IATSE members prepare for nationwide strike

IATSE members are mobilizing in preparation of a nationwide strike as they meet a stalemate after months of contract negotiations with producers. The strike vote may happen as early as October 3 which will impact the many shows currently in production in Chicago. The key points of concern are the health and safety of crew, … Continue reading “IATSE members prepare for nationwide strike”

IATSE joins the effort to build vaccinations sites

As the largest labor union in America representing stagehands, certified riggers, and other craftspeople who work behind-the-scenes in conference centers, arenas, and theaters, IATSE is formally offering their infrastructure and labor to the White House and FEMA in the effort to build or convert vaccinations sites across the country. IATSE letter to the White House The President The … Continue reading “IATSE joins the effort to build vaccinations sites”

IATSE to join #RedAlertRESTART movement tonight

Chicago’s Allstate Arena will be lit up bright red tonight at 9PM in solidarity with 1500 live event venues around America for the #RedAlertRESTART movement.  #WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and #ExtendPUA represent a major call to action, imploring the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814) as quickly as possible, offering economic relief to the Live … Continue reading “IATSE to join #RedAlertRESTART movement tonight”

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”

IATSE President calls on Congress to pass relief package

In the wake of film and TV shutdowns IATSE just released a statement from International President Matthew D. Loeb where he urged the Federal Government to step in to deal with the economic fallout for Entertainment workers whose events/projects have been cancelled because of the COVID virus. Matthew D. Loeb, International President of the IATSE, … Continue reading “IATSE President calls on Congress to pass relief package”

Producers control vaccination policies for cast and crew

With the ongoing goal of keeping casts, crews and all set workers safe, the DGA, IATSE, IBT, SAG-AFTRA, together with the AMPTP have announced they have a tentative agreement on adjustments to the COVID-19 Safety Agreement reflecting vaccination policies and other scientific advances. The modifications center on workplace practices for fully vaccinated cast and crew, … Continue reading “Producers control vaccination policies for cast and crew”

Nike meets a Local 476 picket line in Chicago

On Saturday, members of I.A.T.S.E Local 476 picketed a Nike commercial that was filming in the city using a non-union crew. The members of Chicago Local 476 have become very diligent and resourceful at uncovering those who come “to exploit our city.” It’s a bit of a team effort to protect the opportunities, wages, and benefits of its members, … Continue reading “Nike meets a Local 476 picket line in Chicago”

Chicago PD, Fire & Med return to production in September

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

Next phase & beyond protocols, guidelines & what’s next

The State of  Illinois and City of Chicago are now operating in Phase 3 of their respective reopening plans and there is a lot of film production news and information to share. In addition to the Chicago and Illinois Film Offices issuing Phase 3 film production guidelines, last Friday, SAG-AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, and the Teamsters released “The Safe Way Forward”, COVID 19 Safety … Continue reading “Next phase & beyond protocols, guidelines & what’s next”

Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines

With the world slowly reopening, the film, advertising and TV industries are in search of answers, especially with COVID-19 and demonstrations still ongoing.  With economic and political uncertainty pushing insecurities, filmmakers, actors, and other collaborators look to the Illinois Film Office and Chicago Film Office. This week, the Chicago Film Office website posted their Be … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines”

Indie Film Town Hall: Production and New Protocols

The Indie Film Town Hall series brings together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times. In a series of lunchtime meetings over Zoom, members of Chicago’s indie film and media organizations will discuss the challenges that face our industries and actions we are taking in support of each other and Chicago-area creators. … Continue reading “Indie Film Town Hall: Production and New Protocols”

AICP townhall: Crew Safety and Filming (video)

Yesterday, members of the AICP Midwest held their second townhall, discussing the best practices for the safety of crew and everyone on set while filming. With the Chicago Film Office scheduled to begin issuing permits for filming on June 15, this was an important meeting as the Chicago film and TV industry prepares to get … Continue reading “AICP townhall: Crew Safety and Filming (video)”

