December 6, 2013
Another GRAMMY nod for Director Mark Romanek: Jay Z's 'Picasso Baby' Nominated for Best Music Video
November 20, 2013
Mark Romanek Directs New Gillette Spot That Leaves You Thinking About Your Face In A New Way
Los Angeles Times
Jay Z led the pack in the race for Grammy Awards earning nine nominations including one for Rap Album and two nominations in the Rap/Sung Collaboration category. Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake also scored big earning seven nominations a piece. The Recording Academy announced the nominations Friday during a concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The 56th Grammy Awards will be held on Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
November 14, 2013
Chicagoans Mingle with Bulls & Blackhawks in BMO Harris Bank Campaign Directed by Brian Billow: #TeamAlwaysWithYou
A man’s face goes through sleet, slow, heat and more, and its ability to withstand those conditions is, on some level, the mark of the man himself. Grey N.Y. takes that conceit and executes it perfectly, in this new spot for Gillette’s Fusion ProGlide.
November 4, 2013
Adweek On Board: Brian Billow's Spots for Luvs Juxtapose 1st & 2nd-time Moms for Hilarious Results
MEDIABISTRO | AGENCY SPY
A delightful new campaign from Y&R Midwest and Anonymous Content director Brian Billow for BMO Harris Bank finds credit card holders joined by Bulls and Blackhawks players in their everyday lives. Above we see Bulls players Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler accompany a family in the monotony of suburban living, from chatting about potholes getting to taking the dog outside for a bathroom break.
October 9, 2013
Brian Billow Mines Comedy from the Matter of Fact in New Ad for Luvs
IDEA: Motherhood is tough, but that first kid makes you an expert. And experts are more likely to choose Luvs. That’s the claim, backed by research, made in Saatchi & Saatchi’s campaign for the Procter & Gamble diaper brand—from last year’s famous “Breastfeeding” ad through five new spots, in which anxious first-timers humorously lighten up when seen later with their second kid.
October 9, 2013
Who do Cadillac, Jack White & Rodarte have in Common? Autumn de Wilde
Diaper brand Luvs — which happen to cost a whole lot less than premium brands Huggies or Pampers — shows uptight first-time moms relaxing a whole lot more once they have their second kid, with two new spots created via Saatchi & Saatchi New York. The ads features moms that served up a healthy helping of neuroses every time anything happened to them or their first baby — the pacifier dropping to the ground, or a stranger asking to hold their precious tot. By the time the second baby popped up, they ended up caring less about the things that really didn’t matter — and also started using Luvs.
September 26, 2013
Alfonso Cuarón on Cinema's Hot Ticket: 'Gravity,' New Technology & A Prolific Career
Autumn de Wilde has already worked with one Detroit legend—the rock star Jack White—but yesterday, the photographer unveiled her project with another Michigan staple: Cadillac. As the newest brand ambassador for the famous American car, de Wilde created a series of images and works to celebrate the automobile including portraits of the craftsmen who create it.
September 9, 2013
Even the Hardest Cases 'Convert' in Frédéric Planchon's New Chevy Silverado Spot
NEW YORK MAGAZINE | VULTURE
Against a black screen, these words appear first.
“At 600 km above planet Earth, the temperature fluctuates between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit. There is nothing to carry sound. No air pressure. No oxygen. Life in space is impossible.”
August 22, 2013
DreamWorks Swoops In To Nab ‘Noble Assassin’ Book Proposal
IDEA: This isn’t your father’s pickup truck. But then, you’re not your father. “These guys are much more involved in their children’s lives than their fathers were,” Leo Burnett strategist Matt MacDonell said of today’s truck owners. “The male role has expanded, and the pickup is deeply involved in that.”
August 2, 2013
Mark Romanek Shares The Inside Story of Jay Z's 'Picasso Baby' Video
DEADLINE: DreamWorks has just acquired Noble Assassin, based on a book proposal by Paul Kix. They’ve also attached Jane Eyre helmer Cary Fukunaga to direct. It’s the war-time story of French aristocrat-turned-anti-Nazi-Saboteur Robert de la Rochefoucauld, who joined the British Special Operations Executive and was trained in every manner of dark arts before being sent back to France to help organize the resistance. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar is producing with Fukunaga. ICM Partners brokered the deal.
NEW YORK MAGAZINE | VULTURE
Would you like to spend your Friday night with Jay Z? Then stay tuned tonight for the premiere of Hova’s new music video, “Picasso Baby,” which bows on HBO at 11 p.m., following Jay’s appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher. Culled down from six hours of footage, the “Picasso Baby” video chronicles Jay’s delightful performance-art stint at Chelsea’s Pace Gallery in July, when the Magna Carta Holy Grail mogul rapped his song over and over for a host of art-world luminaries (including our own critic, Jerry Saltz) and gadflies including Judd Apatow and Alan Cumming. How did things turn out, and how did this wild event come together in the first place? Vulture rang up “Picasso Baby” helmer Mark Romanek for the answers.