Second Generation takes the creative helm at Laughlin Constable

Jon Laughlin half jokes that he’s worked at Laughlin Constable for 44 years but in some ways he is right. He and his brother Pat Laughlin were born into the advertising agency world as their father Steve Laughlin, a member of the Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame, founded and was growing his new agency just … Continue reading “Second Generation takes the creative helm at Laughlin Constable”

Laughlin Constable launches Vienna Beef Hot Dog Stand Challenge

Laughlin Constable announced the launch of the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Stand Challenge to assist the legendary Chicago Hot Dog company in its efforts to support its recovering restaurateur vendors as people return to eating out and resuming activities. This campaign is the first from Laughlin Constable (LC) on behalf of Vienna Beef after winning … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable launches Vienna Beef Hot Dog Stand Challenge”

Laughlin Constable wins three PCC Trumpet Awards

Laughlin Constable announced that it has been awarded three Publicity Club of Chicago Trumpet Awards, which honor distinguished individual achievements in public relations, marketing and communications. The agency was awarded for work on behalf of clients North Shore Bank, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and O&H Danish Bakery. “I’m incredibly proud that our PR team’s hard work can be … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable wins three PCC Trumpet Awards”

Laughlin Constable expands pro bono program

Laughlin Constable, an independent, creative agency, announced it is expanding its pro bono program to specifically seek nominations and applications from minority-owned businesses in its own office cities of Chicago and Milwaukee that can benefit and grow from marketing services. The agency is aiming to “Increase the Piece” of success for minority businesses, which account … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable expands pro bono program”

Laughlin Constable wins prestigious PRSA award

Laughlin Constable announced that it has been awarded a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Bronze Anvil Award, a prestigious national award for the PR industry that recognizes outstanding achievements in public relations. The agency, along with client Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), was awarded the recognition for its public awareness and education work with the world … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable wins prestigious PRSA award”

Laughlin Constable promotes John Stachulski to VP Media

Laughlin Constable, an independent, creative agency, today announced the promotion of John Stachulski to Vice President of Media Platforms and Data, a newly created role within the agency. Stachulski previously held the position of Director of Programmatic Strategy. With Stachulski’s guidance, Laughlin Constable’s programmatic offering witnessed a 200% growth in revenue during his tenure as … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable promotes John Stachulski to VP Media”

Laughlin Constable named a top place to work in Chicago

Laughlin Constable, a full-service, independent creative agency, announced that it has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago’s “Best Places to Work” in 2021. “This past year has been challenging for everyone in many ways and for us to be recognized as a top place to work at a time when everyone was home, reflects … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable named a top place to work in Chicago”

Laughlin Constable appoints Rome Seifert as COO

Laughlin Constable, an independent, creative agency, today announced the promotion of Rome Seifert to chief operating officer (COO). Seifert has served as Laughlin Constable’s chief financial officer (CFO) for the last six years.  During his time as CFO, Seifert applied 20 years of accounting experience to provide valuable financial guidance that positioned employees and client … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable appoints Rome Seifert as COO”

Laughlin Constable’s John Maxham on Super Bowl ads

Heading into the Super Bowl, the question on my mind was “How much of 2020 is going to wind up in the 2021 Super Bowl ads?” Mercifully, it wasn’t all that much. Not that there weren’t important issues to talk about, but we leaned so heavily into messaging around the pandemic and social issues this … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable’s John Maxham on Super Bowl ads”

Laughlin Constable joins national network of PR firms

Laughlin Constable, a Top 25 independent agency, today announced its public relations team has been named to an elite, national network of award-winning PR professionals, PRConsultants Group (PRCG). Laughlin Constable staff will serve as the network’s Chicago and Milwaukee affiliates, providing on-the-ground expertise for a variety of national and international brands focusing on strategic planning … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable joins national network of PR firms”

Havas Chicago names Nicole Laughlin President & CCO

With a steadfast commitment to building meaningful American brands through craft and culture, Havas Chicago has hired marketing executive Nicole Laughlin as president of the creative agency. Coming most recently from Facebook, where she led global marketing solutions, Laughlin brings a modern approach to help brands authentically deliver powerful creative ideas on modern platforms. She … Continue reading “Havas Chicago names Nicole Laughlin President & CCO”

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”

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’”

Mode Project helps Laughlin add humor to Acuity campaign

Relatable situations go from anxious to happy in a series of spots that have earned a million online views (Chicago — 12 December 2018) A series of videos created by Chicago design and animation studio Mode Project uses humor to connect Acuity Insurance with its customers. The results are drawing smiles from audiences — and … Continue reading “Mode Project helps Laughlin add humor to Acuity campaign”

