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”
Former DDB CCO Bob Scarpelli once told me, “All good ideas eventually find a home.” That is certainly the case with the exciting two-year-old horror film, Before I Wake, which premiered on Netflix last Friday after playing overseas. Directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Hush) the film stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as foster … Continue reading “Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman”
Two new indecently hilarious spots hit the marketplace this week. The first is from O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul, an agency doing the kind of work that made me want to get into advertising when I was a young lad. Created for Groupon and called, “Oh S#&%, I didn’t get a present for everybody,” the campaign … Continue reading “New holiday spots that are funny as #&%!”
About one month ago, I wrote an editorial in response to the Weinstein scandal. I wrote about my personal experiences working in the film industry — and those of my peers — and discussed how those experiences are symptomatic of a culture wherein abusers like Weinstein have been allowed to thrive. This story is intended … Continue reading “How to fight sexism in the film industry”
RuthieLu: Happy umm (39th) bday, my friend! Can’t believe we’re already here?!? You turning (__) just 5 days before I turn 45. I know you want me immediately to check out our Saggi horoscope at AstrologyZone.com to see just what this auspicious month holds for us. From Dec. 9 onward, we’ll “seem happy to be … Continue reading “Just a note to say… “Happy Birthday, Ruthie Lu!””
The trailer for Super Narcoleptic Girl has arrived. The highly anticipated, Chicago-made webseries “follows the story of a low-level, narcoleptic superhero with the power to make people dance as she struggles to save the day and stay awake,” according to a press release. Chicago Director Larry Ziegelman (Geek Lounge) helmed the series, which consists of … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers unleash “Super Narcoleptic” trailer”
Okay, you’re sitting (or hopefully standing, it’s healthier) behind your desk at work, waiting and hoping for someone to like or comment on the hilarious video you posted this morning. You’ve looked at your phone at least 100 times since getting to work ten minutes ago. The more time that passes, the more anxious you … Continue reading “Is social media ruining your work life?”
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”
There are 1,440 minutes in the day. And if you’re Slotomania, a mobile Las Vegas-style slot game, there is a valid reason to play at any moment in the day. Now how do you pull a campaign as ambitious as this off? If you’re FCB Happiness, located in London and Brussels you call on every … Continue reading “73 FCB offices play Slotomania around the world”
Last month, Netflix was forced to remove an episode of the popular animated children’s series Maya the Bee after a viewing mom posted a screen grab on Facebook that allegedly depicted a crude phallic drawing on the inside of a log during a scene in the show. Consumer opinions seem mixed about how offensive and … Continue reading “Was there a rogue phallus in “Maya the Bee”?”
Cutters Detroit promotes Grosjean Executive Producer Mary Connolly and Managing Director Kurt Kulas announced last week that Cutters Studios Detroit office has promoted Justin Grosjean to editor. Grosjean first joined the company four years ago as an intern. However, he was already in the global spotlight for creative production. In 2012, Justin and his twin … Continue reading “Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news”
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”
A while back, my wife wanted to replace some underwear she liked that she bought out of town. I found it on the web and placed the order. Good news? Problem solved. Odd news? Now, everyday, a new email from Cosabella arrives in my inbox. There are certainly worse kinds of spam, but none that … Continue reading “Why Italian Lingerie Makes Me Nervous”
As a young woman working in the film industry, I can’t say the Weinstein scandal surprised me. Instead, I’m experiencing the routine bittersweet cocktail of emotions I get every time a story of sexism and rape culture makes the news. I’m sad for the women who were abused and sadder still to think about the … Continue reading “Chicago producer’s take on the Weinstein scandal”
Maybe it’s our imagination, but it seems like we have not had too many opportunities this year to report good news out of 35 West Wacker Drive. It seems like all we have had to share is this creative leaving or an account gone. Well, today that changes for The Reel as we have some … Continue reading “Serta names Leo Burnett new creative agency”
I love the Y. When I used to live in Barrington IL, most mornings — except the god-awful ones that started at 80 below — began with a 5:30 AM trip to the YMCA, which was right down the street from my house. My daughter Max, was on the Y’s gymnastics team all through elementary … Continue reading “YMCA dives back into the community with new campaign from Droga5”
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.
I’ve been meaning to write about this for the last couple of weeks since I saw it, but finally got around to it. Have you seen the new Sam Jackson spot for Capital One and Spotify?
If you haven’t, it’s just a fun little piece where Sam puts the moves to Al Green’s classic song, “Let’s Stay Together.” As Jackson croons, Capital One announces that with the Quicksilver Card clients can receive 1.5 percent cashback on every purchase and 50 percent back on Spotify Premium.
Confirming a story that broke on Reel Chicago.com last month, The One Club for Creativity, producers of the prestigious One Show Awards, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, today announced that it will indeed induct Burrell along with Rebeca Mndez, Susan Hoffman and David Lubars to the Creative Hall of Fame. Diane Cook-Tench will be named to the Educators Hall of Fame.
It’s not the worst of times, but the best of limes as Skittles has finally listened to pleas from customers over social media who begged for the return of the popular flavor after it was replaced with green-apple.
Welcome to “Lime-ageddon!”