American Egg Board: Issues TikTok challenge

As the nation emerges from pandemic shutdowns and capacity limits, local restaurants around the country are getting an eggstra boost from a popular menu mainstay — the incredible egg — and a healthy dose of hometown competition. Igniting America’s pashttp://tiktok.comsion for eating out, the American Egg Board (AEB) has partnered with celebrity chef Connie Lovely … Continue reading “American Egg Board: Issues TikTok challenge”

Eggs are the holiday gift they are cracked up to be

Launching on November 10th, the American Egg Board’s new campaign, and our Reel Ad of the Week, is “The Gift of Eggs.” The LOL campaign from Energy BBDO pokes fun at holiday extravagances in order to celebrate what really matters during the season — family, friends, special memories together and FOOD! The campaign’s two short … Continue reading “Eggs are the holiday gift they are cracked up to be”

Move over Taco Tuesday… here comes WEGGSDAY!

Much like Taco Tuesday, WEGGSDAY embraces the popularity of marrying a day of the week with a popular food. A two-minute original music video, titled “Wednesday Is Officially WEGGSDAY!,” has been created to hilariously introduce the concept. The animated video also highlights the versatility of eggs, reminding consumers that eggs are an incredible meal solution … Continue reading “Move over Taco Tuesday… here comes WEGGSDAY!”

Egg Board introduces ‘dinner egg’ mockumentary

The American Egg Board has cooked up the biggest food discovery since the breakfast egg. Say good evening to… The Dinner Egg! A new mockumentary, created by AOR Energy BBDO, explains the discovery and origin of the new food. Supply and Demand’s Amy Nicholson, takes a Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy type of approach in … Continue reading “Egg Board introduces ‘dinner egg’ mockumentary”

Energy BBDO gets ‘Incredible’ with American Egg Board

Reviews are beginning to pour in for Disney / Pixar’s all-new “Incredibles 2” and the film looks to be… an incredible hit!   As covered in “Reel Chicago,” the American Egg Board relaunched The Incredible Egg by re-framing the answer to the age-old question, “How do you like your eggs?” to showcase the infinite number … Continue reading “Energy BBDO gets ‘Incredible’ with American Egg Board”

Energy BBDO cracks some eggs, makes an omelet

For me, nothing beats a fried egg sandwich with whisky-maple bacon on a croissant in the morning. Yeah, I just displayed my “bougie.” More than pancakes. More than waffles. More than peanut butter French Toast. I like my eggs in egg form. Why am I going on about how I like my eggs? Because Energy … Continue reading “Energy BBDO cracks some eggs, makes an omelet”

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.

Producers Elise and Gregg Jaffe: ?We survived!’

Elise and Gregg Jaffe were all grins as 75 friends, family, vendors, freelancers, and clients celebrated their Chicago-based Big Teeth Productions’ five-year anniversary as a one-stop production shop.

The husband-wife duo described their momentous occasion with one simple word ? surviving. “We’ve scraped and clawed and come out alive,” says Elise Jaffe. “We’re really proud.”

Big Teeth Productions (BTP) landed its first “real” Twitter job with deal-of-the-day Chicago phenom, Groupon, last year.

A La Turka is a cushy Lincoln Ave. joint where stuffed eggplant, zucchini pancakes are awesome

It was around 3:30 p.m., time for a break from work, which sometimes must involve a small glass of wine.

I’d told Chezne, a producer who works for me and dining guinea pig: “I can only walk until I see a restaurant I’ve never eaten at. No matter what, that is where we stop.”

We hadn’t strolled down Lincoln Ave. for five minutes when I saw the specials board outside of A La Turka at 3134 N. Lincoln Ave. Lunch was still being served and the place was bone empty. Perfect, in we go.

The interior was dark. A waited nodded and waved his hand for us to sit anywhere.

Only signed agreements are legally valid is high court’s message in costly “VeggieTales” case

The U.S. Supreme Court last week, without comment, refused to hear an appeal in the case over who had the exclusive distribution rights to “Veggie Tales” DVDs and other products.

In the end, it boiled down to a message filmmakers should take to heart: There’s no deal unless it’s a signed deal.

Lombard-based Big Idea Productions went out of the Christian cartoon business in 2003 after a long, tangled and costly legal battle with Texas-based children’s film distributor Lyrick Studios of “Barney” fame.

VeggieTales sells for $
to Classic Media of New York

VeggieTales’ characters are now owned by Classic Media LLC of New York.

Art Director Anthony Palermo joins Almost Gold

Chicago-based Almost Gold welcomes seasoned creative Anthony Palermo as the studio’s Art Director. Palermo is a seasoned creative who has collaborated with countless brands, agencies, and creative studios to visually shape ideas with striking effect. The addition of Palermo is part of Almost Gold’s strategic growth, in which he will play a key role in … Continue reading “Art Director Anthony Palermo joins Almost Gold”

Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest

Macaulay Culkin is trending, but not for hilarious social media shenanigans, or his latest project, but for his appearance at the Gucci Love Parade in Los Angeles last week. The star studded parade also included celebrities such as Jared Leto, Lizzo, Salma Hayek, Billie Eilish, James Corden, Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow, just to name … Continue reading “Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest”

Ace Hardware lights up for its annual Thanksgrilling trend

Ace Hardware is lighting up its annual Thanksgrilling trend as the company’s recent survey this Fall season reveals over three-fourths of Americans are either hosting or attending a Thanksgiving gathering this year. As less people (17 percent) plan to quarantine this holiday versus last year (40 percent), Ace is helping customers to think outside the … Continue reading “Ace Hardware lights up for its annual Thanksgrilling trend”

The Colonie ‘Sponsor Reel’ is a hit across all three AICP award shows

Before the official AICP winners were even announced, The Colonie won a major honor. For the first time in its history, the Chicago based post-production company was selected to create the Sponsor Reel for the National AICP awards show.  The Colonie’s reel played across all three AICP shows during their virtual premieres; the AICP Show, … Continue reading “The Colonie ‘Sponsor Reel’ is a hit across all three AICP award shows”

11 Dollar Bill helps Piggyback create a buzz for Cheeba Chews

11 Dollar Bill ended things on a high note in providing editorial, graphics design and post services for a new social campaign for Cheeba Chews, a maker of bite-size cannabis edibles. Conceived and produced by Piggyback Productions, Denver, the campaign consists of a series of weed-infused cooking videos with Nicole D., star of the TikTok … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill helps Piggyback create a buzz for Cheeba Chews”

Yolanda Macias joins AbelsonTaylor as first Director of Diversity and Inclusion

AbelsonTaylor has appointed Yolanda Macias, a specialist in workplace diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), to the newly created position of director of diversity and inclusion. Macias will develop initiatives that promote and sustain DEI objectives across all levels of the agency, working in partnership with department directors, managers, and other key staff. She will also … Continue reading “Yolanda Macias joins AbelsonTaylor as first Director of Diversity and Inclusion”

Four popular guests stars added to Wizard World Chicago

Wizard World Chicago announced the addition of four popular guest stars from hugely successful franchises. Stephen Amell, known to millions as the crime-fighting vigilante lead in the hit TV series Arrow, returns to Wizard World Chicago on Saturday, October 16. The Toronto-born Amell who also starred in DC Universe vehicles such as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Batwoman … Continue reading “Four popular guests stars added to Wizard World Chicago”

Cutters, Flavor help bring Distillery Project’s Meijer campaign to life

In a continuing effort to share the many ways consumers can shop Meijer, The Distillery Project, with post help from Cutters and Flavor, is launching ‘Stop & Go’, a 15-second spot that shows the many options to traipsing through crowded, potentially germ-incubating, retail environments.  ‘Stop and Go’ takes place in a Meijer’s parking lot. A … Continue reading “Cutters, Flavor help bring Distillery Project’s Meijer campaign to life”

