Wolf Entertainment wants to name a Chicago Fire character after you

Have you ever thought about appearing on Chicago Fire? Of course you have. What’s the next best thing, how about having a character named after you? Now you can possibly join the ranks of Jesse, Taylor and Lauren. Wolf Entertainment, the company behind Chicago Fire, Med and P.D., has launched a fun new contest. Beginning … Continue reading “Wolf Entertainment wants to name a Chicago Fire character after you”

Wolf Entertainment’s On Call will air exclusively on IMDB

Wolf Entertainment, which produces all three One Chicago shows, has announced On Call, a new half-hour drama will air exclusively on Amazon’s IMDb TV. The series follows a rookie and veteran police officer on patrol in Long Beach, CA with each episode tracking the duo as they respond to a new radio call, arriving on … Continue reading “Wolf Entertainment’s On Call will air exclusively on IMDB”

Wolf Entertainment introduces Unscripted on YouTube

Wolf Entertainment who brings us Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire introduces Unscripted a new digital series that will showcase candid conversations between two Wolf actors. Every Monday, Wolf Entertainment will release a new episode on their YouTube page. The first episode of Unscripted  premiered on 10/20, featuring Torrey DeVitto Chicago Med and Jesse … Continue reading “Wolf Entertainment introduces Unscripted on YouTube”

Dick Wolf adds two new series to unscripted slate

Wolf Entertainment has two new series in the works, LA Fire & Rescue and Final Moments. Dick Wolf enters the unscripted space with the docuseries LA Fire and Rescue, following the real-life heroes of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The new docuseries coming to NBC later this year is a joint production with Universal Television … Continue reading “Dick Wolf adds two new series to unscripted slate”

Steppenwolf honors Annette Bening and Sherry Lansing

Steppenwolf Theatre Company to honor Tony Award and two-time Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Annette Bening and trailblazing leader in the film industry Sherry Lansing as the 2021 Women in the Arts honorees. For the 11th anniversary of this beloved event, the honorees join Steppenwolf ensemble member Carrie Coon for a live conversation about their award-winning careers and their impact … Continue reading “Steppenwolf honors Annette Bening and Sherry Lansing”

Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise is building out its cast

Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD are about a month away from a wrap, but we know when they return next season there will be a few changes to the cast. The Dick Wolf One Chicago franchise is building out its cast. Chicago MedMargaret Colin is joining Chicago Med in a recurring role opposite Torrey DeVitto as Dr. … Continue reading “Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise is building out its cast”

Steppenwolf’s ‘Wally World’ begins streaming Dec 16

Set on Christmas Eve, Wally World is a festive, poignant examination of finding magic in the mundane. This holiday season Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Wally World, the second of six productions debuting on its Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage.  Written by acclaimed playwright Isaac Gómez (adaptor of Erika Sanchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter) and co-directed by Gómez and Lili-Anne Brown (Animal Farm), the play … Continue reading “Steppenwolf’s ‘Wally World’ begins streaming Dec 16”

Jon McDaniel, Wolfgang Puck pair for masterclass

This is tasty. On November 19, 2020, Provence Rosé Group (PRG) will present “A Perfect Pairing,” a special virtual Thanksgiving and rosé wine event featuring Food & Wine Magazine’s 2018 Sommelier of the Year and Chicago’s Jon McDaniel and renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. The announcement was made today by PRG CEO Bob Gaudreau. Live from the kitchen of WP … Continue reading “Jon McDaniel, Wolfgang Puck pair for masterclass”

Steppenwolf names Brooke Flanagan, Executive Director

Brooke Flanagan to be First Woman Executive Director in Steppenwolf’s 45-Year History Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today that Brooke Flanagan, who previously worked at Steppenwolf for seven years, will return to the organization in the role of Executive Director and will become the first woman to hold the title in Steppenwolf’s 45-year history. Current Executive Director David … Continue reading “Steppenwolf names Brooke Flanagan, Executive Director”

Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée raises $640k

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée is a one-of-a-Kind Online Fundraiser Entertains with Live Music, Celebrity Guests and Surprise Appearances. (Video of event below) Steppenwolf Theatre Company replaced its 2020 Gala with a live online event, Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée, celebrating the power of theatre and raising vital funds to keep it alive … Continue reading “Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée raises $640k”

‘Chicago PD’ Hailey Upton, assigned to Dick Wolf’s ‘FBI’

