Durable Goods’ Chappell warps reality for Arctic Monkeys music video ‘Four Out Of Five’

Video shot over two days in Northern England at Castle Howard was one of the many locations in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon Durable Goods director Ben Chappell teamed up with longtime collaborator Aaron Brown to put a spin on reality in a surreal music video for English rock band’s Arctic Monkeys’ first single Four Out … Continue reading “Durable Goods’ Chappell warps reality for Arctic Monkeys music video ‘Four Out Of Five’”

ThinkLA announces 2018 IDEA awards finalists

(Los Angeles — 24 April 2018) ThinkLA has announced the finalists for the 2018 IDEA Awards. For the eighth year, the association celebrates Southern California’s advertising, marketing, and media superstars and pay tribute to Los Angeles as a hotbed of creativity and brand building. Over the past few months, hundreds of submissions were received from … Continue reading “ThinkLA announces 2018 IDEA awards finalists”

FCB goes undercover with a Glad trash bag

FCB Chicago followed a Glad trash bag’s journey through the luggage-handling processes in airports across the country to make “Torture Tests,” a 90-second video that plays like an undercover exposé. After thunking onto conveyor belts, falling into puddles and plopping into aircrafts, the bag emerges intact, proving that Glad’s ForceFlex Plus Advanced Protection can withstand … Continue reading “FCB goes undercover with a Glad trash bag”

Cramer-Krasselt & Porsche cobble together a visceral spot

Well, this Reel Ad of the Week from Cramer-Krasselt made me smile. I was not aware of perhaps the coolest Italian cobbler this side of Geppetto, but Porsche USA and Cramer-Krasselt have now introduced me to the legendary artisan Ciccio Liberto. Who is Ciccio Liberto, you ask? (And why do we care?) Well, for over … Continue reading “Cramer-Krasselt & Porsche cobble together a visceral spot”

Battery creates campaign for Chris Rock Netflix show

Thank you, Battery and Netflix, I wanted to get my girlfriend a rock for Valentine’s Day and you have now made that possible. LA-based Battery has created a nifty new global campaign for Netflix to promote Chris Rock’s stand-up comedy special, Tamborine, that debuts on the streaming giant on Valentine’s Day.   The spot opens … Continue reading “Battery creates campaign for Chris Rock Netflix show”

Watch Martha Stewart take on Jack in the Box

Sunday, I will be watching my beloved Eagles take on the hated Pats. And truth be told, I will be chowing down on a genuine cheese steak from Philly’s West in Westwood. However, if I wasn’t enjoying that meat that literally becomes one with the bread, I would certainly try Jack in the Box’s new … Continue reading “Watch Martha Stewart take on Jack in the Box”

Lexus, Black Panther team up for Super Bowl LII

Step aside Audi, there’s a new luxury ride in Marvel films. And it’s the vehicle of Kings. Or one King to be exact – T’Challa from the upcoming Disney/Marvel film, Black Panther. Lexus, which has had a TV relationship with Marvel’s Agents of Shield for the past 5 seasons, has unleashed a 60-second extended digital … Continue reading “Lexus, Black Panther team up for Super Bowl LII”

Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses

SCC names new CEO in reorganization Cubs’ AOR Schafer Condon Carter shuffled their leadership team into new roles effective this month. According to an agency memo from co-founder, Tim Condon, the changes are attributed to the company’s growth. “SCC has come of age. And while we’re still a feisty, scrappy group — and always will be … Continue reading “Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses”

United debuts Olympic / Paralympic campaign

United Airlines’ new advertising campaign for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic team is a fantastic combination of marketing, production, and support. Superheroes, created by mcgarrybowen’s New York office, celebrates the efforts of six employees and six athletes who will help the U.S. travel to and compete in the 2018 Winter Games, beginning on February 9 … Continue reading “United debuts Olympic / Paralympic campaign”

Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news

Doner LA feasts on Del Monte Doner LA is starting off its 2018 pretty much the same way it ended its 2017 – with a win. The shop has now been named lead agency for California-based Del Monte Foods, one of the nation’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products, following … Continue reading “Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news”

Recent promotions and hires at Ora and ELIAS

Ora Interactive promotes Nieman to CSO and hires Wesolowski as Director of Experience Design Chicago-based interactive agency Ora Interactive has named Andrew Nieman Chief Strategy Officer. As Ora’s Director of Business Development over the past three-and-a-half years, Nieman was a key asset to securing partnerships with the likes of Chervon, InterPark and Southeastern Grocers. Along … Continue reading “Recent promotions and hires at Ora and ELIAS”

Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB

DDB Chicago announced today that the agency had lured away 14-year Burnett veteran Colin Selikow to serve as Executive Creative Director on the Miller Lite and Mars Wrigley Confectionery accounts. Selikow rose to creative lead on both Samsung Mobile and United Healthcare. His team’s award-winning film entitled “Ostrich” recently earned seven Cannes Lions. “When I … Continue reading “Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB”

gyro creates campaign promise written in concrete

Since I have been covering stories about Chicago ad agencies for Reel over the last year, and with an even more intense effort since Ruth’s passing, I am beginning to rediscover (and get reminded of) how great some of the creative work coming out of the Windy City really is.

This is the case of what Dentsu Aegis Network ad agency, and 2016 Ad Age B2B Agency of the year, gyro has created — an eye-popping USG campaign, which broke six weeks ago in structural engineering trade pubs and online.