Jack Daniels, Energy BBDO respond to social distancing

With social distancing the new normal, due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, many brands are now looking at their marketing and developing new strategies to reach their consumers. Our sister publication, REEL 360, has looked at McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. Now, a Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey film shares the new reality we are all facing … Continue reading “Jack Daniels, Energy BBDO respond to social distancing”

Jack Daniel’s makes first global campaign count

Guess Jack Daniel’s always wanted to do this. In a historic move, the whiskey brand is introducing its first truly global creative campaign, “Make it Count.” The campaign showcases a new way of thinking for the 154-year-old brand that celebrates the people who drink it. As a global brand that wanted to fuel its iconic … Continue reading “Jack Daniel’s makes first global campaign count”

Jack Daniel’s, Cult Creative issue call for Artists

Chicago get ready for Art, Beats and Lyrics (AB+L), the national urban art and music tour presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Cult Creative, kicks off its 16th year with a call for artists contest. AB+L started as a local art show in Atlanta and has grown to support visionary artists and musicians who values of … Continue reading “Jack Daniel’s, Cult Creative issue call for Artists”

Jack Daniel’s & BBDO launch ‘Crash the Couch’ music fest

Jack Daniel’s is bringing artists straight to living rooms everywhere with “Crash the Couch,” a virtual music festival streaming August 14-15 at 8 p.m. ET in support of musicians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, Cold War Kids and Nathaniel Rateliff will headline.  Jack Daniel’s first ever virtual music festival … Continue reading “Jack Daniel’s & BBDO launch ‘Crash the Couch’ music fest”

The Mill creates VR video for Jack Daniel’s via FCB

FCB / Chicago and The Mill today released a fully immersive VR 360-degree experience on YouTube 360 for client Jack Daniel Distillery on the 150th anniversary of America’s oldest distillery.

“This new technology is a way for us to celebrate the Jack Daniel Distillery with fans everywhere and to give them a better perspective of the care that goes into making Jack Daniel’s here in the Tennessee Valley,” notes Master Distiller Jeff Arnett.

Art Director Anthony Palermo joins Almost Gold

Chicago-based Almost Gold welcomes seasoned creative Anthony Palermo as the studio’s Art Director. Palermo is a seasoned creative who has collaborated with countless brands, agencies, and creative studios to visually shape ideas with striking effect. The addition of Palermo is part of Almost Gold’s strategic growth, in which he will play a key role in … Continue reading “Art Director Anthony Palermo joins Almost Gold”

Optimus promotes Dave Buehrle to Executive Producer

Leading production and post house Optimus today announced the promotion of Dave Buehrle to executive producer, adding this title to his head of production role. As EP | Head of Production, Buehrle will lead Optimus production arm One at Optimus, working in close collaboration with Director of Sales Tim Jacobs on all production projects.  “This promotion is testament to … Continue reading “Optimus promotes Dave Buehrle to Executive Producer”

Energy BBDO uses drones to film Woodford Reserve

Nothing says, “May” more than the annual running of the Kentucky Derby. Originally slated to run May 2, the 146-year-old derby will now be postponed until September 5 due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the first time the race won’t be held on the first Saturday in May since 1945. At the time … Continue reading “Energy BBDO uses drones to film Woodford Reserve”

Uncle Ben’s stays close in new work from Energy BBDO

As we’re all experiencing, finding ways to stay close and connected are more important now than ever, though it looks a lot different today.  Uncle Ben’s has long stood for the importance of bringing people together through food – the meaningful moments that come from cooking and the lasting impact of enjoying mealtimes together.  The brand along … Continue reading “Uncle Ben’s stays close in new work from Energy BBDO”

Almost Gold shines with major expansion

Chicago-based production studio celebrates five years of creativity Design-driven production studio Almost Gold is excited to unveil a major expansion of both environment and talent. In addition to production, animation, and motion graphics capabilities, Almost Gold now offers editorial, color, finish, VO recording, and audio mix in its newly completed East Wing. The expansion comes … Continue reading “Almost Gold shines with major expansion”

The Escape Pod unveils new leadership team

“To help our clients win, we need to make sure our leadership team is the best in the business.” – Norm Bilow, Escape Pod Big moves are happening at indie agency The Escape Pod. The agency announced its new leadership team. This news includes Derek Sherman who has been appointed Executive Creative Director, Tyler Moore … Continue reading “The Escape Pod unveils new leadership team”

FCB Chicago promotes Lisa Bright to EVP, ECD

New executive creative director has been recognized as one of the most creative women in advertising Congratulations are in order for FCB Chicago’s Lisa Bright. The agency announced she has been promoted to EVP, ECD. In this role, she will continue to report to FCB Chicago’s chief creative officer Liz Taylor, while overseeing all creative … Continue reading “FCB Chicago promotes Lisa Bright to EVP, ECD”

Orbit keeps dating game clean with a Dad chat

Energy BBDO teamed up with Orbit to help Americans navigate the 2020 dating scene. Dating in 2020 has become the wild wild West – people think anything goes. That’s why under Orbit Gum’s latest ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign, the brand is giving fans advice on how to clean up their dating game in its newest … Continue reading “Orbit keeps dating game clean with a Dad chat”

Hyde Park Jazz Fest announces free online “JAZZ KITCHEN”

Hyde Park Jazz Festival announces free online program “JAZZ KITCHEN: A Conversation Series Celebrating Food and Jazz” In Chicago, Our most cherished institutions, celebrations and rituals are marked by the presence of music and particular foods. From the rent party to the chitlin circuit, from Mardi Gras to the neighborhood wake, good food and jazz … Continue reading “Hyde Park Jazz Fest announces free online “JAZZ KITCHEN””

