Chicago Entertainment Lawyer, Linda Mensch dies in tragic accident

Linda Mensch, Chicago entertainment attorney at the firm Mandell Menkes LLC, and board member with A Safe Haven, the homelessness prevention organization, died last week in a hit-and-run while leaving the Garfield Park Conservatory. Witnesses said that Mensch and a friend were crossing the street in the 300 block of North Central Park Avenue, near … Continue reading “Chicago Entertainment Lawyer, Linda Mensch dies in tragic accident”

Lawyer Linda Mensch coproduces Loukas’ indie drama

SHOOTING IS UNDERWAY on first-time filmmaker/actress Allie Loukas’ low-budget feature, Like Father, Like Daughter, filming which shot in Lake Forest and Waukegan and moves to Chicago locations through May 27.

Written and directed by Loukas, the story is about a chance encounter that brings young North Shore woman Kathryn (Loukas) into the life of the Chicago father (Christopher M. Walsh) she has never met. Also starring Kim DeJesus, Angela Beckefeld and Darren Marlar.

Nine time Emmy award winner Allison Payne has passed at age 57

Nine time Emmy award winner Allison Payne, the former anchor at WGN, passed away earlier this month at age 57, her former employer announced over the weekend. Payne was with WGN-TV in Chicago for 21 years, covering everything from politics to sports. According to WGN, she traveled to Kenya for a story on former President … Continue reading “Nine time Emmy award winner Allison Payne has passed at age 57”

Veronica Wolski, COVID-19 vaccine critic, dies of COVID

Veronica Wolski, a Chicago activist and well-known QAnon supporter who spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, died of the virus early Monday. The Chicago woman, at the center of the Ivermectin firestorm, was just 64-years-old. A Cook County medical examiner’s office representative reported she died of pneumonia brought on by her COVID-19 infection, and hypothyroidism was … Continue reading “Veronica Wolski, COVID-19 vaccine critic, dies of COVID”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and include … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”

2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete list … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”

‘Chicago at the Crossroad’ world premiere at ABFF

Windy City doc committed to reducing gun violence screens at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, June 12 – 16 The world premiere of Chicago at the Crossroad — a film by Chicago-based Schodorf Media Creative — is one of only five documentaries set to screen at the 23rd Annual American Black Film Festival … Continue reading “‘Chicago at the Crossroad’ world premiere at ABFF”

Mandell Menkes merges with Leavens, Strand & Glover

Mandell Menkes merges with Leavens, Strand & Glover to expand media and entertainment practice within full-service law firm (Chicago — 15 November 2018) – Mandell Menkes and entertainment law boutique Leavens, Strand & Glover announced that they are joining forces effective January 1, 2019. The combination expands Mandell Menkes’ media and entertainment practice, giving its … Continue reading “Mandell Menkes merges with Leavens, Strand & Glover”

LSG Partner Jerry Glover to retire in 2018

In January, entertainment lawyer Jerry Glover will enter the next phase of a career that began with a dream role in the Christmas Opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, when he was a nine-year-old kid in Arkansas. “They restaged it for an actual stage production and cast me as the lead,” he recalls. “It was … Continue reading “LSG Partner Jerry Glover to retire in 2018”

Two awards for IP law firm Leavens Strand & Glover

The Distinguished Service to the Arts Award will be presented by Lawyers for the Creative Arts to the entertainment law firm of Leavens Strand & Glover on Oct 27 at LCA’s Annual Benefit Lunch in the Empire Room at the Palmer House.

Each year, LCA presents this award to individuals and organizations who have had a profound impact on the development of arts and culture in Chicago.

10th anniversary for cross-cultural Paco Collective

PACO COLLECTIVE this week celebrated its 10th business anniversary, evolving from an Hispanic-focused multicultural marketing agency to a cross-cultural agency with such major clients as ComEd, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago White Sox and Blue Cross Blue Shield among others.

Founded in 2006 by marketing expert Ozzie Godinez, CEO and innovative creator Pablo Acosta, CCO, the agency is now one of the fastest-growing minority-owned agencies in the Midwest and employs more than 40.

Adman/screenwriter Colin Costello heads for L.A.

ADMAN AND SCREENWRITER COLIN COSTELLO is starting the New Year in a big way.  His new home base as of Jan. 8 will be Los Angeles, where he will continue to build on his successes as a comedy screenwriter over the past 10 years and use his advertising copywriting skills freelancing for an L.A. agency.

“I know there were false alarms about moving before, but this time I know it’s the right move for me.   I was told earlier this year that I used to take risks and I didn’t anymore. Well here we go. I’m taking the mother of all risks for 2013.”

Beast Editorial adds its first Smoke artist

BEAST EDITORIAL IS SMOKIN’ with the additon of Smoke artist Mark Anderson hired last month upon his return home from a two-year stint at Crash & Sue in Minneapolis. “The first day I got there I learned the company had been sold to an employee,” Anderson says. “It wasn’t quite what I had expected.”

Christy LeMaster new director of IFP/Chicago

TAKING OVER THE REINS of the Independent Feature Project, Chicago’s 25-year old hub of indie filmmaking is Christy LeMaster, who has run IFP’s recent and successful fund-raising galas. She succeeds Ryan Jewell, who returned to his native Oklahoma City for family reasons.

LeMaster, who has a Masters in English from Truman State University, has a background in programming film festivals, starting with the True or False doc fest in Columbia, Mo.

Hopeful production partners pitch four shows at NATPE with good chance of selling at least one

With the hope of beating the odds and selling shows to television, Rick Roberts, his Pixel Brothers producing partners, and entertainment attorney Linda Mensch spent three hectic days at the recent NATPE conference in Las Vegas.

Consultant Carey Lundin who pitched the shows believes “one is definitely a winner.” Lundin led the team pitching their four shows to 30-plus television and mobile programming and development executives.