ReelChicago’s Ratney a Real Journalist

Ruth Louise Ratny, founder and editor of ReelChicago and Screen Magazine – and a friend to those of us at Mobius Awards and US International Film & Video Festival – died Feb. 21 in her sleep. The only daughter of German immigrants who settled in Chicago, she jumped from high school to become a dedicated and successful supporter of the Chicago film and advertising communities.

ruth-ratneyAt the beginning of her career, Ruth worked as a producer in the post-production industry and earned an Emmy. In 1979, she founded the print-based advertising and film publication Screen Magazine and served as editor and publisher for 23 years before selling it in 2001. She founded the digitally exclusive in 2004 and continued editing and writing much of the publication’s content until last week. She filed her final story on Feb. 10, 2017.

Along the way, Ruth earned distinction as a Chicago and Midwest Ad Woman of the Year, a member of Today’s Women Chicago 100 Hall of Fame, an honoree on Newcity Magazine’s “Film 50” list, a recipient of the Hugo Legend Film Award and a recipient of the Chicago Film Critics Award, among others. Additionally, she served on dozens of film juries, discussion panels, volunteer organizations and awards shows.

Lee Gluckman, also a Chicago native and chairman of Mobius Awards and US International Film & Video Festival, which were founded in Chicago, had known Ruth “going back to the late ‘60s not long after I formed Producers Group Ltd., a Chicago-based production company,” he said. “I always had great respect for her approach and opinions on everything about the business in Chicago. It seemed that she knew everyone who was anyone in in advertising and film.”

Gluckman, now based in Los Angeles, kept in touch with Ruth occasionally in person and more often by phone. “She had a sharp wit and strong opinions, but she was usually right.  I will miss her,” Gluckman said.

In her personal time, Ruth completed two film scripts that generated a number of offers, but none of them matched the deal that she had hoped for. One was a love story about a young couple on different sides of the U.S./Mexican border; the other, a feature documentary about Mahalia Jackson, “The Queen of Soul,” who earned her fame and spent much of her career in Chicago. Ruth was also a fierce supporter of liberal causes, especially those devoted to women and children. Her contributions to charitable organizations would have been legendary if she had chosen to publicize them, according to her staff at

Background information provided by ReelChicago.

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White Rabbits in LA


Kristen Szabo (left) and Lee Gluckman (third from left) of Mobius Awards; with White Rabbit’s István Bracsok and Levente Kovács, Creative Directors, Partners; Levente Bálint, CEO and Partner

It was a real treat for Mobius Awards to visit a few hours with three creatives from White Rabbit advertising and marketing agency, Budapest, late last week.  The gathering included some office chat and the presentation of a 2016 Certificate for Outstanding Creativity for the group’s “Nature Is Cool” guerilla marketing project for World Wildlife Fund Hungary.

White Rabbit visitors included István Bracsok and Levente Kovács, Creative Directors, Partners, and Levente Bálint, CEO and Partner. Hosts were Lee Gluckman, Mobius Chairman, and Kristen Szabo, Manager Entrant Relations and Operations at Mobius, and driver for an informal tour of Hollywood. Bracsok has been a judge in the Mobius Awards competition and featured on our website. Thanks, István!

White Rabbit’s winning work helped WWF reach out to skateboarders to encourage them to think about preserving nature. The project reached more than 3 million people and   included creation of seven custom skateboards — with wood appropriately distressed by real bears –, a skateboard exhibit and  an auction of the custom boards. For more info on the “Nature Is Cool” visit:

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Chinese creatives earn 2 Certificates

OMD China and Dentsu Rihai Communications Co., both in Shanghai, romd-chinaeceived Certificates for Outstanding Creativity in the 2016 Mobius Awards international advertising competition.

OMD China won for “The Levi’s Campaign That Levis Didn’t Create” in Direct: Apparel, Footwear & Accessories. The advertiser was Levi Strauss & Commercial  (Shanghai) Ltd., Shanghai.

