The Mill Chicago brings VFX and color grade to Clavin Harris’ hit Potion

The Mill Chicago adds visual effects and color grade to the Calvin Harris’ latest summer anthem ‘Potion’ alongside Dua Lipa and Young Thug. Mill’s colorist Kris Smale collaborated with the artists and director Emil Nava to color-grade the music video that features Dua and Young Thug at a tropical island. Produced by Ammolite Inc., Potion … Continue reading “The Mill Chicago brings VFX and color grade to Clavin Harris’ hit Potion”

The Mill Chicago adds colorist Kris Smale and producer Nubia Lima

The Mill Chicago has added two new senior members to its color grading team in Chicago. Servicing the Midwest advertising market are colorist Kris Smale and color producer Nubia Lima.  Previously at MPC and then The Mill’s Los Angeles studio, Kris Smale has been been part of the award-winning Technicolor Creative Studios Color team for … Continue reading “The Mill Chicago adds colorist Kris Smale and producer Nubia Lima”

The Mill announces Patrick Coleman as Head of Design

Creative production studio The Mill announced Patrick Coleman as their new Head of Design in Chicago.  With over a decade of experience with a focus in 3D motion design, Coleman’s beginnings began at OPTIMUS in 2004. He then went on to become Creative Director at Sarofsky. Since 2017, Coleman has been working closely with The Mill’s … Continue reading “The Mill announces Patrick Coleman as Head of Design”

The Mill announces new appointments globally

The Mill announced several new appointments within its global colour team. Across the globe, The Mill now has 11 Colourists, all of which have a distinct and unique style and are made available to creative partners globally via The Mill’s remote grading setup. ALSO READ: Liz Roche appointed to GM and CSO of Havas CX … Continue reading “The Mill announces new appointments globally”

The Mill launches augmented reality app, Mill Scout

The Mill has announced the launch of its virtual production tool, Mill Scout, the global studio’s latest IP, targeted at Directors and Creatives for on-set use. Mill Scout is an Augmented Reality (AR) application for smartphones and tablets that can help Directors, Creatives and Visual Effects Supervisors visualize CGI characters and objects live on-set, in-situ … Continue reading “The Mill launches augmented reality app, Mill Scout”

The Mill teams up with EA SPORTS on ‘Feel Next Level’

Creatively developed in partnership with EA SPORTS and produced entirely under COVID-19 restrictions. EA SPORTS has launched a new adrenaline fueled brand film in collaboration with The Mill. Explore the powerful feelings evoked by football — from the emotional charge of 60,000 fans singing your name, to those heart-pounding seconds at the penalty spot. Premiering … Continue reading “The Mill teams up with EA SPORTS on ‘Feel Next Level’”

The Mill has New Creative Leadership Team in Chicago

The Mill announced today the promotion of several key creatives within its Chicago Studio.  In a restructure and bolstering of the studio’s creative offering, several new appointments have been made including the hire of Bradon Webb and the promotion of Adam Carroll to Creative Directors. They join the existing creative leadership team of Udesh Chetty … Continue reading “The Mill has New Creative Leadership Team in Chicago”

The Mill signs directors Ben Hansford & Rogier Schalken

The Mill announced today it is bolstering its global directorial roster with two new signings; Ben Hansford and Rogier Schalken. The Mill’s Executive Director Steve Venning comments, ‘We’re constantly striving to find talent, the kind of people that can ideate and collaborate with our clients and genuinely bring something new and different to The Mill’s … Continue reading “The Mill signs directors Ben Hansford & Rogier Schalken”

The Mill, Avocado teach kids about sustainability

Production company and sustainable mattress brand join forces to publish ‘The Little Blue Planet,’ a children’s book about the importance of sustainability Production studio The Mill and Avocado Green Mattress have partnered over a shared commitment to sustainability to develop a children’s book called The Little Blue Planet. With the aim of educating children and … Continue reading “The Mill, Avocado teach kids about sustainability”

The Mill Chicago welcomes new EP Jenny Lumpkin

“Force to be reckoned with” brings industry expertise and relationship-building finesse to full-service production studio The Mill announced today that Jenny Lumpkin has joined their Chicago studio as Executive Producer. Lumpkin arrives at The Mill after spending the last seven years at Quriosity Productions, a Chicago-based production company. As Senior Producer, she developed Quriosity’s production … Continue reading “The Mill Chicago welcomes new EP Jenny Lumpkin”

The Mill NY promotes new media creative talent

The studio’s Experiential & Interactive team appoints Will Adams Creative Director and moves Sally Reynolds up to Associate Creative Director The Mill has announced the promotion of Will Adams and Sally Reynolds to Creative Director and Associate Creative Director. Throughout his career, Will Adams has blurred the line between code and design. With a background … Continue reading “The Mill NY promotes new media creative talent”

The Mill launches Mill Mascot animation system

The studio’s latest IP is a game-changer representing the future of character animation Creative technology and VFX studio The Mill today launched a groundbreaking new virtual production system, Mill Mascot. The system, developed by The Mill to address the ever-growing client needs for fast and intelligent characters, enables broadcast quality CG characters that are not … Continue reading “The Mill launches Mill Mascot animation system”

The Mill promotes Erica Hilbert, hires Blake Nickle

Erica Hilbert is now Head of Production and Blake Nickle is Executive Producer at The Mill’s Chicago office The Mill is thrilled to appoint a new Head of Production and an Executive Producer to further bolster the growing production team at their Chicago studio. Newly appointed as Head of Production, Erica Hilbert has already taken … Continue reading “The Mill promotes Erica Hilbert, hires Blake Nickle”

The Mill Chicago hires Peter Hullinger as Exec Producer

With experience on brands likes Gatorade, State Farm, and Bud Light, the former Beast GM will focus on “relationships” and “top-tier creative.” (Chicago — 7 August 2018)   The Mill is thrilled to announce the addition of Peter Hullinger as Executive Producer. Hullinger has been active in the advertising space for nearly two decades. Throughout … Continue reading “The Mill Chicago hires Peter Hullinger as Exec Producer”

Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll joins The Mill Chicago

With experience ranging from Adidas to Radiohead, the formerly London-based huemaster is part of the VFX and creative content studio’s continued expansion (Chicago — 26 July 2018) – Oisin O’Driscoll joins Chicago’s expanding colour team from The Mill London where he crafted a highly impressive body of work since joining in 2014. O’Driscoll — known … Continue reading “Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll joins The Mill Chicago”

New leadership for The Mill in Chicago

  The Mill Chicago announces new Managing Director and Creative Leadership     The Mill has appointed three new leadership roles to its Chicago studio. Carl Phillips will serve as Managing Director, Andrew Doman as Deputy Managing Director, and Jay Bandlish as Executive Creative Director. Phillips joined The Mill in Chicago as Head of Production … Continue reading “New leadership for The Mill in Chicago”

The Mill, Burrell, Cow Lamp, Obamas, Wakanda news

Live action director and VFX supervisor Ergin Kuke joins The Mill+ Chicago Ergin Kuke will soon begin working his LA-honed, box office savvy as Creative Director for The Mill+ Chicago, according to a press release issued today.     Kuke has notched an expansive variety of experience since relocating to the States from his native … Continue reading “The Mill, Burrell, Cow Lamp, Obamas, Wakanda news”

Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news

Cutters Detroit promotes Grosjean Executive Producer Mary Connolly and Managing Director Kurt Kulas announced last week that Cutters Studios Detroit office has promoted Justin Grosjean to editor. Grosjean first joined the company four years ago as an intern. However, he was already in the global spotlight for creative production. In 2012, Justin and his twin … Continue reading “Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news”

Detroit’s Hudson edit now collaborates with The Mill

The Mill is expanding in the Midwest with a collaboration with Detroit’s full-service Hudson Edit, allowing their clients to share connected projects for color, visual effects and other services.

“Our involvement,” says Jared Yeater, The Mill’s Chicago managing director, “offers Hudson Edit’s Detroit clients access to The Mill color, visual effects, animation and design services, available across its Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and London studios.”

The Mill Chicago expands staff by 2 and promotes 3

The Mill Chicago continues to expand its local staff with the addition of a creative director originally from the Mill London and a senior producer and bolster it with three promotions.

The new creative director is Jay Bandlish, originally from the Mill London and Cameron Spencer, who’s enjoyed a 15-year career as a visual effects supervisor. Since arriving in Chicago he’s worked on Energy BBDO’s first spot for LG, “World of Play,” with action movie star Jason Statham, directed by Fredrik Bond, and a State Farm/DDB “Mustangs” spot directed by Jim Jenkins.

The Mill creates VR video for Jack Daniel’s via FCB

FCB / Chicago and The Mill today released a fully immersive VR 360-degree experience on YouTube 360 for client Jack Daniel Distillery on the 150th anniversary of America’s oldest distillery.

“This new technology is a way for us to celebrate the Jack Daniel Distillery with fans everywhere and to give them a better perspective of the care that goes into making Jack Daniel’s here in the Tennessee Valley,” notes Master Distiller Jeff Arnett.

The Mill opens March 4 with 12 new-to-city staffers

Jared Yeater has visited and done business in Chicago “many, many times,” he says, and in mid-February he will take up permanent residency as the executive producer of The Mill Chicago.

The new Chicago branch of the international visual effects and design company officially opens March 4, within The Whitehouse’s River North offices, with a staff comprised of “a few persons from each of our three offices,” says Yeater. 

