing through a whirlwind of legendary campaigns before … Continue reading “DDB’s new look is a celebration of the past”

DDB and Skittles Broadway bound for Super Bowl

Chicago agency teams with colorful candy to create the first-ever commercial performed as a live Broadway musical Last year, DDB Chicago and Skittles made Super Bowl noise by making none at all. If you remember, the Mars candy brand created a humungous mysterious campaign around former Friends star David Schwimmer and showed it to one … Continue reading “DDB and Skittles Broadway bound for Super Bowl”

Ten-Hut! DDB Chicago lands The Army as an account

Contract rumored to be worth $4 billion over next ten years Look alive, maggots… err, Chicago. DDB Chicago has landed the lucrative United States Army as an account. According to Ad Age, the Chicago-based agency will spin off a new dedicated shop much like it did for McDonald’s with We Are Unlimited. Sources say, the … Continue reading “Ten-Hut! DDB Chicago lands The Army as an account”

DDB adds Lyons and Russo for top US strategy roles

Tricia Russo named Chief Strategy Officer at DDB Chicago Susie Lyons hired as Head of Strategy at DDB New York (Chicago — 20 September 2018) Omnicom Group’s DDB North America hired industry veterans Susie Lyons and Tricia Russo to top leadership roles. The move complements substantial growth, key new business wins, and creative accolades for … Continue reading “DDB adds Lyons and Russo for top US strategy roles”

Capital One and DDB want you to go out and cash in

Three new spots feature real families, real couples, and real friends doing exactly what the card rewards: having fun and making memories I feel like Doc Brown just threw me into his DeLorean and took me back in time. My time. DDB Chicago, never afraid to go old school in their music choices, takes viewers … Continue reading “Capital One and DDB want you to go out and cash in”

Jason Witten surprises fans in Miller Lite spot by DDB

New DDB Chicago video shows football legend Jason Witten trading in his jersey for a beer delivery uniform As a devout Philadelphia Eagles (“Iggles”) fan it really does pain me to write anything positive about THAT team in Dallas. But DDB Chicago has created a new video for client Miller Lite that tastes great. To … Continue reading “Jason Witten surprises fans in Miller Lite spot by DDB”

DDB taps into Blue Moon as AOR

After a month-long competitive review, the brand moves its creative to the newly created unit fifty5Zero Pass DDB Chicago a Blue Moon. The agency announced last week that client Chicago-based MillerCoors has decided to move creative responsibilities for its Blue Moon brand to fifty5Zero, a newly created unit of DDB. According to a spokeswoman, this … Continue reading “DDB taps into Blue Moon as AOR”

DDB network claims a pride of Lions at Cannes

The concepts for “Exclusive the Rainbow” and “Trolling is Ugly” are worth the praise alone, but the executions are also exceptional.   So far this week, DDB and its specialty units have claimed a massive haul of awards at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. With Exclusive the Rainbow for Skittles and Trolling Is Ugly … Continue reading “DDB network claims a pride of Lions at Cannes”

DDB’s Mel Routhier: From Texas intern to Chicago leader

Last month, as reported in Reel Chicago, DDB Chicago promoted Melissa “Mel” Routhier to Executive Creative Director from State Farm Group Creative Director. After spending an hour talking to the former Texan, I can see why. Routhier is funny, inspiring, passionate, and engaging. Her work for State Farm — which includes the Following campaign that … Continue reading “DDB’s Mel Routhier: From Texas intern to Chicago leader”

DDB helps Skittles show where Sweet Heat comes from

DDB Chicago helped Skittles retain its top place on the eclectic advertising mantel with a new 15-second commercial starring a pair of unkempt basement dwellers. Skittles’ Rile the Rainbow commercial offers no context for the characters who “love these Sweet Heat Skittles,” but that doesn’t matter. The spot by DDB Chicago earns an enthusiastic double … Continue reading “DDB helps Skittles show where Sweet Heat comes from”

Mel Routhier promoted to ECD of DDB Chicago, more

Earlier this week, DDB announced the promotion of popular Mel Routhier to Executive Creative Director from her previous position of Group Creative Director. Routhier and fellow ECD Colin Selikow will both report to DDB Chicago CCO John Maxham. With her promotion to ECD, Routhier will continue overseeing the creative for State Farm, one of the … Continue reading “Mel Routhier promoted to ECD of DDB Chicago, more”

DDB and “I, Tonya” director help State Farm fill in blanks

What happens when your she shed goes to smithereens when it’s sauteed by fire … after a lightning strike? That’s the idea behind DDB Chicago’s engaging and humorous new national campaign for State Farm which broke during the season finale of NBC’s This is Us. Titled, “Here to Help _____ Go Right,” the initiative is … Continue reading “DDB and “I, Tonya” director help State Farm fill in blanks”

DDB’s CEO helps launch Times Up / Advertising

DDB Worldwide CEO Wendy Clark is among 180 other female advertising leaders who have launched Time’s Up / Advertising, the advertising and marketing industry answer to the entertainment industry’s Time’s Up movement, which was launched at the end of 2017. Other leaders include Alyson Warshaw, CCO of Laundry Service; Debby Reiner, CEO of Grey New … Continue reading “DDB’s CEO helps launch Times Up / Advertising”

Wendy Clark is the new Global President & CEO at DDB

Well, that didn’t take long. Omnicom Group Inc. President and CEO John Wren announced the appointment of Wendy Clark, who joined the agency in 2016, as President and CEO of DDB Worldwide. Clark succeeds Chuck Brymer who will assume the title of Chairman. Both roles are effective immediately. “After 12 terrific years as the head … Continue reading “Wendy Clark is the new Global President & CEO at DDB”

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”

DDB & Skittles reveal teen’s reaction to Schwimmer stunt

With all due respect to the creative team at DDB Chicago, I did not and could not turn away from my beloved Eagles, and their win over the Patriots, to watch what was perhaps the most inventive spot that aired that night. Of course, I am talking about the agency’s Super Bowl Skittles Spot for … Continue reading “DDB & Skittles reveal teen’s reaction to Schwimmer stunt”

DDB & State Farm continue ‘Neighborhood of Good’

What happens to the concept of giving back when the decorations come down and the red Starbucks cups disappear? DDB Chicago continues their strong “Neighborhood of Good” State Farm campaign with a touching reminder that the season of giving back never really ends. Directed by Anonymous Content’s Aoife McArdle, the dynamic :60-second film highlights the … Continue reading “DDB & State Farm continue ‘Neighborhood of Good’”

Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news

Viral Chicago series Easy Abby returns for season two Easy Abby, the “Lesbian RomCom Series” that scored more than 30 million views with thirteen episodes in its first season, returns Dec. 15 on Revry, “the world’s first LGBTQ+ digital streaming platform.” Created, written, and directed by Chicago filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton, Easy Abby chronicles the … Continue reading “Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news”

Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB

DDB Chicago announced today that the agency had lured away 14-year Burnett veteran Colin Selikow to serve as Executive Creative Director on the Miller Lite and Mars Wrigley Confectionery accounts. Selikow rose to creative lead on both Samsung Mobile and United Healthcare. His team’s award-winning film entitled “Ostrich” recently earned seven Cannes Lions. “When I … Continue reading “Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB”

“Table Read,” BBDO, DDB, Gitersonke in the news

A 30-SECOND CUBS SPOT, “Fly the W,” created by Chicago Cubs’ agency Schafer Carter Condon (SCC) featuring the narration of injured Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, was designed to get fans excited about the Cubs’ National Division Series playoffs starting Oct. 7.

