Today I’m Brave holds 100Roofs gala for Puerto Rico

2+ Rosie Perez and Ramon Rodriguez kickstarted project to rebuild roofs for Puerto Ricans whose homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria Los Angeles-based nonprofit Today I’m Brave held its 100Roofs Fundraising Gala on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Conga Room at LA Live. The Gala, hosted by actors/activists Ramon Rodriguez and Rosie … Continue reading “Today I’m Brave holds 100Roofs gala for Puerto Rico”

John Lewis and Waitrose explode with Epic Bohemian Rhapsody

3+ Adam&Eve/DDB launch a brilliant joint brand campaign   DDB UK – The creative team at Adam&Eve/DDB have launched a brilliant joint brand campaign for UK retail giants, John Lewis and Waitrose with everyone’s favorite Bohemian Rhapsody.   Stores across the country will have new signs, bags, vans, and even a new slogan.   To … Continue reading “John Lewis and Waitrose explode with Epic Bohemian Rhapsody”

The Obama’s Netflix deal is great news for Netflix viewers

1+ “President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix“ Twitter, 9:00 AM – 21 May 2018 According to the statement above, which was posted on Netflix’ Twitter account today, President and First Lady Obama will soon be in show business. Although the Tweet described … Continue reading “The Obama’s Netflix deal is great news for Netflix viewers”

Motion, MSI, SCC, Bennett Jr., Haddish, Incredibles 2

7+ Motion PR & AgencyMSI merge to form Motion Move over new agency Merge, there is another merger happening between two agencies. Yesterday, Chicago-based public relations and digital firm Motion PR announced its merger with AgencyMSI, the 57-year-old, integrated communications agency. Effective immediately, the two companies come together as Motion. According to the landing page … Continue reading “Motion, MSI, SCC, Bennett Jr., Haddish, Incredibles 2”

Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions

10+ Women and minorities represented 53% of all crew hires reported in 2017, according to a January 25 press release issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The amount marks a new record for diversity in the state’s film industry. “These productions generated $423 million in estimated Illinois spending,” the document continues, … Continue reading “Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions”

Meet the producers behind Fox’s “Bite Size Horror”

3+ On Monday, Reel Chicago awarded a special edition “Ad of the Week” to an out-of-state agency for the first time in the colum’s history. We felt the impact that Fox’s in-house digital agency, All City, created for Mars candies redefined branded entertainment by making really good entertainment. Titled, Bite Size Horror, these are a … Continue reading “Meet the producers behind Fox’s “Bite Size Horror””

Comedy Central launches Chi-based series

4+ The south side of Chicago sure is getting some love from TV these days. There is Showtime’s hit series, Shameless, Emmy Winner Lena Waithe’s The Chi has wrapped production and now Comedy Central has greenlit a new series called South Side. And yes, hold onto your Craft Service cashews, it will be shooting in … Continue reading “Comedy Central launches Chi-based series”

MullenLowe, NFL, Johnson, Elizabeth in the news

5+ 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. … Continue reading “MullenLowe, NFL, Johnson, Elizabeth in the news”

12:40 p.m. — Sheila Brown, CineCares Foundation

4+ “It’s a good day,” says Sheila Brown, the Executive Director of the CineCares Foundation. “The interns will receive twelve weeks of on-the-job training.” Brown leads an effort to place young adults from nearby neighborhoods into paid internships at Cinespace. This morning, she learned that the first cohort participating in the foundation’s internship program will … Continue reading “12:40 p.m. — Sheila Brown, CineCares Foundation”

Chicago Teamster official charged with extortion

In an 11-page indictment returned Wednesday, the US District Court of Illinois charged high-ranking Teamster official John T. Coli Sr. with extorting “quarterly cash payments” from a business identified as “Company 1.”

Although the indictment does not identify the business by name, the Sun Times on Wednesday quoted an anonymous source who claims that it is Cinespace Chicago Studios.

According to the indictment, Coli demanded that “Company 1” deliver $25,000 cash payments from “around October 2016” until “about April 4, 2017.”

McDonald’s ends four-decade run with Olympics

There will be no more gold…en arches for the Olympics as the fast food giant, effective immediately, has mutually parted ways with the IOC.

In a surprise move, McDonald’s Corp (Chicago agencies: We Are Unlimited and Burrell Communications) severed its 41-year-old alliance three years early. In a joint statement delivered June 16, the two organizations severed ties as the fast food giant continues to re-evaluate and focus on its core business. This, along with rising Olympic sponsorship costs and declining TV ratings, made for a combo platter of reasons for the separation.

Daufenbach Camera hires Schumacher vet Acuna

Veteran technician Michael Acuna joined Chicago-based Daufenbach Camera motion picture equipment rental company in March.

With eleven years experience servicing Chicago’s film industry, the co-owner of the former Schumacher camera brings a wealth of homegrown expertise and local knowledge to one of the only Chicago-based equipment rental houses capable of outfitting large crews with state of the art gear.

AICP showcased 13 diverse future spot directors in LA

AICP’S INAUGURAL DIVERSITY SHOWCASE, the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) was held Wednesday night, Jan. 11 at LA’s Directors Guild of America Theatre.

Participating were 13 highly qualified, unsigned directors out of 122 applicants. There were eight women and five men. Four work in LA and four in New York. None were from Chicago.