‘Ghosts in the Machine’ is a highlight reel of culture and history that leaves viewers with a profound vision of truth Ghosts in the Machine is a 65-minute mosaic of American video clips from the 1970s to the present. Created by four filmmakers using material from Media Burn Archive, the work is a meticulous and … Continue reading “Media Burn offers startling history lesson in ‘Ghosts’”
Last week, Chicago audiovisual preservation organization Media Burn Archives was recommended for a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts “Art Works” program. According to the NEA’s website, Art Works is a “principal arts program” that supports engagement, education, and integration of the arts “into the fabric of community life.” Media Burn achieves … Continue reading “Media Burn reco’d for $15K “Art Works” grant from NEA”
Chicago-based video conversion and archiving company Media Burn substantially increased its output capabilities with the recent addition of a Cinedeck ZX.
Recognized around the world for its expertise in converting virtually any type of videotape into digital format, the nonprofit essentially quadrupled the speed and quantity of its services overnight by acquiring the new technology, which was made possible by a handful of donors.
The concept behind TV pioneer Tom Weinberg’s Media Burn Archive was simply to preserve independently produced videos. “What we’ve been doing for the past 40 years matters,” he explains. “If we don’t save videos as a view into the cultural past, no one will ever see it.”
Over the past 10 years, the nonprofit organization has collected, restored and digitized more than 7,000 such videos from a variety of non-digital sources.
Media Burn — the only U.S. organization with its particular mission of preserving and access of independently produced, aristically significant work on videotape – celebrates its 10th anniversary Sept. 28, with a rooftop Video Ball atop the Wabash-Randolph parking garage.
After ten years in a dark storefront in Old Irving Park, the Media Burn Independent Video archive moved a few weeks ago to a bright, sun-filled fourth floor loft at 935 W. Chestnut, near Chicago Avenue and Halsted.
Among the achievements of four-time Emmy winner, video activist and documentarian Tom Weinberg is his massive Media Burn Independent Video Archive, which boasts the largest collection anywhere of Studs Terkel video.
Media Burn has been curating the Terkel Film and Video Festival, an ongoing series of screenings in celebration of the late author, actor and radio/TV host’s 100th birthday this year.
To coincide with Child Passenger Safety Week, the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced new public service advertisements (PSAs) to help keep kids safe in the car. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children, according to the latest NHTSA data. A child is involved in … Continue reading “Leo Burnett creates child safety campaign for the Ad Council”
For more than three decades, Burnetters have hedged their bets on Cannes Lions winners with 90% accuracy! After a supremely challenging 2020 and a year off for the Cannes Festival of Creativity, the industry’s most prestigious global awards show will have its virtual premire from June 21-25, 2021—complete with live-prgramming, on-demand content and more. To … Continue reading “Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions”
Chicago State University (CSU) connects local film and television professionals with industry leaders during a free virtual four-day Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference, April 27-30. Sponsored by the Department of Communications, Media Arts & Theatre Department at CSU, this power-packed event features keynote speaker Louis Carr, President of Media Sales for BET Networks. Among … Continue reading “Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU”
Autumn De Wilde and Leo Burnett Chicago used vibrant visuals and Mindy Kaling ‘s charm to launch the latest campaign. It’s a common misconception that canned soup must not contain real and fresh ingredients and therefore they must not be all that good for you. And that’s simply not the case. Well Yes! soups from … Continue reading “Burnett taps Mindy Kaling to launch Campbell’s Well Yes!”
If ladling on sauce makes you want to sing marinara’s praises, SNL’s Cecily Strong has just the message for you. Check out how Leo Burnett Chicago’s new work for Prego encourages us all to make dinner quick and “pour it on thick.” The best way to win at dinner is to put it all on … Continue reading “SNL’s Cecily Strong ladles up the Prego for Leo Burnett”
Leo Burnett Chicago’s newest pro bono work for the United Nations 12th Global Goal centres around responsible consumption and production, and how the best way to accomplish this is by doing nothing. The campaign showcases comedians David Cross, Gilbert Gottfried, Bridget Everett and more as they urge the audience to do their part in doing … Continue reading “Leo Burnett and the United Nations agree to ‘Do Nothing’”
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”
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”
Leo Burnett and Wingstop have taken a new approach to OOH ads with limited-edition streetwear. That’s right the billboards are people and it’s a pretty dope campaign. According to Wingstop’s CMO, Christina Clarke, fans are the best in the QSR category. So, Burnett helped give them the chance to really show how much they love … Continue reading “Burnett’s Wingstop OOH campaign is very human”
As COVID-19 continues to spread through communities, health care workers struggle to provide resources from their patients and themselves. In addition to last week’s announcement of a 10,000-bed commitment to the state of New York, Serta Simmons Bedding in collaboration with ICF Leo Burnett, has launched, “Stay Home, Send Beds.” The Institute for Health Metrics … Continue reading “Serta, Leo Burnett and ICF want you to “stay home, send beds””
As we all isolate ourselves for COVID-19 quarantines, it’s opened up the discussion about what a lack of community and connection can do to our mental health. But what if the communities that make us feel seen and safe were less visible to begin with? In 2019, only 4% of the general U.S. population said they … Continue reading “Trans Lifeline, Burnett address isolation crisis”
Stuart Gordon has died. In most of the obituaries you will read, he will be largely (and justifiably) remembered for his film work. He came out of the gate with a classic in Re-Animator (1985), which was the first of many features he made for Charles Band’s Empire Pictures (rebranded as Full Moon Entertainment). If none of … Continue reading “Media Archives pays tribute to Director Stuart Gordon”
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”
Musical executive chairs continues in Chicago. Ad Age is reporting that Leo Burnett Chicago president and chief strategy officer, Emma Montgomery, has resigned from her post. She leaves approximately four months after U.S. Chief Creative Officer Britt Nolan departed for DDB North America. “We are so thankful for Emma’s leadership and contributions and wish her … Continue reading “Leo Burnett president Emma Montogomery steps down”
Leo Burnett Chicago today named Aki Spicer to the role of chief strategy officer. Elevated from the role of EVP and Global Strategy Lead, Spicer begins in his new role immediately and will report to Andrew Swinand, Leo Burnett Group CEO. “Aki is a rare thinker who’s steeped in the classical aspects of the discipline, … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago names Aki Spicer CSO”
