Van Jones to keynote ‘Where Are All The Black People’

CNN host and political commentator Van Jones has been announced as the special keynote speaker at Where Are All The Black People (WAATBP), The One Club for Creativity’s annual diversity conference and career happening this year on September 22nd-24th and presented online, free of charge. Van Jones is an Emmy-nominated producer, and for more than 25 years has been a leader in … Continue reading “Van Jones to keynote ‘Where Are All The Black People’”

Nicole “Nikki” Laughlin, President, Havas Chicago

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready, they are making “Herstory” One of the agencies we … Continue reading “Nicole “Nikki” Laughlin, President, Havas Chicago”

Secret celebrates International Women’s Day

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. Secret Deodorant debuted its latest equal representation campaign, “Not The First,” spotlighting some of the most remarkable women in sports today, while paying tribute to the women who paved the way for their professional success. Starring tennis legend Serena Williams, as well as Olympic Gold Medalist and NBA New Orleans Pelicans executive … Continue reading “Secret celebrates International Women’s Day”

Jordan Doucette departs Leo Burnett, returns to Canada

Executive musical chairs in Chicago continues. Ad Age, which obtained an internal memo from Andrew Swinand, Leo Burnett North American CEO and chief executive of Publicis Communications Center, has reported that Leo Burnett Chicago Chief Creative Officer Jordan Doucette will be leaving the agency to head back home to Canada. “After much discussion and a lot of soul searching on … Continue reading “Jordan Doucette departs Leo Burnett, returns to Canada”

mcgarrybowen announces new U.S. strategy leaders

Jennifer Zimmerman, Global Chief Strategy officer at mcgarrybowen, today has shown some Valentine’s Day love to Jamie Shuttleworth and Shawna Ross by elevating them to leaders of their U.S. strategic team. Shuttleworth has been promoted from Chief Strategy Officer of the Chicago office to U.S. Chief Strategy Officer and will have responsibility for leading strategy … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen announces new U.S. strategy leaders”

Mike Davidson joins Burnett as Head of Production

Beginning February 10, Mike Davidson will join Leo Burnett Chicago as executive vice president, head of integrated production. Most recently, Davidson was head of integrated production at Wieden+Kennedy Portland, where he worked on brands including Old Spice, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Nike, and helped produce music videos for rock bands Portugal. The Man and Real … Continue reading “Mike Davidson joins Burnett as Head of Production”

Colonie adds colorist Jennifer Gaida to team

The Colonie continues to grow its roster of talent and services with the addition of Colorist Jennifer Gaida to its team. The hiring of the creative and technically savvy talent marks the launch of the Chicago-based company’s new color grading division, rounding out the one-stop editing, design, and postproduction boutique’s full-roster of high-end services and … Continue reading “Colonie adds colorist Jennifer Gaida to team”

Watch Avocados Super Bowl spot w/ Molly Ringwald

No more teases. Energy BBDO and Avocados from Mexico have released the full :30-second spot which will run on the Super Bowl and a :60-second version which will run online on YouTube. Both star Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and Riverdale star, Molly Ringwald. Titled “The Avocados From Mexico Shopping Network,” it’s a spin-off of your … Continue reading “Watch Avocados Super Bowl spot w/ Molly Ringwald”

Molly Ringwald returns in second Avocados teaser

It seems just like yesterday we reported on Energy BBDO’s comical new teaser for client, Avocados from Mexico Super Bowl spot. In fact, it was actually Tuesday that we saw Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candle star Molly Ringwald pampering the star of the upcoming sixth Super Bowl commercial from Avocados From Mexico’s (AFM). Today, to continue … Continue reading “Molly Ringwald returns in second Avocados teaser”

Ringwald puts best fruit forward in Super Bowl teaser

Instead of pretty in pink, Golden Globe-nominated actress, Molly Ringwald, is going to be alluring in avocado. For the second year running, Avocados From Mexico’s big game campaign was developed with creative agency partner Energy BBDO. Avocados From Mexico (AFM) today announced in their first teaser, titled “Tiara,” that they’ve partnered with Ringwald for their … Continue reading “Ringwald puts best fruit forward in Super Bowl teaser”

