Cashmere names new VP, Influencer Marketing

Big congrats are in order for Kisha Maldonado-Madrid. Award-winning lifestyle marketing agency, Cashmere Agency, has announced that she will join the shop as Vice President, Influencer Marketing. In her new role at Cashmere, Maldonado-Madrid will be responsible for the strategic development and execution of all influencer efforts, leading the company’s innovative culture-first approach to influencers … Continue reading “Cashmere names new VP, Influencer Marketing”

Netflix productions mull leaving Georgia

A Variety report says that Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos will consider pulling the streaming giant’s massive film and television production from Georgia if the state moves forward with the controversial abortion ban. On May 7, Governor Brian Kemp signed a a heartbeat bill that would essentially make abortion illegal if a fetal heartbeat … Continue reading “Netflix productions mull leaving Georgia”

‘Game of Thrones’ finale torches previous ratings

The Iron Throne wasn’t the only thing incinerated during the series finale of Game of Thrones. Ratings were as well, as a record 19.3 million tuned in for the divisive series finale. Across HBO’s platforms (linear, HBO GO and HBO NOW), the finale easily beat the previous week’s record setting episode, “The Bells” 18.4 million … Continue reading “‘Game of Thrones’ finale torches previous ratings”

Penultimate ‘Game of Thrones’ delivers ultimate ratings

Game of Thrones’ controversial penultimate episode, entitled “The Bells,” which aired this past Sunday, was watched by a record 18.4 million viewers across HBO’s platforms (linear, HBO GO and HBO NOW), exceeding the previous series high of 17.8 million viewers two weeks ago for the episode “The Long Night,” focusing on the Battle of Winterfell. … Continue reading “Penultimate ‘Game of Thrones’ delivers ultimate ratings”

Production companies react to new Georgia abortion law

Add Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and the producers of the indie horror film Along Came the Devil 2, to the growing list of production companies that are taking action to oppose the new anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” signed into law this week in Georgia. This previous Tuesday, Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian … Continue reading “Production companies react to new Georgia abortion law”

Walton Isaacson names Lebrón as ECD

Independent multicultural ad agency Walton Isaacson welcomes award-winning creative leader Milton Lebrón as their new Executive Creative Director. The award-winning CD will lead the shop, who boasts Lexus as its main client, out the Culver City office and report directly to Aaron Walton, co-founder of the agency. In addition to his role as Chief Creative … Continue reading “Walton Isaacson names Lebrón as ECD”

‘The Tale’s’ writer/director Jennifer Fox

Documentary Filmmaker talks to Reel Chicago before her twice Emmy-nominated film The Tale plays tomorrow at Gene Siskel Film Center This Saturday, acclaimed writer/director Jennifer Fox’s haunting and fascinating 2018 film based on her real-life experiences, The Tale, will play at a P.A.X.A (Parents Against Child Sex Abuse) event at the Gene Siskel Film Center. … Continue reading “‘The Tale’s’ writer/director Jennifer Fox”

Finalists named for ABFF Comedy Wings Competition

The American Black Film Festival Ventures announced today their selection of finalists who will compete at the 7th annual ABFF Comedy Wings Competition, presented by HBO. Last night, nine comedians competed in the ABFF Comedy Wings Semifinals Showcase held at the HaHa Comedy Club in Los Angeles, hosted by Chris Spencer. The contestants were judged … Continue reading “Finalists named for ABFF Comedy Wings Competition”

MOCEAN expands leadership team with new hires

MOCEAN announced two senior new hires. Mike Toofer joins the independent entertainment advertising agency as Senior Vice President (SVP), Growth, and Erica Coates joins as Executive Producer. Both hires are effective immediately, as MOCEAN continues to grow and take on new verticals in 2019. “Last year was a big year and we’re building upon that … Continue reading “MOCEAN expands leadership team with new hires”

Cashmere named Multicultural Agency of the Year

Congrats are in order for award-winning lifestyle-marketing firm Cashmere Agency. The agency, which is creatively led by super-talented, and former Chicagoan, Ty Williams announced that it has been named AdAge’s Multicultural Agency of the Year of 2019. The announcement was made on April 15 at AdAge’s third annual A-List & Creativity Awards in New York … Continue reading “Cashmere named Multicultural Agency of the Year”

‘Game of Thrones’ premiere draws record audience

The fight for the Iron Throne is back and it’s back big. Game of Throne’s final season 8 premiere was watched by a record 17.4 million viewers Sunday night, April 14, across HBO’s platforms (linear, HBOGO and HBO NOW), exceeding the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers for the season seven finale. Compared to … Continue reading “‘Game of Thrones’ premiere draws record audience”

Laurel and Hardy are back again… sort of

Sooo, you’ve been thinking a lot about legendary comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. A lot. The comedy duo, comprised of Englishman Stan Laurel (1890 – 1965) and American Oliver Hardy (1892 – 1957), first appeared during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. They became well known during the late 1920s to the … Continue reading “Laurel and Hardy are back again… sort of”

‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘Forgive Me’ shock at WGA Awards

Thank you, Writers Guild. You had to go and make the Oscar predictions even more confusing. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who endures the awkward tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through middle school – beat out the likes of Vice, Roma and heavily favored … Continue reading “‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘Forgive Me’ shock at WGA Awards”

The New York Latino Film Festival returns for 16th year

The New York Latino Film Festival, presented by HBO, returns for its 16th annual edition after an acclaimed anniversary season Festival announces its call for content submissions for its festival this summer. Fresh off its blockbuster 15th Anniversary edition, the festival is reportedly excited to announce that it’s gearing up to kick off its 16th … Continue reading “The New York Latino Film Festival returns for 16th year”

New AMC/Michael B. Jordan-produced series ’61st Street’

Potential new series 61st Street to be exec-produced by Jordan’s Outlier Society Here’s potential good news for the Chicago production community. According to The Wrap, AMC Networks has opened a writers room (sorry Chicago writers, the rooms are in LA) for Michael B. Jordan’s 61st Street, a “murder mystery” that dives into the murky depths … Continue reading “New AMC/Michael B. Jordan-produced series ’61st Street’”

The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LIII commercials

And so ends another Super Bowl season. The build up of anticipated commercials is finally (and mercifully) over until next January. If one were to say yesterday, “Well, that sucked the life out of me,” we might not know if they were talking about the low-scoring (and even lower-rated) Super Bowl LIII between the New … Continue reading “The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LIII commercials”

Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ takes top honors at 71st DGA awards

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2018 were announced last Saturday during the 71st Annual DGA Awards. Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Roma. The filmmaker beat out Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Adam … Continue reading “Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ takes top honors at 71st DGA awards”

Shutterstock wants the world to take stock in inspiration

Leading global technology company, Shutterstock has dropped its first brand marketing campaign in six years. The ‘It’s not stock, it’s Shutterstock’ message (reminiscent of HBO’s old ‘It’s not TV. It’s HBO’) is reportedly designed to showcase the unparalleled quality and depth of Shutterstock’s creative asset repository driven by more than 550,000 contributors from around the … Continue reading “Shutterstock wants the world to take stock in inspiration”

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ actor Bob Einstein passes

Veteran comedian and writer, Albert Brooks, announced on Twitter Wednesday that his older brother, the brilliantly funny Bob Einstein, had passed after a brief battle with cancer. He was 76. The gravelly-voiced actor, writer and creator of “oddball” characters, had career in show business that spanned more than half a century during which he won … Continue reading “‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ actor Bob Einstein passes”