Dee Rees, Yessian LA lead the week’s industry moves

8+ “Mudbound” director Dee Rees signs with Anonymous Content Production and Management Company Anonymous Content has announced Mudbound director Dee Rees has signed for commercial representation in the U.S. and U.K. The news kicks off a groundbreaking 2018 for Rees, whose feature drama Mudbound has been met with sweeping praise and four Academy Award nominations, including … Continue reading “Dee Rees, Yessian LA lead the week’s industry moves”

Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman

9+ Former DDB CCO Bob Scarpelli once told me, “All good ideas eventually find a home.” That is certainly the case with the exciting two-year-old horror film, Before I Wake, which premiered on Netflix last Friday after playing overseas. Directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Hush) the film stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as … Continue reading “Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman”

Detroit’s Dan Yessian could become a music “Idol” if he wins the American Idol Songwriting contest

Detroit-based composer-producer Dan Yessian reluctantly agreed to the pleas of his son, Michael, company rep Helen Kaye to enter his song that they felt had “winner” written all over it.

That was mainly because the song, “I Believe in You,” which is perfectly in tune with contemporary sounds, “had been lying on the shelf for 10 years,” Yessian says.

Yessian’s unenthusiastic decision to enter has paid off?big time?as “I Believe” was voted one of the 20 songwriting finalists, out of a staggering 25,000 entries.

Flavor creates masterful montage of AICP Post Awards

4+ Flavor created a masterfully designed package highlighting some of the 16 total minutes of original content created for the 2020 AICP Post Awards… all accompanied by a brilliant score by Yessian. Building on the epic legacy of the AICE organization, which officially merged with the AICP in 2018, The AICP Post Awards continue to celebrate the … Continue reading “Flavor creates masterful montage of AICP Post Awards”

Joanna Miller joins The House of Representatives

5+ Detroit-based industry veteran Joanna Miller has joined The House of Representatives (THOR) as a Midwest Representative Associate. Miller brings more than a decade of advertising experience to THOR. She began her career in 2001 as a Junior Representative at Detroit-based boutique post house Function and audio shop Ozone Music. After signing with Yessian Music … Continue reading “Joanna Miller joins The House of Representatives”

AICP short film asks, are you ‘Obsessed With Craft’?

3+ Obsessed with Craft is a new short film released by AICP to promote entries to the AICP Awards — The AICP Show, The AICP Post Awards and The AICP Next Awards. It features the world’s most obsessive crafter talking about her love of craft and her belief that, at its heart, “craft is a … Continue reading “AICP short film asks, are you ‘Obsessed With Craft’?”

Chris Franklin named AICP Post Awards Chair

3+ Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced that Chris Franklin, Owner/Editor at Big Sky Edit, will serve as the Chairperson of the 2020 AICP Post Awards. Franklin’s appointment marks the first time the association’s annual competition for excellence in the post production arts will adopt a chairperson structure for its judging panels and … Continue reading “Chris Franklin named AICP Post Awards Chair”

2019 Camp Kuleshov Winners

2+ Optimus’ Kathryn Schade, Cutters’ Magdalena Hernandez, Another Country’s Logan Vines take first places in Graphics, Editorial, and Sound Design Camp Kuleshov, AICP’s annual trailer competition for assistants and junior-level employees at member companies, challenges entrants with re-imagining or reworking films by creating new trailers that cast the movie in a different genre than originally … Continue reading “2019 Camp Kuleshov Winners”

AICP honors the best advertising of the year

2+ Nike named Marketer of the Year as AICP Next Awards and AICP Show honor the most innovative marketing in the motion image Winners of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial were presented tonight at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Together with the AICP Next … Continue reading “AICP honors the best advertising of the year”

The Colonie gets happy with Advocate campaign

7+ Editor Tom Pastorelle cut a trio of Advocate Aurora Health spots created by MERGE and set to the theme song from The Partridge Family The Colonie editor Tom Pastorelle recently partnered with MERGE on a broadcast and web campaign for Advocate Aurora Health, one of the largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country. … Continue reading “The Colonie gets happy with Advocate campaign”

Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show

10+ Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced yesterday that Robin Shenfield, Co-Founder and CEO of The Mill, will serve as Chairperson of the 2018 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. As Show Chair, Shenfield will oversee the AICP Show Committee, which is responsible for promoting and marketing the AICP … Continue reading “Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show”

McGarryBowen adds humor to United flights

2+ McGarryBowen livened-up the flying experience for United Airlines’ customers by adding humor and excitement to the safety video that everyone is pretty much forced to watch before the plane takes off. The four-minute-long Safety is Global establishes an entertaining mood in seconds. A slow zoom on Rio’s skyline quick-cuts to a Carnival parade jumping … Continue reading “McGarryBowen adds humor to United flights”

AICE & AMP partner on post/music mentorship program

Trade associations AICE and AMP (Assn. of Music Producers) have teamed up to launch PrePro, a new mentorship program to help local high school and college students explore careers in post and music for advertising.

The PrePro diversity program, open to students age 17 to 23, will kick off this coming semester in the active Chicago and New York chapters. Other chapters will follow as the year progresses.

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.

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.