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Cutters Detroit Names Ryann Harrison its Newest Editor

High-end editorial boutique Cutters today announced the promotion of Ryann Harrison to Editor. The announcement was made by Cutters Detroit Executive Producer Becky Smialek. A graduate of Central Michigan University,…

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Optimus Promotes Ariana DeSimone to Editor

Optimus today announced that Ariana DeSimone has been promoted to editor. The latest addition to the leading production and post house’s growing editorial team, Ariana brings creativity, passion, and a relentless work ethic to her…

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New Look, New Space, New Collaborations for Prysm Studios

Prysm Studios took the pandemic as an opportunity for change. While their classic all-in-one business model and streamlined design promoted efficiency, this Chicago-based Production House understood their need for expansion…

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Highdive Lands Beam Suntory, Launches ‘Get Busy Living’ Campaign for Sauza

It’s time to get busy living! So says Sauza in its latest campaign, alongside its newly announced agency of record, Chicago-based Highdive. Highdive has grabbed its first spirits client, having…

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Carbon Welcomes VFX Virtuoso Isaac Irvin

VFX Supervisor Isaac Irvin is bringing his skills and artistry to Carbon. An impressive talent with big brand commercials and Hollywood blockbusters under his belt, Isaac is delighted to join the…

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AICP Names Former Cinespace Exec Sheila R. Brown as VP, Equity & Inclusion 

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the appointment of Sheila R. Brown as the association’s first-ever VP, Equity & Inclusion. Brown will represent the association in all…

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Quriosity Productions Names New L.A. Executive Producer, Expands with Talent, Staff Additions

Quriosity Productions is taking in the sun as the company expands its footprint in Los Angeles while simultaneously staffing up in its hometown of Chicago. News of the integrated production…

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Colonie Expands with Former Leo Burnett Senior Producer Zach Day

Award-winning post-production studio The Colonie has hired Zach Day as Producer/New Business. Day brings more than fifteen years of ad agency experience, most recently as a Senior Producer at Leo…

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Chicago’s Lightswitch Video Wins Five Telly Awards for New Orleans Projects

Lightswitch Video, a Chicago-based video production company, recently won five Telly awards for their work on “Mardi Gras for All Y’all” and “Rex 150th Anniversary Documentary.” The event featured iconic…

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11 Dollar Bill Shortlisted for AICP Post Award for Colorado Lottery Spot

11 Dollar Bill is currently shortlisted for an AICP Post Award for its contribution to a spot for the Colorado Lottery offering a hilarious homage to the Rocky Mountain spirit. Welcome…

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Director Sheldon Candis Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do LeBron James, the Jackson Five, and the best birthday cake ever have in common? They’re all right here as director Sheldon Candis answers Five Questions with SCREEN. A…

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AICP Midwest’s MEET.DRINK.TALK Festivities Coming Up Wednesday June 1st

AICP Midwest is ramping up for its annual evening of munching, sipping, and chatting with their community. Chicago and Midwest advertising creatives, producers, vendors will want to etch out 5:00…

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AICP Week Returns June 7-9 with New Format

AICP Week is back, and with it comes a new format for presenting and celebrating the winning work in the AICP Awards competitions: the AICP Show: The Art & Technique…

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Telly Awards Winners Announced

The Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, announced this year’s winners, including a variety of top-tier brands and organizations as well as…

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AMP Awards Announces Winners, Here’s the Full List

Heavy Duty Projects, the New York and Los Angeles-based music for picture studio, took home the Ryan Barkan Award for Best in Show at the ninth annual AMP Awards for…

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AMP Awards Announces 2022 Shortlist

The judges’ work is done, the Curatorial Committee has weighed in and now the finalists have been unveiled, as the 2022 AMP Awards for Music & Sound has today published…

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Salt-N-Pepa, Prysm Studios Bring the Right Rhythm to New Checkers Campaign

Checkers teamed up with Prysm Studios and Fitzco to deliver a new spot that has us tapping our toes. This is just one ad in an ongoing campaign featuring Checkers’…

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HighDive, Cutters, and Director Stewart Hendler Team Up for Fearless Jeep Spot

What better time than today for a joyous, thrilling spot about living life fearlessly and to the fullest? The latest campaign for Jeep is “Born Free” and featured a collaboration…

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Carbon Grows Colorist Roster with Electrifying New Talent Bree Brackett

Creative Studio Carbon has promoted Bree Brackett to colorist. Brackett is making her mark straight out of the gate with campaigns for Adidas, AT&T, eBay, Gap and Nike, to name a few.  Bree…

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VMLY&R Group Executive Producer Melissa Barany Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Mary Poppins, Van Morrison and the Best Summer Vacation Ever have in common? They’re all here as VMLY&R Group Executive Producer Melissa Barany stopped by for a thoroughly…

