High-end editorial boutique Cutters announces the return of Editor John Dingfield to its roster. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios President/Managing Director Craig Duncan and Managing Editor Grant Gustafson. Since launching his career with Cutters back in 2000, Dingfield has established himself as a go-to editor for comedic and storytelling campaigns of the highest … Continue reading “Editor John Dingfield comes home to Cutters”
While many people dream of assembling a Who’s Who list of premier talents to help them tell their personal story on the big screen, highly accomplished actor turned screenwriter and producer Finnerty Steeves (Orange is the New Black) has brilliantly brought this widely cherished dream to Technicolor reality with Steeves’ independent dramedy feature, before/during/after. On the heels … Continue reading “Steeves and Cutters on the making of before/during/after”
“Now is a good time to retire. After 37 years at Cutters and 47 in the industry, I’m ready to move forward and retire here at year end.” That’s the rare email message our friends at Cutters Studios received in late 2020 from Senior Partner/Editor Chris Claeys. The heartfelt message hit many emotional notes for … Continue reading “Cutters Chris Claeys retires from editing”
High-end editorial boutique Cutters announces the promotion of David Rubin to Editor. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios President/Managing Director Craig Duncan and Managing Editor Grant Gustafson. Rubin landed an internship with Cutters immediately upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leading to a position as Assistant Editor, mainly working for Gustafson. … Continue reading “Cutters promotes David Rubin to editor”
Cutters Studios’ Managing Director and Partner Craig Duncan has been promoted to the position of President. As announced by CEO Tim McGuire, in addition to his responsibilities as President, Duncan will continue to fulfill his duties as Managing Director. Well known in the creative industry as a premier editor himself, Tim McGuire launched Cutters as … Continue reading “Craig Duncan takes on role of President of Cutters Studios”
The leaders of international creative company Cutters Studios join their fellow filmmakers in celebrating the World Premiere for indie narrative feature before/during/after as part of the ninth annual Greenpoint Film Festival. To safely create new experiences uniting film lovers in controlled, VIP entertainment environments, this year’s Festival will be staged as a drive-in. Hosted by Broadway Stages … Continue reading “Cutters Studio releases indie feature “before/during/after””
The leaders from creative production studio Flavor are very proud to announce the addition of Rob Churchill to their Chicago staff in the position of VFX Director. The announcement was made by Flavor’s Executive Producer, Neal Cohen. According to Churchill and executives from Flavor parent Cutters Studios, this momentous development also involves Churchill as a … Continue reading “Maestro Rob Churchill joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor”
Bobby Rowe and Sean C. Sullivan are the new faces in New York and LA, Collective Management remains in the Midwest The principals of international creative company Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the immediate appointment of highly accomplished industry professionals Bobby Rowe and Sean C. Sullivan as the firm’s new representatives on the … Continue reading “Cutters signs new East & West Coast representation”
The editing and post-production studio moves Heather Richardson to Executive Producer, Patrick Casey to Head of Production Cutters Studios Managing Director and Partner Craig Duncan today announced the promotion of Heather Richardson to Executive Producer, and the promotion of Patrick Casey to Head of Production. Both Cutters Chicago leadership appointments are effective immediately. According to … Continue reading “Cutters promotes a pair in Chicago”
The expanding production and post company adds a trio of highly specialized suites in the city’s Crossroads Arts District Back in August, 2017, the principals of international creative company Cutters Studios announced the opening of a satellite studio in Kansas City. Resulting in high profile collaborations for numerous brands including Dairy Queen, Gatorade, Big O … Continue reading “Cutters opens full-force studio in Kansas City”
Versatile, award-winning pro brings post, radio, on-camera, voiceover, and production expertise to the Big Apple boutique Cutters Studios welcomes the highly accomplished commercial editor Alison Grasso to its New York staff, effective immediately. Well known as a staff editor for Crew Cuts in New York, Grasso started her commercial career with the company immediately upon … Continue reading “Cutters New York hires editor Alison Grasso”
“Eerie explosive work” and “lovely animated sequences” reinforce the competition’s unique creative tradition AICP’s annual Camp Kuleshov trailer competition announced the 2018 winners for its Chicago component during an event at Rock Bottom Brewery on Tuesday night. Named in honor of legendary Russian editor Lev Vladimirovich Kuleshov, Camp Kuleshov celebrates “storytelling through movie trailers, … Continue reading “Whitehouse, Cutters, Colonie entrants win Kuleshov”
With editorial, VFX, and sound support from Cutters Studios, Director Scott Smith’s award-winning film hits the big screen October 5 (Chicago — 25 September 2018) Thanks to distributor Ammo Content, Fulton Market Films’ Chasing The Blues will launch a U.S. theatrical debut on October 5. The run begins in LA, Phoenix, Portland, Columbus, Philadelphia, … Continue reading “Cutters helps ‘Chasing The Blues’ earn theatrical release”
“We fell for Marian long ago when she was assisting Chris Claeys (and snickering along with our antics in the back of his edit suite)” —Per Jacobson, The Distillery Project Cutters Studios is very proud to announce the promotion of Marian Oliver to editor. The announcement was made by managing director/partner Craig Duncan and … Continue reading “Cutters Studios promotes Marian Oliver to Editor”
Virtual reality storytelling pioneer and internationally-acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez joins Cutters Studios New York location (New York — 20 July 2018) – Cutters Studios is very proud to announce the addition of internationally-acclaimed editor Livio Sanchez to its New York staff, effective immediately. The announcement was made by New York Executive Producer Elizabeth Krajewski. … Continue reading “Cutters Studios welcomes editor Livio Sanchez”
Rachelle Madden, VP, Post Production and Digital Production Affairs for AICP, has announced the Shortlist for this year’s AICE Awards for post production excellence. “Our 2018 Shortlist is the result of hours of work by our judges,” says Madden. “We want to thank them all for their contributions and also salute all the editors and … Continue reading “Cutters, Mill, Optimus, Utopic among AICE Shortlisters”
The Escape Pod promotes Celia Jones to Chief Executive Officer Celia Jones has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at The Escape Pod. Jones, who joined the Chicago-based independent agency as Brand Director in June 2016, will concentrate on growth, integrated capabilities, new revenue, and recruitment. She will report to Norm Bilow, Co-founder and Managing … Continue reading “Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions”
Cutters Detroit promotes Grosjean Executive Producer Mary Connolly and Managing Director Kurt Kulas announced last week that Cutters Studios Detroit office has promoted Justin Grosjean to editor. Grosjean first joined the company four years ago as an intern. However, he was already in the global spotlight for creative production. In 2012, Justin and his twin … Continue reading “Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news”
The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival announced its winners Friday night and one of the films awarded was a Cutters Studios post project by writer / director Stephen Cone called Princess Cyd. The film was given “The Chicago Award.” A Chicago-based filmmaker, Cone is best known for 2015’s Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, which was hailed … Continue reading “Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest”
Award-winning production and post facility Cutters Studios hired or promoted a trio of talented women within the ranks of its Chicago office over the summer. Associate Producer Natalie Stone graduated from Columbia College in 2013 with a degree in Post Production and several credits — including producer, editor and director — on the award-winning documentary … Continue reading “Promotions and appointments at Cutters Studios”
Cutters Studios’ “Project For Good” is a companywide inspiration to get creative about dedicating time, talent and resources to create positive change in the world. The first cycle of the ongoing effort is explained in a four-minute film about Bootstrap Villages, a nonprofit organization devoted to building a community of “tiny houses” for the less … Continue reading “Cutters launches “Project For Good””
Longtime Chicago post house Cutters Studios announced the promotion of Dustin Kaufman to the position of editor, and the immediate launch of a new satellite studio in Kansas City, which Kaufman will lead.
