Ogilvy Tops the WARC Creative 100 as the World’s Most Creative Agency

The World Advertising Research Center (WARC) has named Ogilvy the most creative agency network in the world. WARC released the results of its annual Creative 100 ranking of the most creative agencies, networks, and campaigns in the world. In addition to Ogilvy ranking as the #1 Agency Network, DAVID Miami was named the #1 Creative Agency … Continue reading “Ogilvy Tops the WARC Creative 100 as the World’s Most Creative Agency”

Ogilvy takes home 2 Grand Prix on Cannes Lions day 4

Ogilvy took home two additional Grand Prix on the fourth day of the 2021 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Ogilvy’s global network was also awarded an additional Gold, 6 Silver, and 11 Bronze Lions today.   “Naming the Invisible By Digital Birth Registration” by Ogilvy Pakistan for Telenor Pakistan won its second Grand Prix, this one … Continue reading “Ogilvy takes home 2 Grand Prix on Cannes Lions day 4”

Ogilvy wins 3 Grand Prix Honors on day 2 of Cannes Lions

Ogilvy took home three coveted Grand Prix prizes in the Social & Influencer, Direct, and Media categories on the second day of the 2021 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Ogilvy’s global network was awarded an additional 4 Gold, 5 Silver, and 10 Bronze Lions today.   Ogilvy Pakistan took home the Media Grand Prix as well … Continue reading “Ogilvy wins 3 Grand Prix Honors on day 2 of Cannes Lions”

11 Dollar Bill & Ogilvy team on ‘The Bums and the Bees’

Tim Roper of F. Yeah & Associates directed and 11 Dollar Bill provided editorial and post-production services for the spot which encourages Gen Xers to be screened for colorectal cancer. The spot appropriately titled “The Bums and the Bees” uses humor to raise a subject many men would like to avoid as a man sits … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill & Ogilvy team on ‘The Bums and the Bees’”

Ogilvy, Optimus want us to “Stand By Our Mail”

The U.S. Postal service has gotten a lot of shit over the last few months from Planet Trump. The President criticized plans to fund the USPS in preparation for mail-in voting and said “if we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money… That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting.”  Trump … Continue reading “Ogilvy, Optimus want us to “Stand By Our Mail””

Ogilvy helps CDW launch ‘Modern Modernization Today’

From Silicon Valley to business media to our culture at-large, talk of the latest trend or the next big thing often results in a lot of fluff and little substance. For people who work in information technology, the pressure to be “future-facing” can be especially intense. Tech solutions provider CDW understands the challenges their IT … Continue reading “Ogilvy helps CDW launch ‘Modern Modernization Today’”

Walgreens shifts business to Ogilvy and VMLY&R

Grey NY to still handle B2B business, but consumer business to be divided between Ogilvy Chicago and VLMY&R Chicago Looks like Walgreens, the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., is stocking up on WPP agencies. According to Adweek, Grey New York lost a vast majority of the account as the Deerfield, IL-based brand chose the … Continue reading “Walgreens shifts business to Ogilvy and VMLY&R”

Ogilvy KO’s Cannes’ Industry Craft competition

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

Ogilvy, Optimus, Mrs. Meyer’s show us flower power

Can gardening grow a more compassionate generation? That’s the question that SC Johnson’s Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, a home cleaning and personal brand inspired by gardening, along with agency Ogilvy Chicago and production company Optimus ask us in this installment of Reel Ad of the Week.   The answer is a hopeful yes. According to … Continue reading “Ogilvy, Optimus, Mrs. Meyer’s show us flower power”

Ogilvy & Mather scores 34 finalists for The One Show

Kiwi Portraits Completed earns highest number of finalists among campaignsBBDO New York leads field of agencies with 68 finalistsUS leads among nations with 669   (New York — 16 April 16 2018) BBDO New York leads the world in finalists entries from a single agency office in the 45th annual One Show. The news was … Continue reading “Ogilvy & Mather scores 34 finalists for The One Show”

CFA campaign by Ogilvy and Sarofsky goes global

Design-driven creative production company Sarofsky (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain America: Civil War, The After Party) was commissioned by Ogilvy Chicago and investment management company, CFA Institute to create an ambitious series of :15-second animated digital videos that broke on the brand’s YouTube Channel and in various other broadcast and online placements worldwide. On … Continue reading “CFA campaign by Ogilvy and Sarofsky goes global”

Escape Pod, Ogilvy, Box Office, Foo Fighters in the news

Escape Pod launches freelance recruitment app Go Shortlist Today, Escape Pod announced the creation of a free online platform connecting the industry’s top creative freelancers with top ad agencies. Created by Escape Pod’s interactive arm, Ora Interactive, “Go Shortlist” uses a proprietary algorithm combined with a personalized talent assessment to rank the top creative freelancers, … Continue reading “Escape Pod, Ogilvy, Box Office, Foo Fighters in the news”

Ogilvy Chicago wins 17 Clios

Monday, The Clio Awards, which were recently acquired by Evolution Media, announced their 2017 Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. The 58-year-old awards celebrate high achievement in advertising and recognize the work, the agencies that push boundaries across advertising, sports, fashion, music, entertainment, and health care. As it did in the recent 2017 Cannes Show, Ogilvy … Continue reading “Ogilvy Chicago wins 17 Clios”

Dinklage, Ogilvy, FCB, Cisco, the Clios, DK in the news

Tyrion has traded his world of dragons, thrones and white walkers to enter the world of technology in a new spot for Cisco from Ogilvy, Chicago.

Featuring Peter Dinklage from “Game of Thrones,” which just wrapped Season 7 on HBO, the three-minute spot ponders some provocative questions. It introduces the world to Cisco’s new “interest-based networking” solutions. The campaign is titled “The Network. Intuitive.”

The solutions will help clients speed up digital operations and protect against future cyber attacks.

Ogilvy promotes sanctuary status with #ChicagoIsOne

On May 22, The City of Chicago, along with Ogilvy Chicago, fired back a moving response to President Trump’s threats to take away funding for sanctuary cities, Chicago being one of them.

The fundraising campaign and website called, #ChicagoIsOne, seeks to remind Chicagoans that the immigrant story is everyone’s story.


FCB Chicago names Ogilvy global ECD Taylor new CCO

Award-winning Liz Taylor moves from global executive creative director at Ogilvy & Mather Chicago to become FCB Chicago’s chief creative officer on Sept. 15, replacing Todd Tilford, who remains with the agency, and joins FCB global CCO Susan Credle at the top of the Interpublic-owned agency.

Taylor will partner with CEO/President Michael Fassnacht to lead the 750-person shop and work on such accounts as Fiat and Clorox, newly won this year, Radio Flyer, digital work for Humana and others. 

Ogilvy & Mather loses its Sears business after
43 years to Y&R, its WPP Group sister agency

After 43 years as Ogilvy & Mather/Chicago’s anchor and biggest account, Hoffman Estates-based Sears cut the tie and gave its $640 million business to Young & Rubicam, effective Oct. 1. Both agencies belong to the London-based WPP Group.

Back in 1963, Ogilvy opened an office here and imported top Manhattan creatives and executives to service Sears. Y&R began sharing Sears billings in 1993.

Y&R handled the “softer side of Sears,” while Ogilvy handled hard goods, Kenmore, Die Hard and Craftsman brands.