Illinois shatters record for film revenues with $630 million in 2021

Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot have announced that projected film revenues in 2021 hit a record high of $630 million, shattering pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by $70 million. Film production revenues are the costs associated with film, television, streaming, and digital media, which have steadily increased over the past 10 years. Additionally, … Continue reading “Illinois shatters record for film revenues with $630 million in 2021”

This summer’s lineup for Millennium Park Summer Film Series

This summer, DCASE presents the Millennium Park Summer Film Series on Tuesdays from July 12 through August 30. Films start at 6:30pm. Blockbusters, award-winning movies, and family favorites will be played on a 40-foot LED screen at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion this summer.  Guests are welcome to sit in the pavilion’s seating bowl, and any space … Continue reading “This summer’s lineup for Millennium Park Summer Film Series”

Miller Lite announces ‘Beer Registry’ to celebrate Dadhood this Father’s Day

Parenthood has always been something to celebrate and while there’s plenty of showers and festivities, we all know new dads are secretly dreaming of what they really want to celebrate with – beer. That’s why this Father’s Day, Miller Lite is delivering its own beautiful, bundle of joy to fuel fatherhood initiations across the country: … Continue reading “Miller Lite announces ‘Beer Registry’ to celebrate Dadhood this Father’s Day”

Miller Lite and DDB Chicago introduce Beercoal to ‘Lite’ up summer grills

Summer is the season of beer. Warmer temps make cold ones a no-brainer from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, but not all light beers are created equal, and not all grill owners are BBQ masters. Miller Lite is bringing its iconic beer taste where it belongs – the grill. Introducing Miller Lite Beercoal, the … Continue reading “Miller Lite and DDB Chicago introduce Beercoal to ‘Lite’ up summer grills”

Tech group bets $4 million on Chicago as next big film production town

Startup tech company, SHOWRUNNER has announced that venture capitalists from coast to coast have invested $4 million to fund its film production technology. They’re betting that Chicago will be the next big film production town—and that their technology will make billion-dollar waves in the entertainment industry. The company’s software tools aim to help both industry giants and independent creators … Continue reading “Tech group bets $4 million on Chicago as next big film production town”

Cinespace Toronto commits $3.12 million to York University Motion Media Studio

York University, and Cinespace Film Studios/Toronto with Ashley Rice, announce renewed commitment of $3.12 million from Cinespace to enhance and elevate the York University Motion Media Studio at Cinespace. The media facility that is used for learning, teaching, and production, was originally established in 2016 with a $2.5-million donation from Cinespace Film Studios – the film-and-television … Continue reading “Cinespace Toronto commits $3.12 million to York University Motion Media Studio”

Miller64 says answer a math question, get a free beer

You may have heard there is a new light beer on the block with 80 calories. 80 calories, huh? Seems like … a lot for a super light beer. So Miller64, the OG extra light beer with only 64 calories, is here to settle a debate: Which number is smaller — 80 or 64? After … Continue reading “Miller64 says answer a math question, get a free beer”

Miller Lite turns virtual cheers into real-life beers at the ‘Meta Lite Bar’

Football’s biggest day is virtually here. Each year, millions of Americans huddle to watch the Big Game and enjoy some great-tasting Miller Lite. But why stick within the confines of the stadium (or your living room) when there’s a whole metaverse out there to explore? This year, Miller Lite is bringing game day and Miller … Continue reading “Miller Lite turns virtual cheers into real-life beers at the ‘Meta Lite Bar’”

17 million Americans call in sick the day after the Big Game but not at SRW

SRW, the full-service agency has announced another innovative benefit for its workforce. Noting that an average of 17 million Americans call in sick the day after the Big Game, they’re getting ahead of the game. SRW, whose CEO, Kate Weidner is a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan, will be offering all employees a recovery half-day, opening … Continue reading “17 million Americans call in sick the day after the Big Game but not at SRW”

Sandro Miller: How a still master mastered motion

If you’ve seen his work, you’ve been spellbound. Because when you look at a portrait by Sandro Miller, it’s as if his subjects are looking right back. This is magical, iconic stuff. A walk through his studio is like shaking hands with the world. There are bikers with souls and ink laid bare. There are … Continue reading “Sandro Miller: How a still master mastered motion”

Miller Lite introduces Beernaments, drinkable ornaments

The holidays are upon us, and decorations are (mostly) up – but Miller Lite is giving beer lovers across the country a reason to save some space on their trees for one more festive touch. Introducing Beernaments: Miller Lite’s first ever “drinkable” ornaments. To launch Beernaments, the brand partnered with actor and comedian, Jimmy O. … Continue reading “Miller Lite introduces Beernaments, drinkable ornaments”

Did you know the oldest millennials are turning 40 this year?

After 1.5 years in “soft launch” mode, Jumble & Flow officially launches in October, during Menopause Awareness Month. With the oldest millennials turning 40 this year, Jumble & Flow founder Amy Cuevas Schroeder says the midlife industry is just starting. Menopause products make up a reported $600 billion market opportunity. readership has grown to 50,000 monthly pageviews in the last … Continue reading “Did you know the oldest millennials are turning 40 this year?”

Miller Lite introduces 10K Gold Rings to unlock free Miller Lite for life

Miller Lite is asking fans to get the game day crew together for a chance to win these precious 10K Gold Rings and unlock free Miller Lite for life. For decades, football season has been synonymous with cracking open a cold beer with friends. Since last season looked different for fans nationwide, Miller Lite is … Continue reading “Miller Lite introduces 10K Gold Rings to unlock free Miller Lite for life”

Three-quarters of a billion dollars on Mega Millions and Powerball

In total, there is $777 million in jackpot prizes up for grabs with Mega Millions and Powerball this Friday and Saturday night. With Labor Day signaling the unofficial end of summer this week, the Illinois Lottery has top prizes on offer that could lead to an endless summer for some lucky players. The next Mega … Continue reading “Three-quarters of a billion dollars on Mega Millions and Powerball”

Miller Lite and Equality Illinois to hold first Open & Proud Town Hall

Miller Lite and Equality Federation announce the first Open & Proud Town Hall, to be held in Chicago. The Open & Proud initiative aims to create safe, inclusive spaces at bars for the LGBTQ community.  The program features a series of town hall events where LGBTQ individuals over 21 will share their candid, open experiences, and thoughts on … Continue reading “Miller Lite and Equality Illinois to hold first Open & Proud Town Hall”

Miller Lite creates Open & Proud safe spaces for LGBTQ

Miller Lite and Equality Federation are announcing the “Open & Proud” program, an initiative that aims to create safe, inclusive spaces at bars for the LGBTQ community. The program includes the development and implementation of inclusivity training materials for bar owners and employees at the 55,000 bars and nightclubs where Miller Lite is sold. These … Continue reading “Miller Lite creates Open & Proud safe spaces for LGBTQ”

Miller Lite & New Balance collide for first-ever beer shoe

To celebrate Father’s Day (June 20), Miller Lite and New Balance have collided to create the first-ever beer shoe, the Shoezie from DDB North America. Coming together the Father of Light Beer and the originators of the Dad Shoe crafted the shoe-meets-koozie to keep your beer cool in a fatherly fashion. Drawing from the iconic … Continue reading “Miller Lite & New Balance collide for first-ever beer shoe”

Mill announces Tracey Khan as Managing Director

Today, Josh Mandel, the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Mill has announced new senior leadership for the global production studio’s midwestern arm, appointing Tracey Khan as Managing Director for the Chicago-based studio. Tracey steps into the role with over a decade of experience at The Mill, having originally started in London before being … Continue reading “Mill announces Tracey Khan as Managing Director”

Miller Lite Level Up Fund announces $100k grant for IWD

Miller Lite announces the launch of the Miller Lite Level Up Fund, a $100,000 grant program that aims to provide financial support to uncelebrated communities in the gaming world. Coinciding with International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8, the Fund will raise awareness for the inspiring female streamers that deserve greater recognition and access to … Continue reading “Miller Lite Level Up Fund announces $100k grant for IWD”

City announces $2.5 million arts fund

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced $2.5 million in funding opportunities for Chicago artists and arts organizations. A new “Artist Response Program,” opening January 11, will provide $750,000 to support art that respond to the recent health, economic and humanitarian crises. The program includes … Continue reading “City announces $2.5 million arts fund”

$550 Million Powerball Jackpot for tonight’s drawing

If you want the chance to win over a half billion bucks, then be sure to carve out a moment in your day to pick up a Powerball ticket as the jackpot continues to roll with an estimated $550 million jackpot on deck for tonight’s drawing! We know that Illinois is full of winners and … Continue reading “$550 Million Powerball Jackpot for tonight’s drawing”

Farewell, Work Holiday Parties — ‘Tis Miller Time

2020 has been filled with cancellations, but one thing that people are actually happy to have cancelled? Their work holiday parties. Miller Lite agrees: Cancelled work holiday parties means more time to drink Miller Lite with their real friends, or as they call it, Miller Time.  The brand is memorializing people’s cringiest moments in an … Continue reading “Farewell, Work Holiday Parties — ‘Tis Miller Time”

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””

BTS: Miller, Lewandowski on new UCM spot

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

Miller Lite is bringing International Beer Day stateside

It may not be easy to travel internationally to celebrate International Beer Day on Friday, so Miller Lite is celebrating stateside. On August 7th, consumers in 80+ cities named after countries can claim a free beer to make it Miller Time.  “We know that summer travel looks a little different this year, and for many beer … Continue reading “Miller Lite is bringing International Beer Day stateside”

DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’

Millennium Park at Home begins Memorial Day weekend with House Music, Gospel Music and Blues Music concerts to launch the new online series of music, arts and recreation programming. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced new virtual events for everyone missing Millennium Park’s renowned cultural programming. The new online Millennium … Continue reading “DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’”

UPS delivers 5 Millionth meal to rural students & families

 UPS announced the delivery of the five millionth meal through the Emergency Meals-to-You program, designed to deliver shelf-stable, nutritious meals to students in rural areas of the country. The program is a partnership between McLane Global, UPS, USDA, the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, and PepsiCo to deliver meals to students in rural areas … Continue reading “UPS delivers 5 Millionth meal to rural students & families”

Potbelly returns $10 million small business loan

After succumbing to public pressure, Chicago-based sandwich chain Potbelly said Saturday that it will return its $10 million loan from the Paycheck Protection Program intended for small businesses. The $350 billion total allotment ran dry earlier this month, stirring outrage against large-cap public companies who received the assistance. The government allocated at least $243.4 million … Continue reading “Potbelly returns $10 million small business loan”

Joanna Miller joins The House of Representatives

Detroit-based industry veteran Joanna Miller has joined The House of Representatives (THOR) as a Midwest Representative Associate. Miller brings more than a decade of advertising experience to THOR. She began her career in 2001 as a Junior Representative at Detroit-based boutique post house Function and audio shop Ozone Music. After signing with Yessian Music to … Continue reading “Joanna Miller joins The House of Representatives”

DDB brings back original social media – “Miller Time”

So many of us (you know who you are) are more concerned with having thousands of followers than a few good friends. In an engaging new campaign from DDB, the creative agency for Miller Lite, has tapped into this thought and created a campaign that is both engaging, smart and funny as hell. “With this … Continue reading “DDB brings back original social media – “Miller Time””

Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes

Yuri Rutman’s guerilla-filmed, psychoerotic short begins streaming tomorrow on ShortsTV Kiev-born, Chicago-raised, LA-based filmmaker Yuri Rutman endured 48 hours of the Windy City winter to make a film that becomes available for streaming in 33 million homes tomorrow. His 18-minute short, Trained, is a love story like no other. Offering a glimpse into the lives … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes”

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

After you drink the beer inside, the Cantroller continues to operate your video games I’m suddenly reminded of the line Tim Robbins said in The Coen Brothers’ Hudsucker Proxy, “You know, for kids!” Okay, this “ludicrous” (DDB’s words in a press release, not ours) product innovation they’ve created for Miller Lite is definitely not for … Continue reading “DDB, Miller Lite, Eric Andre play ‘The Cantroller’”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series 2019

From “Black Panther” to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Chicago’s outdoor movie schedule offers something for everyone The 2019 Millennium Park outdoor movie schedule is diverse and awesome. Taking place every Tuesday night from June 4 through August 20, it opens with Black Panther, finishes on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and offers Moonlight, The … Continue reading “Millennium Park Summer Film Series 2019”

MillerCoors & Energy BBDO sparkle with new drink

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

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”

Mill+ adds Daniel Ryan to its directorial roster

Chicago-based pro recently completed two fully immersive films for a large-format, ten-screen video installation at 900 N. Michigan Mill+ is thrilled to welcome Daniel Ryan to its global directorial roster. Having been in the industry for over a decade, Daniel Ryan is a well-established director in the Chicago market. In the last couple of years, … Continue reading “Mill+ adds Daniel Ryan to its directorial roster”

MillerCoors taps Michelle St. Jacques as new CMO

The former Kraft Heinz Senior Vice President inherits a portfolio of brands from the nation’s second-largest brewer MillerCoors has named Kraft Heinz executive Michelle St. Jacques as its new chief marketing officer, the first woman to ever hold the role. St. Jacques was most recently senior vice president and global head of brands and capabilities … Continue reading “MillerCoors taps Michelle St. Jacques as new CMO”

Calabash dials it up to 19 million for PayPal campaign

Animation studio teams with design house Run Kick Shout on digital spots about payment systems created by Walrus The old journalism adage “show me, don’t tell me” is visually appropriated cleverly in a new six spot online ad campaign for PayPal entitled Ubiquity. Created by agency Walrus, New York, and featuring character animation from Calabash, … Continue reading “Calabash dials it up to 19 million for PayPal campaign”

Jason Witten surprises fans in Miller Lite spot by DDB

New DDB Chicago video shows football legend Jason Witten trading in his jersey for a beer delivery uniform As a devout Philadelphia Eagles (“Iggles”) fan it really does pain me to write anything positive about THAT team in Dallas. But DDB Chicago has created a new video for client Miller Lite that tastes great. To … Continue reading “Jason Witten surprises fans in Miller Lite spot by DDB”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Beginning June 5th, the Millennium Park Summer Film series will enhance the Tuesday night screenings that have become one of Chicago’s most beloved outdoor traditions. According to a press release issued by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the movies will be “programmed in collaboration with a local independent film festival … Continue reading “Millennium Park Summer Film Series”

Cutters, Mill, Optimus, Utopic among AICE Shortlisters

Rachelle Madden, VP, Post Production and Digital Production Affairs for AICP, has announced the Shortlist for this year’s AICE Awards for post production excellence. “Our 2018 Shortlist is the result of hours of work by our judges,” says Madden. “We want to thank them all for their contributions and also salute all the editors and … Continue reading “Cutters, Mill, Optimus, Utopic among AICE Shortlisters”

Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced yesterday that Robin Shenfield, Co-Founder and CEO of The Mill, will serve as Chairperson of the 2018 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. As Show Chair, Shenfield will oversee the AICP Show Committee, which is responsible for promoting and marketing the AICP Show, … Continue reading “Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show”

WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth

The sale of Chicago’s second public TV station may have cost the city college system $130 million, according to the results of a six-month investigation contained in this article. Calculated in terms of potential income, the loss was just one of many negative factors that continue to affect Chicago as a result of the Federal … Continue reading “WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth”

Sandro Miller channels David Lynch with John Malkovich

In director Sandro Miller’s 17-minute short, Psychogenetic Fugue, actor John Malkovich portrays a selection of characters from David Lynch films, reenacting the scenes that made them famous.

For viewers, it’s a spine-tingling journey through the mind of a genius, a surreal exhibition of audiovisual madness, and a trippy tour of historic cinema. For Miller, it’s the latest work in a collaboration with the actor that has spanned two decades.

Chance The Rapper, Sandro Miller propel AICP Next Awards

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

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

And beards, lots of beards.

Lindsey directs series of short films for MillerCoors

Seed Media Arts director Jason Lindsey recently shot a series of MillerCoors short films to celebrate people who know what honesty and hard work is all about.

Created by Jacobson/Rost, the six mini-documentaries achieve heartwarming levels of charm from the get-go.

“They wanted stories from people who are committed to quality in the same way that MillerCoors is,” Lindsey explains.

After MillerCoors win, Arc Worldwide expands to AK

Adweek reports that Chicago-based Arc Worldwide, the shopper marketing division of Leo Burnett Group, has announced plans to expand its presence by opening new offices in New York and Northwest Arkansas and adding new names to its leadership team.

According to the article, this expansion as an attempt to make the most of recent new business wins and to promote the network’s newly unveiled positioning, “Irresistible Commerce.”

SCC’s Cubs spot goes wildly viral with millions of hits

A 30-SECOND CUBS SPOT, “Fly the W,” created by Chicago Cubs’ agency Schafer Carter Condon (SCC) featuring the narration of injured Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, was designed to get fans excited about the Cubs’ National Division Series playoffs starting Oct. 7.

And it did it ever! — the spot was a hit waaaay out of the park, beyond anyone’s expectations, by garnering an amazing two million-plus views since it was posted on Facebook a scant two weeks ago.

MillerCoors, Beam agency Mekanism set up shop here

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

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

2 local agencies in pitch for $160mm Miller Lite biz

Three agencies – two of them here in Chicago – were tapped to compete in a MillerCoors formal review to come up with advertising ideas that will elevate its Miller Lite brand from a lengthy sales slump.

The agency with the most brilliant ideas will win the brand’s $160 million business. The brand will introduce the winning ads in March.

The local agencies are Publicis’ Leo Burnett and Royal Order, a digital agency acquired that Ogilvy, a WPP division, acquired in 2012.  Omnicom’s LA-based TBWA is the third agency in the review.

“Upstarts” OKRP lands $50 million Big Lots! account

CALLING THEMSELVES “SCRAPPY UPSTARTS” the boutique agency O’Keefe, Reinhard & Paul (OKRP) – celebrating its first anniversary in March — landed the Big Lots! account which bills a big $50 million, following a review.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company is a closeout retailer with 1,525 stories in 48 states.  The agency’s first work for its new client will launch in early February.

Spot follows real life in Miller Lite’s “The Race”

Two guys from multicultural agency Commonground, which has a diverse group of creatives, from Millennials to Baby Boomers got into a friendly debate about which of the two represented the best generation, the Gen Xer or the Gen Yer. 

The discussion between the Gen Xer, VP/creative director Mike Williams and younger Gen Y copywriter Nate DeLeon picked up good natured steam culminating in one of them saying, let’s take it to the street, let’s race. 

MillerCoors’ VP Woodward is 2012 Ad Woman of the Year

The beer business has been in the headlines with the recent switch of MillerCoors’ Coors Light and Coors banquet brands departing Draftfcb for new Cavalry agency; DDB’s loss of Bud Light to McgarryBowen and a short time late its subsequent loss of the account.

