Ogilvy takes home 2 Grand Prix on Cannes Lions day 4

Ogilvy took home two additional Grand Prix on the fourth day of the 2021 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Ogilvy’s global network was also awarded an additional Gold, 6 Silver, and 11 Bronze Lions today.   “Naming the Invisible By Digital Birth Registration” by Ogilvy Pakistan for Telenor Pakistan won its second Grand Prix, this one … Continue reading “Ogilvy takes home 2 Grand Prix on Cannes Lions day 4”

Ogilvy wins 3 Grand Prix Honors on day 2 of Cannes Lions

Ogilvy took home three coveted Grand Prix prizes in the Social & Influencer, Direct, and Media categories on the second day of the 2021 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Ogilvy’s global network was awarded an additional 4 Gold, 5 Silver, and 10 Bronze Lions today.   Ogilvy Pakistan took home the Media Grand Prix as well … Continue reading “Ogilvy wins 3 Grand Prix Honors on day 2 of Cannes Lions”

FCB continues its winning streak at Cannes Lions

The FCB Network continues its winning streak on day two of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, taking home two more Grand Prix trophies – the first, in the category of Media – Social Behaviour for FCB Chicago’s “Boards of Change,” on behalf of the City of Chicago. The second Grand Prix was awarded … Continue reading “FCB continues its winning streak at Cannes Lions”

Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions

For more than three decades, Burnetters have hedged their bets on Cannes Lions winners with 90% accuracy! After a supremely challenging 2020 and a year off for the Cannes Festival of Creativity, the industry’s most prestigious global awards show will have its virtual premire from June 21-25, 2021—complete with live-prgramming, on-demand content and more.  To … Continue reading “Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions”

FCB sets record with 51 Cannes Lions

Agency takes first-ever Titanium while doubling the number of Grand Prix won throughout network’s history With a grand total of 51 Lions – five Grand Prix, 18 Gold, 12 Silver, 16 Bronze including its first-ever coveted Titanium Grand Prix, FCB garnered more accolades than in its 146-year history at the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival … Continue reading “FCB sets record with 51 Cannes Lions”

Leo Burnett’s 2019 Cannes Lions predictions

Chairman and CCO Mark Tutssel’s top contenders exemplify creativity that creates human value Today, Leo Burnett Worldwide published its 32nd annual Cannes Predictions, a list that forecasts the top 20 contenders for the industry’s most prestigious global awards. The 66th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity will be held in Cannes, France, from June 17-21, … Continue reading “Leo Burnett’s 2019 Cannes Lions predictions”

Moxie and resilience on display at Cannes Lions

A screening of select shorts from the Athena Film Festival demonstrate the dynamic grace and power of today’s female filmmakers   Four short films directed by women were screened at the Cannes Lions 2018 International Festival of Creativity as a part of a June 20 presentation by FCB Chicago’s CCO Liz Taylor and The 3% … Continue reading “Moxie and resilience on display at Cannes Lions”

Leo Burnett brings home an armful of Cannes Lions

EIGHT CANNES LIONS went to Leo Burnett for its “Van Gogh BnB” campaign that led to the Art Institute’s highest attendance in 15 years with online ticket sales up 250% and $6 million in earned media impressions. The campaign along won six Cannes Lions. The other two Cannes lions were awarded for Burnett’s work for United-Healthcare’s first national campaign.

50 local ad execs head for Cannes Lions next week

A CONTINGENT OF SOME 50 ADFOLKS from Chicago and another 15 from Detroit and Minneapolis will descend on the  South of France for the 59th Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, June 17-23, to learn from world’s greatest communicators and hopefully come home with a precious Gold Lion to show for their work.

DDB network claims a pride of Lions at Cannes

The concepts for “Exclusive the Rainbow” and “Trolling is Ugly” are worth the praise alone, but the executions are also exceptional.   So far this week, DDB and its specialty units have claimed a massive haul of awards at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. With Exclusive the Rainbow for Skittles and Trolling Is Ugly … Continue reading “DDB network claims a pride of Lions at Cannes”

Cannes, Ketchum announce Young Lions winners

Budding in-house marketers from around the world developed a creative brief for a product or service that would benefit the Movember Foundation Portugal’s Ana Rita Almeida of Worten and Diogo Vasques of Caixa Económica Montepio Geral won the Gold Lion in the ninth-annual Young Lions Marketers Competition at the 65th annual Cannes Lions International Festival … Continue reading “Cannes, Ketchum announce Young Lions winners”

Chicago creatives bring home 15 Lions for their city

Chicago creatives are the recipients of 15 Cannes Lions International Festival Awards, including the Titanium Lion – the top creative award in the world for the “Boards of Change” work. In addition to the awarded Cannes Lions, the City of Chicago was recognized at The One Show 2021, receiving one Grand Prix, four gold, four … Continue reading “Chicago creatives bring home 15 Lions for their city”

FCB’s ‘Whopper Detour’ wins Cannes Titanium

FCB marks resurgence as a cutting-edge, innovative creative agency by winning the first Titanium Lion ever On the fifth and final day of Cannes 2019, FCB continued its history-making winning streak, bringing home its first Titanium ever, and celebrating its re-emergence as an industry titan. This illustrious award recognizes provocative, boundary-breaking campaigns that signify a … Continue reading “FCB’s ‘Whopper Detour’ wins Cannes Titanium”

FCB Chicago scores huge first day at Cannes

Windy City office’s four Lions add to the Network’s eleven and counting at the Fest so far The FCB Network is off to an excellent start on day one of this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. To date, FCB has had a strong showing, being awarded eleven Lions: five Gold, two Silver, and … Continue reading “FCB Chicago scores huge first day at Cannes”

FCB appoints staffers to ‘socialeyes’ at Cannes

The recipients of the agency’s third-annual #FCBsocialEYEs program will engage festival attendees at La Côte d’azur FCB has announced that Eunice Kindred and Wilbert Cheng are the recipients of the agency’s third-annual #FCBsocialEYEs at Cannes 2019. Eunice and Wilbert were chosen from more than 50 FCB applicants worldwide as part of the #FCBSocialEye contest, which … Continue reading “FCB appoints staffers to ‘socialeyes’ at Cannes”

mcgarryb’s dynamic United campaign wins at Cannes

“Real-Time Taxi Top’s” 125 taxi cabs and 45,000 data points show how convenient it is for New Yorkers to reach United flights at Newark Airport   mcgarrybowen won a pair of Lions from the Cannes Festival of Creativity for its work on the United Airlines Real-Time Taxi Top campaign. Real-Time Taxi Top uses GPS real-time … Continue reading “mcgarryb’s dynamic United campaign wins at Cannes”

Ogilvy KO’s Cannes’ Industry Craft competition

Wednesday’s Cannes Lions Awards Show turned out to be a great one for Ogilvy Chicago as the agency won the Grand Prix for their award-winning Kiwi Shoe Polish campaign for SC Johnson, USA. The story broke inThe Chicago Egotist. The new award is described as “focusing on the artistry, skill, talent and flair required to … Continue reading “Ogilvy KO’s Cannes’ Industry Craft competition”

FCB Health is Cannes’ “Healthcare Network of the Year”

The accolade caps the agency’s stellar four-Lion day — three Silvers and one Bronze — on the Côte d’Azur   FCB is off to a strong start at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, with the FCB Health Network being named “Healthcare Network of the Year” for the first time ever. This accolade … Continue reading “FCB Health is Cannes’ “Healthcare Network of the Year””

TBWA\India wins big at Cannes with “Blink to Speak”

A campaign described as “a kind of cure of paralysis” has been awarded the Health Grand Prix for Good at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity TBWA\India’s Blink to Speak is believed to be the first eye language guide made in India to help the paralysed interact without speech. “The Blink to Speak eye language … Continue reading “TBWA\India wins big at Cannes with “Blink to Speak””

Ridley Scott to curate Saatchi’s Cannes Director Showcase

RSA Films recently announced that the director of Alien, The Martian and Gladiator has been tapped to curate this year’s New Directors’ Showcase at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Now in its 28th year, the showcase is annually presented by Saatchi & Saatchi at the festival to spotlight emerging directors.   According to … Continue reading “Ridley Scott to curate Saatchi’s Cannes Director Showcase”

McGarryBowen CCO to talk “Bloody Mess” in Cannes

Tomorrow morning at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, McGarryBowen chief creative officer Ned Crowley will launch a new event format with a presentation titled, “A Bloody Mess — How Advertising Saved My Movie and My Sanity.”