DDB, Leo Burnett, Burrell among winners at the 2022 Effie Awards

Restaurant chain Applebee’s has won the Grand Effie at the 2022 Effie Awards U.S. Gala for its “Fancy Like” Applebee’s campaign. The campaign from Applebee’s and Grey New York, with contributing agencies Initiative Media, Current Global, Townhouse, and Barkley, saw Applebee’s partner with country star Walker Hayes and his hit ‘Fancy Like,’ that talks about … Continue reading “DDB, Leo Burnett, Burrell among winners at the 2022 Effie Awards”

Leo Burnett Chicago named Top Global Agency in Creative Rankings

A stellar year for Change the Ref’s The Lost Class earned Leo Burnett Chicago the distinction of the number one agency in the world, according to The One Show 2022 Global Creative Rankings. The Lost Class also propelled Hungry Man and Bryan Buckley to the number one ranking for production companies and directors, respectively. Overall, … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago named Top Global Agency in Creative Rankings”

Creative agency, Battery hires a dozen new team members

Battery, the highly esteemed Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago-based creative agency, experiences a wave of growth across every department, welcoming twelve new full-time hires plus internal promotions to the team.   Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer Philip Khosid speaks to the expansion, “Since the start of the new year, Battery has experienced great fortune via an … Continue reading “Creative agency, Battery hires a dozen new team members”

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”

Leo Burnett Chicago and FCB Chicago among wins at ANDY Awards

The International ANDY Awards has unveiled this year’s winners and for the first time an independent creative agency, Canada’s Rethink, received the competition’s highest honor, a GRANDY, for its work for Kraft Heinz Canada. The best in show kudo–which shines a light on the power of the idea and the execution of craft–was bestowed upon … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago and FCB Chicago among wins at ANDY Awards”

Sandro Miller: How a still master mastered motion

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

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”

Burns Group welcomes Arturo Gigante as Chief Creative Officer

Independent agency Burns Group welcomes their first ever Chief Creative Officer, award-winning creative industry veteran Arturo Gigante. The hire comes as BG has added numerous new clients to its roster and is experiencing organic growth from its established client base.   “Burns Group has always been a strategic powerhouse, and hiring Arturo means that our pursuit … Continue reading “Burns Group welcomes Arturo Gigante as Chief Creative Officer”

Optimus Promotes Zach Scheitlin to Audio Engineer

Optimus today announced that Zach Scheitlin has been promoted to Audio Engineer. Scheitlin’s elevation bolsters an already formidable audio team under the leadership of Senior Audio Engineer Marina Killion, and drives the department forward as it serves a rapidly expanding production and post business. “Zach has been a pinch hitter for us since his first days at Optimus,” … Continue reading “Optimus Promotes Zach Scheitlin to Audio Engineer”

Chicago’s original madman Joel Raphaelson has died

He played a pivotal role in Chicago’s advertising resurgence in the 1980s when he helped open the office for Ogilvy. We cheered him then, now we mourn his loss. Former advertising exec Joel Raphaelson died of heart failure July 8th in New York City. He was 92. The announcement, which was broken by Ad Age, … Continue reading “Chicago’s original madman Joel Raphaelson has died”

Chicago creatives bring home 15 Lions for their city

Chicago creatives are the recipients of 15 Cannes Lions International Festival Awards, including the Titanium Lion – the top creative award in the world for the “Boards of Change” work. In addition to the awarded Cannes Lions, the City of Chicago was recognized at The One Show 2021, receiving one Grand Prix, four gold, four … Continue reading “Chicago creatives bring home 15 Lions for their city”

Change the Ref: The Lost Class honored

3,044 students did not graduate this year due to gun violence. Change The Ref is making sure these victims are not forgotten, and forced pro-gun legislators and proponents to face the consequences of their policies by creating “The Lost Class.” This month, a graduation ceremony was held to honor The Lost Class – led by … Continue reading “Change the Ref: The Lost Class honored”

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”

AbelsonTaylor new tagline “Return On Imagination”

AbelsonTaylor is rebranding and launching a new creative campaign focused on the agency’s core value proposition: furthering the long-term success of client business interests.  The agency’s new tagline, “Delivering a Return On Imagination,” succinctly underscores the role of creativity and a focus on measurable business results in AbelsonTaylor’s approach to campaign development and implementation.  “As … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor new tagline “Return On Imagination””

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”

Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU

Chicago State University (CSU) connects local film and television professionals with industry leaders during a free virtual four-day Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference, April 27-30. Sponsored by the Department of Communications, Media Arts & Theatre Department at CSU, this power-packed event features keynote speaker Louis Carr, President of Media Sales for BET Networks. Among … Continue reading “Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU”

Sarofsky dives deep to celebrate its craft

As creators of premium storytelling content for brands and for the entertainment industry, Owner and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky and her fellow makers at one-stop cross-media production company Sarofsky are extremely proud to announce the company’s rebrand, as brought to life in its redesigned and reimagined website: sarofsky.com. The rebrand was led by Erin, along … Continue reading “Sarofsky dives deep to celebrate its craft”

Cutters promotes David Rubin to editor

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

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

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

Chicago launches Snapchat Lens to encourage masks

The City of Chicago today launched another engagement tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago and encourage mask wearing—a Snapchat lens. The social media platform is popular amongst Millennials and Gen Zers, a demographic that has seen a recent rise in case numbers in Chicago, and which the City believes is key to … Continue reading “Chicago launches Snapchat Lens to encourage masks”

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”

How did Blacks get into advertising anyway?

Jim Glover has worked for general market and black advertising agencies and his work has always been on the cutting edge, which many believe is why he has won so many accolades in the biz. Jim is now the founder, President, Creative Director/writer of MultiCultural Creative Consultants (MCC), author of the thriller novel, Mad Man and a … Continue reading “How did Blacks get into advertising anyway?”

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’”

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”

Motion salutes Women’s Day with ‘Our Focus Our Future’

The Motion Agency celebrated International Women’s Day by inviting dozens of industry guests to a panel discussion and networking event titled, “Our Focus Our Future,” at their River North office on Friday afternoon. Described as “20 Women Leading the Way in 2020,” the highlight of the program featured nearly two-dozen female executives and entrepreneurs answering … Continue reading “Motion salutes Women’s Day with ‘Our Focus Our Future’”

BBDO’s ‘Back-to-School’ wins One Screen Short Fest

BBDO New York’s Back-to-School Essentials, created behalf of Sandy Hook Promise, led the way at the eighth annual One Screen Short Film Festival last night, winning three awards including Best-of-Show honors. Short film work from nine countries picked up awards at the The One Club for Creativity event, that celebrates global filmmakers from both the … Continue reading “BBDO’s ‘Back-to-School’ wins One Screen Short Fest”

Lizette Williams, Sr. Director, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing

Lizette Williams, Senior Director, Brand & Content Strategy, U.S. Marketing, is the third honoree to be featured in the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. She joins an esteemed group of artists, entrepreneurs and innovators that includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, … Continue reading “Lizette Williams, Sr. Director, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing”

‘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”

