Tina Manikas, Chicago Ad Federation Woman of the Year

2+ FCB President has advocated for brands and people while stocking a trophy case full of awards over 30-year career The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce Tina Manikas, president, FCB/RED, as the 2019 Advertising Woman of the Year. Over the course of her career of 30+ years, Manikas significantly helped raise, advance and … Continue reading “Tina Manikas, Chicago Ad Federation Woman of the Year”

Bill Cosby removed from AAF Advertising Hall of Fame

1+ Fall out from last week’s guilty verdict for Bill Cosby continues. After being removed from the Television Hall of Fame, Adweek is reporting that the American Advertising Federation has decided to remove the actor/comedian from its Hall of Fame. Cosby was inducted into the AAF Hall of Fame in 2011 and at the time … Continue reading “Bill Cosby removed from AAF Advertising Hall of Fame”

Ferguson is CAF’s 1st African American Silver Medalist

4+ Chicago — 30 April 2018) The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) awarded Fay Ferguson, Co-CEO of Burrell Communications Group, as the 2017 Silver Medal Award recipient. Fay is the first African-American woman and 22nd professional to receive the award. Nominated for outstanding service in the industry, both locally and abroad, Fay is among an elite … Continue reading “Ferguson is CAF’s 1st African American Silver Medalist”

Chicago Advertising Awards 2018 winners

8+ The Chicago Advertising Federation announced the winners of this year’s American Advertising Awards in a video posted to YouTube yesterday. Chicago’s largest shops were represented equally in the results, but mcgarrybowen emerged with the highest honors, winning Agency of the Year as well as Best of Show for Oscar Mayer’s For The Love of … Continue reading “Chicago Advertising Awards 2018 winners”

Tessa Films adds director Tony Franklin

1+ Los Angeles based national multi award winning director, Tony Franklin, who has caught the attention of brands like BMW, IBM, WIRED, Purina, Pizza Hut, Gatorade, Prudential and many more has joined Tessa Film’s talented roster of directors. Director Tony Franklin, whose distinctly warm and human approach to storytelling has made him a sought-after talent … Continue reading “Tessa Films adds director Tony Franklin”

Burrell wins Gold National ADDY and Publicis Cannes-Do

0 Leading multicultural agency Burrell Communications Group has earned top industry honors from the American Advertising Federation – a Gold National “ADDY” for the Comcast/NBC Universal digital campaign, “Visions of King.” Launched to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, the VisionsOfKing.com platform featured an interactive digital mosaic of the legendary civil rights leader constructed with thousands of … Continue reading “Burrell wins Gold National ADDY and Publicis Cannes-Do”

Ad Industry says Gov. Whitmer’s ban violates free speech

3+ Five of the nation’s largest advertising trade associations today released a joint statement urging Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to rescind a portion of Executive Order No. 2020-40 prohibiting certain types of advertising in Michigan. The following statement was issued by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), American Advertising Federation (AAF), Association of National Advertisers (ANA), Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and … Continue reading “Ad Industry says Gov. Whitmer’s ban violates free speech”

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

6+ 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 … Continue reading “Lizette Williams, Sr. Director, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing”

Renetta McCann to receive CAF’s Silver Medal Award

6+ Renetta McCann, Chief Inclusion Experience Officer, Publicis Groupe, was today named the recipient of the Chicago Advertising Federation’s 2019 Silver Medal Award. The CAF Silver Medal Award recognizes a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for outstanding career accomplishments in the areas of: creative ability, contributions to the general advancement of advertising, contributions … Continue reading “Renetta McCann to receive CAF’s Silver Medal Award”

Lester Wunderman passes of natural causes

2+ “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 … Continue reading “Lester Wunderman passes of natural causes”

Lewis Williams named to AdWeek’s Creative 100 List

4+ AdWeek recently listed Lewis Williams, Chief Creative Officer of Burrell Communications Group, on the 2018 Creative 100 List. Honored for his leadership in developing first-class collaborations to produce award-winning campaigns, Lewis Williams is recognized amongst notable leaders in advertising, entertainment and art, both locally and abroad. Other creatives listed include acclaimed filmmaker, Ava Duvernay, … Continue reading “Lewis Williams named to AdWeek’s Creative 100 List”

The Mill, Burrell, Cow Lamp, Obamas, Wakanda news

7+ Live action director and VFX supervisor Ergin Kuke joins The Mill+ Chicago Ergin Kuke will soon begin working his LA-honed, box office savvy as Creative Director for The Mill+ Chicago, according to a press release issued today.     Kuke has notched an expansive variety of experience since relocating to the States from his … Continue reading “The Mill, Burrell, Cow Lamp, Obamas, Wakanda news”

400+ entries in 2016 ADDY Awards, March 16 at MBC

Some 225 attendees are expected to attend the annual AAF Chicago Advertising Awards – the Chicago ADDYS — March 16 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, presented by the Chicago Ad Federation.

For at least the past 30 years, its mission has been to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Plante returns to MMG as EVP and other staff news

BRIAN PLANTE REJOINS Arlington Heights-based Midwest Media Group integrator/resellers EVP/business development in charge of the company’s North American sales operation. 

Plante returns to MMG after three years as VP/business development at Big Shoulders Digital Video, Chicago and its sister company, Quench Inc. Experiential Marketing, St. Louis.

Burnett wins dominate the Addy Awards comeback

The Chicago Ad Federation-sponsored Addy Awards reappeared after a 10 year snooze to reemerge as a low-key event last Thursday at Resolution Digital Studios, attended by a comparatively small audience.

Nonetheless, Leo Burnett, a prodigious competition entrant, was the big winner of the night.  Out of the 92 awards, it swept the competition by taking home 19 gold and silver awards.

The agency won “Best of Show” for Allstate’s “Mayhem” campaign, in which actor Dean Winters at the wheel of a car portrays all the obstacles that can lead to a major insurance claim.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

GONE WITHOUT A TRACE? Just a year ago this month Brooke English and Lee Litis with great flourish announced their Dreamation Studio was moving into a huge Buffalo Grove facility to produce massive amounts of animated features and TV with an anticipated staff of 100.

In November 2004 they also staged the wildly successful Cineme animation film festival with bigger plans for 2005. It looked like they were here to stay.

Now it appears Dreamation and Cineme are in the wind. No phone numbers anywhere. Thinking the partners returned to L.A.

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.