The popular Chicago PD character, Hailey Upton, played by Tracy Spiridakos, was dispatched tonight by her commanding officer, Hank Voight, played by Jason Beghe, to serve a temporary assignment at the New York Bureau of the FBI. In an exciting twist for television fans, Spiridakos will guest star as Upton on the Dick Wolf popular … Continue reading “‘Chicago PD’ Hailey Upton, assigned to Dick Wolf’s ‘FBI’”

A message from the cast of Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago

Even with the new normal of “social distancing,” the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to take its toll on Chicago and Illinois. Officials announced four more deaths related to the new coronavirus and 250 new cases, bringing the state’s death toll to 16 and the total number of cases since the start of the outbreak … Continue reading “A message from the cast of Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago”

NBC renews Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise

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”

NBC renews all three Dick Wolf Chicago series

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”

Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news

TRUECar & Panda Express name Wolfgang of Los Angeles AOR Consider Venice Beach-based Wolfgang of L.A. on a roll. Since winning Halo Top in January, the agency/consultancy, formed by former David&Goliath execs, Mike Geiger, Seema Miller and Colin Jeffrey has added two more wins in the form of TRUECar and Panda Express to its client … Continue reading “Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news”

Chicago actors spotlighted in entertainment shows

Chicago talent is absolutely ready for its close-up, Mr. DeMille. 

Seven TV series and two features (to date) rolling into production now through the next three months will give local performers their best shot ever at TV and movie roles without having to leave town.

The first season of Dick Wolf’s NBC “Chicago Fire” generated more than 300 days of work for local actors during its first 22 episode-season.

Sneak peek at Chicago Med ‘You Can’t Always Trust What You See’

We have the first sneak peeks of the upcoming Chicago Med season premiere titled You Can’t Always Trust What You See. Season 7, Episode 1 airing Wednesday, September 22 at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. The season 7 premiere should resolve the cliff hanger from the Season 6 finale. Although Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) has … Continue reading “Sneak peek at Chicago Med ‘You Can’t Always Trust What You See’”

First sneak peeks at Chicago P.D. season premiere titled ‘Closure’

We have the first sneak peeks of the upcoming Chicago P.D. season premiere titled Closure. Season 9, Episode 1 airing Wednesday, September 22 at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Judging by the title of the episode and the set photos, it appears that the premiere should provide resolution for Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari … Continue reading “First sneak peeks at Chicago P.D. season premiere titled ‘Closure’”

Sneak peek photos of Chicago Fire season premiere titled ‘Mayday’

We have the first sneak peeks of the upcoming Chicago Fire season premiere titled Mayday. Season 10, Episode 1 airing Wednesday, September 22 at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. The Season 10 premiere should provide resolution one of the most shocking and suspenseful season finale cliffhangers ever, leaving Severide (Taylor Kinney), Cruz (Joe Minoso), Capp … Continue reading “Sneak peek photos of Chicago Fire season premiere titled ‘Mayday’”

There’s a new doctor in town on Chicago Med

It seems there is a new doctor in town on Chicago Med this fall with the casting of television veteran Michael Rady in a new role for the show’s upcoming Season 7. As revealed by cast member Steven Weber on Instagram, Rady will be joining the cast of Chicago Med. We have received a confirmation … Continue reading “There’s a new doctor in town on Chicago Med”

Chicago Med announces new cast changes for Season 7

After the shocking departures of Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto near the end of Season 6 of Chicago Med, we all knew that those empty positions would need to be filled before filming begins. Chicago Med new cast openings have been filled by Guy Lockard (The Village and The Blacklist) and Kristen Hager (Condor and … Continue reading “Chicago Med announces new cast changes for Season 7”

Hanako Greensmith returns as Chicago Fire series regular

After we reported the news that Chicago Fire Series Regular, Adriyan Rae exited Chicago Fire on “great terms” at the end of March, fans have been anxiously anticipating to hear if Violet would officially become a permanent fixture on the NBC hit show. It was announced by TVLine on Friday that Hanako Greensmith, who plays … Continue reading “Hanako Greensmith returns as Chicago Fire series regular”