Crowley will describe the four-month sabbatical that he took from his professional advertising job and devoted to completing a feature film on a small budget in early 2015.

According to McGarryBowen, who is hosting Crowley’s appearance, he chose a time of “tumultuous agency change and business upheaval” to make the foray into filmmaking.

Publicis shops to withdraw from Cannes next year

It seems odd that a French firm would poop on the party known as the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, but here we are.

According to an AdWeek report, a recent memo circulated within the Paris-based holding company Publicis announced that the firm’s 2018 cost cutting strategy will include “eliminating all award/trade shows for the next year.”

Presumably, the no-show declaration applies to Leo Burnett, Burrell Communications, Digitas and Lapiz, which are among the dozens of subsidiaries in the Publics network.

Chicago shops win Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions

(Cannes, France — 19 June, 2017) Even though McCann New York’s Fearless Girl was the big winner on the first night of the Cannes Lions Festival, Chicago agencies did manage to come home with lions as well. FCB Chicago, BBDO Chicago, DigitasLBI, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy and Mather and Lapiz won lions in the categories of: Glass, Outdoor, PR, Promo & Activation and Print & Publishing. Below, see every Lion won by U.S. agencies on the night.

The Cannes experience: Judging in a fish bowl

Historically, pharma creative campaigns don’t make the cut at Cannes Health. Some say pharma campaigns are just not at the same level as consumers’ like “This Girl Can” or “Intimate Words.” So it was probably a surprise to some that the “Take It From a Fish” campaign from AstraZeneca won the Grand Prix Pharma.

Little Escape Pod pulled off big Cannes triumph

The 2011 Cannes Lions International Festival of — ah — Creativity ended  a couple of weeks ago. But the world’s most prestigious and most closely-watched annual ad competition still haunts us in ways good and bad.

What most weighs on our mind about it — in a good way  — is how one of Chicago’s small but mighty boutique ad shops managed to outshine every other shop in the city in a key category at the fest.

A sole Cannes Lion for Chicago

The Lions roar; but not for Chicago. Out of the 81 Lions presented at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes, only DDB made Chicago proud.

DDB brought home a Bronze lion for its Bud “Wedding” campaign.

The Grand Prix went to Ikea’s “Lamp” spot, directed by MJZ’s Spike Jonze for Miami agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky. The other contenders were London’s heavily favored Honda “Cog” spot and “Ear Tennis,” an X-box commercial from Bartle Bogle Hegarty, London.

All told, the U.S. scored 26 trophies, including six Golds.

New hires at DDB, FCB and We Are Unlimited

On Friday, McDonald’s AOR We Are Unlimited announced that former FCB Chicago SVP/ECD, Max Geraldo had been tapped to serve as Executive Creative Director. Joining him is Bruno Guimaraes, who left DigitasLBI Chicago to serve as Creative Director.

Both creatives will report to the agency’s Chief Creative Officer Toygar Bazarkaya. These are Bazarkaya’s first hires since joining the agency two months ago, and builds out the creative leadership team.

Geraldo has over 50 Cannes Lions to his credit including the Mobile Grand Prix.

BBDO’s innovative new CCO Mark Taylor joins April 7

Energy BBDO has named Mark Taylor as its new chief creative officer. He comes from Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Boulder, Colo. and brings with him an awesome array of advertising awards, including 20 Cannes Lions, along with creative invigoration and greater attention to digital campaigns.

Taylor officially comes aboard April 7.  He succeeds Dan Fietsam, who left the agency earlier this month after nearly six years.

Advertising and cultural experts present new ideas at Oct. 27-29 4As conference

Leading local industry speakers combine with professors of prestigious universities to bring new thinking and global overviews to Advertising That Works, a three-day conference Oct. 27-29 at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.

Some 650 guests are expected at the 2nd such Chicago conference, a joint effort of the 4As Chicago Council, chaired by retired agency owner Bud Browning, in cooperation with New York-based Assn. of National Advertisers.

The opening gala Oct. 27 kicking off the conference is a reception and screening of the 2004 Cannes Lions commercials Wednesday, Oct.

Leo Burnett names Ashley Geisheker to EVP, Head of Production

Leo Burnett Chicago has appointed Ashley Geisheker to Head of Production. In this role, Geisheker will lead all aspects of the creative agency’s production capabilities, with a focus on growing a pipeline of multi-faceted makers and pushing the boundaries outside of traditional creative production; underscoring Leo Burnett’s reputation of delivering world-class creative solutions that help … Continue reading “Leo Burnett names Ashley Geisheker to EVP, Head of Production”

Sandro Miller: How a still master mastered motion

If you’ve seen his work, you’ve been spellbound. Because when you look at a portrait by Sandro Miller, it’s as if his subjects are looking right back. This is magical, iconic stuff. A walk through his studio is like shaking hands with the world. There are bikers with souls and ink laid bare. There are … Continue reading “Sandro Miller: How a still master mastered motion”

Rodrigo Jatene joins DDB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer

DDB North America has announced the appointment of Rodrigo Jatene to Chief Creative Officer, DDB Chicago to lead creative vision, culture, and product at the region’s largest office. Jatene will partner with CEO Andrea Diquez and the Chicago leadership team, including newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer Milo Chao and Sandra Alfaro, Head of Business Leadership to create Unexpected Works for clients including Molson Coors, Mars, McDonald’s, and … Continue reading “Rodrigo Jatene joins DDB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer”

Ogilvy Tops the WARC Creative 100 as the World’s Most Creative Agency

The World Advertising Research Center (WARC) has named Ogilvy the most creative agency network in the world. WARC released the results of its annual Creative 100 ranking of the most creative agencies, networks, and campaigns in the world. In addition to Ogilvy ranking as the #1 Agency Network, DAVID Miami was named the #1 Creative Agency … Continue reading “Ogilvy Tops the WARC Creative 100 as the World’s Most Creative Agency”

Another Country names Tim Konn as Managing Director

Another Country Founder and Cutters Studios Partner John Binder and his colleagues worldwide announce the immediate promotion of Another Country’s Executive Producer Tim Konn to the position of Managing Director. “Working with Tim is always an outstanding experience,” Binder said. “He keeps the whole process real and fun, and that attitude absolutely shines through with … Continue reading “Another Country names Tim Konn as Managing Director”

Multi-media production studio Taylor James takes on Sonia Reps

Multi-media production studio Taylor James is now represented by Sonia Blum of Sonia Reps in the Midwest. This marks the latest partnership for Taylor James, established innovators in CGI, VFX, automotive and future technology. The addition of Taylor James rounds out Sonia Reps’ robust offering of VFX companies to the Midwest market.   “I’m excited … Continue reading “Multi-media production studio Taylor James takes on Sonia Reps”

Andrea Siqueira and Andrew Lincoln join FCB as Executive Creative Directors

FCB today announced that Andrea Siqueira and Andrew Lincoln (not The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln) have joined the agency as SVPs, Executive Creative Directors (ECDs). As ECDs, Siqueira and Lincoln will report directly to FCB Chicago Chief Creative Officer Andrés Ordóñez. Siqueira will oversee creative work for Kimberly-Clark’s Family Care portfolio including the Cottonelle and … Continue reading “Andrea Siqueira and Andrew Lincoln join FCB as Executive Creative Directors”

FCB: New brand campaign encourages people get out and grab Groupon

Groupon announced the launch of a new global brand campaign today encouraging people to get out and explore the world of experiences around them. “Grab Life by the Groupon” was developed in partnership with FCB and showcases the brand as the destination for affordable local experiences. Since the beginning of 2021, Groupon has made progress expanding its inventory and … Continue reading “FCB: New brand campaign encourages people get out and grab Groupon”

TracyLocke names Tina Manikas as new President

Leading commerce and communications agency TracyLocke has announced the appointment of Tina Manikas as its new U.S. President effective immediately. In this new role, Manikas will focus on driving agency growth through innovation, leveraging her over 20 years of multi-category experience to increase the agency’s capabilities and maximize its growing portfolio. In addition, Manikas will … Continue reading “TracyLocke names Tina Manikas as new President”

