Havas & Battery join creative & media for Epic Games

3+ Havas Media and Battery announce today that the Epic Games Store joined forces with the Havas Group for creative and media duties on an unprecedented user acquisition campaign “The Vault.”  The pair executed the media, strategy, and creative development for this global campaign through an integrated approach to increase global awareness and drive new user acquisition. “The Vault” … Continue reading “Havas & Battery join creative & media for Epic Games”

Battery creates campaign for Chris Rock Netflix show

9+ Thank you, Battery and Netflix, I wanted to get my girlfriend a rock for Valentine’s Day and you have now made that possible. LA-based Battery has created a nifty new global campaign for Netflix to promote Chris Rock’s stand-up comedy special, Tamborine, that debuts on the streaming giant on Valentine’s Day.   The spot … Continue reading “Battery creates campaign for Chris Rock Netflix show”

Parseghian and Ginos to charge Battery

7+ LA-based agency Battery announced Friday the appointment of Mike Parseghian as Head of Brand and Becky Ginos as Associate Creative Director. As Head of Brand, Parseghian will report to Anson Sowby, Co-founder & CEO, and take lead new business efforts and manage current accounts including AECOM, Netflix and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. He joins the … Continue reading “Parseghian and Ginos to charge Battery”

Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety”

3+ I’ve been in this situation way too many times. I’m streaming Netflix on my phone streaming Spotify and suddenly my once inviting Green Lantern-green battery icon changes color into a vile Satanic red. I sweat trying to finish up my hike and song or search desperately in the dark for my power cord. Then … Continue reading “Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety””

Charging battery explosion causes Fletcher Chicago to swap hazardous Li-Ons for safer type

Contrary to the old adage, there was plenty of smoke but no fire at Essanay Studio & Lighting when a battery charging overnight exploded early Wednesday morning.

The only damage occurred when the a flame swooshed out and singed a couple of wooden chairs 10-feet away on the stage, where the shoot was to take place, creating billows of smoke.

An assistant cameraman the night before had routinely connected the battery to a standard wall outlet, to be used the next morning by spot director Dennis Manarchy on a Sargento cheese shoot.

Chicago broadcasting icon Hugh Downs passes at 99

3+ He was a pioneer of broadcasting whose career would span a century. On July first, we lost 99-year-old TV News legend Hugh Downs. Downs passed away peacefully at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Downs was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1985 for having logged the most hours on network television, with more … Continue reading “Chicago broadcasting icon Hugh Downs passes at 99”

ComEd Goats are baaaack for a second year

4+ ComEd grazing goats have returned for a second year in Leo Burnett “Goatternship” campaign. From endearing bleats and “bahs” to their eco-friendly way of life and nose-to-the-ground work ethic, goats are ideal partners for ComEd. For a second year, more than 200 goats are taking their place among the ComEd ranks for a targeted … Continue reading “ComEd Goats are baaaack for a second year”

Tiger Group Auction of Pro-Grade Audiovisual Gear

2+ Excess cameras, lenses, tripods, zoom controls, filters and other accessories hit the block in online-only auction on March 17. Tiger Group on March 17 will hold an online-only auction of pro-grade audiovisual gear from a major production supplier known for its support of award-winning work on major television and film productions.  Manufactured by the likes of Arri … Continue reading “Tiger Group Auction of Pro-Grade Audiovisual Gear”

DDB, Miller Lite, Eric Andre play ‘The Cantroller’

2+ After you drink the beer inside, the Cantroller continues to operate your video games I’m suddenly reminded of the line Tim Robbins said in The Coen Brothers’ Hudsucker Proxy, “You know, for kids!” Okay, this “ludicrous” (DDB’s words in a press release, not ours) product innovation they’ve created for Miller Lite is definitely not … Continue reading “DDB, Miller Lite, Eric Andre play ‘The Cantroller’”

