Awards reception to honor best in Chicago advertising

THE FORMER ADDY AWARDS, recently rebranded as the more businesslike Chicago American Advertising Awards, take place Thursday, March 13 at a reception honoring the best of Chicago advertising, plus the Agency of the Year and the Client of the Year, at the Museum of Broadcast Advertising.

Winners will be named in seven categories, and other prizes will be awarded for the Best of Show, the Special Judges Citation of Excellence, and Best Creative Use of Multimedia Content.

The Agency of the Year will be cited from among these finalists: Burrell Communications, Cramer-Krasselt, Energy BBDO, Leo Burnett Chicago and Y&R Midwest.

Client of the Year competitors are Allstate Crown Imports, McDonald’s Peace One Day and Sears Holdings. 

Emcees for the evening are Chicago Ad Federation board members VP/marketing Kathleen O’Hara, Direct Energy and SVP/CD Bill Matznick of Digitas.

All this and more, at 360 N. State, 6-10 p.m.  Tickets, member 150, non-member, $225.  RSVP: 630/596-9005.

WHO’S NEWS.  Melissa Thornley, formerly managing director of Deluxe Entertainment’s trio of companies here – Beast, Company 3 and Method – joined Hum Music as new business development ad media and marketing for Pravda Records. Her resume includes a stint as president of Women in Film …

*Two new staffers joined recording studio. “Our friend Bud Kerwin is now our full time business development manager, after having freelanced with us for six months,” says partner/engineer Don Arbuckle, “and our new sound designer is Nick Anello. He’s a recent Missouri State graduate who’s been recording music for the past five years and is also an accomplished musician.” 

*Roy Skillicorn’s Seed Media signed award-winning director Hans Emanuel of LA for commercial representation. Emanuel is also known for his visual effects, fashion videos and narrative short films

*Optimus Santa Monica signed Mike Hackett, a specialist in visual effects, for representation.

MUSIC DEALERS’ founder Eric Sheinkop is part of the VIP contingent at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where on Friday he will be one of three expert panelists speaking about music and branding. He also will be promoting and signing his new book on the subject, “Hit Brands: How Music Builds Value for the World’s Smartest Brands,” written with Daniel M. Jackson and Richard Jankovich.

CORRECTION! Saturday, March 15 is the big day for ChicagoHollywood’s seminar with Hollywood pros casting director Ronnie Yeskel and producer Rudy Langlais, moderated by entertainment attorney Hal “Corky” Kessler.  At Cinespace, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $65 including lunch.

HURRY! MARCH 15 is the final deadline apply for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, which provides cash grants up to $10,000 towards the project’s production and completion. 

The fund is a project of the Vogal Fund, administered by Chicago Filmmakers and dedicated to supporting the dissemination of ideas that effect progressive social change and disrupt the status quo.

TOO MANY ARTISTS ARE UNINSURED, says SAG AFTRA and the union will tell members how to obtain heath insurance with full benefits at a reasonable cost on Wednesday, March 19 at the Kaufherr Members Resource Center,1 E. Erie, 6-8 p.m.

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