Director Tyler Davis joins Tessa Films

0 Director Tyler Davis, a wry, funny and multi-talented filmmaker, writer, musician and improv artist, has brought his unique combination of talents to the roster of Tessa Films, the production company launched by Executive Producers Lisa Masseur and Reid Brody. The director’s Tessa career is off to a hot start with his long-form spot for … Continue reading “Director Tyler Davis joins Tessa Films”

Tessa Films adds director Tony Franklin

1+ Los Angeles based national multi award winning director, Tony Franklin, who has caught the attention of brands like BMW, IBM, WIRED, Purina, Pizza Hut, Gatorade, Prudential and many more has joined Tessa Film’s talented roster of directors. Director Tony Franklin, whose distinctly warm and human approach to storytelling has made him a sought-after talent … Continue reading “Tessa Films adds director Tony Franklin”

Tessa Films taps Sydney Thomson as Head of Production

2+   Highly experienced line producer is well-known in the Chicago community   Tessa Films has named Sydney Thomson, an experienced freelance producer and production supervisor who’s a fixture in the Chicago production community, to the newly-created position of Head of Production. The appointment was announced by Lisa Masseur, Tessa’s EP and Co-Founder. The move … Continue reading “Tessa Films taps Sydney Thomson as Head of Production”

Tessa Films’ Toben Seymour takes Mr. World on a spin

2+ New campaign by The Richards Group stars a spokespuppet who dances, ziplines, and scuba dives while touting the benefits of Eyeglass World A personable and highly adventurous puppet known as Mr. World trips the light fantastic, dives into shark-infested waters, and zips through the treetops with the greatest of ease in a new three-spot … Continue reading “Tessa Films’ Toben Seymour takes Mr. World on a spin”

Tessa Films’ “Work In Progress” to screen at Sundance

2+ Chicago-made pilot is one of four “highly original series-kickoff episodes” that will be featured during the festival’s Indie Episodic Program Tessa Films’ Work In Progress is scheduled to screen during the Indie Episodic Program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. A series pilot directed by Tim Mason and starring Abby McEnany, the plot follows … Continue reading “Tessa Films’ “Work In Progress” to screen at Sundance”

Tessa Films adds Director Amanda Speva

3+ Her work in commercials, short films and music videos taps comedy, emotion and storytelling with a distinctively quirky sensibility.   (Chicago & Los Angeles — 12 November 2018) Tessa Films has signed director Amanda Speva to its directorial roster. A native of Chicago, Speva brings a talent for capturing comedy and emotion shaped by … Continue reading “Tessa Films adds Director Amanda Speva”

Tessa Films, new study continue gun violence debate

1+ The installation for The Escape Pod’s Chicago Gun Share Program has been removed from Chicago’s Daley Plaza, but the debate on gun violence in America continues.   In response to the Parkland school shooting, a handful of Florida legislators approved two bills that would set aside tens of millions of dollars to train teachers … Continue reading “Tessa Films, new study continue gun violence debate”

Tessa Films’ cozy and familiar “Holiday Wish”

12+ Chicago-based production company Tessa Films offers something for everyone in a season greeting that premiered yesterday on YouTube. Titled, A Holiday Wish, the cozy and humorous minute-long film shows how social media can disrupt even the warmest of family gatherings. Flawless visuals and smart camera work establish a mood that is not only believable … Continue reading “Tessa Films’ cozy and familiar “Holiday Wish””

Tessa, Blind Barber, and Bryce Harper’s bathroom secrets

4+ Tessa Films partners with Blind Barber to introduce All-Star Bryce Harper as company spokesperson for signature product line Tessa Director / Writer Tim Mason and Creative Director Duncan Wolfe’s multi-faceted online strategy generates viral success, media coverage and brand awareness   (Chicago, Los Angeles — 17 April 2018) The new online campaign for Blind … Continue reading “Tessa, Blind Barber, and Bryce Harper’s bathroom secrets”

Tessa, mcgarrybowen, Arc, Jenny Milkowski on the move

8+ Puppet master and stop-motion specialist join Tessa Films’ roster Meghann Artes and Toben Seymour have joined the directorial roster at Tessa Films. The duo arrives at Tessa Films with skillsets that are bound to overlap in both conventional and unconventional ways. Artes is a master of stop motion. Seymour is a master of puppetry. … Continue reading “Tessa, mcgarrybowen, Arc, Jenny Milkowski on the move”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

2+ It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

AbelsonTaylor hires Scott Moers as Senior DBD

0 AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has hired Scott Moers as senior director of business development. He will lead a strong business development team and work with all agency departments to advance AbelsonTaylor’s growth, reporting to Executive Vice President Jay Carter.  “Scott’s proven abilities to understand prospective clients’ needs, … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires Scott Moers as Senior DBD”

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

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

AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19

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

AICP takes ‘A Look Forward: Agency, Production & Post’

4+ When will what passes for ‘normal’ return? When will agencies be able to mount more traditional shoots? How does one make up for the missing synergy of the edit suite? And who’s missing lunch?  These were some of the questions kicked around by the six Chicago agency executives from the creative and production ranks … Continue reading “AICP takes ‘A Look Forward: Agency, Production & Post’”

What’s the perfect way to shoot a spot during lockdown?

5+ A look behind the scenes with Tessa Films at putting together the perfect spot during lockdown. What’s the perfect dish for a lockdown night at home? Why pizza, of course! And not just any pizza, but a Screamin’ Sicilian Premium Craft frozen pizza. That’s one takeaway from a fast-paced, light-hearted new spot from Blue … Continue reading “What’s the perfect way to shoot a spot during lockdown?”

AICP panel discussion on navigating the road ahead

3+ AICP Midwest presents:A Look Forward Partners in Production: Agency, Production, Post Thursday, May 14, 20203pm CST via Zoom AICP panel discussion on navigating the road ahead when production resumes. AICP National Board Members/Moderators: Lisa Masseur, Executive Producer/Founder, Tessa Films, AICP Midwest Pres./National Board Craig Duncan, Managing Director, Cutters Studios, AICP National Board ALSO READ: … Continue reading “AICP panel discussion on navigating the road ahead”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

5+ Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business

2+ Reel Chicago supports all efforts of those who are working, boots on the ground, to service their clients during these most difficult times. Below is a list of AICP Midwest members who are open for business, supplied by Lisa Massuer, AICP Midwest President. FROM AICP MIDWEST  Collectively, the National AICP community has been working … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”