Kartemquin Films issues statement of solidarity

We at Kartemquin Films stand in solidarity with Black communities against the unchecked brutality, state-sanctioned violence, and pernicious racist ideology alive deep in the soul of this nation. We grieve for the loss of Black lives taken — for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, Laquan McDonald, Rekia Boyd and the … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films issues statement of solidarity”

AICP Midwest holding town hall on crew safety & filming

AICP Midwest presents: A Look Forward Crew Safety and Filming Thursday, June 4, 2020 10:30 am CST Via Zoom  A town hall Q & A for crew on navigating the road ahead when production resumes.  AICP Midwest Board Members/Moderators:Qadree Holmes – Founder / Executive Producer Quriosity ProductionsMarsie Wallach – Freelance Line Producer Panel: Tim Harris … Continue reading “AICP Midwest holding town hall on crew safety & filming”

Round two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held Thursday

Round Two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held on Thursday, May 28th. The Town Hall meetings bring together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times. In a series of lunchtime meetings over Zoom, members of Chicago’s indie film and media organizations will discuss the challenges that face our industries and … Continue reading “Round two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held Thursday”

Joint Letter: from the unions and guilds to the workforce

These are unsettling times as COVID-19 has impacted our personal and professional lives. Or unions and guilds have come together to assist the working professionals in this industry. In a display of unity, the following joint letter was sent to entertainment workers from the major entertainment unions and guilds, including the AFM, DGA, IATSE, Teamsters, SAG-AFTRA, … Continue reading “Joint Letter: from the unions and guilds to the workforce”

REEL WOMEN: Colette Gabriel, GM of Keslow Camera

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. Colette Gabriel is the General Manager of Keslow Camera … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Colette Gabriel, GM of Keslow Camera”

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

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

New legislation & Local 727’s fight for its members

Over the weekend, the House passed legislation (Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201) in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the key provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act impacting workers includes: 1) requiring employers to give paid sick leave in addition to what employers currently provide for those directly affected by … Continue reading “New legislation & Local 727’s fight for its members”

MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy

Erica Duffy, a transplant from San Francisco, has been part of the Chicago film community for 6 years and counting. No stranger to film production, she’s the proud owner of Camera Ambassador, a local rental house in Chicago. Camera Ambassador provides resources and services to filmmakers such as workshops and screenings.  The space also hosts … Continue reading “MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy”

Local 476 appoints Connelly to increase commercial work

I.A.T.S.E. Local 476 is sending VP Joe Connelly on a mission to forge partnerships with advertising agencies and commercial shops throughout the city. A production industry supplier with deep roots, the Chicago Studio Mechanics Union intends to reinforce a foundation it laid nearly a century ago. “This union is built on commercial work,” says Local … Continue reading “Local 476 appoints Connelly to increase commercial work”

CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going

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

In the kitchen with ‘Chicago Med’ artist Dina Cimarusti

Dina Cimarusti is an artist and pastry chef who found her calling through blood and guts. Winner of the Syfy Channel’s 2014 Face Off special effects competition, the native Chicagoan and IATSE Local 476 member now works her magic as a special effects technician with CirqueFX Studio, where her creations frequently appear on NBC’s top-rated … Continue reading “In the kitchen with ‘Chicago Med’ artist Dina Cimarusti”

Wayne Kubacki retires from Essanay Studios

Last month, Essanay Studio and Lighting Company co-owner Wayne Kubacki retired from the nationally recognized company that he co-founded decades ago. Widely admired for his extensive knowledge, punctilious care, and conversational efficiency, he leaves a vacancy that will reverberate far beyond the company’s Goose Island facility. “I’m going to miss him,” says Jules Tomko, Essanay’s … Continue reading “Wayne Kubacki retires from Essanay Studios”

2019 Emerging Cinematographers Awards

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) presents the 2019 Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) spotlighting promising cinematographers and providing crucial exposure needed to succeed in the motion picture industry. Now in its 23rd year, the Emerging Cinematographers Awards are the only awards in the industry that specifically celebrates the work of up-and-coming cinematographers, … Continue reading “2019 Emerging Cinematographers Awards”