Laughlin’s HIVE launches Bucks ‘Built to Stay’ campaign

The campaign by Laughlin Constable’s in-house production company will run on TV, digital, radio, and outdoor It was a great week for Milwaukee Bucks fans, as single-game tickets for the team’s inaugural season in the world-class Fiserv Forum went on sale on Wednesday. Milwaukee’s moves, like the addition of free-agent center Brook Lopez, have given … Continue reading “Laughlin’s HIVE launches Bucks ‘Built to Stay’ campaign”

Laughlin Constable launches new Fleet Farm campaign

Award-winning shop adds year-round “Always Fleet Farm Season” boast in new campaign for the Midwest retailer   Milwaukee-based Laughlin Constable has dropped a whole new lexicon of seasons for client Fleet Farm. The new “Seasons” campaign for the 63-year-old midwest retailer celebrates the idea that Fleet Farm has everything you need for every season of … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable launches new Fleet Farm campaign”

ASPCA names Laughlin Constable as digital AOR

With the addition of the ASPCA to its client roster, Laughlin Constable is going to the dogs … and cats, if you will.   Laughlin Constable announced it has added to its client roster the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). LC will manage all digital advertising campaigns and analytics. The … Continue reading “ASPCA names Laughlin Constable as digital AOR”

Laughlin Constable fires CCO Fietsam after allegations

“I deeply apologize to everyone that this situation has caused distress. I believe all women have the right to feel safe and be heard. I am focusing on healing with my family.” – Dan Fietsam   It’s never easy to report bad news, especially in the era of #metoo. What we say and how we … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable fires CCO Fietsam after allegations”

Laughlin Constable shoots, scores!

Laughlin Constable wins two national, local “Best in Show” and other PR industry awards   (Milwaukee — 16 May 2018) Full-service, independent agency Laughlin Constable today announced that it received a series of national and local awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for its outstanding public relations and communications work across five … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable shoots, scores!”

Laughlin Constable named top workplace in Milwaukee

Hot off being named by Crain’s Chicago (and reported here) as one Chicago’s “Top 100 places to Work,” Laughlin Constable has done it again. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has included the independent agency on this year’s “Top Workplace” list, the centerpiece of a program designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places to work … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable named top workplace in Milwaukee”

Laughlin Constable among Chi’s “Best Places to Work”

Well, this should have people pounding on Laughlin Constable’s door. The agency, which bills in excess of $280 million, was named one of Chicago’s “Best Places to Work” in 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business. The Crain’s Chicago Best Places to Work program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the 100 best companies to work … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable among Chi’s “Best Places to Work””

Laughlin Constable named AOR for Yuengling & Son, Inc

Cheers, Laughlin Constable. The agency announced today its partnership with D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., serving as the brewery’s new agency of record for creative work after a competitive search and review process. Laughlin Constable will support all of Yuengling’s products, and will particularly seek to increase sales for the flagship beer, Yuengling Traditional Lager. … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable named AOR for Yuengling & Son, Inc”

Laughlin Constable goes “Bucks” wild

A new, retro-flavored, funk-inspired campaign from Laughlin Constable’s in-house production company, Hive, should have Milwaukee Bucks fans cheering and dancing in their arm chairs. With energetic editing, existing footage, and a bouncy, in-your-face, Samuel Jackson style voice-over (Eddie Faura), the work helps the team make a convincing case that they are set to revisit the … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable goes “Bucks” wild”

Laughlin Constable wins big at Milwaukee 99 Awards

Laughlin Constable’s “Best of Show” for Lambeau Field Supper Club Installation at the annual United Adworkers 2017 Milwaukee 99 Awards was one of several victories claimed by the agency during the Oct. 13 event. Described by LC as “a major focal point of Travel Wisconsin’s marketing efforts,” the Supper Club Installation offers the look and … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable wins big at Milwaukee 99 Awards”

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”

Laughlin Constable names Naidl to Managing Director of Public Relations

The Milwaukee office of Laughlin Constable has appointed Kristine Naidl to Managing Director of Public Relations. Besides leading internal PR strategy for the agency and its clients, she will oversee Laughlin Constable’s exceptional and expanding public relations team.

Naidl is an Accredited Public Relations professional who joined Laughlin Constable in 2012. Prior to that, she spent 18 years in key roles for Zeppos & Associates, an award-winning, Milwaukee-based communications firm specializing in public relations and government affairs that was acquired by LC five years ago.

