Up & Down the Avenue – 07/26/04

Jennifer Aniston will be “Derailed,” starring opposite Clive Owen in the Miramax Films feature based on James Siegel’s best-selling novel, as reported exclusively in ReelChicago last week. Production begins in London and Chicago this fall. (Do you think Brad will tag along with Jen?)

Good news. It looks like the General Assembly has approved a one year extension for the wage tax credit.

Departures: Two 15-year post house veterans have parted ways with their respective companies. VP/client services Dave Mueller left Swell and is serving as a marketing consultant for production and post houses. He can be reached at 312/399-4185 … Post Effects’ executive Evie Silvers was one of the 10 downsized in the recent streamlining. Her number is 312/498-0636.

Changing times. ACD Greg Wells joined L.A. agency David and Goliath from Element 79 … Frankel promoted Chris Tull to sports & entertainment marketing director … Cari Dinneen joined Tom, Dick & Harry Advertising as director of integrated marketing & promotions.

Leo Burnett’s $200 million U.S. Army account is up for review as the Army needs 80,000 new recruits next year and the next ad campaign will be the way to reach them. The Army feels the current campaign is out of sync with the reality of war and should be replaced.

At FCB: Trina Woldt was named EVP and creative general manager … And from Tatham, the agency hired Lydia Kubon, broadcast business affairs/special contracts, and Kelly Gibson, senior production manager on KFC, who had worked on Red Lobster.

We hear … Fox Network is the producer of the reality show that’s supposed to be shooting in Chicago for eight weeks, not NBC. Stay tuned.

Oprah will voice the narration for “Brothers of the Borderland,” an interactive theatre experience depicting the heroes of the Underground Railroad, for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. She donated $1 million to the Center that opens in Cincinnati next month.

Nominated for commercial Emmys: Office Depot’s Rubberband Man, directed by David Kellogg of Anonymous Content for DDB and Y&R’s Miller “Dominoes” spot directed by MJZ’ Fredrik Bond. Awards take place Sept. 12 in L.A.

You can catch “Saturday Night Live” comedian Darrell Hammond Aug. 19 when he appears in Chicago at a benefit for Gilda’s Club at the Park West. To order tickets, call 312/464-9900, ext. 15.

Bryan Perraud , one of the six Chicago directors who made Project Greenlight’s first cut of 250, won a bronze Telly for a national commercial for client Natural Golf Corporation. Bob Scott was DP, editing by David Nixon Productions.

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