Mark Harris’ 2006 film gets a digital series reboot

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of his 2006 urban dramady feature production “I Used to Love Her,” producer / director / writer Mark L. Harris of 1555 Filmworks, is bringing it back as an entirely new, reimagined digital series.

Optimus to stay at Grand Ave., amid other changes

Speculation as to Optimus’ plans about when or if it would occupy the 38,000-sq. ft. space it had leased in the Wrigley Building, after announcing a November move-in date last year, came to an end by announcing it would remain in its 161 E. Grand Ave. building. The decision not to expand and to restructure was announced by Opti

McDonald’s new Loop HQ builds on historic film site

What was once a sprawling 88,000-sq. ft. building, with a storied film history at 1058 W. Washington, will become McDonald’s massive 608,000-sq. ft. Chicago headquarters, when the new construction is completed by spring 2018 at an estimated cost of $250 million. The Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved the developers’ request to increase the site’s density. The City C

Reality web series seeks next “Great Street Musician”

PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN, literally, in the streets of Chicago for a new music-based web reality series, “In Search of the Great American Street Musician” – an “America’s Got Talent” meets “American Idol” concept, hosted by local actors, Shannon Novack and Keithen Banks. The se

Chet Baker biopic opens 7th Blue Whiskey Fest 7/24

THE MIDWEST PREMIERE of writer/director Robert Budreau’s “Born to be Blue” biopic of jazz legend Chet Baker will open the 7th annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, July 24-31 at the AMC Randhurst 12 in Mt. Prospect starting at

The Colonie’s Ackerman edits comic beer spot

For VSA Partners’ client, Blue Point Brewing Company of Patchogue, N.Y., The Colonie’s Bob Ackerman and his team edited a comedic 1:30 media spot — “Patchogue’s Got It All” — an offbeat approach to introduce the premium craft beer.
 

SRO audience for AWNY’s Stages Summit Chicago entrée

Tuesday’s Advertising Women of New York day-long “Stages Summit” in Chicago was a resounding success, attested to by the SRO audience that gave standing ovations to many of the 30 amazing speakers. The day-long event had quickly sold out to 250 attendees, including those who had been wait-listed for seats in the Ivy Room at the Tree Studios on State S

Chicago’s 12th 48 Hour Film Project kicks off July 31

The 48 Hour Film Project is back in Chicago for the 12th year of weekend filmmaking and director / editor Jerry Vasilatos of Nitestar Productions is helming it for the second year. The winning short will compete for special prizes with 48HFP films from 130 cities around the world where more than 60,000 people will participate in the filmmaking weekend.

TV pioneer's invaluable Media Burn TV archives at 10

The concept behind TV pioneer Tom Weinberg’s Media Burn Archive was simply to preserve independently produced videos. “What we’ve been doing for the past 40 years matters,” he explains. “If we don’t save videos as a view into the cultural past, no one will ever see it.” Over the past 1
 

Hootenanny’s Liz Tate edits new HY Connect campaign

Hootenanny post boutique’s Liz Tate edited a new package of four spots using a combination of 2D and 3D graphics for HY Connect client First Tennessee Bank of Memphis, highlighting the company’s new digital ban

Stages Summit inaugurates AWNY’s new Chicago branch

Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) is expanding to Chicago with its inaugural “Stages Summit” all-day, sold-out event being presented Tuesday, July 19 at the Tree Studios’ Ivy Room, noon to 6 p.m. More than 20 highly accomplished female ad executives from New York and Chicago will share

OTSC fundraiser to send 200 needy kids to summer camp

As the temperature rises in the summertime of Chicago, so do the rates of violent crime in West Garfield Park where the Off the Street Club, supported by the Chicago advertising industry for 116 years, is located. To send 200 OTSC kids to summer Camp Mathieu in Wheaton and away from the constant threats and turmoil around them, OTSC
 

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