Droga5, BBDO, Chiat, SMUGGLER lead AICP Shortlists

The AICP Awards today released the Shortlists for the 2022 editions of its three competitions: The AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial, the AICP Next Awards and the AICP Post Awards. The Shortlists are the results of a bifurcated judging system that began earlier this year with a series of panels with … Continue reading “Droga5, BBDO, Chiat, SMUGGLER lead AICP Shortlists”

BBDO, Smuggler win Emmy for ‘Back to School Essentials’

On Saturday, September 19, Sandy Hook Promise, Smuggler Productions, and BBDO New York were honored with the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial of 2019 for “Back-to-School Essentials,” the short film that gives voices to students’ fears that school shootings have become the new normal. The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences selected this PSA over … Continue reading “BBDO, Smuggler win Emmy for ‘Back to School Essentials’”

Music video auteur Allie Avital signs with SMUGGLER

SMUGGLER has announced the signing of New-York born Allie Avital. Avital’s work has a reputation for being both visually arresting and conceptually bold and original. She is an ambitious and exciting film maker that the company believes will bring a clear voice and an assured and definite talent to their roster. SMUGGLER has always been … Continue reading “Music video auteur Allie Avital signs with SMUGGLER”

AICP reveals election results for National, Regional Boards

AICP will kick off 2023 with new faces in leadership roles at two of its largest chapters, as the Association reports on the membership of its National and Regional Boards. With results of its recent leadership elections finalized, the makeup of the National Board remains the same. Yvette Cobarrubias of Cosmo Street, Gloria Pitagorsky of … Continue reading “AICP reveals election results for National, Regional Boards”

American Family Insurance’ s end of year spots

American Family Insurance has just released the latest commercials in its long-running “Insure Carefully. Dream Fearlessly” campaign.  The campaign, which has been on air since 2015, demonstrates how any dream is possible with the right support. The two new spots, “Champions” and “Marching Band,” tell the stories of two young girls – each with their … Continue reading “American Family Insurance’ s end of year spots”

Upwork tells us the old ways of working are dead

From the advent of electricity and automobiles to mobile phones and computers, humanity has always pushed forward when it recognizes some entrenched facet of life is now obsolete. The latest campaign from the world’s work marketplace, Upwork, and lead creative agency Alto New York address what is arguably the biggest change in how we work since the … Continue reading “Upwork tells us the old ways of working are dead”

Emmys: Beatles and Sandy Hook win big on Night One of Creative Arts Awards

On Saturday, The Television Academy presented the first of its two 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievements in television at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. In what looked more like the VMAs or the Grammys, the ceremony, which kicked off the 74th Emmys, awarded many talented artists … Continue reading “Emmys: Beatles and Sandy Hook win big on Night One of Creative Arts Awards”

Sprite delivers a slam dunk with Apache

When you change the iconic color of your bottle like Sprite, you hire the best colorist. I know this because I just worked with Apache on my short film, Storage. They are wonderful. Shout out to Jennifer Gaida! Anyway, I digress. For this Reel Ad of the Week, Apache’s Quinn Alvarez worked on the new … Continue reading “Sprite delivers a slam dunk with Apache”

Succession, Ted Lasso, Euphoria lead 74th Emmy noms

This morning, the 74th Emmy nominations were announced during a live virtual ceremony was hosted by JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. Succession holds this year’s top spot with 25 Emmy nominations followed by Ted Lasso and The White Lotus (20), Hacks … Continue reading “Succession, Ted Lasso, Euphoria lead 74th Emmy noms”

Creativity abounds as EDITBAR makes moves

Boston’s EDITBAR has announced the representation of three new editors whose work encompasses many genres with story at the heart of each collaboration. Jacks Genega, Louie Cohen and Jon Daniel bring their signature talent to the creative editorial company’s roster of Britt Bellamy – who made waves with her recent contribution to PUMA’s global campaign … Continue reading “Creativity abounds as EDITBAR makes moves”

