2+ 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, … Continue reading “Mill Chicago helps Kraft fans send “noods””
1+ Congratulations to our friends at Leo Burnett and mcgarrybowen. Each agency took home three Gold statues from the American Advertising Awards which were announced April 28 virtually. Oh, and the agency at 35 West Wacker also took home “Agency of the Year.” Well done. Both agencies also took home awards in the “Best of” … Continue reading “Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA”
2+ Fred Rogers’ mother once advised him to “look for the helpers” whenever bad news broke or disaster happened. She believed artists lead us to human truths can guide us through all kinds of pain. Jure Tovrljan is a creative director based in Slovenia. While he has spent the last six years as the creative director at … Continue reading “Reel Chicago joins creative director in COVID rebrands”
4+ Since outgrowing their current space in the West Loop, creative technology agency NEXT/NOW has recommitted to the area by signing a lease for a nearby office twice the size that will contain, among other things, a customized showroom of its experiences where visitors can have “a play day.” “The West Loop has been a … Continue reading “Fast-growing NEXT/NOW doubles down in West Loop”
6+ Nintendo has debuted a launch film for its highly anticipated new Switch game, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Working with Leo Burnett-Chicago and Framestore Pictures, service production company LS Productions took the high-profile VFX shoot to the Cotswolds. Directed by Murray Butler, the spot shows off Sword and Shield’s gameplay by manifesting the classic … Continue reading “Leo Burnett creates Pokémon campaign for Nintendo”
5+ Since launching in 2010, Chicago-based production company Phlearn has attracted nearly two million YouTube subscribers, released thousands of videos, and scored more than a hundred million views. Blockbuster popularity, indeed, but the stats are even more stupefying when you consider the simplicity that drives them. “We make photoshop software tutorials,” explains founder Aaron Nace. … Continue reading “The simple recipe of Phlearn’s blockbuster success”
3+ Combining traditional expertise and Millennial wisdom, the Chicago shop is proving that “good guys can win” In many ways, SOCIALDEVIANT is more of an experiment than an advertising agency. It is a place where clients are invited to fiddle with work in progress, employees are expected to be restless, and beer is brewed … Continue reading “SOCIALDEVIANT “iterates to great””
1+ Wendy’s AOR VMLY&R has launched a tasty new spot to launch the three new sandwiches appearing on the fast food restaurant’s menu. The new menu items include the BBQ Chicken Sandwich, the Avocado BLT Chicken Sandwich, and the S’awesome Bacon Chicken Sandwich. Hell to the yeah. The :30-second spot, directed by VMLY&R’s Dummy director … Continue reading “Wendy’s new chicken sandwiches are anything but basic”
5+ The real life tale of an NBA star who responded to his critics by playing like a legend on the court Director Scott Diener endured several last-minute NBA thrills to capture a real-life, feel-good, Hollywood-style ending for a film about basketball legend Derrick Rose. Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story is an upcoming Stadium Network … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of ‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’”
2+ I love a good Medieval battle and with Game of Thrones not showing up for another six months or so I was kind of itching for one. That is until I stumbled on this fun Cox Communications spot from FCB Chicago. Appropriately titled ‘Epic Battle,’ the effort takes the nation’s third largest cable provider … Continue reading “FCB goes into epic battle with Cox Communications”
3+ Just in time for roller-coaster season, the studio and the agency team up on four adrenaline-soaked spots for Cedar Fair Entertainment, owner of 11 amusement parks across the U.S. and Canada. Following the success of Carbon’s creepily ominous 2017 teaser film for Mystic Timbers, Cramer-Krasselt Senior Art Director David Vaca and his team hatched … Continue reading “Carbon thrills with C+K on new Cedar Fair campaign”
8+ Explore Media has covered a lot of terrain over the past fifteen years. Besides completing hundreds of jobs in locations throughout the United States from its original office in South Bend, the production and post company expanded to Chicago last month. Along the way, it has added a sizable number of awards to its … Continue reading “Explore Media’s new frontier”
5+ International editorial company Whitehouse Post is pleased to welcome award-winning commercial editor John Dingfield to their roster. A versatile editor known for cutting comedy, visual storytelling, automotive work, and six Super Bowl campaigns, John has been a fixture in Chicago for almost two decades. With an MFA in filmmaking and directing from Columbia … Continue reading “Whitehouse Post Chicago signs Editor John Dingfield”
9+ McDonald’s has a long-history of supporting women in the workplace, giving them the opportunity to grow and succeed. To take their support a step further, the fast-food giant has literally flipped their iconic logo in recognition of International Women’s Day. Yes, the “M” (arches), which is usually untouchable, has been turned into a “W.” … Continue reading “McD’s Golden Arches flip for International Women’s Day”
8+ Add acting to the illustrious resumes of FCB’s Global Chief Creative Officer Susan Credle, Deutsch North American Chief Creative Officer Pete Favat and 72andSunny’s Executive Creative Director Keith Cartwright. The three appear in director Brian Billow’s (of O Positive) new AICP short film created to generate excitement for this year’s touring awards show. In … Continue reading “Credle, Favat & Cartwright in new AICP short”
11+ “Hey, Culligan M—” Oops can’t say that anymore During the Golden Globes, Culligan and Fallon debuted the first national campaign in more than half-a-century for the Rosemont, IL-based brand. Culligan has been known across the country for the “Hey Culligan Man!” slogan for 59 years. But in 2018, the brand says it is looking … Continue reading “Fallon replaces Culligan man with Princess Bride”
“We did ourselves proud last night,” says Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter president, “not only in award-winning but in putting on a great show” – the 15th annual AICE Awards at Navy Pier with an audience of 500.
Chicago had had three top winners out of the Awards’ 33 categories.
Best of Chicago was awarded to Beast’s Angelo Valencia for DigitasLBi spot for Whirlpool.
The Colonie won twice: Brian Sepanik for GrubHub / Tandem, Inc., in the Dialog / Monolog / spoken Word category and Keith Kristinat for 71 Degrees North / Chevy Trucks in the Spec Spot category.
CONSPIRACY ADDS TWO: Kyle Howard, a former New York editor, specializing in fashion and beauty commercials, to its West Loop-based staff, and New York-based Namakula to for Midwest representation, boosting its editorial talent to five.
CUTTERS’ DICTIONARY FILMS division this week added Jon Moore, a former agency ECD/art director to its current directorial roster of six. He was with Leo Burnett for more than 20 years before joining mcgarrybowen, with Ned Crosley, as its first creative team when the agency opened here in 2009.
“Production was my favorite part of working on the agency side,” Moore says. “I thought, why not make the leap and put my art direction skills, literally in motion.”