gyro lays off 5% of U.S. staff

B-to-b agency gyro, a part of Dentsu Aegis Network, reportedly went through a round of layoffs at the beginning of May, according to AgencySpy. The report says approximately 5% of the team in gyro’s U.S. offices, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, New York and San Franciso, were affected. Apparently, Kash Sree, New York’s creative lead was … Continue reading “gyro lays off 5% of U.S. staff”

gyro named ‘2018 Global B2B Agency of the Year’ by ANA

Congrats are in order for the team at gyro as they were just named the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) 2018 Global B2B Agency of the Year. The award was presented at the B2 International Awards ceremony in Chicago during the ANA’s annual conference on June 7. It marks the fourth time in the past … Continue reading “gyro named ‘2018 Global B2B Agency of the Year’ by ANA”

gyro offers bottles of hope for World Wish Day

To remind us that 89 percent of health professionals believe hope can have positive psychological benefits for children diagnosed with critical illnesses, Make-A-Wish Illinois teamed with the Chicago and Denver offices of gyro to create a dynamic “Hope is Medicine” awareness-installation event at Pioneer Court. Ahead of World Wish Day, which occurred on April 29, … Continue reading “gyro offers bottles of hope for World Wish Day”

Grant Thornton makes do with gyro jargon

The caddie’s annoying spiel represents the kind of empty gibberish that customers would never hear from Grant Thornton   gyro Chicago/Denver makes an effective point with a string of whispered clichés in a new commercial for Grant Thornton starring American pro golfer Rickie Fowler. Titled, Jargon Caddie, the spot “brings golf and business lingo together” … Continue reading “Grant Thornton makes do with gyro jargon”

gyro and Make-A-Wish offer a teaspoon of hope

gyro Chicago/Denver has brought the Make-A-Wish Foundation to life by transforming the organization’s name into the tagline. Make A Wish. This bright, beautiful campaign highlights the foundation’s core idea and heart. Many kids live beyond their illnesses, and a wish granted is often a critical turning point for them. The opportunity to meet a princess … Continue reading “gyro and Make-A-Wish offer a teaspoon of hope”

gyro study reveals dynamics among B2B decision makers

We’ve all been there. Despite the herculean effort your agency put forth, you lost the pitch. As the team meets for a deep dive as to find out what went wrong or came up short, the reality is that influencing one person is difficult. But, influencing the five-plus decision-makers responsible for a major business-to-business purchase … Continue reading “gyro study reveals dynamics among B2B decision makers”

gyro creates first Sentry spot in over 30 years

In 1984, Ronald Reagan was president. Marvin Gaye passed away. Terms of Endearment won the Oscar for Best Picture. The Celtics beat the Lakers in seven exciting games, and Prince had a little-known hit song called Purple Rain. It’s also around the last time Wisconsin-based Sentry Insurance aired a TV spot. In late December, Sentry … Continue reading “gyro creates first Sentry spot in over 30 years”

gyro creates campaign promise written in concrete

Since I have been covering stories about Chicago ad agencies for Reel over the last year, and with an even more intense effort since Ruth’s passing, I am beginning to rediscover (and get reminded of) how great some of the creative work coming out of the Windy City really is.

This is the case of what Dentsu Aegis Network ad agency, and 2016 Ad Age B2B Agency of the year, gyro has created — an eye-popping USG campaign, which broke six weeks ago in structural engineering trade pubs and online.

Region’s only gyro-stabilized robotic camera arm

Since July, Midwest Camera Car has begun offering the region’s only locally-available gyro-stabilized robotic camera arm: a Russian Arm from Toronto-based Filmotechnic Canada.

“This mobile crane can capture moving subjects from just about every angle and speed, and in all weather conditions,” Midwest Camera Car owner Tim Borntrager says.

Borntrager bought Midwest Camera Car in 2006 after driving for the company for two years. Midwest Camera Car also offers a process trailer, tow dolly, and Techno 15, GF8 and Foxy cranes.

FCB Chicago reportedly lays off 5% of staff

FCB Chicago reportedly went through a round of layoffs last week, impacting approximately 5% of employees. According to AgencySpy who reported the moves, a spokesman for the agency issued a statement to Reel Chicago, “Due to changing scopes of work for a few clients impacted heavily by Covid-19 in our Chicago office, our team there … Continue reading “FCB Chicago reportedly lays off 5% of staff”

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”

‘POW!’ Girls in the Game take over Wintrust Building

Since the organization first got its start, Girls in the Game has been helping girls find their voice, discover their strength and achieve the confidence needed to be the game-changers they were born to be. Dedicated to the whole girl, Girls in the Game programs encourage physical and emotional health to promote active minds, bodies and … Continue reading “‘POW!’ Girls in the Game take over Wintrust Building”

‘Stand!’ makes US Premiere at Chicago Jewish Film Fest

Canadian playwright Danny Schur’s musical, Strike!, was doing just fine until film director Robert Adetuyi got his hands on it. An up-tempo depiction of a love story that takes place during the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, the award-winning performance had established itself as a Canadian favorite after premiering in 2005. Now, Strike! has been turned … Continue reading “‘Stand!’ makes US Premiere at Chicago Jewish Film Fest”

Behind the scenes with “South Side’s” Bashir Salahuddin

South Side co-creator Bashir Salahuddin cannot talk for more than a few minutes without mentioning his mother. He name-checks the neighborhoods, the people, and the food that he got to know through her, especially the food. The memories shape his perception of Chicago’s South Side as a thriving mix of faces, places, and restaurants. Energized … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with “South Side’s” Bashir Salahuddin”

BBDO’s ‘Back-to-School’ wins One Screen Short Fest

BBDO New York’s Back-to-School Essentials, created behalf of Sandy Hook Promise, led the way at the eighth annual One Screen Short Film Festival last night, winning three awards including Best-of-Show honors. Short film work from nine countries picked up awards at the The One Club for Creativity event, that celebrates global filmmakers from both the … Continue reading “BBDO’s ‘Back-to-School’ wins One Screen Short Fest”

Tandem and Razorfish mix it up for Patrón

Chicago’s Tandem, Inc. helped Razorfish make learning fun in a new Patrón Tequila online video for National Margarita Day. How To Make the Patrón Classic Margarita turns the beloved cocktail recipe into 30 seconds of energetic footage and bouncy music. The effect lets people know that making Patrón margaritas at home is not only enjoyable, … Continue reading “Tandem and Razorfish mix it up for Patrón”

Ramone Hulet, creative producer

Chicago-based producer Ramone Hulet 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. Ramone Hulet is a … Continue reading “Ramone Hulet, creative producer”

The Colonie’s Keith Kristinat edits ‘Two Dum Micks’

Two Dum Micks — an offbeat comedic short film, written, directed, and produced by D.B. Sweeney and edited by Keith Kristinat at The Colonie – is sweeping the festival circuit with over two dozen first-place awards to date. The story follows Mikey and Mick, played by Sean Astin and Sweeney, a pair of down-and-out guys … Continue reading “The Colonie’s Keith Kristinat edits ‘Two Dum Micks’”

Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell

Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director at Burrell Communications, joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, a 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. Rebecca F. … Continue reading “Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell”

One Club, Spotify partner for Portfolio Night All-Stars

The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, has announced a partnership with Spotify to serve as exclusive sponsor of the club’s 2020 Portfolio Night All-Stars program. Long recognized as the world’s largest advertising portfolio review program, Portfolio Night is a fast-paced evening of advice, networking … Continue reading “One Club, Spotify partner for Portfolio Night All-Stars”

Chicago Filmmakers announces Onion City lineup

Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce the full lineup for the 30th anniversary edition of the Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival, which will take place Thursday, March 12 to Sunday, March 15 at Chicago Filmmakers’ Firehouse Cinema in Edgewater. Featuring an array of beautiful, timely, and formidable works that transcend borders from Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers announces Onion City lineup”

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”

Jewish Film Fest to screen six classics on opening night

In a gesture of mischievous generosity, the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is offering movie lovers a choice of six different films to see on opening night. ET, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Funny Girl, Keeping Up with the Steins, Stand By me, and When Harry Met Sally will energize the launch of the organization’s seventh … Continue reading “Jewish Film Fest to screen six classics on opening night”

Chicago becomes center of basketball universe tonight

In a few short hours, the United Center will become the heart of the basketball universe as hoop fans around the globe witness the thrills of the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night, airing on TNT at 7 p.m. Chicago time. The program will bring together a legion of NBA stars competing in a trio of events: … Continue reading “Chicago becomes center of basketball universe tonight”

‘Sixteen Candles’ ranked as IL’s favorite romantic comedy

Chicago’s favorite romantic comedy is the John Hughes’ classicSixteen Candles, according to a report issued this week by research company Comparitech. The 1984 coming-of-age comedy tells the story of a family that forgets about the 16-year-old birthday of their daughter and sister, Samantha, played by Molly Ringwald. After Samantha’s parents ignore her and her private … Continue reading “‘Sixteen Candles’ ranked as IL’s favorite romantic comedy”