“Dustin is extremely creative and visionary, but he is also one of the most driven, determined, hard-working individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Cutters partner and editor Matt Walsh shared. “He cannot help but create amazing things, no matter what circumstances surround him. He is also extremely fast, and hungry.”
On Sunday June 4, Cutters Editor Michael Lippert, debuted his new short film, Miriam is Going to Mars, at the prestigious film festival, Dances With Films.
The short, running time 15:30, is a lovely character study about a woman, Miriam, who suffers from Schizophrenia and attempts to escape her psychiatric ward by applying to the first manned trip to Mars.
I had a chance to sit down with Michael at the Chinese Theater’s Film Lounge and talk about his film, which stars Ann Stoneville, Chandra Michaels and Nathaniel Buescher.
On April 13, Cutters Studio Detroit (CSD) helped the Detroit Lions rally their fan base and earn national headlines by hosting a sensational “uniform unveil” event that was live-streamed by more than 300,000 viewers.
Cutters, with studios in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Tokyo, conceived and produced the entire media events behind the scenes of the fanfare which consisted of several brand films, a complete on-air graphics package and an experiential art installation.
There is no greater glory for an NHL player than to have their named engraved upon the holy grail of the sport — The Stanley Cup.
For the NHL’s 100th year, the league is celebrating not only its centennial but the Cup as well, which pre-dates professional hockey.
Spelling, an emotional new spot from Cutters Studios created by Baby Bear’s Porridge Productions and directed by Samuel Bayer, features 23 NHL greats whose names appear on the cup.
Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr and Jonathan Toews are among the legends in the cast.
Out of the 58 category winners at the 58th Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards held last Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 11 were production/non-broadcast companies whose programs aired on local television.
Among those non-station golden statuette awardees was post house Cutters Studios.
Award-winning Cutters commercial editor / partner Kathryn Hempel, who edited the internationally acclaimed video, “Like a Girl” for P&G’s Always/Leo Burnett, is one of four by Women in Film Chicago Focus Award honorees, Thursday, Jan.
Corks are popping at Cutters and toasts are being made in honor of assistant editor David Rubin and assistant audio mixer Mike Regan who won two out of the three Grand Prizes at the 2015 AICE international Camp Kuleshov competition.
For the last five years, Cutters has hosted a legendary Halloween costume party, aka “Blood Bath,” that had became so wildly popular that last year’s estimated 2,300 guests had to line up and wait outside the party venue to join the fun.
At Wednesday night’s 14th annual AICE Awards ceremonies in LA, Cutters and Optimus were voted the Best among US and Toronto editors and postproduction experts competing for the 32 winning slots.
Cutters Studios’ editors and designers in four of its offices made a big splash as finalists for the 2015 AICE Awards, ranking second only to Rock Paper Scissors in the number of nominations it received.
After a 15 year absence including 11 years working for a bicoastal editorial company, producer Heather Richardson decided it was time to come home. On Jan. 5 she joined Cutters Studios as one of two producers on the editorial side.
Cutters Studios’ 6th annual Bloodbath in Wonderland Halloween party, unquestionably the biggest private bash in the production industry, anywhere, was attended by an estimated 2,300 guests.
Cutters Studios and its design division Flavor were among four post houses that came away with top awards from the AICE Awards gala presentation in New York last Friday – one of them being “Best of Chicago” for an IBM spot edited by Michael Lipper for VSA Partners.
Cutters is doing Chicago proud in the 2014 AICE Awards by having scored seven nominations, out of 90 US/Canadian nominees in 30 categories. Cutters and Beast, with two finalists, compete for the Best of Chicago, and Cutters/Detroit made it into Best of Detroit.
The AICE Awards presentation will be made at Gustavino’s in New York, May 15.
Cutters’ Flavor design division expanded again to 12 with the addition of Flame artist Christopher Elliott, who moved after a 16-month stint at Utopic and a decade at Red Car Chicago, with the title of director of finishing at both.
Flavor has a staff of 12 with Elliott, its third Flame compositor and finishing artist, working alongside Elliott is Flavor’s third Flame composite and finishing artist, working alongside motion graphic and 3D artists.
Designer Claudia Chagui moved to New York from Chicago on Jan. 2 and barely had time to hang up her clothes before stepping into her new role as creative director and business lead for Hint, an experiential design firm.
AICE’S unprecedented election of co-presidents Cutters Craig Duncan and Poetica-New York’s Rachelle Madden of the eight chapter international organization represents the increasing complexities of the techno postproduction industry and finding ways to resolve those challenges.
Today’s the day that Cutters Studios officially throws open the doors of its fittingly stylish New York office down in trendy SoHo – the first Chicago post/production company to expand services in the advertising capital of the world.
Cutters’ executive producer Craig Duncan’s organizational and client relations skills and efforts in putting the post/production house on the expansion fast track over the past three years have earned him a partnership in Chicago’s biggest post/production company.
When he heard that L.A.-based SuperFad design studio had closed, Cutters Studios’ CEO Tim McGuire wasted no time in hiring SuperFad’s two highly regarded design specialists for Cutters’ newly revised design division.
IF ADVERTISING’S DARK SIDE is displayed in “Mad Men,” then CBS’ new series, “The Crazy Ones,” is a 180-degree turn to a sitcom made even zanier by the return of the original mad man, Robin Williams, who made his TV debut in “Mork and Mindy,” way back in 1978.
It was like coming home, a warm reunion of good friends and colleagues, for senior editor Louis Lyne when he joined the Cutters Detroit 10 days ago, reuniting with Craig Duncan, Cutters Studios’ executive producer and Mary Connolly, Cutters Detroit EP, who earlier had worked together at Griot Editorial.
CUTTERS HALLOWEEN PARTY Thursday night, one of the two biggest, must-attend parties of the year (along with AICP’s big night Nov. 15) expects a record-breaking 800 guests – 90% of them wearing costumes.
The party, themed as “Bloodbath on the Orient Express,” takes place at The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, starting at 6 p.m. The costume contest winners will be announced at 9:30 and the winner of the most outrageous/creative/daring costume will go home with a thousand bucks, second place winner with $500.
Cutters’ editor Ryan McGuire is a busy guy. Last Friday, he presided over the opening of Cutters new Tokyo office; on Monday he greeted his parents, Ellen and Tim McGuire, sister and brother who flew in from Chicago to attend his wedding Wednesday at a shrine in Kyoto.
Two years in the works, Cutters’ new office is, to the best of their knowledge, the only foreign-run post house in the Japanese market, which is second only to the US in the amount of TV spot production.
KUDOS TO CUTTERS for winning three top 2012 AICE awards at the ceremony held Thursday in Marina Del Ray Ritz Carlton. Editor Chris Hafner scored Best of Chicago and Best Automotive for Fiat 500 “Karl Abarth,” and John Binder of Another Country aced Best Sound Design for Allstate. Optimus Design won for Best Design for Craftsman.
In an a seismic personnel move, The Whitehouse’s A-list editor Matt Walsh, joins Cutters March 1 as a partner/editor. He becomes Cutters Chicago’s tenth editor and the total company’s nineteenth, among all its offices in Santa Monica, Detroit, Tokyo and Chicago.
Walsh had been with The Whitehouse for 11 years, starting as a runner back in 2001 and working his way up to assistant. In 2006, he was promoted to editor and has been blazing a trail ever since.
Cutters Detroit and sister company Moonlink are sharing the unique dual skills of new arrival Jim Talbot, possibly the only combination editor/DP among Detroit production/post companies. His addition brings Cutters Detroit’s editorial staff to five.
Award-winning Talbot, who is considered a very respected and high-end editor, joined the companies two weeks ago after a 21 year Detroit editing career.
Cutters’ current expansion knows no bounds. Chicago’s biggest post company has just implemented its L.A. operation with two high-profile editors and a Chicago-transferred assistant editor and shortly will be seeking Asian business for its new Tokyo office.