Doritos launching SOLID BLACK multi-platform initiative

Black voices and stories are too often unheard. In its 2020 #AmplifyBlackVoices work, Doritos recognized this and is now launching SOLID BLACK, a new multi-platform initiative backed by action and funding designed to bolster the voices of Black innovators and creators and provide them with resources to continue driving change. In total, Doritos will invest … Continue reading “Doritos launching SOLID BLACK multi-platform initiative”

2021 Chicago beach season kicks off this weekend

22 beaches have officially opened for the 2021 season. The return of beach season is another step forward with Open Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot‘s initiative to safely and fully reopen the city. This marks the first time Chicago beaches have opened for public use since September 2, 2019, due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. The 2021 beach … Continue reading “2021 Chicago beach season kicks off this weekend”

Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago

As we say goodbye to our favorite heroes from One Chicago for the summer, it’s fun to look back on all the amazing TV shows set in the Windy City over the years. Chicago has been a production powerhouse for decades and has given us some of the best movies and TV shows that were … Continue reading “Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago”

EXTRA Gum offer fresh start to post-pandemic life

EXTRA Gum is all about shared moments of human connection—many of which have unfortunately, become distant memory due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until now: we can finally reconnect IRL! After a hard year of not seeing one another (and frankly, not being very mindful of how your breath smells) EXTRA is there to help give you … Continue reading “EXTRA Gum offer fresh start to post-pandemic life”

RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’

This week’s Chicago P.D., Due Process begins with Voight (Jason Beghe) participating in a press conference being held by Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) where she talks about how she’s very proud of the process and her dedication to “transparency” and the “rule of law.” She’s questioned about accountability when a journalist mentions … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’”

Porsche casts Bill Nye to teach Electric Taycan

Who doesn’t love Bill Nye, the Science Guy? Porsche certainly does, as the luxury brand has tapped Nye for a five-part web series explaining the engineering of the battery electric Taycan. Launching today, the project is aptly titled “Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan.”  This is a fast follow to last month’s “Going the Distance” 8-minute film with … Continue reading “Porsche casts Bill Nye to teach Electric Taycan”

Take a virtual tour of the infamous Gallagher house

If you’re still crying in your f**ken beer about Shameless ending after 11 seasons, stop acting like a p*ssy and take this opportunity to look at the Gallagher house one last time. Right after the series finale, Showtime posted a virtual farewell event open to all fans of the hit comedy series. The two-part experience, … Continue reading “Take a virtual tour of the infamous Gallagher house”

Blue Chip launches recipe campaign for White Castle

To expand meal occasions for its iconic, Original Sliders, White Castle is showing consumers how to use Sliders as ingredients in new seasonal recipes. For Spring, agency Blue Chip created three classic Easter and brunch recipes that serve as the basis for a social media and influencer campaign to broaden the brand. Content pairs recipes … Continue reading “Blue Chip launches recipe campaign for White Castle”

Plant-Based, Stand-up Burgers is opening in Chicago

It’s time to eat like you give a shake and stand up for change. Created by the team at Veggie Grill, Stand-Up Burgers, the 100 percent plant-based fast-casual restaurant serving up indulgently bold burgers, fries and shakes will open two locations in Chicago in late spring. CHICAGO #1(OPENING APRIL 2021)614 W Diversey Pkwy Chicago, IL 60657 CHICAGO #2(OPENING … Continue reading “Plant-Based, Stand-up Burgers is opening in Chicago”

Wild Turkey designs guided tasting for Alexa and Google

The award-winning bourbon brand Wild Turkey announces the first-ever guided tasting for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voiced by a legendary distillery family – the Russells. Using the skill is easy. Whether you want to learn the basics of whiskey or refine your palate, just say to your Alexa device, “Alexa, enable Wild Turkey Tasting” … Continue reading “Wild Turkey designs guided tasting for Alexa and Google”

Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature

Chicago’s Ravin Gandhi made many people think he was crazy for shooting 100 Days to Live, an award-winning, suicide-based thriller debuting this week on Amazon, Apple and several other platforms. After pitching the film in 2017, the fledgling writer/director decided not only to finance the script that he had written, but also to temporarily relocate … Continue reading “Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature”

Think you know everything about Groundhog Day?

Every February 2 on Groundhog Day, North Americans wait with bated breath to discover if there will be six more weeks of winter or if there will be an early spring as foretold by Punxsutawney Phil when he emerges from his “den.” Since 1887 the large terrestrial rodent (as well as his predecessors) has been … Continue reading “Think you know everything about Groundhog Day?”

‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker

Cinedigm has announced the release date for its recently acquired film – 100 Days to Live, a taut psychological thriller set in the world of suicide prevention and mental health. The film, which was shot over 3 weeks in Chicago, stars Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed, Rizzoli & Isles), Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf, Daredevil), Heidi Johanningmeier … Continue reading “‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker”

McDonald’s introduces new Chicken sandwich

2021 will see the Chicken Sandwich Wars rage on. McDonald’s has announced a new Crispy Chicken Sandwich, which is joining the roster of long-time favorites like the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Egg McMuffin and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, starting February 24. The new sandwich features a brand new crispy, juicy, tender fillet made with all-white meat that’s … Continue reading “McDonald’s introduces new Chicken sandwich”

Snowman transforms into Beerman for Coors Light

In a holiday season when nothing feels typical, Coors Light is introducing a festive tradition just for grownups – because, let’s be honest, adults deserve to enjoy the holiday season, too. Meet Beerman, a perfectly imperfect drinking buddy designed to keep your beers cold and your spirits up. In fact, Beerman is the holiday hero … Continue reading “Snowman transforms into Beerman for Coors Light”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and include … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”

J Balvin is dropping ‘Dorado’ to uplift Latino community

In time for The Biggest Night in Latin Music, J Balvin and McDonald’s are dropping “Dorado” to celebrate the unshakeable optimism of the Latino community. Inspired by J Balvin’s most recent album Colores and McDonald’s Golden Arches, “Dorado” (“Gold”) aims to uplift Latinos and encourage them to keep shining while remaining proud of who they are. The … Continue reading “J Balvin is dropping ‘Dorado’ to uplift Latino community”

Transgender doc ‘Born to Be’ opens in Chicago 11.20

Born to Be follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting, a plastic surgeon at the groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City-where, for the first time ever, all transgender and non-binary people have access to quality gender affirming health and surgical care. CTMS is Mount Sinai’s large, interdisciplinary transgender health … Continue reading “Transgender doc ‘Born to Be’ opens in Chicago 11.20”

‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro

Felix Piñeiro has signed on to direct ​Doll Eyes​ written by award-winning screenwriter Amir Mohabbat. The horror film follows a developmentally disabled man who protects his sister from an abuser with “unique, desired eyes.” Piñeiro is a two-time DCASE Grant recipient and Finalist for the 2018 Chicago Filmmaker in Residence Award. His latest project is … Continue reading “‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro”

Kerrygold embraces family moments in new Xmas spot

The last two days of news are making the Reel Chicago team wonder if Energy BBDO  has a secret farm somewhere. In the agency’s new Kerrygold butter spot the Irish dairy brand celebrates people coming together and enjoying small moments over a home-cooked meal. The campaign, which launched yesterday, is supported by a new film … Continue reading “Kerrygold embraces family moments in new Xmas spot”

ECHO BOOMERS Chicago Premiere with Seth Savoy Q&A

Echo Boomers, the crime drama feature starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Knives Out, Nocturnal Animals, The Shape of Water) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) holds its Chicago Premiere at the ChiTown Drive-in followed by a live zoom Q&A with director Seth Savoy.  The story follows a crime ring breaking into the homes of … Continue reading “ECHO BOOMERS Chicago Premiere with Seth Savoy Q&A”

