Recent News & Press for The Circus & Alumni

For press inquiries please contact Kimberly Bianco at or 404.477.6727


June 12, 2017

Adweek’s Creative 100: The Names You Need to Know Right Now in Marketing, Media and Tech.

Adweek’s 15 Chief Creative Officers Who Are Inspiring the Advertising of Tomorrow
The Creative Circus would like to congratulate three Creative Circus alumni, Ari Weiss, Con Williamson & Rick Condos as well as Advisory Board Member, Noel Cottrell on making AdWeek’s: 15 Chief Creative Officers Who Are Inspiring the Advertising of Tomorrow List.

Adweek’s 18 Top Creative Leaders Whose Ads Are Breaking Through Into Culture
Creative Circus Alumni, Katy Hornaday – Executive Creative Director, Barkley was recently chosen as one of the: 18 Top Creative Leaders Whose Ads Are Breaking Through Into Culture.

Adweek’s 18 Top Creative Leaders Whose Ads Are Breaking Through Into Culture
Congratulations to two Creative Circus Alumni, Kate Carter & Chen Liang, who were both selected for Adweek’s 14 Young Agency Creatives Whose Work Is Far Ahead of Its Time.



May 23, 2017

Circus Alumni Don Shelford, Group Creative Director at MailChimp

Droga5 introduces ‘MailChimp vs The Black Hole’

The Drum


March 29, 2017

Circus Alumni, Corey O’Brien, & team know how to change things up when it’s time to reinvigorate a brand.

Burgers, Not Boobs: Carl’s Jr. Brilliantly Flips the Script by Tearing Down Its Own Smutty Ads

The Drum


March 1, 2017

Circus Alumni, Ben Bliss, Associate Creative Director at Droga5 NY

Pizza Hut Made ‘Pie Tops,’ With a Button on the Toungue to Order Pizza,
for March Madness



March 1, 2017

Circus Alumni, Ben Bliss, Associate Creative Director at Droga5 NY

Pizza Hut Made ‘Pie Tops,’ With a Button on the Toungue to Order Pizza,
for March Madness



March 14, 2017

Beautiful example of ideas coming to life from the team at McKinney led by Circus grads Jonathan Cude, Chief Creative Officer and Owen Tingle, Group Creative Director. “It took nearly 30,000 paint chips, along with 24 production artists working a total of 5,600 hours, to bring this majestic menagerie to life for 30 seconds.” –
David Gianatasio

Sherwin-Williams Color Chips Come Alive as Leopards, Giraffes and Flamingos in Artful Ad



March 13, 2017

“Fifty years ago, in the fictional world of Mad Men, Don Draper pitched a daring ad campaign to Heinz execs, for the brand’s ketchup, that proposed not showing the product at all. Instead, the ads would show close-ups of foods that go great with ketchup—french fries, a cheeseburger, a slice of steak—but without any ketchup in sight.” –
Tim Nudd

50 Years Later, Heinz Approves Don Draper’s ‘Pass the Heniz’ Ads and Is Actualy Running Them



March 1, 2017

Replacing the the Brawny Man with a Women for Women’s History Month is brilliant. Smart work Jay Brockmeier, Copywriter at Cutwater.

Brawny Celebrates Women’s History Month by Featuring a Woman on Its packaging



August 26, 2015

Ad of the Day (featuring Circus Alumni Ashley Milhollin and Dan Rosenburg at Deutsch LA)



August 3, 2015



July 27, 2015

Ad of the Day: M&M’s Heads Into the Bedroom for a Little ‘Tainted Love’ Love is for sharing, or is it? (featuring work by Circus alumni, Executive Creative Director at BBDO NY Tim Bayne)



July 21, 2015

My Father Has Gifted Hands: A heartbreaking photo essay on dementia (featuring Circus alumni John Robert Ward)

Atlanta Magazine


This Creative Director’s Clever ‘Combophotos’ Are Awesomely Off-Kilter, Stephen McMennamy’s surreal visions (featuring Circus alumni and SVP Creative Director at BBDO Atlanta Stephen McMennamy)



July 20, 2015

Man Fills Résumé With Failures & Non-Skills, Gets Eight Responses In A Month (featuring Circus alumni Jeff Scardino)




July 7, 2015

Ad of the Day (featuring Circus alumni Creative Director at Deutsch LA Andy Pearson)



June 22, 2015

Photography Fuses Contrasting Photos to Create Fun Juxtapostions (feauturing Circus alumni and SVP Creative Director at BBDO Atlanta Stephen McMennamy)

Design Taxi


June 16, 2015

Ad of the Day (featuring Circus alumni Verenice Lopez and Devin McGillvary)



These Young Creatives Were Named ‘Future Lions’ at Cannes. Where Are They Now? (featuring Circus alumna
Karen Gereffi and Katy Hornaday)



Gold National ‪#‎ADDYAwards‬ and a Silver Young Guns International Award for “JotSpot” by Post-it (featuring Circus students Hilary Smith, copywriter, Joe Henson, copywriter, & Ilana Wolstein, art director)

2015 National Addy Awards and Silver Young Guns International Award


June 15, 2015

Ad Age’s 2015 Cover Competition (featuring artwork by Circus alumni Verenice Lopez and Devin McGillvary)



June 12, 2015

D&AD Awards Announced (featuring students Hilary Smith, Joey Henson, Ilana Wolstein, Lindsey Weeden & Colin Frawley)