So it comes as a happy coincidence that the 55th Advertising Woman of the Year is MillerCoors’ Jackie Woodward, VP/media & marketing services, cited as “a woman in the advertising profession who has provided outstanding leadership.”

Michigan doubles film grant cap to $50 million for 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder has upped Michigan’s film grant money to $50 million, from the present $25 million that all but killed what had been one of the biggest US film markets, for the new fiscal year that starts in October. 

The higher cap, which still must be approved by legislators, is considerably less than the film industry and pro-film legislators had been seeking, reports The Detroit Free Press.  

Hopefully State doubles film grant to $50 million cap for 2013

MillerCoors cuts Draftfcb in favor of WPP consortium

The news couldn’t have been more devastating. At 10:30 Tuesday morning DraftFCB/Chicago president Michael Fassnacht picked up his phone and discovered MillerCoors chief marketing officer Andy England was on the line. Without wasting time, England delivered the long-rumored bombshell.

Only it was worse than expected.

England told Fassnacht MillerCoors was pulling all its business — every single bit — out of DraftFCB and redistributing it across a couple of entities.

Raleigh Studios due to default on $18 million in bonds

Raleigh Studios in Pontiac, Michigan is expected to default on $18 million in state issued bonds that were part of the financing for the $80 million studio complex that opened with great fanfare only 10 months ago.

That will force the Michigan state employee’s pension fund, which invested in the studio in 2009, to make a $630,000 payment immediately, and put them on the hook for potentially millions more in payments in the future, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hot McGarryBowen lands $100 million United account

McGarryBowen’s new business bonanza continued Wednesday.  The agency’s New York office won the high-profile and prestigious United Airlines advertising account.  According to a United spokesman, MB’s Chicago office, the agency’s only outpost beyond New York, may be used for meetings on occasion.

But the MB agency team attached to the United account will be based in New York. United, which is headquartered in Chicago, is expected to break its first ad campaign from McGarry at a yet-to-be-determined date in 2012.  

Michigan webathon fights bill to kill $25 million cap

Michigan film workers will rally Sunday, April 17, for a non-stop, 15 hour webathon to raise money to fund a TV spot campaign, in an effort to influence the legislature to maintain Michigan’s film tax incentives. 

The “Film Credits Work Webathon” was triggered by Republicans on a House subcommittee’s approval of a bill Wednesday to eliminate Gov. Rick Snyder ’s proposed $25 million incentives cap and thus bury any possibility of a continuing Michigan film industry.

“Hung” gets third season $1 million incentives approval

WHILE A SECOND SEASON of ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” won’t be decided until May, “Hung” – the HBO series set in Metro Detroit – will be around for another season, thanks to a $1 million incentive from the Michigan Film Office.

“Hung” is the third film approved under the Michigan Film Office’s new policy, requiring review by the Michigan Economic Development Corporate committee, and the fifth approved so far in 2011.

As for “Detroit 1-8-7,” it’s unclear is whether Michigan will approve tax credits to give it a second season.

Michigan denies incentives application for $58 million movie

The Michigan Film Office seems to be denying film incentive applications in order to stretch Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed $25 million film cap for movies throughout the rest of the year.  

The state’s biggest incentive application of the year was denied was director Doug Liman’s (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) untitled movie for Paramount.  It would have spent $58 million in the state, hired 2,256 locals and received a $23 million rebate, reports 

$20 million “Set Up” films in Grand Rapids area

IN WEST MICHIGAN, Ryan Phillippe and Jenna Dewan joined Bruce Willis, Paul Walker and 50 Cent as stars of the action heist film, “Set Up,” shooting in and around Grand Rapids. Its estimated budget is $20 million.

The new movie is being produced by Randall Emmett’s and George Furla’s Emmett/Furla Films and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Grand Rapids-based Cheetah Vision company. It’s part of a $200 million, 10-picture deal for Cheetah Vision and will be released sometime in 2011.

Emmett expects to film two or three more movies locally next year.

Rock Island set for $15 million movie

The pan-European team behind Great River Productions, LLC has set up shop in Rock Island to produce its $15 million 3D motion capture fantasy feature, “Troll: Tale of a Tale,” over the next two-and-a-half years.

Great River Productions will hire an estimated 100 animators, artists and crew from Illinois. Modeling starts in early January and casting begins in late February.

There are a number of firsts associated with this film, said Davenport-based J. Douglas Miller of the Quad-Cities Film Coalition, who worked for two years to bring and keep the project in the Quad-Cities.

Multi-million S-3D investment for Filmworkers

Filmworkers Club is getting set for the new world of stereoscopic 3D with a multi-million investment in four top-of-the-line FilmLight Baselight color grading systems with S-3D capability.

Two new Baselight EIGHT systems will be installed in Chicago and two more systems go into its Dallas and Nashville facilities, enabling Filmworkers to establish complete non-linear post-production workflows, said Filmworkers president Reid Brody.

Michigan production totals $648 million to date

Michigan Film Office director Carrie Jones, 34, hadn’t previously worked in arts or entertainment, but when the film incentives were created, “I knew that it was something I wanted to get involved in, just because it’s such an exciting thing for Michigan.”

Jones was running Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s political office when she learned that MFO director Janet Lockwood planned to retire.

Jones then campaigned for, and won, the job. She began serving as the deputy director in February, then became the MFO director on July 1.

$6 million grant revives MBC construction

Construction resumed on the Museum of Broadcast Communications’ unfinished, 62,000-sq. ft. building at 360 N. State, after four years of broken promises and starts and stops on the long-awaited building.

Gov. Pat Quinn personally announced the long overdue $6 million grant to the MBC at its “At Salute to Chicago Television” gala and fund-raiser Friday night at the Chicago Hilton.

“The first installment check is in the bank,” an elated MBC founder/president Bruce DuMont told the 365 guests at the $350-per plate dinner, to thunderous applause.

Robyn Hitchcock Performs “Ordinary Millionaire”

Singer/songwriter and recording icon Robyn Hitchcock performs “Ordinary Millionaire” co-written by guitarist Johnny Marr (The Smiths/Modest Mouse) from the forthcoming Robyn Hitchcock & The VENUS 3 CD, “Propellor Time”

ABOUT THE SHOW: Following the CIMMFest screening of “I Often Dream of Trains in New York” and Q&A with director John Edginton, Hitchcock returned to Schuba’s for an SRO one-man concert armed only with acoustic guitar, harmonica, soaring voice, and biting, spontaneous wit.

State film spending hit $214 million in 2009

Michigan film spending jumped to $214 million in 2009. More than 130 applications for movie and TV show projects were approved for the incentives, and 84 projects finished filming already.

That’s almost double the $125 million spent in the state in 2008, which created 2,763 production-related jobs, and a giant leap over the total 44 productions made in Michigan from 2000 through 2007.

A $5 million animated feature for Chicago

L.A.-based Omar McClinton embarks this month on his first animated feature as writer/director, the $5 million local production “Stork.”

McClinton, a native Chicagoan, is a veteran production and visual effects manager who is working with several local companies to produce the feature, which will be delivered next fall for a 2010 holiday release.

Mt. Zion comic book, production and effects company Heroic Age Studios is the lead animation house and will do the bulk of the work flow “and this will determine if I’ll have to utilize other vendors,” McClinton says.

$6 million worth of good news for MBC

The bitterness Museum of Broadcast Communications president/CEOBruce Dumont felt over ex-governor Rod Blagojevich’s broken promise to help fund a new home for the Museum of Broadcast Communications was washed away by a $6 million grant to get the museum building underway.

The same Senate bill #1181 that appropriated the $5 million grant for Chicago Film Studios included the MBC grant.

As soon as the check is cut, construction can begin on the 62,000-sq. ft., museum at 400 N. State St.

Raleigh Michigan to build $79 million studios

Raleigh Michigan Studios, formerly known as the Motown Motion Picture Studios, has obtained the $75.8 million in financing it needs to convert the idled General Motors plant in Pontiac into two buildings that will house seven new soundstages.

The stages range from 12,000-sq. ft. to 30,000 square feet. The stages could be ready for use by next summer.

Construction will start within the next 30 days, said Steve Lemberg, the company’s CFO.

“We are very methodically and successfully moving forward,” Lemberg told the Detroit Free Press.

“Public Enemies” grosses $26.2 million

“PUBLIC ENEMIES,” with a reported $100 million-budget that provided a bank vault of welcome revenue for Illinois and Wisconsin (although unappreciated by Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle ), is grossed $26.2 million over the five day July 4th weekend.

The Michael Mann movie opened in 3,337 theatres nationally on July 1. The production spent $47 million in Chicago, which gave the state an indirect economic impact of $117 million. It spent $7.5 million in Wisconsin.

2008 film revenues hit $141 million

The estimated $25 million spent by Michael Mann’s blockbuster “Public Enemies” in the state last year pumped up officially-tallied 2008 revenues to $141 million, from production of film, TV shows and commercials production.

Nine features and one TV series contributed $132.5 million to the total, while spot production tumbled to $18.5 million, the Illinois Film Office reported.

Detroit to gain $146 million stage complex

Michigan’s film industry took a giant step forward with Los Angeles-based Unity Studios launching a $146-million state-of-the-art production studio in Allen Park, a Detroit suburb.

When completed, the eight sound stages will be housed in a 750,000-sq. ft. full-service production/post facility on 104 acres, along with a full-time training institute and residential/retail Unity village.