Sneak peek at State Farm’s new ‘Not the One’ spot

After meeting Jake, a new face of State Farm who appeared during the company’s Super Bowl pregame spot, consumers might be wondering where the brand is headed next. Now, the wondering is over, and it was hilariously worth the wait. Launching tomorrow, State Farm’s new multi-year campaign, Like a Good Neighbor, re-envisions how the brand … Continue reading “Sneak peek at State Farm’s new ‘Not the One’ spot”

Chi Comedy Fest to screen ‘Waikiki PD’ at March show

Aaward-winning filmmaker, Jeff Orig, wrote, directed, edited, and produced his first feature film, Waikiki PD, which was just selected for the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. A Creative Lab Hawai’i graduate fellow who participated in the WebSeries Immersive and Motion Picture Immersive program, Orig was mentored by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Executive Producer Bernie Su while … Continue reading “Chi Comedy Fest to screen ‘Waikiki PD’ at March show”

Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series

Jennifer A. Goodman and Ryan Atkins traveled separate journeys before finding one another and partnering up to create Conrad, a highly anticipated Crime Drama television show that recently finished filming in Chicago. Conrad tells the story of Kate Conrad, a rookie police detective in a male-dominated environment who fights to prove the innocence of her … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series”

Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry to speak at Macy’s

Macy’s on State Street will celebrate Black History Month with a screening of the Academy Award-winning short film Hair Love followed by a thoughtful discussion with the film’s writer and director, Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry. The event takes place on February 20 at 6 p.m., Macy’s Narcissus Room, 111 North State St. Hair Love, … Continue reading “Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry to speak at Macy’s”

Bong Joon Ho scores a win for everyone at the Oscars

America showed the world one of the things that it does best during the 92nd annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. Celebrating film with an internationally-televised, star-studded presentation, the country demonstrated beyond a doubt that the best movies on earth come from nowhere else but the good old US of A. Unless, of course, we’re … Continue reading “Bong Joon Ho scores a win for everyone at the Oscars”

rEvolution horses around with Continental Tire

Chicago sports and lifestyle agency rEvolution created a horse mascot with high-flying basketball skills to score mad points for Continental Tire in a new campaign called Inspiring Confidence. The stallion soars over the airways on a 30-second broadcast spot titled, Training Days, and lands on the courts of select arenas in a slam-dunk spectacle called … Continue reading “rEvolution horses around with Continental Tire”

Jonathan Becker helps America ‘Do The Parking Spot’

Director Jonathan Becker pulled out all the stops to create Do The Parking Spot a music video for the Chicago-based travel convenience company of the same name. A customized dance move, an ensemble cast, a crowd-sourced video library, a torrential downpour, an Atlanta parking garaged, and a fleet of bright yellow busses with black spots … Continue reading “Jonathan Becker helps America ‘Do The Parking Spot’”

Lizette Williams, Sr. Director, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing

Lizette Williams, Senior Director, Brand & Content Strategy, U.S. Marketing, is the third honoree to be featured in the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. She joins an esteemed group of artists, entrepreneurs and innovators that includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, … Continue reading “Lizette Williams, Sr. Director, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing”

Vandal LA signs SG+Partners for Midwest Representation

Commercial production company VANDAL has signed Sarah Gitersonke of SG+Partners for exclusive Midwest representation. Director Francis Lawrence — known for his films I Am Legend, Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Apple TV+ phenomenon See — and legacy producer, Heather Heller, founded Vandal in February 2019 with a powerhouse roster. Along with Lawrence, VANDAL represents Scott … Continue reading “Vandal LA signs SG+Partners for Midwest Representation”

In the kitchen with ‘Chicago Med’ artist Dina Cimarusti

Dina Cimarusti is an artist and pastry chef who found her calling through blood and guts. Winner of the Syfy Channel’s 2014 Face Off special effects competition, the native Chicagoan and IATSE Local 476 member now works her magic as a special effects technician with CirqueFX Studio, where her creations frequently appear on NBC’s top-rated … Continue reading “In the kitchen with ‘Chicago Med’ artist Dina Cimarusti”

Chicago Latino Film Festival unveils 2020 poster

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), is proud to announce Turkish artist and graphic designer Yağmur Genç as the winner of the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest. The ILCC received 928 submissions for this year’s contest from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Jamaica, Mexico, The … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Festival unveils 2020 poster”

‘Battle For Hope’ returns to Cubby Bear on May 14

The 8th annual Battle For Hope will return to the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville on May 14. Combining a live musical showcase with a jam-packed industry bash and one of the city’s most rocking fundraisers, the battle of the advertising agency bands has become a bacchanalian pre-summer tradition in the Chicago creative community. Besides live … Continue reading “‘Battle For Hope’ returns to Cubby Bear on May 14”

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival unveils 2020 lineup

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival proudly announces its film selections for the 2020 festival, running February 28 through March 15. This year’s lineup features 52 films at seven venues across the city and suburbs: Cinemark Theater in Evanston, CMX CineBistro and CMX Market at Old Orchard in Skokie, CMX Arlington Heights, the Illinois Holocaust … Continue reading “JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival unveils 2020 lineup”

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ wins Spoken Word Grammy

Former First Lady, native South-Side Chicagoan, and all-around modern-day Renaissance Woman Michelle Obama won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word for her 2018 memoir, Becoming, at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards yesterday. Scoring a stellar 4.6-out-of-5 on Goodreads (369,210 ratings), Becoming is described as, “a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling” that chronicles the … Continue reading “Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ wins Spoken Word Grammy”

Weinstein’s ‘A Missed Connection’ worth the wait

Chicago filmmaker Matthew Weinstein reeled in the years to complete A Missed Connection, a 2019 dramatic short premiering at the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) on February 21 and February 22. A Missed Connection is the story of two former college friends who randomly reconnect at a coffee shop during a long winter night and, … Continue reading “Weinstein’s ‘A Missed Connection’ worth the wait”

AICP short film asks, are you ‘Obsessed With Craft’?

Obsessed with Craft is a new short film released by AICP to promote entries to the AICP Awards — The AICP Show, The AICP Post Awards and The AICP Next Awards. It features the world’s most obsessive crafter talking about her love of craft and her belief that, at its heart, “craft is a symphony … Continue reading “AICP short film asks, are you ‘Obsessed With Craft’?”

Shortlist for 8th annual One Screen Short Film Festival

Shortlisted entries from 15 countries have been announced for the eighth annual One Screen Short Film Festival, the premiere short film festival that celebrates and awards global filmmakers from both commercial advertising and film industries. BBDO New York has the most shortlisted work with eight, including two each for Sandy Hook Promise – Back to … Continue reading “Shortlist for 8th annual One Screen Short Film Festival”

Banner, Blackhawks, Kendall Coyne, and ‘As Fast as Her’

Digital content studio Banner helped the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate hockey and empowerment in an 18-minute film about Kendall Coyne titled, As Fast as Her, which premieres today on the Blackhawks webste. Kendall Coyne became something of international celebrity by placing seventh in the Bridgestone Fastest Skater event during the NHL Skills Competition last year. The … Continue reading “Banner, Blackhawks, Kendall Coyne, and ‘As Fast as Her’”

Bing Liu among United States Artists 2020 USA Fellows

United States Artists (USA) is pleased to announce its 2020 USA Fellows. This year, fifty artists across ten creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards. The award honors their creative accomplishments and supports their ongoing artistic and professional development. The 2020 USA Fellows class is the largest since USA relocated from Los Angeles to … Continue reading “Bing Liu among United States Artists 2020 USA Fellows”

Lanfranco & Cordova release five new One Show spots

Five more humorous spots from Lanfranco & Cordova, NY and Lima, Peru, have been released to promote The One Show 2020 call for entries, deadline January 31, 2020. Playing off the idea that a little bit of luck can help a piece of creative work stand out from all the great competition, Lanfranco & Cordova … Continue reading “Lanfranco & Cordova release five new One Show spots”

City Lights Orchestra celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr

The Chicago-based City Lights Orchestra celebrated the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail in an 11-minute rhapsody composed by Bradley Williams and narrated by Art Hoyle. The piece begins with introspective piano and horns reminiscent of a Miles Davis / Gil Evans collaborations. The melody undulates and swells into a … Continue reading “City Lights Orchestra celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr”

Showtime releases trailer for ‘THE CHI’ season three

In less than two minutes, the new trailer for season three of THE CHI showcases Chicago as one of the most dazzling, diverse, and passionate cities on earth. Cut to the uplifting beat of hometown superstar Lupe Fiasco’s The Show Goes On, layers of the Windy City unfold as skyline views, church celebrations, and family … Continue reading “Showtime releases trailer for ‘THE CHI’ season three”