Mark Androw receives AICP’s highest honor

The legendary Chicago producer and entrepreneur was presented with the Jay B. Eisenstat Award during last night’s AICP Show in NYC STORY co-founder and Executive Producer Mark Androw received the Jay B. Eisenstat Award at last night’s AICP Show in New York City. Almost single-handedly responsible for making AICP one of the most effective and … Continue reading “Mark Androw receives AICP’s highest honor”

Filmscape Chicago open for registration

The gear and education expo brings equipment expertise, and community together at Cinespace on September 7-8 A portion of the curriculum for this year’s Filmscape Chicago was announced today, and if registration goes anything like the event’s predecessor, classes are going to fill up quickly. Although technically an inaugural run, Filmscape is actually an updated … Continue reading “Filmscape Chicago open for registration”

Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley

The woman who helped Illinois make hundreds of TV shows and generate $2.5 billion in revenue talks about the ever-changing Midwestern filmscape Christine Dudley joined the Illinois Film Office at the exact time when the Illinois Film Office needed Christine Dudley. Combining exceptional legislative knowledge with a “modest background in production,” she helped guide the … Continue reading “Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley”

Local 476 pickets non-union production

The Chicago Studio Mechanics Union works for interests that range far beyond the film industry   Members of Chicago Local 476 picketed a non-union production shooting in the city last weekend. Inspired to protect the opportunities, wages, and benefits of its members, the Studio Mechanics believe that their protest also serves interests far beyond the … Continue reading “Local 476 pickets non-union production”

Filmscape to keep Chicago production “on the forefront”

The two-day September event will feature more of what made its predecessor a success, plus a few new things Filmscape Chicago is a two-day, pro-level series of equipment demos, state-of-the-art training, and speakers happening at Cinespace Studios over the weekend of September 7th and 8th. Although technically an inaugural run, Filmscape is actually an enhanced … Continue reading “Filmscape to keep Chicago production “on the forefront””

Local 476 Studio Mechanics keep moving the earth

“Bobcats and big machines have become a part of our Greens Department.” Bradley Matthys IATSE Local 476 President The Chicago Studio Mechanics Union Local 476 will begin instructing current and prospective members in the proper use of earth-moving equipment this summer. Supplying the program with industry standard vehicles and operational knowhow, the Chicago chapter of … Continue reading “Local 476 Studio Mechanics keep moving the earth”

Local 476 elections reflect unprecedented growth

The Studio Mechanics’ record-setting year is is complemented by growing diversity in leadership and membership The Chicago Studio Mechanics Union Local 476, a chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), designated more than a dozen officers, board members, and trustees after tallying the votes of its December 10 election. Returning to positions … Continue reading “Local 476 elections reflect unprecedented growth”

Director Tim Armstrong’s work has gone to the dogs

The filmmaker captures pets and owners in a video to support an industry “Pet Rescue Party” at Biagio on Dec. 8 Director Tim Armstrong unleashed a pack of lovable dogs in a video invitation for a December 8 benefit party supporting the Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program (CRISP), an organization dedicated to helping Windy … Continue reading “Director Tim Armstrong’s work has gone to the dogs”

Barbizon leads CineTech’s all-day educational program

“We’ve got the vendors and we’ve got the new toys, but we’re also sponsoring a lot of classes.” —Ned McGregor, Barbizon As a presenting sponsor of next week’s CineTech event at Cinespace Studios, Barbizon Lighting Company intends to provide attendees with one of the industry’s most valuable resources: knowledge. “The goal of this thing is … Continue reading “Barbizon leads CineTech’s all-day educational program”

CineTech returns to Cinespace in September

The Midwest’s biggest film and television production event will feature guest speakers, comprehensive courses, and access to vendor products Barbizon Chicago presents CineTech 2018, the Midwest’s premier education event for film and television lighting and support, on September 8 at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Sponsored by IATSE Local 476, DePaul University, and Cinelease Chicago, the … Continue reading “CineTech returns to Cinespace in September”