ION Television lands Chicago Fire, series debuts June 15

ION Television has added Chicago Fire to its lineup, marking the first broadcast syndication deal for the long-running fan favorite series. Its agreement with NBCUniversal Global Distribution gives ION all nine seasons and 195 episodes of the popular drama from Dick Wolf’s highly successful One Chicago franchise.  ION will air Chicago Fire on Tuesdays beginning June 15, with episodes all day beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Chicago Fire joins sister series Chicago … Continue reading “ION Television lands Chicago Fire, series debuts June 15”

Spotlight: Michael Pressman EP/Director Chicago Med

As an executive producer and director on Chicago Med, Michael Pressman is a chameleon when it comes to creating television. He has worked behind the camera on half a dozen series, and is a key figure in developing the characters viewers have come to love. While they were preparing to shoot the finale for this … Continue reading “Spotlight: Michael Pressman EP/Director Chicago Med”

Chicago P.D. finale set pics & promo for ‘The Other Side’

Chicago P.D. season finale is this week, titled ‘The Other Side’ airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Chicago P.D. finale promises to keep us in suspense. Last week Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) was assaulted and taken in the final moments of the episode. Will we be left with another cliffhanger? We’re told “Yes!” The … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. finale set pics & promo for ‘The Other Side’”

Chicago Med finale set pics ‘I Will Come To Save You’

Chicago Med season finale is this week, titled  ‘I Will Come To Save You‘ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  This is the season finale of Chicago Med and the finale for two original cast members. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) have not renewed their contracts and are moving on … Continue reading “Chicago Med finale set pics ‘I Will Come To Save You’”

Chicago Fire finale set pics & promo for ‘No Survivors’

Chicago Fire season finale is this week, titled ‘No Survivors’ airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Last week we caught a long awaited Brettsey moment outside Molly’s Bar as Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) revealed to Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) that he loves her, leaving Brett completely stunned. And what an amazing show-stopping scene … Continue reading “Chicago Fire finale set pics & promo for ‘No Survivors’”

Chicago Med pics ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies‘ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: In ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies‘ Crockett worries he made a surgical error when a recent transplant patient comes in … Continue reading “Chicago Med pics ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies’”

Chicago Fire set pics & promo for ‘A White Knuckle Panic’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled ‘A White Knuckle Panic’ is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: In ‘A White Knuckle Panic’ Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Casey (Jesse Spencer) try to find the best fit for Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo). Meanwhile, Ritter … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics & promo for ‘A White Knuckle Panic’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘The Right Thing’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled ‘The Right Thing’ is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: In ‘The Right Thing’ Voight (Jason Beghe) and the team pursue a ruthless crime ring whose business has hit close to home. As they dig deeper, … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘The Right Thing’”

Chicago Med says goodbye to two original cast members

As NBC’s Chicago Med is nearing the end of their 6th season, Chicago says goodbye to two original cast members, Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto. The departures come as the initial contracts of Chicago Med’s original cast are up for renewal. DeCosta chose to leave at the end of her contract and quickly received an … Continue reading “Chicago Med says goodbye to two original cast members”

Chicago Fire set pics and promo for ‘What Comes Next’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled “What Comes Next’” is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. “What Comes Next” involves Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) looking into another suspicious fire, this time at a factory. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: A fire … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics and promo for ‘What Comes Next’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Safe’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Safe is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. In “Safe,” Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) takes the lead on investigating multiple home invasions. She gets caught up in the case and finds herself with boss Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and partner/boyfriend Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) on … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Safe’”

Chicago Med set pics and promo ‘A Red Pill, A Blue Pill’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled A Red Pill, A Blue Pill airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  As we build to the final episode of the season in just two weeks, this installment is titled “A Red Pill, A Blue Pill” (a reference to The … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics and promo ‘A Red Pill, A Blue Pill’”

It’s a wrap for the season on One Chicago

Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med officially wrap today for the season. Congratulations to the cast and crew. You are our heroes! 2020 was a hard year for everyone on the planet. Keeping our favorite TV shows on the air through these difficult times was a HUGE endeavor for all involved. While the actors … Continue reading “It’s a wrap for the season on One Chicago”

Chicago Med set pics ‘What A Tangle Web We Weave’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled What A Tangle Web We Weave airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: An auto accident sends Goodwin into a spiral as she tries to help a young boy … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics ‘What A Tangle Web We Weave’”