Social Justice Screenwriting Virtual Pitch Competition

The Chicago Film Office and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will host the Social Justice Screenwriting Pitch Competition, to be held online at Facebook Live Saturday, November 7, at 3pm CST The Law offices of Hal “Corky” Kessler and the Chicago Film Office present the Chicago Social Justice Screenwriting Competition. This competition aims … Continue reading “Social Justice Screenwriting Virtual Pitch Competition”

Tenacious D covers infamous ‘Time Warp’ for election

Let’s do the time warp againnnn… Pandemic style. Tenacious D covers the infamous popular rack of Rocky Horror Picture Show ‘Time Warp’. It’s the fourth song in the cult classic movie musical, and the one sung by Riff Raff, Magenta and Columbia just as Brad and Janet have entered Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s creepy castle. The song … Continue reading “Tenacious D covers infamous ‘Time Warp’ for election”

‘Dreaming Grand Avenue’ director Hugh Schulze

Dreaming Grand Avenue, produced by Newcity’s Chicago Film Project, is the story of Maggie and Jimmy, who have never met, but they keep showing up in each other’s dreams. As they navigate memories, traumas, hopes and desires in sleep and the waking world, they’ll discover the truth of their linked destiny with the help of … Continue reading “‘Dreaming Grand Avenue’ director Hugh Schulze”

McDonald’s sweetens up breakfast with McCafé Bakery

Wake up and smell the…cinnamon rolls! For nearly five decades, McDonald’s is sharing some sweet news to give fans even more ways to experience the breakfast they love at McDonald’s with the new McCafé Bakery lineup.  Beginning Wednesday, October 28, customers can enjoy a new Apple Fritter, Blueberry Muffin or Cinnamon Roll at breakfast time … Continue reading “McDonald’s sweetens up breakfast with McCafé Bakery”

Saban Films releases trailer for ‘Echo Boomers’

The trailer for Echo Boomers, the crime drama feature starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Knives Out, Nocturnal Animals, The Shape of Water) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) has been released.  The story follows a crime ring breaking into the homes of Chicago’s most wealthy and destroying what they don’t steal. ALSO … Continue reading “Saban Films releases trailer for ‘Echo Boomers’”

J Balvin’s famous order is next up on McDonald’s menus

ALSO READ: Travis Scott & McDonald’s launch multi-tier collaboration After last month’s much-buzzed about celebrity menu collaboration, the Golden Arches are bringing customers the “Vibras.” McDonald’s is adding award-winning Reggaeton global ambassador J Balvin’s go-to order to its U.S. menu. The J Balvin Meal features a Big Mac sandwich, medium World Famous Fries with ketchup, … Continue reading “J Balvin’s famous order is next up on McDonald’s menus”

2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete list … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”

‘Echo Boomers’ picked up by Saban Films

The Chicago Feature Echo Boomers has found its home with Saban Films. The company has acquired the North American distribution rights to Seth Savoy’s directorial debut before the opening of the Toronto film market. The term “echo boomer” stands synonymous with millennial. Disillusioned by a world where economic odds seem stacked against them, the film’s … Continue reading “‘Echo Boomers’ picked up by Saban Films”

Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup

Reeling will celebrate its 38th anniversary this fall with a new virtual edition of the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. Showing 30 features, 54 shorts across eight shorts programs from 21 countries, Reeling will offer home viewers access to new films not currently available on commercial streaming platforms. Over the course of 11 days – … Continue reading “Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup”

Chicago launches Snapchat Lens to encourage masks

The City of Chicago today launched another engagement tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago and encourage mask wearing—a Snapchat lens. The social media platform is popular amongst Millennials and Gen Zers, a demographic that has seen a recent rise in case numbers in Chicago, and which the City believes is key to … Continue reading “Chicago launches Snapchat Lens to encourage masks”

Chicago’s new and reimagined World Music Events

The Year of Chicago Music will celebrate Chicago’s Jazz and World Music Festivals with virtual performances over the Labor Day holiday and Sundays throughout September. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced today new and reimagined Jazz and World Music events as part of the Year of … Continue reading “Chicago’s new and reimagined World Music Events”

West Side HS invites Chicago Police to join rowing team

A Most Beautiful Thing, a documentary film that chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in the nation made up of young men from the West Side of Chicago, is set to launch exclusively on Peacock on Friday, Sept. 4. Based on Arshay Cooper’s memoir of the same name, the powerful documentary is … Continue reading “West Side HS invites Chicago Police to join rowing team”

Zakat and mothers hold Anti-Police Violence Rally

Zakat Foundation of America, in partnership with Our Lady of Suyapa Sanctuary and Readi Chicago, a Heartland Alliance program, is taking to the streets. Armed with peace and prayer, mothers lift up their voices as people who have lost their children to police brutality, gathering August 8 at the Daley Plaza. “When George Floyd cried … Continue reading “Zakat and mothers hold Anti-Police Violence Rally”

WTTW tonight Eastland: The Shipwreck That Shook America

With sound and editing by Andrew Twiss, score by Steve Rashid, and additional design and surround sound by Sam Fishkin, EASTLAND features rare footage from the day of the disaster and CGI enhanced re-creations of the event that occurred in the Chicago River 105 years ago today. EASTLAND: THE SHIPWRECK THAT SHOOK AMERICA is the … Continue reading “WTTW tonight Eastland: The Shipwreck That Shook America”

Oprah Winfrey, Lionsgate, NY Times adapt 1619 Project

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate Join Forces With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times to Adapt the Acclaimed 1619 Project Into a Portfolio of Films, Television Programming & Other Content Across All Studio Platforms Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times have chosen global content leader Lionsgate to be the home for … Continue reading “Oprah Winfrey, Lionsgate, NY Times adapt 1619 Project”

Cinespace releases their Production Safety Guidelines

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios has released their own set of Production Safety Guidelines and announced their partnership with ServPro, which will be the exclusive cleaning service allowed on campus.  These updates come as the City and State move further into Phase 3 of Re-opening. Among the industries reopening- with strict safety guidelines- are: childcare businesses, libraries, bars and outdoor dining at restaurants.  Cinespace president, … Continue reading “Cinespace releases their Production Safety Guidelines”

Viola Davis narrates Leo Burnett’s first work for BOA

Created by Leo Burnett in partnership with Groupe Connect—Leo Burnett’s first work for Bank of America—this spot is a lesson in how creative decisions can work in service of the message it imparts. The spot shows familiar sights throughout American households and neighborhoods, as the sound of string instruments swells behind a powerful statement. “The … Continue reading “Viola Davis narrates Leo Burnett’s first work for BOA”

WGN Reporter assaulted during live shoot

Over the last four years, it has become increasingly acceptable in some circles to assault and threaten journalists and on-air reporters. Of course, when you are egged on and visibly supported by the most powerful man in the country to do so, why not right? WGN reporter Gaynor Hall was delivering a weather update in … Continue reading “WGN Reporter assaulted during live shoot”

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”

Remembering John Prine 10.10.46 – 04.07.20

(Editor’s Note: Maywood, Illinois’ John Prine died on April 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Music journalist Morgan Enos, who has bylines in Billboard, TIDAL and Vinyl Me wrote this piece that first appeared in the Grammy Newsletter about Prine’s legacy.) John Prine got his most famous acknowledgment from Bob Dylan, who praised his songs as “Proustian … Continue reading “Remembering John Prine 10.10.46 – 04.07.20”

Meet the brains behind Mind Exchange Music

As productions across the globe come to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, most filmmakers have found themselves with a lot of time on their hands. Some have turned to sourdough bread baking and Tiger King, while others have decided to revisit back-burnered personal projects. Around the country, temporarily shelved footage has been brought to … Continue reading “Meet the brains behind Mind Exchange Music”

