2112 launches SyncChicago to support music licensing

2112 and the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (CCE) announced the launch of SyncChicago, an initiative to grow Chicago’s commercial music licensing industry. Funded by a Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) CityArts Program grant in support of the Year of Chicago Music, SyncChicago will focus on promotion, advocacy, and education to increase revenues … Continue reading “2112 launches SyncChicago to support music licensing”

2112 partners with Comcast Business on a Startup Studio

2112, Chicago’s business incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in creative industries, has partnered with Comcast Business on the development of a Startup Studio, with additional support provided by Shure, Wintrust, Hughes Foundation, and Karp Designs. Conceived to support the transition to digital in response to COVID-19, the studio will provide free access to … Continue reading “2112 partners with Comcast Business on a Startup Studio”

Camera Ambassador, 2112 launch partnership

Adding an arsenal of rentable gear to a film, music, and tech industry nexus will help Chicago’s production community dial it up to eleven Camera Ambassador and 2112 are going all in to help filmmakers get it done. Through a partnership announced last week, the equipment rental shop and the film incubator are combining their … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador, 2112 launch partnership”

2112, Canadian Consulate help MDIIO come to Chicago

Songistry’s community-based collaboration, social, workflow, and metadata management resource is opening an office in the Windy City   (Los Angeles / Edmonton — July, 2018) Songistry, Inc., the parent company of MDIIO, is excited to announce its opening of a Chicago office within 2112, hiring Joan Schopmeyer as Engagement Specialist for the Midwest market. “2112 … Continue reading “2112, Canadian Consulate help MDIIO come to Chicago”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘In The Dark’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled In The Dark is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: When Upton and Ruzek answer an emergency call to an abandoned house, their investigation leads them down a dark path. Below are exclusive … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘In The Dark’”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. This year, the CityArts Program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a total … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”

Center for Creative Entrepreneurship unveils schedule

In an effort to further strengthen Illinois’ creative economy, The Coleman Foundation has supported the launch of the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship, empowering creatives at all levels with the knowledge, skills, and relationships necessary for business success. CCE will assess, aggregate, and amplify the existing educational resources of arts and creative industries organizations throughout the … Continue reading “Center for Creative Entrepreneurship unveils schedule”

The biggest stories of 2019

The City of Chicago reigned supreme in 2019. Advertising agencies blended social justice with clever branding. Content creators reinforced Chicago’s reputation for inclusivity. Film studios entertained the nation while helping the local neighborhoods. And a handful of friends said goodbye. Below is a list of Reel Chicago’s top articles for 2019, separated by category and … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”

Film Office Director Rich Moskal: a tough act to follow

The man who arranged gunfights on the el, demolition in the loop, and “Transformer” battles on Wacker Drive explains how the CFO got it done Rich Moskal helped to present the Windy City as a place of beauty, romance, destruction, and chaos in more than 5,000 films, TV shows, web series, and commercials while serving … Continue reading “Film Office Director Rich Moskal: a tough act to follow”

Women in Comedy’s inaugural Short Screening

These filmmakers are not only naturally funny, but they’ve also been honing their chops in professional arenas for years One of the most unique film collections of the year will light up the creative business incubator 2112 next week. The Chicago Women in Comedy’s Comedy Short Screening will culminate a six-month workshop designed to help … Continue reading “Women in Comedy’s inaugural Short Screening”

Thornley directs The Imperial Sound’s ‘A Man Like You’

Commanding vocals and Tower of Power-style horns make an audiovisual sensation that jumps with nearly four minutes of soulful good times Melissa Thornley tapped into some of the best things about Chicago’s film industry and music scene while directing and producing the video for The Imperial Sound’s “A Man Like You.” Besides mixing the group’s … Continue reading “Thornley directs The Imperial Sound’s ‘A Man Like You’”

Chicago Actors Meetup celebrates 10th anniversary

On August 18, the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup will mark its 10th anniversary with a celebration and fundraiser in the restaurant and lounge connected to the historic Davis Theater, the Carbon Arc Bar & Board, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Open to CAFM members as well as the production community and the general public, admission includes a drink ticket for the first hour followed by a cash bar for the remainder of the evening in the movie-themed Lincoln Square venue. The price is $25 now through August 11, $30 between August 12-17, and $35 at the door.

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 series follows the pair as they comb every nook and cranny of Chicago in order to find the best undiscovered musical talent. Needless to say, the production team will be in and around Lollapalooza next weekend.

New film studio The Hangar enjoys a glittery launch

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined hundreds of filmmakers, musicians, entrepreneurs and an A-list of supporters to celebrate last night’s launch of The Hangar — a new film studio on Chicago’s northwest side.

The 6,500-sq. ft. facility, located within the block long Fort Knox Studios band and rehearsal space in Portage Park, is the latest addition to the ICON World Ensemble of Companies, a collection of communications start-ups housed within the 160,000 sq.-ft. former manufacturing space.

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 ITVS speaker is producer N’Jeri Eaton, ITVS Content Development & Initiative Manager, who manages ITVA funding initiatives, such as Digital Open Call and Diversity Funds.

FCB wins Super REGGIE for Valspar marketing campaign

THE TOP 2016 REGGIE AWARD, the Super REGGIE, selected from among 70 agency and brand winners for the best in marketing, went to FCB Chicago for its Valspar Paint’s “Color for the Colorblind” campaign, at April 20 ceremonies at the Westin Hotel attended by more than 300 guests.

Local agencies scoring 10 top prizes among 23 categories were Starcom MediaVest, four: two Golds and a Silver for REI and a Silver for Delta Faucet.

Arc Worldwide, three: A Bronze for P&G’s Always Discreet campaign, a Silver for Alcon and a Bronze for 3M.