Leo B, Luci Creative, AICP in the news

8+ 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. … Continue reading “Leo B, Luci Creative, AICP in the news”

Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show

10+ 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 … Continue reading “Mill CEO Robin Shenfield to chair 2018 AICP Show”

Craig Duncan joins board of newly merged AICE/AICP

10+ 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, … Continue reading “Craig Duncan joins board of newly merged AICE/AICP”

AICP Next Awards at Siskel Film Center

4+ The AICP Next Awards will offer much more than a screening of new and experiential media on Monday night. Beginning with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., the event’s inaugural run at the Gene Siskel Film Center expects to draw hundreds of professionals and supporters from Chicago’s advertising, film, visual effects and post-production … Continue reading “AICP Next Awards at Siskel Film Center”

Chance The Rapper, Sandro Miller propel AICP Next Awards

There are certain things you can be sure of when you’re attending an AICP event in LA.

You will see the coolest glasses collection this side of a designer optometrist on Rodeo Drive. You will dance to a DJ spinning old school songs that are so ancient, the sperm and egg that created him had not even connected at the time the song were actually popular. You will see beautiful women killin’ it so hard in their cocktail dresses that they deserve to be ranked by Entertainment Weekly and People’s Red Carpet reporters.

And beards, lots of beards.

AICP Leads Commercial Production Seminar

Chicago Producers, Production Supervisors, their assistants and Coordinators now have a chance to gain valuable information and updates on live and digital productions at the first-annual AICP Commercial Production Training Seminar.

Already offered in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Atlanta, the weekend seminar will feature four breakout sessions taught by commercial production specialists in the city.

AICP showcased 13 diverse future spot directors in LA

AICP’S INAUGURAL DIVERSITY SHOWCASE, the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) was held Wednesday night, Jan. 11 at LA’s Directors Guild of America Theatre.

Participating were 13 highly qualified, unsigned directors out of 122 applicants. There were eight women and five men. Four work in LA and four in New York. None were from Chicago.

AICP’s new NDA protects members in bidding process

The AICP has updated its Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) following a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into production and postproduction bidding practices to determine if ad agencies have been unfairly directing business to their in-house production/post departments over outside vendors.

The NDA, issued to AICP member companies, recommended that they use it (or a similarly worded document) before submitting bids to any agencies and/or cost consultants on behalf of marketers, according to New York-based Shoot.

AICP, DGA’s diversity program for spot directors

Having recognized the scarcity of minorities and women in the commercial industry the national AICP and DGA united to launch the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) to increase their ranks.

Its goal is to grow the number of minority and women directors in commercial production and hence add diversity to DGA membership.

Quriosity’s Lumpkin producing the AICP Show

When Quriosity senior producer Jennifer Lumpkin attended her first AICP Show at the Cultural Center four years ago, she was “overwhelmed” and remembers thinking, “It was gorgeous and so inspiring.”

On Thursday, Nov. 17, she’ll be at the show as a co-producer.

Lumpkin, one of several volunteers who worked on the show, planned to shadow five-year executive producer Gayle McCormick this year and assume the lead role in 2017, when McCormick steps down to accommodate her growing responsibilities as executive producer at Ogilvy.

Burnett winner of two AICP Next Awards, here Nov. 3

The AICP Next Awards, an extension of the AICP Show that traditionally climaxes a year of special events in Chicago, screens Nov. 3 at the AMC 600 N. Michigan Ave. theatre.

Optimus executive producer and freelance spot producer Marsie Wallach are producing the Chicago Next Awards that honor winners of “the most innovative work in alternative media projects,” says AICP/Midwest president Mark Androw of STORY.

Androw reelected president of AICP/Midwest a third time

The Chicago-headquartered AICP / Midwest has elected new officers and board beginning Oct 1 for a two-year term, with Mark Androw of STORY reelected for a third term as president.

AICP / Midwest is one of seven regional chapters. Its membership consists of 22 General Member and 24 Associate Member companies.

The newly elected officers, in addition to Androw, are freelance producer Marsie Wallach as vice president, who is new to the board, and Essanay Studios’ Wayne Kubacki, returning for his second term as treasurer.

AICP trains 30 PA recruits for “the real world on set”

Thirty potential production assistants learned what working on a film set and location was all about at AICP Chicago’s annual PA Training Session, held last Saturday at Essanay Studio & Lighting.

The diverse recruits were brought into “the real world on set” by 17 film professionals – called “the best in the business” by AICP chapter president Mark Androw of STORY – organized by freelance commercial producer Marsie Wallach and Dictionary Films’ EP Meghan Maples.

AICP expects 300 guests at annual social event, 4/7

MEET. DRINK. TALK. — that’s the official title of AICP-Midwest’s popular annual event held exclusively for Midwest agency, commercial production and editorial professionals Thursday, April 7 at The Underground.

More than 300 guests are expected from AICP member production companies and their agency clients, “to eat, drink and “talk face-to-face in a comfortable, casual environment,” notes Stan Glapa, Cineverse rentals manager and a member of the event planning committee.