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”

Digitas helps KitchenAid celebrate ‘makers’ and ‘marks’

One of the US’ most relevant brands approaches its centennial year by reintroducing itself through the lens of the maker Benton Harbor, MI — 18 October Beginning today, KitchenAid celebrates the makers and the marks that define them in a new campaign showing how the brand’s products help bring form to the maker’s vision, no … Continue reading “Digitas helps KitchenAid celebrate ‘makers’ and ‘marks’”

Digitas, Indianapolis Art, Box Office, SNL in the news

DigitasLBI, AOR for Maytag, has produced a humorous new thirty second spot called Delivery that supports Maytag’s tagline, “What’s Inside Matters.” Directed by Martin Granger from Moxie Pictures, the spot follows the Maytag Man as he (and clones) stands in for a variety of appliances as they leave the factory and are delivered to various … Continue reading “Digitas, Indianapolis Art, Box Office, SNL in the news”

Crain’s: DigitasLBI #1 Best Place to Work in Chicago

Interactive agency DigitasLBi has the honor of being named by Crain’s the #1 Best Place to work in Chicago, in the business publication’s 8th annual survey – the only ad agency on the list.

Crain’s says it sifted through 13,000-plus employee surveys that detailed everything from compensation to benefits to culture to arrive at the final list.

Some of DigitasLBi’s attractive features: A $5,500 annual fund for continuing education on whatever subject a person is interest in, recognition awards to given at the summer all-staff retreat and telecommuting and flextime.

Digitas’ Andrew Furth leads ‘indescribable’ local band

Chicago blues isn’t dead, but it’s aging while the contemporary music scene is exploding. The professional 20-somethings in this town don’t want a quiet bar with a dusty stage and a glass of whiskey. They want music they can shake to with a $2 PBR and a shot.

They want music that celebrates what makes them such a fast paced unstoppable force that, like the amazing and diverse Reels Green band, can’t be categorized.

eBay’s $20-$30mm digital, media business to Digitas

Digitas’ Chicago office has been given eBay’s estimated $20 to $30 million business, after the online retailer heard creative pitches from East and West Coast agencies last fall.

Digitas, a Publicis Groupe company, will handle only digital creative and media.   

After several rounds of presentations, a trio of finalists — Organic, Swirl and Digitas — competed in the finals, executives familiar with the matter said.

Weisman instrumental in Digitas’ “Team Sprint” win

Did someone mention turnaround?  Yes, for the first time in a very long time, there are substantial signs of a discernible, hope-engendering turnaround in the fortunes of Chicago’s beleaguered advertising industry.

Two very positive events  over the past seven days certainly suggest it might be a mistake to turn one’s back on the ad business here and leave it for dead, as we might have been tempted to do a couple of years ago.

Young Professionals Coffee Chat with CAF Rising Stars

Get your coffee ready and join the CAF YP’s on May 6th, 2021 The Chicago Advertising Federation Rising Stars Award recognizes the talents and contributions of four, next-generation women, coming up in the marketing, sales, media, and advertising industries. They are the creators and innovators bringing fresh thinking, ideas, and execution to the communications industry, … Continue reading “Young Professionals Coffee Chat with CAF Rising Stars”

Mill announces Tracey Khan as Managing Director

Today, Josh Mandel, the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Mill has announced new senior leadership for the global production studio’s midwestern arm, appointing Tracey Khan as Managing Director for the Chicago-based studio. Tracey steps into the role with over a decade of experience at The Mill, having originally started in London before being … Continue reading “Mill announces Tracey Khan as Managing Director”

CAF’s 2021 American Advertising Award Winners

The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) announced the winners of the local 2021 American Advertising Awards (AAA). One of the industry’s largest creative competitions, AAA rewards the spirit of creative excellence in advertising, seeing tens of thousands of submissions from both professional organizations and students each year. CAF gold and silver winners were advanced to the District 6 … Continue reading “CAF’s 2021 American Advertising Award Winners”

Leviathan adds to account & creative teams

The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan has announced the addition of Account Manager Meg Miller, Art Director Mackenzie Suben, and Designer Morgan Itterly. Prior to landing at Leviathan, Miller was a Digital Experience Project Manager at Gensler who specialized in integrating digital content into the architectural design process. Having earned her degree from the University of … Continue reading “Leviathan adds to account & creative teams”

WGN America hires Ashleigh Banfield for Nightly News

WGN America has hired longtime journalist Ashleigh Banfield for a new nightly news talk show. Banfield leaves Court TV where she hosted Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield. She had only been with Court TV for a year. Called Banfield, will air weeknights at 10 p.m. beginning March 1. The host will interview newsmakers, politicians and celebrities, and will also … Continue reading “WGN America hires Ashleigh Banfield for Nightly News”

“Battle For Hope” goes Virtual tonight!

