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 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”
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”
NBC has unveiled its fall premiere plan, setting premiere dates for more than a dozen new and returning series, including the entire slate of Dick Wolf’s franchise shows. Among those shows are the Chicago-produced dramas Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. Kicking off over a decade ago, the ONE CHICAGO franchise, co-created by Dick … Continue reading “NBC sets premiere dates for Chicago Fire, Med and P.D.”
Hulu gave us a treat on June 23 when they dropped all 8 episodes of the premiere season of The Bear, filmed in Chicago, starring Jeremy Allen White, from one of Chicago’s most notable series Shameless. Since Starz’s Sweet Bitter was canceled we have been experiencing a void in restaurant based dramedies. The Bear fills … Continue reading “Chicago series ‘The Bear’ premieres on Hulu. Here’s the recap”
Chicago Med fans will be delighted to see that our beloved Dr. Daniel Charles, Oliver Platt makes a guest appearance in new FX/Hulu series The Bear. In the Chicago made series, Oliver Platt plays Uncle Jimmy, who may or may not be affiliated with organized crime. IMDb does not reflect this role so it is … Continue reading “Chicago Med star has guest role on new Chicago series The Bear”
In a new documentary titled Just Like Me, created and directed by Havas Chicago senior art director TTK Harris, the agency aims to spotlight the contributions Black creatives make to culture, expose the challenges many face simply because of the color of their skin and reinforce the importance of representation in advertising and design. Just Like Me … Continue reading “Havas Chicago releases Just Like Me spotlighting Black creatives”
Havas Chicago announced the appointment of Lance Koenig as the creative agency’s newest chief strategy officer. The appointment comes on the heels of a series of five new business wins for the agencies Annex and Havas Chicago teams, including creative campaigns for community partners including The Museum of Science and Industry, Moors Brewing, Choose Chicago and The City of Chicago, alongside national … Continue reading “Havas Chicago’s newest wins, work, and hires”
The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival is back and hosting an in-person, live screening at Burning Bush Brewery the evening of Thursday, June 9th – with special discount for Reel Chicago readers! The short form film festival features truly independent filmmakers from across the globe – as well as some local Chicagoans – and gives … Continue reading “Live Screening for Big Teeth Small Shorts and a Reel Chicago discount”
Bally’s Casino is coming to Chicago. The city has chosen Bally’s Corporation to be the recipient of its sole casino license and the developer to create a world-class casino-resort and entertainment experience in Chicago on the site of the Tribune Publishing Center. “I am proud to announce that Bally’s Corporation will create a world-class entertainment … Continue reading “Bally’s in River West wins the jackpot as Chicago’s first casino”
The official trailer for the series, Night Sky with Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons has been released by Prime Video, with a premiere date of May 20th. The sci-fi drama was filmed last summer in Chicago and the south suburb of Blue Island, and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. It is a co-production of Amazon Studios and Legendary Television. … Continue reading “Official trailer for Chicago made series, Night Sky has been released”
61st Street — the AMC two-season television event with eight episodes per season is set to debut on Sunday, April 10, at 9 pm CT on AMC. The Michael B Jordan series was filmed last year at Cinespace and exterior Chicago locations. Here’s the official information that AMC has made available for Sunday’s Season 1 Episode 1: Moses … Continue reading “Filmed in Chicago ’61st Street’ premieres on Sunday 4/10”
Chicago Filmmakers announces the competition programs for the 32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival, which will take place March 31 to April 3. The five competition programs will feature 35 short films exploring themes of digital media production, politics of memory, and the value of physical spaces from the United States, France, Canada, South … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers announces competition programs for Onion City Festival”
Virtual event with Candace Parker kicks off a new CPL program series focused around social justice, equity and inclusivity Chicago Public Library (CPL) announced the official launch of their Voices for Justice series, a slate of programs that will engage authors, artists, thought-leaders and other experts that spark conversation on the topic of social justice. After … Continue reading “Chicago Public Library features Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker”
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 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”
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, 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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 – 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”
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 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”
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”
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”
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’”
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”
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”
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 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”
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”
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 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”
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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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 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”
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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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 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 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 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”
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”
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 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”
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 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, 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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’”
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”
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”
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”
(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 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”
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”
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”
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”
Framestore celebrated the launch of its Chicago office with hundreds of guests at the Adler Planetarium last Wednesday night. They ate, drank, and hobnobbed in the curving glass pyramid of the museum’s Sky Pavilion for hours. It was a hell of a bash, no doubt; but also a fitting introduction to the enthusiasm and expertise … Continue reading “Framestore focuses on Chicago”
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”
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.
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.
A MCGARRYBOWEN CONTINGENT and Comma Music’s Managing Director Bonny Dolan are heading for SXSW for a Thursday, March 17 panel called “Inside Out: How Did This Song Get into That commercial.” Dolan shares the stage with the agency’s ECD Michael Straznickas, CD/writer Dave Reger, music producer Brandy Ricker and Steve Ross, director of content production.
