How drone use makes indies look like Hollywood epics

Robin Christian, an Illinois and Los Angeles-based screenwriter, director and producer, is looking ahead to the latest technological trends that may have the largest impact on filmmakers today.

Utopic edits Burnett / Esurance election spoof video

From the time Utopic received the footage for Leo Burnett’s Esurance campaigns, the post house whirled through a week of editing and finishing to deliver a 2-minute spoof on the presidential election and a large spot campaign.

Cubs’ rising stars featured in 2016 campaign from SCC

The Chicago Cubs’ 2016 ad campaign, “Kids. They Grow Up Fast,” created by agency Schafer Condon Carter for the fourth season, was designed to help fans get to know the team’s rising young star players, in charming 30-second spots, billboards, social media, radio and out-of-home. The spots end with a repeat of 2015’s “

Dick Wolf recipient of Local 476 Honorary Gold Card

“Chicago” television franchise producer Dick Wolf was surprised and pleased last Tuesday when he was presented with the highest honor a film industry union can — and rarely does — bestow upon a non-union member. Wolf received Local 476’s Honorary Lifetime Membership Gold Card “gratefully bestowed upon

How Oculus VP headset can harvest your personal data

Once again, an emerging technology is bringing us back to awareness about the omnipresent End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) in our computing society, those annoying endless pages of legal copy you are forced to click “agree” every time you update or install software. EULAs were originally designed to protect the issuing company from liability in case

The Onion touts “Lawnbnb” in a pair of Scotts spots

Spring has arrived along with a pair of refreshing 50-second native content videos for Scotts Lawn and Care  created by The Onion Labs.
 

Famous feature DP lenses Burnett / Marshall's spot

Leo Burnett’s newest advertainment for retailer Marshall’s was shot by acclaimed Euro/LA-based cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (“Interstellar,” “Spectre”), currently shooting “Dunkirk” for Christopher Nolan on a combination of 15/70mm IMAX film and Super

Crain’s: DigitasLBI #1 Best Place to Work in Chicago

Interactive agency DigitasLBi has the honor of being named by Crain’s the #1 Best Place to work in Chicago, in the business publication’s 8th annual survey – the only ad agency on the list. Crain’s says it sifted through 13,000-plus employee surveys that detailed everything from compensation to benefits to culture to arrive at the final list. Some of DigitasLBi

MillerCoors, Beam agency Mekanism set up shop here

WHILE MEKANISM AGENCY has been quietly in Chicago for several months to support its MillerCoors brands and Jim Beam US accounts on an up close and personal basis, the official announcement of its presence here was just made. The office is located in the West Loop
 

“Like a Girl” creative A.J. Hassan joins R/GA as ECD

A.J. Hassan, the Leo Burnett VP/CD, acclaimed for her work as a key creative on the multi-honored viral phenom “Like a Girl” for Always/P&G, has joined R/GA as executive creative director of its Chicago off

Ad industry, SAG-AFTRA tentatively agree on contract

The advertising industry and SAG-AFTRA reached a tentative agreement Sunday for a new television and radio contract — likely worth more than $1 billion per year in billings — after seven weeks of negotiation. Terms of the new agreement struck by the union and the ANA-4As Joint Policy Committee on Broad

NY firms back Chicago-made TV comedy show "The Jamz"

If there ever were an “overnight success story,” this is it! Unknown Chicago-made and Chicago-set comedy shorts called “The Jamz” is discovered by New York powerbrokers who fund and produce a TV series and will digitally distributing it worldwide. The first four half-hour episodes of “The Jamz” will have its world premiere Monday night, April 4
 

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