Noise Floor mixes Drum Corps world competition sound

For the 11th consecutive year, Cory Coken of Noise Floor is the location audio mixer for Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions that began June 20 with the tour kickoff in Austin, Texas, and will end August 11-13 with the World Championships in Indianapolis. 

Noise Floor is contracted by video production company Tom Blair, Inc. of Lake Zurich, whose big, 16-camera mobile production truck both tapes the colorful competitions and broadcasts them live.  

Noisefloor promotes Katie Waters to foley artist

Noisefloor Creative Producer, Katie Waters has been promoted to in-house Foley Artist. Waters has a long history with Noisefloor; starting as an intern, freelancing as a Foley Artist in 2011, and later in 2014 joining the team as their full-time Studio Manager. Most recently in her role as Noisefloor’s creative producer, Waters was able to … Continue reading “Noisefloor promotes Katie Waters to foley artist”

Noisefloor talks about growth and their new facility

Noisefloor had an incredible 2020 despite the pandemic. Their fast-growing clientele and workload has caused a need to make a move and expand their facility. Still in the heart of River North, Noisefloor has found their new home at 320 W Ohio St. This building had the key resources Noisefloor needed to continue working on … Continue reading “Noisefloor talks about growth and their new facility”

Noisefloor welcomes Carly Glenn to the family

Noisefloor welcomes singer/songwriter, filmmaker, and writer Carly Glenn to the family. Carly has worked in production for almost 3 years and brings many talents to the table. “Carly is a great fit for us. Her willingness to wear multiple hats and learn new skills is exactly what we were looking for,” says Noisefloor partner Cory … Continue reading “Noisefloor welcomes Carly Glenn to the family”

NoiseFloor has a new home in River North

NoiseFloor has new digs. They are up and running in their new River North space and they couldn’t be more excited. After calling their studio space located at 308 W. Erie home for 10 years, NoiseFloor, the full service audio facility has moved to a new space in the River North neighborhood at 320 W. … Continue reading “NoiseFloor has a new home in River North”

Bryen Hensley becomes part owner of NoiseFloor

2020 has already brought about new and exciting changes at NoiseFloor LTD. For the first time since opening the doors in 2005, the River North sound facility is adding Bryen Hensley as part owner of NoiseFloor effective January 2, 2020. Co-owners Jamie Vanadia and Cory Coken announced the addition of their new partner in a … Continue reading “Bryen Hensley becomes part owner of NoiseFloor”

NoiseFloor helps Jon Heder save the world

The Chicago company “put all hands on deck” to handle music and sound for Kendall Goldberg’s feature starring the Napoleon Dynamite sensation NoiseFloor provided full post production sound services and music supervision for director Kendall Goldberg’s first feature film, When Jeff Tried to Save the World. Jeff is the story of an old-school bowling alley … Continue reading “NoiseFloor helps Jon Heder save the world”

NoiseFloor Ltd. brings AAA game to “Destiny 2”

Over the second weekend of the month, more than one million Destiny 2 players conducted virtual warfare inside an audiovisual theater that was built with help from NoiseFloor Ltd. The Chicago-based company handled sound design and mixing for the game’s Bellevue, WA-based developer, Bungie. A first-person shooter spectacle where players serve as one of humanity’s … Continue reading “NoiseFloor Ltd. brings AAA game to “Destiny 2””

NoiseFloor dials up the offerings with new studio

NoiseFloor Ltd. added a fifth audio room to its River North studio in September.

Designed for sound editorial, SFX creation and sound design, the new facility marks the year’s second major expansion for the company, which introduced an AR/VR/360 studio in January.

“We were in need of more support in the sound creation area,” explains Jamie Vanadia, who, along with Cory Coken, is a NoiseFloor partner. “We are expanding into a few markets by the end of this year.”

NoiseFloor brings a universe of sound into new studio

Among the discoveries that Cory Coken and a team of sound designers from NoiseFloor made while preparing to build a new augmented reality / virtual reality (AR/VR) studio was, “there’s a lot of voodoo out there.”

“That’s the fun thing,” he adds. “VR is kinda like the wild wild west. Everybody’s got different ideas and theories. There’s probably a million non-productive work flows.”

