TDH welcomes Lisa Groot as VP, Account Director

0 Craft creative agency, Tom, Dick & Harry Creative Co. (TDH), has hired Lisa Groot as Vice President, Account Director, Managing Partner Greg Reifel announced today. In her new position, Lisa Groot will lead several of TDH’s clients and play a significant role on the agency’s growth team. “The first time we met Lisa we … Continue reading “TDH welcomes Lisa Groot as VP, Account Director”

Jim Mahoney founder of Film & Tape Works passes at 71

4+ James A. Mahoney, the founder of Film & Tape Works and dear friend of many in the Chicago film community, has died at age 71. Film and Tape Works at 237 E. Ontario, was the premier production and post-production film/video house in Chicago, for over 30 years. Early in his career Jim was a … Continue reading “Jim Mahoney founder of Film & Tape Works passes at 71”

Chicago teams launch “We Are All One Home Team”

1+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot in partnership with Chicago’s sports teams launched the “We Are All One Home Team” campaign to encourage the city’s youth to wear masks, practice social distancing and follow the latest public health guidelines to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. Building on the City’s recent “We Are Not … Continue reading “Chicago teams launch “We Are All One Home Team””

‘Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago’ lineup

2+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the lineup of Chicago and national celebrities who have come together to celebrate and pay tribute to the over 35,000 graduating high school seniors across Chicago. “Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago.” is a live, commercial-free 60-minute ceremony hosted and co-created by the City of Chicago and Citadel … Continue reading “‘Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago’ lineup”

DePaul’s Eltanal & Khatami chosen for IFP fellowship

1+ DePaul School of Cinematic Arts announced that Assistant Professors, Ronald Eltanal and Alireza Khatami, have been selected for the prestigious IFP Episodic Lab fellowship program for their project titled, Tenure. The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today twenty-six feature projects and series selected to participate across three labs over the next month: The IFP … Continue reading “DePaul’s Eltanal & Khatami chosen for IFP fellowship”

Cinespace joins Sweet Home Chicago live stream event

5+ Sweet Home Chicago Relief & Recovery live stream event packed with Chicago celebs airs May 16 at 5PM CDT on NBC Sports Chicago, the telethon will also simultaneously stream on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.   The Chicago CEO COVID-19 Coalition, founded by John Koudounis, is excited to announce that Wintrust Financial and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios have joined … Continue reading “Cinespace joins Sweet Home Chicago live stream event”

Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’

1+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced a groundbreaking campaign, “We Are Not Playing,” in partnership with Chicago’s professional sports teams to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Each of Chicago’s hometown professional sports teams –  including the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky, White Sox – has signed on to the … Continue reading “Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’”

Second City Stage Manager Craig Taylor passes at 63

3+ “I guess I learned how to take the lights out at the right moment. You just have to always be looking for the right end.” –Craig Taylor Not all of Second City’s stars appeared on stage. Some of the biggest ones were behind the scenes. This past weekend, Second City announced that longtime stage manager, … Continue reading “Second City Stage Manager Craig Taylor passes at 63”

On location with October TV co-founder Chris DeWinter

7+ Reel Chicago introduces ‘Reel People’, a collection of profiles of film and creative professionals that will run every Friday. Our inaugural installment features October TV co-founder Chris DeWinter’s behind-the-scenes recollection of a Kroger / Unilever campaign created by Geometry Global. — Dan Patton, Editor   Chicago-based production and post house October TV completed work … Continue reading “On location with October TV co-founder Chris DeWinter”

Wieden+Kennedy does ‘Chicago Style’ for Nike

5+ Windy City people and pride abound in new 60-second ‘Sport Changes Everything’ commercial Chicago sports, culture, and attitude come to life in a new spot for Nike’s Sport Changes Everything campaign by Wieden+Kennedy. Titled, Chicago Style, the minute-long commercial packs a no-nonsense series of references and metaphors into a food order at a classic … Continue reading “Wieden+Kennedy does ‘Chicago Style’ for Nike”

