DDB creatives launch Black Lives Matter Font

1+ Sparked by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the United States has been forced to face an honest conversation about race. Earlier this month, Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C.,  had “Black Lives Matter” painted in yellow on a street near the White House. Hollywood Boulevard also followed suit right before … Continue reading “DDB creatives launch Black Lives Matter Font”

All Lives Can’t Matter unless Black Lives Matter

2+ To support the ongoing fight for racial justice for the Black community, the Ad Council and R/GA have launched a new PSA from the iconic Love Has No Labels campaign to inspire all Americans to fight for racial equality in America. And it’s our Reel Ad of the Week for the truth it speaks about our lives. … Continue reading “All Lives Can’t Matter unless Black Lives Matter”

Thousands march for All Black Lives Matters in LA

1+ It was a peaceful sea of love and pride as forty thousand Angelenos turned out Sunday morning for an anti-racism, pro- gay and – transgender people of color solidarity march from Hollywood to West Hollywood. The demonstration was organized by All Black Lives Matter, and as of 12:30 p.m. the crowd had swelled on … Continue reading “Thousands march for All Black Lives Matters in LA”

One Club issues statement on Black Lives Matter

1+ Triggered by the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis policemen and the global outrage that has followed, The One Club for Creativity, its  Board of Directors and Staff issues the following statement: “The brutal and inequitable treatment of black people is not new, and must stop. Subscribe: Sign up for our FREE e-lert … Continue reading “One Club issues statement on Black Lives Matter”

‘Where Are All The Black People’ goes online globally

1+ Prompted by this year’s rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and in acknowledgment of the ad industry’s continued lack of diversity, The One Club for Creativity has rebranded its annual Here Are All The Black People multicultural conference and career fair back to its original name: Where Are All The Black People. The event, typically held … Continue reading “‘Where Are All The Black People’ goes online globally”

The One Club launches ONE School for Black creatives

2+ The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, announced the launch of ONE School, a free portfolio program for young Black creatives. ONE School will be run by award-winning Spotify creative director Oriel Davis-Lyons, as part of The One Club’s Professional Development programming.  The initiative quickly came … Continue reading “The One Club launches ONE School for Black creatives”

WGA West’s Black Writers address racism in letter

2+ The Writers Guild of America West Committee of Black Writers has sent a powerful letter to Hollywood’s networks and studios, addressing the systematic and systemic racism that has permeated the industry. The Co-Chairs, comprised of Michelle Amor, Hilliard Guess and Bianca Sams, felt it was time to send a strong message, coming on the … Continue reading “WGA West’s Black Writers address racism in letter”

600 Black ad pros demand end to systematic racism

2+ Long, long ago at ad agencies 2 – 3,000 miles away, I was part of a Black creative team for 10 years. We were young, talented and Black. And a surprise anomaly at the various agencies we worked at in New York and Chicago. Why? We were a Black team that was able to … Continue reading “600 Black ad pros demand end to systematic racism”

REEL WOMEN: 3-time Emmy Winner Sarah Kunin

1+ Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2021 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready, they are making “Herstory.” Sarah Kunin is a three-time … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: 3-time Emmy Winner Sarah Kunin”

Karl Stewart joins Hush as Talent Manager

0 Reflecting its renewed commitment to fostering a strong, values-driven company culture, experience design firm HUSH has welcomed dynamic human resources professional Karl Stewart as their new Talent and People Manager. Bringing expertise from across the technology, healthcare, media, design and hospitality industries, Stewart will aid HUSH in underlining a clear vision of the organization’s future amid … Continue reading “Karl Stewart joins Hush as Talent Manager”

The male gaze of Super Bowl Commercials in front and behind the camera is demeaning

1+ Spots in the Big Game have become iconic and popular because of their cinematographic quality, unpredictability, humor, use of special effects and celebrity cameos. Above everything else, one aspect remains consistent: the demeaning male gaze on both sides of the commercial camera. From Carl’s Junior ads featuring Kate Upton (featured above) and Charlotte McKinney … Continue reading “The male gaze of Super Bowl Commercials in front and behind the camera is demeaning”

Biden revokes Trump ban on ad agency diversity training

2+ On his first full day in office President Joe Biden kept his promise on signing executive orders which would roll back divisive Trump administration policies. One of these included revoking EO 13950, a ban that curtailed diversity training for federal agencies and contractors. In fact, EO 13950, as it had been known, has now been … Continue reading “Biden revokes Trump ban on ad agency diversity training”

2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns

2+ It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns”

2020 in Review: The Biggest Stories of the Year

1+ It’s almost over. Dear 2020, the Reel 360 team must not-so-politely ask you to get the f*ck out of our collective lives. Don’t pout. Don’t be insulted. We endured you for 365 days. We even reported on what you had to offer which wasn’t much. Now it’s time for you to go. When we … Continue reading “2020 in Review: The Biggest Stories of the Year”

Merry Xmas from Reel 360 and Reel Chicago

1+ No need to dive in-depth into what a dumpster fire of a year 2020 has been. We all know. The pandemic has altered the way many of us view life for good. Even how we celebrate Christmas this year. And we really understand the ramifications of COVID here at Reel 360 and Reel Chicago. … Continue reading “Merry Xmas from Reel 360 and Reel Chicago”

AICP launches the Double The Line Initiative

2+ Through its Equity and Inclusion Committee,  AICP is launching the Double the Line (DTL) initiative, which gives production and post production companies, agencies, and clients the ability to create  opportunities for people of color in the advertising industry. DTL is the brainchild of Ali Brown of PRETTYBIRD, who’s a member of the E&I Committee, … Continue reading “AICP launches the Double The Line Initiative”

Chris Rock to host ‘SNL’ season premiere

1+ Chris Rock will take the stage in Studio 8H as host of Saturday Night Live’s 46th season premiere on Oct. 3.  This will mark Rock’s third appearance as host. Rock became a cast member of the popular sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1990. He and other new cast members Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob … Continue reading “Chris Rock to host ‘SNL’ season premiere”

Protests rise after Breonna Taylor announcement

1+ Six months after Louisville police shot and killed Breonna Taylor in her home during a mismanaged no-knock raid, a grand jury has decided to only bring criminal charges against Officer Brett Hankison, one of three officers who fired their weapons that night. Those charges are not directly related to Taylor’s death, but rather for … Continue reading “Protests rise after Breonna Taylor announcement”

Public Enemy drops ‘Fight the Power 2020’ remix

2+ Here we go again. Public Enemy‘s Fight The Power is one of the most important, exciting and truthful anthems of all time. Since first introduced in Spike Lee’s brilliant and hyperkinetic opening to the 1989 classic Do The Right Thing, it has become protest song that has resonated with audiences seeking change. In the … Continue reading “Public Enemy drops ‘Fight the Power 2020’ remix”

Pence aide calls NBA Players boycott: “Silly,” “absurd”

2+ Players across the NBA have been adamant that more needs to be done to effect social change after the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  It began when The Milwaukee Bucks did not take the floor before the start of Game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, an action they later stated was due … Continue reading “Pence aide calls NBA Players boycott: “Silly,” “absurd””