SOCIALDEVIANT hires strategic planner Lisa Szkatulski

On the heels of hiring Hart Rusen as its Chief Creative Officer earlier this year, SOCIALDEVIANT is bringing on board ad industry veteran Lisa Szkatulski as Senior Strategic Planner, effective immediately. “Since our founding nearly eight years ago, we have built a ‘maker’ culture. We are committed to creating brand-right and consumer-relevant content– in short, … Continue reading “SOCIALDEVIANT hires strategic planner Lisa Szkatulski”

ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners

‘Just Mercy,’ ‘And Then We Danced,’ ‘Ready for War’ take top honors at 55th Chicago International Film Festival   The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the winners of the Festival Audience Awards, presented by Xfinity. Voted by Festival-goers, the Audience Award for Best Feature goes to Just Mercy by director Destin Daniel Cretton. The … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners”

ChiFilmFest opens with fresh new buzz

All-female red carpet helps launch reinvigorated Windy City tradition   The Chicago International Film Festival opened with an all-female red carpet ceremony at the AMC River East last Thursday night. Adding a fresh buzz to decades of Windy City tradition, the 55th annual launch was anchored by Artistic Director Mimi Plauché and Cinema/Chicago Managing Director … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest opens with fresh new buzz”

‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch

Aemilia Scott, Holli McGinley film follows a single mother living on the edge of Chicago’s Humboldt Park The 55th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 5th edition of Industry Days: Three Hours, directed by Aemilia Scott and produced by Holli McGinley. The film follows a single mother living … Continue reading “‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch”

ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch”

Five film projects to compete for $20,000 awards package of in-kind goods and services   The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of five narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched in front of a live audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch””

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

Master Classes with Oscar and Sundance winners are just a few of the events scheduled for October 17-20 program     The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the program for Industry Days (October 17-20, 2019) with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.   A … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda”

ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs

“Knives Out” starring Daniel Craig among first round of films announced for 55th run, October 16-27 Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced titles selected for the Galas and Special Presentations programs for the 55th edition of the Festival. Offering movie lovers a first look at the year’s most highly … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs”

Facebook hires Leo B and other agencies to rebuild rep

Social-networking giant hires Burnett, Wieden, BBDO, Ogilvy and Droga5 to save its tarnished image Face it, after all of its privacy missteps, election interference, hate group accounts and other controversies and just plain boredom, Facebook’s reputation has been going down quicker than a cheesy poof in Cartman’s hands. Now the social-networking giant is trying to … Continue reading “Facebook hires Leo B and other agencies to rebuild rep”

Mosaic names Justine Greenwald ECD

Top brand activation agency bolsters leadership bench with addition of accomplished, multi-disciplined marketing executive Mosaic, a brand activation agency that delivers consumer experiences in store, online and in the community, announced today the addition of accomplished marketing executive Justine Greenwald as the agency’s Executive Creative Director. Greenwald will lead award-winning teams of creatives and strategists … Continue reading “Mosaic names Justine Greenwald ECD”

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”

Human brings audio expertise to Chicago

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

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”

We Are Unlimited brings in Derek Green as ECD

In his new ECD role, the Australian will oversee Unltd’s creative output, bringing international experience to Chicago shop We Are Unlimited announced that Derek Green has joined the agency as Executive Creative Director. Reporting to CCO Toygar Bazarkaya, Green joins the Chicago-based team as they expand the agency’s creative ambitions for a demanding McDonald’s client. … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited brings in Derek Green as ECD”

AbelsonTaylor Launches Icons.Health channel

New venture features content that explores the intersection of healthcare and technology with innovators and entrepreneurs   What do Microsoft, Aetna, Twitter, IBM, Ogilvy Consulting, Biogen, and dozens of healthcare startups have in common? All appear in discussions about issues at the nexus of healthcare and technology in Icons.Health, a new video series produced by … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor Launches Icons.Health channel”

Lester Wunderman passes of natural causes

“Father of Direct Marketing” Created a Trillion-Dollar Industry Advertising has lost a trailblazer. Lester Wunderman, chairman emeritus and founder of Wunderman, the original and largest direct marketing advertising agency, passed away on January 9, 2019 in New York of natural causes. He was 98. According to a press release from Wunderman, the icon launched a … Continue reading “Lester Wunderman passes of natural causes”

Leviathan announces massive staff expansion

The Chicago-based, specialized creative agency adds staff in creative, account, production and development disciplines   (Chicago — 5 November 2018) The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan are very proud to announce several key new hires and promotions expanding their creative, account management, production and digital development strengths. The full-time staff additions include ACD Branded … Continue reading “Leviathan announces massive staff expansion”

40th anniversary Telly Awards kicks off call for entries

World’s largest award for excellence in video and TV launches “A Story For Every Screen” campaign with event series, judges, and partnerships   (New York — 23 October 2018) Kicking off its 40th year as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards today launched its annual call … Continue reading “40th anniversary Telly Awards kicks off call for entries”

AICP sets new venue, agenda as it comes to Minneapolis

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

NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global

FCB’s Liz Taylor and 3% Movement’s Kat Gordon announced that the femme-focused advertising competition is now open to women around the world   During a presentation at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, FCB Chicago’s Chief Creative Officer Liz Taylor and 3% Movement founder Kat Gordon announced that the Athena Advertising Awards are going global … Continue reading “NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global”

Sun-Times launches anti-gun violence initiative

Created in partnership with Ogilvy, “31 bullets” identifies actions that Illinoisans can take to counter the negative effects of America’s gun problem   In an effort to combat gun violence, the Chicago Sun-Times has launched a new campaign on May 1 called “31 bullets” which identifies 31 specific actions Illinoisans can take to address this … Continue reading “Sun-Times launches anti-gun violence initiative”

New creative to get your week going — 05.08.18

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a collection of inspiring spots and trailers that got Reel Chicago’s attention.   McDonald’s Agency: Burrell Communications Nothing really spectacular happens in this new breakfast spot for the fast food giant’s Sausage, Egg and Cheese McGriddles, but it just leaves you with a warm feeling as son hustles to meet … Continue reading “New creative to get your week going — 05.08.18”

One Club names FCB’s Susan Credle as chairwoman

(New York — 2 May 2018) FCB global CCO Susan Credle has been named chairwoman of the Board of Directors for The One Club for Creativity, as voted by club members and the current Board. The One Club, the foremost non-profit organization celebrating creative excellence in advertising and design, also announced 12 new appointees to … Continue reading “One Club names FCB’s Susan Credle as chairwoman”

Durable Goods signs Liz Hinlein, other SoCal moves

Helmer Hinlein moves to Durable Goods Venice, CA-based production company Durable Goods has signed director Liz Hinlein for U.S. commercial representation. As an accomplished director and cinematographer with over two decades of experience pioneering as an award-winning female voice across advertising, feature film, music video and VR work, Hinlein continues to discover and embrace news … Continue reading “Durable Goods signs Liz Hinlein, other SoCal moves”

Explore Media names Seth Deahl Executive Producer

Deahl brings 15 years of experience producing commercials to leadership role as company expands Chicago offices Explore Media, a full-service HD video production company focused on creating commercials and digital content, is thrilled to announce that Seth Deahl has been named Executive Producer. Deahl brings over 14 years of successful experience producing acclaimed commercial productions … Continue reading “Explore Media names Seth Deahl Executive Producer”

Merman’s Brad Turner helms IBM film ‘Outage’