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”
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”
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’”
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”
Internal memo obtained by Ad Age does not disclose the agency Nolan is heading to More changes are coming to Leo Burnett. Just two months after Liz Taylor announced she was leaving FCB Chicago to join the Wacker Avenue shop as its Global Chief Creative Officer, comes word that U.S. Chief Creative Officer and co-President … Continue reading “Britt Nolan departs Leo Burnett”
Chairman and CCO Mark Tutssel’s top contenders exemplify creativity that creates human value Today, Leo Burnett Worldwide published its 32nd annual Cannes Predictions, a list that forecasts the top 20 contenders for the industry’s most prestigious global awards. The 66th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity will be held in Cannes, France, from June 17-21, … Continue reading “Leo Burnett’s 2019 Cannes Lions predictions”
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”
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”
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”
Vintage favorite “Que Será Será” is the soundtrack for a commercial celebrating the Galaxy smartphone’s 10th anniversary Leo Burnett has dropped a new spot for Samsung Galaxy to help kick off a year that not only celebrates the 10th anniversary of Galaxy smartphones, but also sets the foundation for its next wave of products. And … Continue reading “Leo Burnett mixes Doris Day into new Samsung spot”
The studio behind projects like “Anomalisa,” “HarmonQuest,” and “Rick & Morty” teams with Liz Laine Reps for commercial representation Liz Laine Reps, Inc, is excited to announce they have signed Starburns Industries for commercial representation in United States and Canada. Along with her Canadian counterpart, Katie Ward Gerard, Liz Shaw will seek out opportunities and … Continue reading “Starburns Industries signs with Liz Laine Reps”
Deahl brings 15 years of experience producing commercials to leadership role as company expands Chicago offices Explore Media, a full-service HD video production company focused on creating commercials and digital content, is thrilled to announce that Seth Deahl has been named Executive Producer. Deahl brings over 14 years of successful experience producing acclaimed commercial productions … Continue reading “Explore Media names Seth Deahl Executive Producer”
During a season when people make resolutions, why shouldn’t that pesky character from Allstate, Mayhem, make some as well? The character whom Leo Burnett pitched to Allstate as “Mr. Mayhem,” has been played to dark comic perfection by actor Dean Winters since 2010. With his black suit, dress shirt and black necktie, he has always … Continue reading “Burnett, Mayhem make new resolution for Allstate”
Maybe it’s our imagination, but it seems like we have not had too many opportunities this year to report good news out of 35 West Wacker Drive. It seems like all we have had to share is this creative leaving or an account gone. Well, today that changes for The Reel as we have some … Continue reading “Serta names Leo Burnett new creative agency”
DDB Chicago announced today that the agency had lured away 14-year Burnett veteran Colin Selikow to serve as Executive Creative Director on the Miller Lite and Mars Wrigley Confectionery accounts. Selikow rose to creative lead on both Samsung Mobile and United Healthcare. His team’s award-winning film entitled “Ostrich” recently earned seven Cannes Lions. “When I … Continue reading “Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB”
Word on the street is that Leo Burnett, Chicago and ComEd are on a mission to get more young girls involved in science, technology, engineering and math with the help of some unlikely learning tools — racing a set of old refrigerators.
The 2017 North American Effies, touting the most effective marketers in the country, were announced Thursday, June 1, at a gala in New York.
While the Grand Effie was awarded to Burger King’s, “The McWhopper Proposal” campaign from Y&R New Zealand with contributing agencies DAVID The Agency, ABPR, Code & Theory and Turner Duckworth, several Chicago agencies did not go home empty handed.
EnergyBBDO brought home seven Effies for its Extra Gum brands, which was also deemed the second most effective marketer by the awards.
“I love the fashion genre,” she says, “longer spots that are more like short films because you’re telling a story at the same time.”
If you count all of the existing medical codes, there are more than 76,000 ways to enter the Healthcare system.
New chief executive of Leo Burnett North America is Andrew Swinand, a former media agency executive and Starcom MediaVest Group, who was hired to help strengthen the agency after it lost McDonald’s to Omnicom last year.
Swinand will report to Publicis North America CEO Andrew Bruce and work closely with Judy John, COO Leo Burnett North America, CCO, Mark Tutssel and Rich Stoddart, who was named Leo Burnett global CEO nearly a year ago.
The AICP Next Awards, an extension of the AICP Show that traditionally climaxes a year of special events in Chicago, screens Nov. 3 at the AMC 600 N. Michigan Ave. theatre.
Optimus executive producer and freelance spot producer Marsie Wallach are producing the Chicago Next Awards that honor winners of “the most innovative work in alternative media projects,” says AICP/Midwest president Mark Androw of STORY.
CHRIS BOOTHE, CEO OF MEDIAVEST|SPARK is the 2016 recipient of the Chicago Advertising Federation’s (CAF) Silver Medal Award, which recognizes a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for their career contributions and accomplishments.
He will be feted at the Jan. 17 CAF dinner in his honor at the Radisson Blu hotel.
EIGHT CANNES LIONS went to Leo Burnett for its “Van Gogh BnB” campaign that led to the Art Institute’s highest attendance in 15 years with online ticket sales up 250% and $6 million in earned media impressions. The campaign along won six Cannes Lions. The other two Cannes lions were awarded for Burnett’s work for United-Healthcare’s first national campaign.
Leo Burnett’s newest advertainment for retailer Marshall’s was shot by acclaimed Euro/LA-based cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (“Interstellar,” “Spectre”), currently shooting “Dunkirk” for Christopher Nolan on a combination of 15/70mm IMAX film and Super Panavision 65mm film, and directed by London-headquartered Peter Thwaites, of The Corner Shop.
FOUR CHICAGO AGENCIES — DDB Chicago, Leo Burnett, DigitasLBI, and Havas Worldwide — are among the 66 category winners of the 8th Annual Shorty Awards for content on Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram and every other conceivable social platform.
Rise Interactive digital marketing agency was cited in two recent prestigious and enviable surveys as one of the best places to work — among all US ad agencies and in the city.
AICP’s Next Awards come to Chicago, Thursday, Nov. 5, with the screening of the winners’ reel of advertising’s finest integrated-media work, and a highly distinguished panel discussing the Allstate Insurance campaign, one of Next Awards’ top winners, from Leo Burnett.
FCB CHICAGO’S NEW EVP/ECD is Susan Treacy, with more than 20 years of agency creative experience, who moved over from six years as Leo Burnett’s EVP/CD, where she oversaw a suite of P&G brands including the two-time Cannes-winning “Mean Stinks” platform for Secret Deodorant.