NoiseFloor intends to tame this sonic new wild west inside a recently launched 24 by 18-foot inhouse studio that boasts 15-foot ceilings and walls of reclaimed wood.

NoiseFloor mixes sound for national documentary

NOISEFLOOR’S JAMIE VANADIA mixed sound for a 20-minute video about survivors of the 2005 Pakistan earthquakes, produced by StepFilms and Media of Washington, D.C. , a company dedicated to making media with a conscience.

The doc was directed by filmmaker Stephanie Foerster, producer of docs, TV series and web-based viral media, and a longtime Noisefloor collaborator and a Uof I alumna.

Noisefloor partner Cory Coken estimates the renovation underway at their new 4,000-sq. ft. studio at 308 W. Erie should be completed within two weeks.

NoiseFloor is the new sound in town

Undaunted by advertising’s tough stretch, sound designer/mixer Jamie Vanadia feels “the timing is perfect” for the opening of his new audio post house, NoiseFloor.

“We can offer all the talent services of a big audio house but without the overhead costs,” he said of his move into Jim Olin’s long-established Rhythm Caf?’s consortium of music-makers at 62 W. Huron.

Apparently Vanadia’s strategy is working since he started with business in hand and future jobs on the books.

Tandem’s Tyler Jay films three spots for KSV

In early 2020, the independent creative agency, KSV asked Tandem, Inc. and commercial director Tyler Jay to produce, through finish three :30 live action spots.  “This production was a long time coming,” said Tyler Jay. Two days before filming back in March, COVID shut it down, on the day of the pre-pro meeting. Then, mid-August … Continue reading “Tandem’s Tyler Jay films three spots for KSV”

Tandem creates inspiring video for Chicagoans

There is now a total of 16,422 positive coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Illinois with 528 deaths. Even with the sobering numbers on the rise, that has not stopped Chicago-based production and post-houses from creating inspiring work for the community. Yesterday, we reported on a new video Utopic created for KOVAL Distillery. Today, we add Tandem … Continue reading “Tandem creates inspiring video for Chicagoans”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business

Reel Chicago supports all efforts of those who are working, boots on the ground, to service their clients during these most difficult times. Below is a list of AICP Midwest members who are open for business, supplied by Lisa Massuer, AICP Midwest President. FROM AICP MIDWEST  Collectively, the National AICP community has been working to … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”

Matzke’s ‘Orchestra’ to screen at Cinepocalypse

With virtually no dialogue and a cast of one, the five-minute film rides a mysterious symphony into a frightening climax Chicago filmmaker Curtis Matzke’s short horror film, The Orchestra, will screen Sunday night and Monday afternoon during Cinepocalypse 2019 at the Music Box Theater. The Orchestra is a six-minute, one-act thriller set in a grandiose … Continue reading “Matzke’s ‘Orchestra’ to screen at Cinepocalypse”

RW2 signs with SG+P’s Sarah Gitersonke

With 12 live action directors, 11 still photographers, on-staff editors, and a retouching team, RW2 is as collaborative as it gets (Chicago — 6 September 2018) Household-Name directing duo, The Wade Brothers, founders of KC based RW2 Productions have officially signed with Sarah Gitersonke of SG+Partners for exclusive Midwest representation. With a roster including 12 … Continue reading “RW2 signs with SG+P’s Sarah Gitersonke”

Burrell, Colonie team up for new Toyota campaign

The exploits of the fun-loving fictional ‘Powell Family’ are featured in the engaging social media + broadcast campaign   Burrell’s new multi-platform social media and broadcast campaign for Toyota centers around the fun-loving fictional Powell Family and ‘slice of life’ moments that inspire spontaneous family adventures enjoyed in the comfort of their 2018 Toyota Highlander. … Continue reading “Burrell, Colonie team up for new Toyota campaign”

Orbitz, SG+, Luci Creative, “Cartoon Pres” in the news

Orbitz names Havas AOR Havas Chicago announced Tuesday that its culture-based approach was among the factors helping the Chicago shop earn agency of record status for Orbitz. Havas Chicago has created award-winning, culturally relevant campaigns for its deep roster of iconic American brands including Coca-Cola, Craftsman, Hefty, Reynolds, Ragu, and Sears. The decision follows a … Continue reading “Orbitz, SG+, Luci Creative, “Cartoon Pres” in the news”

Explore Media produces latest Go RVing broadcast ad

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

Gilbert’s film wins big at UK fest, wows the audience

Gail Gilbert’s Chicago-made short film made a big splash across the pond at the inaugural Oxford International Film Festival held in the historic city of Oxford, UK in late May by winning two top prizes.