Heading Allen Park will be 30-year entertainment industry veteran Jimmy Lifton, a Southfield, Michigan native, who owns Oracle Post in Santa Monica.

Miller Lite taps DraftFCB for $100 million account

Any substantial, new advertising account that lands in Chicago these days is a reason for rejoicing and DraftFCB’s winning MillerCoors’ Miller Lite was reason to break out the, well, Miller Lite and celebrate.

Its reported billings of more than $100 million are a good start in making up for the heavy hits the Chicago ad business has taken in the past three years.

The MillerCoors’ account moved over after two years at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, New York. BBH and DraftFCB had been competing for assignments on the brand since late last year.

A 5-year, $500 million tax credit for California

California is determined to keep its feature film and TV production in its own backyard with a stunning new five-year $500 million tax credit that will make producers think twice about shooting in states with tempting government incentives.

Passed by the California legislature Feb. 19, the Production Incentive Program covers 20% of below-the-line expenses for production of up to $75 million and 25% of expenses for indie feature productions of up to $10 million and for all TV series relocating to California.

$150 million in new Detroit facilities

The Detroit area is shaping up as the biggest movie center between coasts, with a $150 million investment in two film studios to be completed this year that will create about 5,800 new jobs.

The $86 million Detroit Center Studios will locate in the defunct MGM Casino and the $70 million Motown Motion Picture Studio will be built in a former auto plant.

Detroit’s new studio “makes us a 12-months-a-year film center,” said Chris Baum, SVP/sales and marketing at the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and Film Detroit.

“It makes us a legitimate contender ?

“The Old Testament” a $5 million audio drama

Sales expectations are high for the audio drama of “The Old Testament,” budgeted at $5 million, that’s currently in production by the Falcon Picture Group and Cerny American Creative.

Set for an October release, it follows the success of their earlier “The Word of Promise” a 25-hour, 20-CD production of the New Testament that’s already sold 450,000 copies at a retail price of $49.99.

“The Old Testament” features a cast of almost 700 voice and will run over 80 hours. Falcon’s Carl Amari is producing and JoBe Cerny is directing at his Illinois St. studio.

Energy BBDO wins the $105 million lottery

Energy BBDO took home the prized Illinois Lottery’s $105 million worth of general market advertising business, winning over competitive agencies JWT and Marc USA for an initial term of two years.

“Each agency brought innovative ideas to the table, but we found Energy BBDO to be best-suited for the Lottery’s needs,” said Sarah Cummins, the Lottery’s marketing director.

Energy BBDO, an Omnicom agency, succeeds R. J. Dale, which had the account since 2006, and was the first African American agency to handle the Lottery’s advertising since the state agency was founded in 1974.

SAG strike would cost members millions

A SAG strike will cost members $2.5 million a day — or $250 million if the guild matches the WGA strike and stays out 100 days, according to their calculations, reported Variety.

The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers issued the estimate Tuesday, based on earnings reported to SAG’s pension and health plan. As a result, the estimate doesn’t include the portion of earnings from individual members who take in more than $230,000 annually, since P&H contributions are capped at that figure.

The AMPTP posted the loss estimates on its website at

Almost $300 million production gains since April

According to Michigan Film Office director Janet Lockwood, film production within the state is booming. Five movies have been finished, three are in production, three in prep and a dozen or more coming into the state.

Projected Michigan revenue from the 47 productions approved to date is $288.4 million, compared to $2.2 million from film revenues last year.

Dave Miller’s new web production company launches comedy webisodes Sept. 15

Opening Friday, Sept. 15 at a computer near you is “Assisted Living,” semi-improv comedy webisodes from Dave Miller’s new ViralFilmVideo (VFV), which is deep into producing videos, spots and promos for the web.

“We won’t heavily promote the new series until about five episodes are released,” says producer Miller, who also heads Mindlight Films.

“That way, a visitor can watch more than a couple episodes and hopefully get hooked,” he explains.

Documentary captures the restoration of the
Cultural Center’s $35 million Tiffany Dome

The scrupulous restoration of the Cultural Center’s 101-year old Tiffany Dome to its pristine condition has been captured by Malachi Leopold’s Left Brain/Right Brain in a documentary scheduled for mid-August completion.

The Dome’s 38-feet in diameter, contains more than 30,000 pieces of glass in 241 sections, and is estimated at $35 million, although many have described the dome as “priceless.”

Restoration specialists painstakingly handled, cleaned and washed every one of the Dome’s 30,000 pieces.

MFO’s Lockwood reports Michigan bonanza of $100 million from film, TV projects, thanks to rebate

Janet Lockwood, Michigan’s feisty film office director ? who has the distinction of being the longest serving film office director of any state ? dismissed the report that she brought 97 scripts back from Location Expo in L.A. last month.

“We already had 60 or 70 scripts in the office before I left,” she states, “and we’ve constantly added to the pile since mid-February.”

Weeks before Michigan’s ground-breaking 40% tax rebate was enacted into law, Lockwood’s then-tiny office ? herself and one paid intern ? was being deluged with scripts and application requests.

Revenues from Illinois film, TV, spot production
hit all-time record high of $155 million in 2007

Whooee! Illinois revenues from film production soared to $155 million in 2007 ? an all time record high for movies, TV shows and commercials, an 80% increase over 2006’s $86 million.

Undoubtedly, says Illinois Film Director Betsy Steinberg, “the huge increase underscores the importance of the Film Tax Credit, combined with our amazing locations and the best crew in the country.”

The 2007 gain was the biggest jump in production dollars since the previous record of $125 million in 1998.

Wallace Foundation’s $1.5 million funds Lending and Mrazek’s doc on innovative school principals

Armed with a $1.5 million grant from the Wallace Foundation, Oscar nominee Tod Lending is in production on a feature-length documentary about principals turning around their troubled public schools.

Lending is directing the presently untitled film with David Mrazek, for planned broadcast in 2009. They’re producing through Lending’s nonprofit Ethno Pictures.

“When I look at where substantial change needs to occur in our society, I look at the educational system,” Lending said. “That’s where the culture grows out of.

Wisconsin expects $100 million in movies resulting from January incentives start

With two months to go before Wisconsin unleashes its delayed film incentives package, Film Wisconsin executive director Scott Robbe is confident the state will boast “at least $100 million in production in 2008.”

Some of that business should spill into a Chicago-Milwaukee film production corridor, which Robbe foresees as “a new film friendly and affordable Third Coast.”

In that synergistic scenario, he says, “Crews and equipment from both states would work on projects on both side of the border.”

Film Wisconsin, a public-private, non-profit partnership, was founded in 200

Two top execs depart JWT in wake of $180 million Kraft business loss — but agency to remain open

JWT’S CHICAGO OFFICE is on the brink of extinction after the loss of $180 million worth of Kraft business, an account this office has held for 70 years.

Not so, insists New York-based president Bob Jeffrey. The agency that was once Chicago’s biggest and brightest will remain open.

“We are committed to Chicago,” Jeffrey reassured the troops right before he relieved the two top executives of their duties.

President Ros King, the expert who managed the Kraft business for JWT, will leave within a month and return to the London office.

State tax incentives are paying off with estimated $50 million so far this year

If feature film production alone continues through the end of the year, 2007 could shape up as a $90-$100 million year, according to early projections.

Revenue estimate is $50 million for the first half of the year. It includes the $30 million expected from the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight,” which has a projected $150 million budget.

The Warner Bros. sequel to the 2005 “Batman Begins” shoots in Chicago for three months beginning in June.

Illinois’ best year for film production was 1999 when revenues hit $125 million.

Despite the 2006 dip to $35 million in revenues, 2007 is lookin’ good, thanks to tax incentives

While commercials have risen like cream to the top of 2006’s total film revenues, income from features went flat at an estimated $35 million.

The Illinois Film Office 2006 estimate misses by a country mile an optimistic projection of $125 million, the most revenue ever generated in 1999, and yet to be repeated.

Only six studio features and just one studio film in its entirety shot here last year, marking a disappointing decline of $55 million from the estimated $90 million racked up in 2005.

Post Effects’ new owner AnswersMedia to invest millions to create top HD facility

Chicago’s postproduction landscape again seismically changes with the Dec. 15 sale of Mike Fayette’s old-line Post Effects to Jeff Bohnson’s techno-savvy AnswersMedia broadcast and interactive production company.

Starting first of the year, AnswersMedia will begin an ambitious multimillion dollar reshaping of Post Effects’ space into a HD communications services company.

Trio Video’s truck fleet grows to six with a
$10 million investment for two new HD trucks

Trio Video is expanding its fleet for the second time in less than two years with the infusion of a $10 million investment from two venture capital companies.

Management of the company is unchanged. Trio is owned by partners Jack Walsh and Gary Meagher, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their company next year.

Through the investment from Marquette Capital Partners of Chicago, BIA Digital Partners of Chantilly, Va., Trio is building its third HD/multi-format truck and a Beta support vehicle for delivery next March.

TLN’s $18 million Aurora studio complex offers competitive rental rates to outside companies

For the producer who wants to get away from concrete and congestion, the wide open spaces of the Total Living Network complex in Aurora might be just the ticket.

The Christian TV production company has opened its two-year old state-of-the-art facilities to outside companies, offering a variety of competitively priced rental options.

Avant garde filmmaker Fotopoulos steps into commercial realm with $2 million thriller

After eight features and more than 100 shorts that have made him a favorite of museum and underground festival programmers, James Fotopoulos is embarking on his first commercial production.

