Explore creates humor & suspense for new Go RVing spot

With a tough week behind us, and possibly some tougher days ahead, we figured no better time than now to spread a little sunshine, by going behind the scenes of Explore’s outdoor vs. indoor comedy spot, “Stubborn Camper.” Chicago production company Explore created wind and rain to go along with the humor and suspense in … Continue reading “Explore creates humor & suspense for new Go RVing spot”

Explore Media produces latest Go RVing broadcast ad

Explore Media highlighted the boost that recreational vehicles give to tailgate parties in a new spot for GoRVing.com, an online resource for travel ideas, news and RV dealer information. The 30-second Home Field Advantage combines rapid-fire shots of food, friends and fun with smart footage of an extra large ride to showcase the great American … Continue reading “Explore Media produces latest Go RVing broadcast ad”

FCB goes RVing with new campaign for new client

Good news for FCB and Chicago advertising in general. Go RVing has selected the IPG agency as creative Agency of Record. More than 25 agencies participated in the competitive review process which was coordinated and managed by Pile+Company in partnership with the Go RVing staff and was completed remotely due to COVID-19.  Interpublic Group’s UM … Continue reading “FCB goes RVing with new campaign for new client”

Chicago’s Emmy-Nominated TV Platform OTV launches Fellowship Program

Queer-led, intersectional television platform Open Television (OTV) continues to provide a pipeline to Hollywood for emerging television producers, writers, directors with the announcement of its 2022 OTV Fellowship Program. Entering its third year, the OTV fellowship identifies and support promising talent within the OTV community to support the development of a new project. Designed for … Continue reading “Chicago’s Emmy-Nominated TV Platform OTV launches Fellowship Program”

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”

Filmed in Chicago, Station Eleven is a hit on HBO Max

Station Eleven, a ten-episode limited series drama filmed in Chicago, premiered last Thursday on HBO Max. No, it’s not just another sensational tale of global pandemic. Station Eleven, receiving a whopping 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, is based on the international award winning bestseller of the same name, by Canadian novelist Emily St. John Mandel. A … Continue reading “Filmed in Chicago, Station Eleven is a hit on HBO Max”

Chicago-based UScellular featured in new season of Undercover Boss

Chicago-based UScellular, the fourth largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, will be featured in the upcoming season of CBS’s Emmy-award winning reality television series, Undercover Boss. Chief Executive Officer Laurent “LT” Therivel is featured in the episode as he goes undercover with associates in the company’s retail sales, customer care and engineering organizations. … Continue reading “Chicago-based UScellular featured in new season of Undercover Boss”

Wrigleyville Wonderland brings the holiday spirit to Chicago

19 Wrigleyville businesses transform into holiday themed spots for everyone offering picture-perfect moments, movies, food and drink specials and more. The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of one of Chicago’s favorite holiday celebrations, Wrigleyville Wonderland, running now at select venues through the end of February. Wrigleyville Wonderland brings the Holiday spirit … Continue reading “Wrigleyville Wonderland brings the holiday spirit to Chicago”

Chicagoan Margaret Lebron chosen for ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program

ViacomCBS announced the seven writers selected to participate in the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program for 2021-2022. Currently in its 18th year and helmed by the ViacomCBS Office of Global Inclusion, the program provides mentorships, access and opportunity for writers. The eight-month mentoring program pairs writers with ViacomCBS executive mentors, who help them develop a new piece … Continue reading “Chicagoan Margaret Lebron chosen for ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program”

City of Chicago announces return of the Kathy Osterman Awards

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the return of the Kathy Osterman Awards, which will recognize City Employees across various departments who exceeded expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award luncheon, the first since 2014, will honor employees who demonstrated integrity, innovation, leadership, teamwork, mentorship, and compassion during the city’s response to COVID-19. Ten winners and … Continue reading “City of Chicago announces return of the Kathy Osterman Awards”

Chicago made Christmas with Felicity premieres on AMC+ on Thanksgiving

The family-friendly holiday movie Christmas with Felicity, directed by award-winning, Chicago-based filmmaker, Jack C. Newell (Monuments), will premiere on AMC+ Thanksgiving Day, November 25.  While Christmas with Felicity is primarily set in the fictitious Wisconsin town of Aspen Grove, the majority of the film was shot on location in Historic Downtown Long Grove and included … Continue reading “Chicago made Christmas with Felicity premieres on AMC+ on Thanksgiving”

Chicago ranks in the top 20 places to have a spook-tacular Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner and total spending projected to reach $10.1 billion this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2021’s Best Places for Halloween report and Chicago turned up in the top 20, ranking #6 for availability of chocolate! To help Americans decide where to spend the most spook-tacular time of year without … Continue reading “Chicago ranks in the top 20 places to have a spook-tacular Halloween”

Red Bull Dance Your Style makes its debut in Chicago

Returning for another triumphant year, global street dance competition Red Bull Dance Your Style will make its debut in Chicago on Friday, September 24th at the nearly 130 year-old Chicago landmark, Thalia Hall.  Bringing together the best in hip-hop, house, waacking, popping, krumping, locking, and more, Red Bull Dance Your Style will celebrate the local dance scene … Continue reading “Red Bull Dance Your Style makes its debut in Chicago”

Interfirst plans to hire 250 Chicago area teachers as mortgage loan officers

Interfirst – a leading digital mortgage company – announced plans to hire up to 250 teachers searching for a new career from across the Chicago area as mortgage loan officers. This is a major part of its initiative to invest $5 million to expand its presence in the region. “Teachers build personal relationships with people in their community every … Continue reading “Interfirst plans to hire 250 Chicago area teachers as mortgage loan officers”

Cinematographer Jack Donnelly discusses Godfather of Harlem

Following his work on Season 1 of Godfather of Harlem, cinematographer Jack Donnelly returned for Season 2 to focus on preserving “a consistent visual style” for the series. When Godfather of Harlem Season 2 begins, it’s February 1964, and the series’ eponymous gangster, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (Forest Whitaker), has been in hiding for three months while notorious mafioso Vincent “Chin” Gigante … Continue reading “Cinematographer Jack Donnelly discusses Godfather of Harlem”

Wilson Sporting Goods opens first retail store in Chicago

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. celebrates the grand opening of its first-ever retail location today in its hometown of Chicago. Located in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the new Wilson store “kicked off” at 932 N. Rush Street with executives, Wilson Advisory Staff members and influential Chicagoans present. “With 108 years of history here in Chicago, it was only right that we start … Continue reading “Wilson Sporting Goods opens first retail store in Chicago”

Chicago’s Open Culture artist lineups and programs

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced even more returning, new and reimagined summer cultural events across Chicago — plus artist lineups and other details for City programs previously announced as part of “Open Culture” — just one component of the Mayor’s Open Chicago initiative to safely and fully reopen the city.  … Continue reading “Chicago’s Open Culture artist lineups and programs”

Anthony Michael Hall & Debbie Gibson to film in Chicago

Monaco Films is set to begin production on The Class this summer in Chicago. The coming of age high school drama will star Anthony Michael Hall and Broadway actress and pop icon Debbie Gibson. Also joining the cast is an ensemble of the newest generation of Hollywood’s rising television actors. The Class, written by Nicholas Celozzi, (Shattered, The Lost … Continue reading “Anthony Michael Hall & Debbie Gibson to film in Chicago”

Going South Side with Rolando Boyce of ‘The Chi’

If you’re a fan of Showtime’s The Chi , then you are very aware of track-suit wearing, bluetooth earpiece toting, baby daddy of Emmett, Darnell. Since joining in Season 2, veteran actor Rolando Boyce has played the colorful, always-loaded-with-an-opinion character, with a mixture of genuineness, heart and comedy. Boyce is no stranger to the South Side … Continue reading “Going South Side with Rolando Boyce of ‘The Chi’”

Andrea Diquez named DDB Chicago CEO

DDB North America today announced the addition of a new leader at the helm of their Chicago office. Andrea Diquez joins DDB Chicago as Chief Executive Officer. DDB looks to Diquez’s inspirational leadership to ignite growth for the region’s largest office. “Andrea is bringing an incredible set of skills and experience to DDB Chicago,” says North America CEO Justin Thomas-Copeland. … Continue reading “Andrea Diquez named DDB Chicago CEO”

Chicago director, Christian Taylor screening at GI Fest

The directorial debut of Chicago native Christian Taylor with The Girl Who Wore Freedom is an education on empathy. This documentary being shown at the GI Film Festival San Diego tells the untold WWII stories of the men, women, and children of Normandy, France, who lived through German occupation, the D-Day invasion, and the liberation … Continue reading “Chicago director, Christian Taylor screening at GI Fest”