Tim Mattimore to lead Digitas as ECD

Tim Mattimore has always been a creative leader. Now, Digitas, the connected marketing agency, has recognized that. The agency has announced that Mattimore joins the agency as executive creative director, Chicago, effective today. He will oversee Digitas Chicago’s creative portfolio, with clients including Whirlpool, Mondelez, Mizkan and Aldi, and help shape creative and strategic vision … Continue reading “Tim Mattimore to lead Digitas as ECD”

Sarofsky adds Creative Director Stefan Draht

Sarofsky, with a reputation for breakthrough design, adds Creative Director Stefan Draht to its full-time staff. Continuing its growth and its investments into excellence, design-driven production company Sarofsky is adding Creative Director Stefan Draht to its full-time staff. The news was announced by company Principal and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky, and Executive Producer Steven Anderson. “Adding another creative … Continue reading “Sarofsky adds Creative Director Stefan Draht”

Chicago urban farmer in Mailchimp docuseries Essentials

Mailchimp, VICE, and Arts & Sciences, launches the self-shot docuseries Essentials that follows nine essential workers navigating their lives during Covid-19 in various cities around the United States. The show focuses on often less-heard-about employees and small business owners who are exploring ways to modify their capabilities to provide needed services to their communities. The five-part, … Continue reading “Chicago urban farmer in Mailchimp docuseries Essentials”

Squeak E. Clean adds Chris Clark as Executive Producer

International creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios has added former Leo Burnett Director of Music Chris Clark as Executive Producer of their Chicago studio. A highly accomplished Director and Music Supervisor, Clark comes to Squeak E. Clean following 11 years as global music lead at Leo Burnett Chicago. Clark will leverage his expertise spanning … Continue reading “Squeak E. Clean adds Chris Clark as Executive Producer”

DDB Worldwide ranked Second Most Creative Agency

The World Advertising Research Center (WARC) has released the results of its second annual Creative 100, ranking the most creative agencies, networks and campaigns in the world. For the second year in a row, DDB Worldwide was ranked the #2 most creative agency network in the world.  Two DDB agencies were ranked among the world’s top … Continue reading “DDB Worldwide ranked Second Most Creative Agency”

Cannabis operator Cresco Labs hires new CCO Greg Butler

Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, has hired Greg Butler as its first Chief Commercial Officer in the U.S. A graduate of the Harvard Business School and former marketing director for Miller Lite, Butler expressed enthusiasm for the groundbreaking nature of the newly created position, which … Continue reading “Cannabis operator Cresco Labs hires new CCO Greg Butler”

Kaylin Goldstein joins Leo Burnett as EVP/Strategy

Leo Burnett Chicago today announced that award-winning brand strategist and cultural anthropologist Kaylin Goldstein has joined the agency as Executive Vice President, Strategy Director. Goldstein will lead strategy for MillerCoors. Goldstein’s combined Ph.D in Anthropology and extensive agency experience uniquely position her to help brands uncover surprising truths, find the stories in the data and … Continue reading “Kaylin Goldstein joins Leo Burnett as EVP/Strategy”

G Andrew Meyer joins Cramer-Krasselt as ECD

Cramer-Krasselt is announcing that creative leader G. Andrew Meyer has joined the agency as its new Executive Creative Director. The role will see him work across the accounts, including Corona, Porsche, Edward Jones and Tropicana, as well as collaborate across business units within the agency. Meyer joins Cramer-Krasselt from Facebook where he has served for … Continue reading “G Andrew Meyer joins Cramer-Krasselt as ECD”

Leo Burnett Chicago names Aki Spicer CSO

Leo Burnett Chicago today named Aki Spicer to the role of chief strategy officer. Elevated from the role of EVP and Global Strategy Lead, Spicer begins in his new role immediately and will report to Andrew Swinand, Leo Burnett Group CEO. “Aki is a rare thinker who’s steeped in the classical aspects of the discipline, … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago names Aki Spicer CSO”

Leo Burnett Chicago welcomes Rick Hamann as ECD

Hamann will oversee work for Kellogg’s, following the recent appointment of Jordan Doucette to CCO Leo Burnett Chicago welcomed Rick Hamann as executive creative director for the Kellogg’s account yesterday, helping evolve the company’s iconic brands and characters for today’s consumers. The greeting was contained in an item posted to the news section of the … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago welcomes Rick Hamann as ECD”

FCB unites North American offices

New structure includes Tyler Turnbull as North American CEO, Kelly Graves as Chicago President, and departure of Chicago CEO Michael Fassnacht In a move to deliver clients greater access to talent, capabilities and stronger integrated solutions, FCB today announced a new North American structure that will unite its offices in the region under dedicated leadership. … Continue reading “FCB unites North American offices”

Heat’s Hookup Stations spark Lolla dialogue

“Let’s Get Consensual” campaign utilizes phone-charging stations to spread awareness on consent Last weekend at Lollapalooza, VIP ticket holders used Let’s Get Consensual’s Hookup Stations. These Hookup Stations charged phones and served as an interactive tool on consent. Before users plugged in, they were asked if it was a consensual connection, were given basic information … Continue reading “Heat’s Hookup Stations spark Lolla dialogue”

Ordóñez joins FCB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer

Former BBDO leader brings big global brand ideas to life through innovation FCB today announced that Andrés Ordóñez has been brought on board as Chief Creative Officer of FCB Chicago, joining President Michael Fassnacht in leading the agency. Ordóñez will also work closely with Global Chief Creative Officer Susan Credle and join FCB’s Global Creative … Continue reading “Ordóñez joins FCB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer”

Gross, Pérez succeed Ordóñez at Energy BBDO

Musical creative director chairs continue in Chicago. With Andrés Ordóñez choosing to take the helm at FCB Chicago, Energy BBDO has announced the promotion of Josh Gross and Pedro Pérez from Executive Creative Directors to Co-Chief Creative Officers. The announcement was made by Tonise Paul, President and CEO, Energy BBDO. “For the past five years, … Continue reading “Gross, Pérez succeed Ordóñez at Energy BBDO”

Leo Burnett Chicago ups Doucette to Chief Creative Officer

Leadership move strengthens ‘creative culture that is alive and well’ at the agency Leo Burnett Chicago today elevated Jordan Doucette to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Most recently EVP/executive creative director at the agency, Doucette is the creative lead on The Kellogg Company and Miller-Coors. She starts in her new role immediately and will … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago ups Doucette to Chief Creative Officer”

Vince Cook joins Laughlin Constable as ECD

Vince Cook joins as Executive Creative Director, Austin Scott as Digital Creative Director Laughlin Constable has bolstered its creative department by adding two senior leaders. The moves come eight months after Lisa Bennett took over as CCO. The agency announced that talented Vince Cook (top left) joins as Executive Creative Director, working across multiple accounts, … Continue reading “Vince Cook joins Laughlin Constable as ECD”

Britt Nolan named DDB North America CCO

Britt Nolan leaves Burnett to run DDB North America creative, as Ari Weiss is promoted to global CCO DDB Worldwide today announced that former Leo Burnett co-President and Chief Creative Officer, Britt Nolan, is moving to DDB Worldwide as the CCO of its North American network. Ari Weiss, who previously held the position has been … Continue reading “Britt Nolan named DDB North America CCO”

AbelsonTaylor hires SVP Christopher Dimmock

28-year veteran innovation specialist will oversee the agency’s customer insights and engagement AbelsonTaylor, the world’s largest independent health and wellness advertising agency, has hired veteran marketing strategist Christopher Dimmock as senior vice president of customer insights and engagement. An innovation specialist whose 28-year career spans all areas of healthcare as well as an impressive roster … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires SVP Christopher Dimmock”

LA-based Optimist lands Unlimited’s Bazarkaya

Will lead a team of 160 and all creative output across all of the agency’s seven hubs Güle güle, Chicago. Ad Age is reporting that Omnicom-owned We Are Unlimited is no longer the creative spawning ground for CCO Toygar Bazarkaya. After spending two years and change at DDB’s bespoke agency for McDonald’s, the Swabia-born creative … Continue reading “LA-based Optimist lands Unlimited’s Bazarkaya”