This spring and summer, Fotopoulos will direct “Area Six,” a $2 million adaptation of local crime novelist Jay Bonansinga’s 2001 police procedural novel “The Sleep Police.”

Fotopoulos was already thinking of making a police film when Santa Monica producers Kimberly Shane O’Hara and Eric Klein approached him late last year, having already acquired rights to the project.

Central City Studios complex awaits gov’s approval after City authorizes $40 million bond

The fate of the proposed Central City Studios, the largest studio complex between the coasts, is in the hands of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The Governor’s Office is in the process of carrying out due diligence on $40 million in state empowerment bonds toward construction of the complex, after the Chicago City Council authorized the bond issuance Jan. 11.

“We think this is a good project to create jobs and augment the governor’s efforts to bring more development to the state through this industry,” said Lena Parsons, deputy communications director for the Governor’s Office.

Feature film revenues hit $90 million in 2005; Year in Review cites 243 TV production days

The Illinois Film Office estimated that state production revenues reached $90 million in 2005, up from $77 million reported in 2004 and $25.6 million in 2003. Projections for 2006 put production on track to approach the $125 million levels set in the late ’90s.

Studio features shot for a total of 150 days, according to the Chicago Film Office, up from 109 in 2004 and 80 in 2003.

Fletcher expands into film camera rentals with $1.5 million buy of Arris and lenses

Citing customer demand and a general upswing in production, Fletcher Chicago, a top five U.S. rental house, is opening its doors to film camera rentals for the first time in its 18-year history.

Fletcher will take delivery of $1.5 million worth of Arriflex cameras and Zeiss master prime lenses in late December.

“Our customers said they wanted more depth in rental sources and increasingly asked us to rent film cameras, and we felt the time was right to make the move,” said VP/marketing Tom Fletcher.

Boyer Production’s $100,000 Museum doc to show environmental features of new $21 million site

The Museum of Broadcast Communications documentary that’s in the works by Brian Boyer Productions will be used as educational kiosk in MBC’s new building and for future on-air shows.

Boyer has been filming all aspects of the Museum’s departure from its former long-time home at the Cultural Center and construction of its new $21 million building at State and Kinzie.

The documentary is part of a major GREEN educational project, said MBC Bruce DuMont, MBC founder and executive director.

$10 million movie loan biggest to date approved
by state treasurer’s Lights, Cameras, Illinois!

The largest loan in the three years of state treasurer Judy Baar Topinka’s Lights, Cameras, Illinois! loan program was approved for the production of a feature that starts filming in Chicago in July.

The $10 million loan, at 4% interest, was made to producer Robert Billian of Boca Raton, Fla. for his independent film, “Realms Beyond,” starring Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 1 and 2,” “Judgment Day”).

Hagopian said “Realms Beyond” will provide 140 cast and crew jobs during its eight to 10 weeks of filming here.

New investment kick starts development for $3.5 million feature produced by L.A.-Chicago alliance

Director Dan Halperin and his producing partner Carey Lundin have set a late summer target date to start shooting their $3.5 million Stuart Dybek adaptation “Sweet Home Chicago.”

The project has been long in development, but a new influx of local private equity investment has brought the film back to the front of the production slate for Halperin’s Los Angeles-based Epiphany Pictures and Lundin’s local Viva Lundin Productions.

Baby Galigo Films closing on $10 million deal to shoot two features here starting this summer

Matt Pletcher of Baby Galigo Films said he’s weeks away from signing financing deals worth $10 million to shoot two films here this summer and fall.

Pletcher plans a September shoot for the $2.5-$3 million high school comedy “Sophomores,” a co-production with writer/director Joseph Weisman’s Hidden Treasure Productions.

Then in October he plans to start production on his directorial debut, the $7-7.5 million “Two Loon Inn,” a drama about the friendship between two women, set on a Wisconsin lake. Script is by Laurie Johnson and Pattie Hall.

John Heard stars in $1 million drama “American Gothic” from Breadline artistic director Paul Kampf

Breadline Theatre Group artistic director Paul Kampf is in post on his debut feature “American Gothic,” the $1 million 35mm Utah-shot drama starring John Heard (“Pollock”).

“We went from [finishing the script] to completing shooting in less than a year,” Kampf said. “I’m aware of how rare that is.”

Executive producer Robert Last personally invested a substantial part of the $1-2 million budget, and raised the rest from private investors through American Gothic LLC, a subsidiary of his Last Line Endeavors.

Memorial service for composer Shelly Elias, 58, Jan. 2 at Alice Millar Chapel

A memorial service for multifaceted musician/composer Shelly Elias will be held Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University.

A Chicago native, Mr. Elias, 58, died Dec. 24 of a lung infection at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. “He died peacefully in his sleep,” said Kathy Elias, his wife of 36 years.

Beginning in 1976 and for 17 years Mr. Elias, a percussionist and composer of admusic, shows and classical music, was a partner with Ted Kay in the successful music production company, TMK/Elias Productions.

City approves plan for $43.7 million West Side studio run by L.A.’s Raleigh Studios

If they build it, will they come? That’s the expectation of Canadian-owned Raleigh Studios of Santa Monica, and the local developers behind the $43.7 million Central City Studios. The Chicago Plan Commission last week approved the plan for the West Side movie studio.

The studio will be located at 4300 W. Roosevelt Road on a proposed 180,000-sq. ft. complex that is ironically situated less than two miles from John Crededio’s now-defunct Chicago Studio City. It will have five stages for film and TV production, and a three-story office building.

I-Cubed’s Arturo choreographs images for Abt Electronics’ multi-screen ?windmill’

When it came time for Panasonic’s consumer division to deliver on its agreement to supply new images for its multi-screen Panasonic display at Abt Electronics’ giant appliance store in Glenview, it turned the entire job of creating new images over to I-Cubed’s Arturo Cubacub.

The display ? the only one in the world of its kind ? consists of four 42-inch plasma screens stacked vertically and rotating like a windmill.

Four DVD players run the images into the screens and a center mechanism controls its rotation.

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.

State to fund $18.5 million for the arts; plays about real people abound

The Illinois General Assembly is set to approve $18.5 million for the Illinois Arts Council (IAC) for Fiscal 2005, the same amount as last year. While the bulk of the money goes to performing arts organizations, presenters and museums, the IAC budget includes $5.2 million for the broadcast industry. Specifically, the funds will support Illinois’ nine public televisions stations and 14 public radio stations. In Greater Chicago, those outlets are PBS affiliates Chs. 11 and 20, and National Public Radio affiliate WBEZ.

Blanchard Films’ under-$1 million baseball drama first of three features

Roberto Blanchard is rolling out the first of a three- film slate May 1 when he premieres his family baseball drama “The Magic of Summer” at the Burnham Plaza Theater.

Writer/director/producer Blanchard shot for a total of 60 days over a two-year period ending last summer. Zeke Gonzales shot on Super 16mm.

Commercial veteran Nefra Burlock stars as a woman who takes over coaching duties for a hardscrabble, multi-ethnic inner city baseball team and winds up teaching them not only the fundamentals of the game, but also about self-respect.

Doubling 2003’s $25.6 million for features/TV is this year’s IFO goal

Feature business last year in Illinois was not only a heckuva lot better than it first appeared ? and it also looks like it’s going to significantly improve in 2004.

Clocking in at $25.6 million in direct expenditures, revenues for 2003 dipped only $2 million from 2002’s $27.6 million. Using the 2.5 multiplier, $45 million flowed into the local economy from movies.

Less than half the total came from the $12 million spent by the just-released “Barber Shop II,” the only feature filmed in its entirety in Chicago last summer.

New $25 million Loop hotel to rise Majestic-ally above Shubert theater

Chicago’s next boutique hotel is certain to be a theatrical affair: 128 rooms sitting on top of the Shubert Theatre at 22 W. Monroe St. The historic, mid-rise Majestic Building houses the Shubert on its first eight floors, with offices on the upper floors.

The conversion of the Majestic Building into a hotel is a $25 million project, including $5.5-$6 million in public funds from The Loop Tax Increment Funding (TIF) district.

Program inks $1 million Wolves deal

Program Productions of Lombard inked a two year-deal with the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team to provide remote broadcast facilities and crews for all home and away games.

A total of 80 games will be aired on Comcast cable in the Chicago area.

“Eighty games is an impressive package for a professional hockey team and a commitment to its fans,” said VP/operations John Doyle.

Merger creates $100 million shop

Ebel, Signorelli & Welke/Chicago is the result of the June 1 merger of two medium-small agencies, Ebel Dunnell Merrick and Creative Alliance/Chicago, that’s created a new $100 million entity employing 50.

Founding partners are Robert Ebel (not to be confused with director Bob Ebel); Jim Signorelli, formerly of Creative Alliance/Chicago, which had been the satellite office of a 12-year old Louisville shop, and Bob Welke, former creative chief of Creative Alliance.

The new agency brings Welke back to Chicago after three years at Creative’s Louisville headquarters.

DDB’s Chicago post commitment to boost the market by millions

DDB Chicago’s commitment to work exclusively with Chicago editors and post houses for its hundreds of national commercials could infuse as much as $10 million into the business-dry industry.

Grant Hill, the agency’s broadcast chief, said the agency has already begun the shift. By April local post houses should be humming with editing jobs that previously had followed production out-of-town, mainly to Los Angeles and Toronto “for primarily creative and monetary reasons,” he said.

Four new, five promoted at Beast, Company 3, Method

LA-based Deluxe Entertainment’s Chicago Studio of Beast editorial, Company 3 color grading and Method Studios visual effects group located in the Tribune Tower, added four to bring the total staff number to 28.

