Walmart stops selling and displaying Mississippi flag

The Mississippi state flag will no longer be sold or displayed in Walmart stores. A spokesperson for Walmart, Anne Hatfield said displaying the state flags “is a common practice nationwide.” The retailer has stopped displaying the Mississippi flag, because of a debate over changing the design of the flag. As Protests for racial justice continue across America, the Mississippi … Continue reading “Walmart stops selling and displaying Mississippi flag”

Walmart brings holiday magic home

Walmart sets the tone for a truly magical holiday season as a lone teddy bear finds its forever home This one is for my beautiful, precocious, and strong-willed little niece Joni Marie who turns 1 today! This Cossette Agency first project for Walmart has managed to clear the shelves of this mischievous little Gund Brown … Continue reading “Walmart brings holiday magic home”

Hootenanny, Burrell help Walmart on Mother’s Day

Hootenanny’s Nikki Vappenski helped Walmart set a new standard for Mother’s Day by editing a series of spots set to Bruno Mars’ hit song, “Just the Way You Are.”

Directed by Sasha Levinson and created by Chicago’s Burrell Communications and Houston’s Lopez Negrete Communications, the sixty-second version opens at the moment when a mother greets her toddler in the morning.

A montage follows, and the children appear to grow older in each new scene. Portraying love, pride and devotion, it forms a seamless tribute to motherhood in footage that plays like a dream.

Deutsch NY, Hometeam Productions and Cosmo Street tackle climate change

A nonpartisan coalition of leaders from business, government, and entertainment including Governor Jay Inslee, WA, Mayor Francis Suarez, FL, Mayor Vi Lyles, NC, as well as faith leaders, the Property Brother’s Jonathan and Drew Scott, actor Rainn Wilson, HP, and a host of other prominent US companies and institutions, are blanketing MSNBC, CNN and FOX … Continue reading “Deutsch NY, Hometeam Productions and Cosmo Street tackle climate change”

Solve brings on three to bolster team

Independent agency and two-time Ad Agency “Small Agency of the Year,” Solve, has bolstered its team by three. Zara Kurt joins as a Connection Strategist. Matt Doscher joins as Account Director and Grace Noice comes on as a Social Strategist. Zara Kurt Prior to Solve, Kurt held stints in media at several shops in the … Continue reading “Solve brings on three to bolster team”

Cannes Lions: FCB nearly doubles Grand Prix wins

Having won three Grands Prix earlier in the week at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, FCB added two more. FCB Inferno’s “Raising Profiles,” on behalf of The Big Issue & LinkedIn, took home the Grand Prix in Creative eCommerce – Market Disruption, while AREA 23, an FCB Health Network company’s “Sick Beats,” on … Continue reading “Cannes Lions: FCB nearly doubles Grand Prix wins”

Editor Christopher Huth named partner at Union

Christopher Huth, who recently cut projects for Walmart (via Dept W, Lloyd Lee Choi, director), Indeed (in-house, directors Rayka Zehtabchi and Sadé Clacken Joseph), and Citi (Publicis NY, Cole Webley, director) – has been promoted to Editor/Partner at bicoastal Union Editorial. Since joining the company, Huth has edited numerous high-profile spot projects, including “Love Calls … Continue reading “Editor Christopher Huth named partner at Union”

Liz Taylor named Ogilvy Global Chief Creative Officer

Well, this is even bigger news than last week’s headline of Liz Taylor leaving her position as Global Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett – Ogilvy has named Taylor as its next Global Chief Creative Officer. Liz, who will be the first woman to hold the company’s top creative role, is returning to Ogilvy at … Continue reading “Liz Taylor named Ogilvy Global Chief Creative Officer”

Verdugo unveils 4K edition of classic Mackintosh and TJ

On Tuesday, May 18, Verdugo Entertainment will launch the newly restored 4K version of the 1975 classic Mackintosh and T.J. on Blu-ray and DVD through Amazon (North America), Walmart stores and, and other outlets. The modern day American western stars the legendary “King of the Cowboys” Roy Rogers, in his final feature film appearance.  Distributed by Verdugo Entertainment, the … Continue reading “Verdugo unveils 4K edition of classic Mackintosh and TJ”