Remembering John Crededio, 1946-2018

A pioneer of the Chicago film industry, the former gaffer built an impressive legacy of achievement but always made time for his family Chicago Studio City founder John Crededio, Sr. passed away earlier this week. A pioneer of the city’s film industry, Crededio spearheaded an era of activity that put Chicago on the national production … Continue reading “Remembering John Crededio, 1946-2018”

Cinespace helps Anixter raise thousands at annual gala

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

Four former CineCares interns voted into Local 476

Four former interns of the CineCares Foundation’s first cohort – Quristal Lopez, Joshua Brown, Curtis Gardner, and Cameron Allen – were voted into the IATSE Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Union, Local 476. In less than a year, these young filmmakers will go from interns to members of one the largest and most-respected unions of the … Continue reading “Four former CineCares interns voted into Local 476”

24/7 — Studio Mechanics Local 476

The members of Studio Mechanics Local 476, the Chicago branch of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union, work behind the scenes of every Cinespace production. Without their contribution, the magic that comes out of Cinespace would be much more difficult to make. On a typical production, according to Business Manager Mark Hogan, … Continue reading “24/7 — Studio Mechanics Local 476”

“Drive Slow” preview at Free Spirit Media’s Focus event

Free Spirit Media’s Focus event at The Ivy Room on May 31 will feature “a lot of people and a chance to get together and reflect on a great year,” says Chelsea Corbin, FSM’s development & communication manager.

“It’s a big celebration of media in Chicago,” she adds, “specifically, the youth voice.”

One of the greatest causes for celebration will be a sneak peak at the film series Drive Slow, which was made by ten emerging filmmakers in Free Spirit’s Industry Pathways Certification program.

Corbin describes the group as “super talented.”

First-ever book about teen movie master John Hughes

IF YOU LOVED JOHN HUGHES’ MOVIES you’ll be especially engrossed in the first book ever written about the “philosopher of adolescence,” as Roger Ebert once called him. Jason Diamond, who like Hughes was a North Shore native and suffered painful teen years, has authored “Searching For John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned from Watching 80s’Movies.”

Did C-K fire the client, or did Panera cut them off?

CRAMER-KRASSELT CHAIRMAN /CEO Peter Krivkovich candid internal memo Wednesday telling the staff why the agency fired two-year old client Panera Bread. He said whatever they did, how hard they worked, the results they gained, the client found fault with, not to mention politics getting in the way. 

Matthys Local 476 president; Hogan starts 11th term

IATSE Studio Mechanics local 476 recent elected Bradley Matthys president following the resignation of president Tom Glynn, who stepped down to work on a personal TV project.

New president Bradley Matthys, a senior gaffer who has been a local 476 member for 25 years and has worked in the film industry since he was 18, calls his election “An hour.  He previously held the position of recording secretary. 

Local 476 reelects manager Hogan, president Glynn

Almost all Local 476 board members and trustees were returned to office and one new member who was welcomed to the union’s executive board in an election held earlier this week. Several of the board members currently work on NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and the just-ending “Mob Doctor” series on Fox.

Returning board members are Tom Glynn, currently a set dresser on “Chicago Fire,” serving his second term as board president (and his fourth year as an officer) and Mark Hogan, who continues as the local’s business manager/secretary treasurer, a position he has held since 2004.

Steve Harvey NBC’s talk show will benefit Chicago

RETURNING TO CHICAGO in a big way this September is actor, standup comic, author and radio personality Steve Harvey, who started his career here in radio at WGCI-FM 20 years ago and is returning as the star of his own “Steve Harvey” TV show. 

The show will originate in the 10,000-sq. ft. studio in NBC Tower in front a studio audience expected to fill the studio’s 200 seats – the same studio where Jerry Springer and Jenny Jones put Chicago on the daytime TV show map. 

ICG cites Chicago as one of 5 “great union locations”

Chicago’s ranking as a film city is a sometimes thing.  There have been times when Moviemaker Magazine, for example, has put Chicago on top of a list of the 25 best cities to live and work in one year, and then ignores it the next year in a similar compilation.

