1+ DDB Chicago just got a lump of coal in its stocking courtesy of State Farm. State Farm, which wields a $615 million account, has given the creative lead to Omnicom’s The Marketing Arm while also retaining DDB Chicago, the agency that created its “Like a Good Neighbor” tagline. The relationship dates back to 1939. … Continue reading “Marketing Arm takes lead on State Farm from DDB”
2+ Football is back, thank god. As a Bears’ fan, I’m not thrilled that the Cheeseheads beat the them 10 – 3 last night during the NFL opener. But at least one Chicago team won last night and that would be DDB Chicago with their goofy new State Farm work that features rival QB’s Aaron … Continue reading “Aaron Rodgers, ‘jelly’ agent return in State Farm work”
3+ Bloomington, IL-based State Farm, whose lead agency is DDB Chicago, has joined other Samantha Bee advertiser, Autotrader and have decided to suspend their sponsorship of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee after the host called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—” on the show Wednesday night. “As part of our overall advertising with TBS, our ad … Continue reading “Samantha Bee loses State Farm and Autotrader over vulgar Ivanka Trump dis”
10+ State Farm will have the McDonald’s agency business model with possibly a couple of co-op vendors on the side to go, according to a report in Adweek. Taking a page from the fast food giant’s playbook, the St. Louis-based the country’s largest insurance provider is reportedly in the process of consolidating a majority of … Continue reading “State Farm to consolidate business with Omnicom”
9+ What happens to the concept of giving back when the decorations come down and the red Starbucks cups disappear? DDB Chicago continues their strong “Neighborhood of Good” State Farm campaign with a touching reminder that the season of giving back never really ends. Directed by Anonymous Content’s Aoife McArdle, the dynamic :60-second film highlights … Continue reading “DDB & State Farm continue ‘Neighborhood of Good’”
6+ Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not fall. Yet. But when football kicks off how can you not start thinking about either heading out to your favorite bar or sitting on your couch, cracking open a cold one and watching The Bears? Then again, if the Bears play like last season you might want to … Continue reading “DDB, State Farm kick off spot with Aaron Rodgers”
Yesterday, an African American art director friend and I were looking at a spot for a brand, which will go unnamed, and we both blurted out the same reaction at the same time.
“I’m so tired of Midwest White Boy Humor!” We laughed. Laughed some more. And then talked seriously about what our reaction really meant.
I mean, I am half white, after all.
Both DDB Chicago and their long-time client, State Farm, believe that at the heart of any strong community are neighbors who care. Moved by this belief, the two have partnered to launch the Neighborhood of Good initiative online and on broadcast TV.
Beginning with a moving 2-minute short film called, “The Following,” the two hope to encourage viewers to take action on important causes they care about.
3+ Agency to lead strategy and creative for the historic shipyard, now reborn as a center for pioneering companies of new economy Congrats are in order for Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year winner Concept Farm. The independent, full-service marketing agency announced yesterday that it has been awarded a large project by Hugo Neu … Continue reading “Concept Farm lands rebranding project for Kearny Point”
Beginning last September, award-winning documentarian Ines Sommer of Sommer Filmworks, kept farmers’ grueling dawn-to-dusk hours filming a farming family on their 12-acre organic in Central Illinois.
The Mill Chicago continues to expand its local staff with the addition of a creative director originally from the Mill London and a senior producer and bolster it with three promotions.
The new creative director is Jay Bandlish, originally from the Mill London and Cameron Spencer, who’s enjoyed a 15-year career as a visual effects supervisor. Since arriving in Chicago he’s worked on Energy BBDO’s first spot for LG, “World of Play,” with action movie star Jason Statham, directed by Fredrik Bond, and a State Farm/DDB “Mustangs” spot directed by Jim Jenkins.
1+ Chicago’s loss is Richmond’s gain. Today, Richmond-based Hue&Cry announces it is bolstering its management team with the appointment of Matt Darnall as Creative Director. Adding his creative leadership and ingenuity, in his new role he will oversee creative direction, innovation, and strategy for the animation and design house Having spent nearly seven years at … Continue reading “Chicago’s Matt Darnall moves to Hue&Cry”
1+ With President Donald Trump consistently referring to the current novel Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic as “The Chinese virus,” it’s no wonder the United States has seen an increase in racism, scapegoating and bigotry, particularly towards Asian populations. This perpetuates the harmful stereotypes that the community has fought for so long to dismantle. With nearly 2,000 … Continue reading “Ad Council addresses racism toward API community”
1+ Yesterday, Omnicom Group Inc. held its quarterly conference call to review the holding company’s first quarter financial results. In between announcements about the company’s diluted net income and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, CEO John Wren took a time-out to discuss and briefly criticize former CEO Wendy Clark for leaving … Continue reading “Omnicom’s Wren trolls Wendy Clark during call”
1+ Has it really been five years since we said “good-bye” to the Pawnee crew? Five years after audiences said goodbye to one of the most beloved comedies in TV history, the fine citizens of Pawnee, Ind., are reuniting for NBC and Universal Television’s all-original A Parks and Recreation Special set to air Thursday, April … Continue reading “‘Parks and Rec’ cast reunite to feed America April 30”
2+ Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. We now work, live, exercise and entertain ourselves in our homes. This is the new normal. In this new on-going series, we check in on ad agencies, production companies, post-houses, and anyone else who wants to talk about their personal experiences during this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue reading “Laughlin’s Maxham predicts “The Next Normal””
1+ Laughlin Constable (LC), a Top 25 independent agency, today announced that it has hired John “Max” Maxham as its Chief Creative Officer (CCO). Maxham joins LC from DDB Chicago, where he spent the past six years as Chief Creative Officer. Prior to joining DDB, he was ECD for Seattle-based agency Cole & Weber. Maxham … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable names John Maxham new CCO”
4+ Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these various personalities with us. She runs the … Continue reading “Vida Cornelious, Creative leader, Cultural Miner”
1+ Tuesday, former 90210 and Charmed star Shannen Doherty revealed to ABC News’ Good Morning America that she is once again battling a second diagnosis of breast cancer which is now Stage 4. The actress says she has decided to go public because it would have been revealed in a, “matter of days or a … Continue reading “Shannen Doherty confirms Stage 4 Breast Cancer”
4+ It seems like just yesterday that we were reporting on Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack in Chicago. Actually, it was 300 or so days ago. The Empire celebrity was one of the many stories Reel 360 and our sister publication Reel Chicago covered in 2019. And there was much to cover. Reel 360 expanded from … Continue reading “2019 in Review: The Biggest Stories of the Year”