GREENHOUSE, Leo Burnett’s nimble, in-house digital studio is now an official agency offering, having been formed earlier “to meet the demand of content production across a brand’s digital channels.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEO BURNETT! When Leo Burnett opened his new advertising agency on August 5, 1935, during the Great Depression, he brightened the office with a bowl of red apples. A newspaper columnist wrote that it wouldn’t be long before Burnett started selling apples on the street rather than giving them away.
Some 2,000 members of the advertising and production industries attended last night’s AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the 24th year.
LEO BURNETT trumped the Chicago International Film Festival TV awards by scoring 18 – or almost half — of the 40 television commercial awards presented last Wednesday at a ceremony at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile Hotel.
NO SURPRISE THAT LEO BURNETT, which, with its several other agency divisions, dominated the CAF-sponsored nominations with five out of six nods for Agency of the Year, won the Agency of the Year award. And no surprise, either, that its P&G client was voted Client of the Year undoubtedly for its Always #Like a Girl” campaign.
NEWS AT THE TOP. Creative veteran Nancy Hannon has returned to Leo Burnett as EVP/ECD to oversee creative for Kraft and Kellogg’s brands, making it a full circle back to the first agency where she worked for a decade.
The viral video phenomemen “#LikeAGirl,” for Leo Burnett client P&G’s Always brand has not only captured the world attention with 48 million YouTube hits to date, but it has garnered the first of what surely will become an avalanche of recognition.
THE INAUGURAL FIFTH STAR AWARDS to honor “exemplary artists and arts institutions,” as proclaimed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, (DCASE), will be presented Sept. 17 at a free program in Millennial Park.
MashburnSackett, an independent agency formed by retired NBA All-Star/successful entrepreneur Jamal Mashburn and Chicago digital marketing expert Jonathan Sackett, is making itself known after almost a year a year in business. (It’ll celebrate one year in May.)
MIGHT AS WELL call the Chicago American Ad Awards (bring back the ADDYs name, please!) the Leo Burnett Awards Sweep, since the agency and its various companies overwhelmed the CAAA last Thursday.
Leo Burnett writer Mark Bazer, who moonlights as host of a live interview show, was selected by “Check Please” creator/executive producer as a co-host of his upcoming new show to air on WTTW ad WTTW.com starting April 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles-based Native Pictures has set up shop here in the person of executive producer Amy Jarvis Turner, a former Leo Burnett veteran of 15 years. She settled into a shared office at 320 W. Ohio in mid-November and has already wrapped a multiplatform job.
It’s considered SOP for a client to pull its business from an agency and subsequently set up shop with people who previously worked on that account. But when employees plan to quit and go into business with a main component of their company’s business it’s an illegal act.
Consequently, Leo Burnett-Arc Worldwide is enjoining eight employees who resigned en masse last week them from pirating Kellogg’s proprietary customer relationship management (CRM) program.
There they were Sunday morning. A couple of hundred people gathered around the staircase inside the Michigan Avenue entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago. They were staring at something odd. Something that didn’t look right — a drastically-altered version of Georges Seurat’s famous “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884.”
Those who know that painting well would have known immediately that a number of the key characters Seurat put in the painting were missing in the version that greeted them at the entrance to the Art Institute.
RENETTA McCANN has returned to Leo Burnett after a four year absence in the important position of US chief talent officer, overseeing all Burnett’s recruitment, training and talent management, reporting to North American president Rich Stoddart.
She replaces Jeff Tritt, EVP-people and culture, who joined Resource Interactive, Columbus, Ohio as chief talent officer.
We feared it could happen. And it has. Leo Burnett/Chicago has bombed yet again in the banking category. What seems like only days (even though it has been years) after Burnett produced some bad advertising for the now defunct Washington Mutual bank, the ad agency has introduced a campaign for new client Fifth Third Bank that is as bad.
Leo Burnett’s Addy Award wins were outright embarrassing in the number of Best, Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes the agency collected in the recent Chicago Addys competition – “celebrating the best in the advertising industry” — at a reception at Resolution Digital Studios.
Of the 300 local agency entries for the 2012 Addy Award entries 152 of them won recognition.
Detroit’s RingSide Creative (RSCP), owned by Cutters’ Tim McGuire and industry executive Steve Wild, launched Picnic.
“Picnic will be able to utilize all of our collective talent and resources available in our Chicago, Detroit and Santa Monica office, and RingSide has the developers that can integrate and take the work to the next level,” says Craig Duncan, Cutters’ executive producer.
Normally ReelChicago is all business, but today we’re going to talk beer. Before you think we’ve thrown back a few too many, let us explain.
Right now we’re sitting at a sweet little bar stationed in the Bridges Media screening room. Brian McCauley, director and creative lead, is pouring Burnt Santa Stout from the tap for us to sample. It’s surprisingly light with a peppery, malty finish. But you can’t buy this beer at your local store. It’s handcrafted especially for Bridges Media.
Some 200 invited guests for Bridges Media 10th anniversary celebration Friday night will walk the red carpet to the River North studio that’s going to be decked out like a klieg light Hollywood premiere.
The team that leads Bridges – CEO John Polk, chief operating officer Chris Dilillo, both 31, and executive producer/creative director Chris Robins, 32 – have plenty of reasons to celebrate, not the least of which is having reached a milestone that many good companies fail to achieve.
THE 2011 CANNES LIONS INTERNATIONAL ad festival fast approaches. And as it has for many years, Chicago ad shop Leo Burnett has compiled its list of the top 40 spots and other advertising projects expected to compete for top prizes at what is generally considered the world’s most prestigious ad festival and competition.
LEO BURNETT WORLDWIDE was not only the “Agency of the Year” at the International Advertising Awards in New York earlier this month, but it won a record 35 awards, including six of the total 24 Gold prizes, from 14 global offices. “This demonstrates yet again, the remarkable creative talent we have residing inside this network,” boasts Leo Burnett Global CCO Mark Tutssel.
The Chicago Ad Federation-sponsored Addy Awards reappeared after a 10 year snooze to reemerge as a low-key event last Thursday at Resolution Digital Studios, attended by a comparatively small audience.
Nonetheless, Leo Burnett, a prodigious competition entrant, was the big winner of the night. Out of the 92 awards, it swept the competition by taking home 19 gold and silver awards.
The agency won “Best of Show” for Allstate’s “Mayhem” campaign, in which actor Dean Winters at the wheel of a car portrays all the obstacles that can lead to a major insurance claim.
DIGITAL KITCHEN’S EXPANSION into all things digital started with the hiring of interactive heavy-hitter Jeff Brecker for the newly created position of executive producer/general manager. He starts June 21.
