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The Biggest Night of the Year for the Chicago Advertising and Creative Community – The AICP Awards – Arrives Nov 17

(Last Updated On: November 16, 2022)

The AICP Awards national tour, which brings winners of the AICP’s three competitions – The AICP Post Awards, the AICP Next Awards, and the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial – to audiences around the country, will make its final stop of 2022 when it comes to Chicago on Thursday, November 17. 

The event will be held at The Old Post Office, 433 W. Van Buren Street, and kicks off with a happy hour at 6 pm, followed by the awards program and panel discussion at 7 pm. The evening concludes with a reception from 8 to 11 pm. Tickets are available here

The event will feature Chicago-based creative  leaders, who will discuss the winning work, offer insights into the execution of some of this years’ top honorees and offer their opinions on future trends in the industry. Moderated by AICP President and CEO Matt Miller, the panel will include Mikal Pittman, EVP, Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett; Ashley Geisheker, EVP, Head of Production, Leo Burnett; Mark Gross, Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Highdive; and Aubrey Walker, Executive Creative Director, OKRP.

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The panel will include Mikal Pittman, EVP, Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett; Ashley Geisheker, EVP, Head of Production, Leo Burnett; Mark Gross, Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Highdive; and Aubrey Walker, Executive Creative Director, OKRP

Top winners at the show will be well-represented on the Chicago panel, as Leo Burnett’s Pittman led the team that created the Most Next winning entry, “Thighstop” for Wingstop. The project also won in the AICP Next Awards’ Integrated Campaign category. Geisheker also played a role in the Awards this year, producing “The Lost Class” for Change The Ref, which won in the Purpose Driven and Influencer categories in the Next Awards and the Concept and Public Service Announcements of the AICP Show. 

As the winner of the Most Next honor, Leo Burnett directed  a $5,000 grant from the AICP Foundation to an organization of their choosing. The agency chose Marwen, which provides free visual arts and college and career programming for Chicago’s young people from under-resourced communities in middle through high school. 

“We’re thrilled that the AICP Awards national tour is returning to Chicago next week,” says Lisa Masseur, Founder and Executive Producer at Tessa Films and President of the AICP Midwest Chapter. “As a tight knit community in the Midwest, who has largely only gathered virtually for the past couple of years, everyone is looking forward to celebrating this year’s winning work, in addition to simply being together again.

“The new format of the Awards presentation highlights all AICP winners from the AICP Show, the Next Awards and the Post Awards, and as such it’s a great recap of the honored work,” Masseur continues. “Matt Miller will lead what I’m sure will be a rousing panel discussion, with Ashley, Mark, Aubrey and Michael. To gather and be inspired by the work is really what the AICP Awards tour is all about. Our panelists, our sponsors and our Midwest Board, as well as myself, are certainly looking forward to it.”

Sponsors help make all of the AICP awards competitions and events possible. AICP Partners and Supporting Partners, who support all AICP events throughout the year, are: CAPS, Universal, Wrapbook, Film Hawaii, Film Supply + Musicbed and TEAMS.

AICP Awards Show Benefactors include Arcade, Aspen Travel, AwardCore, Color Lab, Cosmo Street, Directors Guild of America, Heard City, IDC, Istros Media Corporation, Kodak, Little Black Book, Optimus, SHOOT Magazine | SHOOT Online,  Source | SHOTS | Slate, Squeak E. Clean, S’well, The Colonie, The Mill and Whitehouse Post. 

AICP Awards Show Patrons include BMG, Florida Office of Film & Entertainment, Hello World, Need Financial Services, SAG-AFTRA, The ROOTS.TV and Vagabond. The Mill created the graphics and design language for all three competitions, and Squeak E. Clean provided the music and sound design for all elements.

 Supporters for the AICP Awards Chicago event include Allstate, Earhole, Essanay, O’Connor Casting, REEL Chicago and Sling Shot Intergalactic. Sponsors include Banner, Comma Music, Daufenbach Camera, IATSE Local 476, Laird and Good Company, Noisefloor Sound Solutions, Resolution Digital Studios, Squeak E. Clean, Tessa Films  and TPC (formerly Elite). Benefactors include Whirlpool WOW Studios and The Mill. Patrons include DDB, FCB Chicago, Leo Burnett,  Quriosity Productions, Picture North, SG + Partners, SMASH Virtual Production Studios and The Team Companies. 

The happy hour was jointly sponsored by Quriosity Productions and SG + Partners, and the post-panel cocktail lounge was sponsored by Cast & Crew, CAPS – A Cast & Crew Company and The Team Companies. Cutters Studios and Optimus served as Executive Producers for the AICP Awards Midwest Presentation. 

Established in 1992, The AICP Show is one of the most important advertising showcases in the world that’s dedicated to excellence in craft. The AICP Post Awards, which debuted in 2001, honors excellence in a wide range of post production crafts and disciplines. And the AICP Next Awards, launched in 2007, highlights the winners of the 11 Next categories, which honor innovative marketing communications. 

Honorees at the AICP Show and The AICP Next Awards are preserved in The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film’s state of the art archives for future generations to study and are available for use or exhibition by the museum’s curators. All individual works and each year’s shows in their entirety can be viewed exclusively at www.aicpawards.com, the AICP Awards Archive website, while winners of the AICP Post winners can be viewed at www.aicppostawards.com

Once again, Tickets for the event are available here. Check back here at SCREEN for the latest from the Chicago and Midwest advertising community. And you can also click right here to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter.

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