Gilbert of Cerise Films came home from England with Best International Film and Best Screenplay awards for her timely 8-minute short, “Democracy in the Driver’s Seat,” which she calls “a timely political thriller.”

You won’t believe what a bridge opening sounds like

Three NoiseFloor engineers are out scouring city neighborhoods in search of sounds “that highlight the unique sounds of Chicago,” says the recording studio’s co-founder/engineer Corey Coken.

An NDA restricts Coken from revealing project details, except to say, intriguingly, “The sounds are for what will be, let’s say, a tourist app. We’re working directly with the client and the project will be completed within a year.”

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

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

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

Lawsuit charges Rostons with misuse of Roscor assets

The alleged misuse of acts perpetrated by brothers Paul and Mitch Roston, who for 35 years ran Roscor, the Mt Prospect AV equipment company, were spelled out in detail in a lawsuit filed Feb. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court.

The suit alleges that the brothers breached their fiduciary duties to the company, committed corporate waste and took advantage of Roscor for personal gain, from 1977 to 2012.

Cameras roll on three TV projects here next week

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. 

Whitehouse Post marks a new chapter with promotions of five key staff

Whitehouse Post announces the promotion of five key employees to partnership roles, and a new Executive Director of Post Production, as they continue to evolve and build for an exciting next chapter of the company.  Editors Heidi Black, Charlie Harvey, and Adam Marshall join the partnership ranks along with Director of New Business Development Joni Williamson … Continue reading “Whitehouse Post marks a new chapter with promotions of five key staff”

See you at Filmscape 2021 on Cinespace lot this weekend

This weekend, Filmscape 2021 holds their hybrid model of online and in-person events for this year’s event taking place on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot August 28-29. They will be hosting three educational tracks of in-person and online classes, geared towards the needs and interests of those involved in Grip & Electric, Production & … Continue reading “See you at Filmscape 2021 on Cinespace lot this weekend”

AICP: Utopic, DDB, Cutters, Highdive rep Chicago in Next and Post Awards

The 2021 AICP Next and Post Awards debuted virtually this week in New York during AICP week, recognizing creative excellence in new and emerging media. Chicago post-houses and agencies did take home wins during the ceremonies. Utopic The post-house had a big win last night at the AICP Post Awards. Craig Lewandowski was honored with a win … Continue reading “AICP: Utopic, DDB, Cutters, Highdive rep Chicago in Next and Post Awards”

Top Hollywood PR firm opens Chicago office

Lobeline Communications, a top Hollywood entertainment public relations firm that has worked with stars like Brad Pitt and Van Morrison, expands to the Midwest market with the opening of its newest office in Chicago. Leading the Midwest office is Hollywood publicist and innovator Shaun Kimbrow who has managed publicity efforts for many of the country’s most prominent brands and … Continue reading “Top Hollywood PR firm opens Chicago office”

Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner

After months of careful consideration & hundreds of community votes, Camera Ambassador introduces this year’s 2021 Community Builders Grant winner Link Wolfe.  His team’s project Zero Mile Mark is a horror short film about a troubled teen who is forcibly sent to a wilderness retreat program in the woods for “rehabilitation.” We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner”

DePaul grad screens ‘Tom of Your Life’ at Music Box

Written and directed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Jer Sklar, Music Box Theatre will screen Chicago comedy Tom of Your Life from May 7-13. Featuring an original soundtrack with 11 original songs from his local band The Blackstrap Molasses, Sklar also edited, produced and stars.  Tom of Your Life tells the story of a baby who inexplicably ages four years on each hour. … Continue reading “DePaul grad screens ‘Tom of Your Life’ at Music Box”

