Chicago Fire, Med and PD will move from Hulu to Peacock

The news is official, shows like Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Saturday Night Live, and The Voice will be moving to Peacock exclusively in the fall as the streaming giants are once again shuffling their content. NBC Universal has terminated its agreement to license shows to Walt Disney controlled Hulu and intends to move … Continue reading “Chicago Fire, Med and PD will move from Hulu to Peacock”

Chicago PD, Fire & Med return to production in September

Sources tell Reel Chicago that the Chicago P.D. team will begin to return the second week of August with a scheduled Chicago shoot date on September 22. A few Chicago P.D. production personnel have begun to prep for COVID regulations before the crews arrive. Chicago Med and Chicago Fire are also said to follow the … Continue reading “Chicago PD, Fire & Med return to production in September”

Chicago PD, Fire, and Med now streaming on Peacock

After months of anticipation, viewers across America can now stream over 1,500 episodes of Wolf Entertainment programming on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock. Your favorite Wolf shows available to stream on Peacock include select episodes from the 20 seasons of Law & Order, 10 seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the complete catalog of … Continue reading “Chicago PD, Fire, and Med now streaming on Peacock”

The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge

David Eigenberg hosts a trivia game for contestants from Chicago Fire: Kara Killmer and Miranda Rae Mayo. Chicago P.D.: LaRoyce Hawkins, Jason Beghe and Tracy Spiridakos. Chicago Med: Dominic Rains, Brian Tee and Nick Gehlfuss. All while raising money for myfooddrive.org As part of their continued efforts to support the community, the One Chicago family … Continue reading “The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge”

‘Conversations with Cast’ of Chicago Med, Fire and PD

We can never get enough of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD. Just in time to fill the void until next season resumes, you can have a one-on-one with the cast from all your favorite Dick Wolf TV series. Wolf Entertainment, who brings us the shows we love to love, has introduced Conversations with … Continue reading “‘Conversations with Cast’ of Chicago Med, Fire and PD”

UPDATED: ‘Chicago Med, PD & Fire’ halt production

All three Chicago Dick Wolf shows Chicago Med, PD and Fire have halted production and will not be returning until next season. In addition to the Chicago shows, the list includes other Wolf series Law & Order: SVU for NBC and FBI for CBS, as well as NBC’s New Amsterdam — all from Universal Television — upcoming limited series for Peacock Angelyne starring … Continue reading “UPDATED: ‘Chicago Med, PD & Fire’ halt production”

“Chicago Fire” | “PD” | “Med” ping pong battle

Stars of Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise will play for the 100 Club of Chicago at SPiN Chicago on Sunday September 30 The stars of Chicago-based shows’ Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. will battle it out with a friendly table tennis competition to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago. The participating teams will consist … Continue reading ““Chicago Fire” | “PD” | “Med” ping pong battle”

Chicago P.D. has wrapped for season 9

Chicago P.D. has wrapped filming for season 9. Along with the warmer weather comes summer hiatus for Chicago P.D., Med, and Fire. Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med have wrapped filming for the season this week. Chicago Fire will wrap on May 9. The shows will take a two week break before we can watch the … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. has wrapped for season 9”

It’s a wrap for Chicago Med season 7

It’s official, Chicago Med has wrapped filming season 7. Now we just have to be patient while the show takes a two week break before they air the final push of the last three episodes of the season! This Wednesday fans will be treated to a rebroadcast of season 7, episode 8 and next Wednesday … Continue reading “It’s a wrap for Chicago Med season 7”

Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo for Keep You Safe

Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled Keep You Safe. The episode will air Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Severide and Kidd work with CPD regarding a suspicious car wreck. Hawkins and Violet’s relationship is in jeopardy. Chloe and Cruz adjust … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo for Keep You Safe”

What’s filming on location in Chicago this week: April 4 – 9

You’ll see lots of grip trucks and honey wagons around Chicago this week. Love it or hate it, if you wonder what has just turned your home into a film studio, Reel Chicago has the list of what is filming on location in Chicago for the week of APRIL 4 – 9. Chicago continues to … Continue reading “What’s filming on location in Chicago this week: April 4 – 9”

Update: New details on the Kwame Amoaku attack

Friday, Reel Chicago reported that beloved Chicago Film Director Kwame Amoaku, was brutally attacked Wednesday morning. He posted on his Facebook page: “This a.m. I was attacked beaten and my car stolen by three kids. Thanks to all who have reached out. I’m in the ICU I’m going to be ok.” His Facebook post was … Continue reading “Update: New details on the Kwame Amoaku attack”

Chicago Fire, Med and P.D. take a break for two weeks. Here’s a recap

One Chicago fans will have to be content with reruns as the shows take a break from new episodes for the next two weeks. NBC Universal has shared that new episodes for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will air on Wednesday, April 6.  Back in February Steve Kern, head of scheduling for NBC, … Continue reading “Chicago Fire, Med and P.D. take a break for two weeks. Here’s a recap”

Chicago mourns the death of actress Lindsey Pearlman

Chicago friends, family and co-workers were shocked to hear of the sudden passing of actress Lindsey Pearlman last week when she was found deceased in her car near a popular Los Angeles hiking trail. Lindsey was just 43 years old and had been reported missing a few days prior to the heartbreaking discovery. Full story reported … Continue reading “Chicago mourns the death of actress Lindsey Pearlman”

Chicago will ring in the new year with largest fireworks display ever

Chicago will be welcoming the new year with the largest fireworks display ever. A 1.5-mile-long free fireworks display will begin at midnight and can be viewed along the Chicago River from Wolf Point near the Franklin/Orleans Street bridge to the east of Columbus Drive to Navy Pier. For public safety, the Riverwalk will be closed early … Continue reading “Chicago will ring in the new year with largest fireworks display ever”

