Up and Down the Avenue – 10/17/03

THE WINDY CITY AWARDS have morphed into the Chicago Creative Club and the new awards show takes place Nov. 13 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Judges are all from outside Chicago. Tim Kazurinsky MCs the show.

CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff Facklis and The Show Department on its 20th anniversary of business.

MACHETE hired graphics/effects designer Roman, formerly at Filmworkers Club, rounding out an expanded staff of nine. First job: a Pop Secret spot for Burrell.

JAN HUMMEL joined Marc USA as director of national broadcast as Marc’s national media buying move here from Detroit. She previously worked as VP/national television for ICG L.A.

GONE is Chicago Trax Recording as we knew it with Reid Hyams. It’s now the Chocolate Factory, said to be R. Kelly’s recording studio.

THE ONE NIGHT that brings out the ad/TV community in full force is the Nov. 20 AICP Show at the Chicago Historical Society. Tickets are $75; call 312/458-0367 to order.

CUTTERS’ STEVE STEIN & Team are competing in the annual New York City Midnight Movie Making Madness contest. They get a subject, a genre and 24 hours to complete a film for a $10,000 prize. Stein’s partners are Bruce Rindler, SolDesignFX, Ed Bono, Leo Burnett and Elisa Canero, LaPiz.

NEW AT BARBIZON LIGHTING: salesperson Ruth Hudson, from Intelligent Lighting Creations.

MAC SPECIALISTS is the new name of Glen Ellyn Systems, now in expanded, 6,000-sq. ft. facilities in Villa Park.

GATORADE CD Geoff Edwards left Element 79 to join Chiat/Day in San Francisco.

THE AD INDUSTRY mourns the death of Vince Cullers, 79, who founded America’s first black-owned full service ad agency. Producer Don Jackson hailed Mr. Cullers as “a pivotal force in the television industry by supporting African-American producers.”

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