72andSunny and eBay get real with paid shopping memberships

Monday, eBay unveiled its big summer discounts on thousands of new items – with no membership required. Consumers looking for great deals can shop the things they love at amazing prices on eBay.com/deals. The deals will be refreshed throughout the day, and include top brands like Apple, Samsung, adidas, Dyson, KitchenAid, and hundreds more with … Continue reading “72andSunny and eBay get real with paid shopping memberships”

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”

Dead Show Walking? Can ‘TWD’ live after Lincoln’s departure?

Can The Walking Dead survive losing Andrew Lincoln? In case you have been living under a rock for the past 8 years, The Walking Dead is a hit TV show on the AMC network that follows former police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as he navigates through a world that has now become infested with … Continue reading “Dead Show Walking? Can ‘TWD’ live after Lincoln’s departure?”

72andSunny and Shane Warne remind us to use eBay

Everyone makes mistakes. God knows I do – especially when it comes to shopping. I, like so many others, automatically head to Amazon Prime to get our latest items, including groceries (man, I’m lazy). But before there was Amazon, there was eBay, which seems kind of forgotten these days. Hence, 72andSunny Sydney has teamed up … Continue reading “72andSunny and Shane Warne remind us to use eBay”

Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news

TRUECar & Panda Express name Wolfgang of Los Angeles AOR Consider Venice Beach-based Wolfgang of L.A. on a roll. Since winning Halo Top in January, the agency/consultancy, formed by former David&Goliath execs, Mike Geiger, Seema Miller and Colin Jeffrey has added two more wins in the form of TRUECar and Panda Express to its client … Continue reading “Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news”

The Campus’ Rachel Bryant has passed her “Scream” test

Even drenched in blood — and I do mean buckets of blood, like a Carrie amount of blood — there are still undeniable things that stand out about actress, writer and producer Rachel Amanda Bryant. First, are her friendly but driven deep blue eyes that apparently sometimes turn green depending on her mood. Second, is … Continue reading “The Campus’ Rachel Bryant has passed her “Scream” test”

Reel Chicago’s most & least favorite Super Bowl spots

This year, the commercials were the best part of the Super Bowl for everyone who doesn’t live in Boston or Philadelphia. In keeping with the couch potato, post-game, armchair tradition, The Reel Chicago team has assembled a list of our most and least favorite spots. Because nothing says great American tradition quite like laundry detergent, … Continue reading “Reel Chicago’s most & least favorite Super Bowl spots”

Celebrity Super Bowl ads: what’s in it for your brand?

There were plenty of eye-popping fireworks during this year’s Super Bowl in terms of both offense on the field and the amount of high-profile celebrity helmed ads. While it was all good for the NFL’s brand, was it good for the brands that spent $5 million for a 30-second spot? It’s an age-old debate albeit … Continue reading “Celebrity Super Bowl ads: what’s in it for your brand?”

Fallon replaces Culligan man with Princess Bride

“Hey, Culligan M—” Oops can’t say that anymore During the Golden Globes, Culligan and Fallon debuted the first national campaign in more than half-a-century for the Rosemont, IL-based brand. Culligan has been known across the country for the “Hey Culligan Man!” slogan for 59 years. But in 2018, the brand says it is looking to … Continue reading “Fallon replaces Culligan man with Princess Bride”

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”

Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe”

More than a year after premiering at a White House educational event in Washington D.C., Augustana College-based Fresh Films has released its second feature, Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission. Starring former Chicago actresses (and now, LA residents) Stephanie Barron and Anna Benuzzi, along with veteran actor Steve Guttenberg (3 Men and a Baby, Cocoon, Police … Continue reading “Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe””

WPP helps rebrand Walgreens pharmacy

Walgreens and WPP have are moving away from “the Corner of Happy and Healthy” for a new line — “Walgreens. Trusted since 1901.” The previous line was created by GSD&M, whom the pharmacy giant removed as AOR earlier this year. The rebranding effort is most likely in response to the escalating pharmacy wars. CVS recently … Continue reading “WPP helps rebrand Walgreens pharmacy”

Mark Mulhern named CEO of We Are Unlimited

Versatile agency leader Mark Mulhern will take over as Chief Executive Officer at We Are Unlimited, the full-service Michigan Ave. shop dedicated to McDonald’s U.S. advertising and marketing efforts, on January 8. He will replace current CEO Brian Nienhaus, who will move into a new role within OMC that will be announced later. Since launching … Continue reading “Mark Mulhern named CEO of We Are Unlimited”

American Film Market opens for shoppers of film and TV

It’s where dreams are born and the flames of hope are fanned as filmmakers, distributors, writers, producers, actors and actresses descend upon the Santa Monica Loews for the 38th annual American Film Market. Cannes might be the better-known film market, but the AFM is an absolute must-attend event in the industry. If you want to … Continue reading “American Film Market opens for shoppers of film and TV”

MullenLowe, NFL, Johnson, Elizabeth in the news

MullenLowe L.A. wins Whole Foods According to Ad Age, Amazon finally finished shopping for a new creative agency for its newly acquired Whole Foods Market. The report says, the Austin, Texas-based grocery chain has chosen MullenLowe L.A., as its CAOR after a review. The review, which was run by SRI, began in late June. After … Continue reading “MullenLowe, NFL, Johnson, Elizabeth in the news”

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”

Cap Gun signs director Raúl B. Fernández

Award-winning director Raúl B. Fernández has joined the Chicago roster of Cap Gun Collective.

Besides wielding a significant body of work for international brands like Chevrolet, Amazon, Coca-Cola and Durex, he also boasts a Cannes Lion and a D&AD Pencil.

The Argentinian-born lensmaster lived throughout the western hemisphere for much of his youth before settling down at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts long enough to earn a Masters in film.

“Outrageous rollbacks” reignite SAG-AFTRA strike threat

Just when we thought we all could breathe again after the WGA and the studios and networks came to terms on a new contract, The Wrap, Variety and Hollywood Reporter all report that talks have broken down over a new three-year contract between SAG-AFTRA and the AMTMP. SAG-AFTRA’s current master contract for film and primetime TV expires June 30. The union has about 160,000 members.