Mobile technology’s impact on humanity comes to life in IBM Mobile’s thrilling interactive film, Outage created in partnership with Los Angeles-based Merman and directed by Brad Turner for Ogilvy New York. The director of Homeland, 24, and Designated Survivor, Turner applied his talent for high intensity narratives and passion for innovation in this one of … Continue reading “Merman’s Brad Turner helms IBM film ‘Outage’”

We Are Unlimited expands and deepens creative team

Omnicom’s dedicated McDonald’s unit, We Are Unlimited, deepened its creative team with the addition of six new hires. Executive Creative Directors Chris Moreira and Mark Schöller left Saatchi & Saatchi New York to work on McDonald’s U.S. account, reporting to Chief Creative Officer Toygar Bazarkaya.     “We are building a new agency model, which … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited expands and deepens creative team”

FCB’s Credle to chair 2018 AICP Next panel

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

Busy week of account moves led by FCB & GE Appliances

FCB “gets cooking” with GE Appliances Louisville, KY-based GE Appliances has chosen FCB Chicago as its creative AOR to handle advertising, digital, social and shopper marketing. The agency beat out incumbent BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather, McCann and MullenLowe in a competitive review that began last November, just 18 months after Chinese manufacturer Haier bought the … Continue reading “Busy week of account moves led by FCB & GE Appliances”

The Reel Black List: Nathalynne McGinnis, Producer

Nathalynne McGinnis’ positive attitude and deep experience make her a joy to work with, and she is well respected in the industry. She is currently a freelance senior business affairs manager at Ogilvy/Chicago, but maintains her love of producing. Nathalynne began her career in the general advertising world at FCB/Chicago. She rose through the ranks … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Nathalynne McGinnis, Producer”

New faces at Doner LA and Wonderful

Doner LA beefs up McDonald’s team Doner LA announced four senior hires following the recent consolidation of McDonald’s retail and local marketing, where Doner was assigned nearly 1,000 local partners to help bring big-agency strategic and creative firepower down to the co-op and franchisee level. Andrew Lamar joins Doner as a Multicultural Strategist, working across … Continue reading “New faces at Doner LA and Wonderful”

Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions

The Escape Pod promotes Celia Jones to Chief Executive Officer Celia Jones has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at The Escape Pod. Jones, who joined the Chicago-based independent agency as Brand Director in June 2016, will concentrate on growth, integrated capabilities, new revenue, and recruitment. She will report to Norm Bilow, Co-founder and Managing … Continue reading “Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions”

Angela Johnson named President of mcgarrybowen/NYC

Former WPP exec Angela Johnson is leaving the Windy City for the Big Apple. McGarryBowen U.S. President Simon Pearce announced that Johnson has been named President of the agency’s New York office, and introduced her to the NYC staff in a meeting Friday afternoon. “Angela has a rich background in bringing impressive, record-breaking results for … Continue reading “Angela Johnson named President of mcgarrybowen/NYC”

Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys

There were many smiling faces at the 59th annual regional Emmy Awards Saturday night. Sponsored by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the awards show was streamed live on WGN-TV.com from the Swissotel Hotel. Both Potenza Productions and Daily Planet Productions, Ltd came away with Emmys. Potenza — which … Continue reading “Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys”

AICP Next Awards at Siskel Film Center

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

Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms

The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy Arts and Sciences announced nominees last Thursday night at Rockit Bar and Grill. Hosted by WCIU’s “The Jam” team of Jordan Cornette, Danielle Robay and Felicia Lawrence, nominations were announced in a total of twenty-eight categories. Among those nominated were Ogilvy, Chicago, who has been tearing up awards … Continue reading “Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms”

HUGE, FCBX and Table Read My Screenplay

Chicago gets HUGE IPG digital agency Huge is opening in Chicago after picking up global digital user experience work from McDonald’s. According to a spokeswoman, Huge will handle the strategy and design of McDonald’s digital interfaces and the digitally enabled interaction between McDonald’s and its customers. Although the work was pitched out of Huge’s headquarters … Continue reading “HUGE, FCBX and Table Read My Screenplay”

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”

New gigs for Sciarotta, Funk, Kirk and Gitersonke

Joe Sciarotta promoted to Ogilvy Co-U.S. Creative Officer

Ogilvy and Mather announced that the agency promoted veteran Chicago creative leader, Joe Sciarotta to U.S. Chief Creative Officer along with Alfonson Marian, who will also share the title. According to a report in AgencySpy, they will form a new stateside management team alongside U.S. CEO Lou Aversano and chief strategy officer Steve Zaroff.

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.

SKIL and SKILSAW hire Escape Pod as AOR

Naperville-based, Chervon, one of the world’s top 10 manufacturers of power tools, outdoor power equipment and related products, has named The Escape Pod as AOR for its SKIL and SKILSAW brands. Chervon is looking to The Escape Pod to amplify both brands through an integrated campaign which will include broadcast, radio, digital, social and experiential.

The AOR appointment builds upon the successful partnership between Chervon and The Escape Pod in launching the EGO Power+ line of Lithium-Ion battery-powered outdoor equipment to the number one spot in the category in two years.

Burnett’s “Van Gogh Bnb” wins Grand Prix at Cannes

(Cannes, France — 23 June 2117) It’s as if the advertising gods were sticking their collective tongues out at Publicis-Groupe’s President-CEO, Arthur Sadoun, as Burnett won the Grand Prix in Creative Effectiveness at Cannes this year.

Van Gogh Bnb, which Burnett created for The Art Institute of Chicago, displayed immense impact, increasing the museum’s attendance by 133,000 and generating $2 million in revenue, all with just a $500,000 investment.

“Creative effectiveness is about impact,” said jury president Jonathan Mildenhall, CMO of Airbnb in Adweek.

Chicago shops win Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions

(Cannes, France — 19 June, 2017) Even though McCann New York’s Fearless Girl was the big winner on the first night of the Cannes Lions Festival, Chicago agencies did manage to come home with lions as well. FCB Chicago, BBDO Chicago, DigitasLBI, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy and Mather and Lapiz won lions in the categories of: Glass, Outdoor, PR, Promo & Activation and Print & Publishing. Below, see every Lion won by U.S. agencies on the night.

Abasolo wins top raffle prizes at ChicPUG Wrap Party

THE 70-PLUS GUESTS at ChicPUG’s (Chicago Creative Pro Users Group) Wrap Party last week at the Metropolitan Club cheered lucky member Tony Abasolo when he won the two top raffle prizes valued at $3,100 and two additional prizes.

Abasolo, who is with Apple and a freelance editor, took home the Editors Retreat All Access Pass, valued at $1,900 and the TB ThunderBay 4 RAID 6, a $1,200 value. He also won an AddMotion and a Color Finale Pro.

“Exonerated” wins top prize in MIFF’s Shorts Night

The top three winners of Tuesday’s annual Midwest Independent Film Festival’s (MIFF) “Advertising Community Shorts Night,” out of 17 finalists, will compete for MIFF’s “Best in the Midwest Awards” Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Rocket Bar & Grill.

First prize in the Shorts contest went to “Exonerated,” a look into the lives of five people who had spent 23 years in jail for crimes they did not commit. Chicago commercial photographer Andy Goodwin directed and Patrick Duffy of Cutters’ Detroit office edited.