Applications now open for the Community Builders Grant

The Community Builders Grant is a short-form film fund and production resources grant sponsored by Camera Ambassador. Their mission is to help build bridges between filmmakers and the community while elevating their production by arming them with the necessary tools to create. This grant supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, … Continue reading “Applications now open for the Community Builders Grant”

Tandem’s Tyler Jay brings big comedy in JShip spot

Chicago-based JShip, a new online shipping service, has launched its first marketing campaign, featuring a new spot and social content directed by Tyler Jay, Commercial Director and Principle at Chicago-based Tandem, Inc. JShip’s agency of record, Detroit/San Diego-based D/CAL selected Tandem to execute their script and began collaborating with Jay in late 2020. “It was … Continue reading “Tandem’s Tyler Jay brings big comedy in JShip spot”

Easy Mondays Secures Sarah Gitersonke of SG&Partners

Bespoke NY-based production company Easy Mondays has secured Sarah Gitersonke (SG&Partners) to represent the company in the Midwest. She joins an Easy Mondays sales team comprising Carl Forsberg and Justin Lasoff (Apostle) on the East Coast, and Marta Burga, who handles sales for the Hispanic market. The company is overseen by Founder/Executive Producer Asori Soto. “Adding Sarah … Continue reading “Easy Mondays Secures Sarah Gitersonke of SG&Partners”

Camera Ambassador Grant winner Raju faces challenges

This past summer, director and writer Sean Sankalp Raju won the Camera Ambassador Community Builders Grant for his project A Nickname. The autobiographical short film tells the story of how the filmmaker received the moniker, Sean, as an Indian American child. In an economy where funding an independent film is especially difficult, Raju was ecstatic … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador Grant winner Raju faces challenges”

Colonie’s remote capabilities tapped for State Farm

The Marketing Arm called on The Colonie’s remote-savvy team to provide editing, color grading, and creative services for a recent State Farm spot with a message of encouragement and support for those financially impacted by COVID-19.   The two Chicago-based companies collaborated remotely on the :30 spot. Titled New Norm, the broadcast commercial features live-action footage … Continue reading “Colonie’s remote capabilities tapped for State Farm”

The New Normal – DIY Your Own Home Recording Studio

We have entered a new reality. There has been a change in the way voice actors and narrators have been used.  Long ago are the days that talent would just show up at a studio or agency/agent and do their session or audition with a script printed, freshly sharpened pencils on the stand, and a … Continue reading “The New Normal – DIY Your Own Home Recording Studio”

‘Echo Boomers’ wraps in Chicago, moves to post

You may not be as familiar with the term from which Echo Boomers gets its title as you are with “generation Y,” or the all too ubiquitous “millennials.” As the children of Baby Boomers, our lives have echoed out from theirs.   It’s no secret our generation gets a lot of grief, and it stands to … Continue reading “‘Echo Boomers’ wraps in Chicago, moves to post”

Kendall Goldberg directs unique Meijer campaign

Chicago filmmaker celebrates the people who make the grocery store a “true family company” in Distillery Project’s “Quality Assurance” Chicago agency The Distillery Project has launched a digital campaign for family-run grocery store Meijer. Titled Quality’s No Accident, the campaign focuses on the people who work at Meijer and their communities. The documentary style series … Continue reading “Kendall Goldberg directs unique Meijer campaign”

The voice of America’s overlooked healthcare population

Picture North helps nonprofit managed care org Community Health Choice build a new platform for its members to speak Director Jake Zalutsky and Production and Editorial company Picture North have released their latest campaign for client Community Health Choice through Texas-based agency Langrand. For the underserved population of Texas, Community Health Choice has been a … Continue reading “The voice of America’s overlooked healthcare population”

Filmmaker Michael Lippert back with new documentary

40-minute doc about classic North Carolina theater had its premiere on April 6 Longtime Cutters editor and Chicago filmmaker Michael Lippert has debuted a new documentary, Reeves: a Home for Music, at RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Lippert, who made festival noise three years ago with Miriam is Going to Mars, focuses … Continue reading “Filmmaker Michael Lippert back with new documentary”

Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant

Chicago-based equipment rental house to award winning filmmaker with nearly $10K in cash, gear, and goodies Camera Ambassador is offering creators a chance to win nearly $10k worth of funding, gear, and other goodies by way of a Builders Grant designed “to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as provide opportunities for young and emerging artists.” … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant”

Fusion92 launches hilarious RedBox online campaign

Chicago boutique showcases a man with prehensile feet and a date night gone wrong in a pair of new spots Indie innovation marketing agency, Fusion92, has launched Redbox’s first-ever national campaign ever. The brand, best known for their bright red kiosks, dropped two minute-plus spots online on December 19 and ran through December 31, living … Continue reading “Fusion92 launches hilarious RedBox online campaign”

Thanksgiving break: holiday viewing suggestions

From hip-hop snow angels to Lego parades, an adult-sized portion of casually-vetted Chicago content to help readers get the most out of the holiday Falling onto a couch in front of a TV is the final and most relaxing course of every good Thanksgiving meal. It pairs well with prime time football, Charlie Brown, The … Continue reading “Thanksgiving break: holiday viewing suggestions”

Chicago artist sings ‘America La Hermosa’ for protest doc

“It really kind of makes sense about where we are today … we are a nation of immigrants … we need to be the standard bearers of fairness” Sandra Antongiorgi   Sandra Antongiorgi’s new single, America La Hermosa, will play when the credits roll at the end of F*** Your Hair, One City Films’ 2018 … Continue reading “Chicago artist sings ‘America La Hermosa’ for protest doc”

New doc helps brewery say “F*** Your Hair” to Trump

After taking offense at President Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants, a Chicago beer maker brews up a protest Chicago production company One City Films has bottled the essence of American politics into a new film about cultural dignity, First Amendment rights, and beer. F*** Your Hair: The Latin-Owned Brewery that Dumped Trump tells the tale … Continue reading “New doc helps brewery say “F*** Your Hair” to Trump”

“Kappa Force” to deliver punch at Logan on July 29

The new web-series features five sorority sisters fighting the patriarchy, one frat boy at a time   Kappa Force is a satirical web series about a crime-fighting sorority that takes on the evil El Douche of Sigma Sigma Epsilon. Director Hannah Welever and writer/producer Addison Heimann’s Kappa Force is having its hometown premiere on Sunday, … Continue reading ““Kappa Force” to deliver punch at Logan on July 29”

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Escape Pod takes EGO string trimmer to new heights

The “Skywinder” campaign shows how easy it is to load EGO’s new string trimmer while skydiving at 29,000 feet Note to Tom Cruise: Please understand that Vinny Warren and the team at The Escape Pod are now fully ready to join the next Mission Impossible with their latest stunt. As I watched the new death-defying … Continue reading “Escape Pod takes EGO string trimmer to new heights”

rEvolution wins big at the Telly Awards, again

Chicago marketing agency rEvolution’s ‘micro-sitcom’ for Winnebago scored a pair of Silver nods from the 39th annual Telly Awards on May 22.   Meet the Maddons, an online sitcom by rEvolution for Winnebago, won Silver Telly Awards in both the business-to-consumer campaigns and the comedy webseries categories earlier this week. Breezing through everyday snippets of … Continue reading “rEvolution wins big at the Telly Awards, again”

Chicago indie “Hunting God” wraps production

Feature-length thriller, “Hunting God,” recently wrapped production in Savanna, Il, located just two and a half hours west of Chicago     (Chicago — 4 May 4) Produced by JJack Productions and backed by investment group Chicago Media Angels, Hunting God follows a recent widower who, when reunited with his old church buddies to film … Continue reading “Chicago indie “Hunting God” wraps production”

The hilarious idiocy of “Bobby Roberts”

The Bobby Roberts Project is a comedy series about a quest for fame undertaken by the title character, Bobby Roberts, who happens to be the (fictitious) son of actor Eric Roberts. Bobby hopes to gain celebrity by completing a biopic about George Washington, but a lack of funding, a wealth of inexperience, a delusional ego, … Continue reading “The hilarious idiocy of “Bobby Roberts””

Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses

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

Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys

There were many smiling faces at the 59th annual regional Emmy Awards Saturday night. Sponsored by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the awards show was streamed live on WGN-TV.com from the Swissotel Hotel. Both Potenza Productions and Daily Planet Productions, Ltd came away with Emmys. Potenza — which … Continue reading “Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmys”

Explore Media-produced spot goes viral

Explore Media told a classic American tale in a fifteen-second spot that took less than a month to go viral. “The Ultimate Trade-Proof Snack” for GoGo squeeZ — featuring a cast of preteen grade-schoolers and absolutely no dialogue — has racked up 6.7 million views since debuting in mid-July. Together with the corresponding 30-second spot, … Continue reading “Explore Media-produced spot goes viral”

“Table Read,” BBDO, DDB, Gitersonke in the news

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.

The flag “is the fabric that brings an entire nation together,” Schwarber says.  “It says to the world, we will never lose faith … and maybe this October, if we fly it high enough, and loud enough and proud enough, well, you get the idea.”

Was SCC’s CD Ron Sone, who created the spot with CD Michael Dorich, surprised at the overwhelming reaction? “No, just at the speed it caught on,” he says. And those  two million hits were only from a Facebook posting, although the spot also appears on other social media outlets.

rEvolution unites Winnebago and Maddon to get RAW

And here I thought Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon lived in the dugout.

Apparently not!

Turns out Maddon and his wife, Jaye, live in a $500,000 Winnebago Grand Tour. During the off-season, the two pal around the country in their spectacular home away from home.

Joe Maddon’s love of RVs became popularized three years ago, when he first introduced the world to his mobile home named, “Cousin Eddie.” It’s derived from the slob Randy Quaid played in the Vacation movies.

Teaching advertising class in Cook County Jail — part 2

This is the second installment of a three-part series. To view part one, click here.

Although “many moons” had passed since Leo Burnett executive producer Ron Nelken taught communication theory and broadcast production at the University of Illinois, his knack for mentorship was still strong when he volunteered to instruct an advertising class for detainees in the Cook County Jail last year.

Ad pros help Cook County Jail detainees get creative

First of a three-part series

In April, photographer Christopher Jacobs, producer Ron Nelken and editor Bob Ackerman helped to complete three commercials for the musical instrument manufacturer Latin Percussion. Although the ads are unlikely to appear on any network or website, they were celebrated by pretty much everyone who saw them.

That’s because they were created by men in the Cook County Jail.

“Raising Adults” to premiere at Chop Shop June 7

Brittany Wagner and Kait Staley — who co-created, co-wrote and co-star in the new dark comedy webseries, Raising Adults — are not afraid to shoot scenes that feature at least one of them using the bathroom. And they’re the mature members of the cast.

“The series follows two young girls raising their crazy, disabled parents,” explains Britt. “It’s all about their struggle to get by, reluctantly taking care of the ones they love.”

The a2 Milk Company selects The Escape Pod as AOR

On April 28, Chicago’s The Escape Pod was named creative and media agency of record for The a2 Milk Company, the number one branded milk in Australia, which is also distributed in five countries globally.

The duo aims to disrupt the U.S. dairy category with real cows’ milk that is naturally easy to digest.

The agency will be responsible for creative, media, experiential, and in-store marketing initiatives.

Why Escape Pod filmed EGO snow blowers in Antarctica

The Escape Pod had points to prove about the reliable performance of client EGO Powers+ Snow Blowers. in the worst possible weather conditions and literally went to the end of the earth to do so.

Three agency creatives spent four days in the ice-covered South Pole Antarctica filming a campaign aimed at convincing consumers that EGO Snow Blower are a better alternative to gas snow blowers, anywhere in the world, without sacrificing power.

PianoForte venue offers A/V music recording rentals

Executive director / founder Thomas Zoells’ PianoForte Studios on Michigan Avenue is a place where serious professional musicians can rehearse, record audio and video, buy a quality piano and where music lovers can attend weekly concerts performed by notable artists.

Founded in 2004 by Swiss-born former banker Zoells, PianoForte’s 11,900-sq. ft. venue, called “a shrine to the piano,” spans the first three floors at 1335 S. Michigan, a building Zoells owns.