Dentsu was recognized for “Happy Kitchen” in Commercial/TVC: Retail Stores, done for Carrefour China, Shanghai. This was the 46th annual competition. Entrants from 22 countries were selected for 69 awards, including 29 First Place Mobius Award Golden Statuettes, 35 Second Place Certificates for Outstanding Creativity, and five Student Awards. For a full list of winners, visit http://www.mobiusawards.comdentsu-happy-kitchen-jpg-for-blog.

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Up Close with Packaging!

Eight packaging designers and specialists gathered in Los Angeles this week to get a look at — and make their assessments of — packaging entries in the 2016 Mobius Awards.

The judges included (clockwise beginning top right) Mark Quest of Good Projects, Luis Camano of Grupo Gallegos, Fabian Geyrhalter  of FINIEN,  Lynn Jacob of Associated Packaging, Lucik Kozozian and Lance Johnson of Luko Designs. Not pictured, but no less active in the judging process, were Barbara Yeh and Stephen Webster of BYStudio Branding + Design + Marketing. All are from the Los Angeles area except for Jacob whose company is in Greater Detroit.

This was a serious bunch that kept heads down as they judged displays on tables and on the screen. A total of 18 judges will be viewing packaging entries, including the online judges. Results will be released in January.


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Judge works for diversity in Aussie agencies

With Mobius Awards nearing its deadline, the time seemed ripe for more about judges lorraine-jokovic-for-emailsuch as Lorraine Jokovic, CEO of LOUD Communications Group in Sydney, Australia. Jokovic is one of the most senior women in Australian advertising and an active supporter of diversity and inclusion for her industry. She serves as a director of The Communications Council, one of the initiators of the recent Gender Diversity Working Group and is the national industry spokesperson for gender diversity.

Currently, the Council is running a research project to better understand attitudes toward gender diversity and how or if that translates to agency policies. The study also wants to identify barriers to advancement by women and their tenure in the business.

Jokovic has run LOUD for a decade. Read an interview with her at

For information on the Communications Council project, visit

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Five 2016 judges hail from Publicis Pixelpark







Five creatives from Publicis Pixelpark in Hamburg and Frankfurt are among the 2016 Mobius judges.

Andreas Brunsch, Executive Creative Director; Timm Weber, Chief Creative Officer, and Tobias Holland, Creative Director, are from the Publicis office in Hamburg. Steffen Baerenfaenger is Executive Creative Director and John Phillips is Creative Director in the Frankfurt office.

holland-bookBrunsch was previously with Grabarz & Partner and ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. Weber is responsible for all work integrated and digital coming out for clients such as Mercedes Benz, Renault, Allianz, Swarovski, Visa, Maggi, Laboratoirs Garnier. He previously spent five years at Grabarz + Partner in Hamburg responsible for the entire Volkswagen business of this agency.

Weber recruited Holland from FischerAppelt, The three are also co-authors of a children’s book, Die Weihnachtsgeschichte.



Baerenfaenger has led the creation department at Publicis Pixelpark Frankfurt since summer 2015 and is member of the German creative council. Throughout his career, he has worked for a variety of agencies including Jung von Matt, VCCP, Kolle Rebbe, GREY, Ogilvy and  Razorfish, and with such brands as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Ubisoft, eBay, Nestlé, L‘Oreal, Nokia, Allianz, P&G, FIFA, Kienbaum, Coca-Cola, Telecom and Adidas Y-3 und Adidas Originals.



Phillips was previously with Sir John & Phillips, Grey Worldwide, and Sony Ericsson.

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Congratulations to Erik Huberman

Erik Huberman, founder and CEO of Hawke Media in Santa Monica — and a Mobius Awards judge last year — is one of the speakers at the 2016 American Made NY Summit at Martha Stewart Headquarters Oct. 21-22 in New York City.



The summit features successful business leaders who can inspire others to take their companies to a new level. Huberman’s credentials are considerable. According to his bio, Hawke Media has grown from seven employees to more than 60 with clients that include Red Bull, Verizon Wireless and evite. Before Hawke, Huberman founded Swag, which he grew and sold, and then grew’s sales to $1 million in four months.  His awards include Forbes 30 under 30 and Inc Magazine’s Top 25 Marketing Influencers.

We were fortunate to have his involvement in the last Mobius and look forward to his colleague, Tony Delmercado, as a judge this year.

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