Director Miles Gillespie brings wit to Gifted Youth

Gifted Youth, an award-winning subsidiary spot shop of Caviar, has signed Miles Gillespie, a new rising talent, to its roster. This is the first commercial signing for Los Angeles-based writer and director Gillespie, known for his sharp, modern wit in spots for Jimmy Johns, State Farm, and most recently, a Call of Duty social campaign … Continue reading “Director Miles Gillespie brings wit to Gifted Youth”

Zac Efron, Jessica Alba bring romance to Dubai tourism campaign

Dubai Tourism is launching the second blockbuster trailer as part of its latest global campaign, Dubai Presents… featuring superstars Jessica Alba and Zac Efron. Building on the popular appeal of the Romantic Comedy genre, the ‘RomCom’ comes just days after the campaign was launched with the high octane Spy Action genre. Dubai Presents – filmed … Continue reading “Zac Efron, Jessica Alba bring romance to Dubai tourism campaign”

Jessica Alba, Zac Efron star in action-packed spy thriller for Dubai

The spotlight is on Dubai with the launch of a new entertainment platform – Dubai Presents. Jessica Alba and Zac Efron star in this campaign of multiple film genres representing the multiplicity Dubai has to offer. And it’s our Reel Ad of the Week. Craig Gillespie (I, TONYA; CRUELLA) directs six hero films showcasing Dubai’s versatility, … Continue reading “Jessica Alba, Zac Efron star in action-packed spy thriller for Dubai”

Execs from Energy BBDO, AKKURAT, Hue & Cry and MAS offer thoughts on Super Bowl ads

Amid Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ systematic dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes during Super Bowl LV, a few commercials aired. A total of 57 to be exact. At $5.5 million per 30 seconds. USA Today’s Ad Meter ranked Rocket Mortgage and Tracy Morgan as the top one and two. … Continue reading “Execs from Energy BBDO, AKKURAT, Hue & Cry and MAS offer thoughts on Super Bowl ads”

Angry Orchard offends onlookers with “S” word

Sweet’ certainly isn’t the “F” word. But these days, it’s looking like it’s a kind of “S” word. In fact, sweetness has been so vilified, some might even be afraid to admit their sweet preference. Angry Orchard drinkers, however, embrace the sweetness. While many brands use sweetness that is far too cloying, the natural sweetness … Continue reading “Angry Orchard offends onlookers with “S” word”

Disney announces plans for 2021 and beyond

On Thursday December 10, 2020, The Walt Disney Company hosted their webcast for Their Investor Day. Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, and Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, led the virtual event, which included presentations from leaders of the company’s content and distribution teams, along with financial updates … Continue reading “Disney announces plans for 2021 and beyond”

Steve Carell is stressed Santa in Xfinity’s holiday film

This year, working from home has become the new norm, and the ability to stay connected virtually has allowed people to pull off new and inventive ways of achieving what was previously unimaginable. That is the ingenuity taking center stage in the Xfinity 2020 holiday campaign created by advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners (GS&P). … Continue reading “Steve Carell is stressed Santa in Xfinity’s holiday film”

Scott Friske heads home to rejoin Hue&Cry as EP

Congratulations are in order for 25-year advertising and creative veteran Scott Friske. The former EP of SHIPPING + HANDLING has returned east to Richmond, Virginia in order to rejoin design and animation studio Hue&Cry. As Executive Producer. Boom. In his new position, he reunites with Hue&Cry founder and Executive Creative Director Magnus Hierta in maintaining … Continue reading “Scott Friske heads home to rejoin Hue&Cry as EP”

2020 AICP Next Awards Winners announced

The 2020 AICP Next Awards debuted tonight during a special virtual premiere held online in the wake of social distancing initiatives driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight’s presentation is the first of three virtual celebrations that comprise AICP Week – which will also include premieres of the AICP Post Awards on June 17th and the … Continue reading “2020 AICP Next Awards Winners announced”

Beastie Boys get ill in new documentary on Apple tv+

Friday night saw the premiere of the highly-anticipates Spike Jonze Beastie Boys documentary on Apple tv+. The film premieres on the heels of the 26th anniversary of the release of Beastie Boys’ number one charting 1994 album, Ill Communication, and reunites surviving members, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, with director Jonze over 25 years after … Continue reading “Beastie Boys get ill in new documentary on Apple tv+”

EightVFX taps Ashley Ford as new Executive Producer

Congrats are in order for Ashley Ford. EightVFX has bolstered its management team with the appointment of Ford as Executive Producer. In her new role, she will oversee bidding and incoming productions as well as new and existing relationships with directors and production companies. With her deep expertise in business development and sales, she will … Continue reading “EightVFX taps Ashley Ford as new Executive Producer”

REEL WOMEN: Zoe Schack, Editor for Final Cut

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready, they are making “Herstory.” Zoe Schack joined Final Cut … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Zoe Schack, Editor for Final Cut”

Watch Christina Applegate bicker with rude M&M’s

M&M’s is back in the big game. Last year it was Danny Devito. This time they have pulled in Emmy award-winning actress, Christina Applegate – of Anchorman and Married With Children fame — for one of the brand’s mad funny spots Created by AOR, BBDO NY, the brand is using a 30-second big game commercial … Continue reading “Watch Christina Applegate bicker with rude M&M’s”

Santa sees red and decides to slim down for Audi

Santa is fat. He’s always been fat. It’s what makes him jolly. That is, until he discovers his “jolliness” won’t fit into a new red new Audi R5 Sportsback coupe. It’s the same feeling when those pants “shrunk” or your shoulders suddenly got too broad to button your blazer. Instead of drowning his woes in … Continue reading “Santa sees red and decides to slim down for Audi”

Review of “I, Tonya”

Just nominated for three Academy Awards this morning (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing) I, Tonya is not made to satisfy anyone hoping to find an ironclad explanation for the events surrounding the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan. The film opens with the following disclaimer: “Based on irony-free, wildly contradictory, and totally true … Continue reading “Review of “I, Tonya””

AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin

The 50th annual American Film Institute Festival came to a resounding close last Thursday night with a moving tribute at The Chinese Theater for writer/director Aaron Sorkin and his new (and directorial debut) film, Molly’s Game. AFI programming director, Jacqueline Lyanga, kicked off the tribute with a moving speech. “As Sorkin embarks on this next … Continue reading “AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin”

Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms

Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2019. The shows up for best drama series are The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Mindhunter, Succession and Watchmen. Vying for best comedy series honors are Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, PEN15, … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms”