50 local ad execs head for Cannes Lions next week

A CONTINGENT OF SOME 50 ADFOLKS from Chicago and another 15 from Detroit and Minneapolis will descend on the  South of France for the 59th Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, June 17-23, to learn from world’s greatest communicators and hopefully come home with a precious Gold Lion to show for their work.

Draftfcb with 12 will have the strongest Midwestern representation with 12 attendees, including Tom O’Keefe, Todd Tilford, Gigi Carroll, Jon Flannery, and Jonathan Harries.  Leo Burnett is sending seven, including Mark Tutssel, Chris Rossiter, John Montgomery, Bryan Litman and Vince Geraghty. 

Six from DDB: Ewan Paterson, Peter McGuinness, Will St. Clair and Diane Jackson among them.  Y&R’s quintet include Brian Smego, Bob Winter and Mara Millicivic. Among Energy BBDO’s four are Dan Fietsam, Rowley Samuel and Kevin Lynch and McGarryBowen’s four include Lisa Burke Snyder and Marianne Newton. 

Still more: Burrell, Cramer/Krasselt and Critical Mass and Detroit agencies Doner, Leo Burnett, Team Detroit and Y&R, and Fallon people from Minneapolis.

Two dinners hosted by publicists Denise Potts Mueller and Angela Sheridon will be a nice Midwestern touch amid all that global glamour. One is a Farm-to-Table affair for Midwestern guests and another will cater to adfolks from around the world.

A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS to “An Evening with Kevin Smith”  (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma) at the Chicago Theatre on Thursday, June 14, will go to the first five readers who Email ruth@reelchicago by noon Wednesday. 

Talented filmmaker/writer/actor and all-around cool guy Smith is in town as part of the big TBS Just For Laughs Chicago festival June 12-17.  Instead of the usual moderator asking questions of the guest star, Smith will answer questions from the audience.

For a complete schedule of the Just for Laughs festival, click here.

WHO’S NEW.  Executive producer Alec Pinkston, who opened Odd Machine’s L.A. office in January, 2011, and now feeling “proud and confident” about L.A.’s future success, is back in the Chicago office.

Pinkston has been with Odd Machine since editor Chris Segich opened it in 2008. 

Adam Fendleman joined Intersport as senior manager, strategic partnerships for its Celeb TV! Division, which produces a Telly and Webby award winning daily celebrity video show.  This should be right up Fendelman’s alley as he’s been steeped in celebrity culture as founder/publisher and writer of popular film/TV news and review site, HollywoodChicago.com.

Orbit Media Studios has a new CEO, Todd Gettelfinger, who brings “adult supervision” to the 11-year old company with 130 employees.  He moved over after 11 years at LeadVantage Consulting, a business he founded.

CHICAGO AND THE STATE again will be represented by the IFO’s Todd Lizak and Local 476’s Mark Hogan at the ACFI Locations Show this weekend at the L.A. Convention Center. 

CHICAGO IS ON THE ITINERARY for NBC’s nationwide search in 13 cities for individuals who want to lose weight and win big money on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”  The open casting call takes place here June 23 in Downers Grove at Chicago Home Fitness, 1205 Butterfield Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for details.

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