Havas Chicago appoints Myra Nussbaum first female CCO

Havas Chicago has announced the appointment of Myra Nussbaum as chief creative officer – the first female CCO in Havas’ North American network. Nussbaum brings more than 15 years’ experience making work that moves at the speed of culture based in the philosophy that creating a strong, simple message has the power to break through … Continue reading “Havas Chicago appoints Myra Nussbaum first female CCO”

Sonixphere adds Matt Brooks, Int’l Business Development

Sonixphere, the award-winning music and sound creators for advertising, series TV and film, announced that Matt Brooks has joined the company as Head of International Business Development. The addition of Matt comes at a strategic time for Sonixphere as it continues to build a global presence. Matt was previously Regional Director of Operations at Sofar … Continue reading “Sonixphere adds Matt Brooks, Int’l Business Development”

U.S. Postal Service celebrates America’s love of coffee

In case you aren’t aware of the importance of coffee… The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating America’s love of coffee today with the issuance of four new stamps. Whether milky, dark as night, sweetened, flavored or highly concentrated, many coffee drinks have one thing in common — they begin with espresso. This booklet of 20 … Continue reading “U.S. Postal Service celebrates America’s love of coffee”

Havas Chicago bolsters Executive Leadership team

Havas Chicago announces the appointment of two key executives to round out a dynamic and diverse leadership team with proven abilities to drive the agency’s future growth and success. Lilia Arroyo Flores joins Havas Chicago as chief strategy officer and Maisha Pearson joins as chief client officer. “At Havas Chicago, we’re focused on operating as … Continue reading “Havas Chicago bolsters Executive Leadership team”

Havas Chicago names McGarry as Chief Growth Officer

Furthering its commitment to building iconic brands through craft and culture, Havas Chicago has named Jamie McGarry as Chief Growth Officer to help ignite a new phase of growth for the agency. McGarry will serve as a key member of Havas Chicago’s executive leadership team, contributing to the agency’s overall strategic vision, performance and growth. … Continue reading “Havas Chicago names McGarry as Chief Growth Officer”

Spaceship Town & Minimal join for Nice Lena & Friends

Filmed entirely in isolation, in a bedroom, bathroom, and the alley, ‘Friends on a Shelf’ alleviates the loneliness and monotony of isolation. Chicago-based boutique production company Minimal produced a spot for a small independent craft and consignment shop in Evanston, Illinois called Nice Lena & Friends. Directing duo Spaceship Town helmed the ad, with one half of … Continue reading “Spaceship Town & Minimal join for Nice Lena & Friends”

FCB hires Erika Pflederer to grow in-house studio

FCB Chicago is proving the agency is determined to support and build their in-house production studio, Lord + Thomas. The name harkens back to FCB’s original founders, Lord & Thomas, a Chicago ad agency founded in 1881. Erika Pflederer has left her position as Group Managing Director of Production at mcgarrybowen after eight years to … Continue reading “FCB hires Erika Pflederer to grow in-house studio”

Bucks celebrate MVP Antetokounmpo with Insta video

Milwaukee-based agency created celebratory Instagram video with in-house production company Hive The story goes a little something like this. Former LA Laker Kobe Bryant was handing out challenges to NBA players. Milwaukee Bucks forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, felt left out and tweeted Bryant asking for his own challenge. Bryant’s tweet was one word – MVP. The … Continue reading “Bucks celebrate MVP Antetokounmpo with Insta video”

TimeZoneOne says “Meet Us Here” at Oak Park

“Oak Park is Chicagoland’s hidden gem, and this fully integrated campaign is about re-positioning the city and its many communities,” — Daniel Thomas, TimeZoneOne The team at TimeZoneOne seems to be keeping very busy. Last week, we reported on the indie communications agency being named AOR for popular Navy Pier. Now the agency is helping … Continue reading “TimeZoneOne says “Meet Us Here” at Oak Park”

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”

2019 Best of the Midwest Awards

“The film festival is about bringing people together and supporting all of the members of the filmmaking community.” MIFF Executive Director Amy Guth The Midwest Independent Film Festival’s annual Best of the Midwest Awards inspired a swanky good time last night at The Promontory in Hyde Park. Complementing a candlelit vibe with cocktail dresses, sport … Continue reading “2019 Best of the Midwest Awards”

The 3% Conference rises in Chicago

Expert speakers, engaging activities, and sensational presentations helped to guide 1,300 industry attendees onto the same important long-term group project   Besides being informative, last month’s 3% Conference at Navy Pier was enlightening, collaborative, optimistic, intense, cosmopolitan, introspective, touching, intimate, raunchy, and hilarious. And that was just during the final few hours of the two-day … Continue reading “The 3% Conference rises in Chicago”

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”