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rEvolution Acquires Detroit-Based Centigrade to Broaden Industry Expertise

rEvolution, the world’s largest independent sports marketing agency, has acquired Detroit-based integrated marketing agency Centigrade. The acquisition bolsters rEvolution’s current roster of global clients, joining others in the automotive, motorsports…

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BBDO Pakistan’s Hira Mohibullah Heads to Kansas City to Lead VMLY&R as ECD

Hira Mohibullah will join VMLY&R as executive creative director based in Kansas City. Joining from BBDO Pakistan, Mohibullah is the latest addition to VMLY&R’s growing bench of creative talent, and will focus…

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Here Are the AICP Awards Shortlists

The AICP Awards today released the Shortlists for the 2022 editions of its three competitions: The AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial, the AICP Next Awards and…

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11 Dollar Bill’s Josh Eggleston Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Iron Man, Pearl Jam, and Bad Girls Club have in common? They’re all right here as Josh Eggleston is the latest contestant in our weekly round of Five…

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Emmy Winner Jane Lynch Helms New Campaign for Illinois Tourism

An Emmy winner has returned to the Midwest to shine a joyous light on her home state. Actress, producer and writer Jane Lynch recently directed a series of commercials for…

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Executive Producer Matt Nelson Joins Yessian New York

Matt Nelson is bringing his executive producer expertise to Yessian’s New York Studio. The music maestros also have studios in Detroit, Los Angeles and Hamburg. Nelson brings a wide range…

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Lindsay Tyler Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Lindsay Tyler has been a mainstay in the Chicago advertising community for over two decades, with tenures at FCB Chicago and Havas. Lindsay recently joined the team at Whirlpool as…

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Production Veteran Kate Smith Returns to Flavor as Executive Producer

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor and Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the return of production veteran Kate Smith in the role of Executive Producer. The announcement…

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VSA Partners Helps Rare Air Media Launch Collection of Michael Jordan NFTs

Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, are creating tremendous opportunities for creators and collectors of art, memorabilia, and other digital assets. Now Rare Air Media, producer of Michael Jordan’s 1998 visual autobiography…

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Strange Loop Studios Adds Kiki Allgeier to Roster

Live action production company Strange Loop Studios has announced the official addition for  commercial representation of director/writer Kiki Allgeier.   The filmmaker brings naturalistic elegance and cinematic emotion to the lifestyle…

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Flavor Promotes Design Leaders, Continues Dynamic Growth

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor and Cutters Studios are very proud to announce promotions for several long-standing team members. According to Flavor’s Executive Producer Neal Cohen, Brian McCauley…

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AICP Show and AICP Post Awards Announce Curatorial Committees

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the composition of the Curatorial Committees for the 2022 AICP Show and the AICP Post Awards. The Jury Presidents and Curators…

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Picture North Hires Veteran Editor Christine Wolf

Picture North adds seasoned editor Christine Wolf to their growing post-production team. Transitioning from Whitehouse Post, Wolf brings over 15 years of experience and leadership to the expanding Picture North…

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Banner Expands Its Roster

Banner expands roster and capabilities with its production and post production teams. Here’s a look at the latest additions… Banner president Patrick Dahl says, “Our clients trust Banner to deliver…

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OddMachine signs Director Marcus K. Jones 

Chicago and LA based Production and Post company OddMachine has welcomed a new talent to its Directorial roster: New York based Director Marcus K. Jones. OddMachine, a full-service company specializes in…

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New Thrive Colour Collaborates on Three Feature Films, Including Bruce Willis Thriller

A new colorist collective is off to an auspicious start. Matt McClain, Thrive Colour Founder/Colorist, announces the completion of the company’s work on three new feature films: A Day to…

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Myriad Wins High Honors at AAF Triangle ADDY Awards

Raleigh based video agency, Myriad, is pleased to announce their recent wins at the American Advertising Federation Triangle ADDY Awards. In addition to taking home Best In Show and the…

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Sarofsky Promotes Steven Anderson, Adds Rising Design, Animation, and Production Talents

Continuing its growth and its investments into excellence, one-stop cross-media production company Sarofsky has added Managing Director duties for longstanding Executive Producer Steven Anderson. As announced by company Principal and…

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Daily Planet’s Michael Gabriele Tells a Story of the Brassy Power of Love in ‘Mariachi Boy’

“The world could use some positivity right now.” So says director Michael Gabriele when asked about the charming short film, Mariachi Boy. A boy enlists a tuba in a quixotic…

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New Coca-Cola Collab for charlieuniformtango and Plot Twist Creativity

Let’s start out the week with some fresh news on a smooth spot out of the Southwest. charlieuniformtango teamed up with Plot Twist Creativity on a new :30 spot for…

