‘Joker’ DP fan films ‘Batman’ COVID-19 PSA

More than 160,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 4,895,868 cases of coronavirus in the states and at least 160,255 people have died from the virus. So far on Friday, there are recorded 12,286 new cases and 151 reported deaths.  One of the ways to help prevent the spread is by wearing … Continue reading “‘Joker’ DP fan films ‘Batman’ COVID-19 PSA”

Bruce B. Gordon, CEO, Filmmaker, Voice Actor

Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these various personalities with us. Bruce B. Gordon is … Continue reading “Bruce B. Gordon, CEO, Filmmaker, Voice Actor”

Wondros adds Stephan Malik to directorial roster

Led by Danielle Peretz, Wondros’ new Executive Producer of the commercial/branded content division, the company has welcomed the multi-disciplinary commercial and film Director Stephan Malik. For Peretz, who is currently working on expanding Wondros’ directorial roster for the new year, Stephan is a true artist, a craftsman who prides himself on perfection and the quality of … Continue reading “Wondros adds Stephan Malik to directorial roster”

‘Two Popes,’ Pakula tribute round out AFI galas

Today, the American Film Institute announced the two Gala titles that complete the Gala line-up at AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi. Netflix’s The Two Popes starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce will screen on Monday, November 18 and Amazon Studios‘ The Aeronauts starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne will screen on Tuesday, November 19. … Continue reading “‘Two Popes,’ Pakula tribute round out AFI galas”

Brace yourself for Apple Law

“the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a brand I’ve admired my whole life was too good to ignore.” That’s part of an email that went out to Publicis Groupe from CCO and president of communications, Nick Law, who confirmed that he is leaving the network for a new position at Apple. Ad … Continue reading “Brace yourself for Apple Law”

Miller Lite & Jason Witten surprise Dallas football fans

New DDB Chicago video shows football legend Jason Witten trading in his jersey for a beer delivery uniform As a devout Philadelphia Eagles (“Iggles”) fan it really does pain me to write anything positive about that team in Dallas. But DDB Chicago has created a new video for client Miller Lite that tastes great. To … Continue reading “Miller Lite & Jason Witten surprise Dallas football fans”

TBWA\Chiat\Day NY Taps vet Al Merry for ECD role

(NEW YORK – 9 May 2018) TBWA\Chiat\Day New York announced that Al Merry will join the agency as Executive Creative Director later this month. Merry is an award-winning creative director, and an eight-year veteran of Wieden+Kennedy, where he held creative posts in London, New York and Amsterdam. At TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, he will lead the … Continue reading “TBWA\Chiat\Day NY Taps vet Al Merry for ECD role”

Steffan Postaer on connecting to the inner-fantastic

A while back, a guest writer on AdAge, Lauren Warner, took some heat for an essay she wrote about the briefing process. Among other things, she claimed one should address “creatives on your shop’s team like they’re in kindergarten.” Others may have been offended, but the story made me smile. I recall an evening spent … Continue reading “Steffan Postaer on connecting to the inner-fantastic”

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”

Latest from Leo B, McDonald’s, and the box office

Burnett celebrates the top-performing agencies in global network Last week in Chicago, Leo Burnett Worldwide hosted the 20th annual Leo Burnett “Agency of the Year.” This global celebration recognized the best agencies in the global network by reviewing what Burnett has based their credos on — creative prowess and business results. Leo Burnett Beirut took … Continue reading “Latest from Leo B, McDonald’s, and the box office”

Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news

Cutters Detroit promotes Grosjean Executive Producer Mary Connolly and Managing Director Kurt Kulas announced last week that Cutters Studios Detroit office has promoted Justin Grosjean to editor. Grosjean first joined the company four years ago as an intern. However, he was already in the global spotlight for creative production. In 2012, Justin and his twin … Continue reading “Cutters, The Mill, The After Party in the news”

“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”

New gigs for Sciarotta, Funk, Kirk and Gitersonke

Joe Sciarotta promoted to Ogilvy Co-U.S. Creative Officer

Ogilvy and Mather announced that the agency promoted veteran Chicago creative leader, Joe Sciarotta to U.S. Chief Creative Officer along with Alfonson Marian, who will also share the title. According to a report in AgencySpy, they will form a new stateside management team alongside U.S. CEO Lou Aversano and chief strategy officer Steve Zaroff.

Rodgers Townsend’s CEO, Harries’ novel, Bauer’s win

St. Louis agency, Rodgers Townsend announced today the appointment of Andrew Dauska as Chief Executive Officer.

Effective August 30, Dauska will partner with Michael McCormick, EVP and Chief Creative Officer, taking over from Tim Rodgers, one of the agency’s two founders, as he enters retirement.

Dauska leaves TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he served as Managing Director and lead client partner for Nissan North America.

See the Emmy noms for Outstanding Commercial

While most of the Emmy Awards broadcast audience will be on the edge of their seats watching House of Cards duke it out with The Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld, there will be another audience – advertisers and their agencies – who will be watching, with baited breath, to see who will win the Emmy for outstanding commercial.

Esai Morales joins “Chicago PD” in major new role

ESAI MORALES (NYPD BLUE) is back on the beat with a new recurring role on “Chicago PD,” as Chief Lugo, a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. The new character will be introduced in a three-show crossover, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chief Lugo grew up and flourished in the “old style” policing methods of the department. Now, he’s doing his best as a chief to steer the CPD towards the new style of policing.