Liz Taylor named Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett

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

Multi-media production studio Taylor James takes on Sonia Reps

Multi-media production studio Taylor James is now represented by Sonia Blum of Sonia Reps in the Midwest. This marks the latest partnership for Taylor James, established innovators in CGI, VFX, automotive and future technology. The addition of Taylor James rounds out Sonia Reps’ robust offering of VFX companies to the Midwest market.   “I’m excited … Continue reading “Multi-media production studio Taylor James takes on Sonia Reps”

AbelsonTaylor hires Mike Czuba as VP in new position

AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has hired veteran insights and market research expert Mike Czuba as vice president of insights innovation.  In this newly created position, Czuba will focus on elevating AbelsonTaylor’s capabilities in cultivating meaningful and actionable strategic insights through innovative market research and development methodologies. He will … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires Mike Czuba as VP in new position”

Liz Roche appointed to GM and CSO of Havas CX helia

Havas Creative North America continues its commitment to customer experience by announcing Liz Roche as general manager and chief strategy officer of Havas CX helia, part of the recently formed Havas CX global network. In the position, Roche—formerly managing director of Havas helia (customer engagement)—is tasked with leading strategy for clients and internal teams in … Continue reading “Liz Roche appointed to GM and CSO of Havas CX helia”

Lizzo covers ‘All Together Now’ in first Messenger spot

“See You Here” is Leo Burnett’s first major campaign for Messenger, developed in partnership with Facebook’s Creative X team. For the campaign’s off-platform debut, Leo Burnett conceived and created the short film, “Pictures”—drawing inspiration from people’s real-life experiences to showcase the real-life benefits of the new video chat platform. The energetic work is part of … Continue reading “Lizzo covers ‘All Together Now’ in first Messenger spot”

AbelsonTaylor Launches Icons.Health channel

New venture features content that explores the intersection of healthcare and technology with innovators and entrepreneurs   What do Microsoft, Aetna, Twitter, IBM, Ogilvy Consulting, Biogen, and dozens of healthcare startups have in common? All appear in discussions about issues at the nexus of healthcare and technology in Icons.Health, a new video series produced by … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor Launches Icons.Health channel”

FCB Chicago names Ogilvy global ECD Taylor new CCO

Award-winning Liz Taylor moves from global executive creative director at Ogilvy & Mather Chicago to become FCB Chicago’s chief creative officer on Sept. 15, replacing Todd Tilford, who remains with the agency, and joins FCB global CCO Susan Credle at the top of the Interpublic-owned agency.

Taylor will partner with CEO/President Michael Fassnacht to lead the 750-person shop and work on such accounts as Fiat and Clorox, newly won this year, Radio Flyer, digital work for Humana and others. 

FCB gets it Bright

FCB Chicago announced last week that Lisa Bright has has left Iris Worldwide, as its executive creative director, to join the Michigan Avenue shop as the agency’s newest SVP, Group Creative Director.

Bright will report directly to Chief Creative Officer, Liz Taylor, and will be responsible for creative leadership across a diversity of brands including Humana, Renew Life, Liquid Plumbr, Pine-Sol, and Glad.

Jon Flannery returns to FCB Chicago as new EVP/ECD

FCB veteran Jon Flannery returns to FCB Chicago on Oct. 1 as EVP/executive creative director, after leading FCB Toronto for two years – and marking the first appointee of Liz Taylor, the agency’s new CCO.

“We feel very lucky to have Jon back in Chicago,” said Taylor. “He’s a culture builder, a creative talent and the kind of leader that brings out the best in everyone. He will continue to raise the bar and make us all better.”