Chicago Fire set pics for ‘Don’t Hang Up’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled ‘Don’t Hang Up’ is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBChas made available for Wednesday’s episode: A mysterious caller who is in danger relies on Kidd to help save her and her brother. The firehouse helps Cruz get ready for fatherhood. Below are … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics for ‘Don’t Hang Up’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Trouble Dolls’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Trouble Dolls is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: The shocking murder of a young pregnant woman leads the team on a desperate hunt for the killer, revealing something even darker than expected. Burgess has … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Trouble Dolls’”

RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’

This week’s Chicago P.D., Due Process begins with Voight (Jason Beghe) participating in a press conference being held by Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) where she talks about how she’s very proud of the process and her dedication to “transparency” and the “rule of law.” She’s questioned about accountability when a journalist mentions … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’”

RECAP: Chicago Fire ‘Natural Born Firefighter’

This week’s Chicago Fire, Natural Born Firefighter opens with Casey (Jesse Spencer) finally seeing a doctor while Brett (Kara Kilmer) sits impatiently in the waiting room. He explains to the doctor that he’s having vision issues, and the doctor sends him to get an MRI because it’s possible he’s having “temporal lobe seizures” that could … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Fire ‘Natural Born Firefighter’”

RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’

This week’s Chicago Med, ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’ is a crossover episode with Chicago Fire and showcases Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) having to go in the field to aid a victim on-site, Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) dealing with a complicated patient. In addition, when Carol’s (Margaret Colin) condition … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Due Process’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Due Process is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: The team tracks down a crafty serial rapist; and in his quest for justice, Sergeant Voight finds himself resisting some familiar tendencies. Below are exclusive set pics and … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Due Process’”

Chicago Fire set pics for ‘Natural Born Firefighter’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled ‘Natural Born Firefighter’ is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Mouch (Christian Stolte) makes an incredible save, and all eyes are on a mystery man who helped save his neighbor. Meanwhile, Casey (Jesse Spencer) worries about his … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics for ‘Natural Born Firefighter’”

Chicago Med set pics ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med  titled ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Some behind the scenes news, this episode is directed by Chicago Justice star Carl Weathers. One Chicago fans know Carl from playing State’s Attorney Mark Jefferies on Chicago Justice, a role that he … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’”

Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’

In this recap of Wednesday’s Chicago Fire episode “A Couple Hundred Degrees” Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) is teaching a course at the fire academy, and begins a drill where the recruits have to climb up several flights of stairs, pick up a human sized mannequin, and carry it back down the stairs.  A recruit named Mercer … Continue reading “Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’”

RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Signs of Violence’

Chicago P.D. Signs of Violence aired on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and centered on Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) as she was triggered by a missing persons case which forced her to address her childhood traumas as she tries to navigate her relationship with her partner/boyfriend Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer). Chicago P.D. opens with Hailey and … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Signs of Violence’”

RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’

Chicago Med‘s Wednesday episode Letting Go Only to Come Together begins with Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) telling Natalie’s mother a suspenseful story. He’s at the Manning house, where Natalie’s mom (Margaret Colin) is doing her best to interrogate him regarding his family. She seems to be well aware of Crockett’s backstory, and he further reveals … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Signs Of Violence’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Signs Of Violence is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Hailey Upton  (Tracy Spiridakos) tries to locate a missing family that has as a troubled relationship. That prompts Upton to think about her own family issues. Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) is there to support her. … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Signs Of Violence’”

Chicago Fire set pics for ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’ is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) goes head to head with a new recruit with connections. The team’s latest paramedic, Violet Lim (Hanako Greensmith) is getting some unwanted mail, and she and her new partner Sylvie Brett (Kara … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics for ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’”

Chicago Med’s ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med  titled ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. The plot line is centered around Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) treating a tennis player with an “unexpected” colleague and according to the promo, Goodwin’s new protocols cause a … Continue reading “Chicago Med’s ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’”

Chicago Med set pics ‘So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried’

A new episode of Chicago Med titled So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. This week’s Chicago Med looks like it’s going to have plenty of drama in the Emergency Room, based on the promo and pics NBC has made available about this next episode. Here’s … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics ‘So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried’”

Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, ‘One Crazy Shift’

This week’s episode of Chicago Fire titled One Crazy Shift is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. After sustaining yet another head injury in the last episode, it seems like the side effects might be more serious than the Casey (Jesse Spencer) is admitting. In Wednesday’s episode, even Gallo (Alberto Rosende) notices … Continue reading “Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, ‘One Crazy Shift’”

Waukegan native lands guest star role on Chicago P.D.