J.K. Simmons replaces Ed O’Neill in Chicago series

O’Neill was announced in March 2021, but had to leave Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi drama series Lightyears due to “family reasons” as reported by Deadline. Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons will co-star alongside fellow Academy Award winner, Sissy Spacek. Lightyears is one of the four new series to be filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios this … Continue reading “J.K. Simmons replaces Ed O’Neill in Chicago series”

Chicago’s Paul Raci wins Spirit Award for Metal

Chicago was once again represented at an awards show and no, the film didn’t begin with Trial or Ma. After being shut out of Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and winning a BAFTA, Chicago-born Paul Raci won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his critically-acclaimed performance in Sound of … Continue reading “Chicago’s Paul Raci wins Spirit Award for Metal”

Chicago Riverwalk reopens today to residents and visitors

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced that the City is reopening its ever-popular Chicago Riverwalk for the use of residents and visitors. Starting today, the City will begin a phased-in approach to vendor reopening, allowing for full service by the end of May. In accordance with guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), social … Continue reading “Chicago Riverwalk reopens today to residents and visitors”

‘Work in Progress’ in Chicago filming Season 2

Reel Chicago spotted the Work in Progress crew hard at work filming on location in Chicago’s Old Irving Park. The Showtime comedy series, created by Abby McEnany and Tim Mason is a Chicago series currently filming 10 episodes for Season 2. McEnany plays lead-character Abby, “a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke.” Rolling through situations based … Continue reading “‘Work in Progress’ in Chicago filming Season 2”

Mayor Lightfoot honors Chicago’s women community leaders

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined other City and community leaders for a celebratory virtual event to commemorate Women’s History Month by honoring 24 community leaders for their commitment to supporting and advocating for the City of Chicago.  “As only the second female Mayor of Chicago, I know that the success of our great city has … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot honors Chicago’s women community leaders”

Chicago’s newest largest firehouse is open for operations

The City of Chicago announced today that the new state of the art firehouse designated as Engine Company 115 is open for immediate operations. Located at 1024 West 119th street, this structure is the largest firehouse ever constructed in the city proper at 27,000 square feet. Engine company 115 will house 2 Engines, 1 Tower Ladder, 2 … Continue reading “Chicago’s newest largest firehouse is open for operations”

Plant-Based, Stand-up Burgers is opening in Chicago

It’s time to eat like you give a shake and stand up for change. Created by the team at Veggie Grill, Stand-Up Burgers, the 100 percent plant-based fast-casual restaurant serving up indulgently bold burgers, fries and shakes will open two locations in Chicago in late spring. CHICAGO #1(OPENING APRIL 2021)614 W Diversey Pkwy Chicago, IL 60657 CHICAGO #2(OPENING … Continue reading “Plant-Based, Stand-up Burgers is opening in Chicago”

Squeak E Clean Chicago adds Angelina Phengphong

Global creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios has added Angelina Phengphong as Senior Post Producer out of its Chicago studio. Formerly serving as a Senior Producer in Squeak E. Clean Studios’ Sydney location, Phengphong made the move to expand the company’s post offerings across its three U.S. studios. Having spent four years at Nylon Studios before the company … Continue reading “Squeak E Clean Chicago adds Angelina Phengphong”

How Chicago ranks in the Happiest Cities in the U.S.

You may not realize that where you live may also determine how happy you are. Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are. For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and … Continue reading “How Chicago ranks in the Happiest Cities in the U.S.”

Havas Chicago bolsters Executive Leadership team

Havas Chicago announces the appointment of two key executives to round out a dynamic and diverse leadership team with proven abilities to drive the agency’s future growth and success. Lilia Arroyo Flores joins Havas Chicago as chief strategy officer and Maisha Pearson joins as chief client officer. “At Havas Chicago, we’re focused on operating as … Continue reading “Havas Chicago bolsters Executive Leadership team”

Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago

Panavision has named Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys to lead the company’s Chicago office as Vice President and General Manager. Borys will ensure Panavision’s customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support throughout the commercial, television, and feature sectors, and will be supported by Chicago Operations Manager Stan Glapa. Sharon Walker Retires Borys’ appointment … Continue reading “Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago”

McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors Program

McDonald’s USA announce the launch of the Black & Positively Golden Mentors Program. This initiative pairs industry leaders in coveted sectors, including technology, entertainment, business and more, with up-and-coming changemakers in the same fields. Award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Big Sean, popular gospel music vocalist and entrepreneur Kierra Sheard, journalist and activist Jamilah Lemieux, and … Continue reading “McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors Program”

56th Chicago International Film Festival announces juries

Mimi Plauché, artistic director of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival, today announced the jury members for its competitions, featuring a host of acclaimed filmmakers and film professionals from across the globe. Juries will review films competing for prizes in the following competitions: International Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look; City & State; and Short Film … Continue reading “56th Chicago International Film Festival announces juries”

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”

SNL’s Cecily Strong ladles up the Prego for Leo Burnett

If ladling on sauce makes you want to sing marinara’s praises, SNL’s Cecily Strong has just the message for you. Check out how Leo Burnett Chicago’s new work for Prego encourages us all to make dinner quick and “pour it on thick.” The best way to win at dinner is to put it all on … Continue reading “SNL’s Cecily Strong ladles up the Prego for Leo Burnett”

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”

FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast

FX has set the extraordinary ensemble cast that will star with Chris Rock in the fourth installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning limited series Fargo. Peabody, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winning Executive Producer Noah Hawley (creator/showrunner/writer/director) and his production company 26 Keys will lead the creative team for the latest all-new “true … Continue reading “FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast”

Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, today announced this year’s Industry Days will be held virtually for a global audience, October 12-18, 2020. Early Bird accreditation is now available for qualified participants to secure registration at the lowest price. Registration prices will increase to the regular rate on August 21. Film and media professionals interested in … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual”

The 9th annual 3% Conference goes virtual Monday

The 3% Movement will host a digital conference themed “The Radically Inclusive Future of Work” for their 9th annual event, July 27-29, where attendees are invited to reimagine work from the comfort of their own homes. Between a global pandemic and racial unrest in our country, this moment in history is serving as the ultimate … Continue reading “The 9th annual 3% Conference goes virtual Monday”

ComEd Goats are baaaack for a second year

ComEd grazing goats have returned for a second year in Leo Burnett “Goatternship” campaign. From endearing bleats and “bahs” to their eco-friendly way of life and nose-to-the-ground work ethic, goats are ideal partners for ComEd. For a second year, more than 200 goats are taking their place among the ComEd ranks for a targeted grazing … Continue reading “ComEd Goats are baaaack for a second year”

Macy’s is reopening for Father’s Day in the Chicago area

Macy’s is reopening to customers and communities in the Chicago area, offering a curated assortment of must-have beauty, fashion, accessories and home, plus the perfect items to click and pick-up, just in time for Father’s Day. Following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidance, select Macy’s stores will be open to the … Continue reading “Macy’s is reopening for Father’s Day in the Chicago area”

Kanye West joins Chicago demonstrations for Floyd

Controversial rapper and Chicago native, Kanye West has joined the public outcry for police reform and justice for George Floyd and other African Americans killed by police brutality. The performer appeared in Chicago Thursday night at a “Justice for George Floyd/CPD out of CPS” rally on the city’s South Side. Alycia Kamil, 19, and Jalen Kobayashi, 19, … Continue reading “Kanye West joins Chicago demonstrations for Floyd”

Chicago takes a home a bundle of Telly Awards

The 41st annual Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, has announced the 2020 winners. With a collection of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, Chicago-based standouts range from Bottle Rocket Media’s “Nicholas Brinley Experiences” and Studio 1847’s “Make It With Menards: Glassblower Jason Wein” to There Be Dragons LLC’s “Dustburgs” and Iron Light, PACO Collective, WTTW … Continue reading “Chicago takes a home a bundle of Telly Awards”

Chicago’s own host the National Memorial Day Concert

Chicago’s Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host a special presentation of PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert: America’s Night of Remembrance. Featuring a Tribute to our American Heroes on the Front Lines of the Pandemic Crisis. PBS’ multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns for a special presentation hosted by Chicago’s Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise with new … Continue reading “Chicago’s own host the National Memorial Day Concert”