Woodford Reserve launches ‘Spectacle for the Senses’

Created for the Kentucky Derby, of which Woodford is the presenting sponsor, the campaign highlights the 200+ different flavor notes in the bourbon. Woodford Reserve is more than a spirit. It’s a spectacle. This sentiment is the driving force behind Woodford Reserve’s new campaign “Spectacle for the Senses.” Developed as the first platform launch between … Continue reading “Woodford Reserve launches ‘Spectacle for the Senses’”

LÜM adds virtual gifting system to music streaming

LÜM, a Madison-based tech startup that’s revolutionizing the way artists and fans stream and discover new music, has closed a Seed II round of funding. LÜM will continue its innovative launch of the first virtual gifting system implemented to help the development and profitability of independent artists in the music streaming industry. Over the past … Continue reading “LÜM adds virtual gifting system to music streaming”

Miller Lite is bringing International Beer Day stateside

It may not be easy to travel internationally to celebrate International Beer Day on Friday, so Miller Lite is celebrating stateside. On August 7th, consumers in 80+ cities named after countries can claim a free beer to make it Miller Time.  “We know that summer travel looks a little different this year, and for many beer … Continue reading “Miller Lite is bringing International Beer Day stateside”

Slang Music Group launches a Vault of licensable tunes

Legendary composer Vince Lawrence and his “comrades around the world” tap a motherlode of music for advertising and film   Slang Music Group packed thousands of leasable songs into a digital layout that operates like a record store to create the Slang Music Vault, a moderately priced collection of customized tracks officially launching this week. … Continue reading “Slang Music Group launches a Vault of licensable tunes”

“America to Me” sparks a national conversation

“White people have to more than just think that it’s okay to not act in a racist way … they actually have to actively do something” Director Steve James America to Me explores a national crisis, but that’s just the beginning. The ten-part docuseries, premiering August 26 on the Starz Network, is a call to … Continue reading ““America to Me” sparks a national conversation”

The Reel Black List: Vince Lawrence, Music Legend

Vince Lawrence, a Chicago-born dance music producer and businessman, is one of the leading innovators of the genre known as “house music.” Industry insiders recognize Lawrence as co-author of “On and On”, the first recording of the genre and producer of many other hits in that area. If you know Chicago House Music, you’ve definitely … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Vince Lawrence, Music Legend”

Terrence Howard records “Empire” finale tune at CRC

It wasn’t too long ago that giant recording studios were the norm in Chicago. There was Streeterville, Universal and Paragon.

Now? All gone. But still left standing is CRC. Recently, the recording studio has provided ADR and mixing for films including Hidden Figures, Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight as well as numerous commercials and podcasts even.

If you ask CRC business affairs director, Dave Dakich, CRC’s continued success is due in part to their constant mix of music artists, films and commercials.

“Empire” wraps season 2, will resume filming in July

TV UPDATE. “Empire” has wrapped its second season, with elegant scenes filmed at the Drake Hotel that lit up Michigan Ave. the past two days.  Fox TV’s hit series is expected to return to Chicago in July to start filming 18 episodes for season three.  

17 Non-broadcasting entries vie for 2011 Emmy Awards

Come November’s 2011 Emmy Awards ceremonies, a very large number of broadcasting persons and entities among scores of contenders, will take home a coveted Emmy statuette as winners in 27 Outstanding Achievement categories.

Of those 27 categories, 15 will honor achievements in programming, commercials and crafts produced by 17 local and regional production companies other than broadcasters, as shown below. 

Elizabeth Geddes closes talent agency, moves to L.A.

“It’s an end of an era,” said Stewart Talent agent Sam Samuelson of the Sept. 15 closing of the Chicago office of the Geddes Agency, run by Elizabeth Geddes after 44 unbroken years of business.  

He and others in the talent community said the departure of Elizabeth Geddes, called by her peers “a classy lady with enormous integrity,” will leave a vacuum in the talent scene.  “Hopefully the traditions she set will continue on with our generation of agents,” he said.

June 21 Hip Hop Summit tells how to get in the game

The multibillion dollar Hip Hop industry is thriving. An entrepreneur who plays his cards right can hit the jackpot. Hopefully, he will share that wealth with his community. 

That’s the message that will be conveyed June 21 at the Hip Hop Summit sponsored by Rainbow Push at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.  

John Mitchell, Rainbow Push’s chief of staff, expects entrepreneurs between age 18 and 35, who are trying to break into hip hop, to attend. 

IFO staffer injured in taxi accident

JOYCE KILBURG, the Illinois Film Office’s diversity officer, was seriously injured Wednesday night when the taxi she was riding crashed into a tree. She was heading home after attending the Vince Vaughan premiere. Call the IFO, 312/814-3600 for updates.

DIRECTORS AND STARS will add more glitz and glamour to the 45th Chicago International Film Festival opening tonight through Oct. 22. Tonight, Uma Thurman (“Motherhood”) leads the parade down the red carpet.

Others expected are director John Woo scheduled for Oct.

Green’s indie feature starts
self-distribution route in Chicago

John Mahoney and Ian Gomez star in Terry Green’s “Almost Salinas.”

Could ‘Super Sucker’ usurp Super Bowl Sunday?

Not everyone is a football freak glued to his TV set on Super Bowl Sunday, reasoned independent filmmaker Jeff Daniels and his managing partner, Bob Brown, of Purple Rose Films. So why not capitalize on Midwesterners who would rather get out of the house and take in a good movie.

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