R/GA elevates Benevides to Exec Content Producer

Benevides to champion the Studio’s practice while pushing for effective storytelling across all media R/GA, the company that creates transformation at speed, today announced Julie Benevides was promoted from senior content producer to executive content producer in the agency’s Chicago office. In her new role, Julie will partner with the Chicago office’s business and creative … Continue reading “R/GA elevates Benevides to Exec Content Producer”

SocialDeviant hires new CCO, opens new studio

Hart Rusen becomes Chief Creative Officer as agency grows by 2,400 sq. ft. in downtown Chicago Seven years after its founding as a modern agency for modern brands, SocialDeviant is doubling down on its commitment to creativity by hiring Hart Rusen as its Chief Creative Officer, effective immediately. This, along with building out their own … Continue reading “SocialDeviant hires new CCO, opens new studio”

World Environment Day with FCB Chicago

The Wind City agency celebrated the planet with a creative call to action for hundreds of guests   FCB Chicago celebrated World Environment Day with a sensational poetry reading at Café Brauer on June 5. Combining selections from Here: Poems for the Planet with a multimedia performance by Clark Street Bridge, the verse, music, and … Continue reading “World Environment Day with FCB Chicago”

Tina Manikas, Chicago Ad Federation Woman of the Year

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 set … Continue reading “Tina Manikas, Chicago Ad Federation Woman of the Year”

The Escape Pod unveils new leadership team

“To help our clients win, we need to make sure our leadership team is the best in the business.” – Norm Bilow, Escape Pod Big moves are happening at indie agency The Escape Pod. The agency announced its new leadership team. This news includes Derek Sherman who has been appointed Executive Creative Director, Tyler Moore … Continue reading “The Escape Pod unveils new leadership team”

Cutters promotes a pair in Chicago

The editing and post-production studio moves Heather Richardson to Executive Producer, Patrick Casey to Head of Production Cutters Studios Managing Director and Partner Craig Duncan today announced the promotion of Heather Richardson to Executive Producer, and the promotion of Patrick Casey to Head of Production. Both Cutters Chicago leadership appointments are effective immediately. According to … Continue reading “Cutters promotes a pair in Chicago”

Creative force Jon Flannery joins DDB Chicago

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”

We Are Unlimited brings in Derek Green as ECD

In his new ECD role, the Australian will oversee Unltd’s creative output, bringing international experience to Chicago shop We Are Unlimited announced that Derek Green has joined the agency as Executive Creative Director. Reporting to CCO Toygar Bazarkaya, Green joins the Chicago-based team as they expand the agency’s creative ambitions for a demanding McDonald’s client. … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited brings in Derek Green as ECD”

New FCB / ICHV installation addresses gun violence

The agency and the council create “Most Dangerous Street” to commemorate victims and inspire action To inspire conversation and action about handgun violence prevention and control, FCB Chicago and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) created a kinetic installation that visualizes a week-by-week toll of the tragedies resulting from Chicago’s gun violence. Set in … Continue reading “New FCB / ICHV installation addresses gun violence”

Zach Braff joins RSA Films

It all started when the award-winning actor / writer / director bumped into executive producer Chris Karabas on the street Globally acclaimed production company RSA Films is pleased to announce renowned comedy director and actor Zach Braff has signed on for commercial representation. Braff’s first work with RSA is a Hidden Valley Ranch campaign via … Continue reading “Zach Braff joins RSA Films”

Jaime Robinson settles into AICP Next judging chair

The JOAN Creative co-founder and CCO “represents the next generation of creative leader,” according to AICP President Matt Miller Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced today that Jaime Robinson, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of JOAN Creative, has been named as the 2019 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair, and will serve as Master … Continue reading “Jaime Robinson settles into AICP Next judging chair”

Beyond Meat engages Stun for branding and media

Relationship kicks off with video about plant-based protein diets starring “ambassador” Kyrie Irving Beyond Meat, the world’s leading plant-based meat company, has engaged Stun, an award-winning agency and content studio as its Branding and Media partner. The announcement was made today by Stun Principals & Co-Founders Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth, who is a native … Continue reading “Beyond Meat engages Stun for branding and media”

Mill+ adds Daniel Ryan to its directorial roster

Chicago-based pro recently completed two fully immersive films for a large-format, ten-screen video installation at 900 N. Michigan Mill+ is thrilled to welcome Daniel Ryan to its global directorial roster. Having been in the industry for over a decade, Daniel Ryan is a well-established director in the Chicago market. In the last couple of years, … Continue reading “Mill+ adds Daniel Ryan to its directorial roster”

AbelsonTaylor Launches Icons.Health channel

New venture features content that explores the intersection of healthcare and technology with innovators and entrepreneurs   What do Microsoft, Aetna, Twitter, IBM, Ogilvy Consulting, Biogen, and dozens of healthcare startups have in common? All appear in discussions about issues at the nexus of healthcare and technology in Icons.Health, a new video series produced by … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor Launches Icons.Health channel”

Interview with Framestore President James Razzall

“There are very few companies that straddle feature, VFX, television, immersive entertainment and brand work as comprehensively as Framestore.” James Razzall James Razzall joined Framestore’s London office in 2000, helped found the New York office in 2004, and moved to LA in 2013 to start the office at the very heart of visual media itself. … Continue reading “Interview with Framestore President James Razzall”

VMLY&R brings ECD Aaron Evanson back to Chicago

Industry vet returns to the town where he launched his career and became one of Michigan Avenue’s youngest VPs Executive Creative Director Aaron Evanson is returning to Chicago, the city where his career began, after working at in VMLY&R Kansas City, one of the agency’s principal offices. Formed in September 2018, VMLY&R is the union … Continue reading “VMLY&R brings ECD Aaron Evanson back to Chicago”

Picture North expands international roster of directors

The globe-trotting Chicago and LA-based production company racks up more award-winning talent, top-tier clients, and hard-earned airline miles (Chicago — 11 October 2018) Production company Picture North, formerly 71 Degrees North, has rebranded and added Nate Camponi, Nic & Sune, Jake Zalutsky, and Markus Bader to its director roster. This collective joins director and executive … Continue reading “Picture North expands international roster of directors”

Leo B Hires Chris Bergen as EVP / Business Director

Bergen leaves We Are Unlimited — where he handled multiple roles for the McDonald’s brand — to lead Burnett’s Kellogg business (Chicago — 2 October 2018) Chris Bergen was today named Executive Vice President, Business Director at Leo Burnett Chicago. Bergen joins the agency from We Are Unlimited, where he oversaw business leadership, new product … Continue reading “Leo B Hires Chris Bergen as EVP / Business Director”

DDB adds Lyons and Russo for top US strategy roles

Tricia Russo named Chief Strategy Officer at DDB Chicago Susie Lyons hired as Head of Strategy at DDB New York (Chicago — 20 September 2018) Omnicom Group’s DDB North America hired industry veterans Susie Lyons and Tricia Russo to top leadership roles. The move complements substantial growth, key new business wins, and creative accolades for … Continue reading “DDB adds Lyons and Russo for top US strategy roles”

Leo B hires Tom Scharpf as EVP / Exec Creative Director

The award-winning industry vet joins Leo Burnett from Venables Bell & Partners to lead Samsung creative work (Chicago — 4 September 2018) Tom Scharpf was today named Executive Vice President/Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett Chicago. Scharpf joins the agency from Venables Bell and Partners, where he worked for more than 12 years. Scharpf starts … Continue reading “Leo B hires Tom Scharpf as EVP / Exec Creative Director”

The Mill promotes Erica Hilbert, hires Blake Nickle

Erica Hilbert is now Head of Production and Blake Nickle is Executive Producer at The Mill’s Chicago office The Mill is thrilled to appoint a new Head of Production and an Executive Producer to further bolster the growing production team at their Chicago studio. Newly appointed as Head of Production, Erica Hilbert has already taken … Continue reading “The Mill promotes Erica Hilbert, hires Blake Nickle”

FCB goes into epic battle with Cox Communications

I love a good Medieval battle and with Game of Thrones not showing up for another six months or so I was kind of itching for one. That is until I stumbled on this fun Cox Communications spot from FCB Chicago. Appropriately titled ‘Epic Battle,’ the effort takes the nation’s third largest cable provider into … Continue reading “FCB goes into epic battle with Cox Communications”