Already a part of the Detroit post scene with its partnership in RingSide Creative, newly established Cutters Detroit is creating its own identity in the Motor City’s multibillion dollar ad market in its own new offices in the RingSide facility in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park.
Cutters Detroit has a staff of six, headed by executive producer Mary Connolly, who was recruited from Griot Editorial, where she worked for 12 years, starting as a rep and moving to a producer’s position.
Tim McGuire’s Cutters, one of Chicago’s biggest and most established production/post houses, just got bigger. It finalized the acquisition last week of integrated media studio RingSide Creative, LLC of Oak Park, Michigan.
Cutters purchased RingSide in partnership with Detroit’s Steven Wild’s Wild Acquisitions and Brian Efrusy of RingSide, who continues as the company’s CFO.
For Cutters assistant editor Kristin Gerhart, volunteering is an important part of her life. Whether it’s working at PAWS Chicago or editing pro-bono PSAs, she is always giving time and talent.
But it wasn’t until a trip to the Dominican Republic, when she wandered beyond the resort gates and witnessed poverty that she knew she had to do more.
“I wanted to make a difference and I didn’t know where to start,” the 24-year old Columbia College graduate said.
Within the space of a year, post house executive Craig Duncan has come full circle.
Leaving Detroit’s multi-division Grace & Wild after more than a decade for single-service Red Car editorial, he’s now Cutters, Inc.’s newly appointed executive producer of Cutters Editorial, and also leads the company’s other divisions, Sol Design, Another Country, Dictionary Films and Picnic.
Duncan will work with long-time Cutters staffer, Cindy Duffy, who has been elevated from executive producer to director of post production of all five divisions.
Grant Gustafson, award-winning spot editor known for his high-profile work on Anheuser Busch brands, has joined Cutters, from a dozen years at The Whitehouse and its predecessor company, The Lookinglass.
Gustafson joined in mid-August as Cutters ninth Chicago editor and the fifth partner of the 25-year old post house. The move, he says, “felt like a good career move to branch out and expand my horizons.”
“It’s exciting to have Grant join us,” says Cutters founder/president Tim McGuire.
More than 450 guests crowded Cutters downtown facilities for its first Halloween party, one that assuredly will become an annual event for hosts Cutters, Sol Design, Another Country and Dictionary films.
Since the guests were mostly adpeople, their inventive costumes expressed their creativity to the hilt — with three guests, two from DDB, taking home serious cash prizes for their originality.
“Gene Simmons of Kiss,” a.k.a.
Cutters has the 2009 distinction of hosting AICE’s traveling trophy, courtesy of assistant editor Carl Schumacher winning the top prize in AICE’S recent Splice Capades challenge.
Originally called Trailer Park, the contest gives assistants the opportunity to display their editorial chops and win a passel of prizes, not the least being the traveling trophy engraved with Schumacher’s name.
About 125 editors and assistants, who staff the nine local AICE member companies, cheered the finalists and five winners at the Bottom Lounge in the West Loop.
Cutters partner/editor Kathryn Hempel was in the audience at the 8th annual Bicycle Film Festival in New York last weekend for the premiere of a doc she wrote, edited and post-supervised.
The doc, “Road to Roubaix,” about the 110-year old Paris-Roubaix race, was produced by two biking enthusiasts located in the Washington, D.C. area.
Cutters’ Christopher Gotschall edited the three Time Warner Cable services commercials that won a record total of 10 Silver Telly Awards for agency Mobium Creative Group.
The Time Warner campaign had to be exceptional, winning out of 14,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents for the 28th annual competition.
Mobium was a new Cutters client when it came to the post house and Gottshall last year. The comedy spots under the campaign title of “Sharing Your Passion with You,” dealt with the problems of small business owners and the solutions Time Warner offers.
WHO HE IS: Nadav Kurtz, editor at post-production house Cutters since January 2007. He’s working with Draft/FCB Chicago on 3 :30 commercial spots to air internationally and domestically in March.
HOW HE VIEWS HIS JOB: “It’s storytelling!
WHO HE IS: Tom Pastorelle, a senior editor at Cutters Editorial where he’s worked since 1993.
HOW HE VIEWS HIS JOB: As an editor for high-profile clients like Nike, Wrangler, McDonald’s and Michelob Ultra, he says, “It’s great to take all the parts of a project, from agency concept through processing of the film, and turn them into something more fully realized.”
PROS: “Working with great and interesting people, at Cutters and among our agency clients.” He’s also fond of the climate control in his edit suite.
CONS: The sales element.
Cutters’ owner/editor Chris Claeys is Chicago’s man of the hour. Maybe even a tiny footnote to White Sox history. The possessor of one of the most valuable mementoes of major league baseball.
He caught the ball Paul Konerko grand slammed into left field Sunday night to give the Sox the lead over the Houston Astros.
And so he was serendipitously positioned to catch Konerko’s grand slam, the 18th grand slam in World Series history.
The ball sailed over to left field to where Claeys was in the right place at the right time.
Director Vanessa Black signs with production company Picture North and embellishes their roster with authentic, sustainable, and impact-driven storytelling. “I’m very passionate in what people are up against and what drives them,” Black says. It was this focus that kickstarted her career in 2014 when she flew overseas to cover the youth behind the headlines … Continue reading “Director, storyteller Vanessa Black joins Picture North”
Highdive, Ad Age’s 2020 Small Agency of the Year and back-to-back winner of USA Today’s 2020 and 2021 AdMeter, premiered a new creative spot, directed by Lance Acord out of Park Pictures, for Jeep during last night’s Golden Globes. Titled “Earth Odyssey”, the spot marks the launch of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe as Jeep paves the … Continue reading “Highdive’s new Jeep spot is worth making noise about”
Chicago’s Ravin Gandhi made many people think he was crazy for shooting 100 Days to Live, an award-winning, suicide-based thriller debuting this week on Amazon, Apple and several other platforms. After pitching the film in 2017, the fledgling writer/director decided not only to finance the script that he had written, but also to temporarily relocate … Continue reading “Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature”
It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”
The Distillery Project (TDP) has created advertising campaigns for two national Presto Industries products. Spots for the innovative Stuffler Stuffed Waffle Maker and the Dorothy Rapid Cold Brewer launch this week and run through the holiday season. This is TDP’s first work for Presto, after winning a pitch in August of 2019, and the brand’s first campaign … Continue reading “The Distillery Project uses American ingenuity on Presto”
Best of the Midwest voted on by attendees as iconic ads are highlighted in benefit event for Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis food banks. The hors d’oeuvres were whatever you had on hand, the tinkling of cocktail glasses was done from afar and the applause was a bit muted, but that didn’t stop the Midwest advertising, … Continue reading “Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett”
One of the most exciting stops on the AICP tour happens every year in Chicago. It’s one of the few opportunities for those in production, advertising and film to gather together, share a cocktail or four and just hang. This year, with a pandemic raging and cases on the rise again, the AICP Midwest Show … Continue reading “AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19”
Flavor created a masterfully designed package highlighting some of the 16 total minutes of original content created for the 2020 AICP Post Awards… all accompanied by a brilliant score by Yessian. Building on the epic legacy of the AICE organization, which officially merged with the AICP in 2018, The AICP Post Awards continue to celebrate the artistry … Continue reading “Flavor creates masterful montage of AICP Post Awards”
When will what passes for ‘normal’ return? When will agencies be able to mount more traditional shoots? How does one make up for the missing synergy of the edit suite? And who’s missing lunch? These were some of the questions kicked around by the six Chicago agency executives from the creative and production ranks who … Continue reading “AICP takes ‘A Look Forward: Agency, Production & Post’”
AICP Midwest presents:A Look Forward Partners in Production: Agency, Production, Post Thursday, May 14, 20203pm CST via Zoom AICP panel discussion on navigating the road ahead when production resumes. AICP National Board Members/Moderators: Lisa Masseur, Executive Producer/Founder, Tessa Films, AICP Midwest Pres./National Board Craig Duncan, Managing Director, Cutters Studios, AICP National Board ALSO READ: AICP … Continue reading “AICP panel discussion on navigating the road ahead”
Aside from Oscar the Grouch, who would have thought that one day, taking out the trash would be the best time of your day? Many people are now using this time as a new form of entertainment – even as an opportunity to dress up. So, as a brand that exists to keep people Glad by bringing … Continue reading “Glad, FCB thank sanitation workers in new campaign”
Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”
Reel Chicago supports all efforts of those who are working, boots on the ground, to service their clients during these most difficult times. Below is a list of AICP Midwest members who are open for business, supplied by Lisa Massuer, AICP Midwest President. FROM AICP MIDWEST Collectively, the National AICP community has been working to … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”
Chicago-based Highdive Advertising reinvigorated an existential pop sensation through Groundhog Day, a commercial that became a classic before it even premiered during yesterday’s Super Bowl. In a fast-forward recreation of the identically-named 1993 film, the 60-second spot stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a weatherman caught in a kink of the space-time continuum. In scene … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of the Jeep ‘Groundhog Day’ spot”
The 8th annual Battle For Hope will return to the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville on May 14. Combining a live musical showcase with a jam-packed industry bash and one of the city’s most rocking fundraisers, the battle of the advertising agency bands has become a bacchanalian pre-summer tradition in the Chicago creative community. Besides live … Continue reading “‘Battle For Hope’ returns to Cubby Bear on May 14”
Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced that Chris Franklin, Owner/Editor at Big Sky Edit, will serve as the Chairperson of the 2020 AICP Post Awards. Franklin’s appointment marks the first time the association’s annual competition for excellence in the post production arts will adopt a chairperson structure for its judging panels and curatorial … Continue reading “Chris Franklin named AICP Post Awards Chair”
Every year the AICP chooses a local non-profit whose goal is to feed the hungry and homeless to sponsor during the season of giving. This year, AICP Midwest has chosen to team up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) by hosting both a traditional food drive-stationing drop off boxes around the city as well … Continue reading “AICP helps feed the hungry and homeless”
Every year, the annual 3% Conference transforms a highly professional agenda into a warm and spontaneous vibe. Inspired to change the fact that only 3% of agency creative directors were women at the time of its founding, the event offers a two-day program of panels, experts, and workshops that dives deep into the intricacies of … Continue reading “The eighth annual 3% Conference”
Optimus’ Kathryn Schade, Cutters’ Magdalena Hernandez, Another Country’s Logan Vines take first places in Graphics, Editorial, and Sound Design Camp Kuleshov, AICP’s annual trailer competition for assistants and junior-level employees at member companies, challenges entrants with re-imagining or reworking films by creating new trailers that cast the movie in a different genre than originally released. … Continue reading “2019 Camp Kuleshov Winners”
The dark harbinger delivers antique scrolls announcing an event with “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin FCB Chicago captured an airborne fantasy to help the Chicago Humanities Festival spread the word about its October 11 event, An Evening with George R. R. Martin. To advertise the engagement with the legendary Game of Thrones author, … Continue reading “FCB captures raven for Chicago Humanities Festival”
Visionary Artist assumes CG Supervisor role to heighten global superpowers The leaders from creative production studio Flavor are very proud to announce the addition of Joshua Studebaker to their Los Angeles staff in the position of CG supervisor. The announcement was made by Executive Producer Darren Jaffe. For more than eight years, Studebaker has been … Continue reading “Flavor adds Joshua Studebaker to L.A. staff”
It would seem that this new Minnesota Lottery campaign is using a ‘3-man rush’ scheme to hit us with their new advertising campaign. And it works. To promote a new Vikings scratch-off ticket, agency Periscope, the Minnesota Lottery and the Minnesota Vikings have come together to bring former defensive end Jared Allen back just in … Continue reading “Minnesota Lottery introduces us to Viking fan Jan”
‘3 PM Slump’ delivers the kind of quick humor that is destined for internet memehood Office workers succumb to a corporate form of zombification in Slump, a new spot by mcgarrybowen for P3 Portable Protein Packs. Stricken by the energy sapping late afternoon, they drop like dominoes in the elevator, at their desks, and all … Continue reading “mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign”
I did not know Hawkeye could sing. Avengers, Mission Impossible and Bourne star, Jeremy Renner, is now not only featured on screen in a new Jeep brand television campaign that but in the audio as well as all three spots use the actor’s music tracks. Thanks to Chicago boutique agency HighDive, I now know different. … Continue reading “Jeremy Renner stars in Jeep campaign by HighDive”
The Chicago nonprofit’s energetic fundraiser brought media pros together with young artists for an exciting night at the Ivy Room Free Spirit Media’s annual Focus event started out as a cocktail reception and turned into a rocking throwdown over the course of three hours last Thursday night. When it ended, the organization had collected over … Continue reading “Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus”
Final Cut Editor Jim Helton wins Best in Show Company 3 Colorist Tom Poole takes two, Bob Carr joins Hall of Fame Editor Jim Helton of Final Cut won the Best in Show at Thursday night’s AICP Post Awards gala held in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago. Helton took the honor for … Continue reading “Winners of the 2019 AICP Post Awards”
#DonateYourSmallTalk encourages people to mention foster care in everyday conversation FosterMore, a coalition of entertainment, media, business and philanthropic organizations working to deliver a better future for America’s foster care youth, kicks off today its #DonateYourSmallTalk campaign just in time for May National Foster Care Month. The premise for FosterMore’s #DonateYourSmallTalk is simple: talking about … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen creates new FosterMore campaign”
40-minute doc about classic North Carolina theater had its premiere on April 6 Longtime Cutters editor and Chicago filmmaker Michael Lippert has debuted a new documentary, Reeves: a Home for Music, at RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Lippert, who made festival noise three years ago with Miriam is Going to Mars, focuses … Continue reading “Filmmaker Michael Lippert back with new documentary”
Artists to be honored at 2019 show in Chicago’s Navy Pier on May 16th AICP today released the Shortlist for the 2019 AICP Post Awards, which will be presented on May 16 at Navy Pier in Chicago — tickets are now available. The competition, formerly the AICE Awards, honors excellence in a range of post … Continue reading “AICP Post Awards announces 2019 shortlist”
The Chicago native and former Bull gets a Hall of Fame style sendoff from Budweiser, VaynerMedia and Cutters NY Okay, Dwayne Wade and his Miami Heat soundly beat my Sixers the other night in his last home game. I suppose for a legend such as Wade (who also played for my Chicago Bulls), it was … Continue reading “This Bud’s for Dwayne Wade”
mcgarrybowen helps legendary spokes-pitcher break through a giant wall of ice and snow in new video As the world prepares for the epic final showdown of fire and ice, Kool-Aid Man is preparing for an epic showdown of his own — with a giant wall made of ice and snow. A video of the legendary … Continue reading “Kool-Aid Man Krashes epic video premiere”
Expert panel of music and advertising pros will review judging results, evaluate category winners and select “Best in Show.” The AMP Awards for Music & Sound has released the lineup for its 2019 Curatorial Committee. Selected by members of the AMP Awards Committee in consultation with AMP Awards Show Chair Katy Hornaday, EVP and Executive … Continue reading “AMP announces 2019 Curatorial Committee”
The select panel of editors, colorists, visual effects artists, directors and audio mixers will ensure work meets judging criteria and select Shortlist and Best in Show Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the makeup of the 2019 AICP Post Awards Curatorial Committee. The AICP Post Awards, part of AICP’s suite of competitions … Continue reading “AICP Post Awards announces 2019 Curatorial Committee”
Cutters Studios’ design partner welcomes Hollywood-savvy creative visionary to the Motor City mix Cutters Studios and its design / visual arts group, Flavor, are very proud to announce the addition of Creative Director / Designer Chadwick Halbritter to their full-time staff in Detroit. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios Detroit’s Managing Director Kurt Kulas. … Continue reading “Flavor Detroit adds Chadwick Halbritter full-time”
360 campaign featured a level of irreverence that enticed Zach Braff to come on board as narrator and director Hidden Valley Ranch’s new campaign “You Either Love It or You Really Love It,” which rolls out this week, is an exciting shift for Hidden Valley Ranch, as they celebrate the love consumers have for their … Continue reading “Hidden Valley’s campaign of love from mcgarrybowen”
