McDonald’s AOR hires Toygar Bazarkaya as CCO

We Are Unlimited, McDonald’s months-old agency of record, finally has its Crew Chief. The agency announced the appointment of Toygar Bazarkaya as its Chief Creative Officer. The international sensation brings over 600 awards, including more than 20 Cannes Lions, to the fledgling agency.

Ruth Ratny honored with Chicago Memorial Resolution

Ruth L. Ratny, founder and former publisher of ReelChicago, was honored with a Memorial Resolution by the City Council of Chicago on March 29. She joins a list of recipients that includes Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme and a number of Chicagoans recognized for their contributions to the city.

Reel’s Colin Costello wraps directorial debut — an essay

Last week, I wrapped my directorial debut on a short film I wrote, an homage to “The Twilight Zone” called, “The After Party.” The film is a commentary on binge drinking among women as well as how we as a society are addicted to so much from “Boomerang videos” to pain killers. As I cried during the entire 2:40 AM drive home — a teary cocktail

ISA brings TV Weekend’s Master Series to Chicago

For all the Chicago Writers who crave to write TV, an important weekend is about to happen, brought to them by Los Angeles-based the International Screenwriters’ Association. Founded by award-winning Chicago native and filmmaker, Craig James Pietrowiak, the renowned screenwriting organization is bringing

Bridges captures "Batting Practice" for Cubs, Red Bull

After Red Bull’s “Batting Practice in the Streets” promotion on the Chicago River ended last week, Bridges Media executive producer Cannon Kinnard was only about ha

Beast’s Gonzalez edits new Edmonton Oilers spot

With help from a handful of Chicago shops, Beast editor Dean Gonzalez built a larger-than-life commercial for the Edmonton Oilers.
 

What’s up with Seed Media director Kristina Perreault?

Chicago director Kristina Perreault is not afraid of things going wrong on the set, especially if they happen overseas. “When traveling, sometimes stuff happens and you have to make it work,” she explains. “I like that challenge of constantly being on your toes.”

Big Teeth's "Sit Stay Social" fuels outrage, compassion

The promotional video for Big Teeth Productions’ Sit Stay Social campaign has incited viewers to say things like “shame on you” and “it’s just wrong.” According to producer and digital strategist Mike Trivisonno, this is a success.

Utopic vid extends the Cubs' winning season into 2017

Chicago post-production company Utopic condensed the Chicago Cubs’ epic 2016 World Series journey into At Last, a 60-second video for the Chicago Tribune that will play all season long on the giant scoreboard in
 

Odd Machine director Mann earns Beard nomination

Odd Machine director James Mann received the James Beard Foundation’s 2017 nomination for Video and Technical Expertis for the web series Uncharted, sponsored by LL

Ziegelman's "Geek Lounge" serves up nerds and laughs

Filmmaker Larry Ziegelman’s new webseries, Geek Lounge, dramatizes the interaction of six friends who hang out in a bar that caters to lifelong Trekkies, obsessive Harry Potter fans, meticulous comic book historians and everything else that belongs within the provenance of nerdism.“I like to describe it as Cheers meets Silicon Valley,” explains Z

Feature debut glorifies the healing power of the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have been a remedy for happiness in actor/producer Ann Hagemann’s family since 1945. That’s when her father began supporting the team as a young boy who wanted to momentarily forget that his family was poor, his father was dying of tuberculosis and, as World War II raged
 

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