Swinard new head honcho for Burnett North America

New chief executive of Leo Burnett North America is Andrew Swinand, a former media agency executive and Starcom MediaVest Group, who was hired to help strengthen the agency after it lost McDonald’s to Omnicom last year. Swinand will report to Publicis North America CEO Andrew Bruce and work closely with Judy John, COO Leo Burnett

Swanberg's "Easy" one of 3 new TV series filming here

If 2016 was considered a great year for the Chicago media and entertainment business, 2017 is starting to shape up as even greater. It could even be the year when the Chicago market eases into $1 billion revenue from film status. Thanks to Dick Wolf / NBC Universal and to Fox TV, six primetime TV series c

Onion, Inc. & partners diving into the film business

Satiric news digital publisher Onion, Inc. has formed a joint partnership with award-winning production company, Serious Business, to produce three feature films over the next two years that Lionsgate will distribute.

11 Dollar Bill post opens a branch in Boulder, Colo.

11 DOLLAR BILL, Bridges Media’s 2-year old post division, opened a branch facility in downtown Boulder, Colorado, run by partner / CCO Christian Robins, who rece

Barrelhouse Music’s unique Pilsen recording studio

When composer / producer / engineer Joe Hurt and his partner, singer/songwriter Grant DeNapoli, decided to open their Barrelhouse Music recording studio last year, rather than going downtown they opted for an address in the heart of Pilsen. Their unique, two-story, 2,000-sq. ft. studio at 1711 S. Halsted, with 1,000-sq.

STRATA survey shows agency optimism for the new year

ACCORDING TO A SURVEY conducted by Comcast-owned STRATA, 43% of agencies reported in Q4 2016 that their business will increase in Q1 2017. Of these, 42% are anticipating adding employees while none of the agencies surveyed planned to reduce staff. The biggest chal

Agency CCO provides his 10 Tips to Improve Productivity

Introducing a new column series penned by some of Chicago advertising’s most innovative thinkers, starting with Bob Dion, partner, CCO of Davis Harrison and Dion, giving “10 Tips to Improve Productivity.” 1. Collaborate and Respect Others Ideas

Celebrating James Pope’s life at Hopleaf Bar, Jan. 15

The late James Pope would not have wanted a memorial service, says his long-time friend, producer / production manager Michelle Breger. Instead, a celebration of Pope’s life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Hopleaf Bar and Restaurant, 5148 N. Clark St. from noon to 4 p.m.

DePaul expands to second 12.5K-sq. ft. Cinespace stage

DePaul University, in the fourth year of its 10-year studio rental lease at Cinespace, added a second sound stage in the program the school informally calls “DePaul-to-TV pipeline” because of the jobs it offers students. DePaul’s new Cinespace facility, 12,500-sq. ft. Stage 16/17, one of Cinespace’s 30 stages, is a further commitment to

LA Legacy principals lead Jan. 28 strategic workshop

In a rare opportunity for the Chicago film community, “The Reel Strategy Workshop,” offering an intensive training seminar on how to successfully brand, fund and distribute films, takes place Jan. 28 at the Chicago History Museum, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

137’s dinosaurs' doc is first Spurlock-IndieGogo film

DOCMAKER MORGAN SPURLOCK’S WARRIOR POETS production company’s first project for his company’s new strategic partnership with Indiegogo will be a doc

Chicago Film Society screens classic 16 & 35mm films

THE CHICAGO FILM SOCIETY, which changed its name from the Northwest Film Society, starts a new season of 15 vintage films Wednesday, Jan. 11, with the 1947 thriller “Nightmare Alley,” at the Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University, one of the series’ screening ve

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