Kay Jewelers puts a ring on Zimmerman

Kay Jewelers, the number one jewelry store in America, has awarded its business to Zimmerman Advertising. Kay Jewelers is operated by Signet Jewelers Limited, the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry with brands that also include Zales, Jared and many others. As the new creative agency and strategic partner, Zimmerman will help apply its strategic … Continue reading “Kay Jewelers puts a ring on Zimmerman”

The Reel Black List: Kevin Miles, Storyteller

“The work I have always been most proud of, is that which supports, promotes and improves the human condition.” North Carolina-based Kevin Miles has worked as a writer and creative director for, and with, some of the top ad agencies in the world, both on staff and as a freelancer. They include multicultural shops such … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Kevin Miles, Storyteller”

Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced their nominations for Best original and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as video game writing and documentary writing. this morning. Most of the screenplays have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting and videogame writing during 2018. The … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees”

LA’s Spittn’ Image’s dynamic social campaigns for FX

Something I always look forward to right before American Horror Story or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres are their ad campaigns. I always find them original and extremely provocative. Making me very, very envious. Apparently my jealousy can be attributed to multi-disciplinary LA-based production shop, Spittn Image. The company continues not to disappoint with … Continue reading “LA’s Spittn’ Image’s dynamic social campaigns for FX”

New campaign promotes dads and daughters

I’m a dad. And I have daughters. So I am jealous (that I didn’t do it) and heart-warmed that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released a series of moving online videos that any dad (I would think) can relate to about fathers and daughters. Multiple … Continue reading “New campaign promotes dads and daughters”

RSA Film’s President Daly departs and launches Big Red Films

Long-time staff producer David Mitchell is named Managing Director of RSA Films. RSA Films has announced Jules Daly, President of the company since 2001, has struck up an independent producing deal with sister company Scott Free Productions under her own banner, Big Red Films. With Daly’s move, long-time commercials producer David Mitchell has been named … Continue reading “RSA Film’s President Daly departs and launches Big Red Films”

Zimmerman Appoints Brad Higdon to CMO

Retail powerhouse taps former MullenLowe President to help drive growth in all forms Zimmerman Advertising announced today that it has appointed Brad Higdon to lead its business development efforts as Chief Marketing Officer. The move follows the promotion of Ronnie Haligman to President. Prior to Mullen, Higdon spent more than a decade with The Martin … Continue reading “Zimmerman Appoints Brad Higdon to CMO”

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”

Hair Cuttery wants to let it grow, naming Zimmerman AOR

(FORT LAUDERDALE – 3 May 2018) Florida-based Zimmerman has been named AOR for Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country. The brainchild of Dennis and Ann Ratner, Hair Cuttery now encompasses approximately 12,000 Associates with over 850 Salons in 16 states. The phenomenal growth of the company can … Continue reading “Hair Cuttery wants to let it grow, naming Zimmerman AOR”

Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks

Awards season, which Reel Chicago has been covering all along, finally comes to its climax with the broadcast of the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Amid the glamour, the Jimmy Kimmel jokes, the expected #metoo and #TimesUP speeches, and the sleep-inducing running time, there will be awards given out. Twenty-four, to be specific. After … Continue reading “Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks”

WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office

“Get Out” and “Call Me By Your Name” win at WGA Awards “I’m your host Patton Oswalt or as Guillermo del Toro puts it, ‘The Shape of Pudding,’” said the comedian as he opened up his third year of hosting The 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards which took place simultaneously in Los Angeles at the … Continue reading “WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office”

Fallon replaces Culligan man with Princess Bride

“Hey, Culligan M—” Oops can’t say that anymore During the Golden Globes, Culligan and Fallon debuted the first national campaign in more than half-a-century for the Rosemont, IL-based brand. Culligan has been known across the country for the “Hey Culligan Man!” slogan for 59 years. But in 2018, the brand says it is looking to … Continue reading “Fallon replaces Culligan man with Princess Bride”

Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news

Doner LA feasts on Del Monte Doner LA is starting off its 2018 pretty much the same way it ended its 2017 – with a win. The shop has now been named lead agency for California-based Del Monte Foods, one of the nation’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products, following … Continue reading “Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news”

David&Goliath build a wall for immigration rights project

Ahhhh, let’s talk about Trump’s border wall. You know – the one that should really be dubbed, “Trump’s Folly?” No, Im not hiding my disdain for his great big wonderful wall. We have all heard about it. Correction, we adults have all heard about it and depending on whether your color scheme is red or … Continue reading “David&Goliath build a wall for immigration rights project”

73 FCB offices play Slotomania around the world

There are 1,440 minutes in the day. And if you’re Slotomania, a mobile Las Vegas-style slot game, there is a valid reason to play at any moment in the day. Now how do you pull a campaign as ambitious as this off? If you’re FCB Happiness, located in London and Brussels you call on every … Continue reading “73 FCB offices play Slotomania around the world”

Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms

The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy Arts and Sciences announced nominees last Thursday night at Rockit Bar and Grill. Hosted by WCIU’s “The Jam” team of Jordan Cornette, Danielle Robay and Felicia Lawrence, nominations were announced in a total of twenty-eight categories. Among those nominated were Ogilvy, Chicago, who has been tearing up awards … Continue reading “Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms”

Costello’s director journey continues, part 2 – an essay

So here we were. NJ Bourque and myself. Yep, we were going to do it. We were going to make a short film on our own and I was going to direct this puppy.

On the surface, I felt as confident as Jordan in the paint, as I had worked with some of the best in the business — Spike Lee, Michael Bay, Marcus Nispel, Jaume Collet-Sera, Pam Thomas and Malcolm Lee. I was ready. I could do this. Yes, yes.

All of that sounded great over wine with NJ. However, in the morning, while drinking coffee, I was more like, “What the fuck have I committed myself to?”