And it did it ever! — the spot was a hit waaaay out of the park, beyond anyone’s expectations, by garnering an amazing two million-plus views since it was posted on Facebook a scant two weeks ago.

The flag “is the fabric that brings an entire nation together,” Schwarber says.  “It says to the world, we will never lose faith … and maybe this October, if we fly it high enough, and loud enough and proud enough, well, you get the idea.”

Was SCC’s CD Ron Sone, who created the spot with CD Michael Dorich, surprised at the overwhelming reaction? “No, just at the speed it caught on,” he says. And those  two million hits were only from a Facebook posting, although the spot also appears on other social media outlets.

DDB, State Farm kick off spot with Aaron Rodgers

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not fall. Yet. But when football kicks off how can you not start thinking about either heading out to your favorite bar or sitting on your couch, cracking open a cold one and watching The Bears? Then again, if the Bears play like last season you might want to consider … Continue reading “DDB, State Farm kick off spot with Aaron Rodgers”

Director Rosen acts like a child while filming for DDB

To say that Seed Media Arts director David Rosen resorted to childish behavior on the set of a recent shoot is incorrect. That was his plan from the beginning.

“I’m a goofball,” he explains. “If I’m playful and spontaneous, then the kids are going to be playful and spontaneous as well.”

Working on a concept by DDB Chicago for global engineering firm Emerson, Rosen directed on-camera interviews with 70 kids aged five- to-sixteen-years-old in two separate locations over four days.

New hires at DDB, FCB and We Are Unlimited

On Friday, McDonald’s AOR We Are Unlimited announced that former FCB Chicago SVP/ECD, Max Geraldo had been tapped to serve as Executive Creative Director. Joining him is Bruno Guimaraes, who left DigitasLBI Chicago to serve as Creative Director.

Both creatives will report to the agency’s Chief Creative Officer Toygar Bazarkaya. These are Bazarkaya’s first hires since joining the agency two months ago, and builds out the creative leadership team.

Geraldo has over 50 Cannes Lions to his credit including the Mobile Grand Prix.

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

DDB Chicago, which has a storied history of creating award-winning work for beer brands — Anheuser-Busch to be specific — is ready to break out the beer steins again as Miller Lite consolidated its brand within the network.

As many industry pundits had predicted, DDB Chicago will be global AOR for Miller Lite and Adam&Eve. DDB will handle Miller Genuine Draft. The decision follows a formal creative review among several competitors.

DDB and State Farm launch “Neighborhood of Good”

Both DDB Chicago and their long-time client, State Farm, believe that at the heart of any strong community are neighbors who care. Moved by this belief, the two have partnered to launch the Neighborhood of Good initiative online and on broadcast TV.

Beginning with a moving 2-minute short film called, “The Following,” the two hope to encourage viewers to take action on important causes they care about.

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.

Sonixphere’s original score adds humor to DDB spots

Sonixphere created an original orchestral score highlighting the humor in La Quinta hotel chain’s new two-spot campaign, “Win@Business,” from DDB Chicago, giving the LaQuinta mnemonic a symphonic makeover.

The character-driven spots feature company guys who aim to win at business by rehearsing their plan of attack the night before in their La Quinta rooms.

Under the supervision of DDB SVP/GCDs Barry Burdiak and John Hayes and CDs Tim Green and Bart Culberson, the two 30s were directed by Brian Billow of New York-based O Positive, LLC, and edited by The Whitehouse’s Dave Cea.

Digital and data to drive McDonald’s new DDB agency

The bitter rivalry between DDB vs. Burnett. Publicis vs. Omnicom. Keith vs. Leo, for the billion dollar prize, brought to us by McDonald’s, with a cast of bleary-eyed creatives caught in between, has ended.

The winner, as we all know, is Omnicom and DDB, meaning for the first time in 35 years everything on the menu is going to be served up by one yet-to-be-created agency.

This wouldn’t be the first time DDB started an agency for a single client, having successfully launched Element 79 in 2001 for Quaker Oats.

DDB’s ECD Davis in new role as CCO/DDB San Francisco

DDB’S CHICAGO’S ECD KEVIN DREW DAVIS relocated to the agency’s San Francisco office where he will assume the position of chief creative officer at DDB San Francisco. He joined DDB in 2013 as CC of DDB Canada before being asked to assume the ECD role in Chicago in late 2014.

During his two years in Chicago, he was known for his McDonald’s work, spearheading the agency’s Cannes Lion-winning “Lovin’ the Super Bowl” Twitter campaign, which made McDonald’s the most retweeted brand ever in a single day.

John Maxham returns to DDB as CEO from Seattle agency

DDB Chicago’s new chief creative officer is John Maxham, who is returning to the agency after a four-year stint with Cole + Weber, Seattle.

Prior to Cole + Weber, Maxham worked at DDB for two years as group creative director on the AT&T business. He replaces CCO Ewan Paterson who left the agency last August to return to his native London.

Savoring the details in DDB’s Milky Way print ad

It’s the forgotten advertising form.  It gets no respect.  It’s probably going to go the way of the dinosaur before much more time has elapsed.  We just have that sinking feeling. 

Especially as magazines of the hardcopy variety continue to be threatened with extinction (goodbye Newsweek, we really loved you!).

Yes, we’re talking about the print ad.

Can C/K, DDB’s foreign creative approach work?

Does foreign really work in Chicago?  That’s the burning question that is likely to be answered in the not too distant future as we watch how things fare for two high-profile creative leaders in Chicago.

The most recent arrival to whom we refer is Derek Green, the charming 37-year-old ad man now ensconced as the new executive creative director at Cramer-Krasselt/Chicago, an agency that has churned through several top creatives in recent times.

DDB quietly absorbs Element 79; Williams to depart

Let’s put it this way. It wasn’t a good sign.

Quietly.  Ever so quietly, the deed was done.  Not in the dark of night, exactly.  But quietly.  So as not to disturb any positive thoughts gestating out there about the state of the Chicago advertising industry.