To compensate for past sins of omission, the current issue of the International Cinematographers Guild ICG Magazine cites Chicago as one of its five “Great [Union] Locations, where film commissions, vendors and residents love union crews.” 

Fletcher Camera boosts Detroit office commitment

ALTHOUGH ONLY $25 MILLION has now been allocated for the film program for 2012, which must be passed by both the state Senate and House,  Chicago-based Fletcher Camera & Lenses has strengthened its commitment to its Detroit rental operation by transferring marketing coordinator/sales Eric Arndt to its two-year old office in the Grace & Wild campus in Farmington Hills.

At last, new Cinespace stage complex under construction

The timing couldn’t be worse. The much-anticipated Cinespace Chicago film studio was into construction on the first phase of the soundstages when the House rushed to pass Senate Bill 4 that calls for ending Illinois’ tax incentives in five years.

The 350,000-sq. ft. soundstage is the first of the plan for be eight contiguous stages on the 48 acre former Ryerson Steel Campus between Ogden and Western Avenues on the Near Southwest Side.

Teamsters’ John Coli urges sunset clause action

The Illinois House’s last-minute amendment to Senate Bill 4 (SB4) to add a sunset clause in five years to the state’s hard-earned tax incentives has riled up film workers who are eager to do something about it.

“By all means contact your state senator and tell him how you feel about the importance of retaining our incentives,” urges John Coli, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 727, with 6,000 members.   

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Plenty of activity piling up this week

WHAT A WEEK this is turning out to be ? crammed with activities, information, good food, fun ? a fitting climax to what’s turned out to be a very good business year. So here’s what’s going on.

On Wednesday, there’s a 6 p.m. AIC Midwest general membership meeting at Fletcher camera, with key speakers New York-based AICP president Matt Miller and AICP VP/labor relations Jane Nunez discussing the how the new IATSE national agreement affects commercial production. The meeting is open to all interested persons.

Nov. 17 AICP meeting to discuss new agreement

PRIOR TO THE NOV. 18 AICP SHOW, a general membership meeting will convene Nov. 17 at Fletcher Cameras. AICP president Matt Miller and AICP VP/labor relations Jane Nunez from New York will discuss the new IATSE national agreement that went into effect Nov. 1 and how it affects commercial production.

“The meeting is open to all interested parties,” says Mark Androw, who was recently officially elected president of the AICP Midwest Chapter. Meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Grand Rapids speaks out for film incentives

GRAND RAPIDS. About 120 people gathered for a noontime rally in support of Michigan’s film incentive, which pays up to 42 percent of a project’s production costs.

The rally was timed to coincide with an evening visit by GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder, who has been critical of the incentives.

Snyder has said publicly the incentives should be “reduced dramatically and then eliminated.”

But supporters of the incentives say incentives are working well and deserve more time.

Rapper/actor 50 Cent lands a whopping deal

RAPPER-TURNED-ACTOR 50 CENT (Curtis Jackson) landed a whopping $200 million funding deal for a 10-picture deal for his Cheetah Vision company, the company Fiddy launched with producer Randall Emmett in 2009. The company is said to be opening offices in Grand Rapids.

50 Cent’s latest Michigan-based movie is “Love Me, Love Me Not,” for which the rapper lost 54 pounds to play a college football player battling cancer. He went from a robust 214 to a sickly 160 lbs.

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Thank YOU, Ron Howard!

WHAT AN UNEXPECTEDLY NICE GESTURE. In surely what’s got to be a first in the 35-year annals of Hollywood-in-Chicago entertainment production, departing director Ron Howard, stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, and the cast and crew of “The Dilemma,” placed a full page ad in the Sun-Times Friday.

The ad thanked Chicago “for a great shoot and a great time in your town!”

The ad offered “Our special thanks to ?

50 Cent to make fourth film in Grand Rapids

Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent, teams up with prodigious producer (57 films, seven currently in production) Randall Emmett for their fourth movie together, to be shot in Grand Rapids in May after 50 Cent finishes a tour.