Jocelyn Zamudio, a Waukegan native, landed a guest star role on a Chicago P.D. this week. Jocelyn, who presently lives in Chicago, is a graduate of UIC where she majored in Theatre, minored in Law and Society, and was a student athlete on the cheer team. “This is far from an individual achievement. This is … Continue reading “Waukegan native lands guest star role on Chicago P.D.”

Chicago PD this week’s pics & promo “The Radical Truth”

This week’s episode of Chicago P.D. is titled The Radical Truth. In a new episode airing Wednesday, Adam’s (Patrick John Flueger) troublesome father (Jack Coleman) returns as Bob Ruzek. It’s Coleman’s first appearance in a few seasons and he continues to give his son problems when Ruzek has to rescue his father with the help … Continue reading “Chicago PD this week’s pics & promo “The Radical Truth””

Episode Recap: Chicago Med – “For the Want of a Nail”

SJ Main Muñoz is the first Latina director to be invited into the Television Academy as part of a diversity initiative and was one of the 2019-20 finalists of NBCUniversal’s Female Forward program. Muñoz has returned to direct her second episode of Chicago Med titled For the Want of a Nail, which aired last night. In … Continue reading “Episode Recap: Chicago Med – “For the Want of a Nail””

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo “Impossible Dream”

This week’s episode of Chicago P.D. is titled Impossible Dream is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. We will be seeing more of Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) this week, and we might see more of Atwater’s backstory, since it takes place in a neighborhood that he’s familiar with. There’s also a hint that … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo “Impossible Dream””

Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, “Double Red”

Chicago Fire airs Wednesday (as if you didn’t know it) at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. This week’s episode is titled Double Red. What we do know about this episode is several members of Firehouse 51, Mouch (Christian Stolte), Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende), Darren Ritter (Daniel Kyri) and Gianna Mackey (Adriyan Rae) report for training … Continue reading “Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, “Double Red””

New set pics Chicago Med episode ‘For the Want of a Nail’

The March 17 episode of Chicago Med titled ‘For the Want of a Nail’ was directed by NBCUniversal’s Female Forward alum SJ Main-Muñoz. Female Forward aims to achieve gender parity in the director’s chair and create a pipeline into scripted television. NBC’s official description for the upcoming episode: As Maggie deals with her own trauma, she … Continue reading “New set pics Chicago Med episode ‘For the Want of a Nail’”

Preview pics of tonight’s Chicago Fire “Escape Route”

Tonight Chicago Fire returns to original episodes and while NBC has not released an official synopsis, we do have hints from the exclusive pics. One thing Chicago viewers can be assured about is Lieutenant Greg Grainger (recurring guest star Jon-Michael Ecker) is still temporarily working at Firehouse 51. Grainger is the firefighter who was immediately … Continue reading “Preview pics of tonight’s Chicago Fire “Escape Route””

New stills from tonight’s Chicago PD ‘Protect and Serve’

One Chicago is back this Wednesday with new episodes and NBC has released new stills from this week’s exciting Chicago PD Season 8, Episode 8, ‘Protect and Serve‘. In the episode, veteran police officer Dave Wheelan pulls over a young Black college student on a traffic violation. The situation quickly escalates out of control and ends with a shooting, … Continue reading “New stills from tonight’s Chicago PD ‘Protect and Serve’”

Check out new stills from tomorrow’s Chicago Fire

NBC has released new stills from this week’s exciting Chicago Fire  season 9 episode 7. The episode, “Dead of Winter,” is very timely as we have just had 19″ of snow dumped on us and we’re still under a winter storm watch. The new photos, which NBC released, indicate that Chicago Fire will also be experiencing the … Continue reading “Check out new stills from tomorrow’s Chicago Fire”

Chicago Med releases pics ahead of tonight’s episode

NBC has released new photos from this week’s upcoming Chicago Med season 6 episode 6. Titled, Don’t Want to Face This Now, Dr. Choi helps a patient with chronic pain find a solution. Dr. Halstead considers a new path. Dr. Charles and Anna bond over a scary situation. Chicago Med viewers will know that Halstead (Nick … Continue reading “Chicago Med releases pics ahead of tonight’s episode”

