THE REEL THING: News & Notes

CLINT EASTWOOD AND RYAN PHILLIPPE are in town through next week to wrap “Flags of our Fathers,” the tale of the soldiers who raised the flag at Iwo Jima in WWII.

NAMES IN THE NEWS: Leo Burnett’s production head Jonathan Davies departs the agency in December to assume the same role at Radical Media back in his native London. No replacement named as yet … Ann Brown joins FCB Nov. 3 as director of creative administration, from Element 79 Partners.

STILL MORE. Fletcher Chicago’s Archie Fletcher was elected president/treasurer of national PERA … New Burnett EVPs are group CDs Noel Haan and G. Andrew Meyer … RDS hired Bryan Hensley to run its new audio department, formerly with Post Effects.

A PARTY AT SUNDANCE next January is being planned by the Illinois Film Office.

ANOTHER COLUMBIA COLLEGE EXPANSION in 2007 when the school takes over its purchase of the 104,000-sq. ft. Spertus Institute of Jewish Studios at 618 S. Michigan. Spertus by then will have completed construction of its new facility at 610 S. Michigan.

JUST ASKING. Now that Vince Vaughn sold his L.A. house and bought a condo here, and now that he’s romancing Jennifer Anniston, do you really believe the stories that she will move to Chicago to be with him could possibly be true?

LEO BURNETT gained the $200 million Samsung Electronics’ business, a satisfactory replacement for the U.S. Army account if it marches off to a New York agency next spring as expected.

DENNIS ZACEK RECEIVES A SPECIAL AWARD from the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee for Outstanding Achievement in Chicago Equity Theatre at the awards ceremony on Nov. 7. He has been Victory Gardens’ artistic director since 1977 and one of the nine original founders of the theatre in 1974.

NEW AT DIGITAL KITCHEN: creative director Rasmus Blaze was a principal and fashion designer for an urban apparel company; artistic director Linas Jodwalis comes from Motion Theory; producer Colin Davis was recently VP/operations for JGSullivan Interactive.

LEN DRESSLAR, JR., THE BOOMING VOICE OF THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT, who also extolled the virtues of Rice Krispies, Marlboros, Amoco oil, and hundreds of other memorable cvommercials, died Oct. 16 of cancer. Mr. Dresslar was also an entertainer and singer. He recorded 15 albums with Chicago’s leading jingle singing group, Singers Unlimited, during the ?70s and ?80s. He periodically recorded the familiar “Ho, Ho, Ho” for Green Giant spots, most recently about 10 years ago.

GAME$ WIN OVER MOVIES. With global revenue of $24.5 billion in 2004, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the video game industry dwarfs the $9.5 billion in domestic theatrical revenue earned by the film industry. Movie executives hope to turn all those loyal gamers into equally eager ticket buyers.

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