Brecker has been on the internet side of advertising since he entered the adbiz in 1996, after graduating from UW-Madison. He moved to Digital Kitchen from three years at Leo Burnett, where he’d been SVP/creative director.
THE COLONIE’S BOB ACKERMAN edited a Joe Pytka-directed 11 spot mixed media package of Hallmark spots, with a sound track backed by the Grammy winner John Mayer’s song, “Say,” for Leo Burnett.
In the package were 15-second value spots, two 30s, a long-format, 1:45 spot for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and spots comprised of the 15s for the web.
“The nice thing about Hallmark is that, contrary to trends, they still concentrate on storytelling to elevate their brand,” says Ackerman, who has edited Hallmark commercials for the past seven years.
Dear Ruth: I am deeply concerned with the story you ran and I’d like to request that you correct all the factual inaccuracies contained therein immediately, namely:
- We have donated a significant amount of our agency’s time and talent to bringing the Olympics here to Chicago and we’ve been honored to do so.
- While every hiring decision is ultimately determined by the 2016 Olympic Bid Committee, we have worked together to ensure that every effort has been ? and will continue to be – made to use not only local suppliers, but also minority and diversity suppliers.
Following the advice of Chicago visionary Daniel Burnham, Pixel Brothers’ John Patterson is “making no little plans” as he sets in motion positioning Chicago as the New Media Center of the world.
Patterson will assemble local heavyweights from the worlds of entertainment, technology and commerce to participate in the Chicago New Media Summit, June 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
More than 100 guests are expected to attend the planning meeting to be held April 23 at RDS from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
After decades of film school/festival exile, the film short-as-product is back, feeding a huge and growing entertainment market in international television, web-based film and cell cinema venues.
And Chicago filmmakers are in an ideal position to take advantage of the scores of dedicated short subject distributors dropping serious acquisition coin.
Hoping to boost sales, Sony is sponsoring a series of short films designed for its PlayStation Portable (PSP). Verizon and Fox Entertainment Group launched three “mobisode” series for cell phone screens.
Call it the battle of the big agencies shooting it out for honors at the recent second annual Chicago Creative Club Awards show. Four big agencies won 29 of the 32 categories of awards, while Leo Burnett won half, with 16 prizes mostly for Altoids gum.
DDB brought home seven Bricks (the award trophy) for Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser and Young & Rubicam won six awards mainly Miller Brewing.
Mark Besozzi’s Bird’s-Eye Media, Inc. is “re-packaging” its thriller “Roney’s Point” for a $2.5-3 million 35mm shoot next summer.
Producer/director Besozzi began developing the project five years ago for an $8 million budget but the production stalled due to financing difficulties.
Besozzi and fellow producers Scott Kerschbaumer of Pittsburgh (“Saloonatics”) and Shari Tudor of Bird’s-Eye have recently entered talks with a new group of executive producers to pull together financing.
They’re in talks with bankable talent to star in the film.
Joe Pytka departed from his signature grunge look to deck himself out in a tux, his long blondish-gray flowing around his shoulders, to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hugos at Park West March 11.
Pytka, the Pittsburgh director who made good in Hollywood and the undisputed master of 30-second storytelling, has directed 5,000 commercials, many of them for long-time clients DDB and Leo Burnett, which were represented by top creatives Bob Scarpelli and Cheryl Berman, respectively.
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Come March, “Man with a Van,” a comedy short with sitcom ambitions, starts out on the festival route. The Aspen Comedy Festival was scheduled to be its first stop, but the festival rejected its application.
Tomorrow’s Polaroid Wall Party at the Wishbone will bring together many of the pioneers who started building Chicago’s film community long before computers took over the editing suite.
“Everyone wants to see what has become of each other,” says IPA cofounder Scott Jacobs, who organized the 5:30-8:30 p.m. event with Kartemquin, Film Archives and Media Burn Archives.
Media Burn, Chicago’s independent video archive, has rare footage of the harrowing experience of Chicago news correspondent, Carol Marin who was at the scene as the second tower collapsed. Twenty years ago, viewers across the U.S. and around the globe watched in horror as the moments immediately following the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks unfolded … Continue reading “Rare 9/11 footage of Carol Marin at collapse of the towers”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. This year, the CityArts Program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a total … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”
Through decades of award-winning work, the Windy City journalist created a legacy of good will, sharp reporting, and strong friendships (Chicago — 19 June 2018) Journalist and Chicago Tonight host Elizabeth Brackett, who passed away Sunday afternoon, earned respect and affection throughout her career. A graduate of New Trier High School and Indiana University, … Continue reading “Chicagoans fondly remember Elizabeth Brackett”
RSA Films promotes Chris Karabas to executive producer Before the promotion, Chris Karabas was the Midwest representative for RSA Films. In his new role, Karabas is expected to utilize RSA Films’ resources to branch out into multiplatform storytelling – especially social media. Previously, Karabas worked for Shafer Antelis Music in the early 90s, was a … Continue reading “Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more”
THE FEATURE “SOARING” is the latest project of producer Joe Orlandino of Atlas Media Group, working with writer Amy Danford-Klein, a former corporate pilot who wrote the screenplay as a tribute to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of WWII, whose records were sealed and classified for 35 years.
October is National Archives Month and if that doesn’t sound as exciting, say, as celebrating October’s National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, National Kick Butt Day or National Boston Cream Pie Day, it still has more appeal than World Psoriasis Day or Global Handwashing Day.
9-15 THE CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL the first festival programmed entirely by Chicago Film Critics Association members, presents 24 international festival favorites, including festival shorts programs and work as yet-undistributed work. Actors, writers and producers to attend.
Producer Bob Teitel of LA-based State Street Productions – Chicago native and Columbia College grad — is one of four can’t-miss speakers at this weekend’s 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo.
ERIC RICHTER, Victory Records’ in-house video producer, has a new video for The Tossers’ “Emerald City,” the title track off the Gaelic punk band’s new album. The song is front man Tony Duggins’s love letter to his hometown.
CHICAGO AGENCY APPEARANCES on the prestigious AICP Show Reel or agency honors list were virtually non-existent. The 21st annual AICP Show and the NEXT Awards, was held June 12 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and attended by a number of local adfolk who apparently weren’t going to Cannes next week.
After a long summer of waiting for new episodes, the Chicago P.D. Season 9 premiere is almost upon us with just a couple of days from the start of the new season and the return of One Chicago Wednesdays! In this Season 9 premiere, officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) fights for her life as the … Continue reading “Chicago PD: What’s in store for the premiere of Season 9”
9Rooftops recently welcomed Evan Fung as the company’s Director of Analytics. Fung is responsible for leading a growing team of analysts that measure and decode data to answer the most pressing questions and identify trends in marketing today. Fung has already proven to be a valuable addition, working with the Data Science + Analytics team … Continue reading “9Rooftops adds Evan Fung as Director of Analytics”
FCB Chicago received eight One Show Gold Pencils this year. They include four Golds with FCBX, Lord + Thomas and Current Global, all in Chicago, for the City of Chicago “Boards of Change” (three in Design, one in Digital Craft), three with FCB New York, Lord + Thomas, and Myles Beeson, both in Chicago, for Michelob ULTRA “Contract for Change” in Integrated, … Continue reading “One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils”
Aisle Rocket, a growth-driven marketing agency that unifies creative services, data, and technology to drive results, announced that it had hired Aaron Noffsinger as the agency’s new Chief Creative Officer. Noffsinger brings to Aisle Rocket 20+ years of experience connecting brands to people. Before joining Aisle Rocket he was an EVP Group Creative Director at … Continue reading “Aaron Noffsinger joins Aisle Rocket as CCO”
After a difficult year due to the global pandemic, the One Chicago family should be congratulated for providing their loyal viewers with top notch storytelling, excitement and suspense in this latest season, which culminated in an incredible prime time event. Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for the season finale of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, … Continue reading “Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. how they ended”
Chicago’s Full Spectrum Features has received a generous award from the NBCUniversal Foundation to support their Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a partnership with the Chicago Film Office. The Chicago Independent Producers Lab broadens the professional networks and producing expertise of participants through a series of hands-on workshops and one-on-one sessions with local and national industry … Continue reading “Full Spectrum receives NBCUniversal Foundation grant”
Emmy Award winner Charles Grodin has passed away at age 86 in his home in Wilton, Connecticut. His death, from bone marrow cancer, was confirmed to NPR by his son, actor Nicholas Grodin. Charles Grodin amassed a résumé that boasted acting, screenwriting, producing, directing, and television hosting credits over the course of his decades-long career. … Continue reading “Charles Grodin iconic straight-man passes at 86”
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”
Agency veteran, and Reel Chicago friend, Matt Kuttan just joined ICF Next in Chicago as Partner and Executive Creative Director. After years at Leo Burnett, Saatchi X and Burrell, Matt brings omnichannel and multicultural expertise to this consulting agency best known locally for highly creative PR, social and influencer work. Reel Chicago had a chance … Continue reading “Matt Kuttan joins ICF Next as partner and ECD”
This week’s Chicago P.D., Due Process begins with Voight (Jason Beghe) participating in a press conference being held by Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) where she talks about how she’s very proud of the process and her dedication to “transparency” and the “rule of law.” She’s questioned about accountability when a journalist mentions … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’”
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’”
Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas announced the 93rd Oscars nominations today (March 15), live from London, via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media. Films that are either based in Chicago, or featured Chicago talent, fared very well when the nominations settled. In this very … Continue reading “Chicago-based films fare well in Oscar noms”
Héctor Lozano, who has worked as a sports anchor and reporter for Spanish-language sports media in Chicago for more than 25 years, has joined Telemundo Chicago (WSNS) as a sports reporter and co-anchor. It’s freezing here! “We’re excited to welcome Héctor to the Telemundo Chicago team,” said Diana Maldonado, vp of news at Noticiero Telemundo Chicago told … Continue reading “Lozano joins Telemundo as co-anchor, sports reporter”
This Black History Month, AT&T Dream in Black presents the return of Black Future Makers, a future-forward celebration of inspirational people in the culture. The campaign was announced via a commercial celebrating frontline workers and everyday heroes from Chicago in a spot voiced by NBA superstar, philanthropist and entrepreneur LeBron James. James is also one of this … Continue reading “LeBron James, AT&T celebrate Black Chicago”
Legendary comedy institution The Second City announces the recipients of a new scholarship for diverse comedic talent in partnership with Saturday Night Live. The creation of the SNL Scholarship, announced in October, was designed to grant comedians at varying levels of experience the opportunity to further their professional development at The Second City. In addition to receiving performance and writing … Continue reading “Second City, ‘SNL’ announce scholarship recipients”
High-end editorial boutique Cutters announces the promotion of David Rubin to Editor. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios President/Managing Director Craig Duncan and Managing Editor Grant Gustafson. Rubin landed an internship with Cutters immediately upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leading to a position as Assistant Editor, mainly working for Gustafson. … Continue reading “Cutters promotes David Rubin to editor”
What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. It … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”
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”
Two by Four, an advertising & design agency headquartered in Chicago, announced today the promotion of Jessica Romaniuk to Vice President. As Vice President, Romaniuk will take on additional business management responsibilities while continuing her role as Director of Media, Public Relations and Social Media. “Jessica has been an incredible asset to Two by Four … Continue reading “TWO BY FOUR appoints Jessica Romaniuk as VP”
In continuing recognition of Renetta McCann, chief inclusion experience officer at Publicis Groupe, whom the Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) honored with its 25th Silver Medal Award earlier this year, advertising industry leaders kicked off a special, three-part virtual event last week to highlight McCann and her important role in the community. The CAF Legacy & Leadership Series … Continue reading “CAF Honors Renetta McCann of Publicis Groupe”
Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce two new editions of Masterwork: Industry Conversations, a series of virtual interviews with long established and award-winning filmmakers followed by a Q&A session with the audience. On Thursday, October 29 at 6:30PM CST, Chicago filmmaking duo Bob Hercules and Keith Walker from Media Process Group (MPG) will be joining … Continue reading “A Conversation with Bob Hercules & Keith Walker”
The 56th Chicago International Film Festival, North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, this morning announced the winners of its 2020 competition. In a virtual ceremony live-streamed on YouTube, prizes were awarded to films in the following categories: International Feature Film Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look Competition; and Short Film Competition. The Chicago Award and the Roger Ebert Award were … Continue reading “CIFF announces the winners of its 2020 competition”
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”
Today is National Noodle Day and who couldn’t use a “nood” you know? In the midst of navigating through the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, families and friends are looking for ways to offer love and comfort from a safe distance. For some, that may be sending flowers or a thoughtful card, but for real comfort, we … Continue reading “Mill Chicago helps Kraft fans send “noods””
While this may not be the launch moment we planned for, when a partnership nearly two centuries in the making comes together, it’s a reminder that history’s best teams are built over time. Guinness is proud to announce it is now a partner and Official Beer of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Alumni and Fans, a group … Continue reading “The Brewing Irish are partnering with the Fighting Irish”
Inc. magazine today revealed that The Boathouse Agency x Studio is No. 1,223 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The Boathouse Agency x Studio started with CEO/Founder Aram Rappaport cold calling clients from his 150 square foot bedroom in Manhattan four years ago. “I was on a mission to change the … Continue reading “Boathouse Agency X Studio makes the Inc. 5000 List”
Acclaimed Chicago actress / producer Deanna Reed-Foster (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.) launches a powerful PSA video series titled I’m Tired. In a time when most people are just trying to survive, others are doing their best to help those in need. One person doing just that is acclaimed Chicago actress / producer Deanna Reed-Foster (Chicago Fire, Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago Fire’s Reed-Foster talks up series “I’m Tired””
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”
Jim Glover has worked for general market and black advertising agencies and his work has always been on the cutting edge, which many believe is why he has won so many accolades in the biz. Jim is now the founder, President, Creative Director/writer of MultiCultural Creative Consultants (MCC), author of the thriller novel, Mad Man and a … Continue reading “How did Blacks get into advertising anyway?”
