Fay Ferguson, Urban Grind, The Avengers, Apple

CAF Silver Medal Award winner Fay Ferguson

CAF honors Burrell’s Fay Ferguson

Burrell Communications tweeted that The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) named agency Co-CEO, Fay Ferguson, as the 2017 Silver Medal Award winner.

Ferguson is the 22nd professional to receive the prestigious award. Nominated for her outstanding service in the advertising industry both locally and abroad, Fay is among an elite group of women to garner this recognition.

The Silver Medal Award recognizes a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for his or her career contributions and accomplishments: Creative ability. Contributions to the general advancement of advertising. Contributions to specific areas of advertising and to the community.

Ferguson and her partner, McGhee Williams-Osse, have collectively owned a majority stake in Burrell since buying out Tom Burrell in 2004.

She has received numerous awards, including Chicago Advertising Woman of the Year, “Advertising Working Mother of the Year, Trailblazer Mom”, the Target Market News Advertising Executive of the Year MAAX award, The Women’s Leadership Exchange – Most Influential Women and Black Enterprise, Top Women Executives in Advertising and Marketing to name a few.

Urban Grind TV goes national with FUBU TV

Wally Lockard, founder and Executive Producer of the award-winning Urban Grind TV, is probably feeling very thankful after the five-day weekend. His weekly music video show now in its eighth year on Chicago’s Comcast Cable Channel 25, is launching nationally on FUBU TV.

Urban Grind
Urban Grind

The show travels the country producing exclusive interviews, event coverage, music videos and more!

UGTV has been broadcast on Comcast RCN Wow Cable 25 Chicago for 17 seasons over 9 years of producing a weekly television show while becoming a staple in hip-hop media throughout the Midwest and now they are expanding on a national basis through FUBU TV. FUBU TV reaches close to 250 million households.

“This is really big for the Midwest, for the city, most importantly for the arts and culture,” Lockard said. “Our events, our talent, our videos, our artists have one more platform at home for the world to see them, and for that we are thankful.”

FUBU, of course, started as the urban hip-hop fashion brand by Shark Tank shark, Daymond John in 1992.

Apple’s irresistible new holiday ad

Our publisher, Barbara Roche, emailed me this weekend saying she could not stop watching Apple’ new holiday ad, titled Sway.

After watching it, I understand her obsession.

The mesmerizing piece follows a woman walking down the most perfect of snow-covered streets. After she stops briefly to turn on her iPhone X and listen to Sam Smith croon his song Palace through her wireless AirPods, she begins to twirl and dance, converting that street into her private stage. All stops, when she bumps into a handsome stranger. After she shares her AirPod with him, the two are off and dancing in a whimsical and dreamy sequence.

The spot ends with “Move someone this holiday.” Our publisher certainly was.



Marvel’s Avengers trailer released

Marvel fanboy and girls got their first glimpse of the movie event that’s a decade in the making.
The first teaser for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War debuted on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday morning.

The two-minute trailer brought together nearly every major superhero in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Black Panther all appeared in the dramatic trailer, which has already racked up nearly 10.3 million views on YouTube at this writing.

The teaser included exciting scenes of the Avengers coming together to take on the Marvel super team’s biggest foe – Thanos. “In time, you will know what it is like to lose,” said Thanos, who is played by Josh Brolin. “To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail all the same.” You can watch and share the trailer below:

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