Casts of Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. invite you into their kitchens for the holidays

In a special treat for the holidays, the casts of Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. invite you into their kitchens as they share some of their favorite holiday recipes in the One Chicago Holiday Cookbook. The book is filled with holiday recipes and family photos, along with the memories that make them special. From Hanako Greensmith’s … Continue reading “Casts of Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. invite you into their kitchens for the holidays”

Chicago P.D. recap of mid-season finale No Way Out

Not to be outdone by Chicago Med and Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. has gotten into the holiday spirit by gifting fans one of the most intriguing mid-season finales ever. The episode titled No Way Out begins at Roy’s grave where Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) is given a choice by Special Agent Walker North (Alex … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. recap of mid-season finale No Way Out”

Patrick John Flueger of Chicago P.D. returns to the world of 4400

Worlds are colliding! Fans of the original series The 4400 will be delighted to see Patrick John Flueger of Chicago P.D. return to the world of 4400, in the reimagined reboot of the 2004 USA series, which is now on the CW. While fans enjoyed Flueger’s portrayal of Shawn Farrell in the original series, he … Continue reading “Patrick John Flueger of Chicago P.D. returns to the world of 4400”

Gwen Sigan promoted to showrunner on Chicago P.D.

Gwen Sigan, writer/executive producer of Chicago P.D. has been promoted to showrunner. Sigan has been with Wolf Entertainment for seven years. She worked as assistant to Matt Olmstead, the original showrunner of Chicago Fire and co-creator/original showrunner of Chicago P.D.. She became a writer on the show, then steadily advanced her position to executive producer … Continue reading “Gwen Sigan promoted to showrunner on Chicago P.D.”

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”

Ratings are in for Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. premiere

It was a big night in the ratings for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. All three shows left us with cliffhanger endings in the season finale, creating lots of anticipation for the season premiere last night. One Chicago posted last night’s impressive ratings on Twitter for the “One Chicago Wednesday” premiere episodes of … Continue reading “Ratings are in for Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. premiere”

Chicago PD: What’s in store for the premiere of Season 9

After a long summer of waiting for new episodes, the Chicago P.D. Season 9 premiere is almost upon us with just a couple of days from the start of the new season and the return of One Chicago Wednesdays! In this Season 9 premiere, officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) fights for her life as the … Continue reading “Chicago PD: What’s in store for the premiere of Season 9”

Chicago Med: How Season 7 deals with major cast changes

Chicago Med returns for its Season 7 on September 22, but when the One Chicago medical drama returns there are going to be two beloved characters Dr. Natalie Manning, and Nurse April Sexton notably missing from the halls of Gaffney Medical Center as well as the introduction of two new cast regulars. After six seasons … Continue reading “Chicago Med: How Season 7 deals with major cast changes”

Chicago Fire: What we can expect in the Season 10 premiere

After a long summer, the One Chicago shows Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. come roaring back beginning September 22nd for the new season. Among the most anticipated returns is Chicago Fire, which kicks off Season 10 this Wednesday. We’ve all been anxiously awaiting to discover if our team will survive the boat accident … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: What we can expect in the Season 10 premiere”

One Chicago Wednesdays are back soon. Here’s the new trailer

NBC has released a dramatic new trailer promoting the upcoming new season of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD.  This emotionally charged teaser brings together the cast of all three One Chicago dramas. With less than two weeks until the season premiere, we get our first look at scenes from the upcoming Season 10 of Chicago Fire, Season … Continue reading “One Chicago Wednesdays are back soon. Here’s the new trailer”

One Chicago is keeping us close to our favorites until season premiere

One Chicago has done a good job keeping us close to our favorite characters on Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. while being very careful not to reveal any spoilers before the season premiere. All three shows closed last season with nail-biting, cliffhanger finales and the One Chicago series has given us quite a … Continue reading “One Chicago is keeping us close to our favorites until season premiere”

NBC releases new One Chicago promo poster for Chicago Med, Fire, P.D.

The timing could not be more appropriate for a Labor Day release of the new One Chicago promo poster for the upcoming season of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. NBC has released the new poster for the upcoming fall season of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med bringing together the casts of the One Chicago three hit dramas … Continue reading “NBC releases new One Chicago promo poster for Chicago Med, Fire, P.D.”

NBC releases teaser for the new season of the One Chicago series

NBC has released its first new teaser for the upcoming fall season of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med bringing together the casts of the One Chicago three hit dramas in an emotionally charged teaser. In the new teaser, NBC weaves together clips from the most recent seasons of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD with a voiceover … Continue reading “NBC releases teaser for the new season of the One Chicago series”

Plans for Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med crossover episode

Never before has a franchise created such an in depth and cohesive interconnected universe such as the One Chicago Family that often sees the characters from Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. crossing over between shows seamlessly and organically on a consistent basis. From the members of Chicago Fire dropping off patients and interacting … Continue reading “Plans for Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med crossover episode”

Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. how they ended

After a difficult year due to the global pandemic, the One Chicago family should be congratulated for providing their loyal viewers with top notch storytelling, excitement and suspense in this latest season, which culminated in an incredible prime time event.  Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for the season finale of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, … Continue reading “Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. how they ended”

Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago

As we say goodbye to our favorite heroes from One Chicago for the summer, it’s fun to look back on all the amazing TV shows set in the Windy City over the years. Chicago has been a production powerhouse for decades and has given us some of the best movies and TV shows that were … Continue reading “Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago”

Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D. season finale

The month of May is absolutely flying by and One Chicago fans have been loyally watching Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med on Wednesday nights, each and every week this month. It’s hard to believe that we will have to say goodbye to all of our favorite characters for the summer in just a … Continue reading “Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D. season finale”

It’s a wrap for the season on One Chicago

Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med officially wrap today for the season. Congratulations to the cast and crew. You are our heroes! 2020 was a hard year for everyone on the planet. Keeping our favorite TV shows on the air through these difficult times was a HUGE endeavor for all involved. While the actors … Continue reading “It’s a wrap for the season on One Chicago”

‘One Chicago’ fans, get ready for May Sweeps

May sweeps are here and that is good news for One Chicago fans. Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire will run new episodes every Wednesday in May until the finale on May 26. The Reel Chicago staff has been planning a One Chicago finale party. If you’re planning to do the same, here’s a … Continue reading “‘One Chicago’ fans, get ready for May Sweeps”

RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’

This week’s Chicago P.D., Due Process begins with Voight (Jason Beghe) participating in a press conference being held by Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) where she talks about how she’s very proud of the process and her dedication to “transparency” and the “rule of law.” She’s questioned about accountability when a journalist mentions … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’”

Chicago Med set pics ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med  titled ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Some behind the scenes news, this episode is directed by Chicago Justice star Carl Weathers. One Chicago fans know Carl from playing State’s Attorney Mark Jefferies on Chicago Justice, a role that he … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’”

Burnett, DDB, FCB represent Chicago at Andy Awards

The Andy Awards announced their winners on April 12 and Leo Burnett, DDB Chicago and FCB Chicago represented the windy city for their work on Kraft Heinz Country Time, Miller Lite and Coors Light respectively. Burnett The Chicago office took home an Idea Andy for their work on Country Time Lemonade’s Littlest Bailout. , which … Continue reading “Burnett, DDB, FCB represent Chicago at Andy Awards”

Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’

In this recap of Wednesday’s Chicago Fire episode “A Couple Hundred Degrees” Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) is teaching a course at the fire academy, and begins a drill where the recruits have to climb up several flights of stairs, pick up a human sized mannequin, and carry it back down the stairs.  A recruit named Mercer … Continue reading “Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’”

Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise is building out its cast

Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD are about a month away from a wrap, but we know when they return next season there will be a few changes to the cast. The Dick Wolf One Chicago franchise is building out its cast. Chicago MedMargaret Colin is joining Chicago Med in a recurring role opposite Torrey DeVitto as Dr. … Continue reading “Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise is building out its cast”

Series Regular, Adriyan Rae exits Chicago Fire

In last week’s episode Double Red, Mackey (Adriyan Rae) was offered a position at another firehouse, which would allow for the opportunity for future advancement. Mackey decided to accept the job offer and transfer.  Rae confirmed her withdrawal from the show in an instagram post, “Though it’s coming to an unexpected end, this journey has … Continue reading “Series Regular, Adriyan Rae exits Chicago Fire”

Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins up for NAMIC Vision Award

Congratulations are in order for Chicago P.D. star LaRoyce Hawkins, who has been nominated for a NAMIC Vision Award in the Best Performance – Drama category. “I’m grateful. It means that we’re storytellers in the right direction,” LaRoyce said. “I’m always in it to storytell authentically about not just my hometown, but my culture. To … Continue reading “Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins up for NAMIC Vision Award”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo “Impossible Dream”

This week’s episode of Chicago P.D. is titled Impossible Dream is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. We will be seeing more of Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) this week, and we might see more of Atwater’s backstory, since it takes place in a neighborhood that he’s familiar with. There’s also a hint that … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo “Impossible Dream””

Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, “Double Red”

Chicago Fire airs Wednesday (as if you didn’t know it) at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. This week’s episode is titled Double Red. What we do know about this episode is several members of Firehouse 51, Mouch (Christian Stolte), Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende), Darren Ritter (Daniel Kyri) and Gianna Mackey (Adriyan Rae) report for training … Continue reading “Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, “Double Red””

Preview pics of tonight’s Chicago Fire “Escape Route”

Tonight Chicago Fire returns to original episodes and while NBC has not released an official synopsis, we do have hints from the exclusive pics. One thing Chicago viewers can be assured about is Lieutenant Greg Grainger (recurring guest star Jon-Michael Ecker) is still temporarily working at Firehouse 51. Grainger is the firefighter who was immediately … Continue reading “Preview pics of tonight’s Chicago Fire “Escape Route””

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. It … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

New photos from One Chicago’s Premiere Night

Next week, TV’s highest rated night of drama returns to WMAQ NBC-5. Filming on One Chicago Night, which includes Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. has been underway at Cinespace Studios for approximately a month and a half now. With premieres scheduled for next Wednesday, November 11, NBC has provided Reel Chicago with new … Continue reading “New photos from One Chicago’s Premiere Night”

Chicago P.D. starts up and filmed on location last week

Chicago P.D. is up and running in their first week of filming for Season 8. Cautiously following all Covid-19 guidelines, the Chicago P.D. masked crew began shooting last week at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and on location over the weekend in a near south side Chicago neighborhood. With the onset of Covid-19 in March, Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. starts up and filmed on location last week”

‘Chicago Med’ has begun production on Season 6

Amazing news for the Chicago production community – the new season of Chicago Med is officially underway. According to Deadline, the highest rated drama on NBC’s One Chicago Wednesdays has resumed production after being stalled back in March due to the pandemic. But production has been deemed safe for cast and crew to return to work at … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ has begun production on Season 6”

‘Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med’ Who’s in? Who’s out?