Merge makes Matykiewicz Exec Creative Director

Michael Matykiewicz assumes role formerly held by Kevin Houlihan, MERGE’s President and Chief Creative Officer   (Chicago — 4 June 2018) Unified creative and media agency MERGE Chicago has promoted Michael Matykiewicz to Executive Creative Director. The role was formerly occupied by Kevin Houlihan, who is now MERGE’s President & Chief Creative Officer. Matykiewicz, who … Continue reading “Merge makes Matykiewicz Exec Creative Director”

“Stranger Things” closes out 35th annual PaleyFest

Yes, yes this news is a tad late about the 35th annual Paley Fest that I had the pleasure of attending for a first time, but it’s never too late to talk about Netflix’s hit series, Stranger Things. If you’re not familiar with the festival, it’s a TV lover’s dream, bringing together the stars and … Continue reading ““Stranger Things” closes out 35th annual PaleyFest”

The Campus’ Rachel Bryant has passed her “Scream” test

Even drenched in blood — and I do mean buckets of blood, like a Carrie amount of blood — there are still undeniable things that stand out about actress, writer and producer Rachel Amanda Bryant. First, are her friendly but driven deep blue eyes that apparently sometimes turn green depending on her mood. Second, is … Continue reading “The Campus’ Rachel Bryant has passed her “Scream” test”

Midwest Indie Film Fest opens with sickening premiere

No, the new independent film, Cold War, won’t make you sick (unless you can’t catch your breath from laughing), but the actors in it sure are — as in catching the nasty “Raccoon Flu.” The romantic comedy, which will make its Chicago premiere and open the 2018 season for Midwest Indie is coming off a … Continue reading “Midwest Indie Film Fest opens with sickening premiere”

LC, Fram scold consumers in new “Frampa” campaign

Laughlin Constable helped oil filter giant Fram connect with young adults by hiring a 70-year-old pitchman to call them “numnuts.”

“We wanted to channel that sort of sage old advisor we all kind of grew up with,” explains creative director Jon Laughlin.

Breaking Bad actor Jonathan Banks stars as the title character in Frampa, an online campaign LC created for Fram’s Extra Guard oil filters. In each of the series’ four spots, he shows tough but tender disapproval for anyone who cannot competently change the oil in their cars.

Abasolo wins top raffle prizes at ChicPUG Wrap Party

THE 70-PLUS GUESTS at ChicPUG’s (Chicago Creative Pro Users Group) Wrap Party last week at the Metropolitan Club cheered lucky member Tony Abasolo when he won the two top raffle prizes valued at $3,100 and two additional prizes.

Abasolo, who is with Apple and a freelance editor, took home the Editors Retreat All Access Pass, valued at $1,900 and the TB ThunderBay 4 RAID 6, a $1,200 value. He also won an AddMotion and a Color Finale Pro.

Three “Chicago” series kick off fall season filming

STARTING JULY 20, Chicago’s film industry will take off like a rocket as NBC/Dick Wolf’s three primetime series — “Chicago Fire,” “PD” and “Med” — all begin shooting their new fall seasons on Cinespace stages.

By mid-September, eight TV series will be filming here. Cameras will roll for Fox TV’s hit “Empire” and new Fox entries, “The Exorcist” Aug. 3 and “ABP” Aug. 22. NBC’s “Chicago Justice” is scheduled to start for mid-September airing.

LC names ad veteran Dan Fietsam as chief creative

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

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

Big Mouth actor, 14, co-stars in new ABC family sitcom

Local casting has not yet begun in earnest for the upcoming flood of TV series that will start shooting here shortly, but that doesn’t mean talent agencies and casting companies haven’t been busy.  Case in point: agents Kelly Wilkening and Brooke Tonneman’s Big Mouth Talent agency.‎

Their 14-year old client, Sean Giambrone, was tapped for a starring role on a new ABC family sitcom, “The Goldbergs,” that will air during the 2013-2014 season.

Burnett and divisions win a colossal 74 ADDY Awards

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

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

Norman goes cuckoo for Kellogg’s promotion at L.A. shopping mall

BIG MOUTH TALENT’S Kelly McLaughlin is still beaming with pride over her exclusive, Brad Norman, who won a nationwide search by Kellogg’s for a character to perform a public event on a busy L.A. street, to promote its Crunchy Nut cereal promotion.
Directed by Upright Citizens Brigade’s Matt Walsh, Norman appeared on a 37-ft. high scaffold over a shopping mall, as the character who pops out of a cuckoo clock door as each hour of the day chimes.

Foundation Content wins a prestigous Gold Hugo

GOLD HUGOS TEND TO BE SCARCE around these parts, so it was with understandable great excitement that Foundation Content’s Samantha Hart received word of a Gold Hugo awarded to their United Way piece in the Charitable Activity category.

