Media Burn offers startling history lesson in ‘Ghosts’

‘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’”

Media Burn reco’d for $15K “Art Works” grant from NEA

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”

Media Burn turns up the heat with new Cinedeck ZX

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.

TV pioneer’s invaluable Media Burn TV archives at 10

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.

MBC to screen Media Burn’s rare Studs Terkel shows

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.

Leo Burnett creates child safety campaign for the Ad Council

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”

Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions

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”

Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU

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”

Burnett taps Mindy Kaling to launch Campbell’s Well Yes!

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!”

SNL’s Cecily Strong ladles up the Prego for Leo Burnett

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 and the United Nations agree to ‘Do Nothing’

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’”

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”

Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA

Congratulations to our friends at Leo Burnett and mcgarrybowen. Each agency took home three Gold statues from the American Advertising Awards which were announced April 28 virtually. Oh, and the agency at 35 West Wacker also took home “Agency of the Year.” Well done. Both agencies also took home awards in the “Best of” categories. … Continue reading “Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA”

Burnett’s Wingstop OOH campaign is very human

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”

Serta, Leo Burnett and ICF want you to “stay home, send beds”

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””

Trans Lifeline, Burnett address isolation crisis

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”

Media Archives pays tribute to Director Stuart Gordon

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”

Leo Burnett creates Pokémon campaign for Nintendo

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

Leo Burnett president Emma Montogomery steps down

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 names Aki Spicer CSO

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”

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

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

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”

WTTW celebrates Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’

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

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”

Leo Burnett’s 2019 Cannes Lions predictions

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”

Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus

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

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”

Burnett comes through in the clutch for Bridgestone

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

Leo Burnett mixes Doris Day into new Samsung spot

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”

Starburns Industries signs with Liz Laine Reps

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”

Explore Media names Seth Deahl Executive Producer

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”

Burnett, Mayhem make new resolution for Allstate

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”

Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB

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”

EnergyBBDO, Leo Burnett score big at 2017 Effies

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.

Swinard new head honcho for Burnett North America

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.

Burnett winner of two AICP Next Awards, here Nov. 3

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.

Leo Burnett brings home an armful of Cannes Lions

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 wins an armload of the CAF’s Addy Awards

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.

Burnett sues to stop staffers from pirating program

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.

Art smart Burnett/Arc’s public ploy promotes theatre

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.

McCann returns to Burnett as top recruiter

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.

No other way to say it: Leo Burnett stole the Addys

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. 

Shanley heads new transmedia resource Picnic

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. 

Bridges Media artisan beers are client-pleasing

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. 

10th anniversary celebration 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.

Burnett kills with 35 wins at NY Int’l Ad Awards

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.

Burnett wins dominate the Addy Awards comeback

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.

Burnett’s Jeff Brecker moves to Digital Kitchen

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 big Hallmark/Burnett spot package

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.

Burnett: Local companies not bypassed

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.

Sharing the vision: 100 expected for the April 23 planning meeting for the New Media Summit

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.

Short films offer a huge profit opportunity as new media markets hunger for short-as-product

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.

BBDO, Burnett, DDB score “best of show” honors at Chicago Creative Club Awards

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.

Bird’s-Eye Media set to shoot $2.5-3 million thriller “Roney’s Point” next summer

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.

Hugos feature DDB, Burnett winners, lifetime career awards to Pytka, Marin

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.

Polaroid Wall Party updates history of film community

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.

Rare 9/11 footage of Carol Marin at collapse of the towers

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”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

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”

Chicagoans fondly remember Elizabeth Brackett

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”

Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more

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”

So few ACIP honors for Chicago they’re invisible

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.

Chicago PD: What’s in store for the premiere of Season 9

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 adds Evan Fung as Director of Analytics

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”

One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils

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”

Aaron Noffsinger joins Aisle Rocket as CCO

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”

Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. how they ended

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”

Full Spectrum receives NBCUniversal Foundation grant

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”

Charles Grodin iconic straight-man passes at 86

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 appoints Myra Nussbaum first female CCO

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

Matt Kuttan joins ICF Next as partner and ECD

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”

RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’

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’”

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’”

Chicago-based films fare well in Oscar noms

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”

Lozano joins Telemundo as co-anchor, sports reporter

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”

LeBron James, AT&T celebrate Black Chicago

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”

Second City, ‘SNL’ announce scholarship recipients

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”

Cutters promotes David Rubin to editor

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”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

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”

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”

TWO BY FOUR appoints Jessica Romaniuk as VP

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”

CAF Honors Renetta McCann of Publicis Groupe

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”

A Conversation with Bob Hercules & Keith Walker

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”

CIFF announces the winners of its 2020 competition

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”

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”

Mill Chicago helps Kraft fans send “noods”

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””

The Brewing Irish are partnering with the Fighting Irish

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”

Boathouse Agency X Studio makes the Inc. 5000 List

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”

Chicago Fire’s Reed-Foster talks up series “I’m Tired”

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””

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”

How did Blacks get into advertising anyway?