The Mill Chicago hires Peter Hullinger as Exec Producer

With experience on brands likes Gatorade, State Farm, and Bud Light, the former Beast GM will focus on “relationships” and “top-tier creative.” (Chicago — 7 August 2018)   The Mill is thrilled to announce the addition of Peter Hullinger as Executive Producer. Hullinger has been active in the advertising space for nearly two decades. Throughout … Continue reading “The Mill Chicago hires Peter Hullinger as Exec Producer”

Leo B wins Samsung Visual Display creative acc’t

The Chicago-based agency is tasked with global brand positioning, integrated communications strategy, and creative for the electronics manufacturer   Leo Burnett announced July 30 it has been appointed as the lead agency solution for Samsung’s global Visual Display business, following a competitive pitch. Starcom will provide media planning and buying expertise, given its role as … Continue reading “Leo B wins Samsung Visual Display creative acc’t”

Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll joins The Mill Chicago

With experience ranging from Adidas to Radiohead, the formerly London-based huemaster is part of the VFX and creative content studio’s continued expansion (Chicago — 26 July 2018) – Oisin O’Driscoll joins Chicago’s expanding colour team from The Mill London where he crafted a highly impressive body of work since joining in 2014. O’Driscoll — known … Continue reading “Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll joins The Mill Chicago”

Cutters Studios welcomes editor Livio Sanchez

Virtual reality storytelling pioneer and internationally-acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez joins Cutters Studios New York location   (New York — 20 July 2018) – Cutters Studios is very proud to announce the addition of internationally-acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez to its New York staff, effective immediately. The announcement was made by New York Executive Producer Elizabeth Krajewski. … Continue reading “Cutters Studios welcomes editor Livio Sanchez”

We Are Unlimited’s agency model sets a winning tradition

With seven Cannes Lions, six D&AD Pencils, three national Addys, and dozens of other awards, it’s safe to say that the all-in-one approach is working.   Since becoming agency of record for McDonald’s eighteen months ago, We Are Unlimited has left celebrities speechless and flipped the brand’s famous logo upside-down. The ideas were hatched after … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited’s agency model sets a winning tradition”

New leadership for The Mill in Chicago

  The Mill Chicago announces new Managing Director and Creative Leadership     The Mill has appointed three new leadership roles to its Chicago studio. Carl Phillips will serve as Managing Director, Andrew Doman as Deputy Managing Director, and Jay Bandlish as Executive Creative Director. Phillips joined The Mill in Chicago as Head of Production … Continue reading “New leadership for The Mill in Chicago”

NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global

FCB’s Liz Taylor and 3% Movement’s Kat Gordon announced that the femme-focused advertising competition is now open to women around the world   During a presentation at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, FCB Chicago’s Chief Creative Officer Liz Taylor and 3% Movement founder Kat Gordon announced that the Athena Advertising Awards are going global … Continue reading “NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global”

Former FCB’rs celebrate songwriters with new doc

Former FCB Chicago creatives John Godsey and Anthony “Chusy” Jardine’s new documentary, It All Begins With A Song: The Story of the Nashville Songwriter, had a special public screening at the Nashville Film Festival on May 17. In production for two years, the 82-minute film explores Nashville’s songwriting community — their creative processes, their inspiration, … Continue reading “Former FCB’rs celebrate songwriters with new doc”

Thrush joins STORY for exclusive ad representation

(Chicago — 1 May 2018) Director Laurence Thrush has joined STORY for exclusive representation for advertising work in the United States. Thrush brings high regard for his naturalistic storytelling and cinematic style, which he has applied to commercials for diverse international and national brands, including ESPN, HP, Amstel Light, McDonald’s, Mastercard and Honda. Among his … Continue reading “Thrush joins STORY for exclusive ad representation”

Quriosity adds Brad DeMarea to directorial roster

Brad DeMarea, the latest director to join Quriosity’s expanding roster, specializes in comedy and visual storytelling in both commercial and film platforms. As a filmmaker, he loves shining a spotlight on characters that are normally on the edge of the frame and is in constant pursuit of a memorable visual.   Brad’s career began as … Continue reading “Quriosity adds Brad DeMarea to directorial roster”

Mel Routhier promoted to ECD of DDB Chicago, more

Earlier this week, DDB announced the promotion of popular Mel Routhier to Executive Creative Director from her previous position of Group Creative Director. Routhier and fellow ECD Colin Selikow will both report to DDB Chicago CCO John Maxham. With her promotion to ECD, Routhier will continue overseeing the creative for State Farm, one of the … Continue reading “Mel Routhier promoted to ECD of DDB Chicago, more”

Ewan McGregor, Backyard, Whitehouse industry moves

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”

Leo B promotes Kieran Ots to EVP / ECD

A twenty-year vet of Leo B’s Sydney office, Ots will oversee the creative direction for Samsung, one of the agencies “marquee international clients,” according to a press release issued today. With experience gained from servicing the account as Digital Creative Director in Australia, Ots offers key global knowledge of the business to help ensure success … Continue reading “Leo B promotes Kieran Ots to EVP / ECD”

Wendy Clark is the new Global President & CEO at DDB

Well, that didn’t take long. Omnicom Group Inc. President and CEO John Wren announced the appointment of Wendy Clark, who joined the agency in 2016, as President and CEO of DDB Worldwide. Clark succeeds Chuck Brymer who will assume the title of Chairman. Both roles are effective immediately. “After 12 terrific years as the head … Continue reading “Wendy Clark is the new Global President & CEO at DDB”

Jordan Doucette named EVP/ECD at Leo Burnett

Jordan Doucette has been named Executive Vice President/Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett Chicago, according to a press release issued today. She will oversee creative for the Kellogg account. Adding a digital edge to the characters of the Kellogg brands — many of whom were created by Leo Burnett over the course of a 50-year … Continue reading “Jordan Doucette named EVP/ECD at Leo Burnett”

New faces at Doner LA and Wonderful

Doner LA beefs up McDonald’s team Doner LA announced four senior hires following the recent consolidation of McDonald’s retail and local marketing, where Doner was assigned nearly 1,000 local partners to help bring big-agency strategic and creative firepower down to the co-op and franchisee level. Andrew Lamar joins Doner as a Multicultural Strategist, working across … Continue reading “New faces at Doner LA and Wonderful”

Cubs name Lauren Fritts VP of Marketing

We are not that far from when pitchers and catchers will report to Sloan Stadium in Mesa, Arizona to begin Spring Training. And with Spring Training comes a new marketing campaign to sell our beloved Cubbies to fans. That responsibility will now fall on the shoulders of Lauren Fritts, whom the organization named the VP … Continue reading “Cubs name Lauren Fritts VP of Marketing”

Escape Pod, Ogilvy, Box Office, Foo Fighters in the news

Escape Pod launches freelance recruitment app Go Shortlist Today, Escape Pod announced the creation of a free online platform connecting the industry’s top creative freelancers with top ad agencies. Created by Escape Pod’s interactive arm, Ora Interactive, “Go Shortlist” uses a proprietary algorithm combined with a personalized talent assessment to rank the top creative freelancers, … Continue reading “Escape Pod, Ogilvy, Box Office, Foo Fighters in the news”

Angela Johnson named President of mcgarrybowen/NYC

Former WPP exec Angela Johnson is leaving the Windy City for the Big Apple. McGarryBowen U.S. President Simon Pearce announced that Johnson has been named President of the agency’s New York office, and introduced her to the NYC staff in a meeting Friday afternoon. “Angela has a rich background in bringing impressive, record-breaking results for … Continue reading “Angela Johnson named President of mcgarrybowen/NYC”

Mark Mulhern named CEO of We Are Unlimited

Versatile agency leader Mark Mulhern will take over as Chief Executive Officer at We Are Unlimited, the full-service Michigan Ave. shop dedicated to McDonald’s U.S. advertising and marketing efforts, on January 8. He will replace current CEO Brian Nienhaus, who will move into a new role within OMC that will be announced later. Since launching … Continue reading “Mark Mulhern named CEO of We Are Unlimited”

Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB

DDB Chicago announced today that the agency had lured away 14-year Burnett veteran Colin Selikow to serve as Executive Creative Director on the Miller Lite and Mars Wrigley Confectionery accounts. Selikow rose to creative lead on both Samsung Mobile and United Healthcare. His team’s award-winning film entitled “Ostrich” recently earned seven Cannes Lions. “When I … Continue reading “Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB”

Sandro Miller channels David Lynch with John Malkovich

In director Sandro Miller’s 17-minute short, Psychogenetic Fugue, actor John Malkovich portrays a selection of characters from David Lynch films, reenacting the scenes that made them famous.