Leo Burnett announces Emily Doskow as CMO

Leo Burnett announces Emily Doskow as Chief Marketing Officer, leading new business and growth efforts for the agency’s U.S. operations. In this role, Emily will report to Leo Burnett North America CEO Andrew Swinand, and joins the leadership team alongside Liz Taylor, Global Chief Creative Officer, and Aki Spicer, U.S. Chief Strategy Officer, to guide the agency’s positioning and product. “Emily … Continue reading “Leo Burnett announces Emily Doskow as CMO”

Country Time’s ‘Littlest Bailout’ for kid’s lemonade stands

To help the smallest of small businesses, kids’ lemonade stands, Country Time is launching the Littlest Bailout Relief Fund, a fund to send stimulus checks to kids who had to close their lemonade stands due to COVID-19. It’s summer and that means lemonade season, but this summer things are looking a bit dry. Lemonade stands across the … Continue reading “Country Time’s ‘Littlest Bailout’ for kid’s lemonade stands”

Viola Davis narrates Leo Burnett’s first work for BOA

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

AICP announces stellar lineup for 2019 Awards

Panel guests for the Chicago finale include DDB Chief Britt Nolan, FCB Chief Andrés Ordóñez, and Leo Burnett Chief Liz Taylor Lisa Masseur, President of the AICP Midwest Chapter, today announced the panel line-up for the 2019 AICP Next Awards presentation, which will be presented as part of the AICP Awards in Chicago. Britt Nolan, … Continue reading “AICP announces stellar lineup for 2019 Awards”

Leo Burnett names Matt Marcus Chief Experience Officer

Seasoned creative leader will help brands connect with consumers through technology Leo Burnett North America has today named Matt Marcus to the newly created role of Chief Experience Officer. Marcus’ client portfolio will include Kellogg, Kraft, General Motors and Miller Coors, among others. He starts in the position immediately, reporting to Liz Taylor, chief creative … Continue reading “Leo Burnett names Matt Marcus Chief Experience Officer”

Leo Burnett Chicago ups Doucette to Chief Creative Officer

Leadership move strengthens ‘creative culture that is alive and well’ at the agency Leo Burnett Chicago today elevated Jordan Doucette to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Most recently EVP/executive creative director at the agency, Doucette is the creative lead on The Kellogg Company and Miller-Coors. She starts in her new role immediately and will … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago ups Doucette to Chief Creative Officer”

New FCB / ICHV installation addresses gun violence

The agency and the council create “Most Dangerous Street” to commemorate victims and inspire action To inspire conversation and action about handgun violence prevention and control, FCB Chicago and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) created a kinetic installation that visualizes a week-by-week toll of the tragedies resulting from Chicago’s gun violence. Set in … Continue reading “New FCB / ICHV installation addresses gun violence”

FCB Chicago promotes Lisa Bright to EVP, ECD

New executive creative director has been recognized as one of the most creative women in advertising Congratulations are in order for FCB Chicago’s Lisa Bright. The agency announced she has been promoted to EVP, ECD. In this role, she will continue to report to FCB Chicago’s chief creative officer Liz Taylor, while overseeing all creative … Continue reading “FCB Chicago promotes Lisa Bright to EVP, ECD”

FCB Cottonelle campaign “Not Safe For (net) Work”

Undeterred, the brand and the agency are doubling down in a new campaign within-a-campaign called #FreedomOfPeach FCB has run afoul of some major television networks with its recent “downtherecare” campaign for Cottonelle, but the agency and the brand are doubling down on the perceived transgression. The trouble started with a sly implication contained in the … Continue reading “FCB Cottonelle campaign “Not Safe For (net) Work””

2019 AICP Show Curatorial Committee Announced

Winning selections for “the most important advertising showcase in the U.S.” will be preserved in The Museum of Modern Art Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, and Daniel Bergmann, Founder and President of global creative network Stink and the 2019 Chairperson of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, today … Continue reading “2019 AICP Show Curatorial Committee Announced”

FCB Chicago goes “down there” for Cottonelle

A new integrated campaign addresses the nether regions with frank, informative, and delightful moxie FCB Chicago and Cottonelle get to the bottom of a sensitive issue with downtherecare, a new campaign that launched this week. Highlighting the moments when toilet paper and flushable wipes are consequential to moments that matter, the campaign delivers advertising and … Continue reading “FCB Chicago goes “down there” for Cottonelle”

FCB goes into epic battle with Cox Communications

I love a good Medieval battle and with Game of Thrones not showing up for another six months or so I was kind of itching for one. That is until I stumbled on this fun Cox Communications spot from FCB Chicago. Appropriately titled ‘Epic Battle,’ the effort takes the nation’s third largest cable provider into … Continue reading “FCB goes into epic battle with Cox Communications”