Instead of the battle of the bands format of years past, this year, the Battle for Hope is going virtual, and will signal a call for unity. The Battle for Hope is a yearly ad industry live music competition and Off The Street Club benefit founded by iCrossing Global Chief Technology Officer Sujal Patel, Accenture Associate Director … Continue reading ““Battle For Hope” goes Virtual tonight!”

Bottle Rocket Media climbs up the Inc 5000 list

For the second year in a row, Bottle Rocket Media made the Inc. Magazine Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Bottle Rocket Media (BRM), a Chicago based, full-service video production company, attributes its success … Continue reading “Bottle Rocket Media climbs up the Inc 5000 list”

Chicago agencies nab 89 finalists in One Show

FCB Chicago leads Chicago agencies with 31 The One Show 2020, finalists, including 28 on behalf of Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.  Working with FCBXLord+Thomas, both Chicago, the agency has 16 for the organization’s “Most Dangerous Street”, and 12 with Lord+Thomas and The Mill, both Chicago, for “The Gun Violence Handbook.” Ogilvy Chicago with 27 including work for … Continue reading “Chicago agencies nab 89 finalists in One Show”

KitchenAid, Tan France hold virtual Mother’s Day Brunch

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful moms out there. Are you missing your traditional brunch due to restaurants being closed? Well, smile. Yesterday, Queer Eye’s Tan France held a Mother’s Day Get-Together on KitchenAid Instagram Live (@KitchenAidUSA) with with Emmy-award winning TV personality Maria Menounos and NYT Bestselling cookbook author Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest. … Continue reading “KitchenAid, Tan France hold virtual Mother’s Day Brunch”

Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA

Congratulations to our friends at Leo Burnett and mcgarrybowen. Each agency took home three Gold statues from the American Advertising Awards which were announced April 28 virtually. Oh, and the agency at 35 West Wacker also took home “Agency of the Year.” Well done. Both agencies also took home awards in the “Best of” categories. … Continue reading “Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA”

REEL WOMEN: Snake Roth, Dir of Integrated Prod, MARC

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. With over 20+ years of award-winning creative and video … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Snake Roth, Dir of Integrated Prod, MARC”

REEL WOMEN: Meg Kubicka, Editor at Whitehouse

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Meg began her editorial career at Whitehouse Post in … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Meg Kubicka, Editor at Whitehouse”

Optimus hires award-winning editor David Cea

Leading production and post house Optimus today announced that it has added Editor David Cea to their roster. With 15 years of experience in New York and Chicago, David Cea has worked with some of the most respected names in the industry and he brings to Optimus an impressive portfolio, featuring many award-winning spots. “I’ve … Continue reading “Optimus hires award-winning editor David Cea”

Taking off with Bottle Rocket Media

Award-winning Chicago-based video content agency wields a startling variety of depth and expertise Chicago video content agency Bottle Rocket Media fuels traditional expertise with DIY spirit. Guided by a pair of visionaries who met while working at the Oprah Winfrey Show, the company has become one of the industry’s most unique production and post operations … Continue reading “Taking off with Bottle Rocket Media”

Prysm Studios and MK Films join forces

Post-production hybrid adds motion GFX, editorial, and visual effects savvy to 50,000 sq.-ft. Chicago facility This past summer, Ryan Gilbert opened Prysm Studios in a joint effort with MK Films to offer a full-service production and post-production facility. MK Films boasts 50,000 square-feet of production space with lighting, cameras, high-speed motion control robot, and now … Continue reading “Prysm Studios and MK Films join forces”

Publicis execs join data science shop Affinity Answers

“Transformational” marketing veterans Jack Klues and Rishad Tobaccowala lend vision to Austin-based audience company Marketing data science company Affinity Answers has added to their roster of advisors Jack Klues and Rishad Tobaccowala, two of the most transformational players in advertising within the past few decades. The digital and media pioneers’ vast knowledge and expertise will … Continue reading “Publicis execs join data science shop Affinity Answers”

