Chicago Studio City back in lighting rentals

With “Matadors” and “A.T.S.” headquartering at Chicago Studio City for the duration of their pilot shoots later this month and into April, CSC owner John Crededio reopened Chicago Studio Rentals of lighting and grip equipment.

“We believe that the 30% tax credit will really kick in” and want to be prepared, says Crededio, who since the early ?80s has owned and operated the big West Side studios, the biggest stage complex between coasts.

Fox’ “Prison Break” escapes from Joliet and Chicago Studio City and heads for Texas

When “Prison Break” announced in March it would resume filming a second season of the top-rated show June 15, the producers neglected to say where it would be filmed.

That the location will be Texas and not Chicago came as a shock to the 150-plus people involved in the production since last June.

The announcement was made Thursday morning by “Prison Break” producer and Texas resident Garry Brown to union and department heads on the set at Chicago Studio City.

Twenty-two episodes were shot in Chicago during the first season.

‘Barber Shop 2’ to film here—if Chicago Studio City stages remain open

If Chicago Studio City is sold before the July start date, “Barber Shop 2” could be filmed in in Los Angeles.

“Of course, we’d try to find another place in Chicago,” said line producer Tom Busch of the sequel to George Tillman and Bob Teitel’s “Barber Shop” hit of last summer.

“We’d run the numbers on modifying an alternate location to make it workable. But we may find that it’s cheaper to shoot in L.A.”

He added: “The message that would send to Hollywood as to Illinois’ commitment to filmmaking is frightening.”

Filmmaking in Chicago is ‘significantly up’ with record breaking production

At the September 30th Committee on Budget and Government Operations meeting Retiring Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly said filmmaking is “significantly up” in Chicago. A record 15 television productions are currently in the city including 61st Street, The Chi, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Work in Progress, Paper Girls, Light Years, … Continue reading “Filmmaking in Chicago is ‘significantly up’ with record breaking production”

Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago

Panavision has named Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys to lead the company’s Chicago office as Vice President and General Manager. Borys will ensure Panavision’s customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support throughout the commercial, television, and feature sectors, and will be supported by Chicago Operations Manager Stan Glapa. Sharon Walker Retires Borys’ appointment … Continue reading “Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago”

Throwback Thursday: ‘Barbershop 2’ to film here

Sixteen years ago, Founder Ruth Ratny reported on the status of a highly anticipated sequel and the fate of Chicago Studio City Editor’s Note: Beginning today, Reel Chicago will do its own ‘Throwback Thursday’ featuring stories from our archives. The following article was originally published on March 21, 2003. Chicago Studio City is still going … Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: ‘Barbershop 2’ to film here”

Local 476 elections reflect unprecedented growth

The Studio Mechanics’ record-setting year is is complemented by growing diversity in leadership and membership The Chicago Studio Mechanics Union Local 476, a chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), designated more than a dozen officers, board members, and trustees after tallying the votes of its December 10 election. Returning to positions … Continue reading “Local 476 elections reflect unprecedented growth”

Alexan accepts Biz Development role at Periscope

New position allows ten-year vet to partner with key players in the Chicago film community Kamelya Alexan accepted the Business Development role at Periscope Post & Audio, located on the campus of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, last month. In the newly created position, she will report to General Manager Manuela Hung while spearheading the company’s … Continue reading “Alexan accepts Biz Development role at Periscope”

Remembering John Crededio, 1946-2018

A pioneer of the Chicago film industry, the former gaffer built an impressive legacy of achievement but always made time for his family Chicago Studio City founder John Crededio, Sr. passed away earlier this week. A pioneer of the city’s film industry, Crededio spearheaded an era of activity that put Chicago on the national production … Continue reading “Remembering John Crededio, 1946-2018”

Swanberg’s “Easy” one of 3 new TV series filming here

If 2016 was considered a great year for the Chicago media and entertainment business, 2017 is starting to shape up as even greater. It could even be the year when the Chicago market eases into $1 billion revenue from film status.

Thanks to Dick Wolf / NBC Universal and to Fox TV, six primetime TV series currently film here at Cinespace Studios, with three new TV series expected to start production in early February.