When Abelson Taylor president Dale Taylor started treating his employees to casual in-house lunchtime gatherings on Friday afternoons 25 years ago, he did not realize that the tradition would become one of the most enduring philanthropies in the Chicago advertising community.
A documentary about the rich lore of Chicago agencies and the iconic admen who gave Michigan Avenue its special kind of cachet, in the works produced by A&C Film Distribution, a spinoff of the One Club, with the possibility of WTTW serving as its presenting sponsor.
Six Chicago documentarians have been selected out of more than 100 international submissions for a place in the next round of Good Pitch Chicago, on May 5, 2015.
Rich Larsen bristles when asked how he acquired his admiration for Al Capone. “We’re not glorifying gangsters,” he says. “We know Capone killed people. Now it’s time to put that on the back burner take a look at something positive he did.”
THE MOLLY GLYNN MEMORIAL FUND has been an outpouring of love for the immensely popular and talented film and theatre actress Molly Glynn, who was killed by a falling tree during a sudden storm while she was riding her bike through the Forest Preserves Sept. 6.
Draped in khaki, sporting a pith helmet, and armed with but a camera and a microphone, Ben Hollis for 14 years (1989-2003) searched the urban jungle of Chicago for the eccentric and unique people, places and things for “Wild Chicago!” a half-our show that aired weekly 1989-2003 on Ch. 11.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
Explore Media has covered a lot of terrain over the past fifteen years. Besides completing hundreds of jobs in locations throughout the United States from its original office in South Bend, the production and post company expanded to Chicago last month. Along the way, it has added a sizable number of awards to its trophy … Continue reading “Explore Media’s new frontier”
On June 23 Hulu and FX released the entire 8 episode series, The Bear, about a classically trained, world class chef, played by Shameless’ Jeremy Allen White, who takes over a small, yet popular Chicago sandwich shop, left to him by his brother (Jon Bernthal) who died by suicide. The restaurant based dramady became an … Continue reading “Season 1 of The Bear leaves fans begging for Season 2”
Eren Joyce, of Libertyville has been selected for the prestigious Television Academy Foundation Summer Internship Program. They will intern this summer in the Children’s Programming Development Department at The Jim Henson Company in Los Angeles. The Foundation provides eight-week, paid internships annually, at top Hollywood studios and production companies, to college students nationwide. Joyce attended Libertyville High School and is a … Continue reading “Libertyville student lands internship with The Jim Henson Company”
Optimus announced that Ariana DeSimone has been promoted to editor. The latest addition to the leading production and post house’s growing editorial team, Ariana brings creativity, passion, and a relentless work ethic to her role. From her first day with Optimus as a summer intern in 2016, she worked tirelessly, seized creative opportunities, and impressed peers and clients alike. Now, … Continue reading “Optimus promotes Ariana DeSimone to Editor”
Following another competitive season, the Community Builders Grant, in association with Camera Ambassador, has announced its annual film winner naming Video Funeral as its 2022 award recipient. This year the annual short-form film fund and production resources grant organization’s endowment was sponsored by Camera Ambassador. The equipment rental house is one of only three nationwide … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Community Builders Grant 2022 winner”
Ticket to Paradise, the Julia Roberts and George Clooney rom/com is in town today and tomorrow, filming plate shots on Irving Park Road. Plate shots are background images, without the actors, filmed by a second unit team. Ticket to Paradise primarily filmed in Australia and is currently in post production. The film is said to … Continue reading “Julia Roberts & George Clooney’s ‘Ticket to Paradise’ briefly in town”
The Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced that actor, producer and screenwriter Matt Damon will be honored with the Film Center’s Renaissance Award during a special event on Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. During the event, Damon will be interviewed in a live, virtual conversation led by Gene Siskel Film … Continue reading “Matt Damon to receive Gene Siskel Renaissance Award at special event”
FACETS presents encore in-person screenings of Everything Everywhere All At Once (June 4-5), Memoria (June 18-19), and Happening (June 25-26) along with special film series happening all month. Screenings take place at FACETS (1517 W. Fullerton). Tickets can be purchased in advance through FACETS website and are $12/General Admission and $10/FACETS Members. ENCORE SCREENINGSEverything Everywhere All At Once – June 4-5, 2022The latest film from Daniel Kwan and … Continue reading “FACETS: Everything Everywhere All at Once, Memoria, and Happening”
If you’re a UFO enthusiast, this is one opportunity not to be missed. Experience an alien encounter in a sneak peek of The Alien Report screening at the Patio Theater. Chicago-based filmmakers Patrick Donnelly and Kevin Schroeder are offering audiences a sneak peek of their critically acclaimed, soon-to-be-released UFO movie, The Alien Report, at Chicago’s … Continue reading “Critically acclaimed The Alien Report lands here for a one day sneak peek”
Chicago is not a McDonald’s town anymore. It hasn’t been for a while since the golden arches moved their main account to Wieden + Kennedy, New York. But all of that has changed as there is a new King in town. Today, Restaurant Brands International named our friends at OKRP as its creative AOR for … Continue reading “OKRP becomes BKRP”
Fusion92, an award-winning marketing innovation company, announced it has acquired DP+, Michigan’s largest independently owned marketing agency, to further expand Fusion92’s capabilities, technology and expertise in delivering best-in-class marketing solutions for client partners. The deal brings together two independent firms with seasoned executives and creative talent into a single firm. Fusion92 and DP+’s combined strengths … Continue reading “Fusion92 acquires Michigan marketing agency DP+”