Yeah.  Maybe we were guilty of being too distracted by the fun and possibilities attached to the launch of the Pompous Society, a happy way to suggest there is maybe still some life in the old ad business here after all.

Good grades to McGuinness for positive DDB changes

So how’s he doing?  As Peter McGuinness rapidly approaches his first year anniversary on the job as CEO and president of DDB/Chicago, he at least has managed to now to bring some semblance of stability to an agency that was — for much of the past decade — in danger of imploding.

The shop is not fully righted yet, to be sure.  But things are better. There’s no denying Anheuser-Busch, long a lucrative, flagship account at DDB/Chicago, officially left the fold on McGuinness’s watch. But for all intents and purposes, it was already gone before his arrival.

DDB’s Jim Larmon joins new Cavalry as inaugural CCO

Newly formed Cavalry – the Chicago agency WPP Group recently formed to exclusively handle Coors beer brands – hired DDB SVP/group creative director Jim Larmon as its first chief creative officer.

Larmon is one of the top talents that beer business veteran Marty Stock, Cavalry’s inaugural CEO, is recruiting for Coors’ new agency. Some 40 full time employees are being hired, mostly from WPP agencies Y&R and JWT, branding firm VML, digital talent from digital agency Landor and others. 

DDB and Downtown Partners lucky two lottery finalists

And then there were two.  Late Friday afternoon — very late — Illinois Lottery private manager Northstar Lottery Group posted the two finalists still in the running for the Lottery’s advertising account.

Those lucky two are:  DDB/Chicago and Downtown Partners/Chicago. 

The winner will replace Energy BBDO/Chicago, which was dumped soon after Michael Jones returned for a second stint as Lottery superintendent in mid-October of last year.

Sgar Shah heads DDB’s new project management service

DDB/Chicago is adding a new function to its lineup of services:  Project management.  This week the agency said it has brought on board Sagar Shah, an alum of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, to head up this new department.

According to a DDB spokeswoman, Shah will be “in service of (the) agency’s thought leadership and creative product, while creating efficiencies along the way.”

Can DDB pull off miracle to save Bud Light business

It looks as if this busy summer of 2011 will be remembered as a time when some of the Chicago advertising industry’s most iconic client/agency relationships finally splintered and broke apart.

First came the collapse of the nearly 60-year marriage between DraftFCB and S.C. Johnson.

Though it has been threatening to happen for a couple of years, it also now appears that DDB/Chicago and Anheuser-Busch’s top-selling Bud Light could be headed for divorce court too. 

Tribal DDB puts a new twist on a McDonald’s spot

THE VOICE OF THE LEMON in McDonald’s new summer Frozen Strawberry Lemonade inspired spot from Tribal DDB might sound familiar to The Sopranos fans.  

It belongs to Steve Schirripa, a.k.a. Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri, who moved from mobster to mouthpiece of the talking animated Lemon. The Lemon boasts how delicious a lemon can be, when pureed, sweetened and sucked with a straw, a la the new McDonald’s drink, proving that lemons are best made into lemonade.

DDB imports London creatives to local office

DDB chief creative officer Ewan Paterson reached out to his native London for his first creative hires since joining DDB Chicago from serving as ECD and managing partner at CHI & Partners, London.

Digital/integrated writer Alistair Robertson and art director Alex Braxton are the newcomers from AMV BBDO, London, which they helped diversify from a TV-centric agency to one with digital and integrated chops.

DDB to welcome new creative chief

A NEW CHIEF CREATIVE FOR DDB after a two year search appears to be Ewan Paterson, 42, ECD at London’s Cemmow Horby Inge & Partners.

He will join the agency in June at a time when the agency accounts are sliding (State Farm gave nearly half of its creative business to DraftFCB and Wrigley moved Extra gum to Energy BBDO).

Paterson started his ad career in 1990 at Y&R, spent a decade at BMP DDB, to Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 2004 as CD on British Airways and a year later recruited by CHI.

Campaign MAGAZINE ranked him the No.

DDB producers’ music video goes viral

Producing their first music video for a national record label was “a labor of love” for two DDB music and interactive experts, Rowley Samuel and Gabe McDonough.

Shot around Chicago last July, their video for New York-based Downtown Records’ R&B artist Kevin Michael singing “Ain’t Got You” has just landed on YouTube and other online music sites.

McDonough, a musician with record label and record promotion experience, is DDB’s senior producer of music and integration.

DDB’s top creative Paul Tilley jumps to his death

Paul Tilley, DDB Chicago’s managing director for creative, 40, committed suicide Friday evening after leaping from a window in the Fairmont Hotel, next door to DDB’s office in the Aon Center.

Mr. Tilley, an 11-year veteran of the agency, had the mission of trying to boost the agency’s growth.

In the fall of 2006, he had replaced Mark Folino a few months after Folino left DDB after six months to rejoin Weiden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore.

Mr. Tilley joined DDB in 1997 as an associate creative director after a lengthy stint at JWT.

DDB/Chicago sweeps the Mobius Awards with a spectacular win ? 7 prizes for Bud spots alone

It was DDB’s night all the way, winning big at the 2007 International Mobius Awards for Advertising held Jan. 28 in Hollywood.

The agency took home 15 awards, including two Best of Show awards, 13 First Place Mobius Awards and eight Second Place Certificates for Outstanding Creativity.

Seven First and Second prizes in non-broadcast categories went to five Chicago agencies.

Ten category winners emerged from among 36 nominees from 29 countries and entrants came from 35 countries.

DDB’s spot with apt foreign film feel to screen at Chicago International Film Festival opener

A “commercial” for the Chicago International Film Festival produced by two DDB creatives will be part of the Festival’s Oct. 5 opening festivities at the Chicago Theatre.

ACDs Larry Ziegelman and Jay Manheimer produced the 60-second pro bono promo that screens before the premiere of “Stranger than Fiction” and throughout the two-week cinema extravaganza.

New DDB McDonald’s spot from Tony Kaye

SUPERSTAR DIRECTOR TONY KAYE directed and shot a DDB McDonald’s spot, “Rainy Day,” which was edited by Cutters’ partner Kathryn Hempel with visual effects provided by SOLdesignfx artists Chris Markos and Chris Kreynos.

A little boy watches rain fall and realizes he can’t play outdoors.

Mom snuggles close as the rain streaks down the window and forms a pair of arches?inspiring the idea of a trip to McDonald’s to brighten the day.

Jeff Drooger produced for DDB, Cindy Duffy was Cutters executive producer. Kaye’s L.A. company is Supply & Demand.

DDB first to hire a director of branded production

DDB/Chicago is the first agency in the country, to its knowledge, to recognize the growth of media beyond traditional advertising by designating a director of branded production.