With an abundance of simple yet passionate drama, the agency and the client add life to the #CareEnough initiative mcgarrybowen helped Hallmark Gold Crown travel down roads rarely taken by creating four new spots in support of the online and retail gift company’s #CareEnough initiative. Ranging from 30 to 120 seconds, the series features a … Continue reading “mcgarry brings ‘heartfelt authenticity’ to Hallmark spots”
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 company’s … Continue reading “Dictionary promotes Cody McGuire, adds Joe Kirkendall”
A monumental surprise will greet “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” fans when the show’s new main title sequence begins to roll. (Chicago / New York 13 — September 2018) Chicago creative entrepreneur Erin Sarofsky and the team at her eponymous production company designed and directed the new 20-second introduction for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. … Continue reading “Sarofsky creates titles for ‘Full Frontal w/Samantha Bee’”
Everyone’s favorite grandma returns with an encore that is Sweet N’ Spicy, just like her (Chicago — 27 August 20-18) McDonald’s and We Are Unlimited today launched a new campaign featuring Marianne, the McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Tender-lovin’ Grandma, who dishes out saucy advice while describing her affection for McDonald’s new Sweet N’ Spicy Honey BBQ … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited’s hilarious new campaign for McD’s”
The actor’s humorous performance embodies the brand’s straightforward approach to insurance “I like Dennis Quaid” is a line from a new Esurance spot that made me smile. Aside from the “prop apple,” it’s one of many reasons why the brand’s recent commercial by Leo Burnett — titled Surprisingly Painless — is Reel Ad of … Continue reading “Quaid makes commercial debut in new Esurance spot”
Galati’s arrival marks the latest in a series of new moves at Chicago-based production, post, and design company, Optimus (Chicago — 31 July 2018) Optimus today announced that Paul Galati is joining the leading production and post house as colorist. With the move, Optimus will once again be offering in-house color correction. “We’ve seen the … Continue reading “Optimus welcomes colorist Paul Galati”
The challenging trailer contest for assistants casts a wider net, with entries now accepted from production as well as post studios. (New York — 30 July 2018) Camp Kuleshov, the annual trailer competition named for the Russian film theorist Lev Kuleshov, has issued its 2018 Call for Entries. This year, the competition is open … Continue reading “2018 Camp Kuleshov Trailer Competition opens”
Leffel and crew filmed the activation on World Milk Day, handed the footage to Cutters for editing, and pushed out the video almost immediately. Recently, in celebration of World Milk Day, Craig Leffel of Big Spoon Industries produced both a short and long-form spot for the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) in Kansas City, … Continue reading “Leffel of Big Spoon stirs up milk with DFA spot”
Jeep drivers and passengers are met with impromptu adventures revolving around the same live OneRepublic show Gaaaaah! Sorry, that was my inner fan girl screaming at the notion that there is a national campaign with Grammy-nominated OneRepublic. Two-year boutique agency Highdive, led by former DDB creative execs Mark Gross and Chad Broude, … Continue reading “Highdive weaves stories of concert goers for Jeep”
Feature-length thriller, “Hunting God,” recently wrapped production in Savanna, Il, located just two and a half hours west of Chicago (Chicago — 4 May 4) Produced by JJack Productions and backed by investment group Chicago Media Angels, Hunting God follows a recent widower who, when reunited with his old church buddies to film … Continue reading “Chicago indie “Hunting God” wraps production”
Best in Show goes to Union Editorial’s Jim Haygood for Taco Bell’s Web of Fries, making him the show’s most-awarded winner. (Culver City — 10 May 2018) Editor Jim Haygood of Union Editorial won the Best in Show at tonight’s 2018 AICE Awards for excellence in the post production arts. Haygood was recognized for his … Continue reading “AICE Awards — 2018 winners”
A new spot for Hidden Valley Ranch by the Chicago office of mcgarrybowen flirts with the prospect of a cussword before pulling a switcheroo kinda thing. Family Shaker describes how food tastes awesome when it is sprinkled with the Original Ranch Seasoning Shaker, a handy new product that dispenses the classic flavor of Hidden Valley … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen spot for Hidden Valley Ranch is a BFD”
International editorial company Whitehouse Post is pleased to welcome award-winning commercial editor John Dingfield to their roster. A versatile editor known for cutting comedy, visual storytelling, automotive work, and six Super Bowl campaigns, John has been a fixture in Chicago for almost two decades. With an MFA in filmmaking and directing from Columbia College, … Continue reading “Whitehouse Post Chicago signs Editor John Dingfield”
The Chicago office of Company 3 has relocated to the 26th floor of 515 N. State, where it will operate from the same building that houses Cutters Studios. “We are very happy about this new location,” says CEO Stefan Sonnenfeld. “We fully intend to continue serving this very important region with Tyler (Roth) as the … Continue reading “Company 3 relocates to 515 N. State”
Beloved and respected editors with Hybrid, Cutters and Exile to be honored posthumously (Los Angeles, CA – April 10, 2018) Three West Coast-based editors whose lives and work made an impact on their colleagues, their clients and their peers are being honored with posthumous induction into the AICE Hall of Fame at this year’s … Continue reading “Bartoli, Hafner, Zumbrunnen to join AICE Hall of Fame”
Burnett & Samsung take home top commercial award from 16th annual Visual Effects Society Hot off the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards, comedian / author Patton Oswalt was back on the mic for the 16th annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Same location. Different awards. Wonder if he got a room. With … Continue reading “Leo B, Luci Creative, AICP in the news”
Leo Burnett’s first commercial for Serta’s new campaign uses Monty Python styled humor to make an effective selling point. Titled, Rick Blomquist, the spot relies on the narration of a very proper sounding Englishman who talks in an excellent John Cleese kind of way. With an undertone of authority, the voiceover helps set up a … Continue reading “Leo B launches first spot for new Serta campaign”
Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon Barry Burdiak, a nearly 30-year veteran of DDB Chicago, has left the agency to lead data-driven Epsilon Chicago as Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director. He’ll focus on new business efforts for new and existing clients. A mutiple Cannes Lion winner and Emmy nominee, he will report to a … Continue reading “Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon, other recent moves”
Every day in 2017 — when she was not meeting the responsibilities of a highly awarded film editor — Kathryn Hempel was committed to painting it as it goes. “Sometimes it was journalistic and sometimes it was random,” she explains. “It’s a great way to explore and practice as an artist.” Before 2018 rolled in, … Continue reading “Kathryn Hempel’s year of art”
Reel Chicago is loving the new McDonald’s work. Chrissy Teigen toplines a hilarious new national introduction of McDonald’s new $1 $2 $3 Menu led by AOR We Are Unlimited in close partnership with retail agency The Marketing Store, PR agency Golin, packaging and logo agency Boxer and multicultural agencies Burrell, Alma and IW Agency. According … Continue reading “Chrissy Teigen leads new McD’s dollar menu campaign”
Doner LA beefs up McDonald’s team Doner LA announced four senior hires following the recent consolidation of McDonald’s retail and local marketing, where Doner was assigned nearly 1,000 local partners to help bring big-agency strategic and creative firepower down to the co-op and franchisee level. Andrew Lamar joins Doner as a Multicultural Strategist, working across … Continue reading “New faces at Doner LA and Wonderful”
Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced yesterday that Robin Shenfield, Co-Founder and CEO of The Mill, will serve as Chairperson of the 2018 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. As Show Chair, Shenfield will oversee the AICP Show Committee, which is responsible for promoting and marketing the AICP Show, … Continue reading “Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show”
After joining AICP and AICE into a single association under the AICP brand, the newly formed organization announced that Craig Duncan, Managing Director and Partner of Cutters Studios Chicago, has joined the AICP National Board. “We’ve thought long and hard about how to advance our mission of support and advocacy for the post-production industry, and … Continue reading “Craig Duncan joins board of newly merged AICE/AICP”
We are Unlimited has released a batch of fun new work that, according to a spokeswoman, contains 30 pieces of original content from the agency. And they are perfect for those who have been calling for McDonalds to use buttermilk in their Crispy Chicken Tenders. Or just happen to have a Grandma fetish. Let’s go … Continue reading “Grandma gets a life in new McD’s spots”
To say that Seed Media Arts director David Rosen resorted to childish behavior on the set of a recent shoot is incorrect. That was his plan from the beginning.
