Bud Light unveils its own ‘Philly Philly’ for The Eagles

Aw yeah! Bud Light has given Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, their own “Philly Special.” The Anheuser-Busch beer brand unveiled a gigantic nine-foot statue, capturing the moment when Nick Foles asked head coach Doug Pederson, “You want ‘Philly, Philly?’” during the Super Bowl. If you don’t remember (or if you’re a Patriots fan and … Continue reading “Bud Light unveils its own ‘Philly Philly’ for The Eagles”

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”

Craig Zadan, prolific stage, TV & film producer, has died

Producer of movie musicals “Chicago” and “Hairspray” and co-producer of NBC’s  “The Sound of Music Live!” dies of complications following surgery Craig Zadan, one of film and TV’s most prolific producers of musicals, has died at the age of 69. Zadan’s death was announced Tuesday by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, who called Zadan “my dear … Continue reading “Craig Zadan, prolific stage, TV & film producer, has died”

From handmaids to Jesus, the Emmys announce noms

Al Pacino’s haunting portrayal of Joe Paterno was snubbed. SNL’s Keenan Thompson and Aidy Bryant were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Although David Lynch’s 18-episode Twin Peaks was nominated for 9 Emmy’s, the series was largely ignored in major categories. Netflix dethroned HBO as most nominated network. Jesus. He was … Continue reading “From handmaids to Jesus, the Emmys announce noms”

Cinespace Film Studios acquires new Chicago facility

Each of the 31 stages on the 1.5 million sq.-ft. original campus are booked, so the studio had to expand. “It’s a good problem to have,” says President Alex Pissios.   Chicago Cinespace Film Studios expanded its West Side campus by arranging to purchase a former steel factory at 3355 W. 31st St. last month. … Continue reading “Cinespace Film Studios acquires new Chicago facility”

Jordan Peele tweets out first poster for 2019 film, “Us”

Still riding high from his directorial debut, Get Out, writer/director Jordan Peele has tweeted and posted the poster for his new film, Us. Peele will write and direct the upcoming film which the poster teases to be a “new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award winner Jordan Peele.” Get Out received an Oscar nomination … Continue reading “Jordan Peele tweets out first poster for 2019 film, “Us””

HBO announces 2018 Directing Fellowship winners

(New York – 4 May 2018) HBOAccess has selected three directors for their 2018 Directing Fellowship. The HBOAccess Directing Fellowship selects 3-4 fellows to participate in a biennial program designed to foster diverse directing talent. The program includes a series of master classes which lead into the production of pilots. Delivered by industry professionals both … Continue reading “HBO announces 2018 Directing Fellowship winners”

Animated “Fast & Furious” drifts onto Netflix in 2018

Rev your engines “fam.” Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television have announced an upcoming Fast & Furious animated series, the first in an expansion of their ongoing multi-year deal for original animated kids and family programming. Following Comcast-NBCUniversal’s acquisition of the animation studio, the relationship has been expanded to include a first look at DreamWorks Animation … Continue reading “Animated “Fast & Furious” drifts onto Netflix in 2018″

Max Jenkins gets “Lost in Space” as Will Robinson

Exclusive interview with the cast member of the Netflix’s series premiering today At 12-years-old, one can’t really say Lincoln Square resident Max Jenkins has had a long and storied acting career yet, but he has certainly had an impactful one.     The mandolin player in the band “Cowboy Jesus and Sugar Bum” made his … Continue reading “Max Jenkins gets “Lost in Space” as Will Robinson”

“Infinity War” sets new weekend B.O. record & more

In Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, intergalatic despot Thanos, otherwise known as the “Mad Titan,” hurls a moon at Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. The same can be said about Disney and Marvel as the behemoth event, also known as a film, did the same to the weekend box office. The epic story, ten years in … Continue reading ““Infinity War” sets new weekend B.O. record & more”

David&Goliath launch new Universal Parks campaign

I don’t know if I’m lucky or not that I live 10 minutes from Universal, Hollywood. You’re welcome stalkers. That said, I sure do love going to the theme park when my daughters are here during the summer and Christmas. Plus, who am I kidding? I’m a big kid. I love the rides and the … Continue reading “David&Goliath launch new Universal Parks campaign”

Intel VR Series brings athletes’ journeys to life

Santa Clara-based Intel is transforming the Olympic Games into a dynamic and engrossing experience by bringing the excitement of the games to athletes’ hometowns around the globe utilizing an ad campaign that showcases how advanced technologies, such as VR, are bringing their stories to life. Intel captured the stories of these four inspiring athletes as … Continue reading “Intel VR Series brings athletes’ journeys to life”

Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions

Women and minorities represented 53% of all crew hires reported in 2017, according to a January 25 press release issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The amount marks a new record for diversity in the state’s film industry. “These productions generated $423 million in estimated Illinois spending,” the document continues, “and … Continue reading “Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions”

Minnie Driver voices new spot for Lexus by Team One

After completing two tours of duty with Lexus, I can say that Lexus is not easy to work on: the brand constantly challenges its agencies to deliver campaigns that exceed the expected. That said, Team One has been doing an outstanding job responding to the call by also challenging the brand and delivering creative work … Continue reading “Minnie Driver voices new spot for Lexus by Team One”

“Middle class” actors, writers, crew hit hard

It’s official. President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which we’ll call the “Tax Jobs Law”) during an Oval Office ceremony this morning. Next stop, holiday in Florida. With the corporate tax rate set to drop from 35% to 21%, the Tax Jobs Law has been hailed as a “middle-class miracle” by … Continue reading ““Middle class” actors, writers, crew hit hard”

‘Groundhog Day for a Black Man’ wows fest crowd

With more than 4,200 submissions, the 12th annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival announced the winners from a group of nine finalists during the grand finale gala at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles. The competition, which occurred Wednesday night, was stiff as the nine short films and web series presented were amazingly crafted and thoughtful … Continue reading “‘Groundhog Day for a Black Man’ wows fest crowd”

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”

SNL, OKRP, Ora Interactive and Starburst in the news

Live from the Museum of Broadcast Communications it’s The SNL Experience!

According to The Chicago Tribune, a major, 500-artifact exhibit, chronicling the four-plus decades of NBC’s late-night topical humor sketch series, is coming to the Museum of Broadcast Communications in October.

The Museum’s founder, Bruce DuMont says the exhibit will change the dynamics of the museum. “It’s a grab for the gold ring. I think it’s going to dramatically change the museum for the better. We’re very excited about it. There’s going to be more attention, more traffic, more buzz about the things we do here.”

Beginning Oct. 21, the show is slated to run for 14 months at the North State Street museum that is celebrating its 35th anniversary but has struggled to draw visitors and get on sound financial footing.

Havas Chicago welcomes new GCD Karen Goodman

Former Under Amour creative, Karen Goodman, has joined Havas Chicago as Group Creative Director.

According to Agency Spy, she will lead the creative on the agency’s Hefty and Reynolds accounts while reporting directly to ECD, Paul Hirsch.

In a statement, Hirsch said, “The range of experience Karen brings to Havas is invaluable. We’re building a shop infused with heart and soul and culture. There’s so much opportunity to create and Karen has the chops to run with it.”