Alkemy X adds director Tatjana Green to roster

Award-winning production company Alkemy X has added director Tatjana Green to their roster for U.S. commercial representation. The Canadian/German filmmaker combines a broad background as a creative director, art director and designer on the agency side with over a decade of on-set and location experience to fuel engaging content with a meticulous eye for art … Continue reading “Alkemy X adds director Tatjana Green to roster”

Halle Berry, Shawn Mendes among Flow ambassadors

Flow Water Inc. today announces the launch of its newest North American advertising and marketing campaign. The “Beautiful Inside and Out” and “Uplifting Hydration” ads feature a compelling and diverse range of iconic personalities including actress Halle Berry, The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo and singer-songwriter, Shawn Mendes. The brand says they were recognized for their commitment … Continue reading “Halle Berry, Shawn Mendes among Flow ambassadors”

REEL WOMEN: Hue&Cry designer Lauren Cash

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2021 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.” When Lauren Cash is not making … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Hue&Cry designer Lauren Cash”

RBL Spotlight: Wondros director Tamika Miller

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 on a daily basis. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like Wondros Director Tamika … Continue reading “RBL Spotlight: Wondros director Tamika Miller”

Commercial director releases first feature film

Multidisciplinary director Alex Anderson has made his feature debut with the release of FAMBLY, a character-driven live action film, which is both darkly dramatic and comedic, with hints of magical realism. The film was shot and directed pre-pandemic by Anderson, from his own script, with a mixed cast of 20 first-time film actors and non-actors … Continue reading “Commercial director releases first feature film”

22Squared hires EP Zamile Vilakazi, promotes others

As part of its agency-wide expansion, 22Squared, an independent creative & media company that counts national brands like Baskin-Robbins, NAACP Atlanta Chapter, the Ad Council, Advent Health and Publix Super Markets as clients, welcomes production powerhouse Zamile Vilakazi as its head of production. The company has also promoted Janis Middleton to SVP, executive director of Multicultural & Inclusion … Continue reading “22Squared hires EP Zamile Vilakazi, promotes others”

Plante Moran selects VMLY&R as lead agency

One of the nation’s largest accounting, tax, consulting and wealth management firms, Plante Moran, today announced that VMLY&R will serve as its agency of record.  VMLY&R was selected following a competitive review and will be responsible for creative and strategic campaign work and media strategy. The agency will also lead digital transformation efforts to enhance … Continue reading “Plante Moran selects VMLY&R as lead agency”

Reel 360’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Hanukkah! And we are just around the corner from Christmas and Kwanza, so it’s that time of the year to offer up the Reel 360 / Reel Chicago Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide. To make your last minute holiday gift buying just a l’il bit easier, we’ve compiled an extensive list – and believe us … Continue reading “Reel 360’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide”

Chapeau Studios links Troy Kelley & Jon Campbell

Chapeau Studios continues to bolster its creative offering with two key additions to the company, Chief Solutions Officer Troy Kelley and EP of Creative Content Jon Campbell. Kelley and Campbell join founders Ben Looram and Karuna Venter, and Creative Director Lauren Mayer-Beug, on Chapeau’s leadership team. In 2020, Chapeau Studios continued to expand its full-service … Continue reading “Chapeau Studios links Troy Kelley & Jon Campbell”

LA film production at 47% since reopening

FilmLA, has issued an update regarding regional filming activity since the reopening of LA County to on-location filming in June. Over the last twenty weeks, FilmLA has received approximately 2,565 film permit applications spanning 1,967 unique projects. Monthly application intake increased 23.7 percent in October (to 880 permits) as compared to September (711 permits), and … Continue reading “LA film production at 47% since reopening”

TikTok gets a federal reprieve from ban

TikTok’s 80 million monthly users can breathe a sigh of relief for now. On Sunday, a federal judge, Carl Nichols, postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores around midnight. According to the Associated Press, a more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November, … Continue reading “TikTok gets a federal reprieve from ban”