FCB launches “I Was Raised on the Internet”

FCB and The Museum of Contemporary Art continue the success of “Made You Look” with a campaign and exhibit about the influence of the internet   Last weekend, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), in partnership with the Chicago office of FCB, launched a thrilling integrated campaign in conjunction with the MCA’s newest exhibition … Continue reading “FCB launches “I Was Raised on the Internet””

Moxie and resilience on display at Cannes Lions

A screening of select shorts from the Athena Film Festival demonstrate the dynamic grace and power of today’s female filmmakers   Four short films directed by women were screened at the Cannes Lions 2018 International Festival of Creativity as a part of a June 20 presentation by FCB Chicago’s CCO Liz Taylor and The 3% … Continue reading “Moxie and resilience on display at Cannes Lions”

NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global

FCB’s Liz Taylor and 3% Movement’s Kat Gordon announced that the femme-focused advertising competition is now open to women around the world   During a presentation at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, FCB Chicago’s Chief Creative Officer Liz Taylor and 3% Movement founder Kat Gordon announced that the Athena Advertising Awards are going global … Continue reading “NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global”

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

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

FCB helps the MCA bring 1979 to life in Wicker Park

This weekend, the Museum of Contemporary Art brings the year 1979 to life in a free, two-day Wicker Park pop-up experience dedicated to the work of artist Howardena Pindell. Boasting a t-shirt stand, a Space Invaders game, a wall of album covers, and a loaded record store rack next to a turntable with a pair … Continue reading “FCB helps the MCA bring 1979 to life in Wicker Park”

FCB goes undercover with a Glad trash bag

FCB Chicago followed a Glad trash bag’s journey through the luggage-handling processes in airports across the country to make “Torture Tests,” a 90-second video that plays like an undercover exposé. After thunking onto conveyor belts, falling into puddles and plopping into aircrafts, the bag emerges intact, proving that Glad’s ForceFlex Plus Advanced Protection can withstand … Continue reading “FCB goes undercover with a Glad trash bag”

Leo B, Luci Creative, AICP in the news

Burnett & Samsung take home top commercial award from 16th annual Visual Effects Society Hot off the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards, comedian / author Patton Oswalt was back on the mic for the 16th annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Same location. Different awards. Wonder if he got a room. With … Continue reading “Leo B, Luci Creative, AICP in the news”

Chris Pratt sings “I Like Beer” in 2nd Michelob Ultra spot

Supporting its mantra that drinkers can stay fit and enjoy beer, Michelob Ultra has scheduled, for the very first time, two Super Bowl spots. The first, titled, The Perfect Fit, also starred Chris Pratt and featured The Guardians of the Galaxy star preparing for his very first Super Bowl spot. Its sequel, titled I Like … Continue reading “Chris Pratt sings “I Like Beer” in 2nd Michelob Ultra spot”

New hires at DDB, FCB and We Are Unlimited

On Friday, McDonald’s AOR We Are Unlimited announced that former FCB Chicago SVP/ECD, Max Geraldo had been tapped to serve as Executive Creative Director. Joining him is Bruno Guimaraes, who left DigitasLBI Chicago to serve as Creative Director.

Both creatives will report to the agency’s Chief Creative Officer Toygar Bazarkaya. These are Bazarkaya’s first hires since joining the agency two months ago, and builds out the creative leadership team.

Geraldo has over 50 Cannes Lions to his credit including the Mobile Grand Prix.

FCB Chicago’s Liquid Plumr spot on crack and the pipe

And there it is — the headline I’ve been waiting to write forever. The new “Reel Ad of the Week” goes to FCB Chicago for their very funny Liquid Plumr spot titled, “There’s a Plumr in all of us.”

Set to the finger popping tune of Rosemary Clooney’s, Too Marvelous for Words, we watch various folks ranging from a cute old couple swimming to a bowler and firefighter, all doing their thing… while displaying a little plumber’s crack!

Adman/screenwriter Colin Costello heads for L.A.

ADMAN AND SCREENWRITER COLIN COSTELLO is starting the New Year in a big way.  His new home base as of Jan. 8 will be Los Angeles, where he will continue to build on his successes as a comedy screenwriter over the past 10 years and use his advertising copywriting skills freelancing for an L.A. agency.

