Tom Burrell among 2017 Hall of Fame inductees

Confirming a story that broke on Reel last month, The One Club for Creativity, producers of the prestigious One Show Awards, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, today announced that it will

VP/CD Vos among recent hires and promotions at R+K

Naperville-based Rhea + Kaiser has been keeping more than busy this summer. The full service marketing agency announced a pair of promotions and a pair of new hires in July. Jack Vos was appointed to vice president, creative director last week. The versatile veteran gained experience the old-fashioned way with Eiseman Johns an

Chicago Actors Meetup celebrates 10th anniversary

On August 18, the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup will mark its 10th anniversary with a celebration and fundraiser in the restaurant and lounge connected to the historic Davis Theater, the Carbon Arc Bar & Board, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Open to CAFM members as well as the production community and the general public, admission includes

Wrestler John Cena stars in new Hefty spots by Havas Chicago

John Cena is not a great actor. I can safely say that since, well, he is nowhere around and I’m in the confines of my apartment!That said, the wrestler-turned-TV-star-turned Hefty spokesman sure is likable.And it’s his “Dwayne Johnson” likability that bodyslams any other spots this week and places these new Hefty trash bag spots, from Havas Chicago, into RAW.Not WWE RA

Optimus CD and effects artist cut into new roles

Production and post house Optimus announced the promotions of Mark Butchko to Creative Director and Jim Moss to Effects Artist. In their new roles, Butchko will provide creative leadership on all design department projects and Moss will continue to support cross-departmental projects including design, VFX, motion graphics and finishing.

Chicago novelist Sakey turns his best-seller into a script

Best-selling author Marcus Sakey compounded the challenge of going from book to film long before he agreed to adapt his latest novel, Afterlife, into a screenplay for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagination Entertainment. “My goal is entertainment for smart people,” says the Chicago-based writer. “Stuff that’s compelling and well flushed out and feels real.

gyro creates campaign promise written in concrete

Since I have been covering stories about Chicago ad agencies for Reel over the last year, and with an even more intense effort since Ruth’s passing, I am beginning to rediscover (and get reminded of) how great some of the creative work coming out of the Windy City really is. This is the case of what Dentsu Aegis Network ad agency, and 2016 Ad Age B2B Agen

DDB and Skittles create "lime-a-geddon"

It’s not the worst of times, but the best of limes as Skittles has finally listened to pleas from customers over social media who begged for the return of the popular flavor after it was replaced with green-apple. Welcome to “Lime-ageddon!”

LiftMaster's Battle of the Garage Bands

Minneapolis’ Sin City Escape and Chicago’s Speedfreak rocked hundreds of fans at Liftmaster’s Battle of the Garage Bands competition in Wicker Park’s 1st Ward on Sunday night.When the music stopped, celebrity rock star judges Dee Snider and Chip Z’N

Escape Pod named top small Midwest agency by Ad Age

At Ad Age’s July 19 Small Agency of the Year Awards in Nashville, Chicago-based The Escape Pod won Gold in “The Midwest Small Agency category.”The independent agency recently added Chervon’s Skil and Skilsaw brands to its roster, which also includes South Eastern Grocers and a2 milk.

New hires at DDB, FCB and We Are Unlimited

On Friday, McDonald's AOR We Are Unlimited announced that former FCB Chicago SVP/ECD, Max Geraldo had been tapped to serve as Executive Creative Director. Joining him is Bruno Guimaraes, who left DigitasLBI Chicago to serve as Creative Director.Both creatives will report to the agency's Chief Creative Officer Toygar Bazarkaya. These are Bazarkaya's first hires since joining the agency tw

CRC’s Bill Fisher dives under the sea for Shark Week

Bill Fisher met his first shark on a Grand Cayman snorkeling excursion almost twenty years ago. Ever since that encounter, the Chicago Recording Company audio engineer has made a conscious effort to repeat the experience as often as possible. So far, he has come face-to-face with hundreds of sharks all over the world.“I love the Mako,” he says. “If you’re lucky enough to see one  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.