He is David Rolfe, whom DDB production head Grant Hill calls a pioneer in branded production. Award-winning Rolfe comes from the hot Miami agency of Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, known for their brilliant Ikea and Mini Cooper campaigns.

Daily Planet wins DDB’s design competition among 6 post houses and wins a national Dell commercial

DDB has focused an enlightened eye on Chicago as it seeks new local graphics design talent?at least for one of its clients, and hopefully for others as its recent quest yielded a mother lode of inspiration.

To see what’s out there, DDB asked six large and smaller local post houses to come up with a fresh approach to a Dell plasma TV screen, as part of the computer company’s electronics and accessories spring campaign.

After two rounds and a total of 60 submissions, Daily Planet emerged on top.

Former DDB GCD Immesoete does double-duty at Backyard’s new Seed content company

Backyard Productions is never one to stand still, always finding a new way to serve emerging trends?like its newly-formed Seed, a content company led by former DDB award-winning group creative director John Immesoete.

Immesoete is Seed partner/creative director and also a director for Backyard.

Seed will concentrate on “entertainment opportunities such as TV shows and Web-based films,” said Backyard partner/principal Roy Skillicorn.

Since signing with Backyard in December, Immesoete directed the “Lady” Bud Light Super Bowl spot in collaboration with DDB.

BBDO, Burnett, DDB score “best of show” honors at Chicago Creative Club Awards

Call it the battle of the big agencies shooting it out for honors at the recent second annual Chicago Creative Club Awards show. Four big agencies won 29 of the 32 categories of awards, while Leo Burnett won half, with 16 prizes mostly for Altoids gum.

DDB brought home seven Bricks (the award trophy) for Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser and Young & Rubicam won six awards mainly Miller Brewing.

CAF recognizes DDB’s Bob Scarpelli for 27 years of community dedication

The Chicago Advertising Federation will bestow its prestigious Silver Medal Award upon Bob Scarpelli for his 27 years of dedication to the Chicago advertising community.

Scarpelli, DDB Chicago chairman and DDB U.S. chief creative officer, will receive the award a June 1 dinner at the Cadillac Club at Soldier Field where at least 250 guests are expected.

Hugos feature DDB, Burnett winners, lifetime career awards to Pytka, Marin

Joe Pytka departed from his signature grunge look to deck himself out in a tux, his long blondish-gray flowing around his shoulders, to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hugos at Park West March 11.

Pytka, the Pittsburgh director who made good in Hollywood and the undisputed master of 30-second storytelling, has directed 5,000 commercials, many of them for long-time clients DDB and Leo Burnett, which were represented by top creatives Bob Scarpelli and Cheryl Berman, respectively.

L.A. company opens Chicago office
in response to DDB

When DDB’s Grant Hill announced the agency’s commitment to keep its estimated $10 million-plus postproduction business in Chicago, he said the agency would not discourage companies in other production markets from opening branches in Chicago.

The first company to respond is Santa Monica’s V12 – not a post house, but a full-service production company in Santa Monica.

DDB’s Chicago post commitment to boost the market by millions

DDB Chicago’s commitment to work exclusively with Chicago editors and post houses for its hundreds of national commercials could infuse as much as $10 million into the business-dry industry.

Grant Hill, the agency’s broadcast chief, said the agency has already begun the shift. By April local post houses should be humming with editing jobs that previously had followed production out-of-town, mainly to Los Angeles and Toronto “for primarily creative and monetary reasons,” he said.

Leo Burnett wins Black Cube for Best of Show at ADC 101 Annual Awards

Leo Burnett Chicago had a big night at the Art Directors Club  ADC 101st Annual Awards, winning Agency of the Year and the coveted Black Cube for Best of Show for The Lost Class on behalf of Change the Ref. The work, done with No. 6 New York and Hungry Man Los Angeles, also picked up Best of Disciplines in Advertising and Interactive, the Members’ … Continue reading “Leo Burnett wins Black Cube for Best of Show at ADC 101 Annual Awards”

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”

Native Content’s Stewart Hendler directs Highdive’s latest Jeep spot

Since Jeep has been with AOR Highdive, we have gone to the edge metaphorically and creatively. However this time, the agency, teaming with director Stewart Hendler and Cutters’ editor Tim LoDolce, literally takes viewers there. Using the tagline, “Made for what you’re made of,” the trio takes us through various 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee drivers’ … Continue reading “Native Content’s Stewart Hendler directs Highdive’s latest Jeep spot”

Coors Light beats the heat with Chillboards energy-efficient campaign

In order to combat Miami’s frequent extreme heat waves, Coors Light debuted Chillboards, a new experiential eco-and social-conscious campaign directed by HELO’s Set Free Richardson via DDB. Helping communities keep cool and lower utility bills, Coors Light installed billboards with minimalist ad messaging on the roofs of 96 apartment buildings in Miami. The Chillboards feature white … Continue reading “Coors Light beats the heat with Chillboards energy-efficient campaign”

Highdive and The General launch new campaign with Shaquille O’Neal

The General Insurance is on a journey to tackle and acknowledge the misperceptions that were driven largely by how consumers viewed its previous advertising by launching its new Turns Out 3.0 campaign across a multitude of platforms. This is the third installment of campaigns under its Brand Refresh umbrella.  Turns Out 3.0 invites everyone to … Continue reading “Highdive and The General launch new campaign with Shaquille O’Neal”

Leo Burnett Chicago takes second place finalists tally for The One Show

Area 23 New York leads the way with the most finalists entries in The One Show 2022, followed closely by Leo Burnett Chicago. All finalists will win either Gold, Silver or Bronze Pencils or Merits, to be announced on May 19 during Creative Week 2022.   Area 23 New York has 48 finalists entries, including 13 … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago takes second place finalists tally for The One Show”

Legendary Chicago marketing and advertising ‘GOAT’ Joel Goldsmith passes

Legendary Chicago Marketing and Advertising “GOAT” and Producer Joel Goldsmith passed away earlier this week at age 84, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Joel was a legend in advertising. Beginning his early career as an accomplished copywriter, next a Creative Director he quickly rose through the ranks of the top agencies in Chicago … Continue reading “Legendary Chicago marketing and advertising ‘GOAT’ Joel Goldsmith passes”

Tom Browning named President of JLB + Partners

Advertising agency veteran Tom Browning has become the new President of Jones Lundin Beals + Partners (JLB + Partners), an agency search, selection and compensation consulting firm. Browning will be working towards an ownership position and will report directly to David Beals, who has owned and led the firm since 2000. Beals will remain as … Continue reading “Tom Browning named President of JLB + Partners”