Features and a TV series ahead for Chicago production

Two features and a reported TV series will be adding to the ever-lengthening slate of Chicago-based productions, which is “only the tip of the iceberg of what the industry is capable of,” notes Local 476 president Brad Matthys.

First up is a week’s worth of shooting on “Death Wish,” MGM / Paramount’s remake of the 1974 hit made famous by Charles Bronson.

Three “Chicago” series kick off fall season filming

STARTING JULY 20, Chicago’s film industry will take off like a rocket as NBC/Dick Wolf’s three primetime series — “Chicago Fire,” “PD” and “Med” — all begin shooting their new fall seasons on Cinespace stages.

By mid-September, eight TV series will be filming here. Cameras will roll for Fox TV’s hit “Empire” and new Fox entries, “The Exorcist” Aug. 3 and “ABP” Aug. 22. NBC’s “Chicago Justice” is scheduled to start for mid-September airing.

“Prison Break” reboot a 3rd Fox pilot possibility

“Prison Break,” a hit Fox show that originated in Chicago 2005-2006, is being rebooted, Fox announced at the Television Critics Conference in LA last week, when the network also revealed an “Empire” spinoff and a new series.

Production of the 10-episode series is slated to start after the first of the year for the 2016-17 season.  Hopefully Fox execs will want to again film in Chicago, where “Prison Break” originated in 2005.

Anthony joins “Mahalia” movie as exec producer

Chicago based producer/writer Blake Anthony, of Blake Anthony, Inc., has joined Joyful Noise, LLC, producers of the music biopic about gospel great Mahalia Jackson, as executive producer.

Anthony brings more than 15 years of writing and production experience on major studio productions and his own company’s films to serve on “a great film like Mahalia,” he says.

Big TV, film production season is underway

By midpoint this year, Chicago production had come close to the number of shooting days it had enjoyed during 2013’s record-breaking run, reports the Chicago Film Office’s Rich Moskal. “At the end of June we had issued 638 permits to shoot on city streets, as compared to 650 last year,” he says.

“Upstarts” OKRP lands $50 million Big Lots! account

CALLING THEMSELVES “SCRAPPY UPSTARTS” the boutique agency O’Keefe, Reinhard & Paul (OKRP) okrp.com – celebrating its first anniversary in March — landed the Big Lots! account which bills a big $50 million, following a review.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company is a closeout retailer with 1,525 stories in 48 states.  The agency’s first work for its new client will launch in early February.

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. It will film at Cinespace and on many locations around the city.

Cinespace, CSC expansion to give city 11 new stages

Besides 2013 being the year of Chicago’s major breakthrough as a favored location for Hollywood entertainment projects and a giant film spend increase pouring into the local economy — this summer also will mark the year of the biggest stage expansion ever. 

Both Cinespace Studios and Chicago Studio City are gearing up for expansion to accommodate the anticipated new business from Hollywood that’s starting to head our wave in droves.

Two (or more?) TV pilots to shoot here for 3 weeks

TV pilot frenzy is underway in L.A., with networks and cable stations having greenlit more than 75 pilots for the 2013-14 television season. 

While two of those 75-plus pilots have landed in Chicago thus far, Local 476’s Mark Hogan is confident about several others filming here – mainly two pilots for ABC and Dick Wolf’s NBC comedy, “Girlfriend in a Coma,” that, if picked up for a series, could efficiently piggyback on “Chicago Fire’s” established facility and resources here.

2012 shoot days of 1,808 up 45% over previous year

Chicago production had its busiest year ever in 2012.  A total of 406 total projects across all visual media shot 1,808 days.  This is up 45%, when 391 projects shot 1,234 days the year before, according to stats provided by the Chicago Film Office direct Rich Moskal.

The tally was bolstered by a record-breaking four episodic TV series shooting entire seasons in Chicago.

“The closest we came before was in ’98 or ’99 when we had three shows shooting,” Illinois Film Office director Betsy Steinberg says.

