Barbour to lead Camp + King Chicago

Kristin Barbour

Former DDBer Kristin Barbour will have a homecoming of sorts as she has been named managing director of Camp + King’s new Chicago satellite office, created in part to serve client Energizer.

An advertising veteran, Barbour has worked with some of the nation’s most prestigious brands, including McDonald’s, Mars, Kraft and Chevrolet.

The San Francisco-based shop made the announcement September 8.

In a statement, Camp + King co-founder and CEO Jamie King said, “We intend to run a one-office, two-location model that gives clients access to the totality of Camp + King in San Francisco and Chicago. Our intent is to create a long corridor between the Presidio of San Francisco and State Street in Chicago.”

Barbour added on her return to Chicago, “I grew up in a big agency network and was fortunate enough to learn from some of the best in the business. I know from firsthand experience big agencies continue to struggle to keep up with clients’ evolving needs. Clients today demand deep business partnership and world class creativity, all housed within a nimble, more efficient work model. Clients have no appetite to sit and wait while a more nimble model gets built. Nimble is in our DNA. Boutique with muscle, as we call it, has never been in higher demand.”

Camp + King Chicago will be temporarily housed in the Havas offices in Chicago. Havas is a minority partner in Camp + King.


Wachowskis talk to XHamster

Last month, we reported that adult site, XHamster, was interested in producing a third season of Chicago-based cult series, “Sense8.”

Well, now it turns out after the letter they sent to Lana and Lily Wachowski, they may be interested as well.

The Wrap is reporting that the team did reach out to XHamster vice-president, Alex Hawkins, and that they had a productive conversation about the series which is popular for its portrayal of the LGBT community.

He’s quoted as saying, “It turned out that Lana loved our letter and thought it made a certain amount of sense — as crazy as it is,” Hawkins said in an interview with TheWrap. “Of course, it’s still an uphill climb, but we told them if there’s anything we can do to help bring back the show, we’re game.”

He added that the company has seen a spike in interest from a number of mainstream production companies and filmmakers.

Hawkins went onto discuss whether an XHamster version “Sense8” would show actual penetration, how they can afford to financh an expensive project and whether their company can realistically shake its porn-industry stigma to become the next Netflix.

To read the full interview with Hawkins, click here.

Source: The Wrap


KISS FM unveils billboards thanking Kathy Hart

Kathy Hart’s departure, after 21 years, from “The Eric and Kathy Show,” on WTMX FM 101.9, has not gone unnoticed. The move prompted rival iHeartMedia top 40 station, Kiss-FM. WKSC FM 103.5, to buy billboards along the Kennedy and other expressways thanking Hart.

As for the Mix’s top-rated morning show, it will now be officially known as “Eric in the Morning with Melissa & Whip,” according to Robert Feder.

Host Eric Ferguson is expected to unveil the new name during Wednesday morning’s show on WTMX FM 101.9, the Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary station. The new title reflects Ferguson’s status as solo host while recognizing the roles of longtime contributors Melissa McGurren and Brian “Whip” Paruch as key members of the cast. No new personnel are expected to be added to the show.

The rebranding was prompted by the departure of Kathy Hart after 21 years as Ferguson’s co-host on The Mix. Hart had been off the air since late April, but the station formally severed ties with her last week.
Source: Robert Feder


International Screenwriters coming to Chicago

Chicago screenwriters rejoice! The very awesome Los Angeles-based International Screenwriters Association, in association with Nickelodeon, is bringing their popular Third Thursdays to Chicago this September 21 to The Gateway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St. The Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St.

Their goal, which they have succeeded at in Los Angles and London, is to bring together writers and other industry professionals in the community to share stories, tricks, tribulations, and hear some wisdom from the special industry guests. Most importantly, they’re here to celebrate your success including everything from starting a new script to going into production.

Their special guest will be Troy Pryor founder and CEO of Pryor Holdings LLC, which includes his production companies, Troy Pryor Studios, GOOD Movies, and the artist development organization Creative Cypher.

Troy has built a vertically integrated media brand, from artists’ aggregation to artist and content development to funding, production, distribution, and marketing. He is responsible for aggregating hundreds of artists and brokering production deals to help build Chicago’s artistic community. His collaborations with Oscar and Grammy winning artists like Che “Rhymefest” Smith have landed his work on TV, and work with Kanye’s organization Donda’s House, Common’s organization, Common Ground Foundation, and The Aahh! Fest have helped cement his place as the next star from Chicago.

Stick around through the evening for career driving prizes. RSVP here.