Rodgers, Mahomes talk agents in new State Farm work

1+ Football is back, thank god. As a Bears’ fan, I’m not thrilled that the Cheeseheads beat the them 10 – 3 last night during the NFL opener. But at least one Chicago team won last night and that would be DDB Chicago with their goofy new State Farm work that features rival QB’s Aaron … Continue reading “Rodgers, Mahomes talk agents in new State Farm work”

‘R.A.W. TUBA’ wins Best Short at Black Harvest

5+ Documentary about Richard Antoine White’s inspiring life earns the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize R.A.W. TUBA was awarded Best Short film at the 25th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival on Saturday afternoon. Directed by David Larson and Darren Durlach, the inspiring documentary tells the story of Richard Antoine White, … Continue reading “‘R.A.W. TUBA’ wins Best Short at Black Harvest”

Britt Nolan named DDB North America CCO

3+ Britt Nolan leaves Burnett to run DDB North America creative, as Ari Weiss is promoted to global CCO DDB Worldwide today announced that former Leo Burnett co-President and Chief Creative Officer, Britt Nolan, is moving to DDB Worldwide as the CCO of its North American network. Ari Weiss, who previously held the position has … Continue reading “Britt Nolan named DDB North America CCO”

Brian Eno honored with his own asteroid

6+ The stellar music legend’s place in outer space has been secured by an honorary celestial rock On Monday June 24, the Starmus Festival added scientific credibility to a belief that music fans have held for generations: Brian Eno is a star. The fifth edition of the annual global celebration, held in Zürich this year, … Continue reading “Brian Eno honored with his own asteroid”

SOCIALDEVIANT bolsters creative ranks

3+ Successful new business streak sparks hiring of ACDs Lauren Hystead and Lauren Swago On the heels of an impressive new business streak that has resulted in seven new clients being added to its agency roster over the past few months, as well as a year-over-year revenue surge of nearly 70 percent, SOCIALDEVIANT has hired … Continue reading “SOCIALDEVIANT bolsters creative ranks”

Toyota changes the game in Super Bowl LIII commercial

3+ Female football scholarship winner Antoinette “Toni” Harris redefines what it means to be a hybrid in new RAV4 spot Toyota returns to the 2019 Super Bowl with a spotlight on two game-changers – the all-new 2019 RAV4 HV (RAV4 Hybrid) and powerhouse female football player Antoinette “Toni” Harris. The Super Bowl spot, which will … Continue reading “Toyota changes the game in Super Bowl LIII commercial”

Beth Carik is AbelsonTaylor’s new Human Resource VP

1+ Versatile industry vet brings multiple agency expertise to independent health and wellness shop AbelsonTaylor, the world’s largest independent medical advertising agency, has hired Beth Carik as vice president of human resources, replacing Linda Phillips, who retired at the end of 2018 after 14 years of service. Responsible for leading the agency’s recruitment, orientation, benefits … Continue reading “Beth Carik is AbelsonTaylor’s new Human Resource VP”

Lester Wunderman passes of natural causes

2+ “Father of Direct Marketing” Created a Trillion-Dollar Industry Advertising has lost a trailblazer. Lester Wunderman, chairman emeritus and founder of Wunderman, the original and largest direct marketing advertising agency, passed away on January 9, 2019 in New York of natural causes. He was 98. According to a press release from Wunderman, the icon launched … Continue reading “Lester Wunderman passes of natural causes”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

3+ The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

Dictionary promotes Cody McGuire, adds Joe Kirkendall

2+ The integrated house adds a pair of Senior Producers who have completed projects of all sizes for dozens of top tier brands (Chicago — 3 October 2018) Dictionary Films U.S. managing director Chris Rossiter today announced the promotion of Cody McGuire to senior producer and the addition of senior producer Joe Kirkendall to the … Continue reading “Dictionary promotes Cody McGuire, adds Joe Kirkendall”