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SEED Signs Director Brandon Nicholas

Award-winning director Brandon Nicholas has officially joined SEED’s growing roster of talented directors for commercial and branded content. They quickly kicked off their partnership with an exciting project for PayPal…

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Camp Kuleshov Winners Announced; Cutters Editor Taylor Among Winners

The wait is over. In a series of cross-country virtual presentations, winners were announced for the latest edition of Camp Kuleshov, AICP’s annual trailer competition for all assistants in post…

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HighDive, Cutters Win Big at Super Bowl; ECD Patrick Burke Shares His Fave Ads of the Night

Super Bowl Sunday was a big night for HighDive. The agency’s Rocket Mortgage commercial, leaning on the lively charisma of Anna Kendrick and nostaglia of Barbie Dream House, claimed the…

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Havas Head of Production Vincent Geraghty Shares His Super Bowl Faves

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! A 30-year veteran of the advertising industry and the newly hired Head of Production…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Keith Jamerson

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Keith Jamerson serves as U.S. Head of Production at Stink Studios. Keith spent the…

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Edelman VP Dani Jackson-Smith Shares Her Super Bowl Favorites

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Dani Jackson is Edelman’s Vice President of Influencer and Multicultural Marketing. We were honored…

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Optimus Editor Randy Palmer Talks Super Bowl Picks and Pans

Award-winning editor Randy Palmer is one of the cornerstones of the superb squad at Optimus. He is also an avid Los Angeles Rams fans. And he also was kind enough…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Creative Director Erin Sarofsky

Super Bowl Sunday was a great day for Sarofsky Owner and Creative Director Erin Sarofsky, as her team collaborated on a well-received spot for Chevrolet (see below). We were honored…

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Director Justin Casselle Shares His Super Bowl Faves

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Midwest native Justin Casselle’s career path has included stints with FCB and DDB Chicago…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Executive Producer Qadree Holmes

Which Super Bowl spots did you love? Which did you not love? Let’s hear what the pros had to say! We were thrilled to have Quriosity Productions Executive Producer and…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Executive Producer Lisa Masseur of Tessa Films

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! We were thrilled to have Tessa Films Executive Producer and Founder Lisa Masseur stop…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Yessian’s Jarrett Farkas

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! We were honored to have Yessian Associate Creative Director and Composer Jarrett Farkas stop…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from O’Connor Casting’s Virginia Anello

Behind every great commercial is a great casting director. And one of the best in the biz is O’Connor Casting in Chicago. We were thrilled to have Casting Director Virginia…

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Super Bowl Picks and Pans from Another Country’s Peter Erazmus

Super Bowl Sunday was a big night for Another Country and Cutters Studios. The team collaborated with HighDive on their Rocket Mortgage commercial, bringing the lively charisma of Anna Kendrick…

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Do You Need A Hug? Picture North, FCB Chicago, COX Team Up for Heartwarming Campaign

What does a hug mean? During the COVID-19 pandemic, the way people think about hugs has drastically changed. As lockdowns have come and gone, there has been a collective strain…

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Johannes Leonardo Chief Creative Officer Julia Neumann Named Chairperson of AMP Awards

Julia Neumann, Chief Creative Officer of the independent New York agency Johannes Leonardo, has been named as Chair of the 2022 AMP Awards for Music & Sound. Her appointment was…

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Durable Goods Signs Chicago-Based Emmy Nom Bob Balaban to Roster

Bicoastal production company Durable Goods has signed critically-acclaimed actor, director, writer, and producer Bob Balaban to its roster for commercials and branded content in the U.S. market. Balaban returns to…

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Editor Joe Clear, Wild Gift, The Colonie Team Up for SMA with Music Video

Take a moment to enjoy a terrific tune, then spend many moments taking in the vital cause behind it. The Colonie Editor Joe Clear recently partnered with the production company…

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NoiseFloor’s New Studio Takes Chicago to the Next Level in Sound

Despite the pandemic, NoiseFloor, the full-service audio facility located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, has had a year full of growth. At the beginning of 2021, NoiseFloor’s 8 full-time employees…

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charlieuniformtango’s Joey Waldrip Announces New Colorist Reel

Joey Waldrip has a colorful story to tell: After 21 years of working at charlieuniformtango, he’s now an owner of the company, and has become one of the industry’s most…

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Chicago Producer Katie Hoban Passes Away at 44

Katie Hoban age 44, passed away suddenly earlier this month, on January 4th. Katie is beloved in the Chicago creative community. She spent much of her career as Senior Producer…

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11 Dollar Bill Launches Post-Production Facility in Raleigh; Eggleston to Lead

Post-production studio 11 Dollar Bill has opened a facility in Raleigh, North Carolina. The site boasts resources for creative editorial, design, motion graphics and animation as well as color correction…

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AICP Announces New Leadership; Mehling First Woman Elected Chairperson of the National Board

The AICP National Board of Directors elected a new leadership slate at its 2021 year-end meeting. Lisa Mehling, Owner/President of CHELSEA, was elected Chairperson and Tabitha Mason-Elliott, Partner/Head of Production,…

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Carbon Conjures Up Animated Adventure Film ‘Repeater’ for Vienna’s OFFF DACH Festival

Are you ready for an animated adventure? From creative production studio Carbon comes ‘Repeater,’ the vibrant animated Title Film to this year’s OFFF Dach creativity and design festival in Vienna….