ComEd grazing goats have returned for a second year in Leo Burnett “Goatternship” campaign. From endearing bleats and “bahs” to their eco-friendly way of life and nose-to-the-ground work ethic, goats are ideal partners for ComEd. For a second year, more than 200 goats are taking their place among the ComEd ranks for a targeted grazing … Continue reading “ComEd Goats are baaaack for a second year”
With 699 arrests, more than 80 people shot, a dozen killed and even more injured this was one of Chicago’s deadliest weekends in recent memory. As mayhem and chaos spread across the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago P.D. and eventually, the National Guard attempted to maintain peace as more than 3,000 protestors, including … Continue reading “Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD”
FCB Chicago leads Chicago agencies with 31 The One Show 2020, finalists, including 28 on behalf of Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. Working with FCBXLord+Thomas, both Chicago, the agency has 16 for the organization’s “Most Dangerous Street”, and 12 with Lord+Thomas and The Mill, both Chicago, for “The Gun Violence Handbook.” Ogilvy Chicago with 27 including work for … Continue reading “Chicago agencies nab 89 finalists in One Show”
DePaul School of Cinematic Arts announced that Assistant Professors, Ronald Eltanal and Alireza Khatami, have been selected for the prestigious IFP Episodic Lab fellowship program for their project titled, Tenure. The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today twenty-six feature projects and series selected to participate across three labs over the next month: The IFP Filmmaker … Continue reading “DePaul’s Eltanal & Khatami chosen for IFP fellowship”
As productions across the globe come to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, most filmmakers have found themselves with a lot of time on their hands. Some have turned to sourdough bread baking and Tiger King, while others have decided to revisit back-burnered personal projects. Around the country, temporarily shelved footage has been brought to … Continue reading “Meet the brains behind Mind Exchange Music”
As part of the One World: Together At Home globally televised and digital special on Saturday night to support frontline health care workers and the World Health Organization, FCA premiered an all-new television commercials for the Jeep® brands. The 30-second video, “Seven Continents” for Jeep, aired during the two-hour TV special as part of the globally televised … Continue reading “Jeep debuts new spot during ‘One World’ global special”
Noah Kadner, Editor-in-chief at AbelCine goes Behind the Scenes with filmmaker Robert Hanna. Cinematographer Robert Hanna is an Emmy-award winning, veteran commerical, and documentary filmmaker, whose credits include Carrier, Circus, and A Portrait of Robert Frank. His current project is Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, a documentary miniseries for HBO debuted in April 2020. In this exclusive … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: documentary filmmaker Robert Hanna”
There are now 22,025 confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases and 794 deaths in Illinois. The pandemic has ravaged the economy from local independent movie theaters to Boeing. One of the hardest hit industries has been hospitality, which has been shut down since Governor Pitzker ordered them shut across Illinois on March 15. With over 3 million … Continue reading “ECD Matt Kuttan serves help to restaurants with new app”
Harnessing the power of data, technology and creativity to build meaningful American brands through craft and culture, Havas Chicago Group has hired three key executives to enhance the agency’s leadership team. Former Facebook executive Liz Roche joins Havas Helia, a digital agency that uses data to create optimized customer experiences, as managing director. In addition, … Continue reading “Havas bolsters data-driven creative leadership”
Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Prior becoming a Locations Manager and founding Chicago Locations … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Valerie Bulinski, Locations Manager”
Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Meg began her editorial career at Whitehouse Post in … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Meg Kubicka, Editor at Whitehouse”
Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Mary graduated from The School of The Art Institute … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Mary Caddy Partner at The Colonie”
The Motion Agency celebrated International Women’s Day by inviting dozens of industry guests to a panel discussion and networking event titled, “Our Focus Our Future,” at their River North office on Friday afternoon. Described as “20 Women Leading the Way in 2020,” the highlight of the program featured nearly two-dozen female executives and entrepreneurs answering … Continue reading “Motion salutes Women’s Day with ‘Our Focus Our Future’”
Veteran agency copywriter and creative leader Aubrey Walker is joining O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul as a Group Creative Director. Walker has previously worked at such agencies as Leo Burnett, Carol H. Williams, Matlock, Burrell, The TRUE Agency, Globalhue, commonground, GMR, MKTG and FCBX before starting his own independent freelance consultancy. Walker’s initial focus includes leading … Continue reading “OKRP hires Aubrey Walker as Group Creative Director”
Bota Box, by Delicato Family Wines, has named Chicago-based Interpublic Group shop Current Global its public relations agency of record. Current is charged with developing and executing public relations programming to support the brand and its This is How We Bota campaign throughout North America. “Bota Box is now the U.S. category leader in premium … Continue reading “Current Global new agency of record for Bota Box”
Chicago restaurateur, club owner, media personality, actor, and all-around Renaissance man Billy Dec has launched a new Windy City-based marketing agency called COACT. Boasting of capabilities in strategic concepting and multi-channel creative ideation, the company is staffed by an impressive group of marketing veterans with an abundance of experience working on top national brands. Dec … Continue reading “Billy Dec launches COACT marketing agency”
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’”
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”
Renetta McCann, Chief Inclusion Experience Officer, Publicis Groupe, was today named the recipient of the Chicago Advertising Federation’s 2019 Silver Medal Award. The CAF Silver Medal Award recognizes a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for outstanding career accomplishments in the areas of: creative ability, contributions to the general advancement of advertising, contributions to … Continue reading “Renetta McCann to receive CAF’s Silver Medal Award”
Santa Claus is not the only global sensation that gets people during the holidays: Christmas commercials add to the fun. Kids and advertising agencies around the world enthusiastically anticipate the overnight gift-giving binge for weeks leading up to the annual celebration honoring the humble birth of a Jewish carpenter 2,019 years ago. After selectively surveying … Continue reading “Christmas commercials here, there, and everywhere”