Last month, we reported that NBC‘s top-rated (even in reruns) Wednesday night, dubbed “One Chicago,” would return on November 11. With production reportedly set to resume on Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and Chicago Fire  on October 6, the Reel Chicago team thought it was time to look at cast additions and subtractions. Chicago Med Coming: Chicago … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med’ Who’s in? Who’s out?”

Chicago P.D.’s Lisseth Chavez receives Imagen nomination

Every year the Imagen Foundation celebrates positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. This year Lisseth Chavez, Chicago P.D. received the nomination for Best Supporting Actress: Television, and the Dick Wolf franchises have received four nominations. Often referred to as “The Latino Golden Globes,” the Imagen Awards, which was founded by legendary television producer Norman … Continue reading “Chicago P.D.’s Lisseth Chavez receives Imagen nomination”

West Side HS invites Chicago Police to join rowing team

A Most Beautiful Thing, a documentary film that chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in the nation made up of young men from the West Side of Chicago, is set to launch exclusively on Peacock on Friday, Sept. 4. Based on Arshay Cooper’s memoir of the same name, the powerful documentary is … Continue reading “West Side HS invites Chicago Police to join rowing team”

Chicago area celebs join CPL’s “Live From the Library”

Chicago Public Library announced this week’s group of celebrity readers for the Live From the Library program, featuring a combination of librarians, authors, celebrities, and notable Chicagoans, reading stories to children and families daily at 10 a.m. CST. Actor Joe Mantegna (7/13), actress Denise Richards (7/14), and Inside Edition Chief Investigative Reporter Lisa Guerrero (7/15) will be the latest Chicago notables … Continue reading “Chicago area celebs join CPL’s “Live From the Library””

City of Chicago prepares for cautious reopening

Following several days of violent protests, the City of Chicago restores access to the Central Business District to prepare for cautious reopening. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced restored access to the Central Business District and Loop, to prepare the city for reopening on June 3. While full access to the area will be reintroduced … Continue reading “City of Chicago prepares for cautious reopening”

Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD

With 699 arrests, more than 80 people shot, a dozen killed and even more injured this was one of Chicago’s deadliest weekends in recent memory. As mayhem and chaos spread across the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago P.D. and eventually, the National Guard attempted to maintain peace as more than 3,000 protestors, including … Continue reading “Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD”

Zoom Interview: Chicago Fire’s Daniel Kyri

With Pride around the corner, it’s exciting to chat about the importance of representation in media with those who work hardest to make change happen.  Daniel Kyri, who plays Darren Ritter on Chicago Fire/ Chicago PD, is one of those people.  Daniel Kyri is a Jeff-nominated Chicago-born actor, writer/director, filmmaker, singer, and curator.  A Windy … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: Chicago Fire’s Daniel Kyri”

‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Med’ season finales #1 and #2 in ratings

NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago Med led the network in total viewers. The shows ended their season ranking #1-2, respectively. The season-concluding Chicago P.D. captured the show’s most-watched episode. The Masked Singer, Survivor  and ABC’s comedies all lost out the season closer of Chicago Med (1.1 rating in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Med’ season finales #1 and #2 in ratings”

‘Chicago Med’ & ‘Fire’ #1 and 2 scripted series

NBC has tied for #2 in the key adult 18-49 demographic for the primetime ratings week of April 6-12, averaging a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers overall, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research. In total viewers, Monday’s The Voice was the #1 alternative series of the … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ & ‘Fire’ #1 and 2 scripted series”

Show your love for #OneChicago with a tweet

This Wednesday night, Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago, which includes the dramas Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., ends their seasons prematurely this week due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 sweeping the world. That said, the shows are certainly not ending their seasons on a quiet note. Chicago Fire, which ends its 8th season, this week … Continue reading “Show your love for #OneChicago with a tweet”

Monica Raymond director of FBI & Chicago PD crossover

For many years, Monica Raymund has been an active member of the Wolf Entertainment team. We have seen her on the screen, most notably in her role as Gabriela Dawson on Chicago Fire, and behind the camera for her directorial debut on Law & Order: SVU. Monica recently directed the special FBI and Chicago P.D. … Continue reading “Monica Raymond director of FBI & Chicago PD crossover”

New episodes of ‘Chicago P.D.’, ‘Med’ and ‘Fire’ tonight

After a short hiatus, Chicago PD, Chicago Med and Chicago Fire all return with new episodes. Together, the three shows of One Chicago have made NBC the home of the first, second, and third most-watched dramas during on Wednesday nights. Chicago Med at 7 p.m. CST, Chicago Fire at 8 p.m. CST, and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. CST give NBC … Continue reading “New episodes of ‘Chicago P.D.’, ‘Med’ and ‘Fire’ tonight”

Watch ‘Chicago Fire’ cast torch new music video

There hasn’t been a new Chicago Fire episode since March 25 when S8 Ep 18, I’ll Cover You where we saw Severide (Taylor Kinney) teaming up with Seager (Ally Allo) and the OFI after a motel structure fire turned suspicious. We also saw the Firehouse 51 members become amateur sleuths following a Reddit post involving … Continue reading “Watch ‘Chicago Fire’ cast torch new music video”

‘Chicago PD’ Hailey Upton, assigned to Dick Wolf’s ‘FBI’

The popular Chicago PD character, Hailey Upton, played by Tracy Spiridakos, was dispatched tonight by her commanding officer, Hank Voight, played by Jason Beghe, to serve a temporary assignment at the New York Bureau of the FBI. In an exciting twist for television fans, Spiridakos will guest star as Upton on the Dick Wolf popular … Continue reading “‘Chicago PD’ Hailey Upton, assigned to Dick Wolf’s ‘FBI’”

A message from the cast of Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago

Even with the new normal of “social distancing,” the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to take its toll on Chicago and Illinois. Officials announced four more deaths related to the new coronavirus and 250 new cases, bringing the state’s death toll to 16 and the total number of cases since the start of the outbreak … Continue reading “A message from the cast of Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago”

New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set

An NBC staff member whose name we cannot release has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and is currently in Chicago undergoing treatment. The staff member, who was in a department that effected all three Dick Wolf Chicago shows, is from California and has been in Chicago since the Christmas hiatus. He is said to … Continue reading “New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set”

Celebrating the “Six Degrees of ‘One Chicago'”

In the fall of 2018, NBC began airing Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD back-to-back-to-back as a trifecta called One Chicago on Wednesday nights. The decision generated lots of enthusiasm and a little bit of curiosity among fans of the Dick Wolf franchises. Everyone seemed to wonder: would viewers have the time and inclination … Continue reading “Celebrating the “Six Degrees of ‘One Chicago’””

NBC cast and crew launch ‘One Chicago Inspire Youth’

One day on the set of Chicago Fire, as star Eamonn Walker sat in a makeup chair and listened to the news before filming a scene at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, he learned that a nine-year-old boy from the south side had been shot the night before. Shocked and horrified, he had never witnessed such … Continue reading “NBC cast and crew launch ‘One Chicago Inspire Youth’”

Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’

Abundance of Windy City talent to appear in latest film by blockbuster director and Metro Goldwyn Mayer With principal photography underway in Chicago on Candyman, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, director Nia DaCosta has cast several local performers in key supporting roles. The film’s previously announced … Continue reading “Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’”

Late summer media wrap

IL Film Tax Credit “Avengers: Endgame” Metallica “Skippers” “Solstice” SG + Partners in the news   Film Tax Credit extended til 2026 Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill extending the revenue-generating Illinois Film Tax credit until 2026. Officially known as Illinois Senate Bill 1981, the “Film Production Services Tax Credit Act of 2008” offers a … Continue reading “Late summer media wrap”

NBC renews Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise

Nearly 35 million regular viewers watch the Windy City trifecta every Wednesday night Chicago production community rejoice, you will have even more crime, fire and sickness to deal with next year. NBC has announced that the network plans to move forward with new seasons of all three of Dick Wolf’s dramatic “Chicago” series – Chicago … Continue reading “NBC renews Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise”

NBC’s “One Chicago” suite to film six additional episodes

Chicago’s record-setting year of television production just got more record-settinger Dick Wolf’s award-winning trio of Windy City-based dramas — Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med — will collectively shoot a half-dozen additional episodes for the 2018 season, according to recent reports. Chicago PD executive producer/director Eriq LaSalle announced the news to fans in an … Continue reading “NBC’s “One Chicago” suite to film six additional episodes”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: Larger … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

Chicago records unprecedented TV production in 2018

Four new shows filming this summer and fall increase Windy City TV production to a record ten series   Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced ten shows will film this summer and fall in Chicago. This includes filming for four new shows, … Continue reading “Chicago records unprecedented TV production in 2018”

Loyola Cuban documentary course “baptism by fire”

  “Take me somewhere I’ve never been. Show me something I’ve never seen.”       Though claiming no authorship of the phrase above, Professor John C.P. Goheen of Loyola University Chicago places it in the heads of his students. While this filmmaking philosophy applies equally to his domestic courses, Loyola’s Digital Storytelling Abroad class … Continue reading “Loyola Cuban documentary course “baptism by fire””

Chicago Int’l TV Fest celebrates “Art of the Commercial”

The awards ceremony for the 54th Annual Chicago International Television Festival packed AMC River East in Streeterville last Thursday night. The evening began with a reception in the Wine Room at the Lucky Strike bowling alley, restaurant, and lounge, which is located on the second floor of the building where the theater resides. Executive directors, … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l TV Fest celebrates “Art of the Commercial””

Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions

Women and minorities represented 53% of all crew hires reported in 2017, according to a January 25 press release issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The amount marks a new record for diversity in the state’s film industry. “These productions generated $423 million in estimated Illinois spending,” the document continues, “and … Continue reading “Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions”

10:58 a.m. — Jeanne Caliendo, “Chicago Med”

Shortly before lunch, Chicago Med Unit Production Manager Jeanne Caliendo is preparing for the show’s regular “medical meeting,” which she describes as, “the biggest, most important meeting of every episode.” “We run through what the actor/doctors will perform, so that we have the correct props, prosthetics, makeup and special effects,” she says. “We’ve got blood … Continue reading “10:58 a.m. — Jeanne Caliendo, “Chicago Med””

2:00 a.m. — Liz Morris, “Chicago Fire”

Kids, it’s 2:00 a.m., do you know where your parent is? If your parent happens to be local photographer Elizabeth Morris, then you know she is probably capturing action on the set of “Chicago Fire.” And doing it really, really well. I first met Liz on the set of a 2012 DC Comics fan film … Continue reading “2:00 a.m. — Liz Morris, “Chicago Fire””

AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo

AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo this Saturday will be “bigger than we’ve ever done before,” says Brian Khan, the company’s Business and Community Development Specialist. “Every year, we do a signature event,” he continues. “We did the open house two years ago, the Fall Tech Expo last year. This year, we’re going to have dozens … Continue reading “AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo”

Esai Morales joins “Chicago PD” in major new role

ESAI MORALES (NYPD BLUE) is back on the beat with a new recurring role on “Chicago PD,” as Chief Lugo, a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. The new character will be introduced in a three-show crossover, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chief Lugo grew up and flourished in the “old style” policing methods of the department. Now, he’s doing his best as a chief to steer the CPD towards the new style of policing.

