Congratulations to the winners of the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

Congratulations nominees and winners! There were 71 categories this year with 80 award winners. The 63rd Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards, held on Sunday evening was a well produced virtual presentation hosted by comedian Pat McGann who paid tribute throughout the evening to the hosts of the past. Bob Newhart dropped by virtually for a delightlful … Continue reading “Congratulations to the winners of the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5

The 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be a virtual presentation held on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. Comedian Pat McGann, the South Side Chicago native who hosted the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2020, returns to emcee the show this year and legendary Bob Newhart is expected to make a guest appearance. The virtual presentation … Continue reading “List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5”

Judges needed for the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be opening their 2021 contest for entries in late April. Judging is a great way to figure out what work you may want to submit. It’s also a great way to get story ideas and creatively think about your craft. All judging is done online and completed by only those who have … Continue reading “Judges needed for the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

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”

Nominations announced for Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards

The 2016 Chicago/Midwest regional Emmy nominations were announced this week simultaneously in Chicago and Milwaukee this week – more than 200 recognitions in 41 categories of broadcast programming.

Winners will be announced at the 58th annual Emmy Awards ceremony Dec. 3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan.

Highland Park-based Bitter Jester Creative garnered six Crafts Achievement Off-Air category nods; October Productions scored three. On the broadcast side, Fox overwhelmed with a record 27 nominations.

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”

Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys

There were many smiling faces at the 59th annual regional Emmy Awards Saturday night. Sponsored by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the awards show was streamed live on WGN-TV.com from the Swissotel Hotel. Both Potenza Productions and Daily Planet Productions, Ltd came away with Emmys. Potenza — which … Continue reading “Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys”

Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms

The Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy Arts and Sciences announced nominees last Thursday night at Rockit Bar and Grill. Hosted by WCIU’s “The Jam” team of Jordan Cornette, Danielle Robay and Felicia Lawrence, nominations were announced in a total of twenty-eight categories. Among those nominated were Ogilvy, Chicago, who has been tearing up awards … Continue reading “Daily Planet, Potenza, SCC among Emmy noms”

Jerry Springer to host 55th Emmy Awards show Nov. 3

TV staple Jerry Springer, returning to Chicago after a four year absence, is the surprising – and always controversial — host of the 55th Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards ceremony to be held Nov. 3 at the Alhambra Palace, in the West Loop.

The decision to invite Springer by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), however, was not eagerly embraced by all members of the committee that proposed him. 

14 indie made TV shows earn Midwest Emmy nominations

Not as many non-broadcaster-produced shows received 2012 Midwest Chapter Emmy nominations this season as they had in past years.  Still, approximately 14 companies, especially multiple nominees Bitter Jester and HMH Media, had award-worthy spots, docs and craft skills to qualify for an Emmy nod. 

Here are the non-broadcast nominees in nine out of 22 categories of endeavor, with some winning more than one nod for the project.  The producer/host/reporter receives the award.

Zacuto Films, Punch Films, Orbark are non-broadcast Emmy winners

A GUESSTIMATED 135 INDIVIDUALS went home with golden Emmy statuettes last Sunday, Nov. 6, at the 53rd annual Emmy Awards, the winners in more than 60 broadcast categories.  About 30 of those categories were non-news, a la documentaries, PSAs, cultural and other programming.  Out of these categories and sub-categories, we could only discern three shows that were not produced as a broadcasting entity.

266 Chicago/Midwest Emmy nominations

Chicago/Midwest TV Academy members heard 266 Emmy nominations announced last week at Lawry’s The Prime Rib last week, a lengthy list of people who excelled on programs that aired on Midwest television stations during the past 12 months.

Winners of the 71 categories will be honored at the Awards ceremony Nov. 7, hosted by Tim Kazurinsky, at Park West.

View the full list of nominations at

Competition fierce for 2008 Emmys

With an avalanche of entries for the first time in a decade and 256 nominations in 57 categories ? not to mention the hundreds of individuals connected with the nominations – the Chicago/Midwest chapter kicks off the Oct. 18 50th Emmy Awards with a vengeance.

More than 700 entries were received from Academy members in Chicago and Downstate, Milwaukee and other Wisconsin markets and Northwest Indiana.

The most submissions of all TV stations came from Chicago’s Ch. 2, making up for past year losses. Its 88 entries were rewarded with 33 nominations.

NATAS Governors Award to Jack Wilson Dec. 3

JACK WILSON, long-time active local NATAS member and motivational video producer, will be honored Dec. 3 as the 2005 recipient of NATAS Governors Awards at the 47th Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards.

Wilson’s career in Chicago television started at Ch. 11 where he rose through the ranks to become VP/marketing and development before leaving to start his own company. His 20-year old JWA/Video produces and markets videos to home and corporate markets.

McDonald’s and Mariah Carey unwrap surprises with 12 days of deals

The Mariah Menu is arriving on Dec. 13, and we can’t think of a better way to ring in 12 days of deals on the McDonald’s app than by unwrapping more surprises, including exclusive Mariah x McDonald’s merch and a festive TV commercial that will have you dancing and singing all the way to your local McDonald’s. … Continue reading “McDonald’s and Mariah Carey unwrap surprises with 12 days of deals”

Ogilvy Tops the WARC Creative 100 as the World’s Most Creative Agency

The World Advertising Research Center (WARC) has named Ogilvy the most creative agency network in the world. WARC released the results of its annual Creative 100 ranking of the most creative agencies, networks, and campaigns in the world. In addition to Ogilvy ranking as the #1 Agency Network, DAVID Miami was named the #1 Creative Agency … Continue reading “Ogilvy Tops the WARC Creative 100 as the World’s Most Creative Agency”

THE REEL THING: Egmom ends AICP presidency

MARK EGMON decided to step down as president of AICP’s Midwest chapter after an intense six years of service “to focus more intensely” on his growing branded entertainment company, Outer Radius.

The big Nov. 16 AICP Show will be Egmon’s seventh and he is predicting the biggest, with more than 800 attendees.

AICP board treasurer Joanne Bittmann of Crossroads also decided not to seek reelection next month.

IPA also will vote for a new board president as Eileen Willenborg, SAG/AFTRA executive director, won’t seek reelection.

THE REEL THING: Egmon ends AICP presidency

MARK EGMON decided to step down as president of AICP’s Midwest chapter after an intense six years of service “to focus more intensely” on his growing branded entertainment company, Outer Radius.

The big Nov. 16 AICP Show will be Egmon’s seventh and he is predicting the biggest, with more than 800 attendees.

AICP board treasurer Joanne Bittmann of Crossroads also decided not to seek reelection next month.

IPA also will vote for a new board president as Eileen Willenborg, SAG/AFTRA executive director, won’t seek reelection.

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”

Chicago at the Crossroad a message of hope on WTTW

Chicago at the Crossroad, a documentary film by Chicago’s Emmy-winning producer Brian Schodorf, will air on WTTW-Chicago Thursday, November 12 @ 8pm CT and Sunday, November 15 @ 5pm CT. Compelling and candid interviews with Chicago gang members, community activists and leaders, and gunshot victims unearth important issues and exemplify the tough questions that continue … Continue reading “Chicago at the Crossroad a message of hope on WTTW”