Showtime to air final season of ‘Shameless’ this summer

Capping off an 11-season run, Showtime’s dramedy series Shameless will air its final episodes this summer. According to Deadline, President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks Gary Levine made the renewal announcement at the Winter TCA Press Tour. “Airing this summer, it will be one last hurrah for the Gallaghers and their unique blend of love … Continue reading “Showtime to air final season of ‘Shameless’ this summer”

Bow + Arrow helps Trickshooter Social Club come alive

Bow + Arrow Films director Ted Lega combined live rock-n-roll with mesmerizing drama to create a retro-flavored video for “If I Could,” a new single by Trickshooter Social Club. In the aesthetic of early MTV, the video turns the music into a backdrop for a story about a girl. Filmed at Chicago’s Harlem Avenue Lounge, … Continue reading “Bow + Arrow helps Trickshooter Social Club come alive”

‘Moving Parts’ to premiere at Siskel Center in January

The Gene Siskel Film Center will screen the Chicago premiere of the award-winning film, Moving Parts, on January 3rd, 6th, and 7th. Sponsored by IFP Chicago, Moving Parts is a narrative feature written and directed by Emilie Upczak. Filmed in the Caribbean and finished in Chicago, it tells the story of Zhenzhen, a Chinese woman … Continue reading “‘Moving Parts’ to premiere at Siskel Center in January”

‘Last Man Fishing’ to launch Chi Film’s ‘Justice January’

This January, Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to present the Chicago premieres of three documentaries that explore current social and political issues around environmental justice, immigration justice, and reproductive justice in a program called Justice January. The films selected for the series — Last Man Fishing, Undeterred, and Our Bodies Our Doctors — reveal personal stories … Continue reading “‘Last Man Fishing’ to launch Chi Film’s ‘Justice January’”

‘Parasite’ tops Chicago Film Critics Awards

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite claimed top honors at the 2019 Chicago Film Critics Awards, which were announced over the weekend. Besides winning Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film, the film also claimed Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Dedicated to quality filmmaking that has something to say about our world, the Chicago Film Critics … Continue reading “‘Parasite’ tops Chicago Film Critics Awards”

Leo Burnett creates Pokémon campaign for Nintendo

Nintendo has debuted a launch film for its highly anticipated new Switch game, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Working with Leo Burnett-Chicago and Framestore Pictures, service production company LS Productions took the high-profile VFX shoot to the Cotswolds. Directed by Murray Butler, the spot shows off Sword and Shield’s gameplay by manifesting the classic Pokémon … Continue reading “Leo Burnett creates Pokémon campaign for Nintendo”

WTTW announces new 2019 holiday programming

WTTW, Chicago’s PBS station, will present a variety of holiday specials and concerts as part of its 2019 holiday programming schedule throughout December. This year’s lineup explores the backgrounds and celebrates the traditions of holidays all over the world, including performances and ensembles as well as specials that examine the contemporary customs of Christmas and … Continue reading “WTTW announces new 2019 holiday programming”

Chaz Ebert named Laureate of Beethoven Spirit Award

The Chicago-based International Beethoven Project (IBP) announced today that entrepreneur, publisher, author, producer, and philanthropist Chaz Ebert is the 2019 Laureate of this year’s Beethoven Spirit Award. The Beethoven Spirit Award is given every year to an accomplished person who has lived a life of humanistic action connected to the arts. The honor is bestowed … Continue reading “Chaz Ebert named Laureate of Beethoven Spirit Award”

Cascio’s ‘A Tribute to Valor’ honors Pearl Harbor vets

Eight years ago, Paolo Cascio began searching for the final survivors who were aboard the USS Arizona during Pearl Harbor to say thank you and honor their heroism through his art, which will be commemorated in the 2021 coffee table book, A Tribute To Valor. The quest marked the beginning of a coast-to-coast journey that … Continue reading “Cascio’s ‘A Tribute to Valor’ honors Pearl Harbor vets”

Ogilvy helps CDW launch ‘Modern Modernization Today’

From Silicon Valley to business media to our culture at-large, talk of the latest trend or the next big thing often results in a lot of fluff and little substance. For people who work in information technology, the pressure to be “future-facing” can be especially intense. Tech solutions provider CDW understands the challenges their IT … Continue reading “Ogilvy helps CDW launch ‘Modern Modernization Today’”

McDonald’s teams up with DJ Shawn Wasabi

Wildly popular DJ Shawn Wasabi takes a break from a gig to fuel up on some McDonald’s in a new spot showcasing the restaurant’s Bacon BBQ Burger and Snickerdoodle McFlurry. Released yesterday, The new Bacon BBQ Burger and Snickerdoodle McFlurry begins and ends with the green-haired sensation entertaining party crowds. In between the action, the … Continue reading “McDonald’s teams up with DJ Shawn Wasabi”

The simple recipe of Phlearn’s blockbuster success

Since launching in 2010, Chicago-based production company Phlearn has attracted nearly two million YouTube subscribers, released thousands of videos, and scored more than a hundred million views. Blockbuster popularity, indeed, but the stats are even more stupefying when you consider the simplicity that drives them. “We make photoshop software tutorials,” explains founder Aaron Nace. “All … Continue reading “The simple recipe of Phlearn’s blockbuster success”

Fallon produces ‘Driving Out Loud’ for Hotels.com

On Tuesday, Hotels.com launched a new content series, Hotels.comedy Presents Driving Out Loud: One Tank Road Trip, as a follow-up to the successful series with Jonathan Van Ness last fall. Both series were produced by Fallon. Driving Out Loud: One Tank Road Trip follows Charly Clive and Emma Sidi, two up-and-coming British comedians, as they … Continue reading “Fallon produces ‘Driving Out Loud’ for Hotels.com”

Interview with Oscar winning-editor Paul Hirsch

Film Editor Paul Hirsch achieved success long before he started working on Planes, Trains & Automobiles in 1987. Besides winning the Academy Award for his work on Star Wars nearly a decade earlier, the native New Yorker had earned a place among the greats for a batch of early 1970s collaborations with Brian DePalma. But … Continue reading “Interview with Oscar winning-editor Paul Hirsch”

mcgarrybown creates a galaxy for United Airlines

mcgarrybowen is bringing consumers together with Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker in a new campaign for United Airlines. Anchored by a Star Wars-themed Boeing 737-800, Fly the Friendly Galaxy includes social outreach, outdoor advertising, a 30-second spot, and an in-flight safety video featuring appearances by characters like C-3PO, R2-D2, and the Stormtroopers. The … Continue reading “mcgarrybown creates a galaxy for United Airlines”

Alexan highlights Chelios Massage in new video

Healing technique comes alive with endorsements from Blackhawk Chris Chelios and Cub Randy Hundley To highlight the power of the Chelios Massage Method, Chicago filmmaker Kamelya Alexan created a promotional video that opens with a testimonial from Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios, a satisfied customer of the technique developed by his sister, Penny. The Chelios Massage … Continue reading “Alexan highlights Chelios Massage in new video”

Behind the scenes with Zack Schor

Former Chicagoan talks about his upcoming role on Amazon’s ‘Hunters,’ starring Al Pacino Actor Zack Schor lost 35 pounds, learned to speak Polish, and worked in a “sobering” recreation of historical brutality while performing his role as a young Meyer Offerman in the 2020 Amazon Prime series, Hunters. Impressive, indeed, but that’s only half the … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with Zack Schor”

Oscar winner Paul Hirsch at Music Box

Editor of ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie,’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ joins James Hughes for Q&A following a special screening of ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ To celebrate the release of his new memoir — A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits—Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller’s Day … Continue reading “Oscar winner Paul Hirsch at Music Box”

Chicago legend Benjamin Marshall celebrated in film

Doc about the Windy City architect regarded as a ‘scandal-free Great Gatsby’ premieres next week at Siskel Center Summarizing the life of a legend like Benjamin Marshall is a daunting task, especially within a half-hour, but the Benjamin Marshall Documentary premiering at the Siskel Film Center on Tuesday rises to the challenge. Combining footage of … Continue reading “Chicago legend Benjamin Marshall celebrated in film”

Mark Pallman signs with Strange Loop Studios

One at Optimus alum joins six-person directorial roster stationed across LA, Minneapolis, and Chicago Production company Strange Loop Studios has announced the addition of Midwest-bred, commercial director, Mark Pallman. Known for infusing light, subtly absurd comedy into everyday routines and scenarios, Pallman has created campaigns for clients such as McDonald’s, US Bank, Esurance, Hefty and … Continue reading “Mark Pallman signs with Strange Loop Studios”

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”

