Leo Burnett brings home an armful of Cannes Lions

EIGHT CANNES LIONS went to Leo Burnett for its “Van Gogh BnB” campaign that led to the Art Institute’s highest attendance in 15 years with online ticket sales up 250% and $6 million in earned media impressions. The campai

New CFO initiative gives indie filmmakers a big boost

In an effort to expand and unify Chicago’s growing independent film community, the Chicago Film Office has launched the Independent Film Initiative (IFI) for local filmmakers “to give them assistance and resources that will encourage them to fulfill their media and entertainment careers in Chicago,” says Chicago

Daufenbach Camera captures NBA promo and CMT concert

Daufenbach Camera is having a busy month supplying gear for major events. Sunday’s “Country LakeShake” concert at Northerly Island, was shot for Country Music Television (CMT) with 13 Arri cameras — a mix of Arri Alexas, Alexa Minis and Amiras. The concert starred Jason Aldean and a dozen country and western singers performing at the First Merit Ba

Registration open for Aug. 26-28 48HR Film Project

THE CHICAGO 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT is back for the 12th year the weekend of Aug. 26-28 to see who can produce the best short film in onl

Sarofsky creates main titles for new TNT crime show

The latest film title work of design-driven production company Sarofsky Corp. can be seen in the staccato 60-second main titles of the new family crime TV series, “Animal Kingdom,” that premiered on TNT June 14.

McNaughton-Rooker horror film gets a new life at 30

When 85-minute low-budget indie “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” — an art film masked as an exploitation film and shot in 16mm — was released in fall of 1986, its chances of theatrical success seemed unlikely. The cards were stacked against it. Everyone connected with it was unknown. The budget was

Twisted Media provides FX in Fox’ $200 mm sci fi epic

All the dazzling alien holograms and more than 400 futuristic-looking human and alien computer interfaces, and other high tech device screens in the Earth vs. Alien epic “Independence Day: Resurgence,” were the work of Chicago’s Derek Frederickson and his Twisted Media team. Frederickson was the playback

VML Chicago adds ECD Sean Burns, two other top execs

Earlier this year, global marketing and digital agency VML Chicago, a WPP company, consolidated several of its office locations into 20,000-sq. ft. of space at 223 N. Michigan and expanded its staff to more than 100. Now in another expansion spurt, VML has

Mimi Productions’ FBI-funded film helps kids at risk

A pair of Chicago-based FBI employees found themselves in the film business when the Dept. of Justice agreed they could produce a film to help them make deeper inroads with their at-risk youth outreach program.

IFP event to tell how to obtain ITVS program funds

IFP Chicago’s “Meet the Funder: Independent Television Service (ITVS)” program June 23 will introduce filmmakers to program funding opportunities with San Francisco-based ITVS, a major funder for public television programs, at business incubator 2112.

The Bears team with Paco to increase Hispanic fans

THE CHICAGO BEARS are redefining the way they connect with bilingual and bicultural Hispanic fans by signing with Paco Collective to head the team’s cross-cultural marketing. This marks the Bears’ first formal partnership with an Hispanic-specific strategic marketing agency.

Gilbert’s film wins big at UK fest, wows the audience

Gail Gilbert’s Chicago-made short film made a big splash across the pond at the inaugural Oxford International Film Festival held in the historic city of Oxford, UK in late May by winning two top prizes. Gilbert of Cerise Films came home from England with Best International Film and Best Screenplay awards for her timely 8-minute short, “

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