DigitasLBI wins Grand Prix in Creative Data at Cannes

On day two of Cannes, Lions were awarded in Cyber, Direct, Mobile, Innovation and Creative Data.DigitasLBI brought home the Grand Prix in the Creative Data Category for Whirlpool.Liz Taylor’s FCB again made a showing for

An exclusive with the shop that built FCB's "Teddy Gun"

Hero Solutions’ Ira Amyx and Jay Neander knew just what to do when advertising agency FCB Chicago asked them to fuse a stuffed animal with a firearm.“We made a metallic-silver looking teddy bear with a pistol coming out of his face,” says Neander. “The bear was 3d printed and then re-coated and finished.”“The gun was a .357,” adds Amyx. “We cast a real one and made

Burnett creatives respond to Publicis’ exit from Cannes

The Windy City has never been afraid to take on an issue or let you know exactly how they feel about things.After Publicis-Groupe CEO, Arthur Sadoun, shocked not only the advertising world, but the creatives at Burnett with his announcement that all agencies in the network would skip award shows for at least a year in order to focus on bringing its professional assistant AI, ‘Marcel’

Publicis shops to withdraw from Cannes next year

It seems odd that a French firm would poop on the party known as the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, but here we are. According to an AdWeek report, a recent memo circulated within the Paris-based holding company Publicis announced that the firm’s 2018 cost cutting strategy will include “eliminating all award/trade shows for the next year

Optimus Audio promotes Marina Bacci, Ben Treimer

Chicago production and post house Optimus dialed up its sonic capabilities by promoting Marina Bacci to Senior Audio Engineer and Ben Treimer to Audio Engineer last week.Highland Park native Marina joined Optimus as an intern shortly after graduating from DePaul University with a BS in Sound Recording Technology in 2008. Within nine years, her responsibilities had grown

Chicago shops win Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions

(Cannes, France — 19 June, 2017) Even though McCann New York’s Fearless Girl was the big winner on the first night of the Cannes Lions Festival, Chicago agencies did manage to come home with lions as well. FCB Chicago, BBDO Chicago, DigitasLBI, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy and Mather and Lapiz won lions in the categories of: Glass, Outdoor, PR, Promo & Activation and Print & Publish
 

Whitehouse Post moves to Get Reehl Get Davis

Editorial company Whitehouse Post has enlisted the services of independent creative sales and brand management firm Get Reehl Get Davis to oversee its commercial representation for the Midwest region. GRGD will not only be handling Midwest

AT band "Hard to Swallow" wins 2017 Battle for Hope

Fierce vocals, tight chops and explosive energy helped the AbelsonTaylor band Hard To Swallow win the 5th annual Battle for Hope competition at the Cubby Bear on Thursday night. The Battle for Hope is a live music competition between bands formed exclusively within the ranks of individual advertising agencies. Proceeds are donated to Chicago’s Off The Street Club, an organization

Memorial scheduled for Butch Stewart June 23-25

(Editor’s note: Chicago music giant Butch Stewart passed away in May. There will be a memorial held for him June 23, 24 and 25 at 1900 Greenwood Street in Evanston, Illinois. Emma Young wrote this moving tribute about Stewart and his company in 2014.) Good Stewart Productions sits on an industrial street in Evanston. From the outside it looks quiet, but insid
 

McDonald’s ends four-decade run with Olympics

There will be no more gold…en arches for the Olympics as the fast food giant, effective immediately, has mutually parted ways with the IOC. In a surprise move, McDonald’s Corp (Chicago agencies: We Are Unlimited and Burrell Communications) severed its 41-year-old alliance three years early. In a joint statement delivered June 16, the two organizations s

Burrell "flips the script" on new campaign for Toyota

Face it, when you can point to the classic One Show Books as the reason you got into advertising, you can pretty much predict what’s going to happen in most spots.If I haven’t just fast-forwarded by and actually stop to look, most of the time out of sheer horror, I can usually predict what line the person in the spot is going to say next.Don’t worry advertising, I can do thi

The journey to “Advertising Woman of the Year”

No doubt, Laurel Flatt earned the “Advertising Woman of the Year” title that the Chicago Advertising Federation bestowed upon her last week. Since becoming president of Chicago’s McGarryBowen two years ago, she has helped the mid-sized agency get a spot on the Chicago Tribune’s “Best Places to Work” list and receive recognition as Advertising Age’s “Comeback Agency o
 

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