Find indie films and crews on JJack’s new ETC site

Filmmaker Justin Jackola’s JJack Productions’ recently launched “Expose the Crew” (ETC), a double-duty online platform that showcases the latest films produced by local independent filmmakers it’s also a source from which to hire experienced crews.

Each Tuesday, “Exposing the Crew” highlights an indie film project, along with one of its crewmembers.

Addys same old predicable, disappointing story

On a chilly but clear Thursday night in the Windy City, a couple of hundred ad people convened on the top floor of the Museum of Broadcast Communications for the 2103 Chicago Addy Awards.

It was a great space for a party. Plus, the show organizers had plenty of drink and food stations set up, and there were ample amounts of both to go around, which seemed to put everyone in a very convivial mood.

The Golf Channel airs mini- series golfers’ adventure

Filmmaker Martin Rodahl of 71 Degrees North aced a double eagle with his first long-form project: an original mini-series for The Golf Channel, about three friends who drive the ashes of their late friend to the Arctic Circle for golf at midnight the summer solstice. 

After nearly two years in the works, half-hour episodes of “The Longest Drive” air Tuesdays at 9:30 CT on The Golf Channel, through Nov. 20, with encores throughout the week.   

Gaming’s top guy speaks to new developers group 6/23

A few months ago a rejuvenated Chicago Chapter of the International Game Developers Association kicked off its reboot with a party for its some 70 company members, and has been holding periodic meetings since.

Thursday’s meeting at NoiseFloor’s new River North audio studio is sure to attract a large crowd since the speaker is Josh Tsui, president of Rodomodo, Chicago’s biggest game studio and the makers of Mortal Kombat, Fight Night Round 3 and the Tony Hawk skateboarder franchise. 

Michael Mann to direct biopic about Outfit head

DIRECTOR MICHAEL MANN (“Public Enemies”) signed screenwriter Sheldon Turner (“Up in the Air”) to script his next big project, “Big Tuna” ? a movie about Chicago Outfit boss Tony Accardo, aka “Big Tuna” and his relationship with his mobster prot?g? Sam Giancana.

The movie could be filmed here, given Chicago native Mann’s penchant for realism — remember how he had Lincoln Ave. repaved with cobblestones for the scene in “Public Enemies” outside the Biograph Theatre? Accardo had a big house in River Forest and Giancana lived in Oak Park.

NBA endorsement for Bob Love feature

“BUTTERBEAN,” AN INSPIRATIONAL/SPORTS MOVIE about the 1970s Chicago Bulls star, Bob Love, is getting underway as a $15 million feature that will be filmed in Chicago in 2011. The movie has the endorsement of the NBA and the support of the Bulls organization.

The story is about Love’s plunge from the glittering heights of the sports arena to washing dishes and living in a homeless shelter and how he overcame a debilitating handicap and came back stronger as an inspiring role model.

Coken officially joins his own company

After two years at ARU, audio engineer Cory Coken left to join another audio house ? NoiseFloor, the audio post house he founded with designer/mixer Jamie Vanadia in October, 2008.

Coken officially sheds his silent partner status Nov. 1 when NoiseFloor opens in a new 4,000-sq. ft. studio in River North, where, he says, “We want to do something new, unique and vital.”

Four Avenue veterans start editing boutique

COLONIE, A NEW EDITING BOUTIQUE, has been formed by four former Avenue Edit veterans: Producer Mary Rieger and editors Brian Stepanic, Bob Ackerman and Joe Clear, all highly favorites for big national spots.

It’s located in what had been Outsider’s original space at 610 N. Fairbanks.

Other former long-time Avenue staffers opened their own companies this year.

Roundup of Indie Production, Screenings

JOHN MALKOVICH stars in the indie production “Drunkboat” that shoots May 23-June 25. Writer/director is Chicago native and theatre director Bob Meyer who, like his old friend Malkovich from early, early Steppenwolf days, makes his home in France.

The story, based on Meyer’s life in Chicago, is about a teen boy conspiring with his uncle (Malkovich), who likes the sauce a lot and hence the title, to buy a boat.