Blake Vaz’s ‘Blood Stains’ to screen at HBO’s NYLFF

4+ As we enter August, we are nearing the beginning of the serious festival season. In Los Angeles, there is Hollyshorts and AFI. Toronto has TIFF. The nation’s premier and most diverse Latinx festival begins with HBO Presents – New York Latino Film Festival. The 16th edition kicks off Monday, August 12th. The festival will … Continue reading “Blake Vaz’s ‘Blood Stains’ to screen at HBO’s NYLFF”

Lincoln Project exposes Trump for the failure he is

2+ 61 days until Doomsday… a.k.a. Election Day. It’s no secret The Lincoln Project has made their decision to cast their ballots to vote out Donald J. Trump, failed commander-in-chief, and his administration. The political group’s advertising message is crystal clear – Trump never had intentions to “Make America Great Again.” The President has sat … Continue reading “Lincoln Project exposes Trump for the failure he is”

TNT begins round 2 with Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

2+ After a brief walk-out due to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin, NBA players have returned to the court. TNT will begin NBA Playoffs Second Round game coverage with Game 1 between the No. 1 seed in the East – the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo – and the Miami Heat with … Continue reading “TNT begins round 2 with Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat”

Pence aide calls NBA Players boycott: “Silly,” “absurd”

2+ Players across the NBA have been adamant that more needs to be done to effect social change after the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  It began when The Milwaukee Bucks did not take the floor before the start of Game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, an action they later stated was due … Continue reading “Pence aide calls NBA Players boycott: “Silly,” “absurd””

Milwaukee Bucks opt to boycott Playoff Game 5

2+ No fans. And now, no players. In light of the violence currently happening in Milwaukee due to the shooting of Jacob Blake, The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of their first-round series with the Orlando Magic. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the game was originally scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. ET, yet the Bucks … Continue reading “Milwaukee Bucks opt to boycott Playoff Game 5”

Complete list of Grammy winners

1+ The 63rd annual Grammys are a wrap. Despite an expected scant audience, the show hosted by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, boasted electrifying, live and pre-recorded, performances from Bad Bunny, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, BTS, Billie Eilish, Post Malone and Megan Thee Stallion. And dang Megan, Reel 360 now understands WAP. Mind blown. Yeah the … Continue reading “Complete list of Grammy winners”

Autism Speaks launches bilingual campaign “Big Day”

1+ Identifying the early signs of autism can make a lifetime of difference in helping a child access resources and thrive later in life. As part of their ongoing commitment to lowering the age of diagnosis and empowering more autistic children to reach their full potential, the Ad Council and Autism Speaks launched an all-new … Continue reading “Autism Speaks launches bilingual campaign “Big Day””

David&Goliath makes leadership moves

3+ David&Goliath announced today the appointment of Blake Winfree as Chief of Social Impact and promotes D&G veteran Ben Purcell from Executive Creative Director to Chief Creative Officer in a move to expand the agency’s purpose-driven footprint by establishing a creative impact hub dedicated to inspiring greater social responsibility and sustainable impact within the industry, … Continue reading “David&Goliath makes leadership moves”

General Motors introduces ‘Generation E’

1+ General Motors new “Everybody In” campaign serves as a call to action to join a movement towards the mass adoption of electric vehicles. GM will excite a new generation of EV buyers by highlighting the range, performance and flexibility of its revolutionary Ultium platform and make electric vehicles accessible to all through their launch … Continue reading “General Motors introduces ‘Generation E’”

Grammy Awards announce 2020 nominees

1+ The 63rd Grammy Awards are right around the corner, airing (earlier than usual) Sunday, Jan. 31, on CBS, but the nominations are here now. After 40 years, Ken Ehrlich, the show’s producer has retired, and Ben Winston (known for his work on James Corden’s late-night show and Carpool Karaoke) will helm the awards production. … Continue reading “Grammy Awards announce 2020 nominees”

“Kia-ck ass” summer ‘The Features Film’ opens

2+ It’s been quite the year for movies or the lack of them. With Warner Bros’ Tenet being pushed back to an unnamed date and with chatter of theaters not reopening until mid-2021, audiences are in dire need of a good ol’ fashioned action blockbuster. Thank god for the creative team David&Goliath and Kia Motors … Continue reading ““Kia-ck ass” summer ‘The Features Film’ opens”

Gustafson most awarded editor at AICP Awards

1+ Winners of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial were presented awards tonight at a special virtual premiere held in lieu of the annual gala premiere at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), due to the coronavirus pandemic. Together with the AICP Next Awards, which were presented online on June 16th, … Continue reading “Gustafson most awarded editor at AICP Awards”

The CW’s new TV season takes flight in January 2021

2+ The Upfronts have started. Sort of. The CW Network will officially launch its new season in January 2021 with its regularly scheduled series line-up, while loading up Fall 2020 with fresh original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The CW Network. … Continue reading “The CW’s new TV season takes flight in January 2021”

‘Watchmen’ cast become ‘Washmen’ in new COVID-19 PSA

3+ Showrunner Damon Lindelof (The Hunt, The Leftovers, Lost, World War Z) has made it clear that he won’t return to the world of Watchmen for a second season of the award-winning HBO program. But that has not stopped the cast from acting like heroes. They have created and posted a new Public Service Announcement called, wait … Continue reading “‘Watchmen’ cast become ‘Washmen’ in new COVID-19 PSA”

Will Jonah Hill flake on Martin Scorsese in Coke ad?

2+ Oh those dots. You know ’em. And we at Reel 360 hate ’em. The blinking dots of hell that appear on your smartphone when you have texted someone and are waiting – for what seems like an eternity – for a response. That’s what Coca-Cola Energy taps into for a superb Super Bowl spot … Continue reading “Will Jonah Hill flake on Martin Scorsese in Coke ad?”

But who is watching the ‘Watchmen’ trailer?

3+ Well, hell yeah! Today at Comic-Con, HBO screened the first trailer for Watchmen and it is something to behold. And watch! The trailer, with its eye-opening fx and reveals, confirms that this Damon Lindelof-led adaptation is indeed a sequel to the original comic book series by British creative team of writer Alan Moore, artist … Continue reading “But who is watching the ‘Watchmen’ trailer?”

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ drops first teaser for series

2+ When Zack Snyder’s neo-noir superhero drama Watchmen was released in 2009, like many of Snyder’s films, it was extremely divisive. The decision to replace the Octopus from the Alan Moore comics with Dr. “I got my penis hanging out” Manhattan destroying the globe riled many fanboys and girls up. We, on the other hand, … Continue reading “HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ drops first teaser for series”

‘Office’ star trolls in OKRP’s latest for Illlinois Lottery

2+ Leslie David Baker plays a grumpy genie who sternly informs lotto players, “You can’t wish for multiple wishes” Leslie David Baker — who made fans of The Office laugh with his trolling of Michael Scott for eight seasons as Stanley Hudson — now has a new target for his grumpy, eye-rolling expressions: The Illinois … Continue reading “‘Office’ star trolls in OKRP’s latest for Illlinois Lottery”

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.