4+ I never liked Tom Burrell that much. But to be honest I didn’t know Mr. Burrell (as I now affectionately call him) when I first moved to Chicago in August of 1994. All I really knew about him from my early days in advertising was that he was the guy who did all the … Continue reading “Getting to know Tom Burrell”
Confirming a story that broke on Reel Chicago.com last month, The One Club for Creativity, producers of the prestigious One Show Awards, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, today announced that it will indeed induct Burrell along with Rebeca Mndez, Susan Hoffman and David Lubars to the Creative Hall of Fame. Diane Cook-Tench will be named to the Educators Hall of Fame.
Iconic advertising pioneer, Tom Burrell, whose illustrious career transformed both the way people of color were portrayed in marketing communications, as well as their roles within the industry itself, will be inducted into The One Club Creative Hall of Fame on September 18.
Burrell joins Susan Hoffman, David Lubars, Rebeca Méndez and Diane Cook-Tench as honorees.
While Tom Burrell was still in college in the early ‘60s aiming to fulfill his ambition for an advertising career, he worked in the mailroom at Wade Advertising, famous for the Alka-Seltzer account, one of a handful of African Americans at ad agencies and all in the mailroom.
Tom Burrell, who co-founded founded Burrell Advertising in 1971 and developed “positive realism” as a way of depicting African Americans using consumer products in an authentic and relevant manner, will be honored with the New York Festivals Hall of Fame Award, May 3.
1+ Burrell Communications Group announced today that it will honor its “golden anniversary” year by launching a new community engagement initiative, “50 Acts of Kindness.” Created in tribute to 50 years of connecting some of the world’s most powerful brands with Black communities, the agency pauses at this milestone to express gratitude to the people, … Continue reading “Burrell celebrates 50 Years of Black Storytelling”
7+ Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director at Burrell Communications, joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, a celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Rebecca … Continue reading “Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell”
3+ The exploits of the fun-loving fictional ‘Powell Family’ are featured in the engaging social media + broadcast campaign Burrell’s new multi-platform social media and broadcast campaign for Toyota centers around the fun-loving fictional Powell Family and ‘slice of life’ moments that inspire spontaneous family adventures enjoyed in the comfort of their 2018 Toyota … Continue reading “Burrell, Colonie team up for new Toyota campaign”
7+ 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 … Continue reading “The Mill, Burrell, Cow Lamp, Obamas, Wakanda news”
7+ Burrell among Chicago shops on Ad Age’s annual A-list While some were out shopping for mattresses or watching Marvel’s Black Panther for a third time on President’s Day, Ad Age dropped its annual “A-List” issue of the best agencies, and some Chicago shops made the list. We’re not surprised. We’ve been covering them all … Continue reading ““A-List” Burrell, Russell Stover, Zapwater, box office”
Burrell Communications’ put the introduction of client Toyota’s 2016 RAV4 Hybrid car on a comedy track with a now airing
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has hired Burrell Communications to assist in focusing on African American voters, targeting their concerns and issues as Clinton moves forward towards the first primary and caucus tests.
The life of Emmett McBain, co-founder of Burrell McBain Advertising in 1971, and a renowned water color artist, will be celebrated at a very upbeat memorial party Saturday, June 30, 2-4 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African-American History.
Mr. McBain died May 22 in his Hyde Park home of cancer. He was 77. He was a naturally-gifted artist, an accomplished art director who created award-winning album covers for the Playboy Jazz All-Stars, Mercury Records and others.
Tom Rovak, S2/Swell’s ace colorist for a dozen years, has been freelancing under the banner of his new company, Highly Defined, Inc., until he opens Chicago’s only independent color room outside of a post house.
A $400,000 da Vinci Resolve? v3.4 digital mastering suite will be the heart of the facility.
The new company probably will be located in 4-5,000-sq. ft. space in a River West building he’s currently negotiating for, Rovak said.
“Most color correction rooms in town are traditional linear rooms.
9+ Jim Glover has worked for general market and black advertising agencies and his work has always been on the cutting edge, which many believe is why he has won so many accolades in the biz. Jim is now the founder, President, Creative Director/writer of MultiCultural Creative Consultants (MCC), author of the thriller novel, Mad Man and … Continue reading “How did Blacks get into advertising anyway?”
4+ Years in the making, the “snappy, engaging, and punchy” story told “through the voices of fifty people” unfolds with singular clarity Part of the glory about Ky Dickens’ new film, The City That Sold America, is that we’ve seen it all before. Beginning with Ronald McDonald, Charlie Tuna, Tony the Tiger, and countless other … Continue reading ““The City That Sold America” premieres at Chi Film Fest”
9+ Steve Conner is noted for producing global, viral success stories with his branding and entertainment technique. He is also an Emmy-nominated writer/film director/DP and an award winning product designer. Steve pioneered his way of working at his branding/ production company in NYC – STEVE/STORM FILMS. The most notable success story was the global phenomenon … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Steve Conner, CEO”
9+ Jim Glover has worked for general market and black agencies and his work has always been on the cutting edge, which many believe is why he has won so many accolades in the biz. Jim has had commercials on the Super Bowl, introduced McDonald’s breakfast to America, and convinced conservative Dockers that their khakis … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Jim Glover, Creative Director/Writer”
11+ It seems like 2017 began with the February passing of Ruth Ratny, the founder of Reel Chicago. The film, music, advertising and production communities honored her memory with remarkable passion, the whole time continuing to demonstrate the dedication, creativity, and support that made her so proud of the city. The ensuing months were full … Continue reading “2017 Year in Review”