Imaginary Forces: 3x champion surfer for SK-II

Imaginary Forces (IF) recently teamed up with WPP Agencies (Grey and Mediacom) and SK-II STUDIO to produce a short film for global prestige skincare brand SK-II’s groundbreaking anthology series VS — a collection of six animated films based on the life experiences of six Olympic athletes to inspire every woman that they have the power … Continue reading “Imaginary Forces: 3x champion surfer for SK-II”

She Runs It: 6 DEI execs join foundation board

Eager to accelerate #Inclusive100 adoption and progress, She Runs It has fortified its Foundation Board with a six-person Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council comprised of DEI executives from across the marketing, media, and tech industry. The Council will evaluate and inform the priorities and decisions made by the She Runs It Foundation Board to expand industry participation … Continue reading “She Runs It: 6 DEI execs join foundation board”

Editor Carlos Crooks joins STITCH editorial roster

Carlos Crooks, whose passion for editing is perhaps only surpassed by his enthusiasm for the industry and his desire to help boost opportunities and mentorship for fellow BIPOC talents, has joined the editorial roster at STITCH. His signing was announced jointly by Dan Swietlik, Owner and Editor of STITCH, and Mila Davis, Managing Director and … Continue reading “Editor Carlos Crooks joins STITCH editorial roster”

Outdoor Installation highlights racial injustice

This summer, Weisman Art Museum presents a new public art installation, Just Yesterday. The 60-foot wraparound mural will be on prominent display over the summer along the exterior façade of the museum at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The Weisman installation launched May 17th and will be on view until October 1, 2021. … Continue reading “Outdoor Installation highlights racial injustice”

Derek Chauvin found guilty on all three counts

After only deliberating for ten hours, the diverse 12-member Minneapolis jury found former police officer Derek Michael Chauvin guilty on three charges in the death of George Floyd. The jurors found Chauvin, 45, guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death in May 2020. The maximum sentence for second-degree … Continue reading “Derek Chauvin found guilty on all three counts”

Promising Young Woman, Borat among WGA winners

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) tonight announced the winners of the 2021 WGA Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional categories during a first-time-ever joint, virtual ceremony. Hosted virtually by actor-writer-producer Kal Penn (Clarice), the 90-minute ceremony featured at-home presentations … Continue reading “Promising Young Woman, Borat among WGA winners”

Alejandra Parody, Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner

Director Alejandra Parody and producer/composer Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner made the NAACP-nominated short Gets Good Light which centers around a luxury condo that becomes a brief refuge for a family targeted by I.C.E. It’s a powerful depiction of the ever-present threat of deportation in America. The indie short stars Cedric Leiba Jr., Edmond Cofie, Jessica Pimentel (Orange … Continue reading “Alejandra Parody, Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner”

Cherokee Nation demands Jeep rename SUVs

With cultural appropriation currently being targeted and called out by the cultures that have been appropriated, the Cherokee Nation has now weighed in asking multinational auto manufacturer Stellantis N.V. to stop using the tribe’s name on their Jeep brand. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the auto maker’s best-selling model, while the Jeep Cherokee is its … Continue reading “Cherokee Nation demands Jeep rename SUVs”

RBL SPOTLIGHT: Hip Hop Artist Joshua Turner

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 on a daily basis. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like Joshua Turner with … Continue reading “RBL SPOTLIGHT: Hip Hop Artist Joshua Turner”

‘Better Call Saul’ dominates WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America announced their nominations for the 2021 WGA Awards in the categories of TV, New Media, News, Radio/Audio and Promotional Writing during 2020. Winners will be honored March 21 in a virtual ceremony. AMC’s Better Call Saul dominated with five nominations. Other nominees include Amazon Studios’ The Boys, Disney+’s The Mandalorian, … Continue reading “‘Better Call Saul’ dominates WGA Awards”

Whoomp! There they are – Tag Team

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 on a daily basis. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like Tag Team with … Continue reading “Whoomp! There they are – Tag Team”

‘Enough’ showcases Gen-Z a Black teen’s struggle

Today marks the release of Enough, a musical cinematic endeavor ten years in the making illustrating the stormy inner world of one optimistic Black teen coming of age in America. The 2021 Oscar-Qualified short charts the young man’s shining optimism as a boy tempered by adult frustrations with systemic racism. The short film is a 13-minute … Continue reading “‘Enough’ showcases Gen-Z a Black teen’s struggle”

Biden revokes Trump ban on ad agency diversity training

On his first full day in office President Joe Biden kept his promise on signing executive orders which would roll back divisive Trump administration policies. One of these included revoking EO 13950, a ban that curtailed diversity training for federal agencies and contractors. In fact, EO 13950, as it had been known, has now been removed … Continue reading “Biden revokes Trump ban on ad agency diversity training”

Congress certifies Biden post U.S. Capitol riot

Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win after being forced to recess for almost six hours after, what resembled the climax from the 2019 film Joker, an angry mob of President Donald Trump’s insurrectionists attacked and breached the U.S. Capitol building. The attack left four people dead, including San Diegoan Ashli Babbit, 35, who was shot … Continue reading “Congress certifies Biden post U.S. Capitol riot”

‘The Witnesses’ presents many vantage points of 2020

When the pandemic began we all became witnesses to a world outside of our windows. And nothing was ever the same again. The Witnesses is a collaboration between filmmaker Matt Ogens and Invisible Collective, a creative collective dedicated to making diverse and unique voices heard, founded by Justin Polk. For this timely project, Ogens asked … Continue reading “‘The Witnesses’ presents many vantage points of 2020”

2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns

It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns”

Merry Xmas from Reel 360 and Reel Chicago

No need to dive in-depth into what a dumpster fire of a year 2020 has been. We all know. The pandemic has altered the way many of us view life for good. Even how we celebrate Christmas this year. And we really understand the ramifications of COVID here at Reel 360 and Reel Chicago. Because … Continue reading “Merry Xmas from Reel 360 and Reel Chicago”

AICP launches the Double The Line Initiative

Through its Equity and Inclusion Committee,  AICP is launching the Double the Line (DTL) initiative, which gives production and post production companies, agencies, and clients the ability to create  opportunities for people of color in the advertising industry. DTL is the brainchild of Ali Brown of PRETTYBIRD, who’s a member of the E&I Committee, which … Continue reading “AICP launches the Double The Line Initiative”

Interview: ‘Occurrence at Arverne’s’ Robert Broadhurst

Some of the best selections premiered at this year’s, HollyShorts including the monumental story, An Occurrence At Arverne. The short film, written and directed by Brooklyn-based Robert Broadhurst, follows an unknown man attempting to gain access to an unknown home as a woman entering her car regards him warily. Once inside the home, his purpose … Continue reading “Interview: ‘Occurrence at Arverne’s’ Robert Broadhurst”

New voter campaign addresses police brutality

With just 30 days left before election day, the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation (CCGF), which is focused on racial equity, is launching ‘Vote For Them’.  Created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners, the campaign reimagines election signs by replacing the names of politicians with the names of victims of police brutality. It’s a reminder to people … Continue reading “New voter campaign addresses police brutality”