For viewers, it’s a spine-tingling journey through the mind of a genius, a surreal exhibition of audiovisual madness, and a trippy tour of historic cinema. For Miller, it’s the latest work in a collaboration with the actor that has spanned two decades.

FCB gets it Bright

FCB Chicago announced last week that Lisa Bright has has left Iris Worldwide, as its executive creative director, to join the Michigan Avenue shop as the agency’s newest SVP, Group Creative Director.

Bright will report directly to Chief Creative Officer, Liz Taylor, and will be responsible for creative leadership across a diversity of brands including Humana, Renew Life, Liquid Plumbr, Pine-Sol, and Glad.

Agency focused on decentralization promotes two

Marketing agency LAPIZ recently announced the promotions of Ernesto Adduci and Marco Azucena to senior vice president, account director. Both Adduci and Azucena have been tasked with reshaping the account management department into a more decentralized model.

“Holocracy, is a unique business model that empowers account teams to make decisions autonomously,” said managing director and EVP Gustavo Razzeti.

The Escape Pod hires Jared Creason for new CD role

The Escape Pod has hired Jared Creason in the new position of creative director, from Minneapolis, where he’d been Olson’s creative director, after freelancing in Los Angeles for notable agencies and accounts.

Originally from Newport Beach, Cal., Creason is considered a “hybrid creative,” as he possesses both art director and writer skills. ECD Vinny Warren calls him, “a restless soul with huge creative ambitions. There just aren’t enough Jareds in advertising anymore. We’re very glad to have him.”

LC names ad veteran Dan Fietsam as chief creative

Advertising veteran Dan Fietsam, formerly executive creative director with FCB Chicago and Energy BBDO, has joined Laughlin Constable as its chief creative officer, effective June 1.

Fietsam will lead creative across LC offices in Chicago, Milwaukee, New York and New Jersey, with the goal of “becoming one of the most successful ndependent agencies in the country,” says LC’s CEO Mat Lignel.

“Like a Girl” creative A.J. Hassan joins R/GA as ECD

A.J. Hassan, the Leo Burnett VP/CD, acclaimed for her work as a key creative on the multi-honored viral phenom “Like a Girl” for Always/P&G, has joined R/GA as executive creative director of its Chicago office.

Hassan, who worked at Burnett for 17 years, was the creative who came up with the idea to ask young girls to enact on film what the pejorative phrase meant to them, during a brainstorming session with Judy John, CCO/CEO Leo Burnett Canada.

FCB hires St. Clair in new integrated production role

DDB Chicago’s SVP/executive producer Will St. Clair will join FCB Chicago on Monday, April 11 as its Director of Integrated Production, a new position created within the agency’s production capabilities.

St. Clair’s new position was announced Friday by FCB’s Chief Creative Officer Todd Tilford in a memo sent to agency staffers.

“The agency’s continuous evolution and growth is due in part to bringing in innovative, talented people who can add new dimensions to what we do,” he said.

Capacity crowd for May 16 AICE Awards, tix going fast!

BUY YOUR AICE TICKETS NOW as the national Awards Show is reaching space capacity, advises Optimus’ Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter. The show will be held Thursday, May 16, throughout the entire Museum of Broadcast Communications: cocktail reception on the third floor, awards presentations on the fourth floor, and after-party on the second floor.

Big Deahl signs Midwest sales rep Nathan Skillicorn

Master tabletop director/shooter David Deahl may travel the world on assignment, but when it comes to representation, “We wanted someone local,” says executive producer Rosemary Deahl. “Clients like to have that up close and personal connection with the company they give the job to.” 

Utopic aggressively poised with new production division

On the crest of Utopic’s second year anniversary in December, partners editors Jan Maitland and Tim Kloehn, and executive producer Michael Antonucci have succeeded in evolving their company into the full-service model they had envisioned from the beginning.

Calling itself “integrated” (“It’s our mantra,” says Antonucci), Utopic offers a range of visual media services: post, print, mobile, web, interactive, audio – and now production.

Mode Project/GoGo Air fly high with TV/web package

To announce first-time in-flight WiFi connectivity on three airlines and selected flights on five others, Itasca-based GoGo Air, the world’s leader and only such provider, rolled out its first multiple national broadcast and internet campaign.

L.A.-based Think Tank Media shot the “up in the air” campaign in L.A. and Chicago’s full-service Mode Project provided creative editorial, motion design, color correction and audio mix supervision.

Beast’s Valencia edits music doc screening at CIFF

BEAST EDITORIAL has been rockin’ lately with more than its usual major advertising spot work. To wit: It edited a major doc that will showcase at the Chicago International Film Festival, anointed a new producer, and executive producer Melissa Thornley assembled an awesome panel of agency executives who will speak at the Oct. 4 Midwest Independent Film Festival’s Advertising Shorts Night, she will moderate.

Paskal Rudnicke hosting Mickey Grossman memorial tapings

THE LATE MICKEY GROSSMAN’S many friends, colleagues and clients can share their stories and feelings about him on tape, courtesy of his good friends, casting directors Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke, who are hosting the taping, June 6-8, from  10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at their office at 10 W. Hubbard St.

“People can stopy by and tape a few words that we will include in a collection of stories and moments for Mickey’s wife, Faith, and partner Linda Jack,” says Rudnicke.

Joe Pytka performs his emotional magic for ConAgra spots

Two spots directed by Joe Pytka for ConAgra Foods, the massive Illinois food conglomerate, that aired on an NBC Special March 26 were edited and finished by The Colonie’s Bob Ackerman four days after receiving the dailies, dailies, for an important show that came up quickly. 

The commercials were an integral part of the March 26 half-hour NBC Special with Al Roker on child hunger in America, co-sponsored by the Feeding America Foundation and Child Hunger and Fear. 

Two local films make the cut at Slamdance

Two Chicago filmmakers feel honored that their films were among the only 18 narrative and documentary films chosen from a record 5,000-plus submissions for the 16th annual Slamdance Film Festival.

Rashid Ghazi’s feature-length documentary “Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football” and Todd Looby’s short narrative-doc hybrid “Son of None” will play at the “by filmmakers, for filmmakers” fest, running Jan. 21-27 in Park City, Utah.

Bob Winter becomes Y&R’s chief creative officer

A MAJOR AGENCY CHANGE is at hand as Bob Winter will join Y&R as chief creative officer of the Chicago office, starting in December. He moves over from Leo Burnett where he was SVP/ECD for more than three years on Altoids, Kellogg’s, Greenpeace and Caesars Palace.

Winter succeeds Ken Erke whose departure shocked Michigan Avenue when he joined digital agency R/GA a few months ago as executive creative director. Erke joined Y&R in2000 from Cramer/Krasselt.

July 10 start here for 3D “Transformers 3”

“TRANSFORMERS 3” IN 3D? That’s what director Michael Bay and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told USA Today — that they will shoot in 3D and oh yes, it will have “a killer ending” as they bring the franchise to a close.

The excitement starts July 10 for six weeks, wrapping Aug. 19, as a crew of 200 films machines invading Michigan Avenue and the Loop, somehow engaging with the Russians in a space race.

The crew then spends two days, June 12-13 in Milwaukee to shoot a pivotal scene at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

AICE seeks funds for ad, PR campaign

LOCAL MEMBERS OF AICE are being asked for $1,000 each to be used to fund an advertising and PR campaign to combat competition from agency in-house editorial departments.

The campaign started last month with a full page ad in Brandweek, as an open letter to advertisers laying out the dangers of the increasing growth of these in-house departments and the value of independent editors.