“I know there were false alarms about moving before, but this time I know it’s the right move for me.   I was told earlier this year that I used to take risks and I didn’t anymore. Well here we go. I’m taking the mother of all risks for 2013.”

Energy BBDO ends 80 year Wrigley Bldg. tenure Friday

ENERGY BBDO ON FRIDAY moves out of three floors at the 410 N. Michigan Wrigley Building, after an 80 year tenancy begun by its predecessor agency, to updated new offices south across the river at 225 N. Michigan Ave.

Friday will be a work-at-home day for the agency’s 250 staffers while the physical move takes place.  On Monday they will report to their home on the entire 15th floor and part of the 14th floor of the modern glass and steel high-rise. 

New book by PR guru, Roger Darnell helps build your dream career

Anyone with a cell phone, WiFi, and the desire to communicate can achieve the astronomical. Drawing on his success as a freelance communications consultant, author Roger Darnell has written a new book for professionals and students who want to improve their prospects in business. Published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, The Communications Consultant’s Foundation prepares … Continue reading “New book by PR guru, Roger Darnell helps build your dream career”

Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day

The past year has been a chaotic one for movies as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countless films to either move to VOD, release in a hybrid manner in theaters and VOD, or delay their release dates. Jordan Peele’s horror sequel Candyman was delayed several times until its eventual release on August 27, 2021 exclusively … Continue reading “Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day”

Chicago Med pics ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies‘ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: In ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies‘ Crockett worries he made a surgical error when a recent transplant patient comes in … Continue reading “Chicago Med pics ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies’”

Chicago Med set pics and promo ‘A Red Pill, A Blue Pill’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled A Red Pill, A Blue Pill airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  As we build to the final episode of the season in just two weeks, this installment is titled “A Red Pill, A Blue Pill” (a reference to The … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics and promo ‘A Red Pill, A Blue Pill’”

RECAP: Chicago Fire ‘Natural Born Firefighter’

This week’s Chicago Fire, Natural Born Firefighter opens with Casey (Jesse Spencer) finally seeing a doctor while Brett (Kara Kilmer) sits impatiently in the waiting room. He explains to the doctor that he’s having vision issues, and the doctor sends him to get an MRI because it’s possible he’s having “temporal lobe seizures” that could … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Fire ‘Natural Born Firefighter’”

Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’

In this recap of Wednesday’s Chicago Fire episode “A Couple Hundred Degrees” Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) is teaching a course at the fire academy, and begins a drill where the recruits have to climb up several flights of stairs, pick up a human sized mannequin, and carry it back down the stairs.  A recruit named Mercer … Continue reading “Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’”

Two new adam&eveDDB spots for Temptations

We all know that over time, owners start to look like their pets. And with special moments lasting longer with Creamy Purrrr-ee…this could get out of hand! Creamy Purrrr-ee is a new irresistible treat for cats and a means to create spontaneous moments of enhanced bonding with your furry friend. To highlight this, adam&eveDDB created a … Continue reading “Two new adam&eveDDB spots for Temptations”

RBL Spotlight: producer, Storm Smith

Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. During the month of February, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like Storm Smith with … Continue reading “RBL Spotlight: producer, Storm Smith”

Energy BBDO’s new brand campaign for Home Instead

Home Instead, the leading provider of in-home care for older adults, has launched a new brand identity and campaign to promote the evolving organization. Created in partnership with our friends at creative agency Energy BBDO, the changes modernize the brand and share an uplifting approach to staying happy and well at home. Home Instead delivers personalized care … Continue reading “Energy BBDO’s new brand campaign for Home Instead”

Merry Christmas from Reel Chicago + Reel 360

No need to dive in-depth into what a dumpster fire of a year 2020 has been. We all know. The pandemic has altered the way many of us view life for good. Even how we celebrate Christmas this year. And we really understand the ramifications of COVID here at Reel 360 and Reel Chicago. Because we reported on … Continue reading “Merry Christmas from Reel Chicago + Reel 360”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

