Jason Peterson hangs new shingle

Controversial former Havas North American CCO opens The Times Well, that didn’t take very long. According to the Chicago Business Journal, Jason Peterson has opened a new agency called The Times with with two co-founding partners, Greg Weinstein and Pat Corcoran. Weinstein previously worked in the creative department at Havas Chicago and departed there soon … Continue reading “Jason Peterson hangs new shingle”

The 3% Conference rises in Chicago

Expert speakers, engaging activities, and sensational presentations helped to guide 1,300 industry attendees onto the same important long-term group project   Besides being informative, last month’s 3% Conference at Navy Pier was enlightening, collaborative, optimistic, intense, cosmopolitan, introspective, touching, intimate, raunchy, and hilarious. And that was just during the final few hours of the two-day … Continue reading “The 3% Conference rises in Chicago”

AnalogFolk appoints Ruth Sreenan as EVP, Operations

Seasoned leader to help optimize US operations and maximize agency’s growth potential Independent digital creative agency AnalogFolk announced today the appointment of Ruth Sreenan as EVP, Operations for the US. AnalogFolk specializes in creating connected brand experiences to help people achieve their ambitions. They currently have offices in London, Sydney, New York, Portland, Hong Kong … Continue reading “AnalogFolk appoints Ruth Sreenan as EVP, Operations”

It’s a Chef Boyardee “par-dee” with Donny Osmond & L’il Yachty

Whoa! This is what happens when I’ve been away for l’il (see what I did there?) bit. Sooo, if you’re ConAgra and you haven’t dropped any dough on your 90-year-old Chef Boyardee brand in say 5 years and you want to connect with today’s audiences, what do you do? What do you do? Apparently, you … Continue reading “It’s a Chef Boyardee “par-dee” with Donny Osmond & L’il Yachty”

AnalogFolk appoints Megan Murray as Strategy Director

Agency strengthens strategic leadership in US as a result of continued growth in New York and Portland. Independent digital creative agency AnalogFolk (AF) announced today the appointment of Megan Murray as Strategy Director for the agency’s New York office. The newly created position comes at a time of rapid growth for AF as it sees … Continue reading “AnalogFolk appoints Megan Murray as Strategy Director”

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”

Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news

TRUECar & Panda Express name Wolfgang of Los Angeles AOR Consider Venice Beach-based Wolfgang of L.A. on a roll. Since winning Halo Top in January, the agency/consultancy, formed by former David&Goliath execs, Mike Geiger, Seema Miller and Colin Jeffrey has added two more wins in the form of TRUECar and Panda Express to its client … Continue reading “Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news”

BETC Paris dominates 2017 Mobius Awards

BETC Paris earned Best of Show nods in two categories of the 2017 Mobius Awards, which were announced on February 1. Founded in 1971, the Mobius Awards is an annual culmination of a review by a jury that spans the globe. Among the academic, entertainment and marketing professionals who judged 2017 submissions is Leo Burnett-Chicago … Continue reading “BETC Paris dominates 2017 Mobius Awards”

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”

Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions

The Escape Pod promotes Celia Jones to Chief Executive Officer Celia Jones has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at The Escape Pod. Jones, who joined the Chicago-based independent agency as Brand Director in June 2016, will concentrate on growth, integrated capabilities, new revenue, and recruitment. She will report to Norm Bilow, Co-founder and Managing … Continue reading “Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions”

The majority of the Mobius Awards

There are many reasons why the Mobius Awards advertising and package design competition is different from most annual creative reviews. The international prestige and industry credibility — which have been growing since the event was founded in 1971 — are no doubt admirable. But the selection process is what really separates it from the rest. … Continue reading “The majority of the Mobius Awards”

Sears slashes 400 jobs in corporate offices

According to multiple June 13 reports, Sears announced it would cut 400 jobs, affecting mostly its employees at its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates.

The layoffs come as part of an effort to restructure, which is designed to deliver Sears $1.25 billion in annual cost reductions.

On top of the corporate office jobs, positions at field operations will be affected as well due to store closures Sears initiated earlier in June.

AT band “Hard to Swallow” wins 2017 Battle for Hope

Fierce vocals, tight chops and explosive energy helped the AbelsonTaylor band Hard To Swallow win the 5th annual Battle for Hope competition at the Cubby Bear on Thursday night.

The Battle for Hope is a live music competition between bands formed exclusively within the ranks of individual advertising agencies. Proceeds are donated to Chicago’s Off The Street Club, an organization dedicated to helping youths in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Escape Pod hires Celia Jones as new brand director

The Escape Pod Group announced today that that it has named veteran marketing executive Celia Jones as Brand Director.

In this role, she will be responsible for amplifying the agency brand and managing PR and marketing initiatives across the group’s three partner agencies: The Escape Pod, digital agency ORA Interactive, and experiential agency OutCold.