Celebrity Super Bowl ads: what’s in it for your brand?

There were plenty of eye-popping fireworks during this year’s Super Bowl in terms of both offense on the field and the amount of high-profile celebrity helmed ads. While it was all good for the NFL’s brand, was it good for the brands that spent $5 million for a 30-second spot? It’s an age-old debate albeit … Continue reading “Celebrity Super Bowl ads: what’s in it for your brand?”

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”

Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award

Chicago once again proved that the city possesses a great wealth of talent as comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and wife, writer Emily V. Gordon, took home Best Comedy for their addictive interracial romantic comedy, The Big Sick, at the 233rd Annual Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The awards are bestowed annually by the … Continue reading “Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award”

Chicagoans shine at Golden Globes

Chicago-born Frances McDormand, Highland Park’s Rachel Brosnahan and Oprah Winfrey stood out in a sea of black dresses which symbolized the #Metoo #Timesup movements by women in Hollywood during the 75th Golden Globes. McDormand was named “Best Actress in a Drama” for her portrayal of a woman who demands justice in the excellent Three Billboards … Continue reading “Chicagoans shine at Golden Globes”

Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe”

More than a year after premiering at a White House educational event in Washington D.C., Augustana College-based Fresh Films has released its second feature, Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission. Starring former Chicago actresses (and now, LA residents) Stephanie Barron and Anna Benuzzi, along with veteran actor Steve Guttenberg (3 Men and a Baby, Cocoon, Police … Continue reading “Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe””

WPP helps rebrand Walgreens pharmacy

Walgreens and WPP have are moving away from “the Corner of Happy and Healthy” for a new line — “Walgreens. Trusted since 1901.” The previous line was created by GSD&M, whom the pharmacy giant removed as AOR earlier this year. The rebranding effort is most likely in response to the escalating pharmacy wars. CVS recently … Continue reading “WPP helps rebrand Walgreens pharmacy”

Mark Mulhern named CEO of We Are Unlimited

Versatile agency leader Mark Mulhern will take over as Chief Executive Officer at We Are Unlimited, the full-service Michigan Ave. shop dedicated to McDonald’s U.S. advertising and marketing efforts, on January 8. He will replace current CEO Brian Nienhaus, who will move into a new role within OMC that will be announced later. Since launching … Continue reading “Mark Mulhern named CEO of We Are Unlimited”

American Film Market opens for shoppers of film and TV

It’s where dreams are born and the flames of hope are fanned as filmmakers, distributors, writers, producers, actors and actresses descend upon the Santa Monica Loews for the 38th annual American Film Market. Cannes might be the better-known film market, but the AFM is an absolute must-attend event in the industry. If you want to … Continue reading “American Film Market opens for shoppers of film and TV”

MullenLowe, NFL, Johnson, Elizabeth in the news

MullenLowe L.A. wins Whole Foods According to Ad Age, Amazon finally finished shopping for a new creative agency for its newly acquired Whole Foods Market. The report says, the Austin, Texas-based grocery chain has chosen MullenLowe L.A., as its CAOR after a review. The review, which was run by SRI, began in late June. After … Continue reading “MullenLowe, NFL, Johnson, Elizabeth in the news”

Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB

DDB Chicago announced today that the agency had lured away 14-year Burnett veteran Colin Selikow to serve as Executive Creative Director on the Miller Lite and Mars Wrigley Confectionery accounts. Selikow rose to creative lead on both Samsung Mobile and United Healthcare. His team’s award-winning film entitled “Ostrich” recently earned seven Cannes Lions. “When I … Continue reading “Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB”

Cap Gun signs director Raúl B. Fernández

Award-winning director Raúl B. Fernández has joined the Chicago roster of Cap Gun Collective.

Besides wielding a significant body of work for international brands like Chevrolet, Amazon, Coca-Cola and Durex, he also boasts a Cannes Lion and a D&AD Pencil.

The Argentinian-born lensmaster lived throughout the western hemisphere for much of his youth before settling down at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts long enough to earn a Masters in film.

“Outrageous rollbacks” reignite SAG-AFTRA strike threat

Just when we thought we all could breathe again after the WGA and the studios and networks came to terms on a new contract, The Wrap, Variety and Hollywood Reporter all report that talks have broken down over a new three-year contract between SAG-AFTRA and the AMTMP. SAG-AFTRA’s current master contract for film and primetime TV expires June 30. The union has about 160,000 members.

Chicago’s wonder women talk about “Wonder Woman”

Does it take a “gal” (see what I did there?) to save the much-maligned and divisive DCEU?

After the critical floggings of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, it would seem 4th time is the charm as Wonder Woman is a massive critical success.

Coming in at a 94% fresh tomato rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Amazonian Princess looks bound for a commercial success as well.

Networks unveil fall lineups at upfront this week

With a Writers’ Strike now averted, the networks can now get back down to business, and partying it up, when they announce their Fall schedules this week at New York’s Upfronts.

The Chicago Production Community can now also take comfort in knowing that many series are returning here this summer and fall for production.

Director Fahey draws inspiration from Alzheimer’s PSA

Three years ago, writer/director Sean Fahey realized that people with dementia can remember the stories of their lives, but they cannot control when those memories will actually come and go. So he decided to do something about it.

“I was putting together a pitch for an Alzheimer’s Association PSA about stigmatization,” he explains. “I noticed that people with the disease are underserved and undervalued and taken advantage of.”

Multi-talented Jin’s comedy sitcom premieres Jan. 22

THE FIRST SEASON of “Chop Chop TV Show,” a comedy sitcom with a realty show feel, created and produced by Meiling Jin of Studio Meiling Productions in the South Loop, is now seen on Comcast, Xfinity, Wow and RCN broadcast systems Ch. 25 at 11 p.m. through March 9.

The series of 13 22-minute episodes, explores two Asian Millennials, Jin and DePaul student Ivy Li, navigating love, careers and the complexities of life in Chicago.