AT&T provides meals to 6,000 Chicago Police officers

During this National Police Week, AT&T is recognizing police officers’ service and sacrifice with support to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which is providing meals to 6,000 Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers on the street and on duty across every police district in the city.  The initiative will also provide gift cards for the families … Continue reading “AT&T provides meals to 6,000 Chicago Police officers”

Chicago creatives create filters for social distancing

Chicago creatives may be social distancing and shut in due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, but their creativity is not shut down. If anything, the Reel Chicago team has seen over the last six weeks sparks of creativity whether it’s  D-Nice throwing virtual dance parties on his Instagram or Energy BBDO creating a fabulous Uncle … Continue reading “Chicago creatives create filters for social distancing”

Chicago Filmmakers offers online filmmaking courses

Chicago Filmmakers, a community media arts organization based in Chicago, announces today the launch of several online filmmaking courses for adults and youth starting in April. In response to the social distancing measures imposed in mid-March, Chicago Filmmakers is adapting several of its filmmaking courses for the web to continue serving the film community with … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers offers online filmmaking courses”

Reel Chicago’s own Reel Woman, Katharin Mraz

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. Katharin “K” Mraz, is the owner of Ladie K … Continue reading “Reel Chicago’s own Reel Woman, Katharin Mraz”

Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney

Angie Gaffney chaperones a lot of dreams in the Windy City. As Executive Director of the Chicago Independent Film Alliance — an organization recently formed by combining the Independent Filmmaker Project with Stage 18 — she helps people achieve their goals, and their goals are to make movies. Or short films. Or pilots. Or web … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney”

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival unveils 2020 lineup

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival proudly announces its film selections for the 2020 festival, running February 28 through March 15. This year’s lineup features 52 films at seven venues across the city and suburbs: Cinemark Theater in Evanston, CMX CineBistro and CMX Market at Old Orchard in Skokie, CMX Arlington Heights, the Illinois Holocaust … Continue reading “JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival unveils 2020 lineup”

2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news

Elevated Films’ 2nd Annual Chicago Shorts Night will light up the Chop Shop in Wicker Park on Wednesday, January 15th at 6 p.m. The special screening features ten Chicago-connected short films in a 100-year-old former auto body shop that is now the Windy City’s only sustainable butcher + deli + restaurant + bar. Be a … Continue reading “2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news”

Chicago Film Society unveils 2020 season schedule

This week, the Chicago Film Society unveiled its multi-venue 2020 film schedule in a press release of superior charm, detail, and creativity. The lineup contains enough screenings to satisfy the appetite of any cinemaficionado. Listed in the second part of the text below, it follows an introduction that is a joy to read. So without … Continue reading “Chicago Film Society unveils 2020 season schedule”

Meet Senior Colourist Julien Biard, Carbon, Chicago

French-born film pro intends to “create a place of reference for colour grading in the Midwest and nationwide” [The following bio and interview, originally prepared for the Meet the Colourist series published by FilmLight, are reprinted here with permission from FilmLight — Ed.] Originally from France, Julien Biard joined full service creative studio Carbon in … Continue reading “Meet Senior Colourist Julien Biard, Carbon, Chicago”

Reeling to showcase a load of Chicago-connected films

The annual LGBTQ+ fest will screen work by Lilly Wachowski, Jesús Canchola Sánchez, Michael Cicetti, Wendy Jo Carlton, Laura Madalinski, and more Reeling, Chicago’s LGBTQ+ film festival, will host international, national and local actors and filmmakers at its 37th edition, unspooling September 19-29 at Music Box Theatre, Landmark Theatres’ Century Centre Cinema and Chicago Filmmakers. … Continue reading “Reeling to showcase a load of Chicago-connected films”

OKRP promotes four staff in Chicago

Fast-growing independent agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul also adds new finance head Fast-growing independent creative agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul has elevated four senior employees to new expanded roles as it deepens the ranks of its leadership. Rahul Roy will take on the new role of Chief Operating Officer at OKRP where he will have … Continue reading “OKRP promotes four staff in Chicago”

Jon Favreau to receive Renaissance Award in Chicago

Robert Downey Jr. will Interview Favreau during the Siskel Center’s annual event June 15 at the Four Seasons The Gene Siskel Film Center today announced that it will honor acclaimed director, producer, screenwriter and actor Jon Favreau with its 2019 Renaissance Award on Saturday, June 15 at the Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E. Delaware. “Marvel, … Continue reading “Jon Favreau to receive Renaissance Award in Chicago”

FCB Chicago helps IL organization stop a bullet

The agency’s latest effort to make the world safer is an 853-page educational book and political action website FCB Chicago and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) unveiled The Gun Violence History Book during a celebration at St. James Plaza on Tuesday afternoon. Besides outlining 228 years of gun violence history in America, the … Continue reading “FCB Chicago helps IL organization stop a bullet”

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 pros help Make-A-Wish complete ‘The Serum’

Joe Minoso, Colleen Griffen, Joe Chappelle, Dru Anne Carlson, and Josh Greiveldinger are among the short action film’s supporters   On October 20th, 13-year-old Bonaparte Moutima was filmed in the starring role of The Serum, a thriller due for release later this year. The Serum is the story of a doctor who develops a superpower-inducing … Continue reading “Chicago pros help Make-A-Wish complete ‘The Serum’”

WTTW explores Chicago art and design history

New four-part series expores the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Black Metropolis of Art, adverting and outdoor murals (Chicago — 18 September 2018) WTTW, as a part of the yearlong Art Design Chicago initiative, is developing a new four-part documentary series and website in partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art. ART & DESIGN IN CHICAGO … Continue reading “WTTW explores Chicago art and design history”

Chi-made “Olympia” at Chicago Int’l Film Fest

McKenzie Chinn’s “beautifully complicated” feature arrives onscreen with help from notable industry vets and indie distributor Cow Lamp Films The 2018 Chicago International Film Festival “Sneak Peek” has just been announced and Chicago’s very own filmmaker and actress McKenzie Chinn is making headlines with her writing and feature film debut Olympia at this year’s fest, … Continue reading “Chi-made “Olympia” at Chicago Int’l Film Fest”

Digital Media Fund awards $100k to Chicago artists

Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers’ Chicago Digital Media Production Fund presents a Showcase of Groundbreaking Projects from 2018 (Chicago — 8 August 2018) Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce the nine new grantees receiving funding from the 2018 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. In 2018, the Production Fund awarded a total of … Continue reading “Digital Media Fund awards $100k to Chicago artists”

NY Cat Film Fest and NY Dog Film Fest coming to Chicago

(Chicago — 2 April 2018) For those who love dogs and cats, a special weekend of films is taking place in Chicago. The NY Cat Film Festival and The NY Dog Film Festival will be at the Patio Theater on April 28 & 29, 2018. The festivals celebrate our love for dogs and cats, illustrated … Continue reading “NY Cat Film Fest and NY Dog Film Fest coming to Chicago”

Ewan McGregor, Backyard, Whitehouse industry moves

Ewan McGregor joins RSA as commercial director RSA Films president Jules Daly announced Monday that “The Force” is now with RSA as former Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor, has joined the Ridley Scott-owned company. The acclaimed film, theatre and TV actor, who won a Golden Globe this year for Best Actor in FX’s Fargo, joined for … Continue reading “Ewan McGregor, Backyard, Whitehouse industry moves”

Reel Chicago’s most & least favorite Super Bowl spots

This year, the commercials were the best part of the Super Bowl for everyone who doesn’t live in Boston or Philadelphia. In keeping with the couch potato, post-game, armchair tradition, The Reel Chicago team has assembled a list of our most and least favorite spots. Because nothing says great American tradition quite like laundry detergent, … Continue reading “Reel Chicago’s most & least favorite Super Bowl spots”

Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses

SCC names new CEO in reorganization Cubs’ AOR Schafer Condon Carter shuffled their leadership team into new roles effective this month. According to an agency memo from co-founder, Tim Condon, the changes are attributed to the company’s growth. “SCC has come of age. And while we’re still a feisty, scrappy group — and always will be … Continue reading “Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses”

“Chicago P.D.” star to host tonight’s BMAs

Awards season continues and if it’s December, it’s time for the 13th annual Best of the Midwest Independent Film Awards, aka “The BMAs.” If you are like Miriam and living on Mars and were not aware of the BMAs, the awards celebrate the finest in Midwest filmmaking, selected from an exceptional slate of films screened … Continue reading ““Chicago P.D.” star to host tonight’s BMAs”

Rob Gregory, Gretchen Praeger, Carmichael Lynch

Rob Gregory wins American Photographic Awards “Series” category Congratulations are in order for local photographer, Rob Gregory, who was named a winner in the 2017 American Photographic Awards “Series” Category.   Earlier this year, we covered a series Gregory did for Cancer Kids featuring them as superheroes. Below are a couple of pieces from the … Continue reading “Rob Gregory, Gretchen Praeger, Carmichael Lynch”

Optimus trolls Chicagoans with Heinz “Dog Sauce”

There’s a scene in Dirty Harry where Clint Eastwood berates his partner for doing the sin of sins — putting ketchup on his hotdog.

