Nothing traditional about Translation’s co-chairs

BUD LIGHT’S NEW AGENCY, Translation is different from the usual species of ad agencies that are often formed by veteran admen who believe they can operate more creatively and and relevantly than their former companies, and often do. 

One big difference between the New York-based Translation “trans-cultural agency” and others is that it was founded in 2008 by non-agency guy Steve Stoute, a very successful, powerful music industry executive, with a track record as a consumer brand marketer for Fortune 500 companies.

McDonald’s says До новой встречи to Russia

After more than 30 years of operations in the country, McDonald’s Corporation announced it will exit the Russian market and has initiated a process to sell its Russian business. Let us not end by saying, “goodbye.” Instead, let us say as they do in Russian: До новой встречи. “Until we meet again.” Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s … Continue reading “McDonald’s says До новой встречи to Russia”

Bill Murray teams with Aziz Ansari in Searchlight comedy-drama

We never pass up a story about Chicago’s favorite son, Bill Murray. And Bill Murray is trending again. Not for his globetrotting antics or reliving the same day in February over and over again. Murray has joined up with Emmy award winner, Master of None creator, writer, director, and star, Aziz Ansari in the upcoming … Continue reading “Bill Murray teams with Aziz Ansari in Searchlight comedy-drama”

FIRSTHAND: SEGREGATION – an intimate look at segregation in Chicago

Chicago is one of the most segregated big cities in America, and it comes at a cost. The Metropolitan Planning Council found that segregation costs the region $4.4 billion in lost income, 83,000 fewer bachelor’s degrees, and about 200 lives cut short by homicides every year. Throughout 2022, WTTW’s FIRSTHAND: SEGREGATION initiative will put a human … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: SEGREGATION – an intimate look at segregation in Chicago”

ONE School opens applications for Fall in Chicago

Following a successful first year, ONE School, the groundbreaking free portfolio school for Black creatives, has opened applications for its Fall 2021 programs run out of Atlanta and Chicago. The results-oriented online program has already made a substantial contribution to adding diversity to the industry: six cohorts run out of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and … Continue reading “ONE School opens applications for Fall in Chicago”

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”

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”

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”

Lightfoot launches ‘Chicago Connected’ with Jason & Blue

City of Chicago launches vital “Chicago Connected” campaign with directors Jason & Blue Chicago is making history. In an awareness campaign helmed by commercial directing team Jason & Blue, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the launch of an urgent social initiative titled “Chicago Connected.” Taking aim at the digital equity gap, the program—the first of … Continue reading “Lightfoot launches ‘Chicago Connected’ with Jason & Blue”

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?”

McDonald’s Q1 “significantly disrupted” by COVID-19

McDonald’s Corporation today announced results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020. During its investor earnings conference call live over the Internet, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Kempczinski said, “Following our strong performance in 2019, McDonald’s began 2020 with exceptional global momentum, and our January and February sales were reflective of that trend. Since … Continue reading “McDonald’s Q1 “significantly disrupted” by COVID-19″

Behind the scenes with “South Side’s” Bashir Salahuddin

South Side co-creator Bashir Salahuddin cannot talk for more than a few minutes without mentioning his mother. He name-checks the neighborhoods, the people, and the food that he got to know through her, especially the food. The memories shape his perception of Chicago’s South Side as a thriving mix of faces, places, and restaurants. Energized … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with “South Side’s” Bashir Salahuddin”

‘CHI-nanigans’ and the ‘perfect imperfections of youth’

An endearing new Windy City-based family web series offers laughs and lessons while helping young people build confidence It’s hard not to fall in love with the kids in CHI-nanigans, a new Chicago-based family web series with ASL translation created by Harold Ramis Film School alum Jill Ross set to premiere August 4 on YouTube. … Continue reading “‘CHI-nanigans’ and the ‘perfect imperfections of youth’”

‘Sielunmaisema: the Risto Rasa Project’

Matt Carlson transforms the magic of Finnish poetry into a short film that premieres in Minneapolis this weekend One of the coolest things about Sielunmaisema: the Risto Rasa Project is that it started out as a mystery. “I had gotten accepted to a month-long artist residency in Finland,” says Matt Carlson, the Minneapolis-based writer and … Continue reading “‘Sielunmaisema: the Risto Rasa Project’”

Havas names ‘powerhouse’ John Norman new CCO

Seasoned ad pro has created renowned work for major brands including Walmart, Nike, Coca-Cola and Gatorade. A celebrated industry veteran who has worked with trendsetting brands such as Walmart, Nike, Coca-Cola and Gatorade, John Norman will now bring his world-class level of advertising to expertise to Havas, Chicago. Yesterday, the agency named Norman Chief Creative … Continue reading “Havas names ‘powerhouse’ John Norman new CCO”

mcgarrybowen NY names Matt Ian Chief Creative Officer

Ian joins mb from Droga5 to lead creative at the New York flagship for clients including United Airlines, Subway, and Verizon (New York — 5 September 2018) Ned Crowley, U.S. Chief Creative Officer, mcgarrybowen (mb), announced today that Matt Ian has been named Chief Creative Officer for its New York flagship office. Ian will lead … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen NY names Matt Ian Chief Creative Officer”

