SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news

SAG Awards tee up “Three Billboards” for Oscar run Sunday night, the SAG Awards made it very clear that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a frontrunner for the Oscars. Chicago-born Frances McDormand was named Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture. In the film, McDormand portrays Mildred Hayes, a distraught mother … Continue reading “SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news”

The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Last night, the non-televised portion of The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards took place here in Pasadena. The celebration of outstanding work by African Americans in film, TV, music, and literature inspired the likes of Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Morgan Freeman, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and Kareem Abdul Jabbar to attend. While ten winners … Continue reading “The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards”

Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award

Chicago once again proved that the city possesses a great wealth of talent as comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and wife, writer Emily V. Gordon, took home Best Comedy for their addictive interracial romantic comedy, The Big Sick, at the 233rd Annual Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The awards are bestowed annually by the … Continue reading “Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award”

Chicagoans shine at Golden Globes

Chicago-born Frances McDormand, Highland Park’s Rachel Brosnahan and Oprah Winfrey stood out in a sea of black dresses which symbolized the #Metoo #Timesup movements by women in Hollywood during the 75th Golden Globes. McDormand was named “Best Actress in a Drama” for her portrayal of a woman who demands justice in the excellent Three Billboards … Continue reading “Chicagoans shine at Golden Globes”

Latest from Leo B, McDonald’s, and the box office

Burnett celebrates the top-performing agencies in global network Last week in Chicago, Leo Burnett Worldwide hosted the 20th annual Leo Burnett “Agency of the Year.” This global celebration recognized the best agencies in the global network by reviewing what Burnett has based their credos on — creative prowess and business results. Leo Burnett Beirut took … Continue reading “Latest from Leo B, McDonald’s, and the box office”

Traveling Picture Show, David&Goliath, Story, Cary Ruby

Traveling Picture Show volunteers at food bank It’s a holiday tradition for Reel Chicago to cover the good things that Windy City ad agencies and production companies are doing for the community, like Scott Marvel’s annual Give a Shirt drive to help the homeless. But, what’s happening on the west coast? After contemplating all that … Continue reading “Traveling Picture Show, David&Goliath, Story, Cary Ruby”

Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys

There were many smiling faces at the 59th annual regional Emmy Awards Saturday night. Sponsored by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the awards show was streamed live on WGN-TV.com from the Swissotel Hotel. Both Potenza Productions and Daily Planet Productions, Ltd came away with Emmys. Potenza — which … Continue reading “Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys”

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”

Fay Ferguson, Urban Grind, The Avengers, Apple

CAF honors Burrell’s Fay Ferguson Burrell Communications tweeted that The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) named agency Co-CEO, Fay Ferguson, as the 2017 Silver Medal Award winner. Ferguson is the 22nd professional to receive the prestigious award. Nominated for her outstanding service in the advertising industry both locally and abroad, Fay is among an elite group … Continue reading “Fay Ferguson, Urban Grind, The Avengers, Apple”

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”

Daily Planet ‘Hit the Ice’ with the Blackhawks

For the duration of the Chicago Blackhawk’s 2017/2018 season, Daily Planet’s Hit The Ice video will electrify fans at the Madhouse on Madison. It begins right before the players enter the rink, when the lights are dimmed and the attention of 22,000 fans is drawn to the four-paneled, 360-degree video scoreboard that hangs above center … Continue reading “Daily Planet ‘Hit the Ice’ with the Blackhawks”

Havas, Escape Pod, MIFF, Thor, Larry David in the news

Anna Parker promoted to Chief Strategy Officer at Havas Havas Chicago announced that it has promoted Anna (Newburn) Parker to Chief Strategy Officer. She joins Havas Chicago’s executive leadership team which includes Paul Marobella, Jason Peterson, Tatia Torrey, Jennifer Marszalek, Lisa Evia and Angelo Kritikos. Considered a major contributor to the transformation of the Havas … Continue reading “Havas, Escape Pod, MIFF, Thor, Larry David in the news”

OKRP, Robin Stevens, WGA-E, Ron Smith in the news

OKRP Juices up Lots of OKRP-in-Cincinnati Chicago news these days (70’s babies will understand what I did there). In addition to their great new Chili’s work, O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul has acquired Chicago-based, award-winning Juice Interactive, a digital marketing agency with a roster that includes MillerCoors and SAP Hybris. The move follows the boutique agency’s … Continue reading “OKRP, Robin Stevens, WGA-E, Ron Smith in the news”

Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms

The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy Arts and Sciences announced nominees last Thursday night at Rockit Bar and Grill. Hosted by WCIU’s “The Jam” team of Jordan Cornette, Danielle Robay and Felicia Lawrence, nominations were announced in a total of twenty-eight categories. Among those nominated were Ogilvy, Chicago, who has been tearing up awards … Continue reading “Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms”

Kargo, Tronc, The Avengers, Radio Hall of Fame in news

Kargo seeks to reduce damages awarded to former employee

Arguing that a New York Labor law should not apply to a Chicago resident, mobile ad shop Kargo filed a motion last Friday to reduce the $40 million awarded to former employee Alexis Berger by $36.5 million.

Berger was the former SVP of Sales for the Midwest and West Coast for Kargo when she filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claim in spring 2016. Prior to her late-July termination, she was the agency’s highest paid employee and managed approximately 30 employees.

Sarofsky makes friends for new Netflix series

The new Netflix original series, Friends from College, from writer/director Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and spouse/co-writer Francesca Delbanco (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) finally debuted earlier this month.

Directed and executive produced by Stoller, the eight-episode show delves into interwoven and complicated relationships, including former romantic entanglements and comedic explorations of old bonds. As everyone tries to manage their lives as adults, they also experience nostalgia.

The art that complements the Pitchfork Music Festival

Artist Jason Wyatt Frederick created a visual symphony for the cover of the Chicago Reader’s annual Pitchfork preview issue last week.

Using a lineup supplied by the publication, he combined dozens of musicians with notable Chicago personalities and landmarks into a “Where’s Waldo” style rock and roll poster.

The Reader’s been a great supporter of local artists and musicians,” says Frederick, who has been illustrating the Pitchfork issue since 2011. “I’m so happy to get this gig.”

Former Arc AD’s portraits help kids battle cancer

Marvel has The Avengers. DC has The Justice League. And now internationally recognized photographer and former art director Rob Gregory has turned a group of child cancer patients into what we already knew they were.

Heroes.

Gregory has created a series of portraits, featuring children from the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, dressed as superheroes and has dubbed them, Tiny Titans.

FCB Chicago’s Liquid Plumr spot on crack and the pipe

And there it is — the headline I’ve been waiting to write forever. The new “Reel Ad of the Week” goes to FCB Chicago for their very funny Liquid Plumr spot titled, “There’s a Plumr in all of us.”

Set to the finger popping tune of Rosemary Clooney’s, Too Marvelous for Words, we watch various folks ranging from a cute old couple swimming to a bowler and firefighter, all doing their thing… while displaying a little plumber’s crack!