“Nobody puts ketchup on a hotdog,” is a truism shared by every true hotdog-eating, Cubs and Whitesox loving/hating Chicagoan.

But what about “Dog Sauce?”

Just in time for #NationalHotDogDay, Heinz has unveiled a Dog Sauce exclusively for Chicagoans.

Ingredients of the Dog Sauce include red ripe tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt, and a blend of spices and flavorings.

Yeah… Ketchup. Suckas.

NY firms back Chicago-made TV comedy show “The Jamz”

If there ever were an “overnight success story,” this is it! Unknown Chicago-made and Chicago-set comedy shorts called “The Jamz” is discovered by New York powerbrokers who fund and produce a TV series and will digitally distributing it worldwide.

The first four half-hour episodes of “The Jamz” will have its world premiere Monday night, April 4 at the Logan Theatre, an invitation only event for the creators, producers, cast and crew, followed by a cast talk-back moderated by Eric Ferguson of 101.9 The Mix.

Kartemquin at 46 still serving the public interest

In September, Kartemquin Films will celebrate its 46th anniversary, having traveled from a ‘60s hippy-ish “film collective” to its current status as one of America’s most influential documentary filmmaking entities.  

Kartemquin’s unfailing work over the years on behalf of the media’s ability to serve the public interest does not go unrecognized.

NBC’s “Smash” ratings decline in Chicago. Again.

We said we’d keep you updated on the ratings story for the heavily-hyped NBC prime time series “Smash.”  And we are.

“Smash” is the show — executive produced by film legend Steven Spielberg — that purports to be a behind-the-scenes saga of life in the Broadway theater world.

Episode three of the series aired Monday, and the Nielsen overnight ratings for that edition of “Smash” in Chicago — a theater town of some magnitude — have declined again, after also dropping for episode two.

Generous grants made to deserving theatre companies

GIFT GIVING DOESN’T END with Christmas in the theatre world.  Three companies received well-deserved grants that will be put to good use, starting with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which announced $504,000 in funding to a dozen local performing arts companies. 

A total of $1 million in grants is planned by the end of 2012, made through the International Connections Fund. 

No second season for ‘The Chicago Code’ series

FOX TV Monday night did what was not unexpected by canceling freshman entry, The Chicago Code, due to ratings that started out so-so and didn’t improve. While everyone involved with the show, and especially the IFO which has its hopes pinned on series television shooting here, they knew in their hearts that while the Chicago scenes were impressive, the plotline was not.

Theatre Building Chicago selling its facility

The Theatre Building Chicago (TBC) is selling its physical facility to a group of art patrons and proceeds of the sale will be used to expand TBC’s musical theatre, a longtime priority.

“While the owner will change, we anticipate no change in commitment to the theatre community we have served for many years,” said Arthur Don, VP/TBC’s board of directors.

The physical facility at 1225 W. Belmont, which includes a 146-seat theatre, is being acquired by an unidentified investors operating as 1225 W. Belmont LLC Lukaba Productions.

Esquire pays deserving tribute to Roger Ebert

A couple of weeks ago, Roger Ebert took to his Twitter account to remind fans of the 11th anniversary of the death of his close friend Gene Siskel, Ebert’s other half on “At the Movies” and “Sneak Previews,” television’s earliest movie criticism shows.

Although many film-review television shows have come and gone, Siskel and Ebert remain forever iconic with their “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” reviews.

Since Siskel’s passing in 1999, Ebert has battled his own health issues.

Acting siblings return to Chicago

Hollywood actor Casey Siemaszko grew up deeply immersed in Chicago’s Polish community, performing with his parents’ Polish dance troupe. And Siemaszko’s father Konstanty fought for the Polish underground in World War II.

Siemaszko made a fitting return to his hometown Friday night for the opening of the 21st Polish Film Festival in America, at the AMC River East 21 theatre.

DePaul MFA’s digital feature goes big screen

Digital feature “Four,” the 40-minute, ambitious MFA thesis film of writer/director Patrick Wimp, the first-ever MFA graduate of DePaul University’s Digital Cinema program, will premiere June 10 at the Music Box.

The four separate stories were partly inspired by C.S.

King and Schwartz to lead Euro RSCG Chicago

Jamie King and Joy Schwartz were named co-presidents of Euro RSCG Chicago. King returns to Chicago from serving as president/CEO of Publicis & Hal Riney San Francisco. Schwartz was promoted from executive director.

They report to Ron Bess, Euro Chicago CEO and North America COO, the architect of Euro RSCG Chicago’s dramatic double-digit growth over the past several years.

King started his career and spent a decade at Leo Burnett developing strategic programs.

Beck retires from CFO after 28 years; Chicago Creative Club holds Awards Night Sept. 10

DEBBIE BECK RETIRED from the Chicago Film Office last week without fanfare, after a remarkable and dedicated 28 years serving the film community.

“Debbie’s warm, unaffected personality, matched with unsurpassed longevity, made her almost iconic — the heart and soul of the office. She will be extraordinarily missed,” says Rich Moskal, who was appointed CFO director when Beck was into her sixteenth year on the job.

Tillman & Teitel will brighten the winter scene
by bringing their latest feature back to Chicago

WRITERS STRIKE NOTWITHSTANDING, loyal-to-Chicago homies director George Tillman and producer Bob Teitel will shoot their next feature, called “Humboldt Park,” here in February.

Tom Busch returns from L.A. where he presently lives to produce, as he has for all of Tillman-Teitel’s State Street movies filmed here in the past.

It’s a family drama, not unlike their original 1997 “Soul Food” hit, but centered around an Hispanic family. No star signed as yet.

EXPECT A FULL HOUSE for the Nov.

Colorist Tom Rovak’s Highly Defined, Inc. will open as Chicago’s only independent DI/color room

Tom Rovak, S2/Swell’s ace colorist for a dozen years, has been freelancing under the banner of his new company, Highly Defined, Inc., until he opens Chicago’s only independent color room outside of a post house.

A $400,000 da Vinci Resolve? v3.4 digital mastering suite will be the heart of the facility.

The new company probably will be located in 4-5,000-sq. ft. space in a River West building he’s currently negotiating for, Rovak said.

“Most color correction rooms in town are traditional linear rooms.

Goodbye to Broadview Media, although doors stay open until sale offer is decided

After a 20-year run, Broadview Media has technically closed its doors?although negotiations are underway that would allow its former key employee to continue serving clients.

If the talks with Minneapolis-based management are successful, Rich Hawksworth would purchase the equipment and assume the lease of its current Michigan Avenue space.

Until a decision is made, Hawksworth will continue to run the business under the Broadview banner as an independent contractor.

“We can’t rest on our laurels,” says IPA as it recounts victories, goes on membership drive

With feature film production slowing as we head into the final months of 2005, Illinois Production Alliance leaders are defining an agenda for the coming year and issuing a call to get involved.

“There’s strength in numbers,” said IPA president Eileen Willenborg. “We’re calling for all hands on deck to be part of the effort as we plan and as we implement our important, new agenda.”

Topping the list is finding ways to offer more and better ways to compete for state-made projects, along with job creation, business stability and diversity.

Meeting company ProActive finds new ways of serving corporate communications needs

Let’s take a step back in time in order to bring perspective to Catherine Rategan’s interview with Tony Lorenz, founder/president of 12-year old ProActive, Inc., a business communications company with a staff of 30.

Decades before the digital revolution, Chicago flourished “as the 16mm capital of the world” by virtue of producing more industrial films, or “trips through the factory,” than any other film market in the country, as tracked by Eastman Kodak.