Leo Burnett hires Big Apple creative star

Leo Burnett, the agency whose signature was big bowls of apples that greeted guests, has hired a Big Apple creative star and modern Peggy Olsen story as its chief creative officer.

Susan Credle joins the Publicis Groupe-owned agency Oct. 5 after 24 years at BBDO, New York, the last 10 as its high profile EVP/executive creative director.

She was hired after an eight month aggressive internal and external search to succeed John Condon, who left the agency last February.

At Burnett, she will oversee the creative output at both the agency and its Arc Worldwide subsidiary.

A dramatic pilot and an action/thriller
end the year of entertainment filming here

PATRICK SWAYZE stars as an unorthodox but effective FBI agent who trains a new na?ve young partner (Travis Fimmel) while being pursued by an Internal Affairs team in in “The Beast,” which has begun three weeks of shooting in Chicago.

Directed by Michael Dinner, “The Beast” is one of four pilots being produced by Sony Pictures Television, for A&E, its first original scripted drama series since 2002.

Although it looked like “The Beast” would shoot in Toronto, Chicago got the green light the end of November that the city would serve as the story’s locale.

Take Phil Lee’s challenge: Outlast him at riding Hogs & Honeys’ mechnical bull and win the prize

BEAT PHIL LEE AT BULLRIDING is the challenge the Avenue editor is hurling to creatives who need an excuse to mash up with other creatives after hours Thursday, June 21.

“We meet up at the Flatwater Grill, 321 N. Clark, from six to nine, then head on over the Hogs & Honeys, 1551 N. Sheffield at 9 p.m. for the contest,” says Lee.

Lee will ride “ferocious” mechanical bull for all it’s worth and anyone who can beat Lee and stay aboard the bull the longest wins a prize.

And a nice one it is, too ? an iPod mini ? plus sundry other souvenirs.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

“DRUNK BOAT” DIRECTOR Bob Meyers and DP Lisa Rinzler are due back in Chicago in July to color correct with I-Cubed’s Mike Matusek. The indie film was filmed in Super 16 last summer and edited in France, home of star and producer John Malkovich.

Kudos to line producer Christine Varotsis who worked very hard to keep the project going here after principal photography wrapped.

COMMA MUSIC is getting set to open a separate sound design division called Particle in the few weeks.

Leo Burnett names Matt Marcus Chief Experience Officer

Seasoned creative leader will help brands connect with consumers through technology Leo Burnett North America has today named Matt Marcus to the newly created role of Chief Experience Officer. Marcus’ client portfolio will include Kellogg, Kraft, General Motors and Miller Coors, among others. He starts in the position immediately, reporting to Liz Taylor, chief creative … Continue reading “Leo Burnett names Matt Marcus Chief Experience Officer”

Leo B helps launch AHA ‘Sharing’ campaign

Effort to ease workplace stress begins with talking about concerns and experiences Leo Burnett is helping to stimulate workplace conversations about mental health in a new public awareness campaign for the American Heart Association. Titled, Sharing, the integrated effort includes a pair of TV spots that combine poetic narration with a visual style that would … Continue reading “Leo B helps launch AHA ‘Sharing’ campaign”

Feeding America, Leo B, Ad Council release ‘Hunger’ PSA

‘I am Hunger in America’ uses technology and data to challenge public perceptions of food insecurity Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization, today launched a Public Service Advertisement (PSA), I am Hunger in America, in partnership with the Ad Council and Leo Burnett. The campaign aims to challenge public perception … Continue reading “Feeding America, Leo B, Ad Council release ‘Hunger’ PSA”

PSAs by Leo B urge parents to choose #TheRightSeat

The venerable shop teams up with Ad Council and NHTSA to make sure kids in cars are secured properly. (Washington DC — 8 November 2018)  Today, the Ad Council and NHTSA unveiled a new set of public service advertisements (PSAs) to highlight the importance of always securing children in the right car seat, booster seat … Continue reading “PSAs by Leo B urge parents to choose #TheRightSeat”

Jason Witten surprises fans in Miller Lite spot by DDB

New DDB Chicago video shows football legend Jason Witten trading in his jersey for a beer delivery uniform As a devout Philadelphia Eagles (“Iggles”) fan it really does pain me to write anything positive about THAT team in Dallas. But DDB Chicago has created a new video for client Miller Lite that tastes great. To … Continue reading “Jason Witten surprises fans in Miller Lite spot by DDB”

Reverse-engineering creative so it will seem scientific

Every agency I ever worked at romanticized their data… a lot. —Steffan Postaer One of the things I’ve come to disdain about our business is how damn serious we take it. Not the craft itself — creating, curating and choreography — but the extemporaneous crap we built around it. Stuff like process and proprietary tools; … Continue reading “Reverse-engineering creative so it will seem scientific”

Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns to Chicago September 12

Features seventeen films from across the Asian continents, presents premieres including Japanese zombie comedy “One Cut of the Dead” as Closing Night — tickets on sale now (Chicago — 13 August 2018) — Non-profit pan-Asian film organization Sophia’s Choice today announces Asian Pop-Up Cinema – Season Seven, the fall film series presenting seventeen films from … Continue reading “Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns to Chicago September 12”

Bogusky and me: a deep conversation by the shallow end

Making work, really good work, was more important than drinking champagne and toasting about it Some years ago, I had the pleasure of conversing with Alex Bogusky before he became a demi-God of Advertising. We were at a vendor-sponsored pool party in Cannes. Unlikely as it seems, both of us were not really digging the … Continue reading “Bogusky and me: a deep conversation by the shallow end”

We Are Unlimited expands creative team

CCO Toygar Bazarkaya credits the agency’s non-traditional, collaborative model for helping to fuel its continuing growth and success   (Chicago — 31 July 2018) We Are Unlimited, part of Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC), announced today that four new creatives have joined the agency’s growing team. Globally experienced Cristina “Tin” Sanchez joins as Group Creative Director, … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited expands creative team”

A tale of two ecosystems: reef tank and ad agency

The biological hierarchies of a reef ecosystem share much in common with the social intricacies of an ad agency I maintain a 180-gallon reef aquarium in my home. Try to anyway. The coral reef is the most complex, delicate and beautiful ecosystem in the world. Lighting. Filtration. Water parameters. Flow. Everything has to be calibrated … Continue reading “A tale of two ecosystems: reef tank and ad agency”

Creative athletes remain relevant and stay in the game

If a creative director isn’t banging away on every other brief at the agency, he or she begins the not-very-slow fade into irrelevance. My last post was about “responsible passion” as creative philosophy. I wrote that whatever the philosophy a creative professional has, it must strike a balance between passion and responsibility. We are craftsmen … Continue reading “Creative athletes remain relevant and stay in the game”

Creative philosophy is all about passion, responsibility

It all comes down to the brain – creativity done well is a balance between passion and responsibility “With great passion comes great responsibility.” Recently, I was asked about my creative philosophy. Namely, do I have one? Seems like a reasonable question. Seems like something an Executive Creative Director ought to have. Well, I’ve had … Continue reading “Creative philosophy is all about passion, responsibility”

Save the Farms: Adland creativity epidemic

Adland agencies moving at the speed of business isn’t justification for creating a sweatshop   Many farms in Adland are still fruitful places for creativity to flourish. I hope yours is one of them. Yet too many creative farmers find themselves bound to making drab content, blunting once sharp skills at writing and design in … Continue reading “Save the Farms: Adland creativity epidemic”

Debating 101: brilliant lessons for a future in Adland

Arguing for the other side in a college debating class was a valuable and infuriating way to prepare for a career in advertising   The other night I got to thinking about a debating class I once took at the University of Wisconsin. An article on the ages-old conflict between the Arab nations and Israel … Continue reading “Debating 101: brilliant lessons for a future in Adland”

Why are so many clients (still) afraid of new creative?

After months of revisions, concepts either die in meetings or become compromised to a state of impotence Those of us in the creative department have asked the question so many times it has become rote. The best answer is not an answer. Clients are difficult. Period. Especially when it comes to approving work. Therefore, we … Continue reading “Why are so many clients (still) afraid of new creative?”

Have slick talkers turned Adland into their bitch?