McDonald’s offers ‘Thank You Meals’ to first responders

In appreciation for the healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are committed to our health and safety, McDonald’s will offer free Thank You Meals, between Wednesday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 5, as a token of appreciation for their selfless service. While the majority of America is staying home, McDonald’s has remained open, with our franchisees and … Continue reading “McDonald’s offers ‘Thank You Meals’ to first responders”

Submit for Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love is Blind’ here

Single Chicagoans, here’s your chance to be cast on the second season of the popular Netflix Show Love is Blind. The first season of took viewers by storm with its absurd premise: Is Love Blind? Can a group of single men and women, having only spoken through a wall, never seeing one another face to … Continue reading “Submit for Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love is Blind’ here”

‘Echo Boomers’ wraps in Chicago, moves to post

You may not be as familiar with the term from which Echo Boomers gets its title as you are with “generation Y,” or the all too ubiquitous “millennials.” As the children of Baby Boomers, our lives have echoed out from theirs.   It’s no secret our generation gets a lot of grief, and it stands to … Continue reading “‘Echo Boomers’ wraps in Chicago, moves to post”

SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed

Pepe Vargas, the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival sadly announced the postponement of the 36th annual festival. Due to the concerns for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the festival originally scheduled to open on April 16 through April 30 at AMC River East 21 Theatres, will be pushed to … Continue reading “SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed”

Motion salutes Women’s Day with ‘Our Focus Our Future’

The Motion Agency celebrated International Women’s Day by inviting dozens of industry guests to a panel discussion and networking event titled, “Our Focus Our Future,” at their River North office on Friday afternoon. Described as “20 Women Leading the Way in 2020,” the highlight of the program featured nearly two-dozen female executives and entrepreneurs answering … Continue reading “Motion salutes Women’s Day with ‘Our Focus Our Future’”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

Twelve screenwriters have been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, to take place March 4-5, 2020. One of the students selected is Chicagoan, Jason Park. The Intensive, a two-day workshop for select emerging writers and writer/directors from underrepresented communities, focuses on the development of first fiction features. Fellows … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

Victoria Lee, writer, creator, cellist

Victoria Lee, director and producer, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Writer, creator and … Continue reading “Victoria Lee, writer, creator, cellist”

Goldwyn gets ‘Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band’

Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Tod Lending’s feature documentary Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band (aka Saul & Ruby, To Life!). The film debuted and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Jewish Film Festival this January and features Holocaust survivors and band members Saul … Continue reading “Goldwyn gets ‘Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band’”

Panorama LatinX Showcase at Siskel Center, Feb 1

Through a juried selection process, seven films have been selected out of over 40 entries to create the Gene Siskel Film Center’s second edition of the Panorama Latinx Short Film Showcase. The event takes place at 8:00 pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art … Continue reading “Panorama LatinX Showcase at Siskel Center, Feb 1”

2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news

Elevated Films’ 2nd Annual Chicago Shorts Night will light up the Chop Shop in Wicker Park on Wednesday, January 15th at 6 p.m. The special screening features ten Chicago-connected short films in a 100-year-old former auto body shop that is now the Windy City’s only sustainable butcher + deli + restaurant + bar. Be a … Continue reading “2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news”

Biscuit stars in new spot by EP+Co and Quriosity

Quriosity Productions captured the beauty of breakfast in a new commercial for Bojangles restaurant by New York and Greenville-based agency EP+Co. Directed by Mike Maes, the 30-second Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit is one of several TV and online spots designed to create a new look for the legendary franchise. The work is part of … Continue reading “Biscuit stars in new spot by EP+Co and Quriosity”

Fusion92 helps IG reach customers with Red Sheep

New spot directed by Julian Acosta “exceeds expectations” while challenging traders IG US, along with its Chicago-based creative agency, Fusion92, released an anthem video featuring an iconic red sheep to introduce their brand into the U.S. forex trading market. Challenging forex traders to join IG and separate from the pack of standard forex trading options, … Continue reading “Fusion92 helps IG reach customers with Red Sheep”

BOO! DDB drops first Skittles Halloween spot in 5 years

The Blair Witch would be proud. Or at least laugh her wrinkly, green ass off. Some of the best and most innovative advertising to come out of Chicago, and let’s be real – strangest, is the Skittles work from DDB Chicago. Whether it’s throwing a broadway halftime show with Michael C. Hall or screening a … Continue reading “BOO! DDB drops first Skittles Halloween spot in 5 years”

The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival

First-ever global event launches with inaugural screening at Empirical Brewery on October 17 Fresh off the fifth consecutive year of hosting its 60-Second Film Festival as part of the Ravenswood Art Walk, Big Teeth Productions is expanding further into the world of film festival production with the launch of the Big Teeth Small Shorts Film … Continue reading “The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival”

Kartemquin announces recipients of $90K in grants

A dozen documentary projects will share rewards of Diverse Voices and Emerging Storyteller Fund grants Kartemquin Films today announced the 12 documentary projects that will receive their 2019 Diverse Voices Accelerator Fund and Emerging Storyteller Fund grants. Both grants are designed to provide funding towards emerging filmmakers who are currently enrolled or who have previously … Continue reading “Kartemquin announces recipients of $90K in grants”

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

Master Classes with Oscar and Sundance winners are just a few of the events scheduled for October 17-20 program     The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the program for Industry Days (October 17-20, 2019) with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.   A … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda”

Burnett, Sarofsky kick off new Pedialyte campaign

Gator-who? Power-what? I did not know this. Apparently for the last 50 years, Pedialyte, from Abbott Park, IL-based Abbott, has served as the go-to rehydration solution for athletes. A huge Pedialyte fan, Cleveland Browns wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. has teamed up with the over-the-counter brand to tell the story of its unprecedented rehydration results. … Continue reading “Burnett, Sarofsky kick off new Pedialyte campaign”

Serena Williams shines spotlight on financial abuse

Domestic violence affects one in four women in America, and even though financial abuse is present in 99% of domestic violence situations, it’s seldom discussed and commonly misunderstood. The fact that nearly 50% of Americans are unaware that financial abuse is a form of domestic violence is staggering. Combine that with nearly one-third find the … Continue reading “Serena Williams shines spotlight on financial abuse”

mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign

‘3 PM Slump’ delivers the kind of quick humor that is destined for internet memehood Office workers succumb to a corporate form of zombification in Slump, a new spot by mcgarrybowen for P3 Portable Protein Packs. Stricken by the energy sapping late afternoon, they drop like dominoes in the elevator, at their desks, and all … Continue reading “mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign”

Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day

Chicago Film Studio partners with PAWS Chicago to spread awareness and showcase “amazing pets” available for adoption   Production at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios was temporarily disrupted yesterday when a half-dozen dogs appeared in a patch of grass at Rockwell and 16th. Frolicking, rolling around, and generally being adorable without really trying, the pooches were … Continue reading “Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day”

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”

Banner unveils new video for Google’s Chicago lobby

“The Living Street Art” is a 40-foot-long kinetic canvas featuring “Pinch” and a collection of “fairy tale monsters” Chicago-based video production company Banner Collective unveiled its latest creation for the lobby wall in Google’s Fulton Market office yesterday. Titled, The Living Street Art, the animated piece features work by Chicago artists Elloo and Penny Pinch. … Continue reading “Banner unveils new video for Google’s Chicago lobby”

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”

Fusion92 “lunches” new campaign for Buddig

New hyper-targeted marketing push looks to redefine “lunchtime” Lunch is actually my favorite meal of the day. Who doesn’t like a good sandwich? Apparently Carl Buddig and his brand Buddig, along with newly appointed AOR, Fusion92 do. The brand and agency have launched a national integrated campaign aimed at capturing the imagination of lunchmeat eaters … Continue reading “Fusion92 “lunches” new campaign for Buddig”

