Journalists condemn ‘Trump Kills Media’ video

1+ Over the weekend, The New York Times discovered an appalling, violent YouTube video, created by a pro-Trump group called The Geek Z Team, that depicts President Donald Trump stabbing, shooting and impaling the media and top political opponents, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. The Times reports the graphic and racist video … Continue reading “Journalists condemn ‘Trump Kills Media’ video”

Ten things you may have missed in Childish Gambino’s “This is America”

4+ (Editor’s Note: This is a repost from Woke Brown Feminist.) “This is America” from Atlanta’s creator Donald Glover and Doomsday Entertainment’s Hiro Murai, has amassed over 43 million YouTube views since its premiere on SNL last Saturday. Since then, countless articles have been written, offering their take on the beautifully-shot and poignant video. We … Continue reading “Ten things you may have missed in Childish Gambino’s “This is America””

Chicago shops win Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions

(Cannes, France — 19 June, 2017) Even though McCann New York’s Fearless Girl was the big winner on the first night of the Cannes Lions Festival, Chicago agencies did manage to come home with lions as well. FCB Chicago, BBDO Chicago, DigitasLBI, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy and Mather and Lapiz won lions in the categories of: Glass, Outdoor, PR, Promo & Activation and Print & Publishing. Below, see every Lion won by U.S. agencies on the night.

RBL SPOTLIGHT: Hip Hop Artist Joshua Turner

2+ 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 … Continue reading “RBL SPOTLIGHT: Hip Hop Artist Joshua Turner”

Villas Tacos makes the pandemic comforting

1+ While living at the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, in the daily world of double face masking, social distancing and isolation, the Latinx community is creating a safe and comforting way for people to gather together in the name of Angelino’s favorite food — tacos. Villas Tacos Pop Up Shop, a family business that … Continue reading “Villas Tacos makes the pandemic comforting”

Revolver signs four new international directors

1+ Revolver, an Amsterdam based production house, has expanded their roster of artists with the addition of four new director signings.  The signed directors – Marko Roth, Joppe Rog, Malin Ingrid and Ian Derry, join the roster with an impressive repertoire  of work behind them in both the commercial and independent film arenas.  The announcement … Continue reading “Revolver signs four new international directors”

Reel 360’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

2+ Happy Hanukkah! And we are just around the corner from Christmas and Kwanza, so it’s that time of the year to offer up the Reel 360 / Reel Chicago Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide. To make your last minute holiday gift buying just a l’il bit easier, we’ve compiled an extensive list – and believe … Continue reading “Reel 360’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide”

Escape Room’s award-winning director Bessy Adut

3+ Bessy Adut is, quite frankly, one of the most stubborn women one can ever meet. And it’s this “I will do it no matter what” attitude that has led the Turkish immigrant to become an award winning film director/writer/producer who lives in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts as … Continue reading “Escape Room’s award-winning director Bessy Adut”

Fall Festivals team up for “United Platforms”

1+ The fall film festivals of Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York have all agreed to join forces during this very strange year of 2020 and offer “United Platform” which organizers believe will better service filmmakers, audiences, journalists and industry professionals. Venice is meant to take place Sept. 2-12, TIFF begins on Sept. 10 and … Continue reading “Fall Festivals team up for “United Platforms””

George Floyd demonstrations: In photos

2+ The global foot of outrage against racism and police brutality is still pressing down on the gas pedal with no sign of braking. It was a powerful week that saw millions across the world – Black, White, Asian, Indian, LGBTQ+, old, young, in-between – come together and peacefully decry the systematic racism that has … Continue reading “George Floyd demonstrations: In photos”

Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests

2+ As America raged this past weekend, making it loud and clear that it has had enough of police brutality targeted at Black people, major brands, networks and ad agencies took to social media to make their stand against systematic racism which is rampant in the United States. Late Friday night, we reported that Nike … Continue reading “Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests”

The CW’s new TV season takes flight in January 2021

2+ The Upfronts have started. Sort of. The CW Network will officially launch its new season in January 2021 with its regularly scheduled series line-up, while loading up Fall 2020 with fresh original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The CW Network. … Continue reading “The CW’s new TV season takes flight in January 2021”

Director Marc Meyers on his new film ‘Human Capital’

2+ As the world turns to steaming videos for escapism, a film to keep on the radar is Human Capital, based on the book by the same name by author Stephen Amidon.  Written by Oren Moverman (The Messenger) and directed by Marc Meyers (My Friend Dahmer), the film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film … Continue reading “Director Marc Meyers on his new film ‘Human Capital’”

Sahir Champion, a winner among Producers/Directors

2+ 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. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these various personalities with us. Sahir Champion is … Continue reading “Sahir Champion, a winner among Producers/Directors”

Gwendolyn Osborne, a true Wonder Woman

2+ 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. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these various personalities with us. Talk about a … Continue reading “Gwendolyn Osborne, a true Wonder Woman”

Hallmark apologizes for pulling same-sex wedding ad

2+ Kansas City-based The Hallmark Channel, has reversed what it called a “wrong decision,” stating Sunday it will reinstate a Zola commercial featuring a same-sex couple that had been pulled following a complaint from conservative group, One Million Moms, which incidentally only has 96,000 members according to CNN. Zola, an online wedding registry, wedding planner … Continue reading “Hallmark apologizes for pulling same-sex wedding ad”

Carmichael Lynch debuts new campaign for U.S. Bank

1+ More and more in this intense racially-charged climate we exist in, brands are not only embracing diverse groups and their stories, the are allowing them to become their superpower. That diverse superpower, which is a part of the American fabric, is now also on display in a lovely new campaign from U.S. Bank and … Continue reading “Carmichael Lynch debuts new campaign for U.S. Bank”