The Escape Pod
Advertising Agency
Chicago, United States

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The Escape Pod is a fiercely independent, full-service creative powerhouse known for category-changing work that drives results. The agency was founded in 2007 by ad industry veterans Norm Bilow and Vinny Warren, creator of the legendary Budweiser “Whassup!” campaign, one of Advertising Age's Top Ad Campaigns of the 21st Century. We bring our clients' brand propositions to life in the most powerful manner possible, through advertising that is strategically sound, creatively exceptional, and makes optimal use of any media. 


What We Do Best.

The Escape Pod is known for consistently delivering fresh, original ideas that break through categories and builds brands. Our specialties include:

  • - Efficiently executing breakthrough retail campaigns and promotions 
  • - Re-energizing the growth and profitability of established brands 
  • - Launching new products 

From pioneering the first branded entertainment reality TV hit, “Schooled,” for OfficeMax to launching Wheat Thins’ “Twitterventions” viral sensation, to having NFL MVP Drew Breese retire for one day for Can-Am Spyder, and working with YouTube star Action Movie Kid for Toys”R”Us, The Escape Pod has earned its reputation for bold, award-winning work across retail, food & beverage, technology and automotive categories.

We are purpose-built for businesses with aggressive growth goals. Our speed, creative firepower and core belief in amplifying brands to drive action makes us the perfect partner for fast-growing companies. Our services include research, strategic planning, creative development, production, media planning and buying, experiential marketing and a digital studio creating apps, websites and connected devices. 

Chervon North America

Southeastern Grocers

KIND Snacks



Bombardier Recreational Vehicles

CDK Global


ADDY Award, Bronze, 2013: Oscar Mayer Lunchables

ADDY Award, Silver, Internet Commercials, 2013: Claussen Pickles

ARF David Ogilvy Award, Gold, Digital + Media, 2011: Wheat Thins 

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Short List, 2011: Oscar Meyer Lunchables

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Short List, 2011: Wheat Thins 

RACie Award, Best of Show, 2009: OfficeMax 

Ad Tech Award, Gold, Best Branding Campaign, 2009: OfficeMax