The U.S. Army released “The Calling,” a new animated film series that profiles the deeply emotional and diverse origin stories of five Soldiers as they make the most important decision of their lives: answering the call to serve. At a time of a widening military-civilian divide, “The Calling” provides an important and rare inside look … Continue reading “U.S. Army releases ‘The Calling’ animated series”
Minority owned New York ad agency HERO Group (aka HERO Collective) filed suit against Omnicom-owned agency DDB in Illinois Northern District Court court this week, alleging DDB “exploited” HERO to win the U.S. Army contract and didn’t pay it for two years of work. Chicago-based Swanson, Martin & Bell and Beverly Hills-based Singh, Singh & … Continue reading “Minority New York agency sues DDB over Army account”
Wal-Mart’s first documentary made in honor of Black History month?”The Invisible Men of Honor: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers”?will air exclusively throughout the year on TV One.
“Buffalo Soldiers” was commissioned by E. Morris Communications and long-time client Wal-Mart and produced and directed by Jim White of Post Effects.
The 44-minute doc, produced in HD for a budget around $160,000, premiered in Houston last month at the National Buffalo Soldiers’ Museum, to which Wal-Mart made a substantial contribution.
An estimated 150 school and college students demonstrated March 28 outside the Leo Burnett building at Wacker and Dearborn, protesting the agency’s “Army of One” ad campaign, which they charge is deceptive and aggressively targets low-income African American and Latino youth for U.S. Army recruitment.
|Cong. Bobby Rush interviewed for the doc, with associate producer Pat Lofthouse.|
The model of Chicago’s high schools and military academies with U.S. Army-run JROTC programs is so unique that the BBC sent a documentary crew to film them.
PENCILS? DDB and Leo Burnett, high-ranking winners in every competition they enter, were the only Chicago agencies to win prestigious Pencil Awards from New York’s One Show honoring creative excellence in advertising.
DDB won a gold and silver for Anheuser-Busch and Burnett took home a silver and bronze for the U.S. Army. The two Michigan Avenue biggies won out of a field of 12,900 tough competitors from 54 countries.
AND POLLIES. Three Pollie awards from the American Assn.
What if you could save the planet from an impending environmental atrocity with a single click? Google, in partnership with Global Citizen, FCB and 360i, teamed up to bring this to life. A new 30-second spot, on YouTube, shows a photograph of a house and its surroundings being burned down by a wildfire. The audio … Continue reading “Google, Global Citizen & FCB partner to Save the Planet”
Ending a 10-year run with Chicago-based Dentsumcgarrybowen, United Airlines announced Los Angeles-based 72andsunny will become the carrier’s Agency of Record. Campaign, who reported the story, says there was a review which began in February. United was reportedly seeking an agency which could provide “the most sustained, seismic disruption in the history of commercial aviation.” The … Continue reading “72andSunny lands United Airlines account”
Furthering its commitment to building iconic brands through craft and culture, Havas Chicago has named Jamie McGarry as Chief Growth Officer to help ignite a new phase of growth for the agency. McGarry will serve as a key member of Havas Chicago’s executive leadership team, contributing to the agency’s overall strategic vision, performance and growth. … Continue reading “Havas Chicago names McGarry as Chief Growth Officer”
Continuing its growth and its investments into excellence, design-driven production company Sarofsky is proud to announce the return of Cory Davis to its full-time staff. According to company Principal and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky and Executive Producer Steven Anderson, Cory’s new title is VFX and Finishing Supervisor. Most recently 2D Lead Artist at The … Continue reading “Davis returns to Sarofsky as VFX/Finishing Supervisor”
Three-times Cannes Lion winner, Sam Ciaramitaro has become an accomplished director for Durable Goods and a producer with a distinct speciality for delivering poignant stories, often in an anthemic way, featuring people from all walks of life, including athletes, families and beyond. His two-decade career has spanned the agency, production and client side of the … Continue reading “Sam Ciaramitaro’s photos of BLM Demonstrations”
Chicago’s Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host a special presentation of PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert: America’s Night of Remembrance. Featuring a Tribute to our American Heroes on the Front Lines of the Pandemic Crisis. PBS’ multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns for a special presentation hosted by Chicago’s Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise with new … Continue reading “Chicago’s own host the National Memorial Day Concert”