R/GA bolsters client service with female leadership

Nancy Horrow elevated to run department; DeNeatra Love hired as Account Director R/GA, the company that creates transformation at speed, today announced changes to its Chicago client services department to include Nancy Horrow being promoted to managing director, client services and the hire of DeNeatra Love as account director. These appointments come at a time … Continue reading “R/GA bolsters client service with female leadership”

Liz Taylor named Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett

Former FCB Chief Creative Officer will assume leadership across Publicis Communications North America in new role Award-winning creative leader Liz Taylor will join Leo Burnett Worldwide as chief creative officer. Starting July 8, she will sit at the agency’s Chicago headquarters leading the creative direction of the global agency network. Taylor will work alongside the … Continue reading “Liz Taylor named Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett”

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”

The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands

This year’s juried competition of agency bands will rock the Cubby Bear on May 17 The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands, the Battle For Hope, returns to the Cubby Bear on May 17. A juried music competition with rock, rap, disco, and soul overtones, the Battle for Hope raises money for Off The … Continue reading “The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands”

Snake Roth promoted at MARC USA

“Snake is a rock star (who) elevates the level of everything we do.” Joe Burke SVP/ECD (Chicago — 17 October 2018) MARC USA today announced the promotion of Snake Roth to Director of Integrated Production with oversight of all broadcast TV, digital video, radio, print and social content. Roth has been at the agency since … Continue reading “Snake Roth promoted at MARC USA”

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”

Upcoming AICP Show honors best in advertising

  The AICP Awards honors the Best Advertising of the Year     (Detroit — 23 July 2018) The honorees of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, will be showcased on August 2, 2018 at Detroit Historical Museum. This year’s guest speaker is Agnieszka Palarz, VP/Director & Executive Producer at … Continue reading “Upcoming AICP Show honors best in advertising”

Talking hues with Company 3 Senior Colorist Tyler Roth

  One of Chicago’s busiest color pros looks ahead while remembering the past       As a Senior Colorist at Company 3, Tyler Roth operates in a spectrum that literally runs as wide as the eye can see. Mixing pixels of red, green, and blue at different levels of brightness and saturation, he’s got … Continue reading “Talking hues with Company 3 Senior Colorist Tyler Roth”

Leffel of Big Spoon stirs up milk with DFA spot

Leffel and crew filmed the activation on World Milk Day, handed the footage to Cutters for editing, and pushed out the video almost immediately.   Recently, in celebration of World Milk Day, Craig Leffel of Big Spoon Industries produced both a short and long-form spot for the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) in Kansas City, … Continue reading “Leffel of Big Spoon stirs up milk with DFA spot”

R/GA Chicago adds six to 75-person office

R/GA Chicago is adding a range of new talent to its office with the hires of six new employees with experience in visual design, finance, technology, campaigns, media, and production. These new team members are part of R/GA’s 75-person office working across growing product and services, and campaign production needs to help such clients as … Continue reading “R/GA Chicago adds six to 75-person office”

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”

Seasons greetings from the industry

Reel Chicago wishes all of our readers Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Joyful Kwanzaa, and an awesome belated Solstice. But we’re not the only ones. Windy City ad, film, music, and production companies have been spreading the warmth for weeks. Below is a selection of customized wishes.     UPSHOT AGENCY     TESSA FILMS   … Continue reading “Seasons greetings from the industry”

Strange Loop, Uber, Digital Kitchen, SNL in the news

Production company Strange Loop has teamed-up with Uber to produce a short documentary campaign promoting Uber’s recent partnership with the Youth Guidance organization in Chicago. The organization provides mentorship to hundreds of students at pivotal points in their lives through their BAM (Becoming a Man) and WOW (Working on Womanhood) programs. Helmed by director David … Continue reading “Strange Loop, Uber, Digital Kitchen, SNL in the news”

Ogilvy Chicago wins 17 Clios

Monday, The Clio Awards, which were recently acquired by Evolution Media, announced their 2017 Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. The 58-year-old awards celebrate high achievement in advertising and recognize the work, the agencies that push boundaries across advertising, sports, fashion, music, entertainment, and health care. As it did in the recent 2017 Cannes Show, Ogilvy … Continue reading “Ogilvy Chicago wins 17 Clios”

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.

