Aaron Rodgers, ‘jelly’ agent return in State Farm work

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 Rodgers … Continue reading “Aaron Rodgers, ‘jelly’ agent return in State Farm work”

Samantha Bee loses State Farm and Autotrader over vulgar Ivanka Trump dis

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 did … Continue reading “Samantha Bee loses State Farm and Autotrader over vulgar Ivanka Trump dis”

State Farm to consolidate business with Omnicom

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 its … Continue reading “State Farm to consolidate business with Omnicom”

DDB & State Farm continue ‘Neighborhood of Good’

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 the … Continue reading “DDB & State Farm continue ‘Neighborhood of Good’”

DDB, State Farm kick off spot with Aaron Rodgers

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 consider … Continue reading “DDB, State Farm kick off spot with Aaron Rodgers”

DDB and State Farm launch “Neighborhood of Good”

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.

Concept Farm lands rebranding project for Kearny Point

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 Corporation … Continue reading “Concept Farm lands rebranding project for Kearny Point”

Listen names Connor Moore Executive Creative Director

There is enough noise pollution in the world. For Connor Moore, a sound designer who has created audio programs for brands such as State Farm, Uber, Google, Tesla and Peloton, that means taking a deliberate approach to his work. “We live in a very loud world and I believe that it’s important to be very … Continue reading “Listen names Connor Moore Executive Creative Director”

Groove Guild will now accept crypto as payment

NYC-based creative music agency Groove Guild has announced the company will now accept cryptocurrencies as payment. Clients will have the opportunity to pay for the company’s expert original music, sound design, sonic strategy and music supervision services through fast and secure payments via Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cardano, Dogecoin, Solana, Avalanche, SuperFarm, TerraUSD, and USD Coin. Depending … Continue reading “Groove Guild will now accept crypto as payment”

Cartwright launches Trae Young’s signature shoe for adidas

Trae Young’s stand-out achievements (he sure was a pain in the ass to my beloved Philadelphia 76ers) and unconventional moves on the basketball court are celebrated in a new marketing campaign from Cartwright that introduces Young’s first signature shoe – the Trae Young 1 – from adidas. The riff on his many firsts – from … Continue reading “Cartwright launches Trae Young’s signature shoe for adidas”

Marketing Arm: Harris Wilkinson named CCO

The Marketing Arm (TMA) announced today that Harris Wilkinson has been promoted to Chief Creative Officer of the agency. He was previously SVP of Creative. “In addition to his deep experience, Harris brings vision, inspiration, courage, curiosity, and talent to the role of CCO. But ultimately, what matters is the work. He is steeped in the … Continue reading “Marketing Arm: Harris Wilkinson named CCO”

ESPN and Marvel debut NBA Special Edition

Viewers who tune in to watch tonight’s NBA match-up between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes will enjoy an alternate presentation that can only be described as “super.” The special telecast, NBA Special Edition Presented by State Farm: Marvel’s Arena of Heroes, represents a groundbreaking collaboration between … Continue reading “ESPN and Marvel debut NBA Special Edition”

Birds of Prey, Ma Rainey, SNL winners at MUAHS

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) announced winners of its 8th Annual MUAHS Awards, presented by HASK Beauty, in 21 categories of film, television, commercials and live theater. The hybrid virtual gala was held on Saturday night, April 3, 2021, before an audience of more than 1,000 worldwide. Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor, Anthony Anderson, star and executive producer … Continue reading “Birds of Prey, Ma Rainey, SNL winners at MUAHS”

Harbor strengthens its commercial VFX team

VFX house Harbor grows its team with the hiring of accomplished Lead VFX artists Terry Silberman and Matt Motal and their long-standing producing partner Pravina Sippy.  In the announcement released today, Harbor CEO, Zak Tucker stated, “This expansion of our talent and EP roster in Harbor’s LA studio is in line with the company’s continued drive to build upon our … Continue reading “Harbor strengthens its commercial VFX team”

ArtClass adds director Ryan Ebner

Our friends at ArtClass have signed Director/Writer Ryan Ebner to its roster for US commercial and branded content representation. Known for his dry, understated brand of humor, Ebner thrives as a performance-driven director with a razor-sharp eye for casting. The move follows the hiring of Sean Owolo as ArtClass’ Head of Broadcast Development. Ebner’s internationally … Continue reading “ArtClass adds director Ryan Ebner”

Art Director Luis Roca leaves Mill Chicago for Hue&Cry

The award-winning Richmond animation and design studio Hue&Cry today has announced the hiring of Trish Janovic as Senior Designer and Luis Roca as Art Director.  Both creative talents have amassed a diverse skill set and bring an impeccable eye for design to Hue&Cry’s growing design and animation team. Janovic joins Hue&Cry from Facebook, where she … Continue reading “Art Director Luis Roca leaves Mill Chicago for Hue&Cry”

Squeak E. Clean scores three Super Bowl LV spots

Global creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios once again heralds the Super Bowl with three of the most talked-about game day ads. The company lent dynamic musical stylings and audio prowess to Squarespace’s “5 to 9,” debuting a remix of the Dolly Partons’ original “9 to 5” by the country music singer herself, State … Continue reading “Squeak E. Clean scores three Super Bowl LV spots”

Our Top 5 Super Bowl spots and the Bottom 5

For the 25 years or so I was actively in advertising, I want to say I threw maybe 10 to 15 Super Bowl parties in that span. It was always a joyous tribal experience sitting, laughing, eating my badass chili and drinking with other creative directors, copywriters, art directors and producers. We talked and joked … Continue reading “Our Top 5 Super Bowl spots and the Bottom 5”

Ad Age names TikTok Marketer of the Year

 Ad Age unveiled its 2020 Marketers of the Year list, with TikTok taking the #1 spot. The Marketers of the Year list, widely seen as the definitive guide to the leading forces in marketing each year, includes McDonald’s in the #2 spot, Lowe’s at #3, The Lincoln Project at #4 and Etsy at #5. “Despite … Continue reading “Ad Age names TikTok Marketer of the Year”