Award-winning ECD Steffan Postaer laments the pandemic of verbal diarrhea in the advertising industry   Recently, I read an essay from an anonymous copywriter that struck a chord. I did not save the link (my bad), but the gist of his/her argument was that within marketing services companies far too many big talkers are achieving … Continue reading “Have slick talkers turned Adland into their bitch?”

Network interference: a necessary evil in Adland

“Much of The Simpsons success can be traced to two main sources: an independence from network interference and a complete dedication to the writing…” — John Ortved, The Unauthorized History of the Simpsons     The Simpsons TV show is the creative standard by which all comedy writing (perhaps all script writing) is measured. Few … Continue reading “Network interference: a necessary evil in Adland”

Is it a creative department or “Romper Room”?

Award-winning ECD Steffan Postaer explains how to connect with the inner-fantastic A while back, a guest writer on AdAge, Lauren Warner, took some heat for an essay she wrote about the briefing process. Among other things, she claimed one should address “creatives on your shop’s team like they’re in kindergarten.” Others may have been offended, … Continue reading “Is it a creative department or “Romper Room”?”

Bartoli, Hafner, Zumbrunnen to join AICE Hall of Fame

Beloved and respected editors with Hybrid, Cutters and Exile to be honored posthumously   (Los Angeles, CA – April 10, 2018) Three West Coast-based editors whose lives and work made an impact on their colleagues, their clients and their peers are being honored with posthumous induction into the AICE Hall of Fame at this year’s … Continue reading “Bartoli, Hafner, Zumbrunnen to join AICE Hall of Fame”

The Reel Black List: Steve Conner, CEO

Steve Conner is noted for producing global, viral success stories with his branding and entertainment technique. He is also an Emmy-nominated writer/film director/DP and an award winning product designer. Steve pioneered his way of working at his branding/ production company in NYC – STEVE/STORM FILMS. The most notable success story was the global phenomenon – … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Steve Conner, CEO”

Latest from Leo B, McDonald’s, and the box office

Burnett celebrates the top-performing agencies in global network Last week in Chicago, Leo Burnett Worldwide hosted the 20th annual Leo Burnett “Agency of the Year.” This global celebration recognized the best agencies in the global network by reviewing what Burnett has based their credos on — creative prowess and business results. Leo Burnett Beirut took … Continue reading “Latest from Leo B, McDonald’s, and the box office”

Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news

Cutters Detroit promotes Grosjean Executive Producer Mary Connolly and Managing Director Kurt Kulas announced last week that Cutters Studios Detroit office has promoted Justin Grosjean to editor. Grosjean first joined the company four years ago as an intern. However, he was already in the global spotlight for creative production. In 2012, Justin and his twin … Continue reading “Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news”

“Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel

Netflix cancels ‘Stranger Things’ bar Pop-up pop-culture bars are all the rage. In New York and LA, Tim Burton fans can do dinner and a show at “Beetlehouse.” Los Angeles is also home to the Star Wars-themed “Villainy and Scum” Cantina. And since August, Chicago has boasted the aptly named, “The Upside Down,” a Stranger … Continue reading ““Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel”

New gigs for Sciarotta, Funk, Kirk and Gitersonke

Joe Sciarotta promoted to Ogilvy Co-U.S. Creative Officer

Ogilvy and Mather announced that the agency promoted veteran Chicago creative leader, Joe Sciarotta to U.S. Chief Creative Officer along with Alfonson Marian, who will also share the title. According to a report in AgencySpy, they will form a new stateside management team alongside U.S. CEO Lou Aversano and chief strategy officer Steve Zaroff.

Rodgers Townsend’s CEO, Harries’ novel, Bauer’s win

St. Louis agency, Rodgers Townsend announced today the appointment of Andrew Dauska as Chief Executive Officer.

Effective August 30, Dauska will partner with Michael McCormick, EVP and Chief Creative Officer, taking over from Tim Rodgers, one of the agency’s two founders, as he enters retirement.

Dauska leaves TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he served as Managing Director and lead client partner for Nissan North America.

See the Emmy noms for Outstanding Commercial

While most of the Emmy Awards broadcast audience will be on the edge of their seats watching House of Cards duke it out with The Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld, there will be another audience – advertisers and their agencies – who will be watching, with baited breath, to see who will win the Emmy for outstanding commercial.

Esai Morales joins “Chicago PD” in major new role

ESAI MORALES (NYPD BLUE) is back on the beat with a new recurring role on “Chicago PD,” as Chief Lugo, a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. The new character will be introduced in a three-show crossover, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chief Lugo grew up and flourished in the “old style” policing methods of the department. Now, he’s doing his best as a chief to steer the CPD towards the new style of policing.

ECD Batthany now a Disney Parks top creative in LA

MULTI-HONORED JEAN BATTHANY has departed DDB as ECD/EVP after four years to join Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as VP / Global Creative in LA. A native New Yorker and an art director by profession, with more than 20 years experience, Batthany has been an advocate for changing the ratio of men to women in creative leadership roles.

At DDB she received tons of industry awards including Women in Film’s Focus Award, Business Insider’s Most Creative Women in Advertising and the Keith Reinhard People Award. Chicago will miss her.

FCB wins Super REGGIE for Valspar marketing campaign

THE TOP 2016 REGGIE AWARD, the Super REGGIE, selected from among 70 agency and brand winners for the best in marketing, went to FCB Chicago for its Valspar Paint’s “Color for the Colorblind” campaign, at April 20 ceremonies at the Westin Hotel attended by more than 300 guests.

Local agencies scoring 10 top prizes among 23 categories were Starcom MediaVest, four: two Golds and a Silver for REI and a Silver for Delta Faucet.

Arc Worldwide, three: A Bronze for P&G’s Always Discreet campaign, a Silver for Alcon and a Bronze for 3M.

70 year old Hoffman York rebrands for digital era as HY Connect

AFTER A MORE than 70-year run as Hoffman York, the ad agency decided it was time for an image update.  So the shop with offices in Chicago and Milwaukee has rebranded itself as HY Connect.

The name change may be cosmetic, but according to HY Connect president Dave Sheehan, the new name does a much better job than the old one of positioning the firm for a digital era when just about every new or existing client is looking for a shop with digital capabilities.  

R/GA Chicago brings aboard two A-list creatives

TWO TOP AWARD-WINNING CREATIVES, Ken Erke and Matt Marcus, joined the Chicago office of R/GA, called advertising’s most creative interactive agency, as executive creative directors to help bolster the agency’s work out of Chicago.

R/GA Chicago currently has 13 employees and looks to grow to upwards of 30 by the end of the year.

Previously, Erke was an EVP/CCC at Y&R and crafted award-winning integrated campaigns for Sears, Craftsman and Die Hard, among others, and launched the Miller Genuine Draft “MGD 64” campaign.

“Public Enemies” stars due here June 12

A “PUBLIC ENEMIES” PRESS JUNKET by Universal Studios is scheduled for June 18 in Chicago, with the conference to be held at Union Station, we hear. A full complement of stars, including Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, are expected. There’s also buzz about a possible Chicago premiere of the movie, which is as it should be, right?

“Public Enemies” spent $25 million in Chicago and other parts of the state last year, filming the blockbuster crime thriller directed by Chicago native Michael Mann.

Optimus’ first catered affair for 500 a stylish introduction to two new facility features

OPTIMUS’ PARTY Thursday for 500 invited clients to introduce two new facility features, was one of the most elegant business-sponsored events in recent memory ? and Optimus’ first-ever formally catered party, said president Tom Duff, with catered nouvelle food stations and lavish bars on each of the four floors visited by guests.

Located on the second floor is their new “more tricked out,” bells and whistles audio room, manned by engineer Joel Anderson.

Good news, filmmakers! Tax credit extension bill passes the House — now it’s on to the Sentate

THE TAX EXTENSION IS ON ITS WAY! The Illinois House voted 107-7 to extend Illinois’ generous 20% tax credits. The bill was introduced to the House by speaker Michael Madigan .

From there, the bill goes to the Senate and wends its way through committes and ultimately to the Senate floor for a vote ? assuming all goes according to plan. It’s difficult to say when to pop corks — everyone’s hoping before the end of the month — so stay tuned.

Budget upped to $500,000 for
Reaves’ Chicago horror film

Producer Parris Reaves and actor Carl Wright of “When Thugs Cry,” premiering May 9 at the DuSable Museum.