It’s happy hour in Chicago as beer returns to DDB

DDB Chicago, which has a storied history of creating award-winning work for beer brands — Anheuser-Busch to be specific — is ready to break out the beer steins again as Miller Lite consolidated its brand within the network.

As many industry pundits had predicted, DDB Chicago will be global AOR for Miller Lite and Adam&Eve. DDB will handle Miller Genuine Draft. The decision follows a formal creative review among several competitors.

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.

AT band “Hard to Swallow” wins 2017 Battle for Hope

Fierce vocals, tight chops and explosive energy helped the AbelsonTaylor band Hard To Swallow win the 5th annual Battle for Hope competition at the Cubby Bear on Thursday night.

The Battle for Hope is a live music competition between bands formed exclusively within the ranks of individual advertising agencies. Proceeds are donated to Chicago’s Off The Street Club, an organization dedicated to helping youths in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Chicago agencies tune up for 2017 Battle of the Ad Bands

Chicago’s biggest amateur band contest between agencies is starting later than usual, but that’s because anticipation is higher and demand is greater. This year, the final battle will be held June 15, instead of the usual Spring time frame.

Battle for Hope is the annual fund-raising event that pits Chicago agencies against each other. Band members trade in their pencils and stylus for drumsticks and guitar pics.

Daily named new CCO for both WPP’s Cavalry and Y&R

WPP HIRED LEYLA TOUMA DAILEY as chief creative officer presiding over two of its agencies, Cavalry and Y&R, who moved over from Leo Burnett, where she’d been SVP/CD since 2014.

Earlier, multi-award winning Dailey had been VP/CD at Arc World and had spent 10 years in various creative capacities at DigitasLBi. Brands she’s worked on over the years include Kellogg, Disney, Walgreen’s, KitchenAid, Coke, Philip Morris and MillerCoors.

DDB’s ECD Davis in new role as CCO/DDB San Francisco

DDB’S CHICAGO’S ECD KEVIN DREW DAVIS relocated to the agency’s San Francisco office where he will assume the position of chief creative officer at DDB San Francisco. He joined DDB in 2013 as CC of DDB Canada before being asked to assume the ECD role in Chicago in late 2014.

During his two years in Chicago, he was known for his McDonald’s work, spearheading the agency’s Cannes Lion-winning “Lovin’ the Super Bowl” Twitter campaign, which made McDonald’s the most retweeted brand ever in a single day.

Colonie & Beast editors among top AICE winners

“We did ourselves proud last night,” says Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter president, “not only in award-winning but in putting on a great show” – the 15th annual AICE Awards at Navy Pier with an audience of 500.

Chicago had had three top winners out of the Awards’ 33 categories.

Best of Chicago was awarded to Beast’s Angelo Valencia for DigitasLBi spot for Whirlpool.

The Colonie won twice: Brian Sepanik for GrubHub / Tandem, Inc., in the Dialog / Monolog / spoken Word category and Keith Kristinat for 71 Degrees North / Chevy Trucks in the Spec Spot category.

Bands’ Battle raises $90K to send OTSC kids to camp

A jaw-dropping $90,000 was raised by last week’s fast-paced, rousing, crazy 4th annual “Battle for Hope,” aka the agency “Battle of the Bands” held at the Cubby Bear that benefits the Off the Street Club’s summer camp program.

The funds will send 180 kids from the mean streets of West Garfield to OTSC’s Camp Mathieu in Wheaton. Last year’s $60,000 allowed 120 children to attend.

The Whitehouse and Burnett the big TV Awards winners

Chicago agencies and post houses overwhelmed last week’s International Television Awards, scoring 10 out of 12 top awards for excellence in TV commercials. The awards were held Wednesday, April 20, at the AMC River North theatres before a full house.

The Whitehouse post scored four awards and Leo Burnett earned three.

Chicago-created spots dominate TV Awards’ finalists

Out of the 21 finalists in the upcoming Chicago International Television Awards, 16 spots came from Chicago-based agencies: eight spots from Leo Burnett; three from DDB Chicago, two from Pinnacle Advertising, Schaumburg and one each from Cramer-Krasselt, Digitas and Cavalry.

One finalist each from Iris New York, BBDO/New York, TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York and Innocean Worldwide, Seoul, Korea.