9Rooftops welcomes Derrick Rivers as VP + Creative Director

9Rooftops recently welcomed Derrick Rivers as VP + Creative Director. Rivers brings over 15 years of experience across several service accounts and categories, in both the general and multicultural segments. Rivers has already proven to be a valuable addition to the agency, working to bring creative solutions to life for several 9Rooftops clients. As a commercial artist … Continue reading “9Rooftops welcomes Derrick Rivers as VP + Creative Director”

11 Dollar Bill adds René Steinkellner as Executive Producer in Chicago

11 Dollar Bill, continuing to grow its leadership team, has appointed René Steinkellner as Executive Producer at its Chicago studio. Steinkellner, who served as Executive Producer at FCB, Lord+Thomas, Chicago, for 12 years, will lead post-production, business development and client relations.  Steinkellner knows 11 Dollar Bill well, having worked with the studio on several recent … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill adds René Steinkellner as Executive Producer in Chicago”

The Best of Chicago Advertising in 2021

So, here we are at the end of another year. In 2021, we experienced more freedom from the pandemic during the spring and summer as cases lowered, but here we are, back in a kind of partial quarantine as the omicron variant spreads. While many businesses asked their teams to return to the office, advertising … Continue reading “The Best of Chicago Advertising in 2021”

Mark Gross takes the Highdive into creating spots for Super Bowl LVI

We are now less than 100 days away from Super Bowl LVI. Seventy-five to be exact. While the first quarter of the Big Game has yet to be played, ad agencies, across the country, are in the fourth quarter of pre-production, or even production, for their showcase work. From the Budweiser heydays of DDB to … Continue reading “Mark Gross takes the Highdive into creating spots for Super Bowl LVI”

Chicago Med: pics & promo Just as a Snake Sheds its Skin

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled Just as a Snake Sheds its Skin airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Dylan’s loyalty to Med and the police department is challenged when an old family friend and veteran cop exhibits … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo Just as a Snake Sheds its Skin”

This Halloween, Tasty Human cat treats are on the menu

This Halloween season, the TEMPTATIONS brand is sinking their claws into the age-old idea that if our feline friends were bigger, like their lion and tiger relatives, they might just try to sneak a bite of their owners. To satisfy the big cat inside every little kitty– and spare their owners from those carnivorous cravings, … Continue reading “This Halloween, Tasty Human cat treats are on the menu”

9Rooftops adds Evan Fung as Director of Analytics

9Rooftops recently welcomed Evan Fung as the company’s Director of Analytics. Fung is responsible for leading a growing team of analysts that measure and decode data to answer the most pressing questions and identify trends in marketing today. Fung has already proven to be a valuable addition, working with the Data Science + Analytics team … Continue reading “9Rooftops adds Evan Fung as Director of Analytics”

Highdive adds Isabel Long as Head of Growth Strategy

Highdive, an independently-owned, full-service creative agency based in Chicago announced that Isabel Long will join the agency as Head of Growth effective immediately. In her new role, Long will work closely with Highdive’s leadership team to run the agency’s new business operation and champion the firm’s exponential growth since its creation in early 2016.   … Continue reading “Highdive adds Isabel Long as Head of Growth Strategy”

Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions

For more than three decades, Burnetters have hedged their bets on Cannes Lions winners with 90% accuracy! After a supremely challenging 2020 and a year off for the Cannes Festival of Creativity, the industry’s most prestigious global awards show will have its virtual premire from June 21-25, 2021—complete with live-prgramming, on-demand content and more.  To … Continue reading “Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions”

Miller Lite & New Balance collide for first-ever beer shoe

To celebrate Father’s Day (June 20), Miller Lite and New Balance have collided to create the first-ever beer shoe, the Shoezie from DDB North America. Coming together the Father of Light Beer and the originators of the Dad Shoe crafted the shoe-meets-koozie to keep your beer cool in a fatherly fashion. Drawing from the iconic … Continue reading “Miller Lite & New Balance collide for first-ever beer shoe”

One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils

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

The Mill announces Patrick Coleman as Head of Design

Creative production studio The Mill announced Patrick Coleman as their new Head of Design in Chicago.  With over a decade of experience with a focus in 3D motion design, Coleman’s beginnings began at OPTIMUS in 2004. He then went on to become Creative Director at Sarofsky. Since 2017, Coleman has been working closely with The Mill’s … Continue reading “The Mill announces Patrick Coleman as Head of Design”

Havas Chicago appoints Myra Nussbaum first female CCO

Havas Chicago has announced the appointment of Myra Nussbaum as chief creative officer – the first female CCO in Havas’ North American network. Nussbaum brings more than 15 years’ experience making work that moves at the speed of culture based in the philosophy that creating a strong, simple message has the power to break through … Continue reading “Havas Chicago appoints Myra Nussbaum first female CCO”

Skydeck Chicago reopens with new interactive museum

EQ Office announces the exciting reopening of Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower to the public on April 23 after completing an extensive redevelopment, raising the bar once again for the world-renowned experience. The revamped Skydeck Chicago—already rated a Top 10 destination by—will provide a can’t miss, one-stop attraction to discover and see all that the city of Chicago offers from an incomparable … Continue reading “Skydeck Chicago reopens with new interactive museum”

SRW names Matthew Sulzer Executive Creative Director

SRW, an independent, full-service marketing agency with a penchant for growing natural health and wellness brands, is pleased to name agency veteran Matthew Sulzer as its first-ever Executive Creative Director. In this role, Sulzer will lead the creative department in conceptualizing, producing, and executing creative campaigns across a variety of platforms and channels. Expanding their creative offerings … Continue reading “SRW names Matthew Sulzer Executive Creative Director”

McDonald’s & BTS partner on supergroup’s favorite order

Get ready, because the Golden Arches are about to shine even brighter thanks to a new collab with 21st century global pop icons, BTS. This one-of-a-kind menu “tour” officially kicks off on May 26 in the U.S., when customers can enjoy the BTS Meal at participating restaurants nationwide. The superstar band’s signature order includes a 10-piece Chicken … Continue reading “McDonald’s & BTS partner on supergroup’s favorite order”

Gerety Awards announces new deadline and new category

The Gerety Awards 2021 deadline has been extended until April 30 and a new category for humour is announced. The humour category will celebrate the best in advertising humour. Funny advertising becomes a part of popular culture. Just like Whassup for Budweiser by DDB Worldwide Chicago or Betty White’s spot from the campaign “You are not you when you are … Continue reading “Gerety Awards announces new deadline and new category”

Mill announces Tracey Khan as Managing Director

Today, Josh Mandel, the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Mill has announced new senior leadership for the global production studio’s midwestern arm, appointing Tracey Khan as Managing Director for the Chicago-based studio. Tracey steps into the role with over a decade of experience at The Mill, having originally started in London before being … Continue reading “Mill announces Tracey Khan as Managing Director”

