It wasn’t long ago that NBC Universal stages in the NBC Tower were bustling with weekday production of the Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos’ syndicated TV shows.
That was prior to July, 2009, when NBC Universal transported/the popular shows to Stamford, Connecticut after the Illinois House was disinclined to modify the Illinois film tax credit to include talk shows. (“What! We’re giving Oprah a tax credit?” House members exclaimed at the time.)
Chicago’s Full Spectrum Features has received a generous award from the NBCUniversal Foundation to support their Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a partnership with the Chicago Film Office. The Chicago Independent Producers Lab broadens the professional networks and producing expertise of participants through a series of hands-on workshops and one-on-one sessions with local and national industry … Continue reading “Full Spectrum receives NBCUniversal Foundation grant”
THE GOOD NEWS is that the Illinois Filmmakers Tax Credit has actually, finally, honestly passed the state Senate!! Now it’s due to go back to the House for final passage, long past the times this year when enactment was expected.
The bill goes back to the House for final approval — but House is taking a two-week Easter hiatus, which pushes the final enactment into April, the second quarter of the year.
Passage had been stalled by NBC/Universal, producers of the Jerry Springer show, which heavily lobbied Sen.
Charlie Barnett, who was featured on Chicago Fire for its first three seasons and currently plays Alan Zaveri on the Netflix comedy series Russian Doll, co-stars in the new drama NBC Ordinary Joe, which was just ordered to series. The new series explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character after he makes a … Continue reading “NBC orders Chicago Fire alum pilot to series”
NBC 5 Chicago/WMAQ, Telemundo Chicago/WSNS and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation will present their Project Innovation grant challenge in Chicago for a fourth consecutive year when grant applications open on January 8, 2021. Local nonprofits that are helping to move communities forward by encouraging a culture of equity and inclusion, creating pathways for individuals to … Continue reading “NBC 5 & Telemundo Chicago grant applications are open”
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, The … Continue reading “Chicago’s Jane Lynch to host ‘Weakest Link’ on NBC”
NBC has named Chicago comedian, actor, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery as host of the new game show, Small Fortune. Howery, who will also serve as executive producer, joins the pint-sized series that will offer contestants the opportunity to amass large sums of money on the smallest of scales. “I’m really excited to host this … Continue reading “Lil Rel brings big laughs to NBC’s ‘Small Fortune’”
One day on the set of Chicago Fire, as star Eamonn Walker sat in a makeup chair and listened to the news before filming a scene at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, he learned that a nine-year-old boy from the south side had been shot the night before. Shocked and horrified, he had never witnessed such … Continue reading “NBC cast and crew launch ‘One Chicago Inspire Youth’”
Nearly 35 million regular viewers watch the Windy City trifecta every Wednesday night Chicago production community rejoice, you will have even more crime, fire and sickness to deal with next year. NBC has announced that the network plans to move forward with new seasons of all three of Dick Wolf’s dramatic “Chicago” series – Chicago … Continue reading “NBC renews Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise”
According to Adweek, NBC is setting up an all-Chicago night on Wednesdays with “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chicago P.D.” “We flirted with doing this in the past, and didn’t for various reasons,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We looked at the landscape and thought, let’s try this together.” After several years of … Continue reading “Chicago to receive its own night on NBC fall schedule”
GREAT NEWS FOR THE CHICAGO PRODUCTION COMMUNITY Chicago Fire Chicago P.D. Chicago Med renewed for 2018-2019! Deadline and Variety today reported that all three of the shows in the Dick Wolf Chicago trifecta are officially set for another run. Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med — which film at Cinespace Studios — have been … Continue reading “NBC renews all three Dick Wolf Chicago series”
I don’t know if I’m lucky or not that I live 10 minutes from Universal, Hollywood. You’re welcome stalkers. That said, I sure do love going to the theme park when my daughters are here during the summer and Christmas. Plus, who am I kidding? I’m a big kid. I love the rides and the … Continue reading “David&Goliath launch new Universal Parks campaign”
“Chicago Fire” creators Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who created the franchise, have signed a deal with Universal TV, the studio producing the multi Chicago-set series.
Under the pact they will continue to be executive producers of “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med” and also on the “Chicago Justice,” the backdoor pilot that airs as episode 21 of “Chicago PD’s” third season airing in May.