The new additions are VFX producer Matthew Engel joining from Method Studios in New York, designers Matt Fultz, who’d been freelancing at local post houses, Tobias Mattner, from Leviathan, and Company 3 color assistant Zachary Korpi, from color intern at The Mill.

Bednarowicz’ comedy short gets a global deal

Writer/director Eric Bednarowicz’ 18-minute comedy, “Carpe Millennium,” is not only included in a compilation of shorts from around the world, but the program will be distributed internationally starting this spring.

Oracle Releasing, a Los Angeles-based film sales and distributor, picked up Bednarowicz’ short after seeing it in one of the many festivals in which the film screened this year.

The story is about a young man (Steven Yeun of AMC’S “The Walking Dead”) who is determined to lose his virginity on the eve of the millennium.

R/GA Chicago brings aboard two A-list creatives

TWO TOP AWARD-WINNING CREATIVES, Ken Erke and Matt Marcus, joined the Chicago office of R/GA, called advertising’s most creative interactive agency, as executive creative directors to help bolster the agency’s work out of Chicago.

R/GA Chicago currently has 13 employees and looks to grow to upwards of 30 by the end of the year.

Previously, Erke was an EVP/CCC at Y&R and crafted award-winning integrated campaigns for Sears, Craftsman and Die Hard, among others, and launched the Miller Genuine Draft “MGD 64” campaign.

For Gen Y, Euro is the place to work

If you are part of Generation Y, a.k.a. the Millennials, the Echo Boomers and the Nintendo Generation, one of the best places for you to work is Euro RSCG Chicago.

Euro was ranked number four, out of the Top 50 Generation Y Employers in Chicago, and the only agency to make the Top Five, according to the first study of its kind by Brill Street.

The number of multi-tasking Gen Yers, born since 1980 is estimated at 76 million by Fast Company magazine, and there is no question they are changing the workplace.

Oisín O’Driscoll joins Harbor as senior colorist in Chicago

Harbor announces that Senior Colorist, Oisín O’Driscoll, has joined its roster. O’Driscoll will be based at Harbor’s newly launched Chicago studio and available worldwide, announced Harbor’s founder and CEO, Zak Tucker, today.  Originally from Ireland, Oisín O’Driscoll began his post-production career at Windmill Lane and EMC in Dublin, before relocating to London in 2014 to join The Mill. He then … Continue reading “Oisín O’Driscoll joins Harbor as senior colorist in Chicago”

Reid Brody announces new color grading service ColorNation

He’s at it again. Reid Brody, the entrepreneur who’s helped build some of the industry’s leading production companies and post production studios, has announced the formation of his latest venture, ColorNation. Based here but working remotely, ColorNation is a new color grading service that offers the talents of world-class color artists to clients in the … Continue reading “Reid Brody announces new color grading service ColorNation”

Geletka+ adds to their team and expands their West Loop space

Geletka+, Chicago’s fast-growing creative collaboration agency located in the West Loop, announced the addition of two new team members: Head of client services Jack Connor and full-stack Developer Sammy Kanan. Jack and Sammy join Geletka+ in their newly expanded office space located in Chicago’s West Loop. The new space and new team members will be … Continue reading “Geletka+ adds to their team and expands their West Loop space”

Highdive and Airheads launch new campaign Airheads Have More Fun

Highdive Advertising and Airheads launched the new Airheads Have More Fun campaign across a multitude of platforms, including Hulu, Roku, and more. The campaign is directed by renowned creative director, Harry Einstein of Dummy Films, who is known for his memorable and unconventional commercials for clients like Crest and Kayak. Highdive and Airheads were last … Continue reading “Highdive and Airheads launch new campaign Airheads Have More Fun”

UNAIDS and FCB launch Unbox Me highlighting the rights of trans children

UNAIDS and FCB’s India and Chicago offices have partnered to launch “Unbox Me,” an initiative aimed at raising awareness for the rights of transgender children by empowering them to stop hiding their identities and embrace their true selves. Part of the #SeeMeAsIAm campaign, “Unbox Me” is the latest collaborative effort from UNAIDS and FCB, whose … Continue reading “UNAIDS and FCB launch Unbox Me highlighting the rights of trans children”

Sarofsky promotes Anderson, adds design, animation and production staff

Continuing its growth, one-stop cross-media production company Sarofsky has added Managing Director duties for longstanding Executive Producer Steven Anderson. As announced by company Principal and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky, the company is also adding Designer/ Animators Tyler Scheitlin and Mollie Davis, Junior Designer/ Animator Lirio Ramirez, and Production Coordinator Annie Lynch to its full-time staff. According … Continue reading “Sarofsky promotes Anderson, adds design, animation and production staff”

REEL WOMEN: ATKPLN’s Larissa Berringer

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready, because women like Larissa Berringer are making “Herstory.” When Larissa … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: ATKPLN’s Larissa Berringer”

25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival begins this week

As the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center prepares for its 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), they pause to pay tribute to the people of the Ukraine. Our thoughts and hearts turn to Ukraine as we prepare to open our 25th EU Film Fest: Ways to Help … Continue reading “25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival begins this week”

Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and with the global pandemic, many couples are choosing to stream movies at home “and chill”. There are many romantic movies filmed in the windy city and we’ve taken the time to compile a list of the top ten best romantic films set in Chicago that you can … Continue reading “Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films”

ATKPLN builds new Chicago presence adding Larissa Berringer as EP

Design-first creative studio ATKPLN has expanded its footprint to Chicago with the addition of Larissa Berringer as Executive Producer. She joins ATKPLN’s existing team of talented artists and producers in Dallas to build out a new Chicago presence and keep the crew in check. This hire sweeps ATKPLN into the Windy City, with the hope that she’ll be allowed … Continue reading “ATKPLN builds new Chicago presence adding Larissa Berringer as EP”

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced a new initiative to strengthen Chicago’s TV and film industry. The new “Chicago Made” workforce development program and public awareness campaign are based on recommendations from the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force outlined … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative”

The Salvation Army helps people Keep It Going in new Camp Lucky PSA

Camp Lucky is honored to help bring to life The Salvation Army’s new giving campaign PSA, Keep It Going. The film, via agency LERMA/ and directed by Jeff Bednarz, is a holiday tribute to the families The Salvation Army serves. The film features real people who face critical choices and still continue to move forward. … Continue reading “The Salvation Army helps people Keep It Going in new Camp Lucky PSA”

9Rooftops’ CLR spots put power behind new probiotic cleaners

CLR (pronounced “clear”) home cleaning products, manufactured by Jelmar, LLC, has produced two new TV spots to support the launch of the brand’s first daily-use multipurpose cleaners. In the new installment of the Fight the Clean Fight campaign, developed in partnership with marketing agency 9Rooftops, CLR revives its playful and annoying cast of “mess nemesis” … Continue reading “9Rooftops’ CLR spots put power behind new probiotic cleaners”

Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner

After months of careful consideration & hundreds of community votes, Camera Ambassador introduces this year’s 2021 Community Builders Grant winner Link Wolfe.  His team’s project Zero Mile Mark is a horror short film about a troubled teen who is forcibly sent to a wilderness retreat program in the woods for “rehabilitation.” We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner”

Chicago’s Open Culture artist lineups and programs

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced even more returning, new and reimagined summer cultural events across Chicago — plus artist lineups and other details for City programs previously announced as part of “Open Culture” — just one component of the Mayor’s Open Chicago initiative to safely and fully reopen the city.  … Continue reading “Chicago’s Open Culture artist lineups and programs”

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”

JohnsonRauhoff expands into Chicago market

Michigan based, JohnsonRauhoff (JR), is leveraging what the strategic content agency calls “enduring trends” from the pandemic to inform the response to the recent growth it is experiencing across the organization’s offerings. The company is expanding into Chicago by hiring Marcos Cuellar, an experienced account and business development manager who will remotely work on various accounts while also … Continue reading “JohnsonRauhoff expands into Chicago market”

McDonald’s partners with Biden on ‘We Can Do This’

McDonald’s is partnering with the Biden Administration in the national We Can Do This campaign to make access to information on vaccines even easier for the millions of customers who enjoy McDonald’s each day in the U.S. The initiative will begin later this month with the debut of COVID-19 vaccine information from trusted third parties on … Continue reading “McDonald’s partners with Biden on ‘We Can Do This’”

Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago

“Open Culture” signals the reopening of summer events in Chicago’s diverse and legendary cultural scene with music, dance, public art, markets, and more at Millennium Park and venues citywide. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Choose Chicago, and Chicago’s cultural community announced “Open Culture” — the next phase … Continue reading “Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago”

Applications now open for the Community Builders Grant

The Community Builders Grant is a short-form film fund and production resources grant sponsored by Camera Ambassador. Their mission is to help build bridges between filmmakers and the community while elevating their production by arming them with the necessary tools to create. This grant supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, … Continue reading “Applications now open for the Community Builders Grant”

Burrell spot for Toyota Sienna celebrates spontaneity

The adventurous life awaits! “The Sienna Life” campaign, kicking off today, welcomes a refined and versatile minivan featuring bold design, available all-wheel drive, and enhanced fuel efficiency: the all-hybrid and all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna. The fully integrated campaign was developed against Toyota’s long-standing Total Toyota (T2) marketing model, fully considering the transcultural mainstream audiences across … Continue reading “Burrell spot for Toyota Sienna celebrates spontaneity”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