Jackson will star in a college football drama, “Things Fall Apart,” which he co-wrote with Grand Rapids filmmaker Brian Miller.

Mario Van Peebles will direct. Jackson and Emmett’s Cheetah Vision Films will produce.

SAG UPDATE: Star power mobilizing “no” vote

More than 130 stars — including George Clooney, Matt Damon and Tom Hanks — strongly urged SAG members to vote down the guild’s strike authorization.

In a letter sent Monday to SAG leaders, the stars said a strike would create more economic hardship and called for SAG to unite with other Hollywood unions in three years. Doing so would be a way to “take the high road,” they added.

The letter was issued shortly before SAG president Alan Rosenberg spoke to an overflow crowd of several hundred at a town hall meeting Monday night at a New York hotel, Daily Variety reported.

Chicago says goodbye to “ER” after 15 years

For the past 15 years, NBC/Warner Bros.’ Chicago-set “ER” crews came to Chicago three or four times a year to shoot exteriors with stars of the show.

Now “ER” will film here for the last time, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, according to Roger Anderson, who has been the Chicago producer/production manager on the top-rated series for all of its 15 years.

The medical drama will be treated to a two-hour finale airing March 12. Running in its slot a week later will be the mid-season drama, “Kings,” a retelling of David and Goliath set during an alternate history.

Actor Pasquesi’s “Factory” series bow June 29 on Spike TV; we hear rumors about big possibilities

ACTOR DAVID PASQUESI’S TV SERIES, “Factory,” will bow June 29 on Spike TV, but Pasquesi may not see the premiere episode.

He is filming in Rome, in the super big-budget “Angels and Demons” from Imagine Entertainment and based on author Dan Brown’s prequel to “The DaVinci Code.”

The largely improvised “Factory” is about four guys ? Mitch Rouse, Jay Leggett, Michael Coleman and Pasquesi — who grew up together in the same small Illinois town and now work in the local factory.

Actor David Pasquesi’s “Factory” series bows on Spike TV and he’s in a Tom Hanks film in Rome

ACTOR DAVID PASQUESI’S TV SERIES, “Factory,” will bow June 29 on Spike TV, but Pasquesi may not see the premiere episode in Rome, where he’s garnering a nifty credit in the super big-budget “Angels and Demons” from Imagine Entertainment.

It’s based on the Dan Brown novel, actually the prequel to “The DaVinci Code,” and Tom Hanks again portrays symbologist Robert Langdon.

The largely improvised “Factory” is about four guys ?

DP Steven Poster wins Local 600 national election big over fellow former Chicagoan Haskell Wexler

In a hotly contested race between two former Chicagoans resulting in the largest turnout in the history of any IATSE Local election, DP Steven Poster, ASC, solidly defeated DP Haskell Wexler, ASC, for the presidency of Local 600, the International Cinematographers Guild.

Poster won by a 57.6% to 42.4% margin.

Poster’s slate of candidates swept all of the national offices and most of the seats on the Local’s National Executive Board.

More than 2,400 ballots were cast in the election, representing about 42% of the eligible membership.

As Local 476 head, third generation cardholder Mark Hogan will strive for permanent tax credit

WHO HE IS: Newly elected secretary treasurer/business manager heading IATSE Local 476, Motion Pictures Studio Mechanics?a third generation 476 member.

HOW HE VIEWS HIS JOB: “Having worked in the business for 33 years, I’ve seen problems first hand. Now I am in a position where I can affect positive change.”

After only two weeks in his new position, Hogan faced a job action when members who had been asked to work without union representation were replaced with non-union workers.

He’s the sole Chicagoan on AICP’s national board, but Mark Androw is chairman for the second year

Mark Androw frankly admits his loves his job as board chairman of the 255-member Assn. of Independent Commercial Producers.

The president/executive producer of The Story Companies was recently reelected to a second one-year term. “There’s an amazing group of producers on the board and it’s a it’s a privilege to serve with them,” he says.

Hancock’s horror story goes beyond his new feature

John Hancock on location in Michigan

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