NBC Universal has renewed Dick Wolf’s currently longest-running series and its most recent entrée. Order: SVU,” filmed in New York, and “Chicago Med,” filmed here have been renewed for another reason.
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.
Good news for Chicago entertainment production! NBC Universal not unexpectedly ordered a full season of Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Fire.” The series will start shooting in mid-July and “will go at least through to the end of year and possibly into the spring of 2013,” says Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal.
The series is set to air on NBC this fall.
NBC studios have been vacant for all too long, since the departure of Jerry Springer, will come to life this fall with a new syndicated daytime talk show, hosted by veteran TV personality and comedian Steve Harvey,
The “Steve Harvey” show is being produced at the new HD Ch. 5 studios in the NBC Tower by Edemol USA (“Big Brother,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and distributed nationally by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and will air locally on NBC 6.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications got its biggest funding boost since Gov. Pat Quinn came through with the $6 million grant that ex-Gov. Blagojevich promised but never delivered: A $2.7 million grant from Comcast Corp., NBC News and NBC 5 Chicago.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR for the first Hollywood project to be shot in Chicago so far this year, breaking the nine-month dry spell and portending more business ahead. The NBC half-hour pilot, “State of Romance,” gets underway March 30.
The half hour romantic comedy, described as a modern day “Pride and Prejudice,” will shoot for eight days entirely on location ? no sets called for at all.
Essanay is supplying the lighting and grip equipment. UPM is Rich Lederer (“The Beast”). Universal Media Studios is producing the single-camera project.
If 2016 was considered a great year for the Chicago media and entertainment business, 2017 is starting to shape up as even greater. It could even be the year when the Chicago market eases into $1 billion revenue from film status.
Thanks to Dick Wolf / NBC Universal and to Fox TV, six primetime TV series currently film here at Cinespace Studios, with three new TV series expected to start production in early February.
Fox Television has greenlit two dramatic pilots for production in Chicago. “Love is a Four Letter Word” and “Runner” will headquarter and shoot at Cinespace, joining Fox’ hit “Empire” and NBC Universal’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.”
PRODUCTION IS RAMPING UP as four TV shows get underway at Cinespace starting this Friday, when NBC Universal’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” get underway this Friday, July 18, for seasons three and two, respectively.
The Chicago film industry got a nice surprise Wednesday when NBC Universal announced early renewals of Dick Wolf Films’ “Chicago Fire” and “Chi
With “Chicago Fire’s” ratings red hot, the NBC Universal prime-time drama got the go-ahead for a full 22 episode series that will continue to shoot in Chicago through March. Since ratings are the name of the game, chances are – dare we say? – good for a second season of “Fire.”
Not so fortunate, however, were the other two locally-shot series that have faded away. Fox TV’s “Mob Doctor” ended Monday after 13 episodes and the last episode of MTV’s undistinguished “Underemployed” airs Jan. 12. Both were victims of limp viewership.
BUSINESS HEATS UP NEXT WEEK when cameras start rolling for two pilots and a TV series. Both Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Fire” for NBC Universal and the second season of the Starz series “Boss” swings into action on the same day, Thursday, March 15. Both are headquartered at Cinespace.
Pixel Brothers’ partners Mike Torchia and Dave Moravec must feel like Mark Twain who once famously stated, “The report of my death is greatly exaggerated.”
Despite the fallout from the considerable loss from NBC Universal moving Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos’ syndicated shows to Connecticut, and partner Andrew Ryann’s recent departure, Torchia and Moravec picked up the pieces and are forging ahead.
PEOPLE WERE STANDING IN LINE in Stamford, Connecticut this week waiting to be admitted to the first live taping of “The Jerry Springer Show,” a fixture in Chicago-originated television for 17 years at the NBC Tower.
Springer’s new home is the Rich Forum, a former theater that syndicator NBC Universal converted into a multi-set production studio for “Springer” and two other daytime TV programs, “The Steve Wilkos Show” and “Maury,” with Maury Povich.
“Little Green Men,” a timely TV series about living green in U.S. cities, appropriately bows on Earth Day, April 22 over WYCC-Ch. 20 analog and Ch. 21 digital.
The six-part, half-hour HD series, produced by Wright Bros. Photoplay, launches with a show about the newest green technologies and life styles that come together at the Green Festival at Navy Pier in May.