‘Chicago Fire’ releases photos from new episode

NBC has released new photos from this week’s upcoming Chicago Fire season 9 episode 6. Titled Blow This Up Somehow, Gallo (Alberto Rosende) makes a split-second decision during a dangerous fire rescue leaving Casey (Jesse Spencer) steaming that his direct orders were not obeyed. Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) feels a strain in her relationship with Severide. … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire’ releases photos from new episode”

‘Chicago P.D.’ releases photos from upcoming episode

NBC has released new photos from this week’s upcoming Chicago P.D. Season 8 Episode 6. Titled Equal Justice, Halstead and Ruzek try to infiltrate a crime ring and encounter a complicated situation. The team recruits an unlikely ally to help solve a murder. ALSO READ: Chicago Med showrunners talk Covid and favorite stories NBC‘s streaming … Continue reading “‘Chicago P.D.’ releases photos from upcoming episode”

Chicago Med showrunners talk Covid and favorite stories

For the sixth season of One Chicago’s medical drama, Executive Producers and Showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider worked (virtually) with their team of writers to incorporate the COVID-19 virus into the show, just as it was raging around the world in real time. From broken bones to fatal diseases, Chicago Med pulls inspiration from … Continue reading “Chicago Med showrunners talk Covid and favorite stories”

One Chicago named Top TV Programs of 2020 by Nielsen

We’re rounding out an otherwise abnormal year with some good news! Nielsen released its year-end ratings report, among which is a list of the top television programs of 2020. Included in the top eight most-watched television shows this year are four Wolf Entertainment shows: FBI, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med. ALSO READ: 2020 … Continue reading “One Chicago named Top TV Programs of 2020 by Nielsen”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. It … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

Filming continues as One Chicago enters Fall break

Following a delayed startup of the season, viewers welcomed the November 11th season premiere of One Chicago with great anticipation. With only two episodes aired, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med have paused for Fall break and will return Wednesday, January 6. Greetings from the cast of One Chicago and Wolf Entertainment. Filming continues … Continue reading “Filming continues as One Chicago enters Fall break”

Chicago at the Crossroad a message of hope on WTTW

Chicago at the Crossroad, a documentary film by Chicago’s Emmy-winning producer Brian Schodorf, will air on WTTW-Chicago Thursday, November 12 @ 8pm CT and Sunday, November 15 @ 5pm CT. Compelling and candid interviews with Chicago gang members, community activists and leaders, and gunshot victims unearth important issues and exemplify the tough questions that continue … Continue reading “Chicago at the Crossroad a message of hope on WTTW”

One Chicago, Law&Order, FBI encourage you to vote

With the 2020 election just weeks away, Wolf Entertainment gathered some of their cast members from Law & Order: SVU, One Chicago, and FBI together to remind you to get out and vote.  Check out the video below, featuring Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni, Jason Beghe, S. Epatha Merkerson, Zeeko Zaki, Missy Peregrym, Julian McMahon, Ice-T, Oliver Platt, and Taylor … Continue reading “One Chicago, Law&Order, FBI encourage you to vote”

‘Chicago Med’ halts filming over positive Covid-19 test

Chicago Med halted filming today when a crew member returned a positive Covid-19 test. The show will suspend production for two weeks. The positive result was yielded through a rapid test and the individual who tested positive was immediately sent home. Contact tracing, as well as other Covid guidelines, have been carried out since the … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ halts filming over positive Covid-19 test”

‘Chicago Fire’ firehouse dog takes center stage

Despite walking on all fours, barking, and having a spotted coat, Tuesday, the Chicago Fire firehouse dog, is a professional actress who trains for her role, rehearses her scenes, and works under strict rules and regulations just like her costars. Tuesday is one of the most beloved crew members stationed at Firehouse 51 and one … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire’ firehouse dog takes center stage”

Chicago P.D.’s Lisseth Chavez receives Imagen nomination

Every year the Imagen Foundation celebrates positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. This year Lisseth Chavez, Chicago P.D. received the nomination for Best Supporting Actress: Television, and the Dick Wolf franchises have received four nominations. Often referred to as “The Latino Golden Globes,” the Imagen Awards, which was founded by legendary television producer Norman … Continue reading “Chicago P.D.’s Lisseth Chavez receives Imagen nomination”

Chicago PD, Fire, and Med now streaming on Peacock

After months of anticipation, viewers across America can now stream over 1,500 episodes of Wolf Entertainment programming on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock. Your favorite Wolf shows available to stream on Peacock include select episodes from the 20 seasons of Law & Order, 10 seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the complete catalog of … Continue reading “Chicago PD, Fire, and Med now streaming on Peacock”

