Omnicom agencies top Drum’s Big Won Rankings

For the second year in a row, BBDO Worldwide has topped The Drum’s Big Won Rankings as the world’s most awarded agency network across all marketing communication disciplines. According to The Drum, The 2018 Rankings were based on submissions involving more than 3,600 pieces of work from 1,721 agencies around the world 647 chief creative … Continue reading “Omnicom agencies top Drum’s Big Won Rankings”

Burnett promotes Nolan, Montgomery to Co-Presidents

Reporting to Andrew Swinand, Britt Nolan will oversee creative and production while Emma Montgomery focuses on growth and strategy Leo Burnett today announced the appointment of Britt Nolan, Chief Creative Officer and Emma Montgomery, Chief Strategy Officer, to Co-Presidents of the agency’s flagship office, effective immediately. Each maintains their roles as CCO and CSO, and … Continue reading “Burnett promotes Nolan, Montgomery to Co-Presidents”

Fusion92 launches hilarious RedBox online campaign

Indie innovation marketing agency, Fusion92, has launched Redbox’s first-ever national campaign ever. The brand, best known for their bright red kiosks, dropped two minute-plus spots online on December 19 and ran through December 31, living up to RedBox’s reputation for offering high-quality entertainment. But here’s the big news – the two spots titled: “Prehensile Feet” … Continue reading “Fusion92 launches hilarious RedBox online campaign”

WWE Hall-of-Fame interviewer, ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund passes

As wrestling fans welcomed in a new year, they were also met with sad news as The Wrap reported that iconic WWE and WCW interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerlund had died. He was 76. As a wrestling fan through high school and college, I came to know Okerlund in 1984, when he joined the WWF as … Continue reading “WWE Hall-of-Fame interviewer, ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund passes”

Checkers & Rally’s asks, “What would you do for a burger?”

For National Cheeseburger Day, which was September 18, Tampa-based Checkers & Rally’s introduced an idea so big, it couldn’t fit into our 945 x 681 window. The brand asked fans to say what they’re willing to do to get a free year of Checker/Rallyburger with cheese. Mmmmmm. Atlanta-based Fitzco created a fun social media campaign … Continue reading “Checkers & Rally’s asks, “What would you do for a burger?””

Kaepernick is face of Nike’s ‘Just do It’ 30th anniversary campaign

Well, I suddenly feel like buying a new pair of Nike shoes. Darren Rovell of ESPN first reported that Nike had selected former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of its “Just Do It” campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Using the headline, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing … Continue reading “Kaepernick is face of Nike’s ‘Just do It’ 30th anniversary campaign”

Rhyan LaMarr’s journey to “Canal Street”

On his way to becoming one of the hottest young filmmakers in America, Rhyan LaMarr has proven just about every self-motivational cliché in the book. He was raised by divorced parents who struggled in two separate households, went to a high school where almost nobody looked like him, buried more friends then he cares to … Continue reading “Rhyan LaMarr’s journey to “Canal Street””

Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news

Viral Chicago series Easy Abby returns for season two Easy Abby, the “Lesbian RomCom Series” that scored more than 30 million views with thirteen episodes in its first season, returns Dec. 15 on Revry, “the world’s first LGBTQ+ digital streaming platform.” Created, written, and directed by Chicago filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton, Easy Abby chronicles the … Continue reading “Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news”

AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin

The 50th annual American Film Institute Festival came to a resounding close last Thursday night with a moving tribute at The Chinese Theater for writer/director Aaron Sorkin and his new (and directorial debut) film, Molly’s Game. AFI programming director, Jacqueline Lyanga, kicked off the tribute with a moving speech. “As Sorkin embarks on this next … Continue reading “AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin”

Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety”

I’ve been in this situation way too many times. I’m streaming Netflix on my phone streaming Spotify and suddenly my once inviting Green Lantern-green battery icon changes color into a vile Satanic red. I sweat trying to finish up my hike and song or search desperately in the dark for my power cord. Then wham! … Continue reading “Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety””

OKRP serves up first new work for Chili’s

Last July, we reported that Chicago agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul had won an assignment from Dallas-based Chili’s. Well, the agency, and the baby back ribs, are back with a twist. OKRP has updated the classic Chili’s jingle — “I want my baby back, baby back, baby back…” — to include menu items that made … Continue reading “OKRP serves up first new work for Chili’s”

Memorial scheduled for Butch Stewart June 23-25

(Editor’s note: Chicago music giant Butch Stewart passed away in May. There will be a memorial held for him June 23, 24 and 25 at 1900 Greenwood Street in Evanston, Illinois. Emma Young wrote this moving tribute about Stewart and his company in 2014.)

Good Stewart Productions sits on an industrial street in Evanston. From the outside it looks quiet, but inside — there’ a whole lot going on!

Burrell “flips the script” on new campaign for Toyota

Face it, when you can point to the classic One Show Books as the reason you got into advertising, you can pretty much predict what’s going to happen in most spots.

If I haven’t just fast-forwarded by and actually stop to look, most of the time out of sheer horror, I can usually predict what line the person in the spot is going to say next.

Don’t worry advertising, I can do this for movies as well.

EnergyBBDO, Leo Burnett score big at 2017 Effies

The 2017 North American Effies, touting the most effective marketers in the country, were announced Thursday, June 1, at a gala in New York.

While the Grand Effie was awarded to Burger King’s, “The McWhopper Proposal” campaign from Y&R New Zealand with contributing agencies DAVID The Agency, ABPR, Code & Theory and Turner Duckworth, several Chicago agencies did not go home empty handed.

EnergyBBDO brought home seven Effies for its Extra Gum brands, which was also deemed the second most effective marketer by the awards.

OKRP busts out the tighty-whities for Gildan Underwear

And I thought I had seen the last of “tighty-whities” when Breaking Bad ended its run. Apparently not. And it’s a good thing.

Last month, OKRP walked away from Blake Shelton and launched a new “advisory” campaign for Gildan Underwear called, “Don’t wear your dad’s underwear.”

After expounding on all the great things that dads have done for us, the campaign quickly encourages us to emulate them…

Except for wearing their underwear.

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