D&AD London Awards


June 2, 2015

Christopher Guest Returns With More Hilarious Best in Show Spoofs for PetSmart (featuring Cirucs alumni associate creative director & art director Ross Aboud, art director Morgan McDonald, & copywriter Scott Chalkley)



May 30, 2015

Tech Firms Pull Talent Away From Agencies

The Wall Street Journal


May 19, 2015

Radio Mercury Awards Finalist (featuring student Dean Coots)

Radio Mercury Awards


May 19, 2015

Greatest Ad Ever on Youtube? These 20 are Fighting it Out (featuring ads Puppy Love by alumnus Johnny Dantonio and The Force by alumnus Ryan Mclaughlin)


May 12, 2015

Ad of the Day (featuring Alumnus Chris Bruney)



May 6, 2015

Young Ones Merit Award Announced (featuring Phil Fattore, Lindsey Weeden, and Reilly Schlitt)

The One Club


May 6, 2015

Young Ones Silver Pencil Winners Announced (featuring students Kelley O’Hare, Sarah Bailey, Becca Zavorski, Sarah Daboub, and Sarah Ostrofsky)

The One Club


May 4, 2015

Next Creative Leaders, Ten women destined to be the creative leaders of tomorrow (feauturing Circus alumna Liz Cartwright and Neisha Tweed)

The One Club and The 3% Conference


April 28, 2015

Ad of the Day (featuring Alumni Rob Lambrechts)



April 27, 2015

Ones to Watch Competition (featuring Circus Alumni Chaz Whitworth and Matt Moore)

The One Club


March 12, 2015

The Creative Circus, BBDO, Escalate, and Coca-Cola

Midtown Business Radio


March 10th, 2015

I asked Dan Balser: What was your impetus for creating the podcast, “Don’t Get Me Started?” 

Carolyn Hadlock Blog


March 10th, 2015

30 Most Creative Women in Advertising 

Business Insider


February 11th, 2015

Oreo Valentines spots worked on by writer grad, Jessy Cole



February 1st, 2015

Superbowl XLXI Spots worked on by Alumni


January 30th, 2015

Circus cofounder Norm Grey inducted into The One Club’s Advertising Educator’s Hall of Fame

The One Club


January 26th, 2015

Circus Executive Director, Dave Haan speaks on the history of advertising & why Circus exists


January 13, 2015

The Creative Circus | Be an Interactive Development Ringmaster



January 5, 2015

Circus grad & cofounder of Goodness Mfg. Paul Keister moves to Deutsch LA.>

Ad Week


January 1, 2015

Circus grad Andy Pearson announced in 30 under 30 Most Creative by Business Insider

Business Insider



November 16, 2014

News from the Advertising Industry, Norm Grey inducted into The One Club’s Hall of Fame

The New York Times


November 5, 2014

8 week summer program featured by Grady College, University of Georgia 

University of Georgia


October 23, 2014

School Featured in The Art Directors Club blog

The Art Directors Club


October 20, 2014

Ad of the Day (featuring alumni Kervins Chauvet)

 Ad Week


October 1, 2014

What to Learn from LeBron James and His Bazillion Dollar Salary (written by Circus grad Call McCallister)


October 2, 2014

Ad of the Day (featuring alumni Josh Schildkraut & Miranda Dean)

Ad Week 


September 26, 2014

Creative Circus Portfolio Review

Atlanta Business Chronicle


September 17, 2014

Couple’s artistic side project grows rapidly (featuring alumna Brittany McCullers)

Triad City Beat


September 15, 2014

Change Agent (featuring Circus alumni Brandon Rochon)

Ad Week


September 24, 2014

MasterChef Finalist Explains the Crossover Between Cooking and Advertising (featuring alumna Elizabeth Cauvel)

Ad Week


September 8, 2014

Remembering 9/11 by Celebrating the Tenacity of a Tree That Survived (featuring alumni Rick Williams)

The New York Times


September 3, 2014

Ad Exec who made M&M’s human to visit Creative Circus

WXIA Atlanta


August 20, 2014

Atlanta’s 30 Under 30 (featuring Circus alumna Whitney Ott)



August 13, 2014

These Are The 36 Most Creative Women In Advertising Right Now (featuring Circus alumnae Liz Cartwright of Venables Bell + Partners, Liz Levy of TBWA\Chiat\Day, & Katie Brinkworth of Periera & O’Dell)

Business Insider


August 13, 2014

Volkswagen Tests Your Shark Week Endurance With Endless Scrolling Game (featuring Circus alumni Andy Pearson)

Ad Week


July 14, 2014

Advertising tips from The Creative Circus Ringmaster, Dan Balser

Creative Babble


June 24, 2014

Showing Up and Staying There (featuring alumni Cal McCallister)

Communication Arts


May 2, 2014

Tune in to The New Podcasts

The One Club Magazine


June 20, 2013

Future Lions Announces 2013 Winners

Ad Age


May 7th, 2013

Get to Know The Creative Circus at Leo Burnett

Chicago Egotist


April 22, 2013

7 Traits of Ad School Greats

CMYK Magazine


May 10, 2012

Atlanta’s School for Mad Men

Creative Loafing


June 20th, 2012

The Creative Circus prepares tomorrow’s advertising stars

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


May 13, 2011

Out of the Box

Atlanta Business Chronicle


May 4th, 2011

Egotist Brief: Dave Haan

The Atlanta Egotist


March 17th, 2011

Ads of the World