Cramer-Krasselt is announcing that creative leader G. Andrew Meyer has joined the agency as its new Executive Creative Director. The role will see him work across the accounts, including Corona, Porsche, Edward Jones and Tropicana, as well as collaborate across business units within the agency. Meyer joins Cramer-Krasselt from Facebook where he has served for … Continue reading “G Andrew Meyer joins Cramer-Krasselt as ECD”
Chicago-based entertainment and branded media company Pigeon Roost has signed Jake Brusha and Julie to its directorial roster. Brusha and Julie will work on commercials and branded content for the company, which boasts offices in Memphis, Los Angeles, and Athens, Greece in addition to its original Windy City headquarters. The announcement was made today by … Continue reading “Pigeon Roost signs directors Jake Brusha and Julie”
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”
On the heels of hiring Hart Rusen as its Chief Creative Officer earlier this year, SOCIALDEVIANT is bringing on board ad industry veteran Lisa Szkatulski as Senior Strategic Planner, effective immediately. “Since our founding nearly eight years ago, we have built a ‘maker’ culture. We are committed to creating brand-right and consumer-relevant content– in short, … Continue reading “SOCIALDEVIANT hires strategic planner Lisa Szkatulski”
Blackhawks TV spinoff is a ‘little company with a big heart’ that pumps far beyond the world of sports Celebrating a decade of creating video content for clients such as the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, Google, Amazon, and Reddi-wip, Banner today announced the re-launch of its business under the direction of new leadership that expands … Continue reading “Banner unveils branding and leadership re-launch”
Nation’s second-largest brewer intends to diversify, accelerate, and reduce expenses by moving to The Windy City Intending to reduce expenses by $150 million, brewer Molson Coors announced last week that it will move its headquarters from Denver to Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. The relocation is prompted in part by an industry-wide 5% decline … Continue reading “Molson Coors moving HQ to Chicago”
Teacher, musician and performer Konrad Wert sings a powerful song for special needs students When It Breaks is the story of a man who inspires America to educate her children in the best way possible. At the beginning of the film, Texas special education teacher and part-time musician Konrad Wert is packing his family into … Continue reading “‘When It Breaks’ is an education for everyone”
The Windy City actor, writer, and producerwas filmed before alive audience atSusan Miller DorseyHigh School in LA Comedian, actor, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery makes his HBO stand-up comedy debut with an hour-long special, premiering Saturday November 23 exclusively on HBO (10:00-11:05 p.m. ET/PT). The special will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, … Continue reading “Chicago’s Lil Rel debuts stand-up special on HBO”
Documentary series, reported Stories, expert talks, and community engagement launches Tuesday, November 12, at wttw.com/firsthand The number of victims of Chicago’s gun violence may fluctuate, but the psychological trauma in many neighborhoods is constant. How do wounded communities heal? In a new multi-platform initiative titled, Firsthand: Gun Violence, WTTW explores the personal, firsthand perspectives of … Continue reading “WTTW explores impact of gun violence in ‘Firsthand’”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Authors, CEO’s and former NFL players among speakers scheduled for annual event at Navy Pier The organization built on a commitment to women is looking for men. The 8th annual 3 Percent Conference — taking place this year on November 7-8 at Navy Pier — explains the gender bias on the front page of … Continue reading “3% Conference touts ‘amazing’ 2019 lineup”
‘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”
Combining traditional expertise and Millennial wisdom, the Chicago shop is proving that “good guys can win” In many ways, SOCIALDEVIANT is more of an experiment than an advertising agency. It is a place where clients are invited to fiddle with work in progress, employees are expected to be restless, and beer is brewed onsite. … Continue reading “SOCIALDEVIANT “iterates to great””
“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”
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””
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”
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”
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”
Fast-growing independent agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul also adds new finance head Fast-growing independent creative agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul has elevated four senior employees to new expanded roles as it deepens the ranks of its leadership. Rahul Roy will take on the new role of Chief Operating Officer at OKRP where he will have … Continue reading “OKRP promotes four staff in Chicago”
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 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”
28-year veteran innovation specialist will oversee the agency’s customer insights and engagement AbelsonTaylor, the world’s largest independent health and wellness advertising agency, has hired veteran marketing strategist Christopher Dimmock as senior vice president of customer insights and engagement. An innovation specialist whose 28-year career spans all areas of healthcare as well as an impressive roster … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires SVP Christopher Dimmock”
‘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”
’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”
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”
Social-networking giant hires Burnett, Wieden, BBDO, Ogilvy and Droga5 to save its tarnished image Face it, after all of its privacy missteps, election interference, hate group accounts and other controversies and just plain boredom, Facebook’s reputation has been going down quicker than a cheesy poof in Cartman’s hands. Now the social-networking giant is trying to … Continue reading “Facebook hires Leo B and other agencies to rebuild rep”
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”
Nike named Marketer of the Year as AICP Next Awards and AICP Show honor the most innovative marketing in the motion image Winners of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial were presented tonight at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Together with the AICP Next Awards, … Continue reading “AICP honors the best advertising of the year”
Final Cut Editor Jim Helton wins Best in Show Company 3 Colorist Tom Poole takes two, Bob Carr joins Hall of Fame Editor Jim Helton of Final Cut won the Best in Show at Thursday night’s AICP Post Awards gala held in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago. Helton took the honor for … Continue reading “Winners of the 2019 AICP Post Awards”
Going out these days, even in an economy that is supposedly booming, is pretty pricey. Consider going to a movie in LA, is now almost a $100 night if you choose the TCL Chinese Theater which asked for $30 a ticket for Avengers. Now think about this – last Mother’s Day, 75% of moms received … Continue reading “Kraft to cover babysitter bills this Mother’s Day”
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”
Artists to be honored at 2019 show in Chicago’s Navy Pier on May 16th AICP today released the Shortlist for the 2019 AICP Post Awards, which will be presented on May 16 at Navy Pier in Chicago — tickets are now available. The competition, formerly the AICE Awards, honors excellence in a range of post … Continue reading “AICP Post Awards announces 2019 shortlist”