Arkells rock Cramer Krasselt

5+ One of the hottest bands in North America shares music and wisdom with a Chicago ad agency Three members of the Canadian rock band Arkells demonstrated why their full lineup is one of the hottest tickets on this year’s concert scene during an acoustic set at Cramer Krasselt last Thursday afternoon. Packing arena-sized energy … Continue reading “Arkells rock Cramer Krasselt”

Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur

5+ Chicago native, Northwestern grad held top editorial roles at EBONY and JET while co-piloting Myth Lab Entertainment, and fighting for media diversity   Kyra Kyles is a multi-platform senior-level media executive, a public speaker on issues of diversity and representation, and an award-winning writer.   Journalist Kyra, former EBONY Editor in Chief / Senior … Continue reading “Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur”

Two Nigerian suspects in Smollett attack arrested

3+ Report: Chicago Police raided the home of “two persons of interest” on Wednesday night, investigation continues According to The Wrap, two “potential suspects” have been brought in for questioning by Chicago PD for the attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett. Friday morning, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, confirmed they are talking to two men, … Continue reading “Two Nigerian suspects in Smollett attack arrested”

Reel Black List: Anita Luckett – artist manager, producer

12+ The producer of “Canal Street” has provided career assistance for the likes of Halle Berry, Tika Sumpter, Darren Criss, and Rhyan LaMarr Anita Luckett, known for her grace and Kre8tivity, has achieved success as an Artist Manager and Producer. After graduating from Columbia College, the native Chicagoan took her education, charm, and work ethic … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Anita Luckett – artist manager, producer”

Jussie Smollett performs in L.A.

3+ The “Empire” star talks about the assault and his recovery during an emotional Saturday-night set at the Troubadour “I fought the f–k back.” Only four days after Empire star, Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked by what sources close to him have called MAGA Supporters, the actor/singer appeared in concert on stage at Los Angeles … Continue reading “Jussie Smollett performs in L.A.”

Questions arise in Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack

6+ Area detectives and now the FBI continue to investigate the attack on the Empire actor Early Tuesday morning, Empire actor Jussie Smollett was attacked by what has been classified by Chicago police as a possible “Hate Crime.” First reported by TMZ, the actor was on his way home from a sandwich shop (reportedly Subway) … Continue reading “Questions arise in Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack”

The unforged truth behind “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

6+ The true story behind the Melissa McCarthy thriller, told by the NY dealer who wore a wire during the FBI sting operation Melissa McCarthy’s new film, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the eponymous memoir by Lee Israel, a pathetic, misanthropic and alcoholic biographer who turned to crime when her failed talent … Continue reading “The unforged truth behind “Can You Ever Forgive Me?””

AbelCine launches “Shop Talk” series September 7

4+ See gear up close and network with fellow creatives over various yummy treats at AbelCine’s showroom on the Cinespace Campus AbelCine Shop Talk is a new event series taking place in Chicago on the first Friday of every month. Fun, informal, and educational, the program aims to bring the Chicago community together around an … Continue reading “AbelCine launches “Shop Talk” series September 7″

Escape Pod takes EGO string trimmer to new heights

5+ The “Skywinder” campaign shows how easy it is to load EGO’s new string trimmer while skydiving at 29,000 feet Note to Tom Cruise: Please understand that Vinny Warren and the team at The Escape Pod are now fully ready to join the next Mission Impossible with their latest stunt. As I watched the new … Continue reading “Escape Pod takes EGO string trimmer to new heights”

ThinkLA announces 2018 IDEA awards finalists

2+ (Los Angeles — 24 April 2018) ThinkLA has announced the finalists for the 2018 IDEA Awards. For the eighth year, the association celebrates Southern California’s advertising, marketing, and media superstars and pay tribute to Los Angeles as a hotbed of creativity and brand building. Over the past few months, hundreds of submissions were received … Continue reading “ThinkLA announces 2018 IDEA awards finalists”