Environmentalist and author Mike Nowak, the radio voice of gardening for more than a decade, co-hosts the series with Maria Elena Ponticello, host and freelance show producer for Telemundo/NBC Universal.
“What! We’re giving Oprah a tax credit?” exclaimed members of the Illinois House in reaction to an amendment to renew the Illinois filmmakers tax credit AND to include talk shows was introduced in the Senate.
Now exactly one year later, that statement has come back to bite them in the buttsky, as NBC Universal whisks its nationally-syndicated Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos talk shows to Connecticut this summer.
No one knew about the move in advance, including Jerry Springer. He liked living in Chicago and wasn’t happy when the decision to move was sprung on him.
At the September 30th Committee on Budget and Government Operations meeting Retiring Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly said filmmaking is “significantly up” in Chicago. A record 15 television productions are currently in the city including 61st Street, The Chi, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Work in Progress, Paper Girls, Light Years, … Continue reading “Filmmaking in Chicago is ‘significantly up’ with record breaking production”
When it comes to comedy, Chicago is no second city—we take center stage. Celebrate our city’s local talent with a comedy showcase featuring sets from up-and-coming voices curated by improv mainstay Abby McEnany, whose hit Showtime series Work in Progress is set and filmed in Chicago. To kick off the show’s second season, join CHF at Navy … Continue reading “Work in Progress Comedy Showcase at Navy Pier”
NBC News’ Lester Holt will anchor a live town hall discussion with Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden from Miami on Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on NBC. The one-hour primetime event will also air across MSNBC, CNBC, NBC News NOW and will be available in Spanish on … Continue reading “Lester Holt to moderate Town Hall with Joe Biden”
Leading multicultural agency Burrell Communications Group has earned top industry honors from the American Advertising Federation – a Gold National “ADDY” for the Comcast/NBC Universal digital campaign, “Visions of King.” Launched to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, the VisionsOfKing.com platform featured an interactive digital mosaic of the legendary civil rights leader constructed with thousands of inspirational … Continue reading “Burrell wins Gold National ADDY and Publicis Cannes-Do”
After a short hiatus, Chicago PD, Chicago Med and Chicago Fire all return with new episodes. Together, the three shows of One Chicago have made NBC the home of the first, second, and third most-watched dramas during on Wednesday nights. Chicago Med at 7 p.m. CST, Chicago Fire at 8 p.m. CST, and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. CST give NBC … Continue reading “New episodes of ‘Chicago P.D.’, ‘Med’ and ‘Fire’ tonight”
In the fall of 2018, NBC began airing Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD back-to-back-to-back as a trifecta called One Chicago on Wednesday nights. The decision generated lots of enthusiasm and a little bit of curiosity among fans of the Dick Wolf franchises. Everyone seemed to wonder: would viewers have the time and inclination … Continue reading “Celebrating the “Six Degrees of ‘One Chicago’””
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”
The studio’s Mirkopoulos Internship Program grows stronger with legislation backed by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi A roomful of esteemed film industry leaders spent their lunch hours paying tribute to less than a dozen entry-level employees at Cinespace Studios last Friday afternoon. They came for a press conference hosted by Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who spoke … Continue reading “Cinespace community outreach gets Congressional nod”
Each of the 31 stages on the 1.5 million sq.-ft. original campus are booked, so the studio had to expand. “It’s a good problem to have,” says President Alex Pissios. Chicago Cinespace Film Studios expanded its West Side campus by arranging to purchase a former steel factory at 3355 W. 31st St. last month. … Continue reading “Cinespace adds new Chicago facility”
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”
Women and minorities represented 53% of all crew hires reported in 2017, according to a January 25 press release issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The amount marks a new record for diversity in the state’s film industry. “These productions generated $423 million in estimated Illinois spending,” the document continues, “and … Continue reading “Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions”
“It’s a good day,” says Sheila Brown, the Executive Director of the CineCares Foundation. “The interns will receive twelve weeks of on-the-job training.” Brown leads an effort to place young adults from nearby neighborhoods into paid internships at Cinespace. This morning, she learned that the first cohort participating in the foundation’s internship program will be … Continue reading “12:40 p.m. — Sheila Brown, CineCares Foundation”
Independent agency The Escape Pod announced today that it has promoted Leah Hattendorf to Senior Vice President, Director of Strategy. In her new role, Leah will continue to lead The Escape Pod’s Research and Strategy group, in addition to spearheading new business efforts and building out additional revenue streams for the agency.
