City of Chicago memorializes those lost to COVID-19

3+ City of Chicago residents can submit stories to the online memorial, ‘Chicago Remembers’ to honor the legacy of those lost to COVID-19. The City of Chicago has unveiled a web-based, virtual memorial to remember and honor thousands of Chicagoans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. The virtual memorial will host submitted stories and photos of … Continue reading “City of Chicago memorializes those lost to COVID-19”

PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19

6+ Faced with the magnitude of the global health crisis linked to the spread of COVID-19, Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) is putting its skills to work to make a difference in the fight against the virus in Europe and The United States. Known for live event, entertainment and scenic production PRG is leveraging its … Continue reading “PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19”

Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads

1+ Gerety Awards has a new deadline extension to May 29. They confirm its judging will be remote this year and announced they will not be accepting Covid-19 related ads! Gerety Founders said: “An online petition called for award shows to place a ban on COVID-related entries, we agree with the sentiment that this is not … Continue reading “Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads”

McDonald’s Q1 “significantly disrupted” by COVID-19

2+ McDonald’s Corporation today announced results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020. During its investor earnings conference call live over the Internet, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Kempczinski said, “Following our strong performance in 2019, McDonald’s began 2020 with exceptional global momentum, and our January and February sales were reflective of that trend. … Continue reading “McDonald’s Q1 “significantly disrupted” by COVID-19″

Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG

2+ During her appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told host Margaret Brennan while the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted the United States in unthinkable ways, the virus has been “devastating” for black communities. This can be attributed in part to the underlying health conditions that disproportionately impact … Continue reading “Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG”

Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face

5+ Right now, social distancing due to the horrendous coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, is now the norm. But the Chicago Stunt community is finding ways to still be creative while keeping a safe distance. Inspired by stuntman Aaron Toney, (Avengers: Infinity War/End Game and Black Panther), to create a “worldwide fight,” local stuntman Shawn Bernal … Continue reading “Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face”

Utopic partners with KOVAL distillery for COVID-19 video

1+ While the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to have a damaging effect on Chicago and Illinois, post-production house Utopic has now partnered with Chicago local distillery, KOVAL, to create a video to promote the company’s response to the health. As soon as the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) removed restrictions for Chicago distilleries, … Continue reading “Utopic partners with KOVAL distillery for COVID-19 video”

Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19

5+ There are now 134 reported new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 422, with at least four deaths. This according to the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, among those new cases is Chicago’s acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn. Quinn, whose credits include Hoop Dreams and recent Oscar nominee Minding the … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19”

Can out of work film crews help prepare for COVID-19

4+ Workers in the entertainment industry have been particularly hard hit as production sets and performance venues find themselves completely shut down as a precaution against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. According to IATSE who spoke to The Wrap, 120,000 below-the-line production people are out of work in Hollywood.  Tobin Neis is the Director of Marketing … Continue reading “Can out of work film crews help prepare for COVID-19”

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

3+ 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”

COVID-19 claims Chicago & NY St. Patty’s Day parades

1+ The mayor was not alone in her decision as New York City, Boston, Dallas, Dublin and other cities dropped their festivities for the holiday. According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Lightfoot made her decision after days of speculation. Also included in the decision were the South Side’s Irish Parade and even the smaller Northwestern … Continue reading “COVID-19 claims Chicago & NY St. Patty’s Day parades”

Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19

3+ West Side production studio Cinespace has issued a statement after a California-based female producer on the FOX TV series neXt, which has production offices on the lot, tested positive for COVID-19. “We at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios received a call last night, March 9, 2020, from FOX, a Cinespace tenant. They informed us that … Continue reading “Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19”

Wachowski says ‘Matrix’ is transgender allegory

0 Before COVID-19 shut down production last March, Chicago-born director Lana Wachowski was deep into filming the fourth, the first of a new trilogy, Matrix film for Warner Bros. Since then, the Keanu Reeves-Carrie Anne-Moss sci-fi pic has resumed production in Belgium. Sister Lilly, who identified as trans along with her sister after the films … Continue reading “Wachowski says ‘Matrix’ is transgender allegory”

The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival goes virtual

0 The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced that the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival will shift to a virtual format and will take place from September 18-27. The Festival was originally scheduled for April 16-30 at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, but was postponed on March 13th when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot … Continue reading “The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival goes virtual”

National Geographic acquires Kartemquinn’s City so Real

1+ National Geographic announced the acquisition of CITY SO REAL, an official Indie Episodic selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, set to premiere on the network this fall. From twice Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James (America to Me, Hoop Dreams) and his longtime producing partner Zak Piper (Life Itself, The Interrupters) the fascinating and … Continue reading “National Geographic acquires Kartemquinn’s City so Real”

Jack Daniel’s & BBDO launch ‘Crash the Couch’ music fest

1+ Jack Daniel’s is bringing artists straight to living rooms everywhere with “Crash the Couch,” a virtual music festival streaming August 14-15 at 8 p.m. ET in support of musicians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, Cold War Kids and Nathaniel Rateliff will headline.  Jack Daniel’s first ever virtual music … Continue reading “Jack Daniel’s & BBDO launch ‘Crash the Couch’ music fest”

Brand factory THE BRNDHAUS PL-ZEN opens in Pilsen

1+ GERTRUDE, INC. announces the completed renovation of its 35,000 sq. ft. design-forward brand destination, THE BRNDHAUS PL-ZEN. The two-year long development is a transformational one that brings a new brand and energy to the 20-year-vacant property located at 1727 W. 21st Street in Chicago’s dynamic Pilsen neighborhood; and new opportunity to global brands and professional … Continue reading “Brand factory THE BRNDHAUS PL-ZEN opens in Pilsen”

Gov Pritzker and OKRP launch $5 M awareness campaign

1+ Governor JB Pritzker and OKRP launched a new $5 million awareness campaign today to encourage Illinois residents to wear a face covering every time they’re in public — because it only works if you wear it. Following the data-driven approach that has guided Illinois’ coronavirus response, the campaign uses local information to advertise on … Continue reading “Gov Pritzker and OKRP launch $5 M awareness campaign”

Jeremy Pinckert talks commercial shoots in COVID Era

2+ Director Jeremy Pinckert of Explore goes behind the scenes for the making of commercials in the Covid Era. Explore is a full-service commercial production company located in Chicago at 311 W Superior St, Suite 218. When we embark on a new project we always feel a sense of excitement. A little necessary anxiety for … Continue reading “Jeremy Pinckert talks commercial shoots in COVID Era”

United Airlines launches new contactless options

1+ New United Automated Assistant gives customers immediate answers to questions on cleaning procedures, airport and airplane safety policies, CDC and WHO guidelines and more. United Airlines today launched a new chat function – the United Automated Assistant – to give customers a contactless option to receive immediate access to information about cleaning and safety … Continue reading “United Airlines launches new contactless options”