“Chicago Fire” top guns guests at sold out MWFF Dec. 4

“CHICAGO FIRE” EXECS – show co-creator/EP Michael Brandt and EP/director Joe Chappelle – will present the top awards to the winners of the Best of Midwest Awards Tuesday, Dec. 4 – an event that is totally sold out! Two other special guests are “Chicago Fire” star Lauren German and “Liberal Arts” producer Claude Dal Farra.

Gov. Quinn’s L.A. visit a ‘we’ll see’ situation

GOVERNOR’S L.A. UPDATE. Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment schedule for next week has not been completely finalized, says a spokesperson for the governor, which kinda suggests that he just might be able to make the important Aug. 1 TV Production Executives Dinner in L.A. after all. 

Gov. Quinn invited to speak to L.A. show execs Aug. 1

AFTER A TOO LENGTHY PERIOD of promotional inactivity, Chicago/Illinois’ film interests will finally make a formal appearance in Hollywood Aug. 1.  Gov. Pat Quinn has been invited to speak and if he accepts it will be the first time he has appeared before film interests in L.A since taking office three years ago.

Fox’s ‘Mob Doctor’ TV drama set to shoot here July 16

Fox’s “Mob Doctor” becomes the fourth television series to film in Chicago this year, with the announcement that the network has picked up the drama for a full 12-episode series, to begin shooting in mid-July.

Produced by Sony TV, directed by Michael Dinner (who directed the pilot called “Dirty Medicine”) and headquartered at Chicago Studio City, “Mob Doctor” will shoot around town simultaneously with “Chicago Fire.”

The two series start a week apart: “Mob Doctor” on July 16 and “Chicago Fire” on July 23, and will shoot through Christmas.

Cameras roll on three TV projects here next week

BUSINESS HEATS UP NEXT WEEK when cameras start rolling for two pilots and a TV series. Both Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Fire” for NBC Universal and the second season of the Starz series “Boss” swings into action on the same day, Thursday, March 15. Both are headquartered at Cinespace. 

Sony TV to shoot an untitled medical drama pilot here

A CHICAGO-SET PILOT is set to actually shoot here, although the shooting date is unknown at this time.  Michael Dinner is the executive producer and director of the currently untitled medical drama pilot, about a female doctor who works for the mob in Chicago. 

Sony Pictures TV is producing for the Fox Network.  The pilot will headquarter at Chicago Studio City on the West Side.  

Six weeks of non-stop TV show and feature filming

Regardless of what you want to call it – a perfect storm, a surfeit of riches – the next few weeks will be the “crazy busiest,” as Local 476’s Mark Hogan puts it, but he’s far from complaining.

Action started July 12, with the FX TV movie Powers and will accelerate the following weeks, five high-profile entertainment projects will be in some phase of production in and around Chicago.

Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal says we haven’t seen such activity since the late ‘90s, “when we had going three on-going TV series and numerous features.”

Two new at One at Optimus; hot summer for TV shows

ONE AT OPTIMUS has expanded its Chicago-Santa Monica directorial roster with the addition of L.A.-based Jim Matlosz, who will focus on sports and product/tabletop, and Ryan Bosworth, who has a heavy  design and visual effects background.

Both directors have been freelancing, with Matlosz wrapping a series of Milka Chocolate spots in Mexico. Bosworth’s current national campaign is for Verizon.

‘Playboy’ pilot result of past good experience with Fox

Positive experiences on The Chicago Code and Prison Break, the 30% Film Tax Credit, and the story’s Chicago setting clinched the Playboy series pilot for a shoot here, studio and state officials said.

“The show is set in Chicago but we did consider other options regarding where to produce the pilot,” said Tracey Raab, executive director for media relations at 20th Century Fox Television.

Claire Simon Casting put 371 local actors in network series

Claire Simon Casting so far has cast the most Chicago AFTRA actors in network television shows, 371 in all – 198 in the 13 episodes of Fox’ “The Chicago Code,” and 173 in 18 episodes of ABCV’s “Detroit 1-8-7.” 

“I’m really proud of our Chicago actors, they are amazing,” she says.  “Everyone involved with the two series was totally happy with their work.”