‘Conversations with Cast’ of Chicago Med, Fire and PD

We can never get enough of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD. Just in time to fill the void until next season resumes, you can have a one-on-one with the cast from all your favorite Dick Wolf TV series. Wolf Entertainment, who brings us the shows we love to love, has introduced Conversations with … Continue reading “‘Conversations with Cast’ of Chicago Med, Fire and PD”

Monica Raymond director of FBI & Chicago PD crossover

For many years, Monica Raymund has been an active member of the Wolf Entertainment team. We have seen her on the screen, most notably in her role as Gabriela Dawson on Chicago Fire, and behind the camera for her directorial debut on Law & Order: SVU. Monica recently directed the special FBI and Chicago P.D. … Continue reading “Monica Raymond director of FBI & Chicago PD crossover”

Monica Raymund exits “Chicago Fire” after renewal

Upfront news continues to roll in Six-year “Chicago Fire” veteran cast member Monica Raymund will not return for next season.     Just after having her NBC hit series renewed, Monica Raymund, who has played Paramedic-in-Charge / Firefighter Gabby Dawson on Chicago Fire since 2012, has officially confirmed that she is leaving the Dick Wolf-produced … Continue reading “Monica Raymund exits “Chicago Fire” after renewal”

One Chicago Wednesdays are back soon. Here’s the new trailer

NBC has released a dramatic new trailer promoting the upcoming new season of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD.  This emotionally charged teaser brings together the cast of all three One Chicago dramas. With less than two weeks until the season premiere, we get our first look at scenes from the upcoming Season 10 of Chicago Fire, Season … Continue reading “One Chicago Wednesdays are back soon. Here’s the new trailer”

One Chicago is keeping us close to our favorites until season premiere

One Chicago has done a good job keeping us close to our favorite characters on Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. while being very careful not to reveal any spoilers before the season premiere. All three shows closed last season with nail-biting, cliffhanger finales and the One Chicago series has given us quite a … Continue reading “One Chicago is keeping us close to our favorites until season premiere”

VSA Partners Leads AMRI Brand Transformation to Curia

VSA Partners, the hybrid brand strategy and design agency, has led the brand transformation of AMRI, a leading contract drug manufacturing organization, emphasizing its ability to take drug development ‘from curiosity to cure.’  That’s the core positioning and tagline VSA developed as it’s transformed the company to Curia. The new rebranding effort rolled out last month. Effort includes positioning, naming, website, brand … Continue reading “VSA Partners Leads AMRI Brand Transformation to Curia”

‘Maya’ continues Pearle Vision’s strategy to showcase Small Moments

Pearle Vision has launched their latest installment in the award-winning Small Moments campaign, a cinematic mini-movie titled “Maya,” in which a young Indian girl goes from feeling like an outsider to a more confident young woman with the help of a Pearle Vision eye care expert.   “Maya” continues Pearle Vision’s strategy to showcase the … Continue reading “‘Maya’ continues Pearle Vision’s strategy to showcase Small Moments”

Phillipa Soo joins Elisabeth Moss in cast of The Shining Girls

Grammy Award winner and Emmy nominee Phillipa Soo has joined the cast of Apple TV Plus’ Shining Girls, a metaphysical thriller based on the 2013 novel by Lauren Beukes.  Soo will be starring as the intelligent and sure-footed Jin-Sook, who does research at the Adler planetarium, Soo joins previously announced cast members Elisabeth Moss, Wagner … Continue reading “Phillipa Soo joins Elisabeth Moss in cast of The Shining Girls”

Exclusive photos of Chicago Fire first day of filming

The 10th season of Chicago Fire has officially begun and what better location to film on the first day than Engine Company No. 51. It was a beautiful summer day in Chicago, 73° and partly sunny when Engine 51 pulled out of the station house yesterday morning. The cast looked relaxed and refreshed and the … Continue reading “Exclusive photos of Chicago Fire first day of filming”

Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med begin filming the new season

Welcome home! The cast and crew of Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med have returned for the new season and are prepping at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios to begin filming this week. Last season was a struggle to get through the new Covid guidelines, a delayed start to filming and a reduced number of only 16 … Continue reading “Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med begin filming the new season”