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

Two paws up for Scaredy Cat first horror movie for cats

Just in time for Halloween, TEMPTATIONS™ brand cat treats premieres Scaredy Cat the brilliant first-ever horror movie for cats. The terrifying tale, went live Friday, October 16 on YouTube and it’s a hit. The story follows a lone kitty through a spooky haunted house. As a storm rages outside, a mysterious ball of yarn leads the cat from room … Continue reading “Two paws up for Scaredy Cat first horror movie for cats”

2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

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

Behind the Scenes: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ DP, Dan Mindel

Behind the Scenes: Honoring the visual tradition of the first eight films, Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC, SASC reteams with Panavision to conclude the Star Wars saga with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker In February 2019, director J.J. Abrams called “Cut!” for the last time during principal photography of the ninth chapter of the long-running Star Wars saga. Star Wars: … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ DP, Dan Mindel”

Roycemore hosts first Adobe Creative Jam for HS students

Roycemore School in Evanston hosted the first ever Adobe Creative Jam for Illinois high school students on November 15, 2019. A Creative Jam is a live tournament-style event that challenges students to use Adobe’s product suite to solve a predetermined, real-world scenario. Creative Jams were first conceived as a way to bring creative professionals together … Continue reading “Roycemore hosts first Adobe Creative Jam for HS students”

‘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”

Scout Health promotes Rick Conrad to ECD

Former owner of CPG boutique SPY Advertising will lead teams across the country for the healthcare marketing agency Scout Health, a leading healthcare marketing firm that specializes in rare diseases, orphan drugs and specialty pharmaceuticals, has promoted Rick Conrad, formerly group creative director, to the newly created position of vice president, executive creative director. In … Continue reading “Scout Health promotes Rick Conrad to ECD”

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.”

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”

Cinepocalypse unveils 2019 lineup

The June 13-20 Music Box Theatre fest opens with the World Premiere of Glenn Danzig’s “Verotika” Cinepocalypse, Chicago’s premiere festival for electrifying and provocative genre cinema, returns to the Music Box Theatre June 13th for eight days of features, shorts, events and surprises, including eight fantastic break-out world premieres! We’re proud to announce our new … Continue reading “Cinepocalypse unveils 2019 lineup”

2019 CineYouth audience and jury awards

”No Such Sunrise” and “Mad Lib Pixie Dream Girl” earn top honors from passionate global audience CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for the 2019 program that was held April 26-28 at the Music Box Theatre. No Such Sunrise — by 22 year olds Dana Brandes-Simon, Laura Li, and Cella Wright from Oberlin, … Continue reading “2019 CineYouth audience and jury awards”

MillerCoors & Energy BBDO sparkle with new drink

The new line of 120-calorie sparkling cocktails from MillerCoors, began hitting shelves this week This week MillerCoors introduces a new sparkling cocktail beverage to market called “Cape Line”—a delicious full-flavored beverage that is low in calories and has zero artificial additives. The 120-calorie cocktails, which aim to appeal to consumers who seek bold flavors with … Continue reading “MillerCoors & Energy BBDO sparkle with new drink”

AMP announces 2019 Curatorial Committee

Expert panel of music and advertising pros will review judging results, evaluate category winners and select “Best in Show.” The AMP Awards for Music & Sound has released the lineup for its 2019 Curatorial Committee. Selected by members of the AMP Awards Committee in consultation with AMP Awards Show Chair Katy Hornaday, EVP and Executive … Continue reading “AMP announces 2019 Curatorial Committee”

Jaime Robinson settles into AICP Next judging chair

The JOAN Creative co-founder and CCO “represents the next generation of creative leader,” according to AICP President Matt Miller Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced today that Jaime Robinson, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of JOAN Creative, has been named as the 2019 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair, and will serve as Master … Continue reading “Jaime Robinson settles into AICP Next judging chair”

2019 Academy Awards Review

Colin Costello recounts the thrill passion, and spectacle of Hollywood’s biggest night of the year There’s no way to prepare for the spectacle that is the Oscar celebration in Hollywood. Frankly, I was blown away. The, pomp, the limos, the security and the enormous amount of international press – the cameras, the microphones, the reporters, … Continue reading “2019 Academy Awards Review”

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”