Tessa, mcgarrybowen, Arc, Jenny Milkowski on the move

Puppet master and stop-motion specialist join Tessa Films’ roster Meghann Artes and Toben Seymour have joined the directorial roster at Tessa Films. The duo arrives at Tessa Films with skillsets that are bound to overlap in both conventional and unconventional ways. Artes is a master of stop motion. Seymour is a master of puppetry.   … Continue reading “Tessa, mcgarrybowen, Arc, Jenny Milkowski on the move”

State Farm to consolidate business with Omnicom

State Farm will have the McDonald’s agency business model with possibly a couple of co-op vendors on the side to go, according to a report in Adweek. Taking a page from the fast food giant’s playbook, the St. Louis-based the country’s largest insurance provider is reportedly in the process of consolidating a majority of its … Continue reading “State Farm to consolidate business with Omnicom”

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”

Order the Sancerre & Other Advice

POV is a regular column by individuals who work in Chicago’s film and advertising community. It can take the form of anything that the author wishes to share, be it inspiration, humor, rant or what have you. Here’s a touch of wisdom for fledgeling producers from VSA Partners Executive Director of Production, Ashley Geisheker. After … Continue reading “Order the Sancerre & Other Advice”

Mauro’s first feature bows 9/18 at new med center

Writer-director Lucia Mauro’s debut feature, “One Year Later,” that filmed in Chicago and Italy, premieres Sept. 18 at Loyola University Medical Center’s new research facility in Maywood during September’s National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

An ovarian cancer survivor, Mauro says she was compelled to tell this story “to address the emotional side of cancer survivorship and the challenging process of moving forward.

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. 

Mike Roe to Energy BBDO; writer Mike Roe to Mbira

AFTER A SHORT STINT at McGarryBowen where he worked on the equally short-lived Bud Light account, executive creative director Mike Roe returned to Energy BBDO the start of the New Year.  Roe had been with Energy BBDO for eight years, departing in February, 2012 for a top position on the Bud Light creative team.  Then, last August, McGarryBowen lost the account to Translation Advertising without a review and Energy BBDO was delighted to welcome him back..

Captains of Coors’ new Cavalry agency set to charge

So.  Here we go.  We’re now barely 12 weeks into the new adventure in beer advertising that is the Chicago-based Cavalry agency.  We don’t want to overstate the matter, but to a large degree, the immediate fate of American beer advertising may rest in the hands of  two gentlemen entrusted with the formidable task of determining how the Coors Light and Coors Banquet beer brands will be marketed in the months — and perhaps years — to come.

Weisman instrumental in Digitas’ “Team Sprint” win

Did someone mention turnaround?  Yes, for the first time in a very long time, there are substantial signs of a discernible, hope-engendering turnaround in the fortunes of Chicago’s beleaguered advertising industry.

Two very positive events  over the past seven days certainly suggest it might be a mistake to turn one’s back on the ad business here and leave it for dead, as we might have been tempted to do a couple of years ago.

Optimus trailers win 5 out of 9 Camp Kuleshov awards

The affectionate trailer for “Shark Song,” a fictional feel-good story created by The Whitehouse’s assistant editor Caleb Hepler, was the grand prize winner at the 10th annual AICE trailer editing competition.

Nine winners were announced at a party and awards show at the Bottom Lounge’s Volcano Room Thursday, Nov. 10.  Of these, five were assistant editors who won for Camp Kuleshov and four non-assistants, who work at AICE member companies and won for the Tent City division contest.

Of the nine winners, five were Optimus talents.

Producing training videos ?people want to watch’

HoneyTech’s security training videos are eminently watchful, “mostly CGI with a high-tech feel– think ?Tron’ or ?The Matrix’ — because we wanted to change things,” says company president Lance Spitzner.

That’s one reason the Naperville-based company has expanded from two to nine employees in the past year. An upcoming video will be used to train government employees throughout the United Arab Emirates.

“Video training is a great way to reach a lot of people around the world,” says Spitzner.

LRS speaks your language — and 30 others for online corporate training and E-learning programs

Mark Ohlsen’s LRS, Chicago’s largest audio studio specializing in foreign languages, has a roster of 265 foreign-speaking voiceovers, who can deliver 30 different languages?from commonly called-for Spanish to obscure Laotian Mong.

Hundreds of Fortune 500 companies that need the appropriate language translation for their far-flung employees’ E-learning programs are his clients.

Ohlsen estimates LRS has translated/recorded some 3,000 programs?or an awesome 136 jobs a year?since starting the company in 1985 with first-and-continuing client McDonald’s.

Johnson’s “Star Wars” homage shoots in August; Pantoliano, Fisher, Lloyd to co-star

Patrick Read Johnson starts production in late August on his autobiographical coming of age story “5-25-77,” set on the day “Star Wars” was released.

Joe Pantoliano and Carrie Fisher will play the parents of the main character, who has not yet been cast, according to line producer Leigh Jones. Also attached are Christopher Lloyd as a theater owner and Sara Tanaka (“Rushmore”) as the love interest.

Earhole scores 8 Nokia Snoop Dogg spots, directed by Guy Ritchie

Tom Wiebe’s new Earhole Studios started off with the proverbial bang. Its first job was original music for the big-budget Nokia phone spots that aired during the college bowl football games and concluded with the Nokia Sugar Bowl contest.

Nokia’s agency is The Richards Group of Dallas, a long-time client of Wiebe’s predecessor company, Wiebe Music. Wiebe recently acquired and moved into Pat Yacono’s Mixture studio space.