Chicago’s Jane Lynch to host ‘Weakest Link’ on NBC

0 NBC is bringing back hit British import and international game show phenomenon Weakest Link, co-produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm and Universal Television Alternative Studio. The network has greenlit 13 episodes of the rapid-fire quiz show and Chicago’s own, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning host and actress Jane Lynch, (Hollywood Game Night, … Continue reading “Chicago’s Jane Lynch to host ‘Weakest Link’ on NBC”

Jane Lynch, Jason Beghe “in” Illinois PSAs from OKRP

3+ Governor JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort today called ‘All in Illinois’ to reinforce the state’s core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe. As Illinoisans continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy, the campaign is a way to unite residents across the state and … Continue reading “Jane Lynch, Jason Beghe “in” Illinois PSAs from OKRP”

Emmy-winner Jane Lynch joins STORY

2+ Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Lynch is joining STORY as a director for advertising projects. Lynch, who currently stars in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has already completed her first project with STORY, a two-spot campaign, currently in post-production. “Jane Lynch is one of the most gifted comic talents working … Continue reading “Emmy-winner Jane Lynch joins STORY”

Jane Lynch to accept a Comedy Film Fest award

A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD will be presented to actress/comedian Jane Lynch, a Chicago area native, by the Chicago Comedy Film Festival (CCFF) and the Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School, Thursday, Nov, 10 before a sold-out audience at The Second City Training Center.

Lynch will receive the award from Jessica Hardy, CIFF founder / artistic director and Second City president Andrew Alexander. The 7 p.m. presentation will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by the Chicago Filmmakers Shorts Program of a dozen locally-made comedy films.

Jane Lynch heads Chicago Film Critics Awards Feb. 9

Hometown girl Jane Lynch (Glee) is being honored as Comedia Extraordinaire at the Chicago Film Critics Association 24th Annual Awards Presentation Saturday, Feb. 9.

Muvico Theatres in Rosemont is the venue, touted as the “world’s premier movie experience” and built to replicate the Art Deco palaces of the Golden Age of Hollywood. 

REEL WOMEN: Filmmaker, Rujanee Mahakanjana

3+ 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. Rujanee is an award-winning filmmaker and an educator … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Filmmaker, Rujanee Mahakanjana”

“Chicago Med” encore #1 show on the Big 4 networks

0 An encore telecast of “Chicago Med” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) is the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers, while retaining 100% of the prior week’s encore in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.4). NBC’s encore “Chicago” lineup won the night among … Continue reading ““Chicago Med” encore #1 show on the Big 4 networks”

FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’

2+ The Obamas and Oprah are among the Chicago celebrities reading children’s books across the Chicago Public Library social channels. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Library (CPL), one of the largest libraries in the US with over 385 professional librarians, and the CPL Foundation have partnered to host ‘Live from the Library,’ a daily … Continue reading “FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’”

OKRP’s Illinois Lottery spot goes beyond monetary prizes

2+ A new spot from the Illinois Lottery pays tribute to the winning spirit of the people of the State of Illinois, through the story of a family and how they face the trials of everyday life when the mother in the family cannot go home. The spot was created by the Lottery’s creative agency, O’Keefe Reinhard … Continue reading “OKRP’s Illinois Lottery spot goes beyond monetary prizes”

New Normal: staying at home with STORY

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

Mayor puts foot down in witty new PSAs from Havas

5+ Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot is educating the City of Chicago on how she’s staying home and saving lives through baking, decorating, playing music and sipping tea. Through a series of PSAs the Mayor promotes home activities and social distancing as cities across the country move to bend the curve of the pandemic. To produce … Continue reading “Mayor puts foot down in witty new PSAs from Havas”

Serta, Leo Burnett and ICF want you to “stay home, send beds”

2+ As COVID-19 continues to spread through communities, health care workers struggle to provide resources from their patients and themselves. In addition to last week’s announcement of a 10,000-bed commitment to the state of New York, Serta Simmons Bedding in collaboration with ICF Leo Burnett, has launched, “Stay Home, Send Beds.” The Institute for Health … Continue reading “Serta, Leo Burnett and ICF want you to “stay home, send beds””

The New Normal – Sarofsky Studios

6+ Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. In a span of three weeks, movie theaters closed. Restaurants went to delivery or take-out only. Non-essential businesses shut down. States ordered individuals to stay home. Unemployment has skyrocketed. Wall Street is shook. Disneyland and Disneyworld closed indefinitely. We now work, live, exercise and … Continue reading “The New Normal – Sarofsky Studios”

Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless”

2+ Aside from Macy and “Roseanne’s” Laurie Metcalf, Chicago connections went ignored: nothing for “The Chi,” “Empire,” and Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” series   Frank Gallagher is the worst father on TV, but for Two-time Emmy winner William H. Macy, the shiftless dad is pure gold. The talented actor scored his fifth Emmy nomination for his … Continue reading “Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless””

‘Copter to capture aerials here for sci-fi thriller

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT late and very early Saturday morning, a crew will be shooting aerials and plate shots in Chicago for DC Comics’ sci-fi thriller “Suicide Squad.” Helicopters will be flying low over the Chicago River, from Michigan Ave. to Lake St. and downtown, the Chicago Film Office reports. 

Elizabeth Geddes closes talent agency, moves to L.A.

“It’s an end of an era,” said Stewart Talent agent Sam Samuelson of the Sept. 15 closing of the Chicago office of the Geddes Agency, run by Elizabeth Geddes after 44 unbroken years of business.  

He and others in the talent community said the departure of Elizabeth Geddes, called by her peers “a classy lady with enormous integrity,” will leave a vacuum in the talent scene.  “Hopefully the traditions she set will continue on with our generation of agents,” he said.

REEL WOMEN: Mary Langenfeld, Head of Production at STORY

7+ Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Mary started as the receptionist at STORY in … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Mary Langenfeld, Head of Production at STORY”

The 2019 Black Harvest Film Festival

3+ The Gene Siskel Film Center’s 25th annual celebration of African Americans and the African diaspora August 3-29 The Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the stories, dreams, history, and legacy of African Americans and the African diaspora in the 25th edition of the annual Black Harvest Film Festival. In addition to 50-plus film screenings, there … Continue reading “The 2019 Black Harvest Film Festival”

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

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