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 all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

Lightfoot & DCASE brings Chicago holidays home

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are pleased to present “Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Holidays,” presented by Powering Chicago: IBEW Local 134/NECA with support from the Millennium Park Foundation and Chicago Transit Authority. “Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Holidays” program is produced by Kurtis Productions … Continue reading “Lightfoot & DCASE brings Chicago holidays home”

Leviathan announces key promotion and staff expansion

The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan have announced a key promotion and several new hires expanding their capabilities in creative technology. Effective immediately, Adam Pere rises to Director of Creative Technology, while the full-time staff additions include Senior IT Operations Manager Andrew Peplinski, Senior Creative Software Engineer Grady Sain, and Creative Software Engineer Kate Milleker. Pere joined … Continue reading “Leviathan announces key promotion and staff expansion”

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

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 advertising, … Continue reading “Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett”

Davis returns to Sarofsky as VFX/Finishing Supervisor

Continuing its growth and its investments into excellence, design-driven production company Sarofsky is proud to announce the return of Cory Davis to its full-time staff. According to company Principal and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky and Executive Producer Steven Anderson, Cory’s new title is VFX and Finishing Supervisor. Most recently 2D Lead Artist at The … Continue reading “Davis returns to Sarofsky as VFX/Finishing Supervisor”


To celebrate the highly anticipated new series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, HBO has announced Lovecraft Country: Sanctum, a series of exclusive virtual reality events transporting invited guests into a world inspired by the show. Join LOVECRAFT COUNTRY’s Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance and Michael Kenneth Williams For A Groundbreaking Virtual Experience. The series airs Sundays at 9:00 … Continue reading “HBO launches LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: SANCTUM, VR”

Quriosity’s Michael Maes creates explosive Frito Lay spot

Partnering with The Mill for VFX, Quriosity’s Michael Maes delivers a spot with action-movie excitement, playing like a trailer for an Oscar-winning movie. Quriosity Productions director Michael Maes’ new Frito Lay Cheddar Jalapeno Spot is far from cheesy and packs a fiery punch. In this spot, the elements of the new chip flavor don’t just … Continue reading “Quriosity’s Michael Maes creates explosive Frito Lay spot”

New Brita spot from dentsumcgarrybowen and cut+run

As the new dentsumcgarrybowen Brita spot Stepping Up relays, every day we have a choice, to keep our old habits or start new ones. The commercial was directed by Arts & Sciences Sean Meehan and edited by Cut+Run’s Steve Gandolfi for agency McGarryBowen. This is brilliantly illustrated by a young girl who forges a new … Continue reading “New Brita spot from dentsumcgarrybowen and cut+run”

Chicago-made ‘I Used to Go Here’ has drive-in premiere

The Chicago premiere of the critically acclaimed, bittersweet comedy I Used To Go Here, featuring in-person Q&As with Chicago-based writer/director Kris Rey, will take place on Wednesday, July 29 (two screenings) at ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theater.  The event is co-presented by two of the city’s most-respected cinematic institutions—Elevated Films and Music Box Theatre—and audience members can enjoy … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘I Used to Go Here’ has drive-in premiere”

Havas Chicago/Moen campaign – #UnlockWaterForAll

In a new campaign created by Havas Chicago, #UnlockWaterForAll, Moen is encouraging people to send a letter to Congress at, urging them to issue a national moratorium on water shutoffs during this time.  In creating the campaign, Havas leaned into the universal human truth that water is a basic right and people with fewer resources … Continue reading “Havas Chicago/Moen campaign – #UnlockWaterForAll”

FCB takes home 7 Gold Pencils at 2020 One Show

Anti-gun violence campaigns scored big this year at The One Show 2020  as winners were revealed today.  “Generation Lockdown” by McCann New York for March For Our Lives; “The Gun Violence History Book” by FCB Chicago, Lord + Thomas and The Mill for Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence; and “Back To School Essentials” by BBDO New York for Sandy Hook Promise all won multiple Gold Pencils at The One Show 2020 FCB was awarded … Continue reading “FCB takes home 7 Gold Pencils at 2020 One Show”

WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team

WGN America, Nexstar’s cable network, has announced the official weekday and weekend anchor lineup for its live newscast, News Nation. The three-hour nightly news show will debut Sept. 1 and will be led by a team of journalists from WGN-TV, the Nexstar station in Chicago and across the country. The team will be led by … Continue reading “WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team”

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”

Behind the Scenes: Amazon series ‘Tales From the Loop’

Tales From the Loop, a new eight-episode series now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, explores the goings-on in a small Ohio town situated atop a mysterious machine that has made the stuff of imagination into an everyday reality for the local residents. Based on the paintings of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, the series was written … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: Amazon series ‘Tales From the Loop’”

KEEPGOING: Virtual Gallery Fundraiser

Creativity Meets Compassion: KEEPGOING virtual gallery fundraiser launches with hundreds of images from notable Directors & DPs worldwide The film industry supports 2.1 million jobs in the US alone, with millions more around the globe. A large portion of those workers are freelance, and have now gone months without a paycheck. To help those affected, Reframe … Continue reading “KEEPGOING: Virtual Gallery Fundraiser”

Jelmar launches new CLR campaign with MARC USA

Jelmar, announced the launch of a new creative platform for its CLR brand of products. The first campaign of the new platform, taglined Fight the Clean Fight, brings a fresh and playful voice to the brand. The Fight the Clean Fight campaign is the first piece of work from Jelmar’s new partnership with marketing agency … Continue reading “Jelmar launches new CLR campaign with MARC USA”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

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 secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

Mott Hupfel takes ‘The Last Shift’ to Sundance

Mott Hupfel is a cinematographer known for his work on The Savages, The American Astronaut, The Cobbler, and You. When researching the Sony VENICE for an upcoming project, he discovered the camera’s Sensor Extension System, also known as Rialto. Recently, he talked to Albelcine about his latest project, The Last Shift which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and … Continue reading “Mott Hupfel takes ‘The Last Shift’ to Sundance”

AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business

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 to … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

Twelve screenwriters have been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, to take place March 4-5, 2020. One of the students selected is Chicagoan, Jason Park. The Intensive, a two-day workshop for select emerging writers and writer/directors from underrepresented communities, focuses on the development of first fiction features. Fellows … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

Sneak peek at State Farm’s new ‘Not the One’ spot

After meeting Jake, a new face of State Farm who appeared during the company’s Super Bowl pregame spot, consumers might be wondering where the brand is headed next. Now, the wondering is over, and it was hilariously worth the wait. Launching tomorrow, State Farm’s new multi-year campaign, Like a Good Neighbor, re-envisions how the brand … Continue reading “Sneak peek at State Farm’s new ‘Not the One’ spot”

Cannabis operator Cresco Labs hires new CCO Greg Butler

Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, has hired Greg Butler as its first Chief Commercial Officer in the U.S. A graduate of the Harvard Business School and former marketing director for Miller Lite, Butler expressed enthusiasm for the groundbreaking nature of the newly created position, which … Continue reading “Cannabis operator Cresco Labs hires new CCO Greg Butler”

DCASE accepting apps for Chicago Band Roster

Musical performers, take note: as part of the Year of Chicago Music outlined by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot in October, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE) is currently accepting applications for the Chicago Band Roster. The Chicago Band Roster is a database of Chicagoland musical performers that will serve as a … Continue reading “DCASE accepting apps for Chicago Band Roster”

Picture North debuts new Special Olympics PSA

Director Martin Rodahl and Picture North continue their decade-long relationship with Special Olympics Illinois with their 2019 fundraising PSA Listen to the Mustn’ts. Weaving together small glimpses of an athlete’s life from infant to champion and incorporating a Shel Silverstein poem by the same title, the PSA provides a lens into the doubts people with … Continue reading “Picture North debuts new Special Olympics PSA”

Gavin Kelly adds retro horror look to ‘AHS: 1984’

Cinematographer uses Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 and Light Iron post for American Horror Story Season 9 FX’s American Horror Story series goes retro for Season 9, back to the heyday of low-budget horror classics of the late 1970s and early 1980s in AHS: 1984. Viewers are introduced to a killer who terrorizes camp counselors, but with … Continue reading “Gavin Kelly adds retro horror look to ‘AHS: 1984’”

City designates 2020 as the ‘Year of Chicago Music’

First-of-its-kind initiative in the US will shine spotlight on the Windy City’s vibrant music scene Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner Mark Kelly, Grammy and Oscar Award-winning artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith, and many other civic, arts, and music leaders yesterday announced plans to designate 2020 as the Year of Chicago Music. This … Continue reading “City designates 2020 as the ‘Year of Chicago Music’”

Tandem founder Tyler Jay to appear on ‘Shark Tank’

Chicago-based film director to pitch Plop Star, “the holy grail of toilet deodorizers” on Sunday, October 20 After sacrificing countless off-work hours transforming a product idea into a marketable reality, Tandem founder Tyler Jay will present the fruits of his labor to American television audiences. On the October 20 episode of ABC’s Shark Tank he … Continue reading “Tandem founder Tyler Jay to appear on ‘Shark Tank’”

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”

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”

Carbon strengthens roster across the USA

Key hires and promotions reinforce new Chicago studio and seamless continental workflow Visual effects and design studio Carbon is proud to announce the promotion of Phil Linturn to Managing Director of Carbon North America and Gretchen Praeger to Executive Producer of the Chicago office. Additionally, the company is excited to announce new hires including Jeff … Continue reading “Carbon strengthens roster across the USA”

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”