| Nov 11, 2012
A few years after stepping away from her professional life to focus on raising her two daughters, Liz Cicchelli itched to sink her teeth into something beyond volunteering at her kids' school.
She found something way beyond.
Invited by a friend to the...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Two of the world's largest advertising holding companies -- Omnicom Group Inc. in New York and Publicis Groupe in Paris -- have agreed to merge into the world's largest agency with a market value that would exceed $35 billion.
The two companies...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 10:29 AM
The planned merger of Omnicom Group Inc. in New York and Publicis Groupe in Paris into the world's biggest advertising firm gives the combined company lots of clout.
The deal was designed to give the new company more leverage when negotiating...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 3:31 PM
French advertising giant Publicis Groupe has acquired a small digital advertising firm, Engauge Marketing, which has built a roster of big-name clients such as Nationwide Insurance, Cisco Systems and Coca-Cola.
The deal highlights the increasing...
| May 3, 2013
| 11:01 AM
Luminaries from Chicago's television, advertising and filmmaking communities filled the ballroom at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards gala April 23. More than 300 people were on hand as...
| Nov 12, 2012
On a warm September day in Chicago, Rishad Tobaccowala counseled a roomful of Leo Burnett executives on how to sell high-tech gadgets -- told in terms of hot dogs.
Tobaccowala, who has spent 30 years at Leo Burnett and affiliated agencies,...
| May 26, 2012
He was a former advertising executive who became one of television's top producers, bringing powerhouse shows such as "Dallas," "Knots Landing" and "The Waltons" into American homes in the 1970s and '80s.
Lee Rich, co-founder and former president of...
| May 7, 2012
| 9:59 AM
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign pushed out one word last week to define his quest for a second term — "forward."
So how much does a single word matter? Quite a bit, marketing and branding experts say, even if they disagree on the...
| Apr 27, 2011
"Classy with a K," I think we can all agree, is rarely meant as a compliment.
So why would an establishment intentionally bill itself as spelling-averse? (Kustom Kuts, Kozy Korner, Tastee Freez, to name a few.)
Sure, there's the occasional trademark...
| Apr 27, 2012
| 5:49 PM
It was a "Frasier" reunion at the 48th annual Hugo Television Awards at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel on April 19. Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival honored actor Kelsey Grammer with the lifetime achievement award, presented by...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Mar 30, 2011
| 9:34 PM
10 Mad Men books to tide you over during the hiatus that goes until 2111. I mean 2012....