Leviathan announces massive staff expansion

The Chicago-based, specialized creative agency adds staff in creative, account, production and development disciplines   (Chicago — 5 November 2018) The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan are very proud to announce several key new hires and promotions expanding their creative, account management, production and digital development strengths. The full-time staff additions include ACD Branded … Continue reading “Leviathan announces massive staff expansion”

“Kappa Force” to deliver punch at Logan on July 29

The new web-series features five sorority sisters fighting the patriarchy, one frat boy at a time   Kappa Force is a satirical web series about a crime-fighting sorority that takes on the evil El Douche of Sigma Sigma Epsilon. Director Hannah Welever and writer/producer Addison Heimann’s Kappa Force is having its hometown premiere on Sunday, … Continue reading ““Kappa Force” to deliver punch at Logan on July 29”

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The Ads of Summer

Being America’s “national pastime” alone does not sell tickets. A select group of professional baseball teams told Reel Chicago how they’re bringing fans into the stadium this season.   Chicago Cubs Everybody In | Shaefer Condon Carter Alyson Cohen — Public Relations Manager What is the creative? The creative thematic, Everybody In, is meant to … Continue reading “The Ads of Summer”

Ogilvy, Optimus, Mrs. Meyer’s show us flower power

Can gardening grow a more compassionate generation? That’s the question that SC Johnson’s Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, a home cleaning and personal brand inspired by gardening, along with agency Ogilvy Chicago and production company Optimus ask us in this installment of Reel Ad of the Week.   The answer is a hopeful yes. According to … Continue reading “Ogilvy, Optimus, Mrs. Meyer’s show us flower power”

Spoiler-free review: Colin Costello on “Lost In Space”

Audiences will want to get lost with these Robinsons Confession. I was never into Star Trek reruns as a kid. Yeah, I watched them and thought Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) had the best legs ever, but there was still something missing for me. That missing element I found with reruns of Lost in Space, which … Continue reading “Spoiler-free review: Colin Costello on “Lost In Space””

Women of The Now’s Anniversary Showcase

Last weekend’s 2018 Women of the Now Anniversary Showcase inspired every emotion that people want from the movies while weaving a thread of feminism into an enjoyable afternoon matinee. The superbly professional collection of shorts — presented on Sunday at the New 400 Theaters in Rogers Park — represented work from some of the most … Continue reading “Women of The Now’s Anniversary Showcase”

McD’s Golden Arches flip for International Women’s Day

McDonald’s has a long-history of supporting women in the workplace, giving them the opportunity to grow and succeed. To take their support a step further, the fast-food giant has literally flipped their iconic logo in recognition of International Women’s Day. Yes, the “M” (arches), which is usually untouchable, has been turned into a “W.” “In … Continue reading “McD’s Golden Arches flip for International Women’s Day”

Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman

Former DDB CCO Bob Scarpelli once told me, “All good ideas eventually find a home.” That is certainly the case with the exciting two-year-old horror film, Before I Wake, which premiered on Netflix last Friday after playing overseas. Directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Hush) the film stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as foster … Continue reading “Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman”

Behind the scenes of “Pottersville”

Director Seth Henrikson and writer Dan Meyer transformed an introspective remark by actor Michael Shannon into a holiday film that began streaming December 15 on Netflix. Pottersville is the story of a mild-mannered storekeeper named Maynard who gets mistaken for Sasquatch while drunkenly raging through the streets of a quaint but struggling New England mill … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of “Pottersville””

Panama campaign welcomes everyone but tourists

Hoping to boost its tourism numbers from the U.S. and Canada, The Panama Tourism Authority hired VML as its AOR in 2016.

The result is a campaign that positions the Central American country — with relatively underdeveloped infrastructure — as a point of destination for Indiana Jones and Laura Crofts rather than fat, lazy beach bums looking for cabanas and Mojitos.

You ain’t going to find The Real Housewives of Wherever glamming it up here!

Crowdfunding film spoof screens tonight at Music Box

IT’S ALL GOOD,” a comedy feature from Aaron Fronk, Vinny Degaetano and Cooper Johnson of FND Films screens Oct. 20 at the Music Box Theatre and the next day it’ll be digitally released on on FND’s website.

