Chicago agencies and post houses overwhelmed last week’s International Television Awards, scoring 10 out of 12 top awards for excellence in TV commercials. The awards were held Wednesday, April 20, at the AMC River North theatres before a full house.
The Whitehouse post scored four awards and Leo Burnett earned three.
DDB Argentina/Chicago and The Whitehouse were co-winners of the WTTW Audience Choice Award Gold Hugo for a 90-second PSA, “The Man and the Dog,” for the Argentina Liver Transplant Foundation.
It was edited by The Whitehouse’s Matthew Wood; Kristin Brandstetter was EP; production company, Central Films North/Rebolucion Argentina. DDB’s Diane Jackson and The Whitehouse’s Kristin Branstetter accepted the award together.
The Whitehouse also won two Silver plaques, one for a Cramer-Krasselt Porsche spot, edited by Adam Marshall and the second for Jeep/DDB Chicago, David Cea editor.
Leo Burnett won a Gold Hugo for McDonald’s, produced by LA’s MJZ and edited by Cutters’ Tom Brassil. Its Silver Hugo for client Brooks Running shoes was also edited by The Whitehouse’s Matthew Wood.
Beast editorial won a Silver for a Digitas’ Whirlpool spot, edited by Angelo Valencia.
Pinnacle Advertising, Schaumburg earned a Certificate of Merit.
Iris New York won a Silver Hugo and BBDO New York won a Gold Plaque and Iris New York won a Silver Hugo.
In the Television Productions section, two Chicago production companies — DK Studios and Kartemquin Films — were among the 12 international winners.
DK Studios won a Gold plaque in the Main Title Sequence category for its work on the FXX series, “Man Seeking Woman.” CDs were Camm Rowland and Elliot Lim, EP and Colin Davis.
Kartemquin’s Silver in the Documentary: Arts/Humanities category was for “Saving Mes Aynak” about saving a 5,000 year old archeological site in Afganistan, directed by Brent E. Huffman who produced with Xiaoli Zhou and Zak Piper.