The Mill, Avocado teach kids about sustainability

Production company and sustainable mattress brand join forces to publish ‘The Little Blue Planet,’ a children’s book about the importance of sustainability Production studio The Mill and Avocado Green Mattress have partnered over a shared commitment to sustainability to develop a children’s book called The Little Blue Planet. With the aim of educating children and … Continue reading “The Mill, Avocado teach kids about sustainability”

iComfort is the place to be in new spot by Leo Burnett

Serta’s iconic sheep mascot takes a whimsical trip from sticky sepia to cool blue Leo Burnett offers consumers a journey to a better place in a new commercial for the iComfort by Serta Mattress. An iComfort Story about Cooler Sleep opens with a woman and a sheep in a heat wave. It is 7:30 in … Continue reading “iComfort is the place to be in new spot by Leo Burnett”

Advertising Community Shorts night lineup

Midwest Independent Film Festival’s popular annual industry tradition tomorrow night at Landmark Century The advertising and independent filmmaking communities converge for an inspiring night of short films as First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts its tenth annual Advertising Community Shorts Night on Tuesday, November 5th. The evening will open at 6 p.m. … Continue reading “Advertising Community Shorts night lineup”

‘The Girl Who Wore Freedom’ screens with director Q&A

Director, cast, WWII vet and ‘Band of Brothers’ actor to attend screening of ‘love story’ between French citizens and the Americans GIs who saved them As Americans, we probably know more about World War II than any other war in our history. We have heard about D-Day from movies and stories told by our soldiers … Continue reading “‘The Girl Who Wore Freedom’ screens with director Q&A”

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow

Indoor holiday spirit adds a shimmer to the array of vendors, musicians, and passersby on the sidewalk outside Tomorrow, Macy’s on State Street offers the perfect way for Chicagoans to transform the unseasonably chilly weather into something timely, relevant, and fun. The magnificent store in the Marshall Field’s building will unveil its holiday window display … Continue reading “Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow”

Facets introduces ‘Milos Stehlik Global Impact Award’

Nonprofit film org will honor the life of its founder during the annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Facets’ 36th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is dedicated to the memory of Milos Stehlik, founder and executive director of Facets, who passed away this July. Milos had a dream that film, the most powerful communications … Continue reading “Facets introduces ‘Milos Stehlik Global Impact Award’”

Gavin Kelly adds retro horror look to ‘AHS: 1984’

Cinematographer uses Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 and Light Iron post for American Horror Story Season 9 FX’s American Horror Story series goes retro for Season 9, back to the heyday of low-budget horror classics of the late 1970s and early 1980s in AHS: 1984. Viewers are introduced to a killer who terrorizes camp counselors, but with … Continue reading “Gavin Kelly adds retro horror look to ‘AHS: 1984’”

Study names ‘Martyrs’ Illinois most popular horror movie

Divisive, French, and never-released-in-the-US ‘torture-porn’ scores high with critics and Google searchers A new report published by Comparitech Ltd. says that the most popular horror movie in Illinois is Martyrs, a low-budget French-Canadian production that premiered during the Marché du Film program at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Pascal Laugier, Martyrs … Continue reading “Study names ‘Martyrs’ Illinois most popular horror movie”

ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners

‘Just Mercy,’ ‘And Then We Danced,’ ‘Ready for War’ take top honors at 55th Chicago International Film Festival   The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the winners of the Festival Audience Awards, presented by Xfinity. Voted by Festival-goers, the Audience Award for Best Feature goes to Just Mercy by director Destin Daniel Cretton. The … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners”

Wieden+Kennedy does ‘Chicago Style’ for Nike

Windy City people and pride abound in new 60-second ‘Sport Changes Everything’ commercial Chicago sports, culture, and attitude come to life in a new spot for Nike’s Sport Changes Everything campaign by Wieden+Kennedy. Titled, Chicago Style, the minute-long commercial packs a no-nonsense series of references and metaphors into a food order at a classic Windy … Continue reading “Wieden+Kennedy does ‘Chicago Style’ for Nike”

‘Check, Please!’ returns October 25 for Season 19

WTTW’s restaurant review series will visit Chicago “hot spots and hangouts” with host Alpana Singh WTTW’s Emmy-winning local restaurant review series Check, Please! returns for its 19th season with host Alpana Singh, noted local restaurateur and master sommelier, on Friday, October 25 at 8:00 pm on WTTW11 and wttw.com/checkplease, which also includes video of each … Continue reading “‘Check, Please!’ returns October 25 for Season 19”

DDB brings back original social media – “Miller Time”

So many of us (you know who you are) are more concerned with having thousands of followers than a few good friends. In an engaging new campaign from DDB, the creative agency for Miller Lite, has tapped into this thought and created a campaign that is both engaging, smart and funny as hell. “With this … Continue reading “DDB brings back original social media – “Miller Time””

Interview with ‘Good Kisser’ director Wendy Jo Carlton

Spotlight on the award-winning filmmaker whose ‘lesbian love triangle’ plays Siskel Center October 25-31 Wendy Jo Carlton’s award-winning new film, Good Kisser, follows the evolution of an all-female ménage à trois over the course of a single night. Sexy and fun, no doubt; but like most of Carlton’s work, the love taps into a world … Continue reading “Interview with ‘Good Kisser’ director Wendy Jo Carlton”

Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries

Content competition introduces new categories while seeking submissions from creators of all regions and languages Following its 40th anniversary as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards today opened its annual call for entries, offering several exciting new categories that signal the continued growth in creative approaches … Continue reading “Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries”

Quriosity signs Sarah Gitersonke to rep Midwest

Executive Producer Qadree Holmes “beyond excited” to hire pro with versatile client and production experience Quriosity Productions enthusiastically announced today the newest addition to their team, Sarah Gitersonke, who will represent the company in the Midwest. Gitersonke, owner and agent of directorial and creative representation firm SG+Partners, started in the Chicago production scene in 2006 … Continue reading “Quriosity signs Sarah Gitersonke to rep Midwest”

Queensbury premieres ‘Girl on the Third Floor’

Filmmaking trio brings ‘supernatural skincrawler’ to the Chicago International Film Festival Industry veterans Greg Newman, Nicola Goelzhaeuser, and Giles Edwards joined forces in May to launch Queensbury Pictures, a Chicago- and London-based development and production company specializing in world-class film and TV for traditional and emerging distribution platforms. On Friday night, their mission creepily comes … Continue reading “Queensbury premieres ‘Girl on the Third Floor’”

Tandem founder Tyler Jay to appear on ‘Shark Tank’

Chicago-based film director to pitch Plop Star, “the holy grail of toilet deodorizers” on Sunday, October 20 After sacrificing countless off-work hours transforming a product idea into a marketable reality, Tandem founder Tyler Jay will present the fruits of his labor to American television audiences. On the October 20 episode of ABC’s Shark Tank he … Continue reading “Tandem founder Tyler Jay to appear on ‘Shark Tank’”

Kenneth Tsang accepts lifetime achievement award

“As long as I can stand up and work, I will try to contribute.” Kenneth Tsang Kong Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema festival honored Chinese-born actor and director Kenneth Tsang Kong with a career achievement award before the premiere of The Attorney during the finale of its 2019 Fall Program on Thursday night at AMC River … Continue reading “Kenneth Tsang accepts lifetime achievement award”

Digital Kitchen closes shop, moves to LA

Less than a month after We Are Unlimited lost the McDonald’s account and was folded into DDB, Chicago, comes word that Digital Kitchen is closing its Chicago office Chicago Business Journal reports that the agency will consolidate its Chicago business in Los Angeles by year’s end. Digital Kitchen, started in 1995 by Don McNeill ad … Continue reading “Digital Kitchen closes shop, moves to LA”

MPG’s Keith Walker helps Oprah win Emmy

Cinematographer filmed ’60 Minutes’ segment about the National Memorial for Peace and Justice dedicated to nation’s lynching victims   Media Process Group cofounder Keith Walker helped Oprah Winfrey and 60 Minutes win an Emmy by commemorating a brutal chapter of American history. In a segment titled The Legacy of Lynching, the Chicago cinematographer filmed Winfrey’s … Continue reading “MPG’s Keith Walker helps Oprah win Emmy”

Black Harvest Feast coming to South Shore

Sisters in Cinema presents free screening and talk-back with Chicago filmmakers, South Shore Cultural Center, October 17 Sisters in Cinema will host The Black Harvest Feast, a film screening in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Chicago Park District’s Re:Center Program at the South Shore Cultural Center on October 17, 2019 at … Continue reading “Black Harvest Feast coming to South Shore”

Redleg’s ‘Now & Not Yet’ makes strong festival run

Facilitating conversations on gun control in America, the Chicago-made short examines a timely theme After screening at the Chicago Social Change Film Festival and winning Best Cinematography and Best Film at the Chicago Feedback Festival, Now & Not Yet is on a roll. Produced by Redleg Films and filmed in March 2019, Now & Not … Continue reading “Redleg’s ‘Now & Not Yet’ makes strong festival run”