“It’s All Good” follows three broke filmmakers (Fronk, Johnson and DeGaetano) who suffer the consequences of a fraudulent crowdfunding campaign.

Gov. Quinn’s L.A. visit a ‘we’ll see’ situation

GOVERNOR’S L.A. UPDATE. Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment schedule for next week has not been completely finalized, says a spokesperson for the governor, which kinda suggests that he just might be able to make the important Aug. 1 TV Production Executives Dinner in L.A. after all. 

‘Dialog Across Borders’ at March 27 World Theatre Day

THE LEAGUE OF CHICAGO THEATRES finalizes its plans for celebrating World Theatre Day – Chicago being the first U.S. city to hold one) on Tuesday, March 27 at the Chicago Cultural Center, free and open to all.

The League calls World Theatre Day “an opportunity for Chicago theatre artists – and the city that loves them – to examine what it means to be art makers and thought leaders in a city ever-evolving as a global citizen.”  

ARU moves into new studio at 625 N. Michigan April 2

Come April 2, ARU, the venerable recording studio, will settle into its new home at 625 N. Michigan Ave. after 23 memorable years of occupancy over four floors in the tower of the 400 N. Michigan Wrigley Building.

ARU owners/engineers Don Arbuckle and Marc Zeboski are exchanging their present 6,400-sq. ft. for 6,600-sq. ft. of new space on the 24th floor of the Michigan and Ontario building.

17 Non-broadcasting entries vie for 2011 Emmy Awards

Come November’s 2011 Emmy Awards ceremonies, a very large number of broadcasting persons and entities among scores of contenders, will take home a coveted Emmy statuette as winners in 27 Outstanding Achievement categories.

Of those 27 categories, 15 will honor achievements in programming, commercials and crafts produced by 17 local and regional production companies other than broadcasters, as shown below. 

‘Playboy’ pilot result of past good experience with Fox

Positive experiences on The Chicago Code and Prison Break, the 30% Film Tax Credit, and the story’s Chicago setting clinched the Playboy series pilot for a shoot here, studio and state officials said.

“The show is set in Chicago but we did consider other options regarding where to produce the pilot,” said Tracey Raab, executive director for media relations at 20th Century Fox Television.

US warship the base for documenting Project Hope medical aid mission

Pasquale Iannino of Rockit Projects spent three weeks in October and November living aboard amphibious warship USS Iwo Jima and flying daily into the South American countries Guyana and Suriname as the mobile videography unit for Project Hope.

The Virginia-based medical relief group was supplying medical specialists to Continuing Promise 2010, an initiative of the U.S. military in collaboration with Latin American governments and international aid organizations to provide medical services to underserved people across the region.

Robert Huffer headed Teletech sales

Robert Michael Huffer, the sales and customer service arm of Teletech Video, was “one of those people who brightened your day every time he walked through the door, remembered Liz Palese of Global Video of her good friend of many years.

Mr. Huffer, 49, who had battled kidney problems and disease since he was a boy, had a serious relapse and died of kidney failure Nov. 1. Visitation is Thursday at the Donnellan Funeral Home in Skokie.


Positive rumors that, if true, could boost our biz; SAG anniversary party deemed huge success

WE HEAR … and this is only a rumor, hearsay, unconfirmed talk and all that — BUT it’s being bruited about that Springfield might up the filmmakers’ tax incentive ante to 30% and give it a two-year life span.

We can certainly hope this becomes a reality, as we ? and possibly our legislators — see evidence of how our neighboring states are benefiting from their excellent incentives and how those advances could happen here, too.

“Osso Bucco” star Mike Starr to appear at Midwest Indie FilmFestival screening

River West Films premieres their romantic-mob-comedy “Osso Bucco” at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on Feb. 5, followed by a theatrical self-release beginning Feb. 8 at the Wilmette Theatre.

“We’re trying to create a pedigree, or a compelling argument for why the film will succeed,” said Gary Taylor, who wrote the script, and directed with Fred Blurton. They’re producing with Douglas Weidner.

House passes Illinois Film Tax Credit extension, now en route through the Senate for final vote

THE TAX EXTENSION IS ON ITS WAY! The Illinois House voted 107-7 to extend Illinois’ generous 20% tax credits. The bill was introduced to the House by speaker Michael Madigan .