Cannes Lions: DDB, FCB, Dentsu, Burger King win

In the final Awards Show of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the following Lions were presented live on stage: Film Lions, Glass: The Lion for Change, Sustainable Development Goals Lions, Titanium Lions. Special awards were also announced. Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS commented: “Cannes Lions is a global platform, and it’s been an incredible week, as … Continue reading “Cannes Lions: DDB, FCB, Dentsu, Burger King win”

Cannes Lions: Day Two Winners Announced

Cannes Lions announced its second day of winners in a live Awards Show in Cannes, France. Winners in the Industry Craft Lions, Digital Craft Lions, Film Craft Lions, Design Lions, Entertainment Lions, Entertainment Lions For Music and Entertainment Lions for Sport were all announced.  The Film Craft Lions, celebrating onscreen artistry, received 1,711 entries. The jury … Continue reading “Cannes Lions: Day Two Winners Announced”

Droga5, BBDO, Burnett, Mill among AICP winners

Winners for the 2022 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial, the AICP Next Awards and the AICP Post Awards premiered earlier in the week at AICP Week’s Base Camp venue at the Angelika Theatre. The top prizes in each competition – the AICP Show’s Advertising Excellence and Advertising Excellence/Campaign winners, the Next … Continue reading “Droga5, BBDO, Burnett, Mill among AICP winners”

CDDP announces finalists and 5 new fellows

Tamika Lamison, Executive Director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP), today announced the five Fellows who have each been awarded $25,000.00 stipends to produce spec spots during the Program’s 2022 cycle. The Fellows are: MG ‘Grace’ Evangelista, Alexander Gilbert, Rhym Guisse’, LJ Johnsn and Andrew Rhee. According to Lamison, almost 700 Directors applied to … Continue reading “CDDP announces finalists and 5 new fellows”

Monster leaves old ways of working behind

The workforce, and workplace, have changed forever. Long commutes and inflexible work hours look like remnants from an ancient past. Monster’s latest brand campaign, created by our friends at Arnold Worldwide, taps into the sentiment that the old ways of working are relics from the Dark Ages and a new era of job search has … Continue reading “Monster leaves old ways of working behind”

Epoch Films expands to the UK

Award-winning bicoastal US commercial production company EPOCH FILMS, today announces its expansion to the UK.  Alongside company Founder Mindy Goldberg, and partners Melissa Culligan and Martin de Thurah, Epoch’s London office will be helmed by former Smuggler Director of Talent Megan Campbell and former Tony Kaye Films, Stink, and Smuggler producer Nick Fewtrell. Campbell has been appointed … Continue reading “Epoch Films expands to the UK”

MJZ, anti-gun campaigns from Burnett and BBDO win big at shots Awards

Last night, the shots Awards held The Americas Ceremony in Hollywood. Production company, MJZ, along with work anti-gun violence creative from Leo Burnett, BBDO and States United to Prevent Gun Violence came away the big winners. With the pandemic causing the previous last two awards shows to go digital-only, this celebration of creative campaigns from North and … Continue reading “MJZ, anti-gun campaigns from Burnett and BBDO win big at shots Awards”

ACLU launches ad campaign against abortion bans 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is launching an ad campaign to energize activists ahead of an expected decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that could strike down the core of Roe v. Wade.  A new hard-hitting ad from purpose-driven agency OBERLAND that reframes the issue as a battle between government-mandated forced pregnancy and reproductive … Continue reading “ACLU launches ad campaign against abortion bans “

AICP National Board elects new officers

The AICP National Board of Directors elected a new leadership slate at its 2021 year-end meeting. Lisa Mehling, Owner/President of CHELSEA, was elected Chairperson and Tabitha Mason-Elliott, Partner/Head of Production, at BARK BARK was elected Vice-Chairperson. Additionally, Robert Fernandez, CEO of Moxie Pictures, was re-elected Treasurer. Mehling previously held the post of Vice-Chairperson, and is … Continue reading “AICP National Board elects new officers”

Surprise! These are Christmas movies, too

Christmas is this week and not everyone is into the same old, typical Christmas romantic comedy tropes or the “feel good”, heartwarming “spirit of the season” sappy films with a moral to the story. Sometimes, you just want to sit down and pass the time watching quality films that might take place around Christmas, but … Continue reading “Surprise! These are Christmas movies, too”