Chicago Fire set pics for ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’ is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) goes head to head with a new recruit with connections. The team’s latest paramedic, Violet Lim (Hanako Greensmith) is getting some unwanted mail, and she and her new partner Sylvie Brett (Kara … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics for ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’”

White Claw Hard Seltzer launches first global campaign

In a move to solidify its market position as the number one hard seltzer brand, White Claw is launching a global platform that takes its lead from the very people that catapulted it to number one in the first place – its passionate fans.  White Claw fans are among the most engaged of any beverage … Continue reading “White Claw Hard Seltzer launches first global campaign”

Coors Light, Seltzer Big Game ad runs in dreams

During the Super Bowl, commercial breaks are notoriously swamped with beer advertisements. A certain, other beer brand seemingly controls the ad space – so much so that Coors is legally locked out from playing on TV screens nationwide during the Big Game. However, AB has announced it is sitting out Super Bowl LV this year. … Continue reading “Coors Light, Seltzer Big Game ad runs in dreams”

Cutters Chris Claeys retires from editing

“Now is a good time to retire. After 37 years at Cutters and 47 in the industry, I’m ready to move forward and retire here at year end.” That’s the rare email message our friends at Cutters Studios received in late 2020 from Senior Partner/Editor Chris Claeys. The heartfelt message hit many emotional notes for … Continue reading “Cutters Chris Claeys retires from editing”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

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

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”

Snowman transforms into Beerman for Coors Light

In a holiday season when nothing feels typical, Coors Light is introducing a festive tradition just for grownups – because, let’s be honest, adults deserve to enjoy the holiday season, too. Meet Beerman, a perfectly imperfect drinking buddy designed to keep your beers cold and your spirits up. In fact, Beerman is the holiday hero … Continue reading “Snowman transforms into Beerman for Coors Light”

Farewell, Work Holiday Parties — ‘Tis Miller Time

2020 has been filled with cancellations, but one thing that people are actually happy to have cancelled? Their work holiday parties. Miller Lite agrees: Cancelled work holiday parties means more time to drink Miller Lite with their real friends, or as they call it, Miller Time.  The brand is memorializing people’s cringiest moments in an … Continue reading “Farewell, Work Holiday Parties — ‘Tis Miller Time”

Tandem’s Tyler Jay films three spots for KSV

In early 2020, the independent creative agency, KSV asked Tandem, Inc. and commercial director Tyler Jay to produce, through finish three :30 live action spots.  “This production was a long time coming,” said Tyler Jay. Two days before filming back in March, COVID shut it down, on the day of the pre-pro meeting. Then, mid-August … Continue reading “Tandem’s Tyler Jay films three spots for KSV”

Annie Tsikretsis promoted to VP at Two by Four

Two by Four, an advertising & design agency headquartered in Chicago, announced the promotion of Annie Tsikretsis to Vice President. As Vice President, Tsikretsis will take on additional business management responsibilities while continuing her role as Director of Production. “Annie has been a vital part of Two by Four’s success since she joined the agency,” … Continue reading “Annie Tsikretsis promoted to VP at Two by Four”

Luke Sloma promoted to editor at Whitehouse Post

Continuing their tradition of growing exceptional editorial talent, Whitehouse Post proudly promotes Luke Sloma to Editor A 2010 graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Sloma boarded a Megabus bound for Chicago and hasn’t looked back.  Over the past decade, Sloma cut his teeth at various Chicago post houses working his way from intern to vault and spent 2 years … Continue reading “Luke Sloma promoted to editor at Whitehouse Post”

Two paws up for Scaredy Cat first horror movie for cats

Just in time for Halloween, TEMPTATIONS™ brand cat treats premieres Scaredy Cat the brilliant first-ever horror movie for cats. The terrifying tale, went live Friday, October 16 on YouTube and it’s a hit. The story follows a lone kitty through a spooky haunted house. As a storm rages outside, a mysterious ball of yarn leads the cat from room … Continue reading “Two paws up for Scaredy Cat first horror movie for cats”

Havas Chicago names McGarry as Chief Growth Officer

Furthering its commitment to building iconic brands through craft and culture, Havas Chicago has named Jamie McGarry as Chief Growth Officer to help ignite a new phase of growth for the agency. McGarry will serve as a key member of Havas Chicago’s executive leadership team, contributing to the agency’s overall strategic vision, performance and growth. … Continue reading “Havas Chicago names McGarry as Chief Growth Officer”

Coors Light will send you to your video chat background

We’re months into this “new normal” filled with endless video meetings and virtual happy hours – and the novelty has long worn off. That’s why, beginning today, Coors Light is giving drinkers across the country a chance to win a trip to the IRL versions of the travel destinations they’ve been staring at on their … Continue reading “Coors Light will send you to your video chat background”

Brooke Foley & NFL 1st female coach launch Critter Fitter

Brooke Foley, Creative Director & Founder of Jayne Agency and Dr. Jen Welter, the first female coach of the NFL, announce the launch of Critter Fitter, a social, emotional and physical wellness platform for kids ages 0-10, written in response to families having to shelter in place during the Coronavirus pandemic. The goal of the … Continue reading “Brooke Foley & NFL 1st female coach launch Critter Fitter”

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”

Move over Taco Tuesday… here comes WEGGSDAY!

Much like Taco Tuesday, WEGGSDAY embraces the popularity of marrying a day of the week with a popular food. A two-minute original music video, titled “Wednesday Is Officially WEGGSDAY!,” has been created to hilariously introduce the concept. The animated video also highlights the versatility of eggs, reminding consumers that eggs are an incredible meal solution … Continue reading “Move over Taco Tuesday… here comes WEGGSDAY!”

Chicago agencies nab 89 finalists in One Show

FCB Chicago leads Chicago agencies with 31 The One Show 2020, finalists, including 28 on behalf of Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.  Working with FCBXLord+Thomas, both Chicago, the agency has 16 for the organization’s “Most Dangerous Street”, and 12 with Lord+Thomas and The Mill, both Chicago, for “The Gun Violence Handbook.” Ogilvy Chicago with 27 including work for … Continue reading “Chicago agencies nab 89 finalists in One Show”

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’”

Watch the original Wassup! audition video

Editor’s Note: To remind people to check in on friends and family during social distancing and self-quarantining, Budweiser re-visited its iconic 20-year-old ‘Wassup’ campaign. Using the original cast with re-recorded audio, the spot successfully led viewers to believe that the original cast was hollering at each other during quarantine. Taking the concept two steps further, … Continue reading “Watch the original Wassup! audition video”

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”

Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA

Congratulations to our friends at Leo Burnett and mcgarrybowen. Each agency took home three Gold statues from the American Advertising Awards which were announced April 28 virtually. Oh, and the agency at 35 West Wacker also took home “Agency of the Year.” Well done. Both agencies also took home awards in the “Best of” categories. … Continue reading “Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA”

