Quaker State teams with the Onion for new campaign

Onion Inc. has produced a six-video social media campaign for Quaker State motor oil that pokes fun at the gimmicky marketing tactics and tools used by the motor oil industry to attract customers. In the first video in the series, 46-second “

Cronk’s latest film receives $2.6 mm Michigan grant

Faith-based “God Bless the Broken Road,” which finished filming in Grand Rapids last month, is one of the last films eligible to receive an incentive from the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office. Manistee-based production company 10 West Studios will receive $2,665,959 based on its estimated total production, post, PR and a

Bulls’ Vines win NBA award for best digital content

At first, filmmaker Travis Rime Brooks thought the call from Luka Dukich, the Chicago Bulls’ digital content manager, was a prank. But the call was the real thing that resulted in a six-month assignment, millions of viewers and a prestigious award. Brooks, a stop-motion and Vine expert, had been recomme

LC names ad veteran Dan Fietsam as chief creative

Advertising veteran Dan Fietsam, formerly executive creative director with FCB Chicago and Energy BBDO, has joined Laughlin Constable as its chief creative officer, effective June 1. Fietsam will lead creative across LC offices in Chicago

Chi Filmmakers aim for $50K in Indiegogo campaign

Chicago Filmmakers is gearing up for its first crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 to obtain a matching grant that will go towards renovating its recently purchased historic Edgewater firehouse that will become a center for diversity and literacy in media arts. Videos are in the process of being edited for the upcoming Indiegogo campaign, says Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers’ e

Chicago Underground Film Festival celebrates 23rd year

The June 1-5 Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), presented by IFP/Chicago, opens its 23rd event with the world premiere of producer Tyler Hubby’s documentary film “Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present,” a two decade in-the-making documentary on the

“Hoop Dreams” star starts clothing line & TV show

Arthur Agee, one of the two African American high school basketball stars of the classic 1994 Kartemquin documentary, “Hoop Dreams,” is back in the news with the launch of Agee’s new clothing line and a reality television show. The clothing line, “Classic Hoop Dreams,” will launch with a challenge in memory of 17-year old African American Trayvon Martin of Miami, who was f

Odd Machine director’s debut film stars A-list cast

A dozen years ago, Odd Machine’s founder/director Seth Henrikson and actor Michael Shannon, who was living and working in Chicago, made a short film together. They became good friends, stayed in contact “and talked about how one day we’d make a feature together,” Henrikson recalls.

10th anniversary for cross-cultural Paco Collective

PACO COLLECTIVE this week celebrated its 10th business anniversary, evolving from an Hispanic-focused multicultural marketing agency to a cross-cultural agency with such major clients as ComEd, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago White Sox and Blue Cross Blue Shield among

Agency's in-house studio dishes up digital pizza spots

Milwaukee-based Palermo’s Pizza launched its first campaign for Urban Pie frozen premium pizzas via new AOR Laughlin Constable, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Rabinowitz now heads BMG Talent's on-camera dept.

Greg Brown’s BMG Talent (Brown Management Group) has hired talent agency Emily Rabinowitz as Director: On-Camera/Theatrical Talent for BMG Talent’s Chicago and Los Angeles offices. “Emily will be based in Chicago and head up our on-camera theatrical and commercial depart

Hootenanny partners with Mark A Ward to expand design

Hootenanny has expanded its design department via a partnership with CD / motion graphics designer Mark A Ward, who has returned to Chicago after 18 years in New York. Ward had moved to New York in 1998 where he worked with Click 3X before starting his own design firm, Threeoeight, in

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