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One at Optimus Signs Directors Ashley C. Battle and Chris Vanderwall

Let’s welcome in the holiday season with some exciting new hires in downtown Chicago. ONE, the production arm of Optimus, has signed Ashley C. Battle (pictured here) and Chris Vanderwall to its directorial roster. The…

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11 Dollar Bill Takes Home Six Awards at ONE Club Denver

11 Dollar Bill had a big night at The ONE Club for Creativity – Denver’s annual awards competition honoring the year’s best work in advertising in the Rocky Mountain region….

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11 Dollar Bill Adds WOW! Factor to Made’s New Campaign

You know this new campaign makes you wanna shout. 11 Dollar Bill provided graphic design, editorial and post-production services for a new campaign for Wow! in which the speed, quality…

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Zanah Thirus Strides Forward As Both Producer and Director

2021 has marked a pivotal year in Zanah Thirus’ career journey as a producer and director. She began her journey in advertising as an Associate Producer at FCB Chicago in…

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PHOTO BOOTH: AICP/Midwest’s MEET DRINK TALK in Downtown Chicago

There was a terrific turnout from the Chicago/Midwest advertising and creative production community as AICP/Midwest’s MEET.DRINK.TALK, a cornerstone event for the Midwest advertising world, was back to in-person after a…

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AICP/Midwest’s MEET.DRINK.TALK Set for Downtown Chicago This Thursday

If you’re an advertising agency creative, commercial producer, or Midwest production professional, your evening plans for this Thursday are set. A cornerstone event for the Midwest advertising community is back…

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Roger Joins Forces With SG+Partners For Midwest Commercial Representation

Creative agency Roger has signed with SG+Partners for Midwest commercial representation. Roger joins a collective of premier production, post, and VFX talent represented by SG+Partners, led by Sarah Gitersonke, pictured…

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Charlieuniformtango Partners to Assume Ownership of the Company November

Big news out of Austin as charlieuniformtango partners James Rayburn, Deedle LaCour and Joey Waldrip will assume ownership of the company this November. “This transition has been two years in…

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Chicago Ad Vet Directs Milestone Spot for Pearl Milling Company, Its First Since Changing Name from Aunt Jemima

A veteran producer of the Chicago advertising community is now seated in the director’s chair for a milestone advertising campaign. Pearl Milling Company, the brand that was Aunt Jemima for…

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Haroula Rose’s Charming Commercial Debut for Bailey’s; Optimus Chicago, Jess Weixler Among Collaborators

Chicago native Haroula Rose has built quite a name for herself in the independent film community, and is now making her mark in advertising world. Produced by Hello Sunshine in…

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Filmscape Takes Over Cinespace Chicago August 28-29

Are you a filmmaker, cinematographer, producer, editor, key grip, gaffer, or content creator or any genre or community? If so, your weekend plans are set. Filmscape is excited to announce…

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Director Kevin Smith of STORY Creates a Crime Drama with a Funny Twist for Gumout

A clandestine meeting between a pair of shady characters under a dank freeway overpass leads to an unexpectedly hilarious result in a new spot for Gumout directed by Kevin Smith…

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11 Dollar Bill Puts the Icing on a New Campaign for RaceTrac and R/GA

11 Dollar Bill teamed with R/GA and Swedish production company Hobby Film on a new campaign for RaceTrac featuring the “coolest” icon in professional sports. The funny online, social and…

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AICP Post Awards Announces 2021 Winners, Blacksmith’s Kwok Wins Best in Show

Ben Kwok, Visual Effects Supervisor at Blacksmith, won the Best in Show at the AICP Post Awards premiere, held virtually this evening. Kwok won for his masterful compositing and Flame…

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BBDO Lands Home Depot, Beating Out Leo Burnett, Hill Holiday

Home Depot has appointed BBDO as its U.S. creative agency of record, AdAge reported today. The other agencies vying for this coveted account were reportedly Leo Burnett and Hill Holiday….

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Jennifer Gaida Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

This week, The Colonie colorist Jennifer Gaida answers Five Questions with SCREEN. Gaida joined The Colonie’s staff at the beginning of the year following a stint with Energy BBDO’s Flare……

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