HistoryMakers’ Jarrett TV talk to air on national PBS

AN EVENING WITH VALERIE JARRETT,” a presentation of The HistoryMakers, the massive archive of interviews with notable African American leaders now part of the Library of Congress, airs on WTTW/11 today and tomorrow.

The interview with President Obama’s senior advisor about her rich life and career will air on national PBS in February. The program is dedicated in honor of Gwen Ifill, the late PBS media journalist who had hosted many HistoryMakers’ interviews in Washington, D.C. over the past 10 years.

Quriosity’s Lumpkin producing the AICP Show

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

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

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

Memorial services held for 3 ad women killed in crash

A memorial service has been held for one of the three advertising women who were tragically killed in an Oct. 23 automobile accident and two other services will be held Oct. 29 and Nov. 13.

Ashley Sawatzke, 30, Amy Taylor, 32, and Lindsey Cohen, 35 had worked together at Energy BBDFO in account management. Sawatzke left BBDO over the summer to join Leo Burnett as an account supervisor position on the P&G Always account.

Services were held last Wednesday for Lindsey Cohen in her home city of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

MIFF’s Nov. 15 Ad Shorts Night to premiere 12 films

The 7th annual Ad Community Shorts Night at the Midwest Independent Film Festival will screen Tuesday, Nov. 15 instead of its regular First Tuesday Nov. 1 date, deemed as being too close to Nov. 8 election night. They are:

Hell,” John Malkovich reads Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” while illustrations depicting humans’ worst atrocities animate edited, graphics by Ryan Gilbert and sound design by Brian Leitner.

Northwestern Healthcare names Modesto marketing head

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE hired a new marketing officer: veteran Chicago adman Mark Modesto, who joined from his role as CEO of Ryan Partnership. He will oversee marketing relations for the hospital’s network of seven affiliated Chicago area hospitals.

“With Mark’s considerable experience,” said President / CEO Dean Harrison, “he will be able to elevate the Northwestern medical brand experience for the patients and communities we are privileged to serve.”

Daily named new CCO for both WPP’s Cavalry and Y&R

WPP HIRED LEYLA TOUMA DAILEY as chief creative officer presiding over two of its agencies, Cavalry and Y&R, who moved over from Leo Burnett, where she’d been SVP/CD since 2014.

Earlier, multi-award winning Dailey had been VP/CD at Arc World and had spent 10 years in various creative capacities at DigitasLBi. Brands she’s worked on over the years include Kellogg, Disney, Walgreen’s, KitchenAid, Coke, Philip Morris and MillerCoors.

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.

Major agency losses as 2 big brands move to New York

Last week definitely was not a good week for Chicago advertising, with major accounts moving to New York agencies and leaving the Chicago ad market bereft of $420 million in billings.

Kellogg’s is moving its U.S. Special K brand from Leo Burnett, to JWT New York. Bud Light is leaving Energy BBDO for Wieden + Kennedy New York. 

O&M’s Newman heads for LA as CEO of new agency group

Bigger things are ahead for Lee Newman, president at Ogilvy’s Chicago office, who was named the U.S. CEO for newly formed Mullen Lowe Group, the merger of Interpublic’s Mullen and Lowe agencies.

He’d been Ogilvy’s president since 2012.  No successor named as yet.

Newman will reign in Mullen’s Los Angeles office, where anchor client Acura is also located.  He will report to Mullen Lowe Global CEO Alex Leikikh and work with U.S. CCO Mark Wenneker in  overseeing the Boston, LA and North Carolina office of what had been Mullen, and Lowe’s former New York office.

2 local agencies in pitch for $160mm Miller Lite biz

Three agencies – two of them here in Chicago – were tapped to compete in a MillerCoors formal review to come up with advertising ideas that will elevate its Miller Lite brand from a lengthy sales slump.

The agency with the most brilliant ideas will win the brand’s $160 million business. The brand will introduce the winning ads in March.

The local agencies are Publicis’ Leo Burnett and Royal Order, a digital agency acquired that Ogilvy, a WPP division, acquired in 2012.  Omnicom’s LA-based TBWA is the third agency in the review.

FCB agency for Choose Chicago, city’s tourism arm

FCB was the agency choice of Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism arm, to promote the city as a tourist destination throughout the world. Starcom USA will handle media planning. 

FCB topped other finalists Leo Burnett and Magnani for the estimated $3 to $4 million account, which doesn’t include the invaluable prestige associated with business. 

GERTRUDE takes on revival of the Art Directors Club

After a very long absence, the Art Directors Club is returning to Chicago next week in a doubly big way, thanks to the initiative of Otis D. Gibson, owner/chief creative officer of GERTRUDE and ADC executive director, New York-based Ignacio Oreamuno, whose aim is to bring the creative community together again with a variety of informative and inspiring events.

Wake and funeral services for Dennis Farina Monday and Tuesday

A WAKE FOR DENNIS FARINA will be held Monday from 4-9 p.m. at Monclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 W. Belmont and a funeral mass will be said for the actor and Chicago native Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church, 313 W. Illinois at 10 a.m.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Police Chaplains Ministry and the Hundred Club of Chicago.

Seng’s latest: contest for best craft beer commercial

Ad pros, aspiring creatives, and beer lovers are filling Logan Square blues club Rosa’s Lounge on April Tuesdays.  They’re gathering to brainstorm 30-second spots to enter in the Chicago Craft Brew Advertising Competition.

“It should be crazy fun, like ‘Mad Men meets American Idol,’” says impresario Rich Seng of Gigity.TV, which streams video of each session.

Neumann’s 20 years of capturing destinations

It’s been 20 years since Michael Neumann opened full-service live action, editing and animation house One World Productions out of a single room he rented from another production company on Dayton Street. 

“We now own a beautiful large loft near Chicago Avenue and Halsted with stunning views, multiple balconies, several edit bays and an amazing vibe,” Neumann says.

“The anniversary reminds me that we must be doing something right.  After our projects people often tell us how easy we make things for them.”

Burnett and divisions win a colossal 74 ADDY Awards

The Chicago Ad Federation boasted it had 350 submissions for the recent ADDY Awards from local agencies and those entries were carefully considered by 25 top creatives from national pedigreed agencies. 

As a result of all this vetting, and no doubt based on the sheer volume of entries from Leo Burnett, it should have been no surprise that the Publicis giant had a colossal haul of 62 awards, including six out of the seven ADDY Bests.

World’s biggest animatics producer opens here in May

International companies continue to find Chicago’s ad center a healthy market for expansion.  The latest such expansion is global Animated Storyboards Ltd. (ASB), which is scheduled to open a Loop facility in mid-May.  

The Chicago branch – ASB’s sixth international location — will be lead by the dual management team of lead audio engineer Paul Grajek and lead editor/compositor Wes Mallgren, both moving here from ASB New York.

Adman/screenwriter Colin Costello heads for L.A.

ADMAN AND SCREENWRITER COLIN COSTELLO is starting the New Year in a big way.  His new home base as of Jan. 8 will be Los Angeles, where he will continue to build on his successes as a comedy screenwriter over the past 10 years and use his advertising copywriting skills freelancing for an L.A. agency.

“I know there were false alarms about moving before, but this time I know it’s the right move for me.   I was told earlier this year that I used to take risks and I didn’t anymore. Well here we go. I’m taking the mother of all risks for 2013.”

