2019 in Review: The Biggest Stories of the Year

It seems like just yesterday that we were reporting on Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack in Chicago. Actually, it was 300 or so days ago. The Empire celebrity was one of the many stories Reel 360 and our sister publication Reel Chicago covered in 2019. And there was much to cover. Reel 360 expanded from mainly … Continue reading “2019 in Review: The Biggest Stories of the Year”

Teleflora thanks moms for their unconditional love

Teleflora’s in-house agency, The Wonderful Agency, have teamed up with director Jamie McCelland to create a wonderfully humorous spot that pays matriarchs for Mothers Day. The new spot coincides with the world’s leading floral delivery services introduction of its new Mother’s Day bouquet collection. Titled “Love Like a Mother,” the humorous 55-second spot highlights a … Continue reading “Teleflora thanks moms for their unconditional love”

Profile of 2018 AFM attendees: Melissa Papel

The 2018 American Film Market is so last month, but that doesn’t mean the popular film market’s dealings are over. In fact, far from it. The deals and talks continue into December and probably into 2019. This year, REEL360 wanted to profile some of the market’s attendees and their projects. This time around, we get … Continue reading “Profile of 2018 AFM attendees: Melissa Papel”

Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon, other recent moves

Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon Barry Burdiak, a nearly 30-year veteran of DDB Chicago, has left the agency to lead data-driven Epsilon Chicago as Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director. He’ll focus on new business efforts for new and existing clients. A mutiple Cannes Lion winner and Emmy nominee, he will report to a … Continue reading “Barry Burdiak leaves DDB for Epsilon, other recent moves”

Rhyan LaMarr’s journey to “Canal Street”

On his way to becoming one of the hottest young filmmakers in America, Rhyan LaMarr has proven just about every self-motivational cliché in the book. He was raised by divorced parents who struggled in two separate households, went to a high school where almost nobody looked like him, buried more friends then he cares to … Continue reading “Rhyan LaMarr’s journey to “Canal Street””

Global Mechanic inspires kids in PBS vids

Well, this is a fun way to end the week. Long-time animation company, Global Mechanic, has released three of six minute-long video shorts for PBS Kids. With the overarching theme, “You, Me, Community,” the charming and colorful videos were created with the intent to reinforce civic themes such as hope, diversity and inclusion. The first … Continue reading “Global Mechanic inspires kids in PBS vids”

Leo Burnett helps museum goers speak for specimens

Well, we’ve been “voicing” everything from bees to dinosaurs in film and TV for decades now, so why not start doing the same for specimens in museums?

That’s exactly what the Field Museum is doing via an experiential effort from agency, Leo Burnett. Burnett, who already cleaned up at Cannes for their fantastic Art Institute VanGogh Air bnb, is no stranger to bringing a museum’s exhibits to life.

Netflix cancels “Sense8”

That’s all for “The Clusters.” Netflix has canceled drama SENSE8 after two seasons.

The diverse series was created and directed by Chicagoans Lilly and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Jupiter Rising) and filmed in Chicago and at numerous locations around the country and internationally.

“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the SENSE8 cluster is coming to an end,” said Cindy Holland, VP of Netflix original content.