Chicago one of Hub cities being considered for NHL

1+ With a season completely dismantled on March 12 due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is considering a plan that would bring the Stanley Cup Playoffs to NBC and the NBC Sports Network in late July and early August to replace the hole the now-canceled summer Olympics have left. During a 15-minute … Continue reading “Chicago one of Hub cities being considered for NHL”

Cutters scores with NHL Stanley Cup final

There is no greater glory for an NHL player than to have their named engraved upon the holy grail of the sport — The Stanley Cup.

For the NHL’s 100th year, the league is celebrating not only its centennial but the Cup as well, which pre-dates professional hockey.

Spelling, an emotional new spot from Cutters Studios created by Baby Bear’s Porridge Productions and directed by Samuel Bayer, features 23 NHL greats whose names appear on the cup.

Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr and Jonathan Toews are among the legends in the cast.

NBC/NHL Stanley Cup spots like catnip for hockey fans

Maybe it happened while you weren’t watching.  But professional hockey has become a very big business on television over the past several years.

Once upon a time hockey was viewed as one of the less popular of professional sports because it was less widely seen on TV. But all that has changed. Especially since NBC and its various cable channels — including the local Comcast SportsNet Chicago — have made televising hockey a priority.  

Hockey doc ready to air when NHL standoff ends

The contentious National Hockey League lockout has put a lock on possible sales of a nostalgic doc to broadcast outlets, but the 80-minute “Hockey’s Greatest Era” available on DVD should satisfy fans’ craving until/if the season resumes.

Two years in the making, the $100,000 doc was created by Salt Lake City-based Endeavor Productions in conjunction with Chicago producer Gary Crawford of MPC MarketLink, a veteran TV/video producer.

Detroit Red Wings forward Darren McCarty narrates the 80-minute doc.

REEL WOMEN: Snake Roth, Dir of Integrated Prod, MARC

10+ 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. With over 20+ years of award-winning creative and … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Snake Roth, Dir of Integrated Prod, MARC”

Banner, Blackhawks, Kendall Coyne, and ‘As Fast as Her’

6+ Digital content studio Banner helped the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate hockey and empowerment in an 18-minute film about Kendall Coyne titled, As Fast as Her, which premieres today on the Blackhawks webste. Kendall Coyne became something of international celebrity by placing seventh in the Bridgestone Fastest Skater event during the NHL Skills Competition last year. … Continue reading “Banner, Blackhawks, Kendall Coyne, and ‘As Fast as Her’”

Banner unveils branding and leadership re-launch

7+ Blackhawks TV spinoff is a ‘little company with a big heart’ that pumps far beyond the world of sports Celebrating a decade of creating video content for clients such as the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, Google, Amazon, and Reddi-wip, Banner today announced the re-launch of its business under the direction of new leadership that … Continue reading “Banner unveils branding and leadership re-launch”

Banner resurrects a bird for the Blackhawks

3+ Complete with a bird costume and a giant egg, the story is as stupefying as the facial expressions on the “actors” Chicago production company Banner Collective parodied Eagle Insurance’s classically horrendous 1993 Eagleman commercial for a new Chicago Blackhawks spot. Starring former team members Patrick Sharp and Adam Burish, the 36-second commercial is, structurally, … Continue reading “Banner resurrects a bird for the Blackhawks”

No Limit, Comcast, NBC, charlieuniformtango in news

No Limit Agency has found its new president in industry and current independent consultant, Bryan Van Dyke.

Prior, Van Dyke spent nearly two years as chief operating officer for AutonomyWorks. Before that, Van Dyke was with Razorfish for eleven and a half years where he led client engagement for a decade and served as managing director before his departure in June of 2013.

Founded in 2008 as a social media agency, No Limit Agency bills itself as a “biography agency,” telling brand stories through all communications channels.

Brands see red over white supremacist movement

If you’re a khaki-wearing, Detroit Redwings sporting, and tiki torch bearing white nationalist, the brands want you to know in no uncertain terms that they don’t want your support.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the size of Chicago, you are probably aware of the horrific event in Charlottesville last weekend where hundreds of white nationalist, neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan idiots descended upon the University of Virginia’s campus performing classic hits including, “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and soil.”

Jon Flannery returns to FCB Chicago as new EVP/ECD

FCB veteran Jon Flannery returns to FCB Chicago on Oct. 1 as EVP/executive creative director, after leading FCB Toronto for two years – and marking the first appointee of Liz Taylor, the agency’s new CCO.

“We feel very lucky to have Jon back in Chicago,” said Taylor. “He’s a culture builder, a creative talent and the kind of leader that brings out the best in everyone. He will continue to raise the bar and make us all better.”

Colonie & Beast editors among top AICE winners

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

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

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

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

Original Six has IRB Rugby match assignment coming up

The reigning IRB Rugby World Cup Champion, the internationally heralded New Zealand All Blacks, will play their first US match in 24 years against the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles, Nov. 1 in Soldier Field.

Coverage of the All Blacks team leading up to highly anticipated match will be covered by boutique production company Original Six Media for their client, insurance giant AIG.

NEP’s Trio no longer handles crewing for CSN events

Despite forthcoming lost revenue from the NHL players’ lockout, Trio Video’s first six months under ownership by mobile TV giant NEP has gone smoothly.

“It’s helped out a lot,” said Gary Meagher, who stayed on with Trio co-founder Jack Walsh to provide stability of management as vice presidents for Chicago’s longtime leading remote-truck production company.

Electronic Arts’ Chicago studio closes due to lack of revenue growth from games

Three years after Electronic Arts opened studios to produce video games in Chicago, the office closed Tuesday as a cost-cutting measure and released 146 local employees, who will be recruited for reassignment in other EA studios.

The closing is part of a wider restructuring that will affect the jobs of 350 employees throughout the company.

Employees will return Wednesday and Thursday to interview with EA Human Resources people who are flying into Chicago to offer them reassignment in EA facilities throughout the world.