Burson-Marsteller founder dies at 98

Harold Burson, once a 14-cents-per-column-inch stringer for a Memphis newspaper, who reported the Nuremberg Trial for the Army radio network in Europe and whose one-man consultancy became by 1983 the world’s largest public relations firm, died on January 10, 2020. He was 98. Burson played a leading role in transforming the practice of public relations … Continue reading “Burson-Marsteller founder dies at 98”

USHBC picks Denver’s Sterling-Rice Group

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) has contracted with the Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) to lead its integrated foodservice marketing and promotional activities for the council and the blueberry industry. SRG was awarded the USHBC account following a comprehensive review process that attracted many high-profile agencies around the country and was narrowed to a final group … Continue reading “USHBC picks Denver’s Sterling-Rice Group”

Tonise Paul becomes Chairman of Energy BBDO

Energy BBDO announced today that Jeff Adkins, currently EVP and Managing Director, is being promoted to President and CEO of the agency beginning January 1, 2020. He succeeds Tonise Paul, who will become Chairman. Adkins joined Energy BBDO in 2002 from EuroRSCG (now Havas). Over the years, he has served as Client Service Director, Chief … Continue reading “Tonise Paul becomes Chairman of Energy BBDO”

Telly Awards announce call for entries

Following its 40th anniversary as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards has opened its annual call for entries. This year, the awards are offering several exciting new categories that signal the continued growth in creative approaches to the rising digital video production, storytelling, and distribution landscape. … Continue reading “Telly Awards announce call for entries”

Abruzzo Film board to be introduced at AFM

On November 9, 2019, the recently formed Abruzzo Film Commission will introduce the Abruzzo Film Commission Advisory Board (AFCAB) to international filmmakers, producers, location scouts, and media at an event at the Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica during the American Film Market. Board members include some of North America’s biggest names in film and TV who … Continue reading “Abruzzo Film board to be introduced at AFM”

Willimon, Goodman re-elected presidents of WGA

The Writers Guild of America, East and West announced the election results of their 2019 Council election. While running unopposed, incumbent Beau Willimon (House of Cards), who represents the Unity Slate in the East, was re-elected president of the WGA East. His slate of running mates, who also support the guild’s five-month-long battle with the … Continue reading “Willimon, Goodman re-elected presidents of WGA”

Musicians want facial recognition tech banned

Welcome to the worlds of Enemy of the State, Minority Report and Total Recall. Author Philip K. Dick may have known what laid ahead for us as a society. Facial recognition technology has been slowly growing in public and private sectors, from airports to department stores to actual advertising brands. It’s becoming especially popular with … Continue reading “Musicians want facial recognition tech banned”

‘90210’s’ Carteris re-elected SAG-AFTRA President

After a bitter fight against challenger, Matthew Modine, Gabrielle Carteris and Camryn Manheim have been chosen by SAG-AFTRA’s national membership to fulfill the respective roles of president and secretary-treasurer, two of the union’s highest ranking offices. Their two-year terms begin today. Ballots for the national offices election were mailed to approximately 145,700 eligible voters on … Continue reading “‘90210’s’ Carteris re-elected SAG-AFTRA President”

The vision industry sees future with Zimmerman

Ft. Lauderdale-based Zimmerman has been named Agency of Record for Think About Your Eyes® (TAYE), the largest national public awareness campaign dedicated to vision health. The campaign is supported by a coalition of eighteen vision industry companies, as well as The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association. Think About Your Eyes® was established to … Continue reading “The vision industry sees future with Zimmerman”

Marie Schuller joins RSA Films and Black Dog Films

Director and photographer Marie Schuller has signed to the Ridley Scott Creative Group’s RSA Films and Black Dog Films in the US and UK for commercial, photography and music video representation. As one of the most prominent filmmakers in fashion and beauty, Schuller has directed campaigns for the likes of Givenchy, Versace, Dior, Vans, Converse … Continue reading “Marie Schuller joins RSA Films and Black Dog Films”

Presenting the 2019 – 2020 Fall TV Preview

Now that we have bid farewell to The Big Bang Theory, we can now look forward to the 2019-2020 TV season. Last week was a long, entertaining presentation of upfronts where the networks paraded out the stars of returning and new shows to advertisers. Lots of questions do arise. Will Fox still deliver quality programming … Continue reading “Presenting the 2019 – 2020 Fall TV Preview”

Omnicom agencies top Drum’s Big Won Rankings

For the second year in a row, BBDO Worldwide has topped The Drum’s Big Won Rankings as the world’s most awarded agency network across all marketing communication disciplines. According to The Drum, The 2018 Rankings were based on submissions involving more than 3,600 pieces of work from 1,721 agencies around the world 647 chief creative … Continue reading “Omnicom agencies top Drum’s Big Won Rankings”

Girl Scouts team up with DC Super Heroes

Hera! In just a few months, Girl Scouts of the USA will team up with the likes of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl and others from the DC Super Hero Girls to inspire more girls to participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led entrepreneurship program in the world. The program gives girls real-world … Continue reading “Girl Scouts team up with DC Super Heroes”

Leo Burnett unveils 2018 Cannes Lions predictions

Top 20 Cannes contenders demonstrate groundbreaking creativity in a year of great change Last week, Leo Burnett Worldwide published its 31st annual Cannes Predictions, forecasting the top 20 contenders ahead of the 65th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the industry’s most prestigious global awards show. The festival will be held in Cannes, France, which … Continue reading “Leo Burnett unveils 2018 Cannes Lions predictions”

The One Club names FCB’s Susan Credle as chairwoman

(New York — 2 May 2018) FCB global CCO Susan Credle has been named chairwoman of the Board of Directors for The One Club for Creativity, as voted by club members and the current Board. The One Club, the foremost non-profit organization celebrating creative excellence in advertising and design, also announced 12 new appointees to … Continue reading “The One Club names FCB’s Susan Credle as chairwoman”

Reel Women: Brenda Robinson, Attorney & Philanthropist

Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney and Chicago native who currently serves as Director of Business Development for the Los Angeles law firm Greenberg Glusker LLP. Brenda’s prior law practice focused on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film and television industries. Throughout her career, Brenda has provided counsel … Continue reading “Reel Women: Brenda Robinson, Attorney & Philanthropist”

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”

The Reel Black List: Okema Gunn, Film Critic and Writer

Okema “Seven” Gunn has been an educator for several years in New York City and the Chicagoland area. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters in Secondary Education in Social Studies. She has written articles for Empire Radio Magazine, Scene Chicago, Exposure Magazine, Chicago Now, and N’digo Magapaper. Currently, she works as a … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Okema Gunn, Film Critic and Writer”

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”

Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses

SCC names new CEO in reorganization Cubs’ AOR Schafer Condon Carter shuffled their leadership team into new roles effective this month. According to an agency memo from co-founder, Tim Condon, the changes are attributed to the company’s growth. “SCC has come of age. And while we’re still a feisty, scrappy group — and always will be … Continue reading “Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses”