More layoffs, furloughs and salary freezes hit agencies

As we enter the sixth week of lockdowns and working from home due to the global health crisis, agencies are finally beginning to feel the impact as more were laid off and/or furloughed last week. Independently-owned agency Mekanism, which has offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, has reportedly laid off approximately 5% … Continue reading “More layoffs, furloughs and salary freezes hit agencies”

One Club launches online Student portfolio review

An overlooked aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic is the effect it’s having on the next generation of creative talent: graduating students at colleges and ad schools around the world who suddenly find themselves with little in the way of professional guidance, internships or job prospects. To help graduating students this year, The One Club for Creativity has … Continue reading “One Club launches online Student portfolio review”

DeVito/Verdi creates PSAs with NY Gov. Cuomo

The Partnership for New York City, a non-profit organization representing the city’s civic, government, business and labor leaders, has produced two public service announcements – with the help of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo – reminding people of the urgency to protect one another by taking the necessary steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  Stressing the gravity of … Continue reading “DeVito/Verdi creates PSAs with NY Gov. Cuomo”

Ikea Spain reminds us why it’s nice to be home

The home has always been our refuge, and now, it’s the best way to protect ourselves and others from the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 which has reached 768, 466 positive cases and 36, 914 deaths. That’s why Ikea Spain, via agency McCann Madrid wants to pay tribute to our homes — the place that will … Continue reading “Ikea Spain reminds us why it’s nice to be home”

Popeyes wants you to eat fried chicken and chill w/Netflix

As the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic overtakes the world and social distancing has become the norm, brands and their agencies are quickly responding with new messaging. Coca-Cola separated their letters on a billboad in Times Square and now Popeyes, via The Gut Agency, is giving its Netflix username and password to fans who need to chill. … Continue reading “Popeyes wants you to eat fried chicken and chill w/Netflix”

Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long

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 wonderful personalities with us. Think of Creative Director … Continue reading “Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long”

mcgarrybowen names Grillo U.S. Operating Officer

Jon Dupuis, Global President, mcgarrybowen, announced that Lucia Grillo has been promoted to U.S. Chief Operating Officer. Grillo joined mcgarrybowen as Head of Operations only a year ago to oversee operations across the agency’s three U.S.-based offices: New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. In her elevated role, she will take on responsibilities for resource and … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen names Grillo U.S. Operating Officer”

Vagabond welcomes EP Ponce and Producer Reyes

Led by the vision of Founder/Managing Director Lorenzo Benedick, Partner/Executive Producer Gabriel Carratu and Executive Producer for South America Pablo Tourrenc, Vagabond Production Services has started out New Year 2020 with yet another expansion, this time to Panama. Together, Benedick & Carratu are thrilled to welcome Executive Producer Rafael Ponce and Producer Oscar Reyes to … Continue reading “Vagabond welcomes EP Ponce and Producer Reyes”

We predict the 2020 SAG Award Winners

With last night’s Producer Guild Awards, awards season is now underway in Hollywood. Every weekend, everyone in the industry, from animators to VFX folks, will be attending dinners and after parties somewhere in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. And it will all culminate on February 9th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood with the Oscars. The … Continue reading “We predict the 2020 SAG Award Winners”

One Club announces jury for Young Ones Student Awards

Ogilvy Creative Director Kate Desmarais, Leo Burnett VP, Strategy Director Stephanie Dials and Accenture Designer Dahye Ok will represent Chicago on the The One Club for Creativity jury for its global 2020 Young Ones Student Awards, which identifies the best young creative talent at colleges around the world in a variety of creative disciplines. The gender-balanced list … Continue reading “One Club announces jury for Young Ones Student Awards”

2019 in Review: The Best of “Reel Ad of the Week”

The last year of the decade saw many innovative ads that either struck The Reel 360 team as visually striking, made us belly-laugh, made us think with sardonic and unblunted commentary, or simply touched our hearts. In some rare cases, some brands managed to do all four. We were awed by a stunning international outdoor … Continue reading “2019 in Review: The Best of “Reel Ad of the Week””

SAG Awards nominations announced

Nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for  outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2019, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris introduced America Ferrera (Superstore, Ugly Betty) and Danai … Continue reading “SAG Awards nominations announced”

Dad, daughter play ‘Star Wars’ fantasy for EA, Xbox

When my daughter Chloe was say, 5 or 6, we would watch the classic animated show Justice League on Cartoon Network. Chloe, in her pajamas, would run to our TV and scream out every superhero’s name that would appear on screen during the opening credits. “Batman.. Wonder Woman… Green Lantern… Superman… Martian Manhunter… Flash… Hawkgirl.” … Continue reading “Dad, daughter play ‘Star Wars’ fantasy for EA, Xbox”

FCB North America, Chicago restructure leadership

Michigan Avenue is shaking and it’s not from the New Madrid Fault line shifting. FCB is undergoing leadership changes within its network that affects both Chicago and all of North America. Tyler Turnbull, who was promoted to CEO of FCB New York and FCB Canada back in May, will now serve as North America CEO … Continue reading “FCB North America, Chicago restructure leadership”

Women leaders in advertising, media and tech decline

A second annual diversity panel hosted by #Inclusive100 released their findings and the numbers say that companies talk a good game when it comes to making a more inclusive and diverse workplace for women and POC, but actually have a long way to go. According to data released on Thursday at an Advertising Week panel, … Continue reading “Women leaders in advertising, media and tech decline”

Sadira Furlow leads Fritos first campaign in 48 years

For former Chicagoan, now Frito-Lay VP of Marketing, Sadira Furlow, her love affair with the golden and red bag of golden, crunchy corn chips known as Fritos goes back 50 years. The story begins with her father, Charles, showing up for a date with his future wife, Doris, holding a bag of Fritos. Apparently, it … Continue reading “Sadira Furlow leads Fritos first campaign in 48 years”

mcgarrybowen elevates Haydn Morris to Global ECD

Kudos to new mcgarrybowen Global Exec Creative Director, Haydn Morris. The New York office announced that Morris has been promoted in order to leading creative for United Airlines. Matt Ian, Chief Creative Officer for New York, said, “The intensity of Haydn’s enthusiasm for what we do is matched only by the impeccability of his craft. … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen elevates Haydn Morris to Global ECD”

‘Cheer Up, Charlie’ to compete at Hollyshorts

Well, Charlie should be very happy. After successful premieres in New York, Toronto, London and the creative team behind Cheer Up, Charlie has announced that their dark comedy series pilot will be coming to the west coast to screen at the 15th annual Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival. The annual festival saw over six-thousand submissions and … Continue reading “‘Cheer Up, Charlie’ to compete at Hollyshorts”

AICP Next Awards motor into Detroit

Coming off a successful Los Angeles panel and party, which you can see photos of here, The AICP Next Awards motor into The Detroit Historical Museum tomorrow, August 1. The popular program, which has made Detroit a regular stop since 2013, kicks off with keynote speaker Jeff Beverly EVP, Global Director of Content, Commonwealth/McCann. Beverly … Continue reading “AICP Next Awards motor into Detroit”

Nike dreams crazy and wins Outdoor Grand Prix

The first round of winners has been announced at Cannes Lions 2019. After a first full-day of learning and networking, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity announced the first Lion winners at an Awards Show. Below are the different categories: Outdoor Lions – Communication Track Celebrate creativity experienced out of home, a total of … Continue reading “Nike dreams crazy and wins Outdoor Grand Prix”