Callahan heads MKG, a new experiential agency here

New York-headquartered agency MKG in the fast-growing field of experiential and event productions has opened an office 2 N. LaSalle Street in the person of managing director Sean Callahan.

Optimus’ Li’l Bub TV show Feb. 8 is the cat’s pajamas

Internet-famous Li’l Bub, the lovable, forever young “perma kitten,” will star in her own Animal Planet kitty komedy, “Li’l Bub’s Special

“Upstarts” OKRP lands $50 million Big Lots! account

CALLING THEMSELVES “SCRAPPY UPSTARTS” the boutique agency O’Keefe, Reinhard & Paul (OKRP) okrp

Talent Partners leases entire Wrigley Building floor

Talent Partners, Inc. the 25-year old advertising business company best known for talent payment and negotiations, will expand mightily next September when it takes over the entire 14th floor in the Wrigley Building. The company will move from its longtime, 20,000 sq. ft. of

ASB’s business is good; staff more than doubles

Since Animated Storyboards opened its seventh international branch in Chicago last May, its opening staff of five has swelled to a dozen and could further expand by the time its first anniversary rolls around. Co-managing directors Wes Mallgren, in charg

Get set: 4K UHD is coming fast to a TV set near you

John McGrath of Rethink Studios, who’s always been giant steps ahead of the digital curve, has seen the future and it’s Ultra High Definition, aka 4K technology.
 

Lending’s Madagascar-set doc wins new Hilton Award

It took docmaker Tod Lending of Nomadic Films five days and nights to travel from Chicago to reach his remote island filming destination off the Republic of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, including “eight hours of a nightmare car ride off road,” he says.

John Maxham returns to DDB as CEO from Seattle agency

DDB Chicago’s new chief creative officer is John Maxham, who is returning to the agency after a four-year stint with Cole + Weber, Seattle. Prior to Cole + Weber, Maxham worked at DDB for two years as

$225,000 MacArthur grants to education issue docs

Two proposed documentaries about the crisis in Chicago public education received prestigious MacArthur Foundation Grants.    They were among 18 projects that shared $2 million in funding the Foundation awarded to films covering a range of important contemporary social issues.
 

First film fulfilling Freese’s passion to premiere

While Jordan Freese, a production engineer at Resolution Production Group, had spent a decade in corporate IT jobs before landing in the production industry and three years satisfying his passion for filmmaking, it only took Barbara Sharres 24 hours to book his film at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Chi-connected director, editor’s doc in Oscar race

AN OSCAR NOMINATION went to a film with Chicago ties. Documentary short, “CaveDigger,” was produced and directed by Roy Skillicorn’s

Chicago's #1! Best place for filmmakers to live and work

Move over New York and Los Angeles!  For years, Chicago was either not ranked in any MovieMaker magazine’s many annual “Best” lists, or barely hanging onto the bottom rung of listings ladder. This year, however — yes, dreams do come
 

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