“Upstarts” OKRP lands $50 million Big Lots! account

CALLING THEMSELVES “SCRAPPY UPSTARTS” the boutique agency O’Keefe, Reinhard & Paul (OKRP) okrp.com – celebrating its first anniversary in March — landed the Big Lots! account which bills a big $50 million, following a review.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company is a closeout retailer with 1,525 stories in 48 states.  The agency’s first work for its new client will launch in early February.

New chief customer officer of Big Lots!, Andrew Stein, worked with the principals, creatives Tom O’Keefe, Matt Reinhard and business-side Nick Paul when they were with Draftfcb and he was client Kmart’s chief marketing officer.  

TWO NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS of the elite American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) are Zacuto Rentals partners Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn, who are in LA to attend Saturday’s 28th annual ASC Awards for outstanding achievements for cinematographers.

They and Tom Fletcher VER (Fletcher Cameras) have the distinction of being the only three Chicago ASC associate members

Letters of recommendation were sent to the ASC board of governors six months ago and and then circulated to the etire membership for final approval.

ASC’s 150 associate members are selected on the basis of the dedication of their time, expertise and passion to the ASC mission.  The ASC has approximately 300 members.

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS. Denis Leary’s Chicago-shot comedy “Sirens” will debut March 6 at 9 p.m. on USA cable – the same date as Robert Redford’s “Chicagoland” … Due to disappointing ratings, the ABC series “Betrayal” will not return for a second season. It had been headquartering at Chicago Studio City.

NAME GAME. Distinguished actor Morgan Freeman will receive the Siskel Film Center’s Renaissance Award at the center’s annual fundraising gala June 7…

DigitasLBi and Razorfish chairman Rishad Tobaccowala receives the Chicago Ad Federation’s 2013 Silver Medal Award Feb. 6 …

Roy Skillicorn’s Seed Media Arts is on a roll.  Newest director to join Seed’s roster is Ari Sandel, who co-wrote and directed the Oscar-winning short film, “West Bank Story” … Robin Stevens Reps new represents the distinguished directorial roster of EP John LaChappelle’s Third Street Mining Company in the Midwest.

Kartemquin’s Steve James, Gordon Quinn, reporter Steve Bogira and editor Alejandro Escalona will receive Studs Terkel Awards from the Community Media Workshop in March.

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