SAG Awards nominations announced

Nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for  outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2019, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris introduced America Ferrera (Superstore, Ugly Betty) and Danai … Continue reading “SAG Awards nominations announced”

Teleflora unwraps Elf for holiday campaign

The Reel 360 Team received news from Teleflora about a new elf holiday campaign and we were hopeful that Will Ferrell was finally getting a well-deserved floral arrangement. Alas, we were 100% wrong. That said, Teleflora, the world’s leading floral delivery service, has launched a droll and witty digital effort for the holiday season to … Continue reading “Teleflora unwraps Elf for holiday campaign”

Ikea ornaments rap and diss fam in new holiday spot

As far as holiday advertising goes, we’ve seen heartwarming, cute, fuzzy, weird, but we haven’t been hit with a laugh punch to the gut until now. Ikea’s first-ever UK Christmas ad, features a family who’s ‘home shamed’ by their kitsch ornaments in one of the most original raps I’ve heard in advertising or even on … Continue reading “Ikea ornaments rap and diss fam in new holiday spot”

Sandy Hook intros “new” back-to-school essentials

Jesus Christ, what a powerful ad this is. Sandy Hook Promise, the non-profit that aims to prevent gun violence in schools, is back with a legit punch-to-the-gut campaign from BBDO New York. And the Reel 360 team is horrified and drawn to the work at the same time from director Henry Alex Rubin from Smuggler. … Continue reading “Sandy Hook intros “new” back-to-school essentials”

Sony releases official statement re: ‘Spider-Man’

Yesterday, fanboys and girls were given a punch to the gut as news spread of Sony and Disney/Marvel ending their Spider-man partnership. Reel 360 reported that Disney wanted an even split of the gross, not content to stay at the previously agreed on 5 percent. When the two studios couldn’t reach an agreement, they parted. … Continue reading “Sony releases official statement re: ‘Spider-Man’”

‘Fosters’ Barreto makes directing debut at Hollyshorts

Alexandra Barreto, who played Ana Gutierrez on Freeform’s The Fosters, can now add director to her IMDB. Her directorial debut, a comedic short film, Lady Hater, will screen at the 15th annual Oscar-Qualifyin HollyShorts Film Festival. The short film premiered at 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and was called out by Forbes as “Five Not to … Continue reading “‘Fosters’ Barreto makes directing debut at Hollyshorts”

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”

FCA blitzes big game spots for digital and social

This year, instead of advertising on CBS for the Super Bowl, FCA US rolled out seven (Yes, seven) online videos this week as part of its “Big Game Blitz” strategy. The final two videos – the Ram brand’s “Roll Rams Roll” and “4th Quarter Fight” – launched today, Friday. FCA debuted the seven videos across … Continue reading “FCA blitzes big game spots for digital and social”

Iceland’s banned Christmas ad launches on social media

Iceland’s bold Christmas ad failed to pass regulatory approval and will now launch on YouTube This year, Iceland, the UK’s leading frozen food specialist has taken a brave step in using a short film, Rang-tan, as its main Christmas ad. Rang-tan is an emotive animation telling the story of rainforest destruction caused by palm oil … Continue reading “Iceland’s banned Christmas ad launches on social media”

‘Venom’ dominates second weekend box office

Despite a 31% Rotten Tomato rating, audiences are ignoring critics and flocking to see anti-superhero Venom. The Tom Hardy launch of Sony’s Spider-verse, dropped a respectable 55% in the film’s second frame. The second weekend is always a test for a film’s staying power. After raking in $80.2m in its first weekend, many expected the … Continue reading “‘Venom’ dominates second weekend box office”

Tribute to a legend: Jay B. Ross, Entertainment Lawyer

Attorney Jay B. Ross passed away on March 1. A beloved member of Chicago’s media community, Ross’s former client list reads like a who’s who of American music. James Brown, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, Jerry “The Iceman” Butler, Koko Taylor, Albertina Walker, and Willie Dixon were among the legends who relied on his … Continue reading “Tribute to a legend: Jay B. Ross, Entertainment Lawyer”

The Reel Black List: Steve Conner, CEO

Steve Conner is noted for producing global, viral success stories with his branding and entertainment technique. He is also an Emmy-nominated writer/film director/DP and an award winning product designer. Steve pioneered his way of working at his branding/ production company in NYC – STEVE/STORM FILMS. The most notable success story was the global phenomenon – … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Steve Conner, CEO”

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”

Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe”

More than a year after premiering at a White House educational event in Washington D.C., Augustana College-based Fresh Films has released its second feature, Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission. Starring former Chicago actresses (and now, LA residents) Stephanie Barron and Anna Benuzzi, along with veteran actor Steve Guttenberg (3 Men and a Baby, Cocoon, Police … Continue reading “Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe””

Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news

Viral Chicago series Easy Abby returns for season two Easy Abby, the “Lesbian RomCom Series” that scored more than 30 million views with thirteen episodes in its first season, returns Dec. 15 on Revry, “the world’s first LGBTQ+ digital streaming platform.” Created, written, and directed by Chicago filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton, Easy Abby chronicles the … Continue reading “Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news”

Siskel to host “On Location” program during construction

Taking a cue from loyal patrons, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will begin making extensive renovations and technical upgrades to its State St. facility on Friday, Dec. 1. The process will continue through Thursday, Jan. 4. Theater 1 and Theater 2 will have the 17-year-old seats … Continue reading “Siskel to host “On Location” program during construction”

Utopic collecting for Puerto Rico

The results of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico have been devastating to say the least. And the response of the current administration to the island, which is home to 3.4 million Americans, has been ridiculously lax as well. Tuesday, the Trump administration even denied a request from several members of Congress to waive shipping restrictions … Continue reading “Utopic collecting for Puerto Rico”

“Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel

Netflix cancels ‘Stranger Things’ bar Pop-up pop-culture bars are all the rage. In New York and LA, Tim Burton fans can do dinner and a show at “Beetlehouse.” Los Angeles is also home to the Star Wars-themed “Villainy and Scum” Cantina. And since August, Chicago has boasted the aptly named, “The Upside Down,” a Stranger … Continue reading ““Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel”

LiftMaster’s Battle of the Garage Bands

Minneapolis’ Sin City Escape and Chicago’s Speedfreak rocked hundreds of fans at Liftmaster’s Battle of the Garage Bands competition in Wicker Park’s 1st Ward on Sunday night.

When the music stopped, celebrity rock star judges Dee Snider and Chip Z’Nuff, along with venerable producer Johnny K, decided that the five-piece outfit from Minnesota was the best of the show.