Stunt insurance for an 8000 pound RV on a frozen lake

Jeremy Pinckert of Explore is an Emmy Award winning director of commercials and branded content. Time and time again, Jeremy has proven that he has the eye-catching vision for monumental shots and performances.  We asked Jeremy to take us behind the scenes on one of his more interesting shoots on a frozen lake. Jeremy Pinckert’s Behind … Continue reading “Stunt insurance for an 8000 pound RV on a frozen lake”

Emily Szymczak joins Fusion92 as CFO

Fusion92, a Chicago-based marketing innovation company, announced that Emily Szymczak has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and will lead the firm’s financial strategy and management.  She will report to Fusion92 CEO & Founder Matt Murphy and work alongside President Doug Dome.  Szymczak has over 20 years of experience serving in finance roles, gaining expertise in building organizations, providing strategic financial guidance, and managing through mergers & acquisitions. She has a … Continue reading “Emily Szymczak joins Fusion92 as CFO”

Carbon animated film ‘Repeater’ opens the OFFF Dach Design Festival

From creative production studio Carbon comes Repeater, the story of a world in which creatures speak in symbols and can turn those symbols into realities. The vibrant animated short is the Title Film to this year’s OFFF Dach creativity and design festival in Vienna. With original live-recorded orchestra music and sound design from Antfood, it’s a tale of … Continue reading “Carbon animated film ‘Repeater’ opens the OFFF Dach Design Festival”

Shonda Nelson Joins Fusion92 as SVP, People Strategy

Fusion92, a Chicago-based marketing innovation company, announced that Shonda Nelson has been named SVP, People Strategy and will lead the firm’s expanded Human Resources Department. She will report to Fusion92 President Doug Dome.  Nelson has more than two decades of HR leadership experience across multiple industries, including marketing & advertising, technology, and public relations. She has driven a wide array of HR initiatives and facilitated organizational change, gaining … Continue reading “Shonda Nelson Joins Fusion92 as SVP, People Strategy”

11 Dollar Bill produces PSA for The Climate Reality Project

Climate activists from around the world call for urgent action to combat climate change in a powerful public service announcement for The Climate Reality Project. 11 Dollar Bill produced and provided editorial, graphics design and post-production services for 24 Hours of Reality: Let’s Get Real, a piece which features personal statements from activists from London, … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill produces PSA for The Climate Reality Project”

Kartemquin Films names Betsy Leonard as Executive Director

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary nonprofit organization, today named Betsy Leonard as Executive Director. Leonard will begin on December 1st, overseeing all aspects of operations, programs, and serving as Executive Producer on all of Kartemquin’s documentaries. Founded in 1966 as a documentary collective, Kartemquin helps develop filmmakers, produces films, and advocates for the field … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films names Betsy Leonard as Executive Director”

Gene Siskel Center presents Black Harvest Film Festival prize

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announces the 2021 winners of the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize. Cash prize awarded to both the best feature film and best short film at the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, as selected by a … Continue reading “Gene Siskel Center presents Black Harvest Film Festival prize”

Liz Murnin named SVP of Client Development at Fusion92

Fusion92, a Chicago-based marketing innovation company, announced that Liz Murnin has been named SVP of Client Development and will lead the firm’s business development efforts.  Murnin will report to Fusion92 President Doug Dome.  Murnin has more than 20 years of extensive marketing experience over her career, including the past 14 years working for some of the top agencies … Continue reading “Liz Murnin named SVP of Client Development at Fusion92”

Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center announces the full festival schedule for its 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, which will take place both virtually and in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center from November 5 through December 2. The festival’s month-long showcase of Black stories will feature … Continue reading “Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”

Yolonda Ross on shaving her head for The Chi & $100k breast cancer donation

Yolonda Ross, star of the ground-breaking Showtime series The Chi, announced with Rhonda Feinberg, a special donation of $100,000, funded by The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, to three grassroots organizations serving women of color who are living with breast cancer. Based on personal life experiences and in tandem with her performance as “Jada” on … Continue reading “Yolonda Ross on shaving her head for The Chi & $100k breast cancer donation”

Andre De Shields to receive Sarah Siddons Actor of the Year Award

Tony Award Winner and multi-Tony nominee André De Shields will be honored by the Sarah Siddons Society when he is presented the organization’s 66th Annual Actor of the Year Award at their benefit on October 25th in Chicago.   The 2021 benefit will include an interview between André De Shields and Chicago Midwest Emmy-Award recipient Ed … Continue reading “Andre De Shields to receive Sarah Siddons Actor of the Year Award”

Doreen Domask joins Fusion92 as Senior VP – Media & Activation

Fusion92, a Chicago-based marketing innovation company, announced Doreen Domask joined the firm as Senior Vice President – Media & Activation. She will lead Fusion92’s suite of media services that provide an omnichannel, results-driven approach for clients to bring experiences to their audiences.    Domask assumes the responsibilities held previously by Meghan McCarthy, who will be … Continue reading “Doreen Domask joins Fusion92 as Senior VP – Media & Activation”

New book by PR guru, Roger Darnell helps build your dream career

Anyone with a cell phone, WiFi, and the desire to communicate can achieve the astronomical. Drawing on his success as a freelance communications consultant, author Roger Darnell has written a new book for professionals and students who want to improve their prospects in business. Published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, The Communications Consultant’s Foundation prepares … Continue reading “New book by PR guru, Roger Darnell helps build your dream career”

VSA Partners Leads AMRI Brand Transformation to Curia

VSA Partners, the hybrid brand strategy and design agency, has led the brand transformation of AMRI, a leading contract drug manufacturing organization, emphasizing its ability to take drug development ‘from curiosity to cure.’  That’s the core positioning and tagline VSA developed as it’s transformed the company to Curia. The new rebranding effort rolled out last month. Effort includes positioning, naming, website, brand … Continue reading “VSA Partners Leads AMRI Brand Transformation to Curia”

Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day

The past year has been a chaotic one for movies as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countless films to either move to VOD, release in a hybrid manner in theaters and VOD, or delay their release dates. Jordan Peele’s horror sequel Candyman was delayed several times until its eventual release on August 27, 2021 exclusively … Continue reading “Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day”

Asian Pop-up Cinema season 13 celebrates best Asian-centric cinema

Asian Pop-Up Cinema: Season 13 will present 30 films at an in-person and drive-in festival, with select titles available for online streaming. The festival opens September 15 through October 12, at AMC River East 21, The Davis Theater and ChiTown Drive-In. The programming celebrates the best Asian-centric cinema, with new work made by filmmakers from China, … Continue reading “Asian Pop-up Cinema season 13 celebrates best Asian-centric cinema”

Exclusive set photos of Lightyears filming on location in Blue Island

Chicago’s southwest suburb of Blue Island had an exciting day of filmmaking when the TV series Lightyears starring Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons (Spider-man, Spider-man: Far From Home, Zack Snyder’s Justice League) filmed on location at a home near 127th and Western, and at the Blue Island Police Station. Reel photographer, Sandra Plaza-Javier, captured the … Continue reading “Exclusive set photos of Lightyears filming on location in Blue Island”

Hornitos Tequila Seltzer says, ‘Crack a Seltzer, Not a Nail’

With the popularity of canned, hard seltzers and extravagantly manicured nails both on the rise this summer, we can foresee how the two might not go hand-in-hand. That is why Hornitos Tequila Seltzer and acclaimed celebrity nail artist, Chaun Legend, are coming to the rescue to help seltzer fans avoid a nail-cracking catastrophe just in the nick of time. … Continue reading “Hornitos Tequila Seltzer says, ‘Crack a Seltzer, Not a Nail’”

Annual Blue Whiskey Film Festival opens this weekend

The 11th Annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) returns this weekend with nightly screenings of the festival’s 2021 official selection films running July 24-30 at Chicago Filmmakers (1326 W. Hollywood Avenue, Chicago). Blue Whiskey will present over 30 films with character-driven stories from around the globe during the in-person event, including seven outstanding indie films made … Continue reading “Annual Blue Whiskey Film Festival opens this weekend”

Joanna Hernandez joins WTTW as an on-air reporter

Joanna Hernandez has joined WTTW as an on-air reporter for its flagship news and public affairs program Chicago Tonight. Hernandez will produce and appear in general assignment news and feature stories, provide live reports from both the studio and the field, and report on the many diverse communities and neighborhoods in the Chicago region for WTTW News. … Continue reading “Joanna Hernandez joins WTTW as an on-air reporter”

American Egg Board: Issues TikTok challenge

As the nation emerges from pandemic shutdowns and capacity limits, local restaurants around the country are getting an eggstra boost from a popular menu mainstay — the incredible egg — and a healthy dose of hometown competition. Igniting America’s pashttp://tiktok.comsion for eating out, the American Egg Board (AEB) has partnered with celebrity chef Connie Lovely … Continue reading “American Egg Board: Issues TikTok challenge”

Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions

For more than three decades, Burnetters have hedged their bets on Cannes Lions winners with 90% accuracy! After a supremely challenging 2020 and a year off for the Cannes Festival of Creativity, the industry’s most prestigious global awards show will have its virtual premire from June 21-25, 2021—complete with live-prgramming, on-demand content and more.  To … Continue reading “Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions”

The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back

The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back (after a short hiatus due to COVID) and hosting an in-person, live screening at Burning Bush Brewery the evening of Thursday, June 17th. Those who are looking to be among actual people again while enjoying short films and craft brews under the stars are not going to … Continue reading “The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back”

The Chi recap: ‘Native Sun’

From Emmy winner Lena Waithe, The Chi is a timely coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. This week’s episode, ‘Native Sun‘ opens with Kevin (Alex Hibbert) and Jake (Michael Epps) are serving in-school suspensions. Kevin was suspended for his … Continue reading “The Chi recap: ‘Native Sun’”

Laughlin Constable expands pro bono program

Laughlin Constable, an independent, creative agency, announced it is expanding its pro bono program to specifically seek nominations and applications from minority-owned businesses in its own office cities of Chicago and Milwaukee that can benefit and grow from marketing services. The agency is aiming to “Increase the Piece” of success for minority businesses, which account … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable expands pro bono program”

American consumers expect return to normalcy by July 4

Numerator, a data and tech company serving the market research space, has launched a new holiday sentiment study to understand the impact of the pandemic and vaccination status on upcoming holidays, and specifically, how people plan to celebrate, shop and spend for Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Father’s Day 2021. The sentiment survey of nearly 4,000 consumers … Continue reading “American consumers expect return to normalcy by July 4”

U.S. Army releases ‘The Calling’ animated series

The U.S. Army released “The Calling,” a new animated film series that profiles the deeply emotional and diverse origin stories of five Soldiers as they make the most important decision of their lives: answering the call to serve. At a time of a widening military-civilian divide, “The Calling” provides an important and rare inside look … Continue reading “U.S. Army releases ‘The Calling’ animated series”

Second City Teacher, Marine Vet screens film in GI Fest

Chicago filmmaker and Marine Corps veteran Jonah Saeson is featured in this years GI Film Festival. This veteran turned actor and filmmaker is the director of the GI Festival contending film  The Sweatshirt. This comedic short which blenders Chicago crime show style interbred with sarcastic undertones is about a woman who must negotiate the release … Continue reading “Second City Teacher, Marine Vet screens film in GI Fest”

Moen raises awareness on World Water Day

While many brands are preparing for Earth Month, Moen is focused on World Water Day and a commitment to innovate, engineer and design for water of tomorrow.  Mission Moen is all about conserving Earth’s most precious resource, while improving how we experience it. To help Moen raise awareness, its agency of record – Havas Chicago … Continue reading “Moen raises awareness on World Water Day”

Join the Spring Forward Happy Hour hosted by OKRP

OKRP is hosting a virtual Spring Forward Happy Hour on Friday March 12th beginning at 4pm EST on DJ Trauma’s Twitch channel. The idea is part of a formal initiative by the agency to change Daylight Savings time into a Friday celebration, giving everyone the opportunity to lose an hour of work instead of an … Continue reading “Join the Spring Forward Happy Hour hosted by OKRP”

RBL Spotlight: producer, Storm Smith

Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. During the month of February, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like Storm Smith with … Continue reading “RBL Spotlight: producer, Storm Smith”

Super Bowl consumer spending down

Chicago-based Numerator, a data and tech company serving the market research space, has launched a consumer sentiment study to understand how consumers plan to watch and spend regarding Super Bowl LV. Overall, there will be fewer repeat watchers, fewer gatherings, and less planned spend. Numerator polled 1,500 past Super Bowl viewers, evaluating responses using psychographic … Continue reading “Super Bowl consumer spending down”

Michael Apted prolific director, producer, writer has died

Michael Apted, producer, writer and actor, and one of the most prolific film directors of his generation has died at age 79. Born in 1941 in Aylesbury, England, Apted had an impressive body of work in television, film and documentaries. Known for directing the Up documentary series (1964–2019) chronicling the lives of 14 British people in seven-year increments; … Continue reading “Michael Apted prolific director, producer, writer has died”

McDonald’s introduces new Chicken sandwich

2021 will see the Chicken Sandwich Wars rage on. McDonald’s has announced a new Crispy Chicken Sandwich, which is joining the roster of long-time favorites like the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Egg McMuffin and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, starting February 24. The new sandwich features a brand new crispy, juicy, tender fillet made with all-white meat that’s … Continue reading “McDonald’s introduces new Chicken sandwich”

Leviathan adds to account & creative teams

The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan has announced the addition of Account Manager Meg Miller, Art Director Mackenzie Suben, and Designer Morgan Itterly. Prior to landing at Leviathan, Miller was a Digital Experience Project Manager at Gensler who specialized in integrating digital content into the architectural design process. Having earned her degree from the University of … Continue reading “Leviathan adds to account & creative teams”

The Social Distancing Sweater that sold out in 43 minutes

In an effort to help women safely celebrate the 2020 holidays in style and cozy comfort with their families, Neon Buddha created the limited edition Social Distancing Sweater, which sold out in 43 minutes. Priced at $249, the limited edition Social Distancing Sweater includes 10 face masks for the entire family, one gallon of hand sanitizer, … Continue reading “The Social Distancing Sweater that sold out in 43 minutes”

First Artists-In-Residence for four INVEST neighborhoods

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announced the first ever Artists-In-Residence for four of the City’s INVEST South/West neighborhoods: Auburn Gresham (Dorian Sylvain), Austin (Antonia Ruppert), Englewood (Eric Hotchkiss) and New City/Back of the Yards (Fernando Ramirez in partnership with … Continue reading “First Artists-In-Residence for four INVEST neighborhoods”

Lightfoot announces $10m hospitality grant program

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined City and business leaders to announce an emergency COVID-19 relief package for the hospitality industry, including a $10 million grant program for Chicago’s restaurants and bars that continue to face significant challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Opening for applications this month, the Chicago Hospitality Grant Program will reallocate CARES … Continue reading “Lightfoot announces $10m hospitality grant program”

Lightfoot appoints Juan Morado Jr. to MPEA Board

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the appointment of Juan Morado Jr. to the Board of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA). The MPEA Board is comprised of nine members. Four members are appointed by the Governor of Illinois and four members are appointed by the Mayor of Chicago. The Chairman is selected by the … Continue reading “Lightfoot appoints Juan Morado Jr. to MPEA Board”

COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced today a business curfew will begin Friday in the city of Chicago. On Monday, the Mayor warned residents that some coronavirus restrictions could return in Chicago if the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continue to rise. City health officials said cases have risen by more than 50 percent over … Continue reading “COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew”

Kanye West pushes Presidency run with Yeezus merch

With two and a half weeks left until the election, Chicago native, Kanye West released a new ad curving the vote, asking Americans to write him in as their choice for President 2020. The 43-year-old rapper and fashion mogul, who announced his presidential campaign in July, tweeted an ad to his more than 30 million … Continue reading “Kanye West pushes Presidency run with Yeezus merch”

Emmy Award winning director Jeremy Pinckert

We’ve all seen great composition, lighting and a story from a variety of directors, but there’s one in Chicago who stands out. Jeremy Pinckert, founding member of Explore Production Company, is an award-winning director of commercials and branded content. Time and time again, Jeremy has proven that he has the eye-catching vision for monumental shots … Continue reading “Emmy Award winning director Jeremy Pinckert”

CPD launch support for officers’ mental health & wellness

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) today marked the completion of the City’s 90-day police reforms with the launch of two new pilot programs that are designed to ensure all CPD officers have the mental health and wellness supports they need. With the launch of the new Officer Support System (OSS), a pilot … Continue reading “CPD launch support for officers’ mental health & wellness”

SCC acquires PR and digital agency TimeZoneOne

Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) has acquired 100 percent of the operations of TimeZoneOne (TZO), a multi-faceted PR and digital agency based in Chicago with offices in New Zealand and Canada. TZO serves a global roster of clients in entertainment, hospitality, tourism and consumer goods. In addition to serving as the PR and digital agency of record for the … Continue reading “SCC acquires PR and digital agency TimeZoneOne”

Gary Sinise to receive LMGI Humanitarian Award

Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise will receive the esteemed Humanitarian Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards. Celebrating the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First,” the 2020 Awards will honor the exemplary commitment that Sinise and his foundation have made to give back to those who sacrifice for our nation and create a … Continue reading “Gary Sinise to receive LMGI Humanitarian Award”