“Chicago Fire” a $1 bb economic engine for the city

NBC’s “Chicago Fire” about the firefighters and paramedics at the firehouse of Engine 51, marked the airing of its 100th episode last week and with it, a high economic milestone for the Chicago film industry.

The show currently ranks as NBC’s second highest-rated series behind Tuesday night’s ensemble drama, “This is Us.”

Ratings have gone up from year-to-year. The Dec. 6 episode captured 7.774 million viewers, which certainly has to have a positive effect on tourism. And the odds are definitely in favor of a sixth season for the show.

Chicago hits record income from TV series filming here

Thanks to NBC, Fox TV, Amazon and other TV shows, features, and the large number of media and entertainment projects filming here, Chicago is ascending into the rarified strata of billion dollar film markets.

In just the span of five years, actually since the advent of Cinespace Studios in 2011, Chicago has recorded $1.3 billion generated by entertainment and commercial production.This means that the local economy has directly benefited by a  total of $3.25 billion from film production activity.

Lee Daniels’ “Empire” launches Chicago pilot season

Chicago’s pilot season starts off with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business scheduled to shoot here. Fox Television has greenlighted “Empire,” a drama from “The Butler’s” team of executive producer/director Lee Daniels and writer Danny Strong.

“Empire” will headquarter at Cinespace and shoot for 12-13 days in mid-to-late March.

Police ask for help and release videos of Kwame Amoaku’s attackers

Chicago Police Department posted a tweet with a video of three people brutally attacking Kwame Amoaku, Director of the Chicago Film Office. The post also included surveillance video of his attackers shopping at the North Riverside Park Mall after the attack. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appointed Amoaku to lead the city’s film office in July … Continue reading “Police ask for help and release videos of Kwame Amoaku’s attackers”

Ashley Rice joins Cinespace as President and co-managing partner

Cinespace Studios has appointed Ashley Rice as president and co-managing partner. Rice joins Cinespace from Legendary Television where she managed operations, including production, post-production and production finance, and worked as vp of production at ABC Studios, where she managed production for Shonda Rhimes and Mark Gordon. Rice will join COO Eoin Egan and CFO Keith Gee … Continue reading “Ashley Rice joins Cinespace as President and co-managing partner”

Halloweek celebrations return with Upside Down & Arts in the Dark

Halloweek activities will begin October 23 with the 3rd annual UPSIDE DOWN Parade from 12-3 PM in Washington Park and conclude on October 30 with the return of Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade on State Street from 6-8 PM. Both parades are presented by Mayor Lightfoot and Blommer Chocolate Company and produced by Luma8. … Continue reading “Halloweek celebrations return with Upside Down & Arts in the Dark”

The Chi producer plans $60M film studio on South Side

Film and TV production in Chicago is 100% up and running, and expanding to the south side. The executive producer of The Chi television series, Derek Dudley is joining forces with Loop Capital Chairman and CEO, Jim Reynolds with plans for a film studio that they expect will bring thousands of jobs to the South … Continue reading “The Chi producer plans $60M film studio on South Side”

Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios welcomes several new productions to its growing campus.  As the Dick Wolf, One Chicago series prepares to wrap soon for the season, Cinespace announced four new series filming at its facilities. The Midwest’s production hot spot and second-largest film studio outside of Los Angeles in North America, recently added another 105,000 … Continue reading “Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more”

Production set to begin on Zen Room this spring

Production of new single-cam, mockumentary style comedy series Zen Room is set to commence early March after news of Cheri Oteri (former SNL cast member, Grown Ups 2) joining the cast as lead, executive producer, and writer. While plenty of film production has been shuttered due to Covid-19, actress and writer Ashley Joyce (Gilmore Girls, … Continue reading “Production set to begin on Zen Room this spring”

2020 in Review: Anthony Gigante of PRG

Editor’s Note: In 2020, the world changed right before our very eyes. Ad agencies, production companies and post houses were forced to adapt and begin a “new normal” working, living, exercising and entertaining out of home. Now that we have just entered 2021, we asked around our industry friends to reflect back on the year and … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Anthony Gigante of PRG”

Wolf Entertainment introduces Unscripted on YouTube

Wolf Entertainment who brings us Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire introduces Unscripted a new digital series that will showcase candid conversations between two Wolf actors. Every Monday, Wolf Entertainment will release a new episode on their YouTube page. The first episode of Unscripted  premiered on 10/20, featuring Torrey DeVitto Chicago Med and Jesse … Continue reading “Wolf Entertainment introduces Unscripted on YouTube”

Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’

Chicago Public Library announced that the upcoming group of celebrity readers for the popular “Live From the Library” program will celebrate the beginning of Major League Baseball. “Live From the Library” which features a combination of librarians, authors, celebrities, and notable Chicagoans, will highlight notable representatives of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox organizations, … Continue reading “Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’”

KitchenAid, Tan France hold virtual Mother’s Day Brunch

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful moms out there. Are you missing your traditional brunch due to restaurants being closed? Well, smile. Yesterday, Queer Eye’s Tan France held a Mother’s Day Get-Together on KitchenAid Instagram Live (@KitchenAidUSA) with with Emmy-award winning TV personality Maria Menounos and NYT Bestselling cookbook author Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest. … Continue reading “KitchenAid, Tan France hold virtual Mother’s Day Brunch”

REEL WOMEN: Valerie Bulinski, Locations Manager

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Prior becoming a Locations Manager and founding Chicago Locations … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Valerie Bulinski, Locations Manager”

‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is hitting the media and entertainment industries hard.  With local, state and federal shutdowns occurring across the United States and theater chains closing, larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago, all thriving entertainment hubs, are being impacted hardest as many in those communities – from actors to crew – … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

Illinois production scores another record-breaking year

A quintet of leaders gathered to announce another record-breaking year of film, television, and media production in Illinois this morning at Kennedy-King College’s 6,000 square foot sound stage in Englewood. According to the Illinois Film Office, the industry helped add nearly $560 million to the economy last year. Manifesting itself in job creation and local … Continue reading “Illinois production scores another record-breaking year”

CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going

A cohort of young professionals assured industry leaders that the future of Chicago production is in good hands at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on Monday afternoon. Highlighting the Wrap Party for the Mirkopoulos Internship Program, each member of the group had just finished working as temporary crew on Chicago Fire / PD / Med, and … Continue reading “CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going”

IL Film Office strives to increase minority presence

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) plans to invest $500,000 through the Illinois Film Office Workforce Training Program to enable more women and minorities to access job opportunities within the film industry. As the industry grows, more minority groups are moving toward film production as a career, making up 49% of the … Continue reading “IL Film Office strives to increase minority presence”

Seaton, Simon are GlobalMixx ‘Game Changers’

Annual Film and Music Forum will honor Carl Seaton and Claire Simon for “giving back to the community” Chicago Television Director Carl Seaton and Simon Casting President Claire Simon will be honored as a Game Changers at the Global Mixx Music and Film Forum next weekend. Bestowed upon individuals who have “impacted in some way … Continue reading “Seaton, Simon are GlobalMixx ‘Game Changers’”

Redleg’s ‘Now & Not Yet’ makes strong festival run

Facilitating conversations on gun control in America, the Chicago-made short examines a timely theme After screening at the Chicago Social Change Film Festival and winning Best Cinematography and Best Film at the Chicago Feedback Festival, Now & Not Yet is on a roll. Produced by Redleg Films and filmed in March 2019, Now & Not … Continue reading “Redleg’s ‘Now & Not Yet’ makes strong festival run”

Midwest Indie’s 2019 Female Filmmakers Night

The Midwest Independent Film Festival’s venerable tradition takes place tomorrow night at Landmark Century Cinema The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present Female Filmmakers Night for the October installment of its monthly First Tuesday event tomorrow, October 1, from 6-9:30 p.m. at Landmark Century Cinema. Dating back more than a decade, Female Filmmakers Night is … Continue reading “Midwest Indie’s 2019 Female Filmmakers Night”

‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two

Comedy Central orders another round of the show about “joy, ambition, and silliness” in the Englewood community   According to a story published today in Hollywood Reporter, the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series South Side has been renewed for another season. Created by Windy City natives Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, and Sultan Salahuddin, South Side … Continue reading “‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two”

NBC’s Stafford, Trotter to host ‘Patrick’ Variety Show

One of the Chicago film industry’s most beloved charity events gets a major boost of celebrity support NBC weekday Anchor Rob Stafford and Entertainment Reporter LeeAnn Trotter will host the Patrick Lives On 4th Annual Variety Show at Chop Shop in Wicker Park on September 7, according to an announcement made today. The Variety Show … Continue reading “NBC’s Stafford, Trotter to host ‘Patrick’ Variety Show”

12 year old to host art show at Cinespace

Photographer Natalie Lising has “grown up” around film sets while receiving a lifetime of support from the Pissios family To aspiring artists, a show at Cinespace marks a great milestone in one’s career. It can sometimes take years and many dollars to produce. Hundreds of blockbusters and classic television shows have been shot, organized, and … Continue reading “12 year old to host art show at Cinespace”

Patrick Lives On 2019 Film Showcase & Fundraiser

Resolution Studios and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios host third annual event featuring anti-violence themed shorts Network with film industry professionals and view work by Chicago’s talented and growing independent filmmakers’ community at the third annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase & Fundraiser on March 9 at Resolution Digital Studios. Founded in 2016 by Patricia Frontain, … Continue reading “Patrick Lives On 2019 Film Showcase & Fundraiser”

Reel Black List: Charles Andrew Gardner, actor

“I am most proud when I’m able to shift peoples’ perspectives through the work that I do.” Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, SAG-AFTRA Chicago local president Charles Andrew Gardner is an actor with a passion for illuminating the stories of the underrepresented. On-camera credits include episodes of The Chi and Chicago PD; feature … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Charles Andrew Gardner, actor”

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”

Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless”

Aside from Macy and “Roseanne’s” Laurie Metcalf, Chicago connections went ignored: nothing for “The Chi,” “Empire,” and Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” series   Frank Gallagher is the worst father on TV, but for Two-time Emmy winner William H. Macy, the shiftless dad is pure gold. The talented actor scored his fifth Emmy nomination for his work … Continue reading “Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless””

“Division” collapses the distance of urban romance

A memorable story and a unique cast and crew prove that “Diversity is Normalcy” in a family-friendly, pro-parent, pro-artist project   Division, a short film about a young, interracial couple who find themselves in a long-distance relationship even though they live in the same city, will begin principal photography in July 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. … Continue reading ““Division” collapses the distance of urban romance”

Peele and Abrams bring new HBO series to Cinespace

Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are bringing their new HBO series to Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Titled Lovecraft Country, the series is based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name. According to IMDb, the story is about “a young African-American (who) travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing … Continue reading “Peele and Abrams bring new HBO series to Cinespace”

Cinespace helps Anixter raise thousands at annual gala

Chicago film industry scores one of the year’s most significant milestones while helping people wih disabilities Last night on the campus of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, hundreds of guests raised thousands of dollars for people with disabilities during the Anixter Center’s 7th annual gala, held this year in honor of Cinespace President Alexander Pissios. Temporarily … Continue reading “Cinespace helps Anixter raise thousands at annual gala”

Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley

Christine Dudley rarely goes to the movies. That may seem odd for the Director of the Illinois Film Office, but she’s dedicated to a job that begins before most of the scenes are even shot and ends, like, never. So what does she do?     When Dudley’s not pitching Hollywood studios, she’s reading the … Continue reading “Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley”

10:20 a.m. — AbelCine

AbelCine is busier than most retail establishments at 10 o’clock on a weekday morning. But then again, AbelCine is not like most retail establishments. Located in a stately redbrick four-story building across the street from Cinespace, the company includes several film industry vendors among its neighbors. “We encourage people to touch things when they come … Continue reading “10:20 a.m. — AbelCine”

12:12 p.m. — Simon Casting

Simon Casting founder Claire Simon is joking about how often she eats lunch at her desk. “In 21 years,” she says, “I think I’ve gone out twice.” Today will be no different. The hit show Empire called this morning and requested help in filling several roles for tomorrow. “Usually, when we have our concept call, … Continue reading “12:12 p.m. — Simon Casting”

New TNT show scheduled to film at Cinespace this fall

During an exclusive conversation with ReelChicago yesterday, Cincespace CEO Alex Pissios informed publisher Barbara Roche and editor Daniel Patton that the pilot for TNT’s The Deep Mad Dark will begin production at the Chicago studio this fall.

“They’re moving into offices September 11, shooting in October,” he said. “It’s a done deal.”

“Outrageous rollbacks” reignite SAG-AFTRA strike threat

Just when we thought we all could breathe again after the WGA and the studios and networks came to terms on a new contract, The Wrap, Variety and Hollywood Reporter all report that talks have broken down over a new three-year contract between SAG-AFTRA and the AMTMP. SAG-AFTRA’s current master contract for film and primetime TV expires June 30. The union has about 160,000 members.

New Fox TV series greenlit; Cinespace to add stages

Fox Television announced that two of its four dramatic pilots that filmed in Chicago this winter were greenlit for series production. While not officially stated, there’s strong reason to expect new series will return to Chicago.

“That would be extraordinarily good news,” notes Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal. “This surge of activity points to the quality of our crews, talent and facilities and Chicago’s ability to be a major player in episodic television.”

Good chance of NBC series shooting here for a while

“Chicago Fire” creators Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who created the franchise, have signed a deal with Universal TV, the studio producing the multi Chicago-set series.

Under the pact they will continue to be executive producers of “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med” and also on the “Chicago Justice,” the backdoor pilot that airs as episode 21 of “Chicago PD’s” third season airing in May.

Jodwalis’ Almost Gold studio unites three film pros

Linas Jodwalis’ new design-driven studio, Almost Gold, is striking gold with its collaboration with two well-established visual media experts, and will open its doors (literally) by Dec. 1.

Almost Gold’s 2,200-sq. ft. office at 1821 W. Hubbard, in the expanding Fulton Industrial Corridor, is in the final stages of a build-out and remodeling that Jodwalis is mostly handling himself.

Bill Duke to direct, EP the “Mahalia Jackson” movie

Actor / director Bill Duke has signed to direct and executive produce “The Mahalia Jackson Story,” a music biopic of the woman who rose from her scrubwoman’s knees to become the world’s greatest gospel singer. 

“Getting her story to the screen has been a passion project of mine for many years,” said Duke, who has more than 60 features, TV shows and TVmovies to his credit.

Music enhances BoomThrift’s kids vitamins spot

Producer Leigh Jones seamless transition from the world of indie films to the world of advertising is demonstrated in her BoomThrift company having completed projects for two major advertisers so far this year.

Breaking the week of March 3 is a digital / social media comedy campaign for Frito-Lay’s new Funyuns onion snacks that follows a Flintstones’ vitamin spot for Energy BBDO.

“Whirlwind” fall season yields good roles for actors

“A WHIRLWIND” SEASON of production – starting with a rush of commercials, four primetime network TV series, along with corporate and webs – has meant steady work for Chicago’s nationally respected talent.

“Agents have been busy overall,” notes David O’Connor of O’Connor Casting and the last month has been crazy for us, a whirlwind all year,” placing talent across the board.

Cinespace aims to be world’s largest studio complex

Whether he was aware of it or not, Nick Mirkopoulos, the late owner of Cinespace Studios, was a proponent of Chicago’s motto, “Make no little plans.”

Thanks to his meticulous planning for the company’s future, Cinespace Chicago will seamlessly continue to host major entertainment projects – and grow to become the biggest studio complex in the world.

Busy Simon Casting hires Sayyed as associate

AFTER THREE YEARS with Shirley Hamilton Talent as a TV and film agent, Sanaa Sayyed joined Claire Simon Casting as a casting assistant – where she first worked as an intern practically off the plane from Houston. 

Casting was always her first love, she says, and right now there’s no place busier than Simon, which is casting for TV series “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” “Betrayal,” “Crisis” and sci-fi feature “Jupiter Ascending.”

Ten years later, reality show debuts June 2 on A&E

After 10 years of frustration, determination and not taking no for an answer, the reality show created and persevered by executive producers Gary Sherman and Bob Schneiger will premiere June 2 on A&E at 9 p.m. and run for six weeks.

Since it follows “The First 48,” one of  A&E’s top rated shows, it should have an excellent chance of finding an audience.

What makes their “The First 48: Missing Persons” especially important is, this is the first time ever the Chicago Police Department has ever given a film crew unrestricted access to ongoing police investigations.