TV pioneer turned millions of family rooms into theaters of untamed nature every Sunday night for decades Legendary Chicago filmmaker Donald Meier died peacefully of natural causes last Saturday night. Over the course of a half-century career, the 104-year-old creator, producer, and director of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom built a legacy that will last … Continue reading “‘Wild Kingdom’ creator Don Meier, 1915-2019”
Award-winning leader accepts challenge to help make marquee client Capital One “even more successful.” DDB Chicago today announced that Jon Flannery has been hired as EVP, Executive Creative Director. As a creative leader, Flannery has a reputation for architecting innovative work that both grows brands and garners creative recognition. In his new role, he will … Continue reading “Creative force Jon Flannery joins DDB Chicago”
The shop created exclusively for the restaurant may soon begin exploring additional opportunities Many of us have been there – it’s called the talk. “I think we should see other people.” According to AgencySpy, that conversation happened between McDonald’s and AOR We Are Unlimited. However, it seems like it was planned. The agency which was … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited no longer a “dedicated” McD’s agency”
A summertime collection of spots and trailers that recently caught staff writer Colin Costello’s eye. There is a thrilling amount of commercial and film production coming out of Chicago, even with summer Fridays. Here’s a look at some of the work that tickled our fancy this week. Watch, get inspired and go catch a … Continue reading “Work that caught our eye week of 7/9”
Ewan McGregor joins RSA as commercial director RSA Films president Jules Daly announced Monday that “The Force” is now with RSA as former Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor, has joined the Ridley Scott-owned company. The acclaimed film, theatre and TV actor, who won a Golden Globe this year for Best Actor in FX’s Fargo, joined for … Continue reading “Ewan McGregor, Backyard, Whitehouse industry moves”
Chicago’s film industry will never forget Bob Volpe, who passed on October 24. A U.S. Army veteran, Volpe worked for nearly three decades as a Property Master with Local 476 Motion Picture Studio Mechanics union. During that time, he was instrumental in building the city’s reputation as a hotbed of production. His film and TV … Continue reading “Tribute to Robert Volpe”
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?
With “tons of internet business” flowing in, Foundation Content has hired Ben Poster as director/editor/interactive, who moves after five years as an Arc Worldwide art director.
Poster is the start of what will be Foundation’s internet department.
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.
Nat Dykeman’s quest to bring a taste of independent and international cinema to the one million cinematically underserved Lake County residents continues with the 4th annual Lake County Film Festival March 8-12.
Dykeman, owner of Libertyville’s Dog Ear Music and Movies, founded the Lake County Film Festival in 2004 as a double feature, building it to 20 features and 60 shorts last year.
CLINT EASTWOOD AND RYAN PHILLIPPE are in town through next week to wrap “Flags of our Fathers,” the tale of the soldiers who raised the flag at Iwo Jima in WWII.
NAMES IN THE NEWS: Leo Burnett’s production head Jonathan Davies departs the agency in December to assume the same role at Radical Media back in his native London. No replacement named as yet … Ann Brown joins FCB Nov. 3 as director of creative administration, from Element 79 Partners.
VINCE VAUGHN, whose every meal, drink and partying fills inches of column space, will give columnists serious delirium long after his film, “The Break Up,” wraps and the players return to Hollywood.
Vaughn plans on becoming a permanent Chicago resident, by virtue of the condo he’s in the process of buying and his shiny new Illinois drivers’ license.
HOT TICKET. A capacity crowd is expected at Joy Art’s Dec. 15 Christmas party at the 410 Club. “We’ve planned a fun evening for the holidays,” says Joy Art marketing director Roger Corbin. The party kicks off a series of monthly parties to reacquaint agencies to the musical talents of Joy Art composer/ producer Butch Stewart. Uncle Butchie’s Live House band performs with guest artists?plus food, cash, giveaways and a raffle. Fun starts at 5:30 p.m.
Call it the battle of the big agencies shooting it out for honors at the recent second annual Chicago Creative Club Awards show. Four big agencies won 29 of the 32 categories of awards, while Leo Burnett won half, with 16 prizes mostly for Altoids gum.
DDB brought home seven Bricks (the award trophy) for Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser and Young & Rubicam won six awards mainly Miller Brewing.
Jennifer Aniston will be “Derailed,” starring opposite Clive Owen in the Miramax Films feature based on James Siegel’s best-selling novel, as reported exclusively in ReelChicago last week. Production begins in London and Chicago this fall. (Do you think Brad will tag along with Jen?)
Good news. It looks like the General Assembly has approved a one year extension for the wage tax credit.
Departures: Two 15-year post house veterans have parted ways with their respective companies.
|Daniel J. Travanti stars in “Design,” Traveller Jones’ debut feature airing on Showtime.