Energy BBDO ends 80 year Wrigley Bldg. tenure Friday

ENERGY BBDO ON FRIDAY moves out of three floors at the 410 N. Michigan Wrigley Building, after an 80 year tenancy begun by its predecessor agency, to updated new offices south across the river at 225 N. Michigan Ave.

Friday will be a work-at-home day for the agency’s 250 staffers while the physical move takes place.  On Monday they will report to their home on the entire 15th floor and part of the 14th floor of the modern glass and steel high-rise. 

CDW/O&M spots short- change spokesman Charles Barkley

Let us, for a moment, turn our attention to Charles Barkley.

We all know who he is.  He’s a former pro basketball player who found a life after life on the court as a TV color commentator and, increasingly, as a spokesperson/performer for a number of products and brands.

Why has Barkley been so successful in these two areas after his career as a professional athlete ended?  Simple. Barkley is a colorful character who, most importantly, has learned how to be himself whenever the camera is pointed at him.

Columbia Night and David Chase light up CIFF, Oct. 16

YOU NEVER KNOW who’s going to show up at the Chicago International Film Festival, which is part of the fun of attending.  On Friday night, actor Vince Vaughn showed up to support his sister Valeri Vaughn’s documentary, “Art of Conflict: The Murals of Northern Ireland,” which he narrates, that examines how street art tells the story of Northern Ireland’s history.   He also participated in a post-screening question-and-answer session.

Foundation’s new senior producer from New York

NEW TO FOUNDATION CONTENT is senior producer Tamara Bridges Rothschild who just joined Monday, Oct. 8 after a five year stint in New York as a freelance producer.  Rothschild and her husband, Michel Rothschild, moved to Chicago earlier this year when Michel joined Draftfcb as SVP/group CD, director of multicultural.

STORY’S Ford spot shows city’s location versatility

While many unlikely cities throughout the world have been used as substitutes for Chicago locations for movies and commercials (and not always convincingly) STORY’S recent reverse location for a major advertiser tops them all. 

“We shot a Ford Explorer driving down Chicago streets that look like modern, urban downtown Moscow, for the Russian market,” says STORY executive producer Mark Androw. 

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. 

MillerCoors cuts Draftfcb in favor of WPP consortium

The news couldn’t have been more devastating. At 10:30 Tuesday morning DraftFCB/Chicago president Michael Fassnacht picked up his phone and discovered MillerCoors chief marketing officer Andy England was on the line. Without wasting time, England delivered the long-rumored bombshell.

Only it was worse than expected.

England told Fassnacht MillerCoors was pulling all its business — every single bit — out of DraftFCB and redistributing it across a couple of entities.

New Draftfcb clients making up S.C. Johnson loss

The big red notebook was missing.  That was the first thing we noticed — how could we not? — when Draft FCB/Chicago chief creative officer Todd Tilford barreled into the office where we had just settled in to chat with him and DraftFCB co-leader and president Michael Fassnacht.

It took us a second to adjust to that stunning development because the big red book Tilford had in hand during our first meeting last fall was such a prominent detail about the way he presented himself at the time.

Five of 2011’s biggest adbiz headlines and surprises

To say 2011 whizzed by is an understatement.  The year about to end was — everything considered — a pretty good year for the Chicago advertising industry.  At least compared to the three or four years that came before it.

Fewer accounts — of major significance anyway — left town, though a couple of big ones changed their local addresses.  Hello, Bud Light and S.C. Johnson!  Management changes prompted a few surprises too, none perhaps more so than Mark Modesto, who popped up at Marc USA/Chicago.

No surprises in 5 agency finalists for Lottery account

So far so… well, so not according to plan.   The race to find a new ad agency for the Illinois Lottery has just begun, and already so much has happened that wasn’t necessarily expected to happen.

But first the latest development.  Tuesday morning, more than 12 hours after Illinois Lottery private manager (the first ever) Northstar Lottery Group was expected to name the four semifinalists for the Lottery ad account, the list finally was revealed.

And guess what?

Job openings continue for laid-off Roscor veterans

JOB OFFERS KEEP POURING IN for Roscor’s former skilled employees, 100 of whom were suddenly and sadly terminated from the 35-year old Mt. Prospect-based AV equipment company on Black Friday, Oct. 28.  Many had been with the company for 20 years, and some as long as 30 years. 

Companies from all over who learned about the mass layoffs have reached out to the former staffers with job openings! 

Invitations to send in letters, resumes and applications appear in the BackTalk, or comments section, following our recent Roscor stories.

Energy BBDO’s big new accounts just keep coming

We noticed it from a distance.  Energy BBDO/Chicago CEO Tonise Paul had a little extra spring in her step as she approached her table Wednesday at the very clubby Shaw’s Crab House, where the maitre d is well aware of Paul’s preferred booth.

There is, of course, good reason for the ever-upbeat Paul to be even more peppy than usual these days.  Her agency has been on something of a roll (as the saying goes) in recent months.

Where will Mark Modesto show up post Draftfcb?


These are not the best of times at DraftFCB/Chicago.  The loss of the $1 billion S.C. Johnson account after nearly 60 years has prompted the layoff of 10 percent of DraftFCB/Chicago’s staff, which translates into about 100 positions.

With all the blaring headlines about the bloodletting in recent days, DraftFCB  now must deal quickly and effectively with the real image problem that almost inevitably arises when any shop loses a major account, especially one that has been around as long as S.C. Johnson.

Draftfcb/Chicago cuts 100 jobs in wake of SC Johnson account loss

Draftfcb has laid off the largest number of employee at one time with its cut of 10% of the Chicago workforce, or 100 jobs out of the agency’s estimated 1,000 employees.  The jobs were cut across the board, at all functions and levels.

The layoffs were not unexpected in the aftermath of Draftfcb losing the $1 billion SC Johnson business after 60 years, although the cuts came quickly.  Less than three weeks ago, SC Johnson officially announced the account switch to Ogilvy & Mather and Energy BBDO.

Oprah to receive the Oscars’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Nov. 12

OPRAH SAYS SHE’S CONSUMED with management and programming problems for her OWN cable network, but there’s a lovely honor ahead to take her mind off her business concerns.  Oprah will receive an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nov. 12 – the Gene Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The honor and an Oscar statuette is annually presented to an individual “whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” 

O&M, Energy BBDO winners of S.C. Johnson account

It’s over for DraftFCB.  As many had suspected from the moment we announced last Christmas Eve that S.C. Johnson was launching an agency review, the Racine, Wis.-based home products company is ending its relationship with DraftFCB, a remarkable marketing marriage that spanned nearly 60 years.

Early Friday morning, S.C. Johnson said it will split its advertising account, believed to be worth upwards of $1 billion in billings, between BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather, long considered the frontrunner to get the account.

Euro rebounding with new leadership and new business

IT’S A NEW DAY at Euro RSCG/Chicago. That might not sound like a big deal.   But it really is, considering where Euro was as recently as last year when the agency looked to be falling backwards to the near corpselike state that threatened the agency’s very survival seven or eight years ago.  

Last year, the agency was making little or no progress in winning new business and was even having trouble holding on to its handful of existing general market clients, including the high-profile Valspar paint account (now gone).

Lewis Lazare’s media columns to run in the Reel

We’re back.  Just like that.  Ruth Ratny, a longtime chronicler of the Chicago advertising, post production and film industries, has asked us to write a column for ReelChicago.com.

