Burrell teams up with The Colonie in campaign for “Toyota Highlander”

5+ The exploits of the fun-loving fictional ‘Powell Family’ are featured in the engaging social media + broadcast campaign Burrell’s new multi-platform social media and broadcast campaign for Toyota centers around the fun-loving fictional Powell Family and ‘slice of life’ moments that inspire spontaneous family adventures enjoyed in the comfort of their 2018 Toyota Highlander. … Continue reading “Burrell teams up with The Colonie in campaign for “Toyota Highlander””

Yearlong spike in business fuels expansion at The Colonie

11+ The Colonie has promoted and hired several employees to accommodate a surge in broadcast and social media work that began in 2017, according to a press release issued today. “There’s been an increase in commercial and social media projects, as well as integrated broadcast and online campaigns,” explains Mary Caddy, Executive Producer and Partner. … Continue reading “Yearlong spike in business fuels expansion at The Colonie”

Colonie adds colorist Jennifer Gaida to team

1+ The Colonie continues to grow its roster of talent and services with the addition of Colorist Jennifer Gaida to its team. The hiring of the creative and technically savvy talent marks the launch of the Chicago-based company’s new color grading division, rounding out the one-stop editing, design, and postproduction boutique’s full-roster of high-end services … Continue reading “Colonie adds colorist Jennifer Gaida to team”

Colonie & Beast editors among top AICE winners

“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.

Burnetters produce “labor of love” music webseries

“In Bed With” is a new web performance-music series developed by two Leo Burnett creatives and edited by The Colonie, featuring singer/songwriters, artists and groups that plays on Vimeo and other internet sites (see below.)

The “Bed” in the provocative title isn’t what you might think. It refers to the open bed of an old 1973 Ford pickup truck that serves as the “stage” for the artists’ performances.

Optimus leads with most local AICE Award finalists

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.

Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon, other recent moves

7+ 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 … Continue reading “Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon, other recent moves”

Kraft & Leo B want you to #FamilyGreatly

12+ Today, I was telling a friend that I really want to be a better parent to my daughters, Chloe and Max. Around this time of year, I feel that I somewhat abandoned them when I got divorced and moved to LA. I wonder, how I can help them reach their potential as strong, courageous … Continue reading “Kraft & Leo B want you to #FamilyGreatly”

Tessa Films’ cozy and familiar “Holiday Wish”

12+ Chicago-based production company Tessa Films offers something for everyone in a season greeting that premiered yesterday on YouTube. Titled, A Holiday Wish, the cozy and humorous minute-long film shows how social media can disrupt even the warmest of family gatherings. Flawless visuals and smart camera work establish a mood that is not only believable … Continue reading “Tessa Films’ cozy and familiar “Holiday Wish””

Explore Media produces latest Go RVing broadcast ad

3+ Explore Media highlighted the boost that recreational vehicles give to tailgate parties in a new spot for GoRVing.com, an online resource for travel ideas, news and RV dealer information. The 30-second Home Field Advantage combines rapid-fire shots of food, friends and fun with smart footage of an extra large ride to showcase the great … Continue reading “Explore Media produces latest Go RVing broadcast ad”

Tandem turns oral hygiene into a laughing matter

Mixing humor into a commercial while staying on message is a tricky proposition, but doing it while reminding viewers about oral hygiene sounds dang near impossible.

With smart direction, excellent casting and a brilliant script by Weber Shandwick, Chicago’s Tandem, Inc. pulled it off in a new spot for the American Academy of Periodontology.

Chicago Actors Meetup celebrates 10th anniversary

On August 18, the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup will mark its 10th anniversary with a celebration and fundraiser in the restaurant and lounge connected to the historic Davis Theater, the Carbon Arc Bar & Board, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Open to CAFM members as well as the production community and the general public, admission includes a drink ticket for the first hour followed by a cash bar for the remainder of the evening in the movie-themed Lincoln Square venue. The price is $25 now through August 11, $30 between August 12-17, and $35 at the door.

Sarofsky makes friends for new Netflix series

The new Netflix original series, Friends from College, from writer/director Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and spouse/co-writer Francesca Delbanco (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) finally debuted earlier this month.

Directed and executive produced by Stoller, the eight-episode show delves into interwoven and complicated relationships, including former romantic entanglements and comedic explorations of old bonds. As everyone tries to manage their lives as adults, they also experience nostalgia.

Ad and film pros capture the poetry of Cook County Jail

This is the final installment of a three-part series. To view part one, click here. For part two, here.

Leo Burnett executive producer Ron Nelken transformed advertsing concepts from Cook County Jail detainees into professional quality spec television commercials with the help of friends and associates in Chicago’s advertising and film industries.

Teaching advertising class in Cook County Jail — part 2

This is the second installment of a three-part series. To view part one, click here.

Although “many moons” had passed since Leo Burnett executive producer Ron Nelken taught communication theory and broadcast production at the University of Illinois, his knack for mentorship was still strong when he volunteered to instruct an advertising class for detainees in the Cook County Jail last year.

Ad pros help Cook County Jail detainees get creative

First of a three-part series

In April, photographer Christopher Jacobs, producer Ron Nelken and editor Bob Ackerman helped to complete three commercials for the musical instrument manufacturer Latin Percussion. Although the ads are unlikely to appear on any network or website, they were celebrated by pretty much everyone who saw them.

That’s because they were created by men in the Cook County Jail.