Animated film helps eradicate dog violence

After screening for a sold-out crowd at Studio Movie Grill, the powerful story of ‘Chance’ heads to more than ten markets nationwide Chicago Director Kenny Roy teamed up with writer Kenny Young to create Chance, an animated film about a peaceful puppy who gets “torn away from his family and sold into the dark and … Continue reading “Animated film helps eradicate dog violence”

Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley

The woman who helped Illinois make hundreds of TV shows and generate $2.5 billion in revenue talks about the ever-changing Midwestern filmscape Christine Dudley joined the Illinois Film Office at the exact time when the Illinois Film Office needed Christine Dudley. Combining exceptional legislative knowledge with a “modest background in production,” she helped guide the … Continue reading “Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley”

Escape Pod & Merrick Pet Care launch ‘The Barklorette’

Did you know that according to, 75% of women now say they wouldn’t date someone without their dog’s approval? True story. Apparently, dogs are in charge even when it comes to their pet parents dating habits. So, The Escape Pod and Merrick Pet Care have decided to put that to the test. Last Monday, … Continue reading “Escape Pod & Merrick Pet Care launch ‘The Barklorette’”

Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’

South Side native who plays Darnell describes the opportunity as an “important” and “beautiful” homecoming. Veteran actor Rolando Boyce has joined the cast of Showtime’s The Chi for season 2 as Darnell, Jacob Latimore (Emmett’s) father. Boyce is a native of the South Side and a veteran of the Windy City theater scene. He started … Continue reading “Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’”

Kraft puts gender pay gap into nut bags

NUT-rition teams up with Laura Dern, mcgarrybowen, Whitehouse, and Another Country to shine a light on pay inequality on National Equal Pay Day NUT-rition is a brand that believes women should demand more — more from their snacks and more from their lives. But women today face bigger issues than finding the right snack. On … Continue reading “Kraft puts gender pay gap into nut bags”

9th Chicago Comedy Film Festival, April 5-7

With nearly three-dozen films for about $12 apiece, the program offers top-notch viewing for comedy lovers The Chicago Comedy Film Festival has released an all-star lineup for its 9th annual run, April 5th – 7th, at Columbia College Chicago. Fred Armisen, Mel Brooks, Angela Kinsey, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollack, Jaleel White, and Fred Willard are … Continue reading “9th Chicago Comedy Film Festival, April 5-7”

Valerie Gobos, film & entertainment pro

Meet the woman who has gone “full circle” — actress, singer, dancer, model, producer, and film entrepreneur Valerie Gobos heads Gobos Film & Entertainment, working with a wide variety of directors, producers, animators, visual effects artists, editors, photographers musicians, authors and screenplay writers around the world, for advertising, television, film, and entertainment. Gobos has handled … Continue reading “Valerie Gobos, film & entertainment pro”

Banner resurrects a bird for the Blackhawks

Complete with a bird costume and a giant egg, the story is as stupefying as the facial expressions on the “actors” Chicago production company Banner Collective parodied Eagle Insurance’s classically horrendous 1993 Eagleman commercial for a new Chicago Blackhawks spot. Starring former team members Patrick Sharp and Adam Burish, the 36-second commercial is, structurally, an … Continue reading “Banner resurrects a bird for the Blackhawks”

French Butter gives Thomas’ English Muffins a twist

Minneapolis-based MONO speaks to the “Mom Boss” in a colorful, unapologetic new campaign Thomas’, the number-one selling English Muffin brand in America, has launched a national ad campaign, Wake up to what’s possible. This work marks the introduction of a refreshed brand look and feel, which leans into Thomas’ distinct orange but incorporates a brighter … Continue reading “French Butter gives Thomas’ English Muffins a twist”

SRW celebrates better-for-you food offerings

SRW — an independent, full-service marketing agency with a penchant for growing natural health and wellness brands — announced it has partnered with Calbee North America, creators of Harvest Snaps and other yummy plant-based snacks, and Path of Life, masters of delicious Quinoa dishes, to build awareness and drive US sales for their respective better-for-you … Continue reading “SRW celebrates better-for-you food offerings”

The Colonie gets happy with Advocate campaign

Editor Tom Pastorelle cut a trio of Advocate Aurora Health spots created by MERGE and set to the theme song from The Partridge Family The Colonie editor Tom Pastorelle recently partnered with MERGE on a broadcast and web campaign for Advocate Aurora Health, one of the largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country. The … Continue reading “The Colonie gets happy with Advocate campaign”

Reel Black List: Anre’ Brownlee, fashion designer

Self-taught fashion designer enjoys notable success across the continent, but prefers to work in Chicago Anre’ Brownlee is a self-taught fashion and costume designer with a background in makeup artistry and photography. For over 25 years, the Chicago native has been engulfed in the world of fashion and design. Brownlee also knows how to sew, … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Anre’ Brownlee, fashion designer”

The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LIII commercials

The term “sucked” could have applied to the parade of mediocre, ho-hum spots that aired during Sunday’s big game. And so ends another Super Bowl season. The build up of anticipated commercials is finally (and mercifully) over until next January. If one were to say Sunday, “Well, that sucked the life out of me,” we … Continue reading “The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LIII commercials”

Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot

The actor pulls off some of the best four-legged humor this side of “Best in Show” in new Super Bowl teaser from Energy BBDO Energy BBDO unleashed a Super Bowl teaser video that features Kristin Chenoweth coaching a trio of canines on the proper way to sing the Avocados from Mexico jingle. The 15-second Chorus … Continue reading “Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot”

Tessa Films adds Director Amanda Speva

Her work in commercials, short films and music videos taps comedy, emotion and storytelling with a distinctively quirky sensibility.   (Chicago & Los Angeles — 12 November 2018) Tessa Films has signed director Amanda Speva to its directorial roster. A native of Chicago, Speva brings a talent for capturing comedy and emotion shaped by a … Continue reading “Tessa Films adds Director Amanda Speva”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: Larger … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

mcgarry brings ‘heartfelt authenticity’ to Hallmark spots

With an abundance of simple yet passionate drama, the agency and the client add life to the #CareEnough initiative mcgarrybowen helped Hallmark Gold Crown travel down roads rarely taken by creating four new spots in support of the online and retail gift company’s #CareEnough initiative. Ranging from 30 to 120 seconds, the series features a … Continue reading “mcgarry brings ‘heartfelt authenticity’ to Hallmark spots”

Social Deviant promotes Nick Daniel to Creative Director

The award-winning Second City grad leads the agency’s CareerBuilder account and, according to CEO Marc Landsberg, “keeps us all laughing” (Chicago — 1 October 2018) Social Deviant, the Chicago-based, full-service creative agency for modern brands, has promoted Nickolas Daniel to Creative Director, effective immediately. Daniel has assumed the creative lead on the CareerBuilder account, which … Continue reading “Social Deviant promotes Nick Daniel to Creative Director”

Hollywood Comes to Chicago — 1979

“Blues Brothers” director John Landis describes impending explosions while scouting locations in John Davies’ vintage short film In 1979, Chicago filmmaker John Davies produced a short titled, Hollywood Comes to Chicago, that featured a tour through the Windy City and its film production industry. He planned to submit the piece to WTTW’s Image Union, a … Continue reading “Hollywood Comes to Chicago — 1979”

WTTW explores Chicago art and design history

New four-part series expores the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Black Metropolis of Art, adverting and outdoor murals (Chicago — 18 September 2018) WTTW, as a part of the yearlong Art Design Chicago initiative, is developing a new four-part documentary series and website in partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art. ART & DESIGN IN CHICAGO … Continue reading “WTTW explores Chicago art and design history”

