CBS sitcom has Chicago roots; LoDolce joins Cutters

IF ADVERTISING’S DARK SIDE is displayed in “Mad Men,” then CBS’ new series, “The Crazy Ones,” is a 180-degree turn to a sitcom made even zanier by the return of the original mad man, Robin Williams, who made his

Wake and funeral services for Dennis Farina Monday and Tuesday

A WAKE FOR DENNIS FARINA will be held Monday from 4-9 p.m. at Monclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 W. Belmont and a funeral mass will be said for the actor and Chicago native Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church, 3

It’s that time again: Optimus Block Party on Aug. 2

OPTIMUS 18TH ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY is right around the corner on Friday, Aug. 2 (always the first Friday in August) bringing together clients, colleagues and friends for its annual

Commonground agency wins Verizon Wireless business

MULTICULTURAL AGENCY COMMONGROUND, named Ad Agency’s Small Agency of the Year in 2012, has just become bigger and a more important player.  After a 3-month review, it won the African American work for Verizon Wireless, formerly with

Season of TV series and movie filming gets underway

ENTERTAINMENT FILMING has begun in earnest with action on features and TV series from now through October.  Although teen sci-fi “Divergent” wraps July 17 after a large second unit shoot, The Wachowskis’ sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending” officially starts rolling July 13.

Cinespace hosts July 4 event for Canadian consulate

IN THE SPIRIT of cross-border camaraderie, Cinespace is making its Chicago and Toronto studios available to host both Canada Day festivities for the Canadian Consulate in Chicago on July 1 and Independence Day festivities for the US Consulate in Toronto on July 3.

20 West’s new docusoap set in famous Texas bar/grill

TWO NEW SHOWS FOR 20 WEST PRODUCTIONS. According to Scot Thor, SVP/development and production, the Intersport division is going into production into its first MTV

Dreaming Tree’s feature scripted by Colin Costello

ADMAN/SCREENWRITER COLIN COSTELLO, now in L.A. pursuing his screenwriting career, wrote the script local Dreaming Tree’s coming-of-age comedy ”The St

Todd Steele named TFMA CEO; Tullman now chairman

TRIBECA FLASHPOINT’S HOWARD TULLMAN has stepped down as CEO/president, his role since helping to found the school in 2007, to b

Lisa Masseur brings her EP skills to One at Optimus

NEW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER at One at Optimus is veteran producer Lisa Masseur, who officially joined the production company a few weeks ago after being a permalance producer there since last January.  She replaces Kipp Christensen who returned to freelancing and repo

Lottery/DP spot wins major lottery industry award

The Illinois Lottery and agency Downtown Partners/Chicago won what is the biggest and most prestigious award in the North America lottery business: the annual Fleurry Award for the Lottery commercial “Shopping.”   Presented by La Fleur Magazine, a worldwide lottery trade publication, “Shopping” was voted the best TV spot by lot

Capacity crowd set for tonight’s AICE Awards Show

AICE AWARDS SHOW IS SRO tonight at the Museum of Broadcast Communications as the capacity sale of 540 tickets was reached Tuesday.   Special guest of honor is former editor and S

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