72andSunny, Endeavor, McGarrah Jessee reduce staffs

Reduced ad spending by marketers as well as industry shutdowns during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continue to negatively affect ad agencies and their staffs. This week, Crispin, Porter and Bogusky’s sister agency under the MDC Partners umbrella, 72andSunny reduced its staff by a little less than 10%. The award-winning agency went through a series of … Continue reading “72andSunny, Endeavor, McGarrah Jessee reduce staffs”

Gallery: AFI Awards celebrate Fabelmans, Avatar, Top Gun, Bear and more

Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for those attending the American Film Institute’s (AFI) 2022 AFI AWARDS at an exclusive invite-only luncheon. At the event, AFI revealed its official rationales (below) for all 21 honorees, providing the cultural and artistic context to mark these outstanding creative endeavors as the year’s notable milestones. Celebrating film and … Continue reading “Gallery: AFI Awards celebrate Fabelmans, Avatar, Top Gun, Bear and more”

Squeak E. Clean Studios’ new experiential division

Global creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios joins forces with experiential pioneer Tom Webster to create a new experience division with the ambition to help brands procreate, instead of appropriate, culture. With a proven track record working alongside artists, choreographers, and award-winning directors, he will collaborate with brand teams to develop engaging activations that … Continue reading “Squeak E. Clean Studios’ new experiential division”

Director Ed Han joins Quriosity Productions

Ed Han, the former agency creative director turned film director, has joined the roster of Quriosity Productions. He brings with him a great eye for everything from lifestyle to automotive spots, as well as a deep understanding of the power of brands and what clients are looking for when they undertake new campaigns. Han’s signing … Continue reading “Director Ed Han joins Quriosity Productions”

Wait! What? Bob Iger replaces Bob Chapek as Disney CEO

Did not see this coming. Sunday night, The Walt Disney Company announced that Robert A. Iger is returning to lead Disney as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Iger was replaced by Bob Chapek in 2020. Iger, who spent more than four decades at the Company, including 15 years as its CEO, has agreed to serve as Disney’s CEO for two years, with a … Continue reading “Wait! What? Bob Iger replaces Bob Chapek as Disney CEO”

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”

Advertising legend Dan Wieden passes at 77

He was the icon who coined, “Just Do It” for NIKE. Advertising legend Dan Wieden “did it” all and now he is gone. The creative leader behind NIKE’s famous “Just Do It” tagline and co-founder of advertising giant Wieden + Kennedy passed away last Friday. He was 77.  According to an obituary shared with NBC affiliate KGW … Continue reading “Advertising legend Dan Wieden passes at 77”

DDB names Alex Lubar Global President & COO

DDB Worldwide has named Alex Lubar Global President & Chief Operating Officer. This appointment is a strategic move to further strengthen DDB’s global leadership team under Global CEO, Marty O’Halloran. Lubar joins DDB Worldwide with extensive global leadership credentials. Currently President, McCann North America, Lubar joined McCann in 2012 and held several regional leadership roles during the … Continue reading “DDB names Alex Lubar Global President & COO”

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”

Neiman Marcus unveils Fall campaign

Neiman Marcus has announced the launch of its Fall 2022 campaign. Titled Live Your Luxury, this brand new, company-wide endeavor encompasses all that it means to be proud of oneself–and purely in the moment. Inspired by Neiman Marcus’ customers’ desire for genuine expression it exemplifies that luxury is meant to be lived in–and loved–throughout the rhythms and the instances … Continue reading “Neiman Marcus unveils Fall campaign”

CD Erica Arvold nominated for Emmy for Dopesick

Casting Director Erica Arvold is celebrating her nomination for a 2022 Creative Emmy Award for Location Casting of Hulu’s critically-acclaimed limited series, Dopesick. The 8-episode series examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The Danny Strong and Michael Keaton-produced project takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, … Continue reading “CD Erica Arvold nominated for Emmy for Dopesick”

Blue Table Post + Chroma VFX connect

Blue Table Post and Chroma VFX, a full-service boutique, have formed an alliance that unites both studios for select creative collaborations in film, episodic and branded content. Forging this connection creates a seamless experience for clients with creative partners dedicated to crafting extraordinary work for screens of all sizes. “Adding visual effects to Blue Table’s offerings … Continue reading “Blue Table Post + Chroma VFX connect”

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”

She Runs It co-launches START program for BIPOC women

501c3 organization She Runs It, today announced a partnership with digitalundivided, the leading non-profit leveraging data, programs, and advocacy to catalyze economic growth for Latina and Black women entrepreneurs. The two nonprofits will launch the She Runs It x digitalundivided: START Program. This new program is an early-stage, start-up accelerator modeled on digitalundivided’s decade-long history of providing … Continue reading “She Runs It co-launches START program for BIPOC women”

AAF announces winners and highlights

The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the “unifying voice for advertising,” has completed its annual ADMERICA Conference.  The four-day, in-person event, which was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, brought together agency representatives, clients, media companies, suppliers and college students from around the country to discuss the changing culture of … Continue reading “AAF announces winners and highlights”

Venice Arts Center celebrates expansion

Last Saturday, Venice Arts’ Center for Creative Workforce Equity (CCWE) celebrates the expansion of its Film + Digital Media Career Pathways Pilot, designed in partnership with Los Angeles County Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) and representing the County’s first-ever investment of this scale in creative career development for low-income County youth. June 4th, from 12-2 … Continue reading “Venice Arts Center celebrates expansion”

ViacomCBS, Microsoft, Al Jazeera among Telly winners

The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners, including a variety of top-tier brands and organizations as well as smaller media companies such as ViacomCBS, Warner Bros. Worldwide TV Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment, Microsoft, ESPN, PBS Digital Studios, Mytonomy, Freethink, Nice Shoes, CTRL5, Feed the Children, Square, Crunchyroll and Fast Company. This year’s edition received over 11,000 entries and saw … Continue reading “ViacomCBS, Microsoft, Al Jazeera among Telly winners”

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”

Hue+Cry debuts brand new look

Creative content studio Hue+Cry has built quite a reputation for its award-winning work and projects for clients such as Capital One, MSNBC, Oreo, and Disney. Now, the Richmond-based animation and design collective is unveiling its first rebrand in 9 years. Enthusiastic to introduce a brand new look, the company has overhauled its identity and rebranded, moving … Continue reading “Hue+Cry debuts brand new look”

Ataboy expands into food photography with new director Andrew Gooi

Following a banner year with the addition of Executive Producer Cameron Gray, a key partnership with creative management company Sharon & Perry, a collaboration with Brooklyn-based gallery Art Cake, and successful campaigns for White Castle, Adidas, Progressive and more, design-led content creation studio Ataboy is expanding its stellar NYC team once again with the addition of director Andrew Gooi. Drawing inspiration from a brand’s … Continue reading “Ataboy expands into food photography with new director Andrew Gooi”