32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival in-person and online takes place March 31 – April 3, 2022! In-person screenings are held at Chicago Filmmakers firehouse cinema located at 1326 W Hollywood Ave in the Edgewater neighborhood. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to showtime and be ready to present your order … Continue reading “The 32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival is this weekend”
Flavor and Cutters Studios announced promotions for several long-standing team members. According to Flavor’s Executive Producer Neal Cohen, Brian McCauley rises to Executive Creative Director, Brad Backofen and Colby Capes ascend to Associate Creative Director, and Mack Neaton becomes Senior Art Director, effective immediately. McCauley has been a Flavor All Star since his first freelance … Continue reading “Flavor and Cutters Studios announce design team promotions”
The Amazon sci-fi drama series Lightyears that filmed in Chicago last summer, with Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons has changed the title of the show to Night Sky. They are currently finishing up post production for an expected show launch date of May 20th. Amazon will drop all eight episodes at the same time. Night … Continue reading “Lightyears changes name to Night Sky and sets show launch date”
Leo Burnett Chicago has appointed Ashley Geisheker to Head of Production. In this role, Geisheker will lead all aspects of the creative agency’s production capabilities, with a focus on growing a pipeline of multi-faceted makers and pushing the boundaries outside of traditional creative production; underscoring Leo Burnett’s reputation of delivering world-class creative solutions that help … Continue reading “Leo Burnett names Ashley Geisheker to EVP, Head of Production”
Blue Chip has added to its senior-level talent base with two key hires. Valerie Williams-Sanchez, Ph.D., a veteran marketer and educator, has joined as Vice President, Cultural Intelligence and Relevance. And Ann Yun, a longtime creative leader at such stalwart agencies as FCB and Wunderman Thompson, has joined the agency as Group Creative Director. Valerie … Continue reading “Blue Chip adds key hires Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Ann Yun”
Hard Rock Cafe announces the global launch of its brand-new menu item – the Messi Burger – as the latest innovation in Hard Rock International’s LIVE GREATNESS campaign in partnership with global soccer legend Lionel Messi. Starting today, this culinary delight, crafted by Messi himself, is now available for fans to order at Hard Rock Cafe … Continue reading “Hard Rock launches burger inspired by brand ambassador Lionel Messi”
The Chicago River will no longer be my favorite ‘showing of the green’ on St.Pat’s Day. Two Chicago icons, Eli’s Cheesecake and Green River Soda, have teamed up to create Eli’s Green River Cheesecake. A rich and creamy neon lime cheesecake, topped with lime gelee, baked on Eli’s signature all butter shortbread cookie crust and, of course, made with real Green River flavoring. Green River … Continue reading “Hold on to your shamrock and get ready for Eli’s Green River Cheesecake”
Director and self-proclaimed wearer of many hats, Kamelya Alexan won the Empowerment Award at the 2022 Midwest Film Festival’s Best of the Midwest Awards, for her short, Changing The Disciple. It is the story of Shango Johnson, a former gang leader born on the south side of Chicago, who wanted something more out of life … Continue reading “Interview: Director Kamelya Alexan winner of the MFF Empowerment Award”
The leaders from creative production studio Flavor and Cutters Studios announce the addition of Matt Trudell to their global staff in the position of Motion Designer. The announcement was made by Flavor’s Executive Producer Neal Cohen and Executive Creative Director Brian McCauley. A New Jersey native, Trudell joins Flavor after more than two years of … Continue reading “Animator Matt Trudell joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor as Motion Designer”
Advertising agency veteran Tom Browning has become the new President of Jones Lundin Beals + Partners (JLB + Partners), an agency search, selection and compensation consulting firm. Browning will be working towards an ownership position and will report directly to David Beals, who has owned and led the firm since 2000. Beals will remain as … Continue reading “Tom Browning named President of JLB + Partners”
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”
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”
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, 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”
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”
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”
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, 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”
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”
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”
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, 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”
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 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”
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”
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’”
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 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”
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”
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 (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”
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, 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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, 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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, 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”
“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 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”
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, 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 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”
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 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”
“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”
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 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”
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”
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