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”

Diesel World and Jay Davis Films premiere ‘Step Dads’

Hilarious family tale with a cast of Chicago all stars debuts October 13 at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park   Diesel World Productions and Jay Davis Films — producers of the hilarious Choke on That: The Series and Not Another Black Movie — will host a special screening of their new film, Step Dads, … Continue reading “Diesel World and Jay Davis Films premiere ‘Step Dads’”

Leo B helps launch AHA ‘Sharing’ campaign

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

Beetlejuice-themed pop-up bar coming to Chicago

Fantasy, comedy and horror collide at the ‘House of Beetle’ in the South Loop during this year’s Halloween season Indie marketing professionals from Chicago and Houston have teamed up to launch House of Beetle, a Halloween pop-up bar inspired by the critically acclaimed Tim Burton film, Beetlejuice. Described as “a creative playhouse paying homage to … Continue reading “Beetlejuice-themed pop-up bar coming to Chicago”

The universal appeal of ‘See The Light’

Chicago actor Veronica Dillard explains how a tragedy can bring hope to any “age, race, or gender” Chicago-produced short film See the Light will make its Windy City debut during the Women Behind the Lens program at the Chicago South Side Film Festival this Saturday. Recently awarded Best Inspirational Film at the Anaheim Film Festival, … Continue reading “The universal appeal of ‘See The Light’”

OKRP helps Chili’s deliver the fun and the grub

New campaign inspires memes while celebrating lively experience and promoting one-tap delivery convenience Chicago’s O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul (OKRP) joined a partnership of agencies to give deeper meaning to the popular catchphrase, “Hi, Welcome to Chili’s.” The result is a fully integrated campaign that demonstrates how every home can become a Chili’s restaurant. Highlighting a … Continue reading “OKRP helps Chili’s deliver the fun and the grub”

FCB captures raven for Chicago Humanities Festival

The dark harbinger delivers antique scrolls announcing an event with “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin FCB Chicago captured an airborne fantasy to help the Chicago Humanities Festival spread the word about its October 11 event, An Evening with George R. R. Martin. To advertise the engagement with the legendary Game of Thrones author, … Continue reading “FCB captures raven for Chicago Humanities Festival”

The 2019 Chicago South Side Film Festival

Third annual run kicks off with a live party and screening of Jesse Saunders’ ‘House Music: The Real Story’ The Chicago South Side Film Festival (CSSFF) brings back the celebration of South Side of Chicago on films. Featuring a diverse slate of screenings and activities, the event promises to inspire, enlighten, and entertain filmgoers and … Continue reading “The 2019 Chicago South Side Film Festival”

Film & TV pros share expertise at ‘Courier 12’

’BlacKkKlansman’ screenwriters among panelists appearing at DePaul’s all-day industry conference on Saturday, Sept. 28   DePaul University’s annual Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference will take place this Saturday, September 28, from noon to 7 p.m. in the school’s Daley Building, 247 S. State St. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For … Continue reading “Film & TV pros share expertise at ‘Courier 12’”

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

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

Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards

World-class studio’s Manager of Ops, Dino Mirkopoulos, to attend 2019 Awards Screening at Music Box Theatre on September 25th The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings return to the Music Box Theatre September 22nd through the 23rd with the Red Carpet Best of Chicago Awards taking place on September 25th. The screenings spotlight 45 … Continue reading “Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards”

Leading motion control provider expands to the Midwest

Camera Control now offers the Bolt High-Speed Cinebot in Chicago Camera Control, the world’s leading provider of motion control equipment, has expanded to the Midwest with a new office in Chicago helmed by Daniel Herman. Located at 2226 W. Walnut St., Camera Control Midwest offers a Bolt High-Speed Cinebot, now available for rent in Chicago … Continue reading “Leading motion control provider expands to the Midwest”

Daily Planet brings everyone together for ‘Team Jasmin’

An upbeat family trip through Chicago arrives at the warmth of Lurie Children’s Hospital Using only eight words in 45 seconds, Daily Planet celebrates the joy of community in a new spot for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital titled, Team Jasmin. Choreographing a family car trip with a contagiously upbeat soundtrack, the spot … Continue reading “Daily Planet brings everyone together for ‘Team Jasmin’”

Facets announces Children’s Film Fest schedule

Breathtaking in their beauty, the program selections offer kids and teens the opportunity to engage Facets’ 36th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will present an Official Selection of 248 films from 49 countries from November 1 – 10, 2019 at Facets, Music Box Theatre, Davis Theater, University of Chicago: Reva and David Logan Center … Continue reading “Facets announces Children’s Film Fest schedule”

Architecture, racecars, and the Blues

The ChiFilmFest 2019 program offers moviegoers art, thrills, and the music that inspired Buddy Guy The Chicago International Film Festival announced an ambitious schedule for its 55th annual run during a press event yesterday morning at AMC Theatres River East. Hosted by Artistic Director Mimi Plauché and programmers Anthony Kaufman, Alissa Simon, and Sam Flancher, … Continue reading “Architecture, racecars, and the Blues”

Reeling to showcase a load of Chicago-connected films

The annual LGBTQ+ fest will screen work by Lilly Wachowski, Jesús Canchola Sánchez, Michael Cicetti, Wendy Jo Carlton, Laura Madalinski, and more Reeling, Chicago’s LGBTQ+ film festival, will host international, national and local actors and filmmakers at its 37th edition, unspooling September 19-29 at Music Box Theatre, Landmark Theatres’ Century Centre Cinema and Chicago Filmmakers. … Continue reading “Reeling to showcase a load of Chicago-connected films”

ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs

“Knives Out” starring Daniel Craig among first round of films announced for 55th run, October 16-27 Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced titles selected for the Galas and Special Presentations programs for the 55th edition of the Festival. Offering movie lovers a first look at the year’s most highly … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs”

NFL’s Prescott, Barkley are “Champions of Chunky”

The NFL season is upon us and so are campaigns featuring NFL stars. Leo Burnett has teamed with Optimus to create Campbell’s Chunky soup’s gridiron effort, called “Champions of Chunky.” The official soup sponsor of the NFL’s spot, directed by Caviar’s Jonathan Krisel, features Dallas Cowboy QB Dak Prescott and New York Giants RB Saquon … Continue reading “NFL’s Prescott, Barkley are “Champions of Chunky””

WTTW celebrates Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’

Channel 11 will deliver the eight-part series about the uniquely American art form on TV and online   WTTW Ch. 11 will begin airing Ken Burns’ new 16-hour documentary, Country Music next week. Directed by Burns — along with writer and co-producer Dayton Duncan and producer Julie Dunfrey — the eight-part series explores the stories, … Continue reading “WTTW celebrates Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’”

Rodgers, Mahomes talk agents in new State Farm work

Football is back, thank god. As a Bears’ fan, I’m not thrilled that the Cheeseheads beat the them 10 – 3 last night during the NFL opener. But at least one Chicago team won last night and that would be DDB Chicago with their goofy new State Farm work that features rival QB’s Aaron Rodgers … Continue reading “Rodgers, Mahomes talk agents in new State Farm work”

Minnesota Lottery introduces us to Viking fan Jan

It would seem that this new Minnesota Lottery campaign is using a ‘3-man rush’ scheme to hit us with their new advertising campaign. And it works. To promote a new Vikings scratch-off ticket, agency Periscope, the Minnesota Lottery and the Minnesota Vikings have come together to bring former defensive end Jared Allen back just in … Continue reading “Minnesota Lottery introduces us to Viking fan Jan”

Chicago’s ‘PRGirl’ comes to Amazon Prime

Ever wonder what the life of a public relations woman in Chicago is like? Now’s your opportunity to soak up all the spilt tea. Entering its second season, PRGirl is an original reality series on showcasing the lives of leading ladies running the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle public relations in Chicago. Season 1, featured 24-year-old … Continue reading “Chicago’s ‘PRGirl’ comes to Amazon Prime”

‘No Small Matter’ back by popular demand

Chicago-produced doc about childhood education returns to the Gene Siskel Film Center September 6 Following up on its sold-out June premiere, the acclaimed early childhood education documentary No Small Matter returns to Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center for an encore week of screenings beginning Friday, September 6. The film’s encore run coincides with the start … Continue reading “‘No Small Matter’ back by popular demand”

Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes

Yuri Rutman’s guerilla-filmed, psychoerotic short begins streaming tomorrow on ShortsTV Kiev-born, Chicago-raised, LA-based filmmaker Yuri Rutman endured 48 hours of the Windy City winter to make a film that becomes available for streaming in 33 million homes tomorrow. His 18-minute short, Trained, is a love story like no other. Offering a glimpse into the lives … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes”

