United Airlines ends NRA discount & other news

5+ United Airlines joins other brands in NRA boycott Chicago-based United Airlines has joined other major brands including Delta Airlines, Hertz, National and Avis car rentals as well as MetLife, Allied Van Lines and North American Van Lines in discontinuing or altering their relationships with the National Rifle Association. In a tweet, United said it … Continue reading “United Airlines ends NRA discount & other news”

Cramer-Krasselt & Porsche cobble together a visceral spot

8+ 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 … Continue reading “Cramer-Krasselt & Porsche cobble together a visceral spot”

CMA Digital Studios to fund five webseries with $50k each

11+ CMA Digital Studios (CMADS) has created a potentially life-changing opportunity for filmmakers and content creators in Illinois. The company’s 2018 Content Initiative will invest $250,000 in five Illinois-made webseries to be selected by a committee of key players from the Chicago film community over the next two weeks.   The opportunity is open to … Continue reading “CMA Digital Studios to fund five webseries with $50k each”

Watch Martha Stewart take on Jack in the Box

8+ 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 … Continue reading “Watch Martha Stewart take on Jack in the Box”

Angela Johnson named President of mcgarrybowen/NYC

6+ Former WPP exec Angela Johnson is leaving the Windy City for the Big Apple. McGarryBowen U.S. President Simon Pearce announced that Johnson has been named President of the agency’s New York office, and introduced her to the NYC staff in a meeting Friday afternoon. “Angela has a rich background in bringing impressive, record-breaking results … Continue reading “Angela Johnson named President of mcgarrybowen/NYC”

WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth

6+ The sale of Chicago’s second public TV station may have cost the city college system $130 million, according to the results of a six-month investigation contained in this article. Calculated in terms of potential income, the loss was just one of many negative factors that continue to affect Chicago as a result of the … Continue reading “WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth”

Bill Murray, Jens Jensen, One Show in the news

8+ ”The Bill Murray Experience” arrives on VOD platforms Dec. 19 The Bill Murray Experience documents the efforts of a recently unengaged and temporarily uninspired actress / filmmaker, Sadie Katz, as she attempts to procure “a magical chance encounter with her favorite actor and life guru, Bill Murray,” according to the film’s synopsis.   Featuring … Continue reading “Bill Murray, Jens Jensen, One Show in the news”

Chicago Media Standards

6+ An Open Letter to the Chicago Film Community: The Chicago film industry continues to enjoy record-breaking growth and development. But there’s one change we are not seeing fast enough — an unequivocal rejection of the culture of sexism, misogyny, and discrimination that has long dominated this business. If our community is to continue to … Continue reading “Chicago Media Standards”

YouTube Red enlists Sarofsky for series intro

4+ When Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television* creator Rawson Marshall Thurber (director of Central Intelligence, We’re The Millers, and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and his team set out to find the perfect company to create their new YouTube Red show’s main titles, design-driven production company Sarofsky made their short list. Well known for … Continue reading “YouTube Red enlists Sarofsky for series intro”

Dwelling within Chicago’s “Public Housing Unit”

3+ Screenwriter Patrick Wimp gathered an abundance of background material before he began on Public Housing Unit, a story about three police officers who patrol the Chicago projects in the 1980s. Over the previous year, along with creators Angie Gaffney and Ted Reilly, he had interviewed not only the cops who had worked the public … Continue reading “Dwelling within Chicago’s “Public Housing Unit””

Explore Media-produced spot goes viral

8+ Explore Media told a classic American tale in a fifteen-second spot that took less than a month to go viral. “The Ultimate Trade-Proof Snack” for GoGo squeeZ — featuring a cast of preteen grade-schoolers and absolutely no dialogue — has racked up 6.7 million views since debuting in mid-July. Together with the corresponding 30-second … Continue reading “Explore Media-produced spot goes viral”

Cutters launches “Project For Good”

5+ Cutters Studios’ “Project For Good” is a companywide inspiration to get creative about dedicating time, talent and resources to create positive change in the world. The first cycle of the ongoing effort is explained in a four-minute film about Bootstrap Villages, a nonprofit organization devoted to building a community of “tiny houses” for the … Continue reading “Cutters launches “Project For Good””

McGarryBowen brings NYC to life for US Open campaign

The US Open’s new “You In?” campaign is an ode to New York City, courtesy of McGarryBowen Chicago.

The buildings, bridges and food trucks of the Big Apple form a literal nighttime backdrop for footage of the event’s legendary action. As players and fans light up walls throughout the city, a voiceover declares, “Only New York can throw a party this big.”

New Hamilton app lets Chicago see show for less

My daughter, Max, is thirsty to see Hamilton.

I am as well, but with a college tuition to pay one has to wonder if it’s worth shelling out hundreds of dead presidents to see a show about dead founding fathers and costs almost as much as her education.

But now, the theater gods are smiling, or singing, because there is now a new app to purchase cheaper Hamilton tickets.

Public Housing Unit among shows headed to NY TV fest

Seven Chicago-produced TV pilots for have been selected for the 2017 New York Television Festival, which will light up the Big Apple in the third week of October. From a candid glimpse at life in the projects to a personal crisis in a suburban basement, the themes reflect a dynamic and exciting Windy City production scene.

VP/CD Vos among recent hires and promotions at R+K

Naperville-based Rhea + Kaiser has been keeping more than busy this summer. The full service marketing agency announced a pair of promotions and a pair of new hires in July.

Jack Vos was appointed to vice president, creative director last week. The versatile veteran gained experience the old-fashioned way with Eiseman Johns and Law at the beginning of his career, where his duties as a junior art director included running the mount room.