Byron Allen snags distribution for Healing from Hate

1+ Freestyle Digital Media, the on demand and theatrical distribution division of Byron Allen’s global media company Entertainment Studios has secured U.S. distribution rights for the documentary Healing from Hate and will release it on demand January 22, 2021. The critically acclaimed doc recently premiered at DOC NYC.  With violent extremism on the rise, Healing … Continue reading “Byron Allen snags distribution for Healing from Hate”

Byron Allen proceeds with $10B lawsuit against Charter

2+ Byron Allen announced that Judge George H. Wu has again denied Charter Communications’ Motion to Dismiss Allen’s $10 billion lawsuit against Charter for racial discrimination. Just as the court ruled in Allen’s favor back in October 2016, the lawsuit will now move forward.  Although Charter appealed Wu’s original 2016 decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, … Continue reading “Byron Allen proceeds with $10B lawsuit against Charter”

Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest

2+ Charles Andrew Gardner’s Long Ride Home will compete for Best Short Film this week at Academy Award® winner Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. In the powerful short film, Long Ride Home, Brandon is an affluent African-American who has climbed the ladder to success, resenting anyone not willing to put in the same amount of discipline. However, his perspective … Continue reading “Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest”

Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell

7+ Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director at Burrell Communications, joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, a celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Rebecca … Continue reading “Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell”

Michael Shannon set to star in Jim Sikora’s feature

ACTOR MICHAEL SHANNON’S manager Byron Wetzel has optioned Jim Sikora’s script for I’ll Die Tomorrow as a star vehicle for the Boardwalk Empire villain, Oscar nominee and sometime Chicagoan. 

Last summer at the Viaduct Theatre, Sikora shot a trailer for the film, set in the ‘90s punk scene, with actor Shannon fronting a band that included members of Pegboy. 

AFTRA elects 14 to board

Local AFTRA elected Dick Kay to the national board and 14 other members to board membership, out of 263 total voted ballots.

Representing freelance actors/announcers, models, and specialties categories: Bernie Allen, Sharon Carlson, Will Clinger, Bradley Gabbert, Craig Harris, Bob Wallace, Cedric Young.

For the broadcast category: Jim Boutet, Marion Brooks, Shirley Jahad, Paul Meincke.

Singers: Anne deLangis and Rene Ledesman.

Wisconsin: Byron Heusdens.