Two by Four, Cap Gun win Davey Award for OTS PSA

AGENCY TWO BY FOUR WON Best in Show from the 2013 International Davey Awards for “Hope,” its PSA for the Off the Street Club, whose positive work with disadvantaged kids has been supported by the Chicago ad community for an amazing unbroken run of 112-years.   

Cap Gun Collective produced and Alex Fendrich directed the spot specifically for screening before the thousand agency guests expected at the OTS’s annual fundraising luncheon Dec. 5 at the Swiss Hotel.

The Davey, or more formally, the International Academy of Visual Arts, honors the finest work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide.  Two by Four’s award was in the Film/Video/TV category, winning out of 4,000 international entries.

Two by Four’s project team consisted of CDs David Stevenson and Adam VonOhlen, writer Matt Kappmeyer, AD Mike Vithoulkas, producer Cassie Abraham, VP Jan Nicks and account supervisor Brad Cerwin.

Cap Gun credits: EP Matt Abramson, producer PJ Fishwick, DP Gregger Jones, production manager Patrick Goeke and line producer Claire Connelly.

NEW AT COMMA MUSIC is music industry veteran Carter J. Russell, Jr. in a new position of Integrated Development director. “Carter will work with our composers, the Comma Collection library, sound design partners at Particle and our Onda HCM team, having them all work together when possible,” says Comma cofounder Bryan Rheude.

OMNICOM’S OLSON/MINNEAPOLIS gain of Supercuts hair salons –- its sixth new account since September — is unfortunately DDB’s loss.  Coincidentally, Olson’s CD is Dennis Ryan. He’s the former CCO of Omnicom/DDB’s now-defunct division Element 79, which had the Supercuts business for years before it was folded into DDB. 

ROY SKILLICORN, Seed Media Arts’ EP, believes the time is right for high-end filmmakers to “dominate both the commercial and content creation marketplace.”  That said, Seed signed award-winning LA-based directors The Goetz Brothers, Kevin and Michael, for commercial representation.

The brothers reunited for spot work after each had directed independent films and recently wrote and directed indie “Scenic Route” together.

Signing the Goetz Brothers coincided with Seed’s shifting its headquarters to LA, where EP Tim Ward is partnering with Skillicorn, who remains in Chicago.

THE AICP NEXT AWARDS, Wednesday, Nov. 20 is a breakfast, screening and panel discussion at the Gene Siskel Film Center, starting at 9:30 a.m. It precedes the big (1,200 guests expected) annual AICP Show Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Cultural Center. Still time to purchase tickets. The Next Awards are free with a paid AICP show ticket.

“AN EVENING OF GLAMOUR” takes place Nov. 20 as 12 models from Lily’s Talent Agency showcase the beautiful evening wear of local fashion designers Anna Fong, Lauren Lein, Nathalie Loma and Victor Miller, at new Studio 3G at 1017 W. Washington.  A champagne reception precedes the show.

The evening benefits F.A.M.E., a nonprofit that helps young Chicago performing artists with financial aid and mentoring.  Tickets are $50 for the cocktail reception and fashion show and may be purchased here.

A NEW NAME for an old tradition.  The American Advertising Federation (AAF) put the local ADDY Awards name to bed and replaced it with the more sedate American Advertising Awards.  A call for entries has started. The 2014 program will “Honor the Craft” of the best advertising of the past year.   For details, click here.

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