The Whitehouse edited nine of the finalist spots.

MillerCoors, Beam agency Mekanism set up shop here

WHILE MEKANISM AGENCY has been quietly in Chicago for several months to support its MillerCoors brands and Jim Beam US accounts on an up close and personal basis, the official announcement of its presence here was just made.

The office is located in the West Loop and has a staff of 25. It is led by directors of Brand Management Rick Thornhill and Caroline Moncure. Thornhill joined the Chicago shop after it won MillerCoors last summer. Moncure had been working at Mekanism, New York since 2011.

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

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

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

Burnett again in awards spotlight, winning at AICP

THE AICP NEXT AWARDS held last night in New York as part of AICP Week, presented its 2015 Most Next honor to Leo Burnett’s Allstate’s “Social Savvy Burglar.”  As part of the award, the winner gets to donate a $5,000 grant from the AICP Foundation to an educational institution of its choosing.  The recipient was nonprofit Marwen, which offers offering free, arts-based youth development programs for underserved Chicago students in grade

Leo Burnett wins an armload of the CAF’s Addy Awards

NO SURPRISE THAT LEO BURNETT, which, with its several other agency  divisions, dominated the CAF-sponsored nominations with five out of six nods for Agency of the Year, won the Agency of the Year award.  And no surprise, either, that its P&G client was voted Client of the Year undoubtedly for its Always #Like a Girl” campaign.

Chris Breneman heads USA sales for NZ’s Curious Film

NEW ZEALAND’S CURIOUS FILM has dived into the North America market with the appointment of Chris Breneman as Head of Sales USA, based in Chicago. He’s now the link to all things Curious, including the production company’s dozen directors and a team of Australasian producers, with 12 years experience in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Who’ll be boss ends Publicis Omnicom merger deal

The marriage of two agencies that analysts doubted would work was called off before the wedding.  Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group terminated their $35 billion proposed merger early this morning by mutual agreement.

A battle for control ended their plans for that would have created the world’s largest advertising agency.

“Upstarts” OKRP lands $50 million Big Lots! account

CALLING THEMSELVES “SCRAPPY UPSTARTS” the boutique agency O’Keefe, Reinhard & Paul (OKRP) okrp.com – celebrating its first anniversary in March — landed the Big Lots! account which bills a big $50 million, following a review.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company is a closeout retailer with 1,525 stories in 48 states.  The agency’s first work for its new client will launch in early February.

Bliss’ “Magic Piano” hits the right seasonal note

BOB BLISS CREATIVE’S “CHICAGO’S MAGICAL PIANO” is a 4-minute YouTube holiday delight – a Christmas-decorated piano at Union Station that magically bursts into just the right song to interact with the passerby, from a little girl playing “Chops Sticks” to Santa himself, who cautions the piano to soften its volume while he strides by, a bag o

Omnicom Publicis Group to be world’s #1 ad firm

DDB and Leo Burnett aren’t rival agencies any more.  They will become sister companies in the merger of their respective parent companies, Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe, which will create Omnicom Publicis Group, the biggest advertising firm on the planet.

The new global conglomerate, worth $35.1 billion, will have some 5,000 offices operating in more than 100 countries on five continents and employ 130,000 people.

An L.A. fundraiser for Gov. Quinn at producer’s home

L.A.-BASED FILM PRODUCER BOB TEITEL is graciously opening his home tomorrow, March 22 to host a private reception, “An Evening with Gov. Pat Quinn” for guests including Chicagoans who work in the industry in Hollywood and a number of local movers and shakers who are flying out to rub elbows with the stars. 

Suggested donation is $1,000. 

Burnett and divisions win a colossal 74 ADDY Awards

The Chicago Ad Federation boasted it had 350 submissions for the recent ADDY Awards from local agencies and those entries were carefully considered by 25 top creatives from national pedigreed agencies. 

As a result of all this vetting, and no doubt based on the sheer volume of entries from Leo Burnett, it should have been no surprise that the Publicis giant had a colossal haul of 62 awards, including six out of the seven ADDY Bests.

Staging pro John Kavanagh joins Lakeshore Audiovisual

THIRTY-YEAR STAGING VETERAN John Kavanagh has left the Show Department after 27 years to join national, full service production company, Lakeshore Audiovisual, Inc. (LSAV), as VP/business development.