So we are. We spent the last 10 years writing about advertising, radio and television for the Chicago Sun-Times. It was a period of major transition in those industries in Chicago. There is a continuing story here and, of course, we want to be part of reporting on it.

O&M’s Diedrich hits a home run with “Ballhawks” doc

Mike Diedrich was videotaping outside a Cubs-Pirates game in 2004 when there were two home runs in the first inning.  “There were four or five ballhawks out there,” Diedrich says.

“They got each home run because they were in position.  When you heard the crack of the bat, they took four or five steps toward where the ball was going to land.  They looked like Major League players tracking a fly ball.”

Draftfcb faces S.C. Johnson business review

FOR DRAFTFCB, 2011 will not start off with a proverbial bang, as S.C. Johnson, its major client of 58 years, plans to review its $1 billion marketing accounts for its entire global brand.

Draftfcb has handled advertising for many of Racine-based S.C. Johnson brands, including Pledge, Windex and Raid. Incumbents, which include RG/A, Ogilvy and Mullen, will be invited to participate in an agency review (gulp) early next year.

New Blackhawks spots on air in record time

Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice in five innovative spots, created by Ogilvy & Mather and produced by One at Optimus and Optimus post. The dramatic new campaign captures individual player’s skills and passion while underscoring their commitment to “One Goal.”

Spots featuring Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, are currently airing; two others will be introduced throughout t the season.

Producers Elise and Gregg Jaffe: ?We survived!’

Elise and Gregg Jaffe were all grins as 75 friends, family, vendors, freelancers, and clients celebrated their Chicago-based Big Teeth Productions’ five-year anniversary as a one-stop production shop.

The husband-wife duo described their momentous occasion with one simple word ? surviving. “We’ve scraped and clawed and come out alive,” says Elise Jaffe. “We’re really proud.”

Big Teeth Productions (BTP) landed its first “real” Twitter job with deal-of-the-day Chicago phenom, Groupon, last year.

Burnett’s Jeff Brecker moves to Digital Kitchen

DIGITAL KITCHEN’S EXPANSION into all things digital started with the hiring of interactive heavy-hitter Jeff Brecker for the newly created position of executive producer/general manager. He starts June 21.

Brecker has been on the internet side of advertising since he entered the adbiz in 1996, after graduating from UW-Madison. He moved to Digital Kitchen from three years at Leo Burnett, where he’d been SVP/creative director.

See who profited from 2016 Olympics work

HERE’S WHERE ALL THE MONEY WENT. Remember our outrage about a year ago when the Chicago 2016 Olympic went on a shooting spree to make visual presentations to the International Olympics Committee in the hope of being the Olympics city six years hence?

And remember how the Chicago 2016 Committee bypassed all but a few Chicago talents and brought in bi-coastal directors to direct those presentations?

And how the Committee, in the form of their ad agencies, twisted arms of local vendors to provide their services and equipment “voluntarily,” i.e., without compensation?

The biggest Portfolio Night yet, May 20

Young, aspiring agency creatives get a golden opportunity to show their stuff to a Who’s Who of Chicago advertising creative executives and recruiters at Portfolio Night 8 (PN8) May 8, at the Cobra Lounge.

Fittingly, the search for the new kids is again hosted by GERTRUDE, an agency specializing in marketing to 18 and 34-year olds, founded by Otis D. Gibson, its chief creative officer.

Gibson calls PN8 “the mother of all portfolio nights,” thanks to the 46 A-list agency CDs and creative managers expected to look and possibly hire the next generation of creative talent.

Sundance parties welcome Chicagoans

CHICAGOANS AT SUNDANCE expected this weekend at Park City, Utah include Fox TV’s Robin Robinson and Ch. 7’s Sylvia Perez, providing TV coverage of the festivities; Julee White, NBC director of strategic sales and marketing; RDS’ Megan Ross; Kevin Farley, brother of the late Chris; the IFO’s Betsy Steinberg and Todd Lizak, Mesirow Financial’s Les Coney and Christina and Mike McGrath of Lexis McGrath.

Resolution Digital goes green in a BIG way

Since its arrival a few months ago, Resolution Digital Studios’ new, massive green screen has proven to one of the facility’s major assets.

The digital compositing backdrop, made of intense green chroma-key material is sized at 60-wide x 40-high, making it one of the largest green screen shooting spaces between coasts. The green screen is available for setup in Resolution’s cavernous 5,600-sq. ft. main stage.

“It’s not a permanent fixture,” says Diane Mercurio, Resolution’s marketing director.

The Jaffes’ Big Teeth Productions sinks its creative chops into international Navteq video web series

An international campaign for local Navteq, which powers Google Maps and supplies technology to many popular GPS production, has pushed three-year-old Big Teeth Productions into the high-end video marketplace.

The Big Teeth campaign, a series of videos for the Navteq website and retailer training, is the company’s first consumer-targeted spots after a history of B-to-B-centered marketing.

The Show Department to celebrate its 25th anniversary; Town Hall meeting for SAG members

THE SHOW DEPARTMENT founders/owners president Lee Faclis and vice president Jeff Facklis will host a gala, invitation-only silver anniversary party for clients, colleagues and friends Thursday night at its Fulton Street facilities.

The AV equipment and supply rental service was founded in 1983 and has grown substantially to become one of the nation’s biggest companies.

Total number of employees among The Show Department and Resolution Digital Studio divisions numbers nearly 100.

Oh, yeah! Voiceover Pat Duke wins the voice of icon Kool-Aid Man over New York’s best actors

Chicago voiceover veteran Pat Duke bested more than 100 New York actors to win the role of one of advertising’s oldest and most famous icons: The “Kool-Aid Man,” who famous breaks through walls shouting, “Oh, yeah!” whenever summoned by thirsty children.

Duke’s “Oh yeah!” will resound on four TV spots from Ogilvy & Mather, New York, bowing in February.

Duke is thrilled with his latest assignment. “This is a big deal,” he says Duke, speaking from New York where he spent the month auditioning and recording.

A dramatic pilot and an action/thriller
end the year of entertainment filming here

PATRICK SWAYZE stars as an unorthodox but effective FBI agent who trains a new na?ve young partner (Travis Fimmel) while being pursued by an Internal Affairs team in in “The Beast,” which has begun three weeks of shooting in Chicago.

Directed by Michael Dinner, “The Beast” is one of four pilots being produced by Sony Pictures Television, for A&E, its first original scripted drama series since 2002.

Although it looked like “The Beast” would shoot in Toronto, Chicago got the green light the end of November that the city would serve as the story’s locale.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

THE FOUNDATION post house expanded this week by moving into a full, 6,000-sq. ft. floor with seven editing rooms at 200 E. Ohio, from 2,800-sq. ft. and four editing rooms in the same building. That’s mighty impressive for being in business for just 18 months.

Owned by ace editor James Lipetzky and his wife, Samantha Hart The Foundation employs 10.

COLIN COSTELLO’S COMEDY sitcom pilot, “Friends like These,” was picked up by Black Family Channel’s new show, “Pilot Central,” debuting in October or November.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

“PRISON BREAK” has broken out in full-scale shooting of 12 episodes of the Fox TV series at Joliet prison and Chicago locations. The series stars Dominic Purcell and Stacy Keach. On the set: Production manager Frank Conway is also filling in for producer Gary Brown who was temporarily called away. Shows are budgeted at between $3 to $6 million per hour. First episode will air Aug. 29.