From there, the bill goes to the Senate and wends its way through committes and ultimately to the Senate floor for a vote ? assuming all goes according to plan. It’s difficult to say when to pop corks — everyone’s hoping before the end of the month — so stay tuned.

Great variety of statewide locations amazed 100 attendees at the IFO Producers Breakfast in L.A.

Among the Illinois facts that surprised guests at the IFO Producers Breakfast in L.A. last week was the availability of a four-lane, 2.9 mile, virtually unused strip of highway in Waukegan.

The Amstutz Highway was one of 60 unique Illinois locations displayed to some 100 high-level production and studio executives at the Beverly Wilshire hotel meeting.

While the Chicago Party Alliance held a day earlier was characterized as “disappointing” by some of the Chicago party-goers, the Production Breakfast scored big.

Robert Townsend leads the professionals who
will launch IFP’s first fund-raising Gala Sept. 28

DIRECTOR ROBERT TOWNSEND will be among the esteemed group of industry professionals celebrating IFP’s first Independent Film Gala, Sept. 28 at Salvage One. All proceeds will go to expand IFP’s services and programs.

They include the Production Fund of $100,000 in in-kind services, the annual Midwest Filmmakers Summit coming up Oct. 19-21, mentorship programs, the Flyover Zone Film Festival and more.

Tickets are $100 ($150) for two and membership is a low $80 a year. See for details.

Chicagoans off to the Sundance Film Festival

SUNDANCING FROM CHICAGO this week are producer Christine Vrotsis, Columbia College’s Bruce Sheridan, The White House’s Melissa Thornley, producers Sandy Gordon, Carrie Kolt Delama and Steve Vladem, and funder Matt Keepman.

The IFO’s departing director Brenda Sexton, incoming director Betsy Steinberg and staffers Todd Lizak and Julie Morgan will host events throughout the week.

No Vin Diesel “Transit” to Chicago; his pullout cancels the $30 mm feature due to shoot here

Actor Vin Diesel dealt an unexpected blow to Chicago when he reportedly pulled out as the star of Accent Pictures’ $30 million action-drama “Black Water Transit.” It was due to start shooting here July 31.

Five L.A. staffers had just begun to settle into offices at Chicago Studio City when they were told June 15 the movie was canceled and they returned to L.A.

Accent Pictures told CSC owner John Crededio that they would like to return to Chicago once the starring role was recast.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

JASON ROSIN, former Local 600 business manager, starts his new job Jan. 23 as business manager of IA Studio Mechanics Local 491, with a membership of 550.

Rosin will headquarter in Wilmington, N.C. and cover North and South Carolina, mostly in the film-busy cities of Wilmington, Charlotte and Charleston, and Savannah, Ga.

Rosin, who was appointed, replaces Ben Adams, moved up to the IA’s rep in Florida. Interestingly, Adams and Rosin got to know each other when Adams worked as a DP in Detroit.

Telling Truth in Chicago:
A Survey of Local Docmakers, Part I

Drawing on a rich tradition of bluntness and iconoclasm, Chicago is home to a wealth of documentarians, from TV powerhouses like Towers and Kurtis Productions to national theatrical and TV leaders Kartemquin to a range of small to mid-size companies capturing public imagination and affecting social change by telling true stories. This is the first in a two-part survey of the local docmaking scene. Part two, covering companies M-Z, in our next issue.

CFWC to call Kennedy-King its campus

It looks like the venerable Chicago Community Film Workshop will have a new home at Kennedy-King community college, reopening in time for summer classes. CFWC executive director Margaret Caples said escalating rents forced the 16mm film and digital video teaching center out of the South Loop, its home for 33 years. Its equipment has been in temporary storage during the transition.

Plans to move into the South Shore Cultural Center fell through earlier this year. The 4,000-sq. ft.

From ‘Bounce’ to Albee to ‘Samurai’

By Jonathan Abarbanel

Comedian Richard Kind joked about his Jeff Awards.

Traveller Jones hits film
double header in TV sales

Daniel J. Travanti stars in “Design,” Traveller Jones’ debut feature airing on Showtime.

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