Attorney General Raoul calls for changes to PPP funding

Attorney General Kwame Raoul today joined a coalition of 24 state attorneys general to call for key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure that funds are distributed fairly and equitably.  In a letter to Congressional leadership, Raoul and the coalition express concerns that the program, while helping some small businesses and their employees, suffers … Continue reading “Attorney General Raoul calls for changes to PPP funding”

WGN names first female anchor team for Midday

WGN, the Nexstar flagship in Chicago, has announced that Julie Unruh will join Dina Bair as co-anchor, making them the first female duo to lead the WGN Midday News. She replaces Steve Sanders, who retired after a 37-year career at the station. In addition to her anchor duties, Unruh will continue to provide in-depth reporting for WGN … Continue reading “WGN names first female anchor team for Midday”

One Club announces finalists for ADC 99th Annual Awards

Design studios, ad agencies, production companies, brands and freelancers in 32 countries have made the cut as finalists for the prestigious ADC 99th Annual Awards, as announced today by The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization supporting and celebrating the global creative community. Entries in the global ADC 99th Annual Awards increased 6% from last … Continue reading “One Club announces finalists for ADC 99th Annual Awards”

REEL WOMEN: Meg Kubicka, Editor at Whitehouse

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. Meg began her editorial career at Whitehouse Post in … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Meg Kubicka, Editor at Whitehouse”

Celia Williams joins Marketing Arm as VP/EP

Celia Williams is coming back to Chicago. Let’s say it again, Celia is coming back to Chicago. It would seem the only way to bring the veteran producer back to the Windy City, would be a really great job. That came in the form a Vice-President of Production and Executive Producer at The Marketing Arm. … Continue reading “Celia Williams joins Marketing Arm as VP/EP”

One Club, Spotify partner for Portfolio Night All-Stars

The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, has announced a partnership with Spotify to serve as exclusive sponsor of the club’s 2020 Portfolio Night All-Stars program. Long recognized as the world’s largest advertising portfolio review program, Portfolio Night is a fast-paced evening of advice, networking … Continue reading “One Club, Spotify partner for Portfolio Night All-Stars”

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

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

‘Battle For Hope’ returns to Cubby Bear on May 14

The 8th annual Battle For Hope will return to the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville on May 14. Combining a live musical showcase with a jam-packed industry bash and one of the city’s most rocking fundraisers, the battle of the advertising agency bands has become a bacchanalian pre-summer tradition in the Chicago creative community. Besides live … Continue reading “‘Battle For Hope’ returns to Cubby Bear on May 14”

Optimus hires award-winning editor David Cea

Leading production and post house Optimus today announced that it has added Editor David Cea to their roster. With 15 years of experience in New York and Chicago, David Cea has worked with some of the most respected names in the industry and he brings to Optimus an impressive portfolio, featuring many award-winning spots. “I’ve … Continue reading “Optimus hires award-winning editor David Cea”

McDonald’s ID among Mobius Best of Show winners

McDonald’s new visual ID system created by Turner Duckworth is among the Best of Show (Grand Prix) winners of the 2019 Mobius Awards. Recognizing outstanding advertising, design and creativity, the Mobius Awards is an international competition that has enjoyed a front-row view into emerging global trends and innovative work for decades. This year, the competition … Continue reading “McDonald’s ID among Mobius Best of Show winners”

One Club releases growing list of Portfolio Night hosts

The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, today announced May 20, 2020 as the date for its next global Portfolio Night. The club has confirmed that 22 hosts in 23 cities will take part in this year’s event. Although the list of participating agency locations … Continue reading “One Club releases growing list of Portfolio Night hosts”

DiGennaro names Maxine Winer President & COO

DiGennaro Communications, the leading independent B2B public relations agency serving the media, marketing and entertainment sectors, has named Maxine Winer president and chief operating officer. Winer reports to DGC Founder and CEO Samantha DiGennaro. In her new role, Winer will oversee operations, talent, client service and business development for the nearly 15-year-old agency. She will … Continue reading “DiGennaro names Maxine Winer President & COO”

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”

Christmas commercials here, there, and everywhere

Santa Claus is not the only global sensation that gets people during the holidays: Christmas commercials add to the fun. Kids and advertising agencies around the world enthusiastically anticipate the overnight gift-giving binge for weeks leading up to the annual celebration honoring the humble birth of a Jewish carpenter 2,019 years ago. After selectively surveying … Continue reading “Christmas commercials here, there, and everywhere”

Leo Burnett president Emma Montogomery steps down

Musical executive chairs continues in Chicago. Ad Age is reporting that Leo Burnett Chicago president and chief strategy officer, Emma Montgomery, has resigned from her post. She leaves approximately four months after U.S. Chief Creative Officer Britt Nolan departed for DDB North America. “We are so thankful for Emma’s leadership and contributions and wish her … Continue reading “Leo Burnett president Emma Montogomery steps down”

One Club launches forum addressing gender equality

Wendy Clark, Susan Credle, Ari Weiss among speakers for Right The Ratio Summit aimed at ‘decision makers with authority to advance workplace equality’ In line with the pillar of its mission to promote gender equality in advertising and design, The One Club for Creativity has launched its first annual Right The Ratio Summit, set for … Continue reading “One Club launches forum addressing gender equality”

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”

Molson Coors moving HQ to Chicago

Nation’s second-largest brewer intends to diversify, accelerate, and reduce expenses by moving to The Windy City Intending to reduce expenses by $150 million, brewer Molson Coors announced last week that it will move its headquarters from Denver to Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. The relocation is prompted in part by an industry-wide 5% decline … Continue reading “Molson Coors moving HQ to Chicago”

Digital Kitchen closes shop, moves to LA

Less than a month after We Are Unlimited lost the McDonald’s account and was folded into DDB, Chicago, comes word that Digital Kitchen is closing its Chicago office Chicago Business Journal reports that the agency will consolidate its Chicago business in Los Angeles by year’s end. Digital Kitchen, started in 1995 by Don McNeill ad … Continue reading “Digital Kitchen closes shop, moves to LA”

3% Conference touts ‘amazing’ 2019 lineup

Authors, CEO’s and former NFL players among speakers scheduled for annual event at Navy Pier   The organization built on a commitment to women is looking for men. The 8th annual 3 Percent Conference — taking place this year on November 7-8 at Navy Pier — explains the gender bias on the front page of … Continue reading “3% Conference touts ‘amazing’ 2019 lineup”

We Are Unlimited reduces staff by possibly 18

Not great news for Omnicom’s We Are Unlimited. AgencySpy reports the bespoke agency for McDonald’s has gone through a round of layoffs, while the Chicago-based client decides its creative future. According to the report, around ten employees were laid off and eight transferred to parent agency, DDB, as a result of changes to the McDonald’s … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited reduces staff by possibly 18”