Two month shoot here for ‘Contagion’

DIRECTOR STEVEN SODERBERGH’S “CONTAGION” arrives in Chicago Oct. 19 as a worthy successor to “Transformers 3” in terms of big budget, cast and shooting schedule.

Heading the four star cast of the virus outbreak thriller are Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, here in 2008 for “Public Enemies,” Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne.

After arriving here from shooting in Hong Kong, the company will headquarter at Bradley Center, the big industrial space near Lane Tech and WGN studios, and shoot in Chicago and environs for a solid two months.

Three star-studded gala fundraisers this month

MOVIE AND TELEVISION STARS will abound this month as they headline gala fund-raisers to support the city’s culturally important visual arts organizations.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications’ June 11 “Salute to Chicago Television” will honor three generations of broadcasters, directors, producers and executives — 50 in all confirmed so far — at its fund-raiser at the Hilton Hotel & Towers.

Founder/director Bruce DuMont declares this is the first-ever reunion of these broadcasting.

Three network pilots to shoot here mid-March

That overly long Hollywood dry spell will finally end in early March, with three TV pilots getting underway, a fourth being talked about for early spring, and a Vince Vaughn feature in May.

“Matadors,” from Sony TV and writer/executive producer Jack Orman, is in production offices at Chicago Studio City in preparation for shooting the first or second week in March.

“Nightmare on Elm’s” new Freddy Krueger

THE NEW FREDDY KRUEGER, who can be seen behind a mask in “Watchmen,” will be wearing the iconic glove in the latest iteration of “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Jackie Earle Haley will star, taking over the role originated by Robert Englund. Haley is a former child actor, who received an Oscar nomination for his spooky role in the Kate Winslet starrer, “Little Children.”

“Nightmare” stars filming May 5 at Chicago Studio City, now in the throes of building sets.

Freddy Krueger returns to haunt “Elm Street”

The re-imagining of slasher classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street” means sweet dreams for feature-hungry Chicago, as production company Platinum Dunes settled into Chicago Studio City for five months of local filming.

“Nightmare” opened its CSC production office March 1. Cameras begin rolling April 27 with a crew of 135-150, although no stars or other key positions have been hired as yet.

Shooting is expected to take place in the suburbs.

Chicago says goodbye to “ER” after 15 years

For the past 15 years, NBC/Warner Bros.’ Chicago-set “ER” crews came to Chicago three or four times a year to shoot exteriors with stars of the show.

Now “ER” will film here for the last time, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, according to Roger Anderson, who has been the Chicago producer/production manager on the top-rated series for all of its 15 years.

The medical drama will be treated to a two-hour finale airing March 12. Running in its slot a week later will be the mid-season drama, “Kings,” a retelling of David and Goliath set during an alternate history.

Joe Malecki memorial Tuesday at Outsider;
Jeff Daniels comes to town for new musical

JOE MALECKI’S MANY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES will gather for a memorial service Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Outsider, Inc., 230 E. Ohio St. The studio was graciously provided by director/editor Mike LaBallarte, a friend and former NuWorld partner of Mr. Malecki. (Tributes follow story in News.)

ACTORS JEFF DANIELS and Rachel York will arrive in Chicago shortly to start rehearsals for a new musical, “The Turn of the Century,” at the Goodman Theatre, opening Sept. 19.

“The Beast” is set for a July 25 start in Chicago — if SAG can avert another ugly strike

IF SAG DOESN’T STRIKE, the “The Beast,” starring Patrick Swayze, whose pancreatic cancer thankfully appears to be under control, will start shooting here July 28 through late November. The production is headquartered in offices at Chicago Studio City.

MICHAEL PHILLIPS, the Tribune’s erudite movie critic, filled the house to capacity when he spoke to the Screenwriters Network last Sunday.

Some movie/TV show action expected here in late summer and early fall; “Public Enemies” wraps

MOVIETONE NEWS. The Patrick Swayze A&E TV series, “The Beast,” has opened at Chicago Studio City and is getting set for a late July-early August start date.

Chicago will be the location for the pilot of “Peep Show,” an Americanized version of the hit British TV series to air on Spike TV. Shooting could start in early fall or sooner, depending on how soon leading role actors are signed.