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Fest postponed to 2021

Due to the ongoing global health crisis, the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) Board of Directors have made the decision to postpone the 10th annual festival until July 2021 at Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Avenue, in Chicago. BWiFF 2020 was originally scheduled to be held in late July and was initially postponed nearly … Continue reading “Blue Whiskey Independent Film Fest postponed to 2021”

Brand factory THE BRNDHAUS PL-ZEN opens in Pilsen

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 creative … Continue reading “Brand factory THE BRNDHAUS PL-ZEN opens in Pilsen”

Players Workshop offering free virtual classes

Players Workshop, the original school of improvisation in Chicago established in 1970, is offering free virtual workshops to teachers and furloughed or laid off workers to help them overcome some of the work challenges from the pandemic. Teachers will learn improvisation exercises they can use to engage and focus their students in virtual classrooms. Those looking for work will learn how to become a … Continue reading “Players Workshop offering free virtual classes”

NAR & Havas launch “The Battle Home” for Veterans

“The Battle Home” installation is fighting to end Veteran Homelessness. In honor of the 20th year of the Good Neighbor Awards, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and Havas Chicago are working together to celebrate the impact of each winner in the communities they call home. Each year, NAR’s Good Neighbor Award recognizes members who make extraordinary … Continue reading “NAR & Havas launch “The Battle Home” for Veterans”

Zakat and mothers hold Anti-Police Violence Rally

Zakat Foundation of America, in partnership with Our Lady of Suyapa Sanctuary and Readi Chicago, a Heartland Alliance program, is taking to the streets. Armed with peace and prayer, mothers lift up their voices as people who have lost their children to police brutality, gathering August 8 at the Daley Plaza. “When George Floyd cried … Continue reading “Zakat and mothers hold Anti-Police Violence Rally”

Back-to-School ads down 50% with uncertainty of opening

Numerator, the Chicago data and tech company serving the market research space, has launched a Back to School Index to understand how brands and consumers are managing through the uncertainty of school openings. The index monitors ad spend, promotional activity, and purchase behaviors versus a year ago to quantify shifts in everything from advertising strategy to … Continue reading “Back-to-School ads down 50% with uncertainty of opening”

Brooke Foley & NFL 1st female coach launch Critter Fitter

Brooke Foley, Creative Director & Founder of Jayne Agency and Dr. Jen Welter, the first female coach of the NFL, announce the launch of Critter Fitter, a social, emotional and physical wellness platform for kids ages 0-10, written in response to families having to shelter in place during the Coronavirus pandemic. The goal of the … Continue reading “Brooke Foley & NFL 1st female coach launch Critter Fitter”

Oprah Winfrey, Lionsgate, NY Times adapt 1619 Project

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate Join Forces With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times to Adapt the Acclaimed 1619 Project Into a Portfolio of Films, Television Programming & Other Content Across All Studio Platforms Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times have chosen global content leader Lionsgate to be the home for … Continue reading “Oprah Winfrey, Lionsgate, NY Times adapt 1619 Project”

IATSE stands in solidarity with Black community

In a moving statement issued today, IATSE pledges to advocate for specific, necessary policy and legislation, and lock arms with allies who are primarily focused on racial justice and reform. We share in the heartbreak, frustration and anger surrounding the tragic murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police. We stand in solidarity with the African-American … Continue reading “IATSE stands in solidarity with Black community”

WTTW News correspondents host a virtual town hall

WTTW News correspondents and producers Brandis Friedman and Paris Schutz hosted a virtual town hall meeting, WTTW NEWS: COVERING COVID-19, to share their experiences producing local news in the age of COVID-19 with Chicago/Illinois journalism students. The town hall was recorded on May 22 from the CHICAGO TONIGHT studio, and remotely from participant’s homes. Viewers can … Continue reading “WTTW News correspondents host a virtual town hall”

Lizzo covers ‘All Together Now’ in first Messenger spot

“See You Here” is Leo Burnett’s first major campaign for Messenger, developed in partnership with Facebook’s Creative X team. For the campaign’s off-platform debut, Leo Burnett conceived and created the short film, “Pictures”—drawing inspiration from people’s real-life experiences to showcase the real-life benefits of the new video chat platform. The energetic work is part of … Continue reading “Lizzo covers ‘All Together Now’ in first Messenger spot”

Steppenwolf names Brooke Flanagan, Executive Director

Brooke Flanagan to be First Woman Executive Director in Steppenwolf’s 45-Year History Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today that Brooke Flanagan, who previously worked at Steppenwolf for seven years, will return to the organization in the role of Executive Director and will become the first woman to hold the title in Steppenwolf’s 45-year history. Current Executive Director David … Continue reading “Steppenwolf names Brooke Flanagan, Executive Director”

Light Modifiers uses UVC light in a new medium

Light Modifiers located at 2414 West Cullerton, Chicago, has been proudly serving Chicagoland and the Midwest for over 3 years, providing exceptional film and television lighting services with friendly union and non-union professionals. At Light Modifiers Rental, we are taking many precautions to ensure customer safety as our industry starts to slowly reopen. When COVID-19 hit … Continue reading “Light Modifiers uses UVC light in a new medium”

Zoom Interview: with David and Joan of O’Connor Casting

There are two sides to every camera story: those behind it creating movie magic, and the talented performers in front.  What many may not consider are the people who bridge the gap between the two worlds; one of these departments being Casting.  One company that’s been adjusting during these turbulent times is O’Connor Casting, run … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: with David and Joan of O’Connor Casting”

DDB Chi reportedly reduces staff by 30

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect ad agencies, causing reductions of staff, salary cuts and furloughs. DDB, Chicago is the latest agency forced to slightly restructure. The agency has reportedly laid off 30 people including global business director for Unilever, Mark Mulhern, and chief people officer, North America Britt Hayes.  Last week, our sister outlet Reel … Continue reading “DDB Chi reportedly reduces staff by 30”

Mayor Lightfoot launches citywide ‘Make a Mask’ drive

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) today announced that the City of Chicago is launching the “Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask” citywide cloth mask drive on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Through the citywide drive, residents can make and donate homemade cloth … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot launches citywide ‘Make a Mask’ drive”

McDonald’s offers ‘Thank You Meals’ to first responders

In appreciation for the healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are committed to our health and safety, McDonald’s will offer free Thank You Meals, between Wednesday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 5, as a token of appreciation for their selfless service. While the majority of America is staying home, McDonald’s has remained open, with our franchisees and … Continue reading “McDonald’s offers ‘Thank You Meals’ to first responders”

New Normal: October, in their new production landscape

Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. We now work, live, exercise and entertain ourselves in our homes. This is the new normal. In this new on-going series, we check in on ad agencies, production companies, post-houses, and anyone else who wants to talk about their personal experiences during this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. October … Continue reading “New Normal: October, in their new production landscape”

As EMPIRE series ends, here’s our Top 10 favorite episodes

Golden Globe-nominated EMPIRE is now in its sixth and final season as one of television’s most popular and groundbreaking shows. A powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and often dangerous world of hip-hop music, the show revolves around the Lyons and their media company, Empire Entertainment. Tuesday is the EMPIRE Season Finale, … Continue reading “As EMPIRE series ends, here’s our Top 10 favorite episodes”

Potbelly appoints Cirulis as CFO and Strategy Officer

Sandwich shop Potbelly which calls Chicago its “neighborhood,” has announced that Steven W. Cirulis will be joining the QSR executive team as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Cirulis has been with Potbelly since December 2019, serving in a strategic planning, finance and analytical consulting role. He will … Continue reading “Potbelly appoints Cirulis as CFO and Strategy Officer”

Sydney O’Haire’s short film debuts on Omeleto

Being Here, a short film written, directed, and produced by local Chicago female filmmaker Sydney O’Haire, will make its debut on the Omeleto platform, a short film YouTube channel currently with 2.45 Million subscribers.   The short, which won Best Drama at the Windy City Film Festival, focuses on Charlie (Breiner-Sanders), who is struggling to … Continue reading “Sydney O’Haire’s short film debuts on Omeleto”

Windy City Bulls design t-shirt to benefit food pantry

The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, announced today that they have partnered with Hoffman Estates-based screen printer Blink Tees to produce a limited edition t-shirt that will be sold during the month of April, with proceeds benefitting the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry. The t-shirt … Continue reading “Windy City Bulls design t-shirt to benefit food pantry”

McDonald’s donates 750,000 masks for frontline workers

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the McDonald’s Corporation today announced a new donation of 750,000 N95 face masks to support healthcare professionals and personnel as well as first responders aiding in the citywide response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The City of Chicago will add these masks into its repository and determine where allocations are needed … Continue reading “McDonald’s donates 750,000 masks for frontline workers”

Havas bolsters data-driven creative leadership

Harnessing the power of data, technology and creativity to build meaningful American brands through craft and culture, Havas Chicago Group has hired three key executives to enhance the agency’s leadership team. Former Facebook executive Liz Roche joins Havas Helia, a digital agency that uses data to create optimized customer experiences, as managing director. In addition, … Continue reading “Havas bolsters data-driven creative leadership”

Behind the Scenes: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ DP, Dan Mindel

Behind the Scenes: Honoring the visual tradition of the first eight films, Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC, SASC reteams with Panavision to conclude the Star Wars saga with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker In February 2019, director J.J. Abrams called “Cut!” for the last time during principal photography of the ninth chapter of the long-running Star Wars saga. Star Wars: … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ DP, Dan Mindel”

IWOC & C3 free webinar on keeping your brand alive

Responding to the “Virus Crisis,” the Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) and the Chicago Creative Coalition (C3) have teamed up to come to the rescue of freelancers particularly hard hit in these desperate times with a FREE webinar on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. on “Building and Preserving Your Personal Brand in COVID-19 Times,” featuring … Continue reading “IWOC & C3 free webinar on keeping your brand alive”

REEL WOMEN: Hana Mitchell, editor at Impakt Studio

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. Hana is a professional film and video editor with … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Hana Mitchell, editor at Impakt Studio”

Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants

Social distancing is now the new norm. And with restaurants and bars having seating areas closed and overcrowded supermarkets out of stock in major cities across the United States including LA, Chicago and New York, take out and food delivery is norm as well. Chicago-based Grubhub has now announced a collaboration with the mayors of … Continue reading “Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants”

REEL WOMEN: Mary Caddy Partner at The Colonie

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. Mary graduated from The School of The Art Institute … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Mary Caddy Partner at The Colonie”

Elijah McKinnon, Executive Director, OTV

Multi-talented artist, advocate, and creative leader Elijah McKinnon — who is from the future — joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, House Music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view … Continue reading “Elijah McKinnon, Executive Director, OTV”

Jewish Film Fest to screen six classics on opening night

In a gesture of mischievous generosity, the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is offering movie lovers a choice of six different films to see on opening night. ET, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Funny Girl, Keeping Up with the Steins, Stand By me, and When Harry Met Sally will energize the launch of the organization’s seventh … Continue reading “Jewish Film Fest to screen six classics on opening night”

AbelsonTaylor’s dynamic new space in the old post office

Embarking on a new chapter in its 40-year history, AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has relocated its headquarters to Chicago’s newly renovated Old Post Office. Occupying 80 thousand square feet in the reimagined Art Deco landmark, the space has been strategically designed to foster creative collaboration among employees and … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor’s dynamic new space in the old post office”

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”

Lizette Williams, Sr. Director, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing

Lizette Williams, Senior Director, Brand & Content Strategy, U.S. Marketing, is the third honoree to be featured in the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. She joins an esteemed group of artists, entrepreneurs and innovators that includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, … Continue reading “Lizette Williams, Sr. Director, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing”

R/GA’s Tiffany Rolfe to serve as 2020 AICP Judging Chair

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced today that Tiffany Rolfe, EVP and US Chief Creative Officer for R/GA, has been named as the 2020 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair. As such, Rolfe will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the AICP Next Awards presentation this June during AICP Week in New York. Tiffany … Continue reading “R/GA’s Tiffany Rolfe to serve as 2020 AICP Judging Chair”

Facets hires Karen Cardarelli as Executive Director

The Facets Board of Directors is very happy to announce its new Executive Director, Karen Cardarelli, Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Emerald City Theatre. The appointment concludes a six-month search for the successor to Milos Stehlik, Facets’ founder and long-time Executive Director who passed away in July 2019. “Karen Cardarelli brings a wealth … Continue reading “Facets hires Karen Cardarelli as Executive Director”

Panorama LatinX Showcase at Siskel Center, Feb 1

Through a juried selection process, seven films have been selected out of over 40 entries to create the Gene Siskel Film Center’s second edition of the Panorama Latinx Short Film Showcase. The event takes place at 8:00 pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art … Continue reading “Panorama LatinX Showcase at Siskel Center, Feb 1”

SACRED to sponsor Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K

SACRED — purveyor of Pain Balm, Pain Lotion, Infused Body Stick and Wellness CBD Tincture — has announced its official sponsorship for the National Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. The company will also participate in expos leading up to the race, educating runners on the benefits of holistic SACRED products. Runners will have the opportunity to … Continue reading “SACRED to sponsor Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K”

‘61st Street’ to begin shooting at Cinespace this April

AMC announced today from the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour that Emmy Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Lovecraft Country, Genius) will star in its upcoming thrilling courtroom drama 61st Street, from BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, The Night Of, Your Honor) and executive-produced by Michael B. … Continue reading “‘61st Street’ to begin shooting at Cinespace this April”

DiGennaro names Maxine Winer President & COO

DiGennaro Communications, the leading independent B2B public relations agency serving the media, marketing and entertainment sectors, has named Maxine Winer president and chief operating officer. Winer reports to DGC Founder and CEO Samantha DiGennaro. In her new role, Winer will oversee operations, talent, client service and business development for the nearly 15-year-old agency. She will … Continue reading “DiGennaro names Maxine Winer President & COO”

McDonald’s commits $500K to scholarship program

In partnership with APIA Scholars, fifty-five college scholarships will be awarded to students in 2020 McDonald’s announced today that it has committed $500,000 to establish the first-ever McDonald’s/APIA Scholarship program in partnership with APIA Scholars. Fifty-five Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) college students will benefit from the program, furthering McDonald’s longtime support of providing … Continue reading “McDonald’s commits $500K to scholarship program”

Kwielford, Guth step down from MIFF leadership

Midwest Independent Film Festival’s President and Executive Director announce their resignations on Saturday-morning Facebook posts Midwest Independent Film Festival President Mike Kwielford and Executive Director Amy Guth have stepped down from their leadership roles with the organization. They announced their departures in separate Facebook posts on Saturday morning. Finding time to focus on other film- … Continue reading “Kwielford, Guth step down from MIFF leadership”

mcgarrybowen announces a new global organization

Creative agency will unite operations around a unified brand umbrella and global leadership team mcgarrybowen announced today a new global structure designed to accelerate its commitment to its clients to deliver a best-in-class global creative offering. Gordon Bowen — Founder and Global Chairman of mcgarrybowen and Global Chief Creative Officer of Dentsu — will lead … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen announces a new global organization”

Leviathan grows stronger with key new hires

Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships Adrienne Rehm and Senior Producer Brittany McCullars strengthen partnership and production capabilities The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan are very proud to announce the addition of Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships Adrienne Rehm and Senior Producer Brittany McCullars. Both appointments are effective immediately.   Adrienne Rehm Most recently, Rehm … Continue reading “Leviathan grows stronger with key new hires”

Advertising Community Shorts night lineup

Midwest Independent Film Festival’s popular annual industry tradition tomorrow night at Landmark Century The advertising and independent filmmaking communities converge for an inspiring night of short films as First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts its tenth annual Advertising Community Shorts Night on Tuesday, November 5th. The evening will open at 6 p.m. … Continue reading “Advertising Community Shorts night lineup”

‘Check, Please!’ returns October 25 for Season 19

WTTW’s restaurant review series will visit Chicago “hot spots and hangouts” with host Alpana Singh WTTW’s Emmy-winning local restaurant review series Check, Please! returns for its 19th season with host Alpana Singh, noted local restaurateur and master sommelier, on Friday, October 25 at 8:00 pm on WTTW11 and wttw.com/checkplease, which also includes video of each … Continue reading “‘Check, Please!’ returns October 25 for Season 19”

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”

Reel’s Nancy Lasch starts new chapter in AZ

With boundless gratitude, we offer a heartfelt bon voyage to a true champion of keeping it Reel Reel Chicago offers a heartfelt bon voyage to Nancy J. Lasch, who served as the magazine’s office manager, bookkeeper, and all around master of everything for nearly twenty years before announcing her retirement last month. Raised in Chicago’s … Continue reading “Reel’s Nancy Lasch starts new chapter in AZ”