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”
As the world reemerges, people can begin to connect again, but for those who are immunocompromised, social distancing and separation extend past the pandemic. As a technology company — and a human company — Cox Communications aims to be a part of the solution to safely help families that are unable to reunite in person. … Continue reading “Cox & FCB bring families together with The Hug Project”
In response to COVID-19, Cox Communications and FCB Chicago have created a 360-campaign (including TV, print, digital, social and OOH) designed to empower and support small business owners who are #MakingItWork. The campaign messaging focuses on making the new way of working work better for Cox Business customers. Rather than using the tactics in this campaign to promote … Continue reading “Cox, FCB support small biz owners in new 360 campaign”
Life goes on. Even at DraftFCB/Chicago. No one needs to be told that the ad shop — which not that long ago could lay claim to being the city’s largest — has been hit again and again by misfortune the past couple of years — primarily in the form of major account defections.
Those kinds of blows can knock a lot out of agency. But for now, at least, DraftFCB appears to have hunkered down and decided it will carry on no matter what. Such determination will be necessary to get the shop fully turned around.
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”
Doner Detroit is doubling down on bringing business, talent and marketing dollars to Detroit, with the launch of D-313 a new collaborative creative space that connects the agency more closely with the heart of the city’s downtown creative corridor. Located at 1456 Woodward Ave, in close proximity to the new Shinola Hotel, Quicken Loans, John Varvatos, and … Continue reading “Doner launches creative incubator D-313”
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.
THE MIDWEST PREMIERE of writer/director Robert Budreau’s “Born to be Blue” biopic of jazz legend Chet Baker will open the 7th annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, July 24-31 at the AMC Randhurst 12 in Mt. Prospect starting at 7 p.m.
There’s no third season shooting in Chicago for USA Network’s quirky comedy half-hour “Sirens” series about a group of paramedics in Chicago.
Ace editor Dean Gonzales, who honed his craft in LA for 15 years, joined Beast Editorial, saying Beast “seemed like a perfect fit,” with its national network, support staff and larger representation for the variety of work he does.
Gonzales moved into his new suite Monday, from Hootenanny, where he’d edited for the past 18 months since his return from LA.
The big red notebook was missing. That was the first thing we noticed — how could we not? — when Draft FCB/Chicago chief creative officer Todd Tilford barreled into the office where we had just settled in to chat with him and DraftFCB co-leader and president Michael Fassnacht.
It took us a second to adjust to that stunning development because the big red book Tilford had in hand during our first meeting last fall was such a prominent detail about the way he presented himself at the time.
Already a part of the Detroit post scene with its partnership in RingSide Creative, newly established Cutters Detroit is creating its own identity in the Motor City’s multibillion dollar ad market in its own new offices in the RingSide facility in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park.
Cutters Detroit has a staff of six, headed by executive producer Mary Connolly, who was recruited from Griot Editorial, where she worked for 12 years, starting as a rep and moving to a producer’s position.
Bryen Hensley, Resolution Digital Studio’s engineer/sound designer and ADR expert, recorded ADR for episodes of Fox TV’s “Chicago Code” series airing nationally on Monday nights. And if all goes well with the ratings, it could be a long term gig.
THE REEL: Who did you record?
HENSLEY: Four episodes with Jennifer Beals and two with Matt Lauria, both ADR pros and terrific to work with. And I recorded all the guest actors — the actors who appeared in only one episode.
VINCE LAWRENCE’S Slang Music has added another service — creating iPhone apps under a new company, iLL Concepts, LLC, with partners Thomas Beckmann and Jack Eisenberg. First up is “House Music Ringtones,” whereby users can download the free app and have immediate access to four free house music ringtones.
“Users then have the option pay $1.99 for 21 more original ringtones and a reduced price for each additional library of future house music ringtones from other founding fathers of the genre,” says Lawrence.
McDonald’s dedicated agency teams with venerable website to celebrate the birthday of an internet legend with a historic activation and social campaign On December 3, McDonald’s is putting a unique spin on a classic internet icon — the Hamburger Menu — in honor of its inventor, Norm Cox. The Hamburger Menu is a small icon … Continue reading “Unltd and Reddit help McD’s “hamburger takeover””
“White people have to more than just think that it’s okay to not act in a racist way … they actually have to actively do something” Director Steve James America to Me explores a national crisis, but that’s just the beginning. The ten-part docuseries, premiering August 26 on the Starz Network, is a call to … Continue reading ““America to Me” sparks a national conversation”
Out of the 59 entries from among some of the top post companies in the 12th annual International AICE Show, three editors from two post companies were selected as AICE finalists: Red Car’s Kevin O’Rourke, for Madison Museum of Contemporary Art spot and Utopic’s Ryan Gilbert and Joe Minich for NBC5’s “City,” both 60s.
NEW YORK’S 59E59 THEATERS continue to provide welcoming off-Broadway accommodations for shows that originated in Chicago. Bruce Graham’s The Outgoing Tide, which had its world premiere in 2011 with Northlight Theatre and won its author a Jeff Award for best new play, will open in November at the busy theaterplex in a non-Northlight production, featuring a new cast.
CHICAGO THEATER often prides itself on is the way that established artists work with smaller companies. The announcement that David Cromer will be returning to town to direct Jonathan Larson’s Rent for American Theater Company next summer got a lot of buzz.
DIGITAL KITCHEN’S EXPANSION into all things digital started with the hiring of interactive heavy-hitter Jeff Brecker for the newly created position of executive producer/general manager. He starts June 21.
Brecker has been on the internet side of advertising since he entered the adbiz in 1996, after graduating from UW-Madison. He moved to Digital Kitchen from three years at Leo Burnett, where he’d been SVP/creative director.
A NEW AD AGENCY called Houlihan Madison Most has been formed by Kevin Houlihan and Brad Most, for many years with the Chicago Creative Partnership. While HMM is clientless at the moment, it will compete for the former CCP Blue Cross account. Houlihan had been CCP president and chief creative officer; Most was head of client services. The Madison in their name is a nod to New York’s ad street.
FEATURE IN THE WORKS. Not only is Jerry Rose’s Total Living Network staff of 70 now ensconced in new $18 million Aurora headquarters, but Rose and his company, Christian Communications, are financing part of the $2.6 million feature, “The Visitation,” based on popular author Frank Peretti’s Christian-themed book. Filming starts in September in L.A.