“I’m a goofball,” he explains. “If I’m playful and spontaneous, then the kids are going to be playful and spontaneous as well.”
Working on a concept by DDB Chicago for global engineering firm Emerson, Rosen directed on-camera interviews with 70 kids aged five- to-sixteen-years-old in two separate locations over four days.
Shortly after Sum1 opened four years ago, the audio post and sound design boutique became known as an unofficial extension of the advertising agencies it served. Since moving into a customized studio at 180 N. Michigan Ave. earlier this year, that reputation is now just a few steps away from most of Chicago’s largest shops.
“No more hailing a ride, generating an expense report and producing a paper trail to get to and from our studios,” says producer / sound designer Shawn Ballman.
AICE changed up the rules for this year’s Camp Kuleshov trailer competition, which is accepting submissions until September 5th.
Since its founding in 2002, CK has invited assistant editors, assistant audio engineers and assistant graphic/vfx artists at AICE member companies to show what they can do in three specific categories: editing, graphic design and audio.
Brittany Wagner and Kait Staley — who co-created, co-wrote and co-star in the new dark comedy webseries, Raising Adults — are not afraid to shoot scenes that feature at least one of them using the bathroom. And they’re the mature members of the cast.
“The series follows two young girls raising their crazy, disabled parents,” explains Britt. “It’s all about their struggle to get by, reluctantly taking care of the ones they love.”
On May 22, The City of Chicago, along with Ogilvy Chicago, fired back a moving response to President Trump’s threats to take away funding for sanctuary cities, Chicago being one of them.
The fundraising campaign and website called, #ChicagoIsOne, seeks to remind Chicagoans that the immigrant story is everyone’s story.
The March 29 Ruth Ratny Memorial Celebration at Untitled Supper Club featured speakers from some of the most well known businesses and organizations in the Chicago creative community.
Mark Androw, Tom Duff, Craig Duncan, Julieanna Richardson, Barbara Roche, Roy Skillicorn and Joy Tillis were among those who grabbed the mic and shared personal memories of ReelChicago’s legendary late founder with the room full of people who turned out to celebrate her life.
Humorous stories, fond memories and sincere gratitude for Ruth L. Ratny were expressed by hundreds of guests who attended a memorial celebration in her honor at Untitled, the River North Supper Club, on Tuesday March 21.
In the course of her four-decade career, Ratny often boasted that she had “forged a community where none existed before.” The evening’s lineup of guest speakers proved those words to be true.
From advertising creatives to production companies to post houses, Ruth Ratny’s articles touched the lives of many and will forever hold meaning for them.
These are a few:
NAMES IN THE NEWS. Industry veteran Tom Fletcher, the former Fletcher Camera & Lenses executive, was named director of sales at Fujifilm’s optical devices division. In his new post, Fletcher, who has been consulting for the company for almost a year, will oversee sales and promotion of Fujifilm’s broadcast and cinema lenses in North America, reporting to division VP Gordon Tubbs and working out of a Lake Forest office.
Trade associations AICE and AMP (Assn. of Music Producers) have teamed up to launch PrePro, a new mentorship program to help local high school and college students explore careers in post and music for advertising.
The PrePro diversity program, open to students age 17 to 23, will kick off this coming semester in the active Chicago and New York chapters. Other chapters will follow as the year progresses.
IF YOU LOVED JOHN HUGHES’ MOVIES you’ll be especially engrossed in the first book ever written about the “philosopher of adolescence,” as Roger Ebert once called him. Jason Diamond, who like Hughes was a North Shore native and suffered painful teen years, has authored “Searching For John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned from Watching 80s’Movies.”
The top three winners of Tuesday’s annual Midwest Independent Film Festival’s (MIFF) “Advertising Community Shorts Night,” out of 17 finalists, will compete for MIFF’s “Best in the Midwest Awards” Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Rocket Bar & Grill.
First prize in the Shorts contest went to “Exonerated,” a look into the lives of five people who had spent 23 years in jail for crimes they did not commit. Chicago commercial photographer Andy Goodwin directed and Patrick Duffy of Cutters’ Detroit office edited.
“AN EVENING WITH VALERIE JARRETT,” a presentation of The HistoryMakers, the massive archive of interviews with notable African American leaders now part of the Library of Congress, airs on WTTW/11 today and tomorrow.
The interview with President Obama’s senior advisor about her rich life and career will air on national PBS in February. The program is dedicated in honor of Gwen Ifill, the late PBS media journalist who had hosted many HistoryMakers’ interviews in Washington, D.C. over the past 10 years.
The 7th annual Ad Community Shorts Night at the Midwest Independent Film Festival will screen Tuesday, Nov. 15 instead of its regular First Tuesday Nov. 1 date, deemed as being too close to Nov. 8 election night. They are:
“Hell,” John Malkovich reads Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” while illustrations depicting humans’ worst atrocities animate edited, graphics by Ryan Gilbert and sound design by Brian Leitner.
A wide swatch of Chicago post house assistant editors, graphic designers and audio mixers – 17 in all — were winners in the annual AICE international Camp Kuleshov trailer Competition among all AICE chapters.
Chicago chapter winners were announced Oct. 18 at the Fremont Chicago restaurant and nightclub in River North, attended by some 200 staffers of AICE Chicago’s 23 member companies. Aice. org
The 2016 Chicago/Midwest regional Emmy nominations were announced this week simultaneously in Chicago and Milwaukee this week – more than 200 recognitions in 41 categories of broadcast programming.
Winners will be announced at the 58th annual Emmy Awards ceremony Dec. 3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan.
Highland Park-based Bitter Jester Creative garnered six Crafts Achievement Off-Air category nods; October Productions scored three. On the broadcast side, Fox overwhelmed with a record 27 nominations.
VETERAN AD MAN RON BESS, who in August was named president/CEO of Hy Connect agency, was just appointed CEO of the agency’s ownership entity, Boston-based Myelin Communications, which bought the Chicago office of Hy Connect last year.
Four-year old Myelin, owned by Chicago’s Baird Capital, is a network of companies specializing in health and financial services. HY Connect’s accounts include Blue Cross Blue Shield and Indiana University Health.
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH and it kicked off with Schafer Condon Carter (SCC), The Ad Council and FEMA’s Ready Campaign of PSAs and online videos that help families to be prepared before emergencies like earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes occur.