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 Goats are baaaack for a second year

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”

Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD

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”

Chicago agencies nab 89 finalists in One Show

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’s Eltanal & Khatami chosen for IFP fellowship

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”

Meet the brains behind Mind Exchange Music

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”

Jeep debuts new spot during ‘One World’ global special

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”

Behind the Scenes: documentary filmmaker Robert Hanna

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”

ECD Matt Kuttan serves help to restaurants with new app

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”

Havas bolsters data-driven creative leadership

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”

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. Prior becoming a Locations Manager and founding Chicago Locations … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Valerie Bulinski, Locations Manager”

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. Meg began her editorial career at Whitehouse Post in … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Meg Kubicka, Editor at Whitehouse”

REEL WOMEN: Mary Caddy Partner at The Colonie

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”

Motion salutes Women’s Day with ‘Our Focus Our Future’

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’”

OKRP hires Aubrey Walker as Group Creative Director

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”

Billy Dec launches COACT marketing agency

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”

Jonathan Becker helps America ‘Do The Parking Spot’

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

Weinstein’s ‘A Missed Connection’ worth the wait

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

Renetta McCann to receive CAF’s Silver Medal Award

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”

Christmas commercials here, there, and everywhere

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”

G Andrew Meyer joins Cramer-Krasselt as ECD

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”

Pigeon Roost signs directors Jake Brusha and Julie

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”

Havas Chicago names Nicole Laughlin President & CCO

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

SOCIALDEVIANT hires strategic planner Lisa Szkatulski

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”

Banner unveils branding and leadership re-launch

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”

Molson Coors moving HQ to Chicago

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”

‘When It Breaks’ is an education for everyone

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”

Chicago’s Lil Rel debuts stand-up special on HBO

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”

WTTW explores impact of gun violence in ‘Firsthand’

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’”

MPG’s Keith Walker helps Oprah win Emmy

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

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

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

BOO! DDB drops first Skittles Halloween spot in 5 years

The Blair Witch would be proud. Or at least laugh her wrinkly, green ass off. Some of the best and most innovative advertising to come out of Chicago, and let’s be real – strangest, is the Skittles work from DDB Chicago. Whether it’s throwing a broadway halftime show with Michael C. Hall or screening a … Continue reading “BOO! DDB drops first Skittles Halloween spot in 5 years”

Leo B helps launch AHA ‘Sharing’ campaign

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

3% Conference touts ‘amazing’ 2019 lineup

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”

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

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

SOCIALDEVIANT “iterates to great”

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””

ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs

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

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

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

Rodgers, Mahomes talk agents in new State Farm work

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

Stop Us Before We Disrupt Again

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

Serena Williams shines spotlight on financial abuse

Domestic violence affects one in four women in America, and even though financial abuse is present in 99% of domestic violence situations, it’s seldom discussed and commonly misunderstood. The fact that nearly 50% of Americans are unaware that financial abuse is a form of domestic violence is staggering. Combine that with nearly one-third find the … Continue reading “Serena Williams shines spotlight on financial abuse”

OKRP promotes four staff in Chicago

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”

Next stop for AICP awards tour – Detroit

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

Vince Cook joins Laughlin Constable as ECD

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

AbelsonTaylor hires SVP Christopher Dimmock

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”

Red Robin gets a taste of French Butter

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

Leo B launches funny new Visionworks campaign

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

Cinepocalypse announces 2019 winners

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

Facebook hires Leo B and other agencies to rebuild rep

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 African Diaspora International Film Festival

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

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”

Leo B and Capri Sun help kids celebrate independence

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”

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”

Picture North gets hot with FCB, Jack Daniel’s

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”

Beer Wars: Miller Lite goes medieval on Bud Light

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”

The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival

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 35th annual Chicago Latino Film 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”

Jussie Smollett: Timeline of a “hoax?”

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?””

Jussie Smollett performs in L.A.

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.”

Reel Black List: Kwame Amoaku, Cinematic Samurai

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”

Leo B promotes Nolan, Montgomery to Co-Presidents

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”

The year’s biggest posts about commercials

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”

A look back at the stories that defined 2018

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”

Leo and Kraft are thankful for Mac & Cheese

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”

PSAs by Leo B urge parents to choose #TheRightSeat

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”

Kartemquin announces recipients of $150K in grants

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”

Cari Bucci Hulings is named president of MARC USA

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”

‘Garage Squad’ finale caps off another growing year

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”