“Everyone on the team collaborated on the film,” says Hart, to produce the 2-minute piece for presentation at United Way’s gala benefit last May,” says Hart, who came up with the Hugo Gold idea.

The piece utilized live action and special effects in the use of a clothes line criss-crossing the city.

One film screens at two fests the same time

WHAT ARE THE ODDS of filmmakers actually seeing their short film premiere at two international film festivals, being held the same weeks this month, at two widely separated locations?

Short film producers Kathryn Henderson and Marie Ullrich fly to London Tuesday to see their short, “Faster!” showcase at the ultra prestigious 54th British Film Institute London Film Festival.

At the same time, “Faster!” also screens as one of the 11 choice selections in the Illinois(e)Makers program at the 46th Chicago International Film Festival.

SMS Productions hosts Sept. 27-29 Cine Tech Expo with new equipment and illuminating workshops

Call the Chicago Cine Tech Expo a labor of love for expo producers Helena and Man Sung Son.

Their goal for the Sept. 27-29 showcase is not profit (“we only want to cover expenses,” says Helena), but rather to help promote the city’s talent and resources and introduce filmmakers to new technology and ideas.

Columbia College’s expanded and remodeled eighth floor is the Expo venue, larger and more convenient that last year’s test run at North Park College.

Yvonne Furth to retire as Rivet’s top exec, Lor Gold steps up as COO and global director

RIVET PRESIDENT YVONNE FURTH announced she will retire from the agency Aug. 31 after 26 years with Draft/Chicago, Rivet’s parent company.

Lor Gold, also from Draft who formed Rivet with Furth last January, remains as Rivet’s CCO and new position of global managing director.

The 2005 Ad Woman of the Year, and possessor of an arms-length worth of awards, Furth previously was Draft/Chicago president/CEO. She joined Draft in ?81 as assistant account exec and ascended through the ranks to become president/COO in ’02.

Cutters’ Tom Pastorelle shapes his clients’ visions

WHO HE IS: Tom Pastorelle, a senior editor at Cutters Editorial where he’s worked since 1993.

HOW HE VIEWS HIS JOB: As an editor for high-profile clients like Nike, Wrangler, McDonald’s and Michelob Ultra, he says, “It’s great to take all the parts of a project, from agency concept through processing of the film, and turn them into something more fully realized.”

PROS: “Working with great and interesting people, at Cutters and among our agency clients.” He’s also fond of the climate control in his edit suite.

CONS: The sales element.

Bob Ebel directed

a Friendly’s Restaurant/Laughlin Constable spot at a Friendly’s in Kissimmee, Florida and a Kids “R” Us store in Orlando.

Father (Adam Vernier) takes his son (Evan Nave) to a Friendly’s after they were in a department store where Dad has been shopping.

There, while they watch images on a big screen TV, a voiceover reminds Dad that “what we really need, we already have.” The spot ends with the tag, “You and Me and Friendly’s.”

Steve Ford music provided the score, Another Country the sound design, and Tom Pastorelle of Cutters edited.

Jamie Ceaser produces weekly movie review show in L.A. for former Ch. 11 colleague John Davies

Veteran TV show producer Jamie Ceaser is working in L.A. for the next two months producing “Movie Club with John Ridley” that airs Fridays on AMC. She was brought aboard by executive producer John Davies, her old friend from Ch. 11 days.

“Sneak Previews” meets “The McLaughlin Group” is the way Ceaser described the eight-week series.

Up & Down the Avenue

EURO MEANS BUSINESS. Just moved in are the Chicago brethren of Rubin Postaer Associates (RPA): GCDs Bill Mericle and Paul Janas, copywriter Derrick Halpern, print production director Susan Green and account execs Bill Marks and Tim Reardon. They also brought with them accounts Potbelly Sandwich Works, Calaphon cookware, Direct Buy, GMAC Realty, Greco children’s products and H20 plus. New hire is SVP Paula Airsick as head of new position of strategy and planning. She’s a 16-year veteran of FCB.

Up and Down the Avenue

Nicholas Paul heads the Chicago office of FCB’s new 361 Degrees Sports & Event Marketing division. A staff of ultimately 12 will work on sports and sponsorship marketing, event and hospitality services. Paul formerly headed KemperLesnik Sports Marketing.

Film & Tape Works added Mark Johnson as Smoke and online editor, formerly of Swell for 7 years. Another Swell departure was audio engineer Steve Wilke.

Gov. Blagojevich and IFO director Brenda Sexton took a meeting last week in L.A.