72andSunny drafts GCD Federizo for NFL account

Award-winning creative Erwin Federizo will be lining up on team 72andSunny Los Angeles as group creative director to work on the NFL account. Federizo previously served as global executive creative director at Vans, where he led the brand’s in-house department. Earlier in his career, he held creative positions at agencies including Wieden + Kennedy New … Continue reading “72andSunny drafts GCD Federizo for NFL account”

AFI announces full lineup for festival

The American Film Institute has announced the films that will play in the New Auteurs, Cinema’s Legacy, Midnight, Shorts and AFI Conservatory Showcase sections at AFI Fest 2019 presented by Audi, this November. The complete program includes 142 titles (80 features, 1 episodic, 40 shorts, 21 AFI Conservatory Showcase Shorts) of which 51% are directed … Continue reading “AFI announces full lineup for festival”

Jade Bartlett to write next ‘Doctor Strange’ film

WGA West screenwriter Jade Bartlett will bring her magic to script Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for Marvel studios. According to Rockstar Film School, details of the film are still under wraps, but during the Marvel presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige said the Doctor Strange sequel will … Continue reading “Jade Bartlett to write next ‘Doctor Strange’ film”

Immesoete files $800K ageism suit against Epsilon

It’s an unfortunate and uncomfortable situation that many advertising creatives who started in the 90’s, no matter how talented, are facing today. Ageism. It’s an ugly word and becomes more unappetizing and, quite frankly, terrifying the older we get in the industry. One creative is finally fighting back. Advertising veteran and former Epsilon chief creative … Continue reading “Immesoete files $800K ageism suit against Epsilon”

Tide declares NFL Sunday Nights “Not For Laundry”

For the NFL’s 100th season, Tide has given the familiar acronym a whole new unfamiliar meaning — “Not For Laundry.” Just in time for the premiere of Sunday Night Football on NBC, Procter and Gamble’s Tide partnered with the NFL and NBC to kick off a national debate about the best night to do laundry. … Continue reading “Tide declares NFL Sunday Nights “Not For Laundry””

TBWA\Chiat\Day revs up for mobile version of Mario Kart

Let me just say, I love this spot. Few video games have spanned generations where an adult can feel like a child again. But that’s Nintendo’s Mario Kart Tour. And I sure used to love me some Rainbow Road raceway. Still do. To kick off pre-registration for Mario Kart Tour, the soon to be launched … Continue reading “TBWA\Chiat\Day revs up for mobile version of Mario Kart”

Nike dreams crazy and wins Outdoor Grand Prix

The first round of winners has been announced at Cannes Lions 2019. After a first full-day of learning and networking, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity announced the first Lion winners at an Awards Show. Below are the different categories: Outdoor Lions – Communication Track Celebrate creativity experienced out of home, a total of … Continue reading “Nike dreams crazy and wins Outdoor Grand Prix”

‘Phoenix’ goes up in flames, ‘Pets’ not much better

Call it “sequel-itis.” Call it mediocre moviemaking. Call it ambivalence because of moving to Disney/Marvel. Whatever the reason, the final film in the 20th Century Fox X-Men (or ‘Fox-Men’) universe ended with a whimper as Dark Phoenix landed at the weekend box office with a resounding THUD. Consider this. Although Dark Phoenix was sold as … Continue reading “‘Phoenix’ goes up in flames, ‘Pets’ not much better”

Even with awful reviews ‘Dark Phoenix’ set to rise at B.O.

Fox’s Dark Phoenix, the last of the 18-year-old X-Men saga, is currently on track to take the top spot at the worldwide box office with a $170 million-plus debut. Roughly 50% of that projection is based on an estimated $120 million overseas debut, mostly coming from China. Tracking indicates the X-Men film will earn $50M-$60M. … Continue reading “Even with awful reviews ‘Dark Phoenix’ set to rise at B.O.”

Whitaker to produce ‘Hello, Universe’ for Netflix

Streaming giant Netflix announced today it will produce a live action family movie, Hello, Universe, based on the 2018 Newbery Award winning, New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Erin Entrada Kelly. Playwright and screenwriter Michael Golamco (Always Be My Maybe) will adapt the book and Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi … Continue reading “Whitaker to produce ‘Hello, Universe’ for Netflix”

Honor Society signs director Julian Pugsley

Bi-coastal production company Honor Society has signed director Julian Pugsley for U.S. commercial representation. Julian’s directorial aesthetic has been cultivated for over a decade with work for Kmart, Mercedes, Amazon, World of Tanks, Postbank, Migros, and many others. He has also shot award-winning work with agencies worldwide including Adam & Eve DDB, BBH, BBDO, Droga5, … Continue reading “Honor Society signs director Julian Pugsley”

Reel Women: Ashley Platz, Actress, Writer, Producer

(Editor’s Note: To celebrate Women’s History Month, Reel Chicago and Reel 360 are once again celebrating the women who make up the industries of film, TV, advertising and music.) Ashley Platz was born and raised in central New Jersey. She grew up wanting to be a poet, and a track and field athlete. When she … Continue reading “Reel Women: Ashley Platz, Actress, Writer, Producer”

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”

Jason Bateman goes down in Hyundai Super Bowl spot

The Super Bowl is tomorrow and the Reel 360 Team is still checking out many of the spots that will happen in between downs this year. From Innocean USA comes Hyundai’s humorous Super Bowl commercial shows how Hyundai Shopper Assurance can elevate the car buying experience without the fearful glances and groans of life’s other … Continue reading “Jason Bateman goes down in Hyundai Super Bowl spot”

Gillette’s powerful short film is divisive to say the least

Gillette faces backlash and boycott over ‘#MeToo advert’ A long time ago kiddies, at an agency far, far… okay it was in Chicago, I worked on a commercial, actually three for Finish Line and Nike with Spike Lee. It featured kids playing football in the streets and kids, well being kids. Two of the cast … Continue reading “Gillette’s powerful short film is divisive to say the least”

Fusion92 launches hilarious RedBox online campaign

Indie innovation marketing agency, Fusion92, has launched Redbox’s first-ever national campaign ever. The brand, best known for their bright red kiosks, dropped two minute-plus spots online on December 19 and ran through December 31, living up to RedBox’s reputation for offering high-quality entertainment. But here’s the big news – the two spots titled: “Prehensile Feet” … Continue reading “Fusion92 launches hilarious RedBox online campaign”

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”

David&Goliath expands Kia creative team

LA-Based Agency Taps two ECDs and a GCD to lead Kia Motors business David&Goliath has announced the appointment of three senior creative hires to round out the Kia Motors team: Marc Schwarzberg, ECD, Head of Art/Design; Mark Koelfgen, ECD/Copywriter; and Frauke Tiemann, Group Creative Director. “With the launch of the new Stinger and having won … Continue reading “David&Goliath expands Kia creative team”

Prince Estate Launches First Wave of Prince Catalog

Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 the most provocative, experimental and soulful music of his career   Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is launching its first round of Prince catalog digital releases today, August 17. The first wave of Prince catalog titles to be released through an exclusive agreement struck in June between SME and … Continue reading “Prince Estate Launches First Wave of Prince Catalog”