Big Teeth hosts 4th Annual 60-Second Film Fest

The program will run every 20 minutes with free popcorn and beer at Big Teeth’s Ravenswood studio September 15th & 16th (Chicago — 7 September 2018) For the fourth consecutive year, Big Teeth Productions is playing host to its 60-second film fest as part of the Ravenswood Art walk. This year’s festival will feature 13 … Continue reading “Big Teeth hosts 4th Annual 60-Second Film Fest”

Black Harvest shares a wealth of American culture

The Siskel Center’s annual fest makes it clear: the next big thing in cinema will come from the African American community The Black Harvest Film Festival kicked off with an awards ceremony and a four-movie screening at the Siskel Center last Saturday night. It was followed by a reception at the Joffrey Ballet across the … Continue reading “Black Harvest shares a wealth of American culture”

MIFF presents first-ever juried Female Filmmaker Night

“When we’re talking about issues of gender equality and representation, I think it’s an everybody problem.” Executive Director, Amy Guth For the first time in its history, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will screen a juried selection of work during the annual Female Filmmakers Night celebration, which takes place Tuesday August 7th at Landmark Century … Continue reading “MIFF presents first-ever juried Female Filmmaker Night”

Pearle Vision uses Billie Jean King to inspire

The latest in the “Small Moments” campaign from Energy BBDO breaks from promotional-driven spots in the vision category to capture genuine moments   I got misty-eyed watching this new Pearle Vision spot from Energy BBDO. Brought on board through Energy’s continued partnership with Free the Bid, director Elle Ginter of Sanctuary has delivered an elegant, … Continue reading “Pearle Vision uses Billie Jean King to inspire”

Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless”

Aside from Macy and “Roseanne’s” Laurie Metcalf, Chicago connections went ignored: nothing for “The Chi,” “Empire,” and Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” series   Frank Gallagher is the worst father on TV, but for Two-time Emmy winner William H. Macy, the shiftless dad is pure gold. The talented actor scored his fifth Emmy nomination for his work … Continue reading “Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless””

Allstate, Serena Williams fight domestic abuse

“I am proud to use my voice and influence to bring more awareness to financial abuse” Serena Williams   What if we could share murals of domestic and financial abuse on social media the same way we share, say pictures of our dinner? Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse, together with program ambassador, and tennis champion, Serena … Continue reading “Allstate, Serena Williams fight domestic abuse”

Freak Yeah! Jimmy John’s has gotten like, freaky fast

One of America’s fastest growing fast-food chains, Champaign, IL-based Jimmy John’s has launched an exciting new advertising campaign nationwide. Long known for making sandwiches “freaky fast,” the campaign, created by FCB Chicago, ups the freaky ante by celebrating the brand’s freaky employees and the lengths to which they go to prepare the perfect sandwich. Apparently, … Continue reading “Freak Yeah! Jimmy John’s has gotten like, freaky fast”

MERGE, Quriosity launch new Land O’Frost campaign

A funny new campaign makes a tasty point by bringing sandwich items into a board room conference call   Newly-formed agency Merge Chicago has decided to bring sandwiches to life — literally — for Land O’Frost, a 60-year-old Lansing, IL-based sliced meats brand that is looking to make gains in the grocery aisle and disrupt … Continue reading “MERGE, Quriosity launch new Land O’Frost campaign”

New creative to get your week going — 05.08.18

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a collection of inspiring spots and trailers that got Reel Chicago’s attention.   McDonald’s Agency: Burrell Communications Nothing really spectacular happens in this new breakfast spot for the fast food giant’s Sausage, Egg and Cheese McGriddles, but it just leaves you with a warm feeling as son hustles to meet … Continue reading “New creative to get your week going — 05.08.18”

Jack in the Box introduces “Jackboxicus Major” for May 4

May 4 is synonymous with Star Wars, and also marks “National Space Day.” In celebration of these two pop culture moments, Jack in the Box is making history with fast food’s first-ever constellation — in the shape of Jack Box’s unmistakable head. Move over, Orion, there’s a new constellation in town. Created by the talented … Continue reading “Jack in the Box introduces “Jackboxicus Major” for May 4″

Reel Women: Elise Jaffe, Executive Producer

Elise Jaffe is the “spokes teeth” and Executive Producer of Big Teeth Productions, which she co-owns with her husband Gregg. She’s also known as “Little Miss Bossy Pants,” a title that appeared on her business card BEFORE Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants was published! Elise’s career began in Children’s Television at Reading Rainbow and Blue’s Clues. … Continue reading “Reel Women: Elise Jaffe, Executive Producer”

Big Teeth divides to conquer with two new entities

(Chicago — 12 April 2008) Big Teeth Productions has moved to divide the 12-year old company into two separate entities: Big Teeth Films and Big Teeth Animation. Both will continue to operate at their 2,000 square foot studio located in Chicago’s growing Ravenswood Corridor. The move allows Big Teeth to refine its focus and offerings … Continue reading “Big Teeth divides to conquer with two new entities”

Opening night excitement at Chicago Latino Film Fest

Opening night of the Chicago Latino Film Festival delivered every sight, sound, taste, and emotion that a cinematic soiree should. Beginning with the Chicago premiere of writer / director Raúl Marchand’s hilarious and nostalgic Broche de Oro: Comienzos, the evening showcased all the vibrancy and excitement that makes Latino culture such an excellent part of … Continue reading “Opening night excitement at Chicago Latino Film Fest”

Pacifico’s new campaign advises, “live life anchors up”

Hey dudes and dudettes, Cramer-Krasselt has launched the first national integrated campaign for Pacifico Beer. The brand was developed in 1900 and brought to Baja, California in the 1970s by surfers. It’s a long-time west coast favorite and is now one of the fastest-growing brands in the Constellation portfolio (Corona, Modelo). Poised at the intersection … Continue reading “Pacifico’s new campaign advises, “live life anchors up””

“A Tragedy,” “Blow Job” highlight MIFF shorts program

It’s a new month, and that means we are only days away from they Midwest Independent Film Festival’s monthly First Tuesday screening. Hosted by the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmakers, the event provides audiences with regionally produced independent cinema.     Led by the world premiere of A Tragedy, the … Continue reading ““A Tragedy,” “Blow Job” highlight MIFF shorts program”

The Reel Black List: Jeff Morrow, Vocal Music Producer

Jeff Morrow is an accomplished singer, vocal producer, voice-over artist, arranger, voice coach and contractor. He is currently the vocal producer for the hit Fox TV show Empire. This past summer he worked as the vocal contractor and toured with Aretha Franklin. He has worked with Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, Janelle Monae, Michael Bolton, Celine … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Jeff Morrow, Vocal Music Producer”

Cramer-Krasselt & Porsche cobble together a visceral spot

Well, this Reel Ad of the Week from Cramer-Krasselt made me smile. I was not aware of perhaps the coolest Italian cobbler this side of Geppetto, but Porsche USA and Cramer-Krasselt have now introduced me to the legendary artisan Ciccio Liberto. Who is Ciccio Liberto, you ask? (And why do we care?) Well, for over … Continue reading “Cramer-Krasselt & Porsche cobble together a visceral spot”

The Reel Black List: Jim Glover, Creative Director/Writer

Jim Glover has worked for general market and black agencies and his work has always been on the cutting edge, which many believe is why he has won so many accolades in the biz. Jim has had commercials on the Super Bowl, introduced McDonald’s breakfast to America, and convinced conservative Dockers that their khakis were … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Jim Glover, Creative Director/Writer”

