Audio pro Jordan Stalling joins Another Country

4+ Award-Winning sound designer / mix engineer brings considerable advertising campaign experience to Chicago studio Managing Director John Binder, Executive Producer Tim Konn, and their colleagues at the acclaimed sound design studio Another Country are very proud to announce the addition of award-winning Sound Designer and Mix Engineer Jordan Stalling to their staff. Effective immediately, … Continue reading “Audio pro Jordan Stalling joins Another Country”

Another Country opens “Cinema Room”

Another Country has opened what is possibly the largest sound recording room in the Midwest — one that clients are calling “the best room in Chicago,” says partner/sound designer John Binder with justifiable pride.

Construction on the $1 million sound stage began last November and was completed by late January to handle sound for Super Bowl spots.

“The room was designed to mix all formats for broadcast and theatrical,” notes executive producer Tim Konn.

Another Country adds ace mixer David Gerbosi

One of the city’s favorite sound designer /mixers, David Gerbosi, is gearing up for a month of work on a big package of Anheuser-Busch/DDB Super Bowl spots in his new 25th floor mixing room at Another Country.

Gerbosi joined Cutters’ sound division Monday, after his current contract with CRC expired in November after 16 years with the company.

DDB put a hold on its two favorite Bud brand sound designers, Gerbosi and John Binder, for a slew of Anheuser-Busch brands — Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime and American Ale -? 2009 Super Bowl spots to air Feb. 1 from Tampa.

Illinois production scores another record-breaking year

6+ A quintet of leaders gathered to announce another record-breaking year of film, television, and media production in Illinois this morning at Kennedy-King College’s 6,000 square foot sound stage in Englewood. According to the Illinois Film Office, the industry helped add nearly $560 million to the economy last year. Manifesting itself in job creation and … Continue reading “Illinois production scores another record-breaking year”

‘Raising Adults’ not just another two-white-girl show

4+ Entering its second season, the dark comedy web series raises the bar (and the stakes) Hip, in-your-face, embarrassingly autobiographical, and backed by some seriously awesome music, Raising Adults follows two young girls trying to grow up while raising their crazy, disabled parents in Cincinnati, Ohio. The struggles they confront extend far beyond the boundaries … Continue reading “‘Raising Adults’ not just another two-white-girl show”

AICP launches another brilliant celebration of creativity

2+ Following its premiere at MoMA, the Show and Next Awards will tour museums and cultural institutions around the country and abroad   (New York — 14 June 2018) The AICP Show premiered tonight at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, closing out AICP Week, a celebration of advertising in the … Continue reading “AICP launches another brilliant celebration of creativity”

Trio of veteran engineers open SUM1 audio studio

A trio of the city’s top sound designer/engineers opened the doors to their own company last week in the best possible way, with new business under their arms.

SUM 1 Audio Post and Sound Design is the new business of partners Robert Marshall and Ben Keller, 15 and 12-year veterans, respectively, of Cutters’ division, Another Country, and Shawn Ballman, who has operated his own solo audio company, Soundslave, for many years.

Cutters wins at AICE; Beast boosts Bradley

KUDOS TO CUTTERS for winning three top 2012 AICE awards at the ceremony held Thursday in Marina Del Ray Ritz Carlton. Editor Chris Hafner scored Best of Chicago and Best Automotive for Fiat 500 “Karl Abarth,” and John Binder of Another Country aced Best Sound Design for Allstate.  Optimus Design won for Best Design for Craftsman. 

Duncan to Cutters as executive producer

Within the space of a year, post house executive Craig Duncan has come full circle.

Leaving Detroit’s multi-division Grace & Wild after more than a decade for single-service Red Car editorial, he’s now Cutters, Inc.’s newly appointed executive producer of Cutters Editorial, and also leads the company’s other divisions, Sol Design, Another Country, Dictionary Films and Picnic.

Duncan will work with long-time Cutters staffer, Cindy Duffy, who has been elevated from executive producer to director of post production of all five divisions.

Creative costumes abound at Cutters party

More than 450 guests crowded Cutters downtown facilities for its first Halloween party, one that assuredly will become an annual event for hosts Cutters, Sol Design, Another Country and Dictionary films.

Since the guests were mostly adpeople, their inventive costumes expressed their creativity to the hilt — with three guests, two from DDB, taking home serious cash prizes for their originality.

“Gene Simmons of Kiss,” a.k.a.

Ravi Kebab House on exotic Devon Ave. delivers authentic platters of Pakistani-Indian delights

When the mood me hits for a full switch to another country, the madness of Devon Avenue is the perfect place to get lost.

The Ravi Kebab House, 2447 W. Devon Ave., an Indian and Pakistani restaurant directly in the heart of Devon’s exotic, Middle Eastern glory is my type of place.

When my eating buddy, Lisa, and I were seated at our choice of table, a friendly waiter presented the menu. The dishes were portrayed in color photos, which make choosing a meal quite difficult. For a couple of starving women, those pictures were pure temptation.

Bob Ebel directed

a Friendly’s Restaurant/Laughlin Constable spot at a Friendly’s in Kissimmee, Florida and a Kids “R” Us store in Orlando.

Father (Adam Vernier) takes his son (Evan Nave) to a Friendly’s after they were in a department store where Dad has been shopping.

There, while they watch images on a big screen TV, a voiceover reminds Dad that “what we really need, we already have.” The spot ends with the tag, “You and Me and Friendly’s.”

Steve Ford music provided the score, Another Country the sound design, and Tom Pastorelle of Cutters edited.

Chicago companies top competition to win six Mobius prizes, four for TV

Lapiz Integrated Hispanic Marketing topped the seven Chicago winners who were among the 68 U.S. winners of top prize Golden Statuette winners in the recent 2003 Mobius Advertising Awards.

Lapiz took a total of eight awards — five Golden Statuettes and three Second Place certificates. Cramer-Krasselt, Another Country and Leo Burnett each brought home two and Campbell Mithun one for TV. Grant-Jacoby won a Golden Statuette for mixed media and The Monogram Group for direct mail. Cramer-Krasselt also was one of six U.S.

Craig Duncan takes on role of President of Cutters Studios

3+ Cutters Studios’ Managing Director and Partner Craig Duncan has been promoted to the position of President. As announced by CEO Tim McGuire, in addition to his responsibilities as President, Duncan will continue to fulfill his duties as Managing Director. Well known in the creative industry as a premier editor himself, Tim McGuire launched Cutters … Continue reading “Craig Duncan takes on role of President of Cutters Studios”

MiraLAX unveils ‘Gutlightenment’ campaign by BBDO

1+ MiraLAX releases its new campaign, ‘Gutlightenment’, aimed at modernizing the brand and breaking through the category to reposition MiraLAX in a broader physical and emotional context. The brand defies conventions by leaning into the feelings of irritability and frustration that arise from occasional constipation, helping consumers see gut health in a whole new light. … Continue reading “MiraLAX unveils ‘Gutlightenment’ campaign by BBDO”

Cutters Studio releases indie feature “before/during/after”

4+ The leaders of international creative company Cutters Studios join their fellow filmmakers in celebrating the World Premiere for indie narrative feature before/during/after as part of the ninth annual Greenpoint Film Festival. To safely create new experiences uniting film lovers in controlled, VIP entertainment environments, this year’s Festival will be staged as a drive-in. Hosted by Broadway … Continue reading “Cutters Studio releases indie feature “before/during/after””