ACE Comic Con brings supercharged world to Chicago

Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, and Jake Gyllenhaal among the actors, artists, and writers appearing at event ACE Comic Con will transform the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center into a supercharged bastion of activity, engagement, entertainment, and information over the weekend of October 11. Featuring appearances by big screen stars and Q&As with behind-the-scenes … Continue reading “ACE Comic Con brings supercharged world to Chicago”

‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two

Comedy Central orders another round of the show about “joy, ambition, and silliness” in the Englewood community   According to a story published today in Hollywood Reporter, the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series South Side has been renewed for another season. Created by Windy City natives Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, and Sultan Salahuddin, South Side … Continue reading “‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two”

MIFF presents ‘All Creatures Here Below’

A young couple’s impulsive crime sets off a series of events leading to dire consequences from LA to Kansas City The Midwest Independent Film Festival is proud to present thriller All Creatures Here Below, directed by Collin Schiffli, for September’s #FirstTuesdays screening event. The film is the story of Gensan (David Dastmalchian) and Ruby (Karen … Continue reading “MIFF presents ‘All Creatures Here Below’”

The Bluesmobile returns to Joliet Prison

A replica of Jake and Elwood’s famous ride helps turn former correctional facility into a world-class film-related tourist attraction A police car with a large public address system on its roof was parked at Joliet Prison last weekend. The vehicle, owned by Blues Brothers tribute band The Blooze Brothers, was among many sights and sounds … Continue reading “The Bluesmobile returns to Joliet Prison”

Stop Us Before We Disrupt Again

Chicago Film Society unveils lineup for Season 24, “dedicated to exhibiting neglected works of cinema in their original medium” The streets of Chicago are clogged with scooters in a cutthroat competition for marketshare, behemoth commercial landlord The We Company (nee WeWork) has positioned itself as a tech company in anticipation of its IPO, and Disney … Continue reading “Stop Us Before We Disrupt Again”

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”

Dreams come true in new Blue Moon campaign by DDB

A light-hearted pair of spots do an excellent job of implying that beer makes everything better DDB explores a range of the possibilities that a drinker can dream in a colorful new campaign for Blue Moon titled, Once in a Blue Moon. The effort centers on a pair of light-hearted spots that re-imagine everyday situations … Continue reading “Dreams come true in new Blue Moon campaign by DDB”

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”

Inside the Music Box’s 90th Anniversary Video

The 12-minute film showcases one of the theatre’s greatest resources, its audience   Filmmaker Curtis Matzke shot a lot of interviews while helping to make the Music Box Theatre’s 90th Anniversary tribute video, and in doing so he captured one of the greatest things about the place: its audience. Since opening nearly a hundred years … Continue reading “Inside the Music Box’s 90th Anniversary Video”

#WomenWorthWatching aims to level the playing field

mcgarrybowen and the US Tennis Association enlist Billie Jean King to encourage fans to share highlights of the female athletes who inspire them mcgarrybowen and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) have developed a win / win / win situation for female athletes, sports fans, and women around the world. Beginning on Opening Day of … Continue reading “#WomenWorthWatching aims to level the playing field”

DDB celebrates State Farm commitment to doing good

Chicago agency helps insurance company get laughs with Heimlich maneuvering, crosswalk assisting, and whale saving in ‘On The Board’ DDB created a flurry of humorous scenes to help State Farm generate laughs and spread kindness through On The Board, a new commercial highlighting the power of collective good. Tracking a pair of zealous co-workers who … Continue reading “DDB celebrates State Farm commitment to doing good”

Jeff Berg promoted to President at AbelsonTaylor

Agency founder Dale Taylor will remain as CEO/Chairman while 17-year vet Berg makes historic move into leadership role For the first time in its 38-year history, Chicago-based AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has a new president. Founder Dale Taylor announced today that Jeff Berg, formerly executive vice president and … Continue reading “Jeff Berg promoted to President at AbelsonTaylor”

Sherri Shepherd hosts ‘Brian Banks’ screening at AMC

The actress / comedian reserved an entire theater to share the film’s “powerful message” with family, friends, supporters, and students from Chicagoland Actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd felt so strongly about the message contained in the film Brian Banks that she rented out an entire theater to share it with students, friends, family, and supporters … Continue reading “Sherri Shepherd hosts ‘Brian Banks’ screening at AMC”

Towers and Weather Channel bring back ‘Storm Stories’

New, hour-long episodes will feature accounts of extreme weather disasters that inevitably bring out the very best in people The Weather Channel television network announced today the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite original series, Storm Stories: The Next Chapter, in partnership with Towers Productions. Premiering on August 18th, each hour-long episode will feature first-person accounts … Continue reading “Towers and Weather Channel bring back ‘Storm Stories’”

2019 Reeling LGBTQ film festival

From ‘Shiny Shrimps’ to ‘Scream Queen,’ the annual Windy City tradition promises to entertain, inspire, amuse, arouse and break a few hearts Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 35 years, kicks off fall with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the diversity … Continue reading “2019 Reeling LGBTQ film festival”

rEvolution on the rise

How a Chicago-based agency transforms sports into an exponentially evolving world of possibilities rEvolution Integrated Sports Marketing scores on ideas from all over the place. Combining national brands with famous players and professional teams, the agency keeps its clients in the game with a head-explodingly grand assortment of concepts involving recreational vehicles, fishing holes, and … Continue reading “rEvolution on the rise”

One Club promotes Karolak to Gender Equality role

Move strengthens new initiatives like the organization’s first gender equality conference for senior agency leaders The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community, has promoted Kasia Karolak into a newly-created role to lead its gender equality programming. In the … Continue reading “One Club promotes Karolak to Gender Equality role”

YAS! Fest celebrates the rising stars of Chicago

35 outstanding young artists will be honored at September 21 event in Millennium Park The City of Chicago will celebrate thirty-five outstanding young artists at the 2nd Annual YAS! Fest (Youth Arts Showcase) on Saturday, September 21, in Millennium Park. Representing the vibrancy of creative life and arts education from all across the city, the … Continue reading “YAS! Fest celebrates the rising stars of Chicago”

Siskel presents ‘Toni Morrision: The Pieces I Am’

The Film Center will screen the “generous and intelligent doc” Friday, August 23 through Thursday, August 29 As a venue that celebrates all art forms and a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center mourns the loss of the celebrated Black author and Nobel laureate Toni … Continue reading “Siskel presents ‘Toni Morrision: The Pieces I Am’”

Heat’s Hookup Stations spark Lolla dialogue

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

New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace

“neXt” — a modern-day series about technology run amok — will start shooting in Chicago this Fall Cinespace Chicago Film Studios announced today that Fox’s new American drama series, neXt, will film at its West Side campus this fall. The studio announces the news less than 24 hours after unveiling its 2019 production schedule, adding … Continue reading “New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace”

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”

The Colonie wins a pair of Tellys for Porsche campaign

The Chicago shop’s Social Media Division takes silvers for ‘Use of the Vertical Format’ and ‘Creative Editing’ The Colonie’s work on the Porsche vertical advertising campaign, Curves, was recognized by this year’s Telly Awards with silver wins in the Social Media category for ‘Use of the Vertical Format’ as well as ‘Editing.’ The Chicago-based editorial … Continue reading “The Colonie wins a pair of Tellys for Porsche campaign”

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup

The largest film studio in the Midwest prepares for a busy season of hit shows with 13 new interns Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, based on the west side of Chicago, and currently the second-largest film studio in the country, welcomes back many popular series and announces several new television shows now filming at its campuses. … Continue reading “Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup”

FCB premieres exciting sequel to Glad ‘Torture Test’

Unique thrills, high production values, and spy music make ‘Apartment Leap’ and ‘Ultimate Noses’ as cool as their titles suggest FCB combined humor and suspense to create a pair of unforgettable new Glad trash bag commercials. Staging unique thrills with high production values and slinky, fabulous spy music, Apartment Leap and Ultimate Noses show how … Continue reading “FCB premieres exciting sequel to Glad ‘Torture Test’”

The 2019 Black Harvest Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center’s 25th annual celebration of African Americans and the African diaspora August 3-29 The Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the stories, dreams, history, and legacy of African Americans and the African diaspora in the 25th edition of the annual Black Harvest Film Festival. In addition to 50-plus film screenings, there will … Continue reading “The 2019 Black Harvest Film Festival”

OKRP brings Nike’s ‘Dream Crazy’ to Chicago

Chicago agency profiles three young female soccer-playing role models in exciting new social campaign Three High School female Chicago Soccer phenoms share their journeys of persevering and playing the game they love in a series of digital films created by O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul in support of Nike Chicago. The Chicago women were identified to … Continue reading “OKRP brings Nike’s ‘Dream Crazy’ to Chicago”