The agency and the brand launch an effort to help kids explore their independence Leo Burnett and CapriSun are increasing the anti-bullying initiative that they introduced last October with a new campaign, Hold My Pouch. Designed to encourage kids to explore and celebrate their independence, Hold My Pouch includes an impactful 15-second spot titled Together … Continue reading “Leo B and Capri Sun help kids celebrate independence”
The Chicago native and former Bull gets a Hall of Fame style sendoff from Budweiser, VaynerMedia and Cutters NY Okay, Dwayne Wade and his Miami Heat soundly beat my Sixers the other night in his last home game. I suppose for a legend such as Wade (who also played for my Chicago Bulls), it was … Continue reading “This Bud’s for Dwayne Wade”
Three days of free panels and concerts under the stars in the greatest city on earth The Chicago House Music Conference will offer free industry workshops and panel talks at the Chicago Culture Center on May 23, followed by the festival in Millennium Park on May 24 and 25. Produced by the Department of Cultural … Continue reading “Chicago House Music Conference & Festival”
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”
Director Nate Camponi turns up the heat with distillery workers, who also volunteer as firefighters, at Jack Daniel’s in Tennessee. On a cold winter morning in Tennessee, Picture North and FCB Chicago teamed up with the local distillery workers at Jack Daniel’s to fight fire with fire. Every bottle of Jack Fire helps the distillery … Continue reading “Picture North gets hot with FCB, Jack Daniel’s”
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 level … Continue reading “Beer Wars: Miller Lite goes medieval on Bud Light”
Finely curated weekend schedule packs a firehouse full of films and filmmakers, receptions, food, music, art, and drink The 29th edition of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival opens tomorrow and runs through March 24, with all screenings held at Chicago Filmmakers Firehouse Cinema in Edgewater. The opening night program on Thursday, March … Continue reading “The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival”
The two-week event launches on March 28 with Icían Bollaín’s “Yuli” followed by a “Noche Cubana” celebration The 35th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will take place March 28-April 11 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. and will feature over 100 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and … Continue reading “The 35th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival”
Disclaimer: The viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, viewpoints and official policies of Reel Chicago and Reel 360 Dear Jussie, I understand that you sometimes read Reel Chicago. Thanks for that. It’s appreciated. So, if you do read this scrappy daily trade that I have been proud to be a … Continue reading “An open letter to Jussie Smollett”
Grand jury convenes this week to determine if the “Empire” star filed a false police report The alleged “homophobic” and “racist” attack on Jussie Smollett, which reportedly took place in the early hours of January 29, has taken more twists and turns than an hour of the locally-filmed hit Fox series Empire. One could almost … Continue reading “Jussie Smollett: Timeline of a “hoax?””
The “Empire” star talks about the assault and his recovery during an emotional Saturday-night set at the Troubadour “I fought the f–k back.” Only four days after Empire star, Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked by what sources close to him have called MAGA Supporters, the actor/singer appeared in concert on stage at Los Angeles famed … Continue reading “Jussie Smollett performs in L.A.”
Multi-faceted film pro who has collaborated with Russel Simmons and Spike Lee “would love to talk and build with Steve McQueen.” Kwame Amoaku’s vast experience as a writer / director / camera operator brings a unique vision to the cinematic experience. Combine that with years as a production manager / locations and assistant director and … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Kwame Amoaku, Cinematic Samurai”
Reporting to Andrew Swinand, Britt Nolan will oversee creative and production while Emma Montgomery focuses on growth and strategy Leo Burnett today announced the appointment of Britt Nolan, Chief Creative Officer and Emma Montgomery, Chief Strategy Officer, to Co-Presidents of the agency’s flagship office, effective immediately. Each maintains their roles as CCO and CSO, and … Continue reading “Leo B promotes Nolan, Montgomery to Co-Presidents”
Chicago excels at beer, insurance, sea creatures, pickup trucks, romance, and sweet-smelling toilet bowls Outside the realm of direct advertising, the technique for measuring the success of a commercial can be somewhat fuzzy. Using a digital yardstick that combines Google analytics, social media engagement, and our thumbs-up button, we’ve determined the most widely acclaimed spots … Continue reading “The year’s biggest posts about commercials”
The number of big stories from 2018 is far too great to fit into one article, thankfully. But we’ve tried. Using a combination of Google analytics, social media engagement, and our own thumbs-up button, Reel Chicago has compiled a list of the most widely read stories from the last twelve months. To get a taste … Continue reading “A look back at the stories that defined 2018”
Kraft Mac & Cheese launched a preemptive strike against all the weird foods we eat on Thanksgiving How was your Thanksgiving? The Reel Chicago team is still recovering from fried turkey and lots of nuts, but we did manage to check out some spots and videos that caught our attention. This one from Kraft Heinz … Continue reading “Leo and Kraft are thankful for Mac & Cheese”
The venerable shop teams up with Ad Council and NHTSA to make sure kids in cars are secured properly. (Washington DC — 8 November 2018) Today, the Ad Council and NHTSA unveiled a new set of public service advertisements (PSAs) to highlight the importance of always securing children in the right car seat, booster seat … Continue reading “PSAs by Leo B urge parents to choose #TheRightSeat”
Chicago-based documentary house unveils grantees to receive funds for emerging and diverse documentary filmmakers in 2019 (Chicago — 1 November 2018) Kartemquin Films announced today the recipients of $150,000 in grants at the 2018 Kartemquin Films Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon at the Union League Club of Chicago. The award-winning documentary not-for-profit organization also announced … Continue reading “Kartemquin announces recipients of $150K in grants”
I’m now excited to empower the next generation of leaders at the agency Cari Bucci Hulings Cari Bucci Hulings has been promoted to President of MARC USA with full oversight of the agency’s offices in Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh. She reports to Michele Fabrizi, who remains as CEO. Tony Bucci continues as Chairman of the … Continue reading “Cari Bucci Hulings is named president of MARC USA”
Nearly a million viewers are expected to tune into tonight’s finale of the show that celebrates car culture as one of America’s most treasured pastimes There’s a story behind every broken down car in America, and the creators of Garage Squad work around the clock to bring nearly a dozen of them to life … Continue reading “‘Garage Squad’ finale caps off another growing year”
The 25-year veteran was drawn to the agency