BTS: Miller, Lewandowski on new UCM spot

4+ Last Friday, a brave and emotional new spot for the University of Chicago Medicine broke on regional TV. Crafted by independent, digitally driven, creative agency Schafer Condon Carter, the minute-long spot, directed by Sandro Miller, powerfully captures the raw emotions that patients and families feel when confronted with a life-threatening diagnosis. Titled ‘Not Fair,’ … Continue reading “BTS: Miller, Lewandowski on new UCM spot”

Leo Burnett names Matt Marcus Chief Experience Officer

4+ 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 … Continue reading “Leo Burnett names Matt Marcus Chief Experience Officer”

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

2+ 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 … Continue reading “DDB, Miller Lite, Eric Andre play ‘The Cantroller’”

Beer Wars: Miller Lite goes medieval on Bud Light

4+ New creative from agency DDB and a lawsuit take the battle to a whole new level Marsellus Wallace would be proud. The #corntroversy between Bud Light and Miller Lite, which began on the Super Bowl, has now turned into a Super Brawl. MillerCoors has taken the brewing battle with Bud Light to the next … Continue reading “Beer Wars: Miller Lite goes medieval on Bud Light”

Chance The Rapper, Sandro Miller propel AICP Next Awards

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

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

And beards, lots of beards.

MillerCoors, Beam agency Mekanism set up shop here

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

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

Illinois #2 in Top 10 locations; RIP gaffer Jimmy Miller

ILLINOIS RULES! To make up for painful omissions in Best Location lists compiled throughout the year, venerable international locations publication P3 Update Magazine named Illinois #2 in its annual roundup of the 10 best states in which to shoot a movie.

P3 ranked Illinois one spot below #1 Louisiana and three slots above California. 

Plenty of activity piling up this week

WHAT A WEEK this is turning out to be ? crammed with activities, information, good food, fun ? a fitting climax to what’s turned out to be a very good business year. So here’s what’s going on.

On Wednesday, there’s a 6 p.m. AIC Midwest general membership meeting at Fletcher camera, with key speakers New York-based AICP president Matt Miller and AICP VP/labor relations Jane Nunez discussing the how the new IATSE national agreement affects commercial production. The meeting is open to all interested persons.

Nov. 17 AICP meeting to discuss new agreement

PRIOR TO THE NOV. 18 AICP SHOW, a general membership meeting will convene Nov. 17 at Fletcher Cameras. AICP president Matt Miller and AICP VP/labor relations Jane Nunez from New York will discuss the new IATSE national agreement that went into effect Nov. 1 and how it affects commercial production.

“The meeting is open to all interested parties,” says Mark Androw, who was recently officially elected president of the AICP Midwest Chapter. Meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett

0 Best of the Midwest voted on by attendees as iconic ads are highlighted in benefit event for Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis food banks. The hors d’oeuvres were whatever you had on hand, the tinkling of cocktail glasses was done from afar and the applause was a bit muted, but that didn’t stop the Midwest … Continue reading “Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett”

AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19

2+ One of the most exciting stops on the AICP tour happens every year in Chicago. It’s one of the few opportunities for those in production, advertising and film to gather together, share a cocktail or four and just hang. This year, with a pandemic raging and cases on the rise again, the AICP Midwest … Continue reading “AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19”

Flavor creates masterful montage of AICP Post Awards

4+ Flavor created a masterfully designed package highlighting some of the 16 total minutes of original content created for the 2020 AICP Post Awards… all accompanied by a brilliant score by Yessian. Building on the epic legacy of the AICE organization, which officially merged with the AICP in 2018, The AICP Post Awards continue to celebrate the … Continue reading “Flavor creates masterful montage of AICP Post Awards”

R/GA’s Tiffany Rolfe to serve as 2020 AICP Judging Chair

2+ Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced today that Tiffany Rolfe, EVP and US Chief Creative Officer for R/GA, has been named as the 2020 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair. As such, Rolfe will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the AICP Next Awards presentation this June during AICP Week in New York. … Continue reading “R/GA’s Tiffany Rolfe to serve as 2020 AICP Judging Chair”

Chris Franklin named AICP Post Awards Chair

3+ Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced that Chris Franklin, Owner/Editor at Big Sky Edit, will serve as the Chairperson of the 2020 AICP Post Awards. Franklin’s appointment marks the first time the association’s annual competition for excellence in the post production arts will adopt a chairperson structure for its judging panels and … Continue reading “Chris Franklin named AICP Post Awards Chair”

PRETTYBIRD’s Ali Brown to chair 2020 AICP Show

5+ Matt Miller, AICP President and CEO, announced that Ali Brown, Partner/Executive Producer at PRETTYBIRD, will serve as the Chairperson of the 2020 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial. Miller additionally announced that the AICP Show will now accept entries from agencies, marketers, production companies and post production companies globally in all … Continue reading “PRETTYBIRD’s Ali Brown to chair 2020 AICP Show”

Protokulture rocks 2019 AICP sponsorship video

4+ When you’re always the last stop on the AICP NEXT Awards Show tour year after year, you know you have to come hard. There’s a reason (actually multiple) why the chatter among producers, creatives and reps, around the country,  is that Chicago is their favorite AICP city stop. The city’s advertising peeps from agencies … Continue reading “Protokulture rocks 2019 AICP sponsorship video”

AICP announces stellar lineup for 2019 Awards

4+ 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 … Continue reading “AICP announces stellar lineup for 2019 Awards”

Next stop for AICP awards tour – Detroit

1+ 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. … Continue reading “Next stop for AICP awards tour – Detroit”