This is the second year SCC has been involved with the Ready Campaign, advancing its 2015-produced 30-second “Don’t Wait Communicate” spot from traditional media to social media outlets.
Airing throughout NBC’s 2016 Rio Olympics coverage is McDonald’s new 60-second “better” Chicken McNugget spot, promoting the fast food chain’s decision to remove all artificial preserves from its Chicken McNuggets.
In the split screen depiction, a young boy (Zachary Rifkin)in the left screen growing up in the ‘80s interacts with a young girl (Echo Campbell) of the in present on the right screen, set to a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” sung by Iron and Wine.
Filmmaker / editor Gail Gilbert’s short film, thriller “Democracy in the Driver’s Seat,” will be one of 14 women-made shorts showcasing at the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s annual Female Filmmakers Night, Tuesday, Aug. 2.
The distinguished filmmakers have been at their craft for many years, are producing an impressive body of work and possess a large collection of prestigious international awards.
The entries are:
AFTER A FIVE MONTH REVIEW, Dallas-headquartered Epsilon won the estimated $24 million consolidated Del Monte Foods account from three incumbent agencies, to be handled by Epsilon’s Chicago-based team that includes chief creative officer John Immesoete.
Entrants in AICE’s 2016 international Camp Kuleshov trailer competition this year will compete for a prestigious new top award from the second annual challenge assistant to editors, mixers and graphic designers.
Assistants at any AICE member company (or freelance assistants sponsored by an AICE company) are invited to submit entries to any category, regardless of what discipline they work in.
Deadline for entries is Monday, September 12, 2016.
“We did ourselves proud last night,” says Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter president, “not only in award-winning but in putting on a great show” – the 15th annual AICE Awards at Navy Pier with an audience of 500.
Chicago had had three top winners out of the Awards’ 33 categories.
Best of Chicago was awarded to Beast’s Angelo Valencia for DigitasLBi spot for Whirlpool.
The Colonie won twice: Brian Sepanik for GrubHub / Tandem, Inc., in the Dialog / Monolog / spoken Word category and Keith Kristinat for 71 Degrees North / Chevy Trucks in the Spec Spot category.
TOP ECHELON CHANGES in the leadership team at Leo Burnett’s Arc have put Chris Cancilla into the US CCO seat. Karuna Rawal was promoted to Arc US president and Chief Strategy Officer of Arc Worldwide, while Bob Raidt was upped from global president to global CEO.
Cancilla will oversee 150 employees in Arc’s US office and has the responsibility for driving the agency’s creative culture. He reports to Britt Nolan, Leo Burnett new US CCO.
Competing against some of the best editorial/post talent in the US and Canada, Chicago companies made a stellar showing in the list of finalists for the AICE Awards May 12 at Navy Pier.
Optimus, Cutters, The Colonie, Beast and Particle/Comma have a combined total of 13 nominations out of 84 craft categories, and the Best of Chicago.
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.
THE TOP 2016 REGGIE AWARD, the Super REGGIE, selected from among 70 agency and brand winners for the best in marketing, went to FCB Chicago for its Valspar Paint’s “Color for the Colorblind” campaign, at April 20 ceremonies at the Westin Hotel attended by more than 300 guests.
Local agencies scoring 10 top prizes among 23 categories were Starcom MediaVest, four: two Golds and a Silver for REI and a Silver for Delta Faucet.
Arc Worldwide, three: A Bronze for P&G’s Always Discreet campaign, a Silver for Alcon and a Bronze for 3M.
A MCGARRYBOWEN CONTINGENT and Comma Music’s Managing Director Bonny Dolan are heading for SXSW for a Thursday, March 17 panel called “Inside Out: How Did This Song Get into That commercial.” Dolan shares the stage with the agency’s ECD Michael Straznickas, CD/writer Dave Reger, music producer Brandy Ricker and Steve Ross, director of content production.
NEW DISTRIBUTOR GRASSHOPPER FILM of LA has picked up VOD, digital and non-traditional rights to Maria Finitzo’s Kartemquin-produced feature doc, “In the Game.”
DDB Chicago’s Diane Jackson’s new title of Chief Production Officer is confirmation of management’s high regard for her being “formative in strategizing for the entire network,” as president/CEO Paul Gunning put it.
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.
The AICE Awards will celebrates their 15th anniversary in Chicago next spring, with the presentation taking place at Navy Pier, May 12, and the call for entries has gone out. Deadline is Monday, Feb.
With its new space in an historic Sears building in North Lawndale, Free Spirit Media now has five locations to help urban youth from under-resourced communities gain life, academic and professional skills through media production and journalism.
INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC’S LOSS is Rethink Studios’ gain. The CGI and motion graphic design studio hired Reni
The advertising community’s involvement in Off the Street Club dates back to 1902 when Frank Thomas, president of FCB’s predecessor agency Lord & Thomas, made the first donation to a struggling, West Side club for kids and persuaded his advertising colleagues to join him.
Linas Jodwalis’ new design-driven studio, Almost Gold, is striking gold with its collaboration with two well-established visual media experts, and will open its doors (literally) by Dec. 1.
Almost Gold’s 2,200-sq. ft. office at 1821 W. Hubbard, in the expanding Fulton Industrial Corridor, is in the final stages of a build-out and remodeling that Jodwalis is mostly handling himself.
Cutters Studios’ up-and-coming assistants were the big winners in AICE Chicago’s 14th annual 2015 Camp Kuleshov Chicago trailer editing contest, going home with a total of five awards.
There were two significant hires this week for recently-opened post and production studio Conspiracy.
“ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE” is the Illinois Lottery slogan, except perhaps for the actual possibility of Northstar, hiring an Illinois production company for its Illinois Lottery commercials.
Detroit’s Picnic New Media — aptly positioning itself as a go-to HTML5 production house — created a rich media project for Ford’s agency Team Detroit and the Ford F-150 pickup truck.
ENERGY BBDO’S NEW SPOT in its wildly successful Wrigley gum’s “Give Extra, get Extra” campaign, is “The Story of Sarah and Juan,” a 2-minute video currently playing on You
FCB CHICAGO’S NEW EVP/ECD is Susan Treacy, with more than 20 years of agency creative experience, who moved over from six years as Leo Burnett’s EVP/CD, where she oversaw a suite of P&G brands including the two-time Cannes-winning “Mean Stinks” platform for Secret Deodorant.
“Grace and Fortune,” a comedy short written by Lapiz SVP/ECD Fabio Seidl, is one of a dozen short films by some 30 filmmakers to screen at the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s annual Advertising Community Shorts program Tuesday, Oct. 6.
SPIKE LEE has no reason to apologize to Chicago politicians for titling his Chicago-set anti-violence feature “Chiraq” and he won’t stop highlighting gun violence in America.
Since opening for business three months ago, Conspiracy, Chicago’s exclusive all-4K production-through-post facility, is in the throes of expansion, having doubled its West Loop space for starters.
Camp Kuleshov, the competition for assistants at AICE editorial houses, has gone national. The uber best entries from among all AICE chapters will receive the national prize this fall in Chicago, where it was originated by Cutters’ editor/partner Kathryn Hempel in 2001.
DICTIONARY FILMS, Cutters’ production division, added a ninth director to its international roster of exclusive representation: tabletop director/DP Michael Ognisanti, whose commercial credits include Bud Light, Coors, Giant Eagle, Bobble and Golden Corral.
Women in Film/Chicago has elected a new president, who is a partner in a new post house, and five new board members to guide the organization over the next two years.
The winning combo of Leo Burnett and Another Country sound designer David Gerbosi, who has mixed every Allstate Insurance “Mayhem” spot since the agency introduced the concept in 2008, scored still another set of honors for their work.
Some 2,000 members of the advertising and production industries attended last night’s AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the 24th year.