Next stop for AICP awards tour – Detroit

Coming off a successful Los Angeles panel and party, which you can see photos of here, The AICP Next Awards motor into The Detroit Historical Museum tomorrow, August 1. The popular program, which has made Detroit a regular stop since 2013, kicks off with keynote speaker Jeff Beverly EVP, Global Director of Content, Commonwealth/McCann. Beverly … Continue reading “Next stop for AICP awards tour – Detroit”

Vince Cook joins Laughlin Constable as ECD

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

Locals show us Englewood’s funny side in ‘South Side’

Chicago brothers, Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin, find humor in everyday struggles of working class, aspirational locals.   Wow, that was funny. Like really funny.   The new Comedy Central series South Side premiered Wednesday night, and in case you didn’t get the gist from the opening line, the show is funny AF. The network has … Continue reading “Locals show us Englewood’s funny side in ‘South Side’”

The Mill NY promotes new media creative talent

The studio’s Experiential & Interactive team appoints Will Adams Creative Director and moves Sally Reynolds up to Associate Creative Director The Mill has announced the promotion of Will Adams and Sally Reynolds to Creative Director and Associate Creative Director. Throughout his career, Will Adams has blurred the line between code and design. With a background … Continue reading “The Mill NY promotes new media creative talent”

Peanuts gang makes a return to the big screen

Studio Movie Grill among nationwide theaters playing ‘A Boy Named Charlie Brown’ and ‘Snoopy, Come Home’ Over the next two months, a pair of beloved Peanuts’ animated features will appear in cinemas across the nation for the first time in over four decades. Digitally re-mastered versions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Come … Continue reading “Peanuts gang makes a return to the big screen”

‘Wild Kingdom’ creator Don Meier, 1915-2019

TV pioneer turned millions of family rooms into theaters of untamed nature every Sunday night for decades Legendary Chicago filmmaker Donald Meier died peacefully of natural causes last Saturday night. Over the course of a half-century career, the 104-year-old creator, producer, and director of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom built a legacy that will last … Continue reading “‘Wild Kingdom’ creator Don Meier, 1915-2019”

‘CHI-nanigans’ and the ‘perfect imperfections of youth’

An endearing new Windy City-based family web series offers laughs and lessons while helping young people build confidence It’s hard not to fall in love with the kids in CHI-nanigans, a new Chicago-based family web series with ASL translation created by Harold Ramis Film School alum Jill Ross set to premiere August 4 on YouTube. … Continue reading “‘CHI-nanigans’ and the ‘perfect imperfections of youth’”

McDonald’s shared fries on national FF Day

We love McDonald’s fries. Like, really love. We are not alone of course. It’s a known fact that people around the world love those crispy, golden potato sticks of joy. For #NationalFrenchFryDay, which was July 13, McDonald’s, and AOR We Are Unlimited celebrated with a national campaign encouraging consumers to “Share the Love.” The “Share … Continue reading “McDonald’s shared fries on national FF Day”

Red Robin gets a taste of French Butter

‘Burger Master Creations’ and restaurant employees star in a new campaign created by Integer, shot and produced by Brett Froomer and Ivo Knezevic In a new broadcast TV spot for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and the Colorado agency Integer Group, Director / DP Brett Froomer of French Butter answers the burning question, “Who puts fried … Continue reading “Red Robin gets a taste of French Butter”

Leo B launches funny new Visionworks campaign

’Air Quotes’ and ‘Imitation Game’ add laughs to ‘new phase of growth’ with help from actor Karan Soni Leo Burnett’s new campaign for Visionworks introduces a cast of villainous eye care execs who want to make consumers lives as complex as possible. Titled, See the Difference, the work employs humor and an Austin Powers style … Continue reading “Leo B launches funny new Visionworks campaign”

OKRP helps Ace tout in-store pickup & delivery

A new spot reinforces campaign to differentiate the store’s national footprint Just as Amazon’s Prime Day launches, Ace Hardware is amping up its support for its recently announced e-commerce delivery service in a new advertising campaign from O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul appearing on national television, online video, dynamic digital and paid social. A new :15 … Continue reading “OKRP helps Ace tout in-store pickup & delivery”

Jeremy Renner stars in Jeep campaign by HighDive

I did not know Hawkeye could sing. Avengers, Mission Impossible and Bourne star, Jeremy Renner, is now not only featured on screen in a new Jeep brand television campaign that but in the audio as well as all three spots use the actor’s music tracks. Thanks to Chicago boutique agency HighDive, I now know different. … Continue reading “Jeremy Renner stars in Jeep campaign by HighDive”

LA-based Optimist lands Unlimited’s Bazarkaya

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

‘HOOPS’ explores a world of emotional geography

A filmmaking collective deconstructs traditional narratives with a diverse mini-series of cross-cultural shorts A group of 17 emerging Midwestern filmmakers explore friendship, loss, community, and displacement in an upcoming anthological mini-series of cross-cultural shorts called HOOPS. Produced by Kelechi Agwuncha, the stories follow separate but interwoven narratives that “meditate on how these ideas evolve with … Continue reading “‘HOOPS’ explores a world of emotional geography”

Home Instead makes memories with new music video

Energy BBDO creates new music video and original song with singer Jilian Linklater In a time where America’s population is aging rapidly, generating awareness of in-home care services has become increasingly relevant. In-home senior care industry, Home Instead Senior Care, along with AOR Energy BBDO, has taken a fresh musical approach to connecting with seniors … Continue reading “Home Instead makes memories with new music video”

Brian Eno honored with his own asteroid

The stellar music legend’s place in outer space has been secured by an honorary celestial rock On Monday June 24, the Starmus Festival added scientific credibility to a belief that music fans have held for generations: Brian Eno is a star. The fifth edition of the annual global celebration, held in Zürich this year, honored … Continue reading “Brian Eno honored with his own asteroid”

FCB sets record with 51 Cannes Lions

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

The 2019 Windy City International Film Festival

3 features, 4 pilots, 84 shorts, and 150 filmmakers are among the highlights of this year’s program Windy City International Film Festival will host its third annual run from July 18 to July 20 at the historic Victory Gardens Biograph Theater in Lincoln Park. The 2019 program includes 84 short films, four TV pilots, three … Continue reading “The 2019 Windy City International Film Festival”

Chatter: Is new ‘Matrix’ filming in Chicago 2020?

If rumors are to be believed a new Matrix, helmed by the Wachowskis could be filming in town as early as next year There is a new rumor making the rounds that ComicBookMovie.com caught wind of. If it is to be believed, the once successful Matrix franchise will return to the big screen sooner than … Continue reading “Chatter: Is new ‘Matrix’ filming in Chicago 2020?”

mike’s Hard Lemonade distributes Brighter Times

mike’s Hard Lemonade unveils pop-up newsstands and curated newspaper to kick off summer Want some good news today? Like really, really good news? mike’s Hard Lemonade and AOR, Havas Formula, last week, kicked off the launch of its good news, Happy Feed initiative nationwide. Say hello to The Brighter Times, a customized pop-up newsstand that … Continue reading “mike’s Hard Lemonade distributes Brighter Times”

Cinepocalypse announces 2019 winners

Third annual Chicago genre festival closes with big stars, big winners, and record-shattering audiences The Music Box Theatre is honored to announce the juried winners of the 2019 edition of Cinepocalypse. ALSO READ: Danzig launches Cinepocalypse with sold-out show   Best Film, Best Director Led by The Lost Boys and Falling Down director Joel Schumacher, … Continue reading “Cinepocalypse announces 2019 winners”

FCB’s ‘Whopper Detour’ wins Cannes Titanium

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

Mode Project helps CSO reach new audiences

Digital ad campaign from Chicago-based design and production studio shares the excitement of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Anybody who thinks the Chicago Symphony Orchestra experience is meant for somebody else is in for a nice surprise. Mode Project, the Chicago-based design and production studio, is creating an eye-opening series of short videos for a digital … Continue reading “Mode Project helps CSO reach new audiences”

Molly of Denali premieres July 15 on WTTW

Groundbreaking new series offers an adventurous mix of Alaska Native Values, and exciting education On Monday, July 15, a groundbreaking new animated series called Molly of Denali will begin sharing Alaska Native culture and values on WTTW Kids. Produced by WGBH Boston, the show will be the first nationally distributed children’s series to feature a … Continue reading “Molly of Denali premieres July 15 on WTTW”

Jon Favreau, Siskel Center Renaissance Winner

The hugely talented actor, director, and producer pleases everyone while interviewing with Robert Downey Jr. at the Four Seasons   Last Saturday night, Jon Favreau told a room full of people that he achieved success in Hollywood by failing in Chicago, and everyone burst into applause. “I want to thank Chicago for giving me that … Continue reading “Jon Favreau, Siskel Center Renaissance Winner”

Crisp earns a pair of awards for video narratives

Chicago-based boutique continues to collect trophies with “simple, focused, and emotive stories” Communications agency Crisp recently won a Healthcare Advertising Award and a Telly Award for executing two projects created by its clients. In My Eyes: The Glaucoma & OSD Connection is a mini-documentary series that earned Crisp a bronze from the Healthcare Advertising Awards. … Continue reading “Crisp earns a pair of awards for video narratives”

FCB Chicago scores huge first day at Cannes

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

TimeZoneOne named AOR for Navy Pier

The tourist “must-see” destination named indie agency TimeZoneOne its Agency of Record for branding campaign With more than 9 million visitors annually, The Navy Pier is without doubt one of Chicago’s (and the Midwest’s) most popular destinations. And now the tourist “must-see” has named indie creative communications agency TimeZoneOne AOR. TZO’s first project for the … Continue reading “TimeZoneOne named AOR for Navy Pier”

Laughlin Constable, Byrider explore the power of ‘If’

Laughlin Constable and RW2 Productions’ directors Lyndon and Lindsey Wade help rebrand auto financier Byride with new campaign Sobering but true fact about this “booming” economy that we are living in – 78 percent of American workers live paycheck to paycheck. So, what does that mean driving wise? Well, investing in a comfortable, reliable car … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable, Byrider explore the power of ‘If’”

McDonald’s brings international flavor to U.S.