Rodgers, Mahomes talk agents in new State Farm work

Football is back, thank god. As a Bears’ fan, I’m not thrilled that the Cheeseheads beat the them 10 – 3 last night during the NFL opener. But at least one Chicago team won last night and that would be DDB Chicago with their goofy new State Farm work that features rival QB’s Aaron Rodgers … Continue reading “Rodgers, Mahomes talk agents in new State Farm work”

Blue Chip elevates three to executive team

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 joined … Continue reading “Blue Chip elevates three to executive team”

OKRP promotes four staff in Chicago

Fast-growing independent agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul also adds new finance head Fast-growing independent creative agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul has elevated four senior employees to new expanded roles as it deepens the ranks of its leadership. Rahul Roy will take on the new role of Chief Operating Officer at OKRP where he will have … Continue reading “OKRP promotes four staff in Chicago”

McDonald’s shared fries on national FF Day

We love McDonald’s fries. Like, really love. We are not alone of course. It’s a known fact that people around the world love those crispy, golden potato sticks of joy. For #NationalFrenchFryDay, which was July 13, McDonald’s, and AOR We Are Unlimited celebrated with a national campaign encouraging consumers to “Share the Love.” The “Share … Continue reading “McDonald’s shared fries on national FF Day”

LA-based Optimist lands Unlimited’s Bazarkaya

Will lead a team of 160 and all creative output across all of the agency’s seven hubs Güle güle, Chicago. Ad Age is reporting that Omnicom-owned We Are Unlimited is no longer the creative spawning ground for CCO Toygar Bazarkaya. After spending two years and change at DDB’s bespoke agency for McDonald’s, the Swabia-born creative … Continue reading “LA-based Optimist lands Unlimited’s Bazarkaya”

Almost Gold shines with major expansion

Chicago-based production studio celebrates five years of creativity Design-driven production studio Almost Gold is excited to unveil a major expansion of both environment and talent. In addition to production, animation, and motion graphics capabilities, Almost Gold now offers editorial, color, finish, VO recording, and audio mix in its newly completed East Wing. The expansion comes … Continue reading “Almost Gold shines with major expansion”

Melody Smith sets up Go Fund Me for breast cancer

One of the great aspects about writing for Reel Chicago, and quite frankly sets us apart from other publications, is our ability to really dive into our own advertising, film, TV and music production community. Because that is what we really are. A community. We are a village in the third largest city in the … Continue reading “Melody Smith sets up Go Fund Me for breast cancer”

McDonald’s brings international flavor to U.S.

New Worldwide Favorites campaign brings taste of Spain, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands to U.S.stores Ever wonder what McDonald’s menu is like around the world? C’mon of course you have. Well, now the fast food giant is allowing its customers to sample some of their global menu items. For real. Or as they say in … Continue reading “McDonald’s brings international flavor to U.S.”

Director Greg Popp swings into Backyard

Former DDB Chicago Senior Vice President brings top-notch comedy and celebrity experience to LA- and Chicago-based production house Greg Popp has joined Backyard Production’s roster, bringing his seasoned comedy and performance skills to a smart, enthusiastic team. Popp and Backyard CMO Roy Skillicorn have had a strong personal and professional relationship for more than twenty-five … Continue reading “Director Greg Popp swings into Backyard”

Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus

The Chicago nonprofit’s energetic fundraiser brought media pros together with young artists for an exciting night at the Ivy Room Free Spirit Media’s annual Focus event started out as a cocktail reception and turned into a rocking throwdown over the course of three hours last Thursday night. When it ended, the organization had collected over … Continue reading “Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus”

Burnett named lead agency for Coors Light

The Chicago shop will guide several agencies in a campaign to help the brewery “bring drinkers back to beer” MillerCoors this week tapped Leo Burnett to help reinforce the brand direction and overarching marketing campaigns for its Coors Light account. The account, which was previously handled by 72andSunny, went into review this past March. The … Continue reading “Burnett named lead agency for Coors Light”

Copywriter gives self-promotion the ‘Shaft’

Award-winning freelance Copywriter Shelton Scott creates bad, bold and bald” self-promotion social campaign Since I broke into advertising in the early 90’s, the ongoing conversation has always been about breaking through clutter. Every brand asked for it then. Now, they demand it or you’re quickly booted. The idea of getting noticed and making noise becomes … Continue reading “Copywriter gives self-promotion the ‘Shaft’”

2019 Battle of the Advertising Bands

Conversant’s LCA Soundsystem wins top honors at the Battle for Hope benefit show for the second year in a row Conversant in-house musical group LCA Soundsystem was declared the best advertising band in Chicago at the 2019 Battle for Hope on Friday night. Concluding one of the most impressive and suspenseful shows to date, the … Continue reading “2019 Battle of the Advertising Bands”

R/GA bolsters client service with female leadership

Nancy Horrow elevated to run department; DeNeatra Love hired as Account Director R/GA, the company that creates transformation at speed, today announced changes to its Chicago client services department to include Nancy Horrow being promoted to managing director, client services and the hire of DeNeatra Love as account director. These appointments come at a time … Continue reading “R/GA bolsters client service with female leadership”

Liz Taylor named Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett

Former FCB Chief Creative Officer will assume leadership across Publicis Communications North America in new role Award-winning creative leader Liz Taylor will join Leo Burnett Worldwide as chief creative officer. Starting July 8, she will sit at the agency’s Chicago headquarters leading the creative direction of the global agency network. Taylor will work alongside the … Continue reading “Liz Taylor named Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett”

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

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

The One Show 2019 announces top global winners

Wieden+Kennedy And Droga5 each win eight Gold Pencils, W+K named 2019 Agency of the Year, “Dream Crazy” for Nike wins Best of Show Wieden+Kennedy Portland and Droga5 New York were top winners before a full house at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on the second night of The One Club for Creativity’s 46th annual … Continue reading “The One Show 2019 announces top global winners”

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”

Sarofsky expands roster by adding The Barkers

Design driven production company adds a versatile duo that wields cutting-edge platform and major brand experience Continuing its growth and its investments into excellence, design-driven production company Sarofsky is adding the dynamic directing team The Barkers to its roster. The news was announced by company Principal and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky, and Executive Producer … Continue reading “Sarofsky expands roster by adding The Barkers”

Reel Women: Emily Walton, advertising pro

OKRP’s creative phenom talks about family, work, evolving attitudes towards women, and tropical drinks Emily Walton is an Associate Creative Director (Art Director) at O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul where she helps lead the Chili’s business. Having visited over 40 countries, Emily looks to her experiences abroad to inspire her work, which has also made its … Continue reading “Reel Women: Emily Walton, advertising pro”