BBDO OPTS OUT. BBDO declined to participate in the review for Tourism’s $12 million account. Agency CEO Tonise Paul said “agency resources could be better utilized serving other areas of our business.” But she also predicted BBDO would be back in the travel and tourism business within a year. No count yet of the number of agencies soliciting the business. An announcement will be made in December. FCB and O&M were past Tourism agencies.
The Chicago HD equipment scene was greatly enhanced the purchase of a $125,000 Panasonic D5 cinema mastering recorder by Zacuto Rentals “of everything HD,” said Steve Zacuto.
Panasonic’s D5 is one of the few mastering recorders to enter the U.S. rental market. “We like to buy equipment we think the market is looking for,” Zacuto said. “We like items that are in very short supply.”
Many large post houses have the D5 master recorder, he noted. “But only one other rental facility in the U.S.
A crew from Sound/Video Impressions is in Las Vegas on a fast-paced, weeklong shoot-and-edit assignment for long-time client At Home America, the people who host home furnishings parties.
SVI president Bill Holtane and Sue Holtane, editors Chris Steward and Mindy Hilt and makeup artist Cindy Surman (for the principals onstage) are working out of the MGM Grand, where At Home America is holding a sales meeting, award program and other activities for 1,500 attendees.
The SVI team spent two days in preproduction and to set up an Avid shipped out by Roscor.
IFO director Brenda Sexton made news earlier this month when she attended the “Legally Blond 2” premiere in Springfield. Here’s the story as reported Downstate earlier this month by Doug Finke, statehouse reporter for the Springfield Journal-Register.
Critics may not think much of “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” but it has Illinois officials jumping for joy.
Since part of the film was shot in Springfield and it opened last week, it gave officials an excuse to talk up the new tax breaks available to movie companies that film in Illinois.
Sound work is humming along at Cerny/American Creative, with spot business remaining strong and a growing emphasis on feature films.
“We’ve been doing a lot more sound to picture work, though we still do some of the best radio in the country,” said JoBe Cerny, president of the 16-year-old shop. “We’ve been concentrating on bringing in more feature work.