How former gang leaders are helping to reverse the violence and keep the peace in South Central Los Angeles, known “as the gang capital of America,” is the timely subject of a documentary directed by former Chicago editor/director James Lipetzky.
Cutters’ Another Country sound design studio added audio mixed/engineer Peter Erazmus, who becomes the sound company’s fifth engineer as part of its expansion.
He joins the team of John Binder, Drew Weir, Erik Widmark and Dave Gerbosi, whom he assisted when they worked together at CRC.
Two baseball action spots, with real baseball players for Chevy, the official truck of Major League Baseball, were produced by One at Optimus for Leo Burnett Detroit and are airing now through the 2015 baseball season.
LEO BURNETT trumped the Chicago International Film Festival TV awards by scoring 18 – or almost half — of the 40 television commercial awards presented last Wednesday at a ceremony at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile Hotel.
Optimus’ traditional August Block Party this year could be the biggest of all in the previous 20 years, since it marks the company’s last such party in its present location.
AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS-ONLY meeting of Women in Film, Thursday, April 2, will them an opportunity to meet new Illinois Film Office director Christine Dudley, who will participate in a moderated Q&A session, starting at 6 p.m.
The venue is Cutters Studio, 515 N. State, where WIF president Megan Maples is executive producer of Cutters’ production division, Dictionary Films.
AN NBC NETWORK reality show will start filming in Chicago in July. Ellen DeGeneres’ company is producing eight episodes of “First Dates” with Shed Media, part of the alternative division at Warner Bros.
FOX TV IS SO PLEASED at the cooperation, professionalism and ease of working here on the smash hit “Empire,” that it sent production of two pilots here. They started shooting last Monday at Cinespace Studios and city neighborhoods and will wrap Friday, March 27.
Both pilots have women protagonists for a change of pace.
Reel Chicago is again posting job
opportunities. Allied Vaughn,
The History Makers and Columbia
College are seeking qualified
candidates for their new positions.
ALLIED VAUGHN SEEKS PRE-PRESS GRAPHICS TECHNICIAN
A NEW STAFFER for Utopic Editorial & Finishing, celebrating its fifth anniversary this month, is post producer Lauren Gray. The new position was created when executive producer Heather Mitchell’s overall duties increased.
BUSY WEEKEND, BUSY WEEK of events starts Thursday fright night as 2,500 guests (and counting) in costume congregate at the Bottom Lounge to attend Cutters’ “Bloodbath in Wonderland” annual Halloween party. And it’s no surprise that the event has been closed to RSVPs.
DAN WAYMACK, DICTIONARY FILM’S NEW DIRECTOR/DP filmed the entire Colorado town of Crested Butte, population, 1,500, for Bud Light/Energy BBDO’s “Up for Whatever” campaign, in which they painted the main route through the town bright “Bud Light Blue.”
The former Grace & Wild Studios in Farmington Hills that closed in October 2011, after more than 20 years of busy operation, is being incarnated as Studio Center and led by former Michigan Film Office director Carrie Jones.
The viral video phenomemen “#LikeAGirl,” for Leo Burnett client P&G’s Always brand has not only captured the world attention with 48 million YouTube hits to date, but it has garnered the first of what surely will become an avalanche of recognition.
Optimus assistant editor Aaron Porzel won the Grand Prize for Editing at the 4th annual 2014 AICE Camp Kuleshov Chicago trailer editing contest. The presentation last Wednesday at The Attic @ American Junkie was attended by 150 guests.
The contest, exclusively for AICE members’ assistant editors, assistant audio engineers and assistant or junior designer employees, received 58 entries.
Leo Burnett’s “#LikeAGirl” video for P&G’s Always brand has struck a nerve. Actually, it’s struck 36 million nerves. That’s how many people have seen it since its June 26 posting on YouTube. Of these viewers, 28,000 commented, including some mighty snarky and defensive comebacks from guys.
The Santa Monica branch of Flavor, Cutters’ creative design studio, spearheaded a massive live action and animation project for $21.4 billion global giant Arrow Electronics via Denver–based Karsh Hagan agency of Englewood, Colorado, delivering eight spots over six months of production.
The April 10 Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards will spotlight a Chicago-set and produced show by honoring actor Jesse Spencer, who plays Lt. Matthew Casey on NBC/Universal’s hit show, “Chicago Fire,” produced by Dick Wolf Films and heading into its third season.
AFTER 28 YEARS of heading the Directors Guild of America Midwest’s office, executive director Dan Moore will retire on April 30. No replacement has been named as of yet. Moore served approximately 450 members throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri.
COMIC SARAH SILVERMAN appears in a new Wrigley Orbit gum commercial from Energy BBDO that launches a new campaign that highlight’s Wrigley’s strategy to restore and grow the gum category by investing in its top brands. In the new US spot, the gum is positioned as a way to “break up with lingering food” and get that “just brushed feeling.”
Burke Moody, who has held the position of AICE executive director for eight years and has been actively involved with AICE almost since its founding in 1996, notified the AICE Board that he will leave the association mid-year.
A trailer for “Jupiter Ascending,” the Wachowskis latest action/adventure sci-fi epic, gives you a mouth-agape look at what is possibly their most jammed-packed visual effects epic out of their 22 films, to date.
Last week, the RETHINK STUDIOS’ staff settled into its handsome, spacious new design studio at 950 W. Fulton Market in the West Loop; a move that coincided with their third anniversary of business.
THE LATEST AWARD for the Illinois Lottery was the top “Batchy Award” bestowed upon its multi-faceted “Anything’s Possible” campaign by NASPL (North American Assn. of State and Provincial Lotteries) in the Corporate/Beneficiary category. It competed with submissions from 40 other US and Canadian lotteries.
ILLINOIS TOURISM’S SPOT featuring a miniature plastic “Mini Abe” guides viewers through the state’s popular attractions in Tourism’s new campaign with the apt tagline, “Be more spontaneous this fall,” produced for JWT/Chicago by Odd Machine, following its earlier “Mini Abe,” produced for airing on Oscar night when
A few years ago, Burke Moody, AICE’s New York-based executive director began hearing “bubbling under the surface” about agencies’ new bidding practices that pressured editorial houses for lower prices and treated creative editorial like a commodity instead of a critical part of successful commercials.
Then the bubbling erupted earlier this year when giant advertisers, like P&G, InBev and Johnson and Johnson, announced a new “extended payment” plan: paying supplier invoices 120 days or longer instead of the standard 30-60 days.
Last week, audio engineer Drew Weir of Vagabond Audio joined Another Country, Cutters’ sound division, while his wife and partner, Rise’ Sanders, opted to keep the Vagabond brand going and the office doors open to accommodate her clients for the seeable future.
Tuesday night’s Annual Ad Community Shorts program of 14 films vividly displayed the high quality and imagination of filmmakers who work in various capacities in agencies and production houses.
The 14 programmed films were so compelling, so good within their genres that the jury must’ve tossed coins to slot their final choices into traditional first-second-third places.
Whitehouse Post’s new editor, David Cea, will occupy a unique situation when he arrives here Oct. 1 to live and work in Chicago. He will stand alone as the first New York editor to put down roots here, from among the estimated 70 editors employed at Chicago AICE post companies.
What made the news of Optimus laying off a reported 10% of its staff so poignant was — this is the first time in memory that Optimus – or any other large, operational post/production company – had let a number of employees go at one time.*
The cutbacks primarily affect all Chicago post and production divisions within the company, and also its Santa Monica branch, to a lesser degree.
RingSide Creative’s new senior editor, Karl Raush, one of the foremost editors long form, big multi-screen displays for the automotive industry and shows – primarily for Buick, commercials, corporate communications and documentaries, moved over after 17 years with Forest Post in Birmingham.