FCB North America, Chicago restructure leadership

Michigan Avenue is shaking and it’s not from the New Madrid Fault line shifting. FCB is undergoing leadership changes within its network that affects both Chicago and all of North America. Tyler Turnbull, who was promoted to CEO of FCB New York and FCB Canada back in May, will now serve as North America CEO … Continue reading “FCB North America, Chicago restructure leadership”

Mike’s Hard Lemonade creates “brighter times”

Online takeover of Washington Post on April Fool’s day is part of three-year-old “Drink on Bright Side” campaign by Havas Reading any newspaper these days can be a tough chore, given how much bad news there is. And make no mistake, there is a lot of bad. Chicago-based Mike’s Hard Lemonade, its media agency Wavemaker … Continue reading “Mike’s Hard Lemonade creates “brighter times””

Omnicom agencies top Drum’s Big Won Rankings

For the second year in a row, BBDO Worldwide has topped The Drum’s Big Won Rankings as the world’s most awarded agency network across all marketing communication disciplines. According to The Drum, The 2018 Rankings were based on submissions involving more than 3,600 pieces of work from 1,721 agencies around the world 647 chief creative … Continue reading “Omnicom agencies top Drum’s Big Won Rankings”

Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot

The actor pulls off some of the best four-legged humor this side of “Best in Show” in new Super Bowl teaser from Energy BBDO Energy BBDO unleashed a Super Bowl teaser video that features Kristin Chenoweth coaching a trio of canines on the proper way to sing the Avocados from Mexico jingle. The 15-second Chorus … Continue reading “Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot”

Kerrygold wants to butter audiences up with music

What’s your cooking theme song? When I come home and catch a waft of Vegan goodness coming from the kitchen, it’s always my wife cooking and listening to probably, The Doors. For me, if I’m in the kitchen making my famed slow-cooker five alarm chili (non-Vegan), I’m probably listening to Earth, Wind and Fire or … Continue reading “Kerrygold wants to butter audiences up with music”

Pearle Vision uses Billie Jean King to inspire

The latest in the “Small Moments” campaign from Energy BBDO breaks from promotional-driven spots in the vision category to capture genuine moments   I got misty-eyed watching this new Pearle Vision spot from Energy BBDO. Brought on board through Energy’s continued partnership with Free the Bid, director Elle Ginter of Sanctuary has delivered an elegant, … Continue reading “Pearle Vision uses Billie Jean King to inspire”

‘Incredibles 2’ shatters box office estimates with incredible $180m opening

Incredible. That’s the only way to describe what Disney-Pixar’s 14-year-old-in-the-making superhero sequel did to the domestic and worldwide box office this weekend. Early estimates had predicted an opening weekend between $160 and $170 million (up from the original conservative estimate of $140M), which still would’ve been enough to overtake 2016’s Finding Dory ($135M) for highest … Continue reading “‘Incredibles 2’ shatters box office estimates with incredible $180m opening”

Leo Burnett unveils 2018 Cannes Lions predictions

Top 20 Cannes contenders demonstrate groundbreaking creativity in a year of great change Last week, Leo Burnett Worldwide published its 31st annual Cannes Predictions, forecasting the top 20 contenders ahead of the 65th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the industry’s most prestigious global awards show. The festival will be held in Cannes, France, which … Continue reading “Leo Burnett unveils 2018 Cannes Lions predictions”

Women dominate latest wave of industry activity

Stacie Boney is new president of Hanson Dodge Women’s History Month starts off with big news: former Energy BBDO executive Stacie Boney has been named by Milwaukee-based Hanson Dodge as its first female president. Boney succeeds Tim Dodge, who is said to be staying with the integrated marketing agency as CEO. She came to the … Continue reading “Women dominate latest wave of industry activity”

The Reel Deal with Optimus’ Mary Ann Holecek

One at Optimus, the production arm of the post house Optimus, announced earlier this month that Mary Ann Holecek has taken the reins as Executive Producer/Managing Director. For the past eight years, Holecek has freelanced at a variety of Chicago agencies including Energy BBDO, FCB, Rhea and Kaiser, SPM Marketing, The Escape Pod, Upshot and … Continue reading “The Reel Deal with Optimus’ Mary Ann Holecek”