Director is Dylan Kidd <"Roger Dodger") and writer/producer is David Richardson, remembered from his stint on the “What About Joan” series.

Christmas feature films here next month

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN in the person of Paul Giamatti when the Vince Vaughn starrer “Fred Claus” starts shooting here Jan. 7 for a full month.

Vaughn plays Santa’s bitter older brother, and the movie also stars Kathy Bates, John Michael Higgins, Ludacris, Miranda Richardson, Kevin Spacey and Rachel Weisz. Director is David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”).

A production office has been operating out of Chicago Studio City for two months where sets are being built in all three stages for a full month of filming.

No Vin Diesel “Transit” to Chicago; his pullout cancels the $30 mm feature due to shoot here

Actor Vin Diesel dealt an unexpected blow to Chicago when he reportedly pulled out as the star of Accent Pictures’ $30 million action-drama “Black Water Transit.” It was due to start shooting here July 31.

Five L.A. staffers had just begun to settle into offices at Chicago Studio City when they were told June 15 the movie was canceled and they returned to L.A.

Accent Pictures told CSC owner John Crededio that they would like to return to Chicago once the starring role was recast.

Volk’s music video makes waves for local band

EIGHTBALL FILMS’ Caton Volk’s music video with local electrorock band Assassins will start making the rounds of the prestigious Indie Music Festival in three Canadian cities, Seattle and New York.

Titled “Always” (Wanting What You Ain’t Got), the two-minute video was collaboration among the band, Daily Planet graphics and director/cameraman Volk, who self-financed the video. As a spec piece, “Always” fulfilled its mission.

Volk is gaining new clients and several major labels are vying to sign the band. DP was Kurt Branstetter shooting in HD.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

GONE WITHOUT A TRACE? Just a year ago this month Brooke English and Lee Litis with great flourish announced their Dreamation Studio was moving into a huge Buffalo Grove facility to produce massive amounts of animated features and TV with an anticipated staff of 100.

In November 2004 they also staged the wildly successful Cineme animation film festival with bigger plans for 2005. It looked like they were here to stay.

Now it appears Dreamation and Cineme are in the wind. No phone numbers anywhere. Thinking the partners returned to L.A.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

THE HIP HOP MUSICAL “Pluto: the Opera” with music by Justin J. Mayer lead audio designer at Swell’s audio division BOOM! and librettist Idris Goodwin runs June 10-26 at the Prop Theatre.

Directed by Tony Sancho, in the cast are Nate Delman, Khanisha Foster, Sharrieff Muhammad, Seemore Perspective and Ashley Winston. Mayer and Goodwin, also members of the band Farm Crew, conceived the opera last summer. Mayer’s been with BOOM! for five years.

Fox’ “Prison Break” 13-week series to shoot this summer in Joliet and Chicago

“Prison Break”?the first series scheduled by Fox TV for its 2005-2006 season?means more than three months of production in the Chicago area. The pilot was shot in the Joliet Correctional Center last winter.

The 13-week series is expected to shoot from June through mid-September. It will film at Joliet prison and in Chicago area studio space yet to be determined.

Production offices are scheduled to set up here in May.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

STARS HERE IN APRIL. Director Marc Forster’s comedy, “Stranger than Fiction,” starts shooting April 25 at Chicago locations. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifa, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Will Ferrell.

The story’s about an IRS auditor who suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

City approves plan for $43.7 million West Side studio run by L.A.’s Raleigh Studios

If they build it, will they come? That’s the expectation of Canadian-owned Raleigh Studios of Santa Monica, and the local developers behind the $43.7 million Central City Studios. The Chicago Plan Commission last week approved the plan for the West Side movie studio.

The studio will be located at 4300 W. Roosevelt Road on a proposed 180,000-sq. ft. complex that is ironically situated less than two miles from John Crededio’s now-defunct Chicago Studio City. It will have five stages for film and TV production, and a three-story office building.