Leo B launches first spot for new Serta campaign

Leo Burnett’s first commercial for Serta’s new campaign uses Monty Python styled humor to make an effective selling point. Titled, Rick Blomquist, the spot relies on the narration of a very proper sounding Englishman who talks in an excellent John Cleese kind of way. With an undertone of authority, the voiceover helps set up a … Continue reading “Leo B launches first spot for new Serta campaign”

Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi”

Although Periscope editor Michael Thomas James got a year’s worth of sneak peeks at The Chi while finessing the show’s dailies during the wee hours of most mornings in 2017, he is still enthusiastic about the Showtime series’ premiere on Sunday night. “When I first saw the footage, it got me super excited to be … Continue reading “Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi””

Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news

Viral Chicago series Easy Abby returns for season two Easy Abby, the “Lesbian RomCom Series” that scored more than 30 million views with thirteen episodes in its first season, returns Dec. 15 on Revry, “the world’s first LGBTQ+ digital streaming platform.” Created, written, and directed by Chicago filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton, Easy Abby chronicles the … Continue reading “Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news”

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

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

Global Mechanic inspires kids in PBS vids

Well, this is a fun way to end the week. Long-time animation company, Global Mechanic, has released three of six minute-long video shorts for PBS Kids. With the overarching theme, “You, Me, Community,” the charming and colorful videos were created with the intent to reinforce civic themes such as hope, diversity and inclusion. The first … Continue reading “Global Mechanic inspires kids in PBS vids”

Laughlin Constable offers confidence to boys and girls

Dang, it’s been a rough week. Shootings in Vegas. The orange one passing paper towels like basketballs to homeless Puerto Ricans and Twitter-fighting with the mayor of San Juan. And I’m still scratching my head wondering what the hell is going on with American Horror Story this year. I clearly needed something uplifting to top … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable offers confidence to boys and girls”

“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”

Burnett makes Capri Sun “Legendary”

There is no doubt that reality TV sells. But, if I’m being honest here, advertising has not done a really good job at mimicking “reality-like” situations when it comes to spots. Many times they feel forced. However, Leo Burnett has succeeded thoroughly with a new Capri Sun campaign starring Grammy-winning singer/songwriter John Legend. With a … Continue reading “Burnett makes Capri Sun “Legendary””

It’s official: Qadree Holmes is a “Game Changer”

Quriosity founder and executive producer Qadree Holmes will be honored as a “Game Changer” at the Global Mixx Music & Film Forum this weekend. He is one of ten recipients who will claim the title during the 11th annual two-day music and film conference at the Illinois Institute of Art in River North.

“A Game Changer is someone who has impacted in some way and given back to the community through his or her talent,” says Global Mixx founder Mary L. Datcher. “Q has a great deal of success on the filmmaking side, but he also has mentored younger kids.”

Chance The Rapper, Sandro Miller propel AICP Next Awards

There are certain things you can be sure of when you’re attending an AICP event in LA.

You will see the coolest glasses collection this side of a designer optometrist on Rodeo Drive. You will dance to a DJ spinning old school songs that are so ancient, the sperm and egg that created him had not even connected at the time the song were actually popular. You will see beautiful women killin’ it so hard in their cocktail dresses that they deserve to be ranked by Entertainment Weekly and People’s Red Carpet reporters.

And beards, lots of beards.

LiftMaster’s Battle of the Garage Bands

Minneapolis’ Sin City Escape and Chicago’s Speedfreak rocked hundreds of fans at Liftmaster’s Battle of the Garage Bands competition in Wicker Park’s 1st Ward on Sunday night.

When the music stopped, celebrity rock star judges Dee Snider and Chip Z’Nuff, along with venerable producer Johnny K, decided that the five-piece outfit from Minnesota was the best of the show.

Leo Burnett helps museum goers speak for specimens

Well, we’ve been “voicing” everything from bees to dinosaurs in film and TV for decades now, so why not start doing the same for specimens in museums?

That’s exactly what the Field Museum is doing via an experiential effort from agency, Leo Burnett. Burnett, who already cleaned up at Cannes for their fantastic Art Institute VanGogh Air bnb, is no stranger to bringing a museum’s exhibits to life.

Sarofsky’s design innovation continues to Marvel

Since early May, the Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has taken movie theaters by storm.

With the return of Peter Quill, Rocket, Baby Groot, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and friends to the big screen thanks to screenwriter, director and producer James Gunn, fans of great design worldwide have seized the opportunities to see the talents of Sarofsky — the Chicago-based, design driven production company — shine.

Facebook and Twitter celebrate Harry Potter 20th

Get ready to feel old. Like really old. Today is the official 20th anniversary of the release of the Harry Potter franchise.

The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (later retitled The Sorcerer’s Stone in America), was released 20 years ago, on June 26th, 1997.

To take our minds off the fact that we are closer to becoming dust, Facebook and Twitter have gone all out to celebrate by posting Easter Eggs on user’s social media posts.

Vince Lawrence honored for contribution to house music

Composer and musician Vince Lawrence was officially recognized by the City of Chicago for his role in creating House Music during a ceremony at Millennium Park over the Memorial Day weekend.

An estimated crowd of 40,000 — on hand for the city’s annual Chicago House Party event — cheered as Lawrence took the stage to accept the award with his wife Tara, his mother Jean, his son London and his daughter Yasmine.

“Looking at where we started and where house music stands today,” he said afterwards. “It’s amazing.”

“Drive Slow” preview at Free Spirit Media’s Focus event

Free Spirit Media’s Focus event at The Ivy Room on May 31 will feature “a lot of people and a chance to get together and reflect on a great year,” says Chelsea Corbin, FSM’s development & communication manager.

“It’s a big celebration of media in Chicago,” she adds, “specifically, the youth voice.”

One of the greatest causes for celebration will be a sneak peak at the film series Drive Slow, which was made by ten emerging filmmakers in Free Spirit’s Industry Pathways Certification program.

Corbin describes the group as “super talented.”

Costello’s diary of a director part 5 – an essay

Editor’s Note — Our contributor, Colin Costello, recently enjoyed personal growth by moving from beyond a writer’s traditional role to actually directing and producing his short film, The After Party. We asked Colin to chronicle is journey.

Crowdfunding for your own film may be the most draining part of filmmaking.

Strike that. It IS the most taxing, emotional beatdown you can ever do. It puts a strain on you and your relationships.

Daily Planet president embraces vegan office philosophy

In the course of abstaining from all animal products, including milk and eggs, Daily Planet Productions’ president and dedicated nonmeat-eater Scott Marvel was enlightened by a recent epiphany.

“It dawned on me,” he says. “If I made Daily Planet a vegan company… we would be innovative.”

The ensuing effect of his philosophy on Daily Planet’s staff and operations is documented in a hilarious video — Exciting News from Daily Planet — that the company released yesterday.

Daufenbach Camera hires Schumacher vet Acuna

Veteran technician Michael Acuna joined Chicago-based Daufenbach Camera motion picture equipment rental company in March.

With eleven years experience servicing Chicago’s film industry, the co-owner of the former Schumacher camera brings a wealth of homegrown expertise and local knowledge to one of the only Chicago-based equipment rental houses capable of outfitting large crews with state of the art gear.

Filmmaker van Davis scores feature funding at AFM

Award-winning Chicago filmmaker and screenwriter, Jeffrey van Davis, left the breath-taking panorama of snow-capped mountains of his adopted home of Überlingen, Germany to attend the sand and ocean of the American Film Market last week in Santa Monica.

Van Davis’ trip was successful, as an undisclosed investor signed to bring his lauded screenplay, “The Hotel Room,” to the screen.

New positions for One at Optimus’ Mueller, Jubinski

Two producer promotions at One at Optimus: Senior producer Jonah Mueller was named executive producer and associate producer Emma Jubinski to producer, “promotions that are well deserved,” says One at Optimus EP / Managing Director Lisa Masseur.