THE OTHER JOLIET MOVIE, “You are Going to Prison,” won’t be around to confuse you.

Swell names agency exec Monna O’Brien president

Veteran agency production executive Monna O’Brien was named president of Swell, one of the city’s top six post houses, owner Mike Topel announced.

O’Brien spent 19 years with Ogilvy & Mather as head of broadcast production and executive producer before leaving in 2004 to freelance.

In her new position, O’Brien said her immediate focus is “to reshape and revitalize the company by having the right people in place.” She leads a company with billings of $7.5 million and a staff of nearly 50.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

THE ONLY U.S. MEDIA LION awarded at Cannes this year went to Oprah for the much talked-about giveaway of more than 200 Pontiac G6 cars to Oprah Winfrey’s studio audience, engineered by GM’s media-planning agency, Publicis Groupe’s GM Planworks, Detroit. It was the only U.S. entry among more than 1,000 in the category to win a Lion.

ROGER EBERT’S STAR DEDICATION on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood Thursday was studded with stars, fellow movie columnists and friends of the critical icon.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

A NEW AD AGENCY called Houlihan Madison Most has been formed by Kevin Houlihan and Brad Most, for many years with the Chicago Creative Partnership. While HMM is clientless at the moment, it will compete for the former CCP Blue Cross account. Houlihan had been CCP president and chief creative officer; Most was head of client services. The Madison in their name is a nod to New York’s ad street.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

AMY LIKUS, former Optimus editor joined Outsider editorial? SMS Productions moved to 1229 N. North Branch after a dozen years entrenched at 676 N. LaSalle. Phone, 312/440-8963, Email, smsrss1327@aol.com? Caption and Subtitle Services is the new name of Terry Thomas’ former Christian Captions.

NBC’S RENEWAL OF “ER” for two more seasons means continued work for local crews. Roger Anderson’s Sterling Films is essentially the show’s local producer.

JWT names Tony Wallace head of production

After a six month search, J. Walter Thompson named Tony Wallace as director of broadcast production. He joined the agency Nov. 29 after 14 years at FCB as senior producer.

A former editor and director, Wallace headed FCB’s Coors production team.

Working with Wallace in broadcast production are executive producer Carolyn James, senior producer Adrienne Daniel “and a ton of freelancers,” Wallace said. He also oversees video studio manager Dean Campione, editor Mike Berg and audio engineer Johnny Z.

Up and Down the Avenue – 08/13/04

Michigan Avenue could get a much needed big business boost if luck is with Cramer-Krasselt pitching the $200 million Kia Motors America account, and if Arby’s places its $15 million business with Euro RSCG, one of eight agencies it’s checking out. Also: The White Sox is looking for a new agency; Hoffman York currently has the account.

Leaving Michigan Avenue in January will be English WPP-owned JWT and Ogilvy & Mather, which will settle into new Merchandise Mart offices. Address doesn’t have the same cachet, but you can’t beat the economies of scale.

McDonald’s CCO Marlena Peleo-Lazar is named 2004 Advertising Woman of the Year

McDonald’s VP/chief creative officer Marlena Peleo- Lazar was named 2004 Advertising Woman of the Year by the Women’s Advertising Club of Chicago and the Chicago Advertising Federation. She will be honored at a July 13 luncheon at the Drake hotel.

Peleo-Lazar is the first woman in McDonald’s history to lead and direct all creative work for the company. Recently she won critical acclaim for the “I’m lovin’ it” campaign, the fast food giant’s first-ever global campaign.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 06/14/04

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR. Michigan Avenue gets a welcome dash of international glitz and know-how with the arrival of Graham Woodall, JWT’s new ECD, who heads creative and production. The native Brit started his career as a copywriter with a London agency. Went to Hong Kong with Ogilvy as group CD. Then moved to D’Arcy Hong Kong as ECD. D’Arcy brought him to New York where was ECD until Publicis gobbled up the agency last year. He brings plenty of P&G experience, which won’t be lost on JWT’s Kraft Foods and Nestle clients, not to mention new business opportunities.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 05/31/04

AT THE POST. Filament Post has officially replaced Spots BME as the name of Bruce Frankel’s editing house. “I wanted it to be a new company, now that we’re adding new people and incorporating new ideas,” he says. New addition is Matthew Egan formerly with Cutters for seven years. “I can see him becoming one of the best editors in the city,” enthuses Frankel … New Daily Planet president is Scott Marvel , VP/editor, who’s been with the company for 15 years.

Chicago team pitches wage tax credit incentive to Madison Avenue producers

A whirlwind two-and-a-half day visit to New York ad agencies to promote commercial production in Chicago was “an unqualified success,” said AICP Midwest president Mark Egmon.

The Story Companies’ Mark Androw, national AICP chairman, the Illinois Film Office’s diversity officer Joyce Davis and Egmon made the trip last week. It was motivated by the local AICP’s feeling that getting the word about the wage tax incentive to commercial producers would help encourage new business, Egmon said.

Silver Addy spurs video game scorer GameBeat’s expansion into spot music

Barely a year after its move into commercial music, Matteson-based GameBeat Studios picked up a Silver Addy last March from the Madison Ad Federation (MAF) for a theme for the Kalahari Resort Hotel near Wisconsin Dells.

GameBeat president Darryl Duncan was a staff writer from Warner Bros. and A&M in Los Angeles, writing and producing for artists including R. Kelly, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Chaka Khan. “I exited the mainstream music industry to have something where I didn’t need a hit record to feed my kids,” he said.

Up and Down the Avenue – 12/04/03

Expect Mark Androw of the Stories Companies to preside over national AICP. Running unopposed, Androw will be only the second AICP president in its 30 year history not from L.A. or N.Y.

BBDO Diane Jackson head of broadcast production, replacing the long-tenured Chuck Sheldon. She was executive producer on Energizer at DDB and also produced on other accounts.

Frankel boosted Michael Strip to VP/GCD, responsible for Coca Cola and Jose Cuervo accounts.

Still no word as to whether or not “Weather Man” is a go.

REELSCENE: News & Notes – 10/17/03

GIULIANI SPEAKS HERE. Yes, the former New York mayor and 9/11 hero Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker for the Dec. 3 Off the Street Club’s annual holiday luncheon, thanks to host Ogilvy & Mather. Annual holiday luncheon will be at Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. For tickets, call 312/856-8312 or Email otscholidayluncheon@ogilvy.com.

UP FOR TOURISM. Six Chicago agencies are semi-finalists for the DCEO’s $12 million tourism account. They are: J.

Reel Scene; News briefs

DAVE CARLSON’S Bucktown Pictures has formed a strategic alliance with sales rep Tom Buyssler’s Hi Road Productions, with an eye towards expanding its commercial work. Bucktown is a full service house that recently produced two Insight.com spots that aired during ESPN’s “Insight Bowl.”

Hi Road specializes in animatics, live tests and storyboards, and represents illustrators, graphic designers and editors throughout the U.S. It’s located at 2 E.

Krause’s work cut out for him

JWT president Barry Krause

New J. Walter Thompson president Barry Krause Monday settled into the corner office on the 25th floor of the 900 N. Michigan Building, overlooking the Michigan Avenue he has known intimately for 26 years.