Mediavest|Spark’s Boothe to receive CAF Silver Medal

CHRIS BOOTHE, CEO OF MEDIAVEST|SPARK is the 2016 recipient of the Chicago Advertising Federation’s (CAF) Silver Medal Award, which recognizes a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for their career contributions and accomplishments.

He will be feted at the Jan. 17 CAF dinner in his honor at the Radisson Blu hotel.

DDB names Diane Jackson new chief production officer

DDB Chicago’s award-winning Diane Jackson was elevated to the newly-created and wider-ranging position of Chief Production Officer, from EVP/Director of Integrated Production.

She has headed an award-winning production team since rejoining the agency in 2007 and will continue to report to DDB CCO John Maxham. 

City becomes a popular set for spots, films ahead

BUSY PRODUCTION IN WEEKS AHEAD on the streets of Chicago.  On the feature side: “Batman vs. Superman” moves after months in the Motor City to the Windy City and opens an office at Cinespace next week.  Shooting starts Nov. 3-14.  Scheduled locations include the farm house in Plainfield, the subway and the “Daily Planet” atrium at Willis Tower. 

Ace New York editor joins Red Car

New York editor Michael Coletta exchanges the Mad Ave scene for Michigan Ave – more accurately East Illinois St. — when he returns home Aug. 16 after a nine-year absence.

He joins Red Car from Nomad Editing, bringing with him that New York panache from having worked with bi-coastal A-list spot directors for the biggest agencies and the most famous brands.

Red Car managing director Craig Duncan characterizes Coletta as “a natural storyteller with impeccable comedic timing.

“Bucky Badger” wins Wisconsin Festival award

THE AUDIENCE AWARD for the best documentary went to Fulton Market Films’ “Being Bucky,” at the recent Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison, one of only films so honored out of the festival’s 199 entries.

Award-winning Scott Smith, who grew up in Madison, directed the 80-minute doc about the seven students who play “Bucky Badger,” the University of Wisconsin/Madison mascot during the 2007-2008 school year.

Spot production up 70% over 2002

If it feels to you like the spot business has picked up over last year, you’re absolutely right.

The Chicago Film Office, which keeps track of these things, reports a whopping 70% increase in the number of commercials shot here to date (as of Aug. 13).

CFO noted 61 commercial projects have filmed in the city, representing 104 shooting days to date. Compare that to last year’s 42 projects and 74 shooting days.

Among recent commercials produced:

Artisan of L.A.

Bigger Picture adds directors Humbi Entress & Martines

0 The Bigger Picture has emerged from the complexities of 2020 to lean in to enhanced storytelling with the addition of two new directors Humbi Entress and Martines. Both bring a global perspective and award-winning, original style and voice to their collaborations via the LA-based company, which also features Directors Caswell Coggins, Jones, Amir Mokri … Continue reading “Bigger Picture adds directors Humbi Entress & Martines”

Union Editorial chooses Chiara Chung as midwest rep

0 Chiara Chung will rep Union Editorial as well as its sister finishing and VFX company, Hunter. The companies are handled by Melissa Ross of Melissa Represents on the West Coast, and the team of Katrin Aul and Katie Goldstein on the East Coast. Keith Quinn is Union’s Director of Development.   “We’ve taken a long … Continue reading “Union Editorial chooses Chiara Chung as midwest rep”

Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination

2+ Daring to break the traditional agency mold, Highdive is producing exciting work that pushes the envelope in new ways. Most recently, the Ad Age Small Agency of the Year partnered with Jeep to create a Super Bowl spot celebrating the 90’s classic Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. The commercial resonated with audiences as it … Continue reading “Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination”

WTTW premieres season two of ‘Urban Nature’ March 20

3+ Watch host Marcus Kronforst eat a salad made of greens picked from an alley in Chicago at If you know where to look, you’ll find the most surprising slices of nature thriving amidst the urban jungle of America’s largest cities. In season 2 of WTTW’s digital series Urban Nature, University of Chicago evolutionary … Continue reading “WTTW premieres season two of ‘Urban Nature’ March 20”

Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant

4+ Chicago-based equipment rental house to award winning filmmaker with nearly $10K in cash, gear, and goodies Camera Ambassador is offering creators a chance to win nearly $10k worth of funding, gear, and other goodies by way of a Builders Grant designed “to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as provide opportunities for young and emerging … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant”

Crazy good couple of weeks for commercial production

CHICAGO’S COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION continues to hum along, either with a crush of work crammed into several weeks, or stretches of head-scratching as to where the business went. The last three weeks were fairly typical of the former, when mostly out-of-town companies descended upon the city to shoot spots for their prestigious clients.