Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman

Former DDB CCO Bob Scarpelli once told me, “All good ideas eventually find a home.” That is certainly the case with the exciting two-year-old horror film, Before I Wake, which premiered on Netflix last Friday after playing overseas. Directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Hush) the film stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as foster … Continue reading “Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman”

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”

Chi Film Office announces 2018 Filmmakers in Residence

The producing team of Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri has been selected to be the 2018 Filmmakers in Residence by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE). Commissioner Mark Kelly cited the pair’s “originality and commitment to telling stories” as significant factors driving the decision. Besides being a filmmaker, Cordelia is a “writer … performance … Continue reading “Chi Film Office announces 2018 Filmmakers in Residence”

Parseghian and Ginos to charge Battery

LA-based agency Battery announced Friday the appointment of Mike Parseghian as Head of Brand and Becky Ginos as Associate Creative Director. As Head of Brand, Parseghian will report to Anson Sowby, Co-founder & CEO, and take lead new business efforts and manage current accounts including AECOM, Netflix and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. He joins the agency … Continue reading “Parseghian and Ginos to charge Battery”

AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin

The 50th annual American Film Institute Festival came to a resounding close last Thursday night with a moving tribute at The Chinese Theater for writer/director Aaron Sorkin and his new (and directorial debut) film, Molly’s Game. AFI programming director, Jacqueline Lyanga, kicked off the tribute with a moving speech. “As Sorkin embarks on this next … Continue reading “AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin”

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”

Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety”

I’ve been in this situation way too many times. I’m streaming Netflix on my phone streaming Spotify and suddenly my once inviting Green Lantern-green battery icon changes color into a vile Satanic red. I sweat trying to finish up my hike and song or search desperately in the dark for my power cord. Then wham! … Continue reading “Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety””

Was there a rogue phallus in “Maya the Bee”?

Last month, Netflix was forced to remove an episode of the popular animated children’s series Maya the Bee after a viewing mom posted a screen grab on Facebook that allegedly depicted a crude phallic drawing on the inside of a log during a scene in the show. Consumer opinions seem mixed about how offensive and … Continue reading “Was there a rogue phallus in “Maya the Bee”?”

AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo

AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo this Saturday will be “bigger than we’ve ever done before,” says Brian Khan, the company’s Business and Community Development Specialist. “Every year, we do a signature event,” he continues. “We did the open house two years ago, the Fall Tech Expo last year. This year, we’re going to have dozens … Continue reading “AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo”

“Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel

Netflix cancels ‘Stranger Things’ bar Pop-up pop-culture bars are all the rage. In New York and LA, Tim Burton fans can do dinner and a show at “Beetlehouse.” Los Angeles is also home to the Star Wars-themed “Villainy and Scum” Cantina. And since August, Chicago has boasted the aptly named, “The Upside Down,” a Stranger … Continue reading ““Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel”

Barbour to lead Camp + King Chicago

Former DDBer Kristin Barbour will have a homecoming of sorts as she has been named managing director of Camp + King’s new Chicago satellite office, created in part to serve client Energizer. An advertising veteran, Barbour has worked with some of the nation’s most prestigious brands, including McDonald’s, Mars, Kraft and Chevrolet. The San Francisco-based … Continue reading “Barbour to lead Camp + King Chicago”

McPherrin, Facebook, Doner and opioids in the news

The opioid epidemic is a huge problem in the US, which is what led Detroit-based Doner’s Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Ohio to create a stunning and smart new PSA campaign featuring a serious prevention message.

Titled “Know the Risks,” the multiplatform campaign is designed to show the effects opioid abuse has on families.

The effort is part of a larger year-long campaign created to flip the narrative of anti-drug campaigns.

Sam Jackson sings, Bears go red, Kirk leaves Sun-Times

I’ve been meaning to write about this for the last couple of weeks since I saw it, but finally got around to it. Have you seen the new Sam Jackson spot for Capital One and Spotify?

If you haven’t, it’s just a fun little piece where Sam puts the moves to Al Green’s classic song, “Let’s Stay Together.” As Jackson croons, Capital One announces that with the Quicksilver Card clients can receive 1.5 percent cashback on every purchase and 50 percent back on Spotify Premium.

Kurt Fries named CCO of McGarryBowen Chicago

Congratulations are in order for well-liked and respected advertising veteran, Kurt Fries, as he has been promoted to CCO of Mcgarrybowen Chicago.

According to an Adweek article published last weekend, the agency is shuffling its U.S. creative leadership as Matthew Bull, chief creative officer in New York, has decided to leave the agency.

“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.