LSAV, founded and operated by Michael Giglio in 1995, specializes in staging, special events and conventions.

Headquartered on Chicago’s Northwest Side, it has offices and warehouse facilities in the major convention centers of Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. and Orlando.

Radar collaboratively teams with L.A.’s Eden FX

RADAR STUDIOS has formed a partnership with L.A.’s Eden FX, a leading high-end provider of 3D, compositing, digital environment, animation and conceptual design for features, TV shows and commercials. 

By working together, says Radar EP Graham Gangi, “Each company will be able to offer a broader range of capacity and service to its existing clients, and the partnership will offer each company a chance to branch out into new areas of work.”

McCann returns to Burnett as top recruiter

RENETTA McCANN has returned to Leo Burnett after a four year absence in the important position of US chief talent officer, overseeing all Burnett’s recruitment, training and talent management, reporting to North American president Rich Stoddart.

She replaces Jeff Tritt, EVP-people and culture, who joined Resource Interactive, Columbus, Ohio as chief talent officer.

Energy BBDO’s launches new WBEZ ads for tiny budget

For the first time in nearly a decade, Chicago not-for-profit public radio station WBEZ-FM (91.5) is getting ready to launch a major advertising campaign. The campaign will be designed to heighten awareness of — and expand the audience for — the station and its broad range of news, political and cultural coverage.

WBEZ has just tapped Energy BBDO/Chicago to work on the upcoming campaign.  Andrew Kasprzycki and Katie Clow represented Energy BBDO on the pitch.

No other way to say it: Leo Burnett stole the Addys

Leo Burnett’s Addy Award wins were outright embarrassing in the number of Best, Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes the agency collected in the recent Chicago Addys competition – “celebrating the best in the advertising industry” — at a reception at Resolution Digital Studios. 

Of the 300 local agency entries for the 2012 Addy Award entries 152 of them won recognition. 

DP/C bows out of Walgreens review; bigger shop sought

Downtown Partners/Chicago is out.   Sources report the powers-that-be at Downtown Partners/Chicago have changed course and decided not to participate in the agency review drug store behemoth Walgreens launched just weeks ago. 

That review, about which ad trade publications have mostly kept  mum because they are not up to speed on it, promises to be one of the spring’s biggest.

Five of 2011’s biggest adbiz headlines and surprises

To say 2011 whizzed by is an understatement.  The year about to end was — everything considered — a pretty good year for the Chicago advertising industry.  At least compared to the three or four years that came before it.

Fewer accounts — of major significance anyway — left town, though a couple of big ones changed their local addresses.  Hello, Bud Light and S.C. Johnson!  Management changes prompted a few surprises too, none perhaps more so than Mark Modesto, who popped up at Marc USA/Chicago.

Zacuto Films, Punch Films, Orbark are non-broadcast Emmy winners

A GUESSTIMATED 135 INDIVIDUALS went home with golden Emmy statuettes last Sunday, Nov. 6, at the 53rd annual Emmy Awards, the winners in more than 60 broadcast categories.  About 30 of those categories were non-news, a la documentaries, PSAs, cultural and other programming.  Out of these categories and sub-categories, we could only discern three shows that were not produced as a broadcasting entity.

Red Car’s LoDolce edits R. Kelly’s new music video

Red Car’s Tim LoDolce reprised his editorial skills in R. Kelly’s plea to his lost love to return to his heart, in Radio Message, a music video that just bowed on MTV and Vevo – and in which Red Car executive producer Jon Desir unexpectedly made his video debut.

LoDolce, who last year cut Kelly’s music video When a Woman Loves, edited the 4.5-minute Radio Message, the new single from Kelly’s Love Letter album.

For fans who want more of Oprah ? they can shop at her new fashion boutique near Harpo Studios

OPRAH’S AUDIENCE will soon be able to leave the studio and walk across the street to her new fashion boutique at 57 N. Carpenter.

The 4,500-sq. ft. store is under construction in what was tabletop star Peter Elliott’s studio for 25 years. Oprah bought the property last year.

The shop, also housing a caf?, will feature African-designed apparel, African baskets, baby gear, her workout pants and beach tote and the newest craze, a $14 iPod cover with the Oprah logo.

THE 2007 CHICAGO CREATIVE CLUB AWARDS SHOW has been put on hold.