The Chicago Film Office (CFO) at the Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced Monday that local media and entertainment production reached record levels in 2016.
The city and country have been on a sales tax frenzy, passing legislature to tax soda drinks, plastic bags and bottled water to help plug budget deficits. So what’s next?
Well, Ald. Brian Hopkins of the 2nd Ward sees dollars signs around parking meters. He wants the city to make film and TV productions pay for lost parking revenue when they park on city streets.
CHICAGO AGENCY BE FOUND ONLINE was ranked Number One in Advertising Age’s Best Places to Work 2016, topping a list of 50 ad agencies throughout the US, including 18 New York shops, all cited for great benefits, culture and perks.
When LA-based VER (Video Equipment Rentals) opens a 94,000-sf. ft. branch in Southwest suburban McCook in November, the Chicago film industry will boast its largest film and AV equipment rental facility to date.
Construction has begun on VER’s massive, single story warehouse and office facility it’s leasing at 8401 W. 47th St. in the McCook enterprise zone, less than a mile from the I-55 interchange.
A 30-SECOND CUBS SPOT, “Fly the W,” created by Chicago Cubs’ agency Schafer Carter Condon (SCC) featuring the narration of injured Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, was designed to get fans excited about the Cubs’ National Division Series playoffs starting Oct. 7.
And it did it ever! — the spot was a hit waaaay out of the park, beyond anyone’s expectations, by garnering an amazing two million-plus views since it was posted on Facebook a scant two weeks ago.
Thanks to NBC, Fox TV, Amazon and other TV shows, features, and the large number of media and entertainment projects filming here, Chicago is ascending into the rarified strata of billion dollar film markets.
In just the span of five years, actually since the advent of Cinespace Studios in 2011, Chicago has recorded $1.3 billion generated by entertainment and commercial production.This means that the local economy has directly benefited by a total of $3.25 billion from film production activity.
NETFLIX’ “SENSE8” sci-fi series has returned to Cinespace, setting up offices there for filming scenes here June 4-14 for Season 2. The series is written and executive produced by what have become the Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lily, and J. Michael Stracznski.
The story is about eight strangers around the globe who are connected through shared visions and thoughts. Stracznski said at a recent press tour that the fan response for the show has been overwhelming.
“Chicago” television franchise producer Dick Wolf was surprised and pleased last Tuesday when he was presented with the highest honor a film industry union can — and rarely does — bestow upon a non-union member.
Wolf received Local 476’s Honorary Lifetime Membership Gold Card “gratefully bestowed upon the bearer,” from union president Brad Matthys and business manager Mark Hogan.
Cinespace continues to expand — this time with the conversion of two former massive “Boss” sets into office space to accommodate the Fox TV staff moving in for the upcoming production of three Fox pilots.
Fox TV is back in Chicago for another pilot season. The network has ordered three exciting one-hour pilots to be produced here from March through April – one more than the network filmed here in 2015.
Commonground/MGS has ceased operating because of “circumstances beyond the agency’s control, namely the adversarial relationship between the holding company and its lender,” according to an official statement emailed to employees Saturday, Dec. 5.
At its meeting Monday night, members of Local 476 Studio Mechanics nominated, without opposition, business manager Mark Hogan, to his fourth consecutive three-year term in the organization he’s belonged to and served for four decades.
Actor / director Bill Duke has signed to direct and executive produce “The Mahalia Jackson Story,” a music biopic of the woman who rose from her scrubwoman’s knees to become the world’s greatest gospel singer.
“Getting her story to the screen has been a passion project of mine for many years,” said Duke, who has more than 60 features, TV shows and TVmovies to his credit.
Even when he was lieutenant governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn was out there promoting the film industry when and wherever he could. He is a strong proponent of the state’s 30% tax incentive and was the force behind the conversion of a long idle industrial plant into the biggest stage complex east of Hollywood.
By midpoint this year, Chicago production had come close to the number of shooting days it had enjoyed during 2013’s record-breaking run, reports the Chicago Film Office’s Rich Moskal. “At the end of June we had issued 638 permits to shoot on city streets, as compared to 650 last year,” he says.