“Jonah and Emma have played critical roles in our continuing expansion,” Masseur says. “From the start he quickly forged great relationships with our directors and expertly managed technical jobs.”

AICP trains 30 PA recruits for “the real world on set”

Thirty potential production assistants learned what working on a film set and location was all about at AICP Chicago’s annual PA Training Session, held last Saturday at Essanay Studio & Lighting.

The diverse recruits were brought into “the real world on set” by 17 film professionals – called “the best in the business” by AICP chapter president Mark Androw of STORY – organized by freelance commercial producer Marsie Wallach and Dictionary Films’ EP Meghan Maples.

Tribeca taps indie producers to pitch at film market

“Signature Move” producers filmmaker Eugene Sun Park and Brian Hiegglke, publisher of Newcity magazine, were selected as 2016 Tribeca All Access Fellows attending the Tribeca Film Network marketplace part of the April 18-30 Tribeca Film Festival.

Fawzia Mirza’s romantic comedy, “Signature Move: Life, Love & Lady Wrestling” was chosen as one 13 independent film projects — 10 docs and three scripted projects — that will participate in the intense rounds of TFI’s market meet-ups.

Sedelmaier ascends to place in 2016 Ad Hall of Fame

Director Joe Sedelmaier reigned supreme as an advertising game changer, innovator, provocateur, giving America such ground-breaking commercials as Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef” and Federal Express’ “Fast Talking Man” among his incredible output of more than 30 years.

First “Star Wars” shows how far technology’s advanced

For this holiday I am begging people to use technology wisely. Leave your devices alone.  No one needs to get an update from inside the theatre while you are watching “The Force Awakens.”

Not to mention the feeling you will have when the Wookie setting behind you uses “The Force” to Jar-Jar your iPhone somewhere into the nether-reaches of Endor.

Eventful: Special screenings, seminars & festivals

THEATRE TALK SERIES, hosted by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) and the Music Box Theatre, selected “Cartel Land” for its July 10 screening.  Directed by Matthew Heinman, the story is a harrowing look at two vigilante groups their shared enemy, the Mexican drug cartels.

Former Burrell execs produce a warm-hearted short

A pair of Burrell Communications alums turned their talents to narrative film, producing the short “Raggedy Man,” a seasonal, lighthearted tale of a homeless man begging food in neighborhood diner, who catches the attention and eventually the heart of a beautiful woman. 

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.

Daufenbach Camera opens branch in Santa Fe Studios

When Chicago film businesses set out to expand their services they traditionally head west, to the L.A. area.  Moving west was also Lawrence Daufenbach’s plan, except that his destination was long standing Southwest artists community Santa Fe, N.M. where his camera rental company is in the process of establishing its first branch operation.  

New business and a high rating for Burnett

CHICAGO’S BIGGEST AGENCY, Leo Burnett, fittingly starts the New Year news cycle off with two noteworthy achievements.  The first: This month the Chicago agency takes over all ad duties for GM’s Chevy Silverado, which had been with Detroit’s recently formed Commonwealth comprised of teams from Omnicom Group and Interpublic.

Burnett will work on both new Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks.  The agency’s relationship with General Motors goes back to 19967.

Spot follows real life in Miller Lite’s “The Race”

Two guys from multicultural agency Commonground, which has a diverse group of creatives, from Millennials to Baby Boomers got into a friendly debate about which of the two represented the best generation, the Gen Xer or the Gen Yer. 

The discussion between the Gen Xer, VP/creative director Mike Williams and younger Gen Y copywriter Nate DeLeon picked up good natured steam culminating in one of them saying, let’s take it to the street, let’s race. 

Mini-cams amplify action in 426 Inc.-Optimus spot

In a TV commercial, demonstrating brake rotors – aka brake discs, as important to stopping a vehicle as brake pads — can be a snore or as exciting as the one multi-platform agency 426 Inc. produced for its client.

Their 60-second spot for Reactive One Performance brake rotors shot in California and finished at Optimus, plays on the National Auto Parts Association’s (NAPA) website, where the product is being sold.

Big Ten Network ramps up production with new docs

Two new weekly shows are establishing the five-year-old, Chicago-based Big Ten Network as a regular producer of sports documentaries.

Operating out of offices in the old Montgomery Ward building at 618 W. Chicago, and equipped with a four-camera studio and 12 editing bays, BTN has really ramped up production with a quick filming/editing turnaround via the 10-week “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012.”

NBC5 projects year-round work for Bears star Marshall

NBC5 management believes star Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is such a good catch that his telegenic work for the station will continue throughout next off-season.

Marshall’s smile and affable manner has lit up the 45-minute post-newscast “Sports Sunday” segment since the start of the NFL season. But with the blessing of top NBC5 executives, executive sports producer Geoff Glick projects Marshall to roam far and wide from football for video work in 2013.

DDB quietly absorbs Element 79; Williams to depart

Let’s put it this way. It wasn’t a good sign.

Quietly.  Ever so quietly, the deed was done.  Not in the dark of night, exactly.  But quietly.  So as not to disturb any positive thoughts gestating out there about the state of the Chicago advertising industry.

Yeah.  Maybe we were guilty of being too distracted by the fun and possibilities attached to the launch of the Pompous Society, a happy way to suggest there is maybe still some life in the old ad business here after all.

Secret Frequency founder/sound designer Jeff Van Steen

Jeff Van Steen, founder/creative director of Secret Frequency, the respected pioneer of sound design, audio engineer and composer of commercial tracks, died Aug. 22 in his home in Santa Fe, where he had been living while recuperating from multiple abdominal surgeries he had undergone in 2011.  He was 53.

Mr. Van Steen was widely recognized for his talent, vision, his amazing speed and accuracy, his wit, brilliance and generosity, said his many friends and colleagues.

Four revolutionary ways to reach an indie audience

The days of begging distributors to take your work is over.  The days of receiving no money for your work is over.  Now, exciting new ways are emerging to reach an audience.

If you are an independent filmmaker, you must join this revolution in the cloud and stake out your own digital turf.  Get engaged with authentic conversations with your viewers and allow them a seamless and exciting digital cinema experience. 

Daufenbach Camera puts $500K into space, services

Daufenbach Camera is continuing its efforts to build up Midwest work with a $500,000 investment in expanded space and inventory.  “We want to let Hollywood producers know we’ve got all the gear here so there is no need for them to fly equipment in,” says owner/cameraman Lawrence Daufenbach.   

Wexler wraps ‘Roundabout American’ comedy feature

WRITER/DIRECTOR BORIS WEXLER of Escape Films has wrapped postproduction on the feature comedy Roundabout American starring French actor Edouard Giard as a young French chef who opens an escort service out of a Chicago pizza joint.

Julian Grant, whose music drama Fall Away Wexler produced last year, produced Roundabout American for less than $200,000. 

Wexler based the script in part on his own experience coming to Chicago from his native France.

No surprise: Rosie show returns to New Yawk

So five months after it all began, the ill-fated “The Rosie Show” looks to be near its end — at least as a Chicago-based production.

Rumors first surfaced late Tuesday on the Huffington Post that  Rosie O’Donnell is set to move herself and what’s left of her show (which is not much) to New York City.

A “Rosie Show” spokesperson hasn’t refuted the rumor. That surely means O’Donnell’s bags are already packed and her ticket punched back to the Big Apple. Which is where the show should have been done in the first place, if it was to have had any chance of success.

Musical producer returns to Broadway with new show

DAVID GARFINKLE’S FIRST BROADWAY outing provided thrills, chills, and some unfortunate spills. But the Highland Park entertainment lawyer who was the original lead producer on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has shaken off the cobwebs of bad press to return to Broadway with Ghost: The Musical.