New Worldwide Favorites campaign brings taste of Spain, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands to U.S.stores Ever wonder what McDonald’s menu is like around the world? C’mon of course you have. Well, now the fast food giant is allowing its customers to sample some of their global menu items. For real. Or as they say in … Continue reading “McDonald’s brings international flavor to U.S.”

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

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

The African Diaspora International Film Festival

The celebration that inspires imaginations, disrupts stereotypes, and guides attitudes toward justice plays at Facets June 21 through 27 The 17th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will run from June 21 to 27 at Chicago’s Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton Ave.). Established in 1993, the ADIFF is a minority-led, not-for profit international gala … Continue reading “The African Diaspora International Film Festival”

OKRP puts Illinois ‘Up For Amazing’ in new campaign

The state’s new agency of record tempts visitors with the allure of ‘fascinating possibilities’ Chicago-based O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul captured the wonder and awe of traveling in a new campaign for the Illinois Office of Tourism. Enhancing the state’s long-time Are you Up for Amazing? concept with a focus on ‘Amazing,’ the multi-channel campaign opens … Continue reading “OKRP puts Illinois ‘Up For Amazing’ in new campaign”

mcgarrybown’s powerful new work for Howard Brown

The creative agency and the Chicago healthcare center offer dignity, inclusion and resources through new “Culturally Competent Healthcare” campaign mcgarrybowen Chicago abetted the Howard Brown Health Center in a monthlong takeover of four Red Line cars that went into effect this month. Dubbed the “The Pride Train,” the cars are filled with ads featuring headlines … Continue reading “mcgarrybown’s powerful new work for Howard Brown”

Tandem helps Home Chef tout new hashtag

The Chicago-based production company captured tasty cuisine and smiling customers for a new campaign about ‘#DinnerTonight’ Chicago-based Tandem Inc. filmed nearly a hundred setups in two days while completing a series of spots for Home Chef’s new #DinnerTonight campaign. Created by the meal kit and food delivery company’s in-house marketing team, the campaign features an … Continue reading “Tandem helps Home Chef tout new hashtag”

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”

Cinema/Chicago’s Summer Screenings Program

Films from around the world screen for free at the Chicago Cultural Center every Wednesday through October 2 Cinema/Chicago’s annual free Summer Screenings Program goes from the blossom of young romance and swimsuit sunbathing to the mythology of mermaids and the search for alien life. With 17 feature films and one short screening at the … Continue reading “Cinema/Chicago’s Summer Screenings Program”

Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus

The Chicago nonprofit’s energetic fundraiser brought media pros together with young artists for an exciting night at the Ivy Room Free Spirit Media’s annual Focus event started out as a cocktail reception and turned into a rocking throwdown over the course of three hours last Thursday night. When it ended, the organization had collected over … Continue reading “Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus”

Wendy’s new chicken sandwiches are anything but basic

Wendy’s AOR VMLY&R has launched a tasty new spot to launch the three new sandwiches appearing on the fast food restaurant’s menu. The new menu items include the BBQ Chicken Sandwich, the Avocado BLT Chicken Sandwich, and the S’awesome Bacon Chicken Sandwich. Hell to the yeah. The :30-second spot, directed by VMLY&R’s Dummy director Harold … Continue reading “Wendy’s new chicken sandwiches are anything but basic”

Midwest Sci-Fi and Futurism Night

MIFF explores not-too-far-away realities, social issues, and the intersection of sci-fi and horror on June 4 at Landmark The Midwest Independent Film Festival presents Midwest Sci-Fi and Futurism Night as part of its monthly First Tuesdays screening series on June 4, 2019. The evening’s program includes short films depicting not-too-far-away realities, social issues explored through … Continue reading “Midwest Sci-Fi and Futurism Night”

2019 Chicago Underground Film Festival

CUFF opens June 5 with ‘Empty Metal’ and closes June 9 with “Dollhouse: the eradication of female subjectivity from American popular culture’ The Chicago Underground Film Festival has built a reputation for innovative, exciting, and provocative cinema since it was founded in 1993. Known as “the world’s longest-running” celebration of its kind, CUFF will expand … Continue reading “2019 Chicago Underground Film Festival”

Strange Loop short ‘Conspiracy’ wins a Telly

Short film about Chicago-based rapper, poet, and activist Malcolm London wins Original Documentary Some Call it a Conspiracy: A Malcolm London Story directed by Strange Loop founder David Huzieran has garnered a Telly Award in the Documentary: Individual category. The short doc follows Chicago-local rapper / poet / activist Malcolm London over the course of … Continue reading “Strange Loop short ‘Conspiracy’ wins a Telly”

Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards

AbelsonTaylor, Daily Planet, Delack, KemperLesnik, Mimi, rEvolution, Richter Studios, Spirit Juice, Strange Loop among 2019 winners The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners on May 21. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, the awards represent the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens. Entries were judged by jury members from creative … Continue reading “Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards”

‘The Chi’s’ Jason Mitchell fired

Star of Showtime series fired by network agent, management team and Netflix for misconduct on set Variety is reporting that The Chi star, Jason Mitchell, will not be returning for Season 3 as he faces possible misconduct allegations. Season 2 of the Showtime ensemble show, filmed here on location, premiered last month and will continue … Continue reading “‘The Chi’s’ Jason Mitchell fired”

UNLTD. helps McD’s and Uber launch a tasty service

“Delivering Happy” combined a pair of globally recognized brands that offered a chance to create a fun spot, and fun it is Last night, May 15, on primetime television, McDonald’s in partnership with Uber Eats released Delivering Happy, a national TV and digital ad campaign. The campaign promotes the new McDelivery with Uber Eats service, … Continue reading “UNLTD. helps McD’s and Uber launch a tasty service”

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”

Illinois manufacturer produces ‘Aliveness’ docuseries

Tuthill Corp’s ‘The Search for Aliveness’ is a guided exploration of “what people do to feel alive.” After four generations of producing pumps, vacuums, and other machines in the Chicagoland area, Tuthill Corporation has embarked on a filmmaking journey. The Tuthill Corporation — a manufacturing company located in Burr Ridge, Illinois — is producing a … Continue reading “Illinois manufacturer produces ‘Aliveness’ docuseries”

CIMM reboots to deliver year-round movies + music

Legendary Chicago fest kicks off year-round agenda with the May 29 premiere of Manu Delago’s “Parasol Peak” followed by a live gig at Martyr’s After spending a decade as an annual film and music festival, Chicago International Movies + Music (CIMM) is transitioning to operate year round throughout the city. The upgrade begins with the … Continue reading “CIMM reboots to deliver year-round movies + music”

Escape Pod & Merrick Pet Care launch ‘The Barklorette’

Did you know that according to Match.com, 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’”

The One Show 2019 announces top global winners

Wieden+Kennedy And Droga5 each win eight Gold Pencils, W+K named 2019 Agency of the Year, “Dream Crazy” for Nike wins Best of Show Wieden+Kennedy Portland and Droga5 New York were top winners before a full house at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on the second night of The One Club for Creativity’s 46th annual … Continue reading “The One Show 2019 announces top global winners”

Burnett comes through in the clutch for Bridgestone

Bridgestone claims that its tires are built to deliver a “Clutch Performance,” when it matters most in the real world. Featuring the latest technologies from the Nashville-based company, the Turanza QuietTrack tire delivers confident control in wet and snow conditions. According to a statement from Bridgestone, the tire is backed by a best-in-class 80,000 mile … Continue reading “Burnett comes through in the clutch for Bridgestone”

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”