Facilities owners are generally positive about anticipated benefits from new stage complex

Local 476’s late Frank Hobbs had a saying: “When the stages are busy, we all prosper.” After a too-long Gobi Desert-like dry spell, the hope is that the proposed Central City Studios will boost local film prosperity.

There’s general agreement with IPA’s Mark Egmon that “the complex will be a phenomenal shot in the arm for the community,” in far-reaching transcendent terms.

As CFO director Rich Moskal put it, “A complex like this is a way for us to get Hollywood’s attention.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 07/16/04

VICTORY GARDENS BUYS BIOGRAPH. Victory Gardens Theatre will buy the Biograph, at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., for $2 million and spend $7-$8 million renovating it into a new 299-seat main stage ? increasing capacity by 50%, a 130-seat studio theatre, a rehearsal hall and space for special events. Funds will come from a $1.5 million Illinois First program and $2.5 million in special direct funding from the city. Victory Gardens will retain its home down the street from the Biograph, converted a small studio into offices and renting the rest of the building.

Writer raises idea of converting County Hospital into film production center

Lerner newspaper columnist Ed Schwartz is promoting the idea that the old Cook County Hospital, that County Board president John Stroger is just itching to demolish, could have another practical use.

It could be converted into “the Chicago Production Center with facilities for movies, TV, film, music, and live productions,” he says.

Schwartz’ lofty plan is not unlike the many proposed for reactivating Chicago Studio City.

IFO’s Sexton’s Studio City
remarks shock IFP audience

IFO Director Brenda Sexton

Spots keep rollin’ along

Not every commercial heads for Toronto or L.A. (whose numbers have dropped). A sizeable number are being produced here at home and by out-of-towners who like our style and look.

Here’s a brief round-up of what’s been going on, with the help of reports from the Chicago Film Office’s Yolanda Arias. Airwave Productions of Las Vegas was here for a day shooting man-in-the-street interviews on Michigan Avenue … Cass Productions, a local group, hired 100 extras and positioned them on the Lake St. bridge in a staged “protest” for client American Crew Hair …

Up and Down the Avenue 9/29/03

Jewel commercials came to an end last week after some 20 years of local production. New owners Albertson’s moved production to its Dallas in-house studio.

Producer Diane Mikita, Jewel’s local in-house agency for as many years, won’t be moving with the account. Post Effects shot and edited the weekly spots for nearly eight years.

John Credideo says his Chicago Studio City properties could be gone in a few weeks. Is he sad about it? “I had a good run,” he says. One of the stages could be sold to the NBA and used as a practice court.

It’s built and no one’s coming

A lot of good people believe that “if you build it, they will come.”

In many cases that philosophy of business is true: If you’ve got the goods, customers will respond.

If customers are in the market for what you’ve got, that is.

We’ve got the goods in Chicago Studio City, the biggest and best sound stage complex between coasts. If Hollywood were in the market for stages in Chicago, CSC would be crackling with activity, as it once was.

That was before Canada.

Before Hollywood Blvd. and Madison Ave.

Up and Down the Avenue

Michigan Avenue has livened up after a too-long hibernation with a spate of creative appointments. Two new from out-of-town:

Big new business for DDB Worldwide: Some $200 million worth of Royal Philips Electronics from Leo Burnett offices around the world, including Chicago.

Element 79 saw the $35 milion Aquafina account go down the drain. More specifically, to BBDO/New York.

IPA rally lays out details of wage-
tax credit bill in state legislature

Chicago Studio City’s John Crededio and Ron DeRosa were among the 200-plus filmmakers who attended the Illinois Production Alliance forum and membership rally at the Hilton hotel April 28.

Crededio listened intently to the speakers’ reports and plans, which had included the state’s acquisition of CSC’s West Side five-stage complex, although it may be a case of locking the barn door since the horse was stolen.

Industry rally set for Oscar Sunday

What better occasion than the Academy Awards to focus attention on the Illinois visual media industry. That’s what the Illinois Production Alliance rally Sunday, March 23 is counting on.

The rally, expected to draw thousands, will be held at noon at the Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building), Randolph and Clark.

The rally will express essentially a positive tone, said IPA spokesperson Mark Egmon.

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