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”

Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions

For more than three decades, Burnetters have hedged their bets on Cannes Lions winners with 90% accuracy! After a supremely challenging 2020 and a year off for the Cannes Festival of Creativity, the industry’s most prestigious global awards show will have its virtual premire from June 21-25, 2021—complete with live-prgramming, on-demand content and more.  To … Continue reading “Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions”

Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago

As we say goodbye to our favorite heroes from One Chicago for the summer, it’s fun to look back on all the amazing TV shows set in the Windy City over the years. Chicago has been a production powerhouse for decades and has given us some of the best movies and TV shows that were … Continue reading “Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago”

Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios welcomes several new productions to its growing campus.  As the Dick Wolf, One Chicago series prepares to wrap soon for the season, Cinespace announced four new series filming at its facilities. The Midwest’s production hot spot and second-largest film studio outside of Los Angeles in North America, recently added another 105,000 … Continue reading “Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more”

Music Box Theatre showing trio of 2021 Oscar Nominees

The Music Box Theatre is giving you a chance to see a trio of 2021 Oscar Nominees on the big screen! From April 16th – April 22nd only, you can catch screenings of the beautiful and poetic Best Animated Film nominee WOLFWALKERS, the powerful Best International Film nominee QUO VADIS, AIDA?, and special 35MM presentations of Aaron Sorkin’s timely THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO … Continue reading “Music Box Theatre showing trio of 2021 Oscar Nominees”

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”

Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins up for NAMIC Vision Award

Congratulations are in order for Chicago P.D. star LaRoyce Hawkins, who has been nominated for a NAMIC Vision Award in the Best Performance – Drama category. “I’m grateful. It means that we’re storytellers in the right direction,” LaRoyce said. “I’m always in it to storytell authentically about not just my hometown, but my culture. To … Continue reading “Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins up for NAMIC Vision Award”

Running the festival circuit with Midwest Film Festival

Join The Midwest Film Festival exclusively on Facebook Live on Tuesday, February 9th from 6 PM – 7 PM CST for a panel conversation led by industry pros. They’ll share their vast knowledge and experience in running the festival circuit and the success they’ve had. All attendees who register via Eventbrite will automatically be entered to win … Continue reading “Running the festival circuit with Midwest Film Festival”

Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations

Film Independent announced nominations for the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Not just another pretty face on the awards circuit, the Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit Film Independent’s year-round slate of programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry. Film Independent President Josh … Continue reading “Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations”

Lena Waithe headlines DePaul screenwriting conference

Emmy Award-winning writer, creator, producer and actor Lena Waithe of  Twenties, The Chi and Queen & Slim will headline DePaul University’s Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference Feb. 5-6.  DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts will present a series of virtual panel discussions with top screenwriting talent and TV and film executives from across the entertainment industry. Slated speakers include screenwriters Liz Hannah of The Post and Nicole Perlman of Guardians of … Continue reading “Lena Waithe headlines DePaul screenwriting conference”

‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker

Cinedigm has announced the release date for its recently acquired film – 100 Days to Live, a taut psychological thriller set in the world of suicide prevention and mental health. The film, which was shot over 3 weeks in Chicago, stars Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed, Rizzoli & Isles), Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf, Daredevil), Heidi Johanningmeier … Continue reading “‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker is mentoring Chicago kids

One person’s determination can really make all the difference, and Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker is proof of this. To set the scene, Firehouse 51 may not have the magnetic Wallace Boden if it weren’t for the one-on-one encouragement Eamonn received from a school teacher at nine years-old. It was London in the 1970’s and Eamonn … Continue reading “Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker is mentoring Chicago kids”

Seamus Tierney talks tricks & treats of Hubie Halloween

Cinematographer Seamus Tierney captures the tricks and treats of Hubie Halloween in large format with DXL2. Hubert Shubert “Hubie” Dubois was born and raised in Salem, Mass. He loves his hometown, and as Salem’s self-appointed “official volunteer Halloween helper,” he makes it his duty every October 31 to ensure a safe and fun holiday is enjoyed by … Continue reading “Seamus Tierney talks tricks & treats of Hubie Halloween”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” trailer shows 1920s Chicago

Netflix released the first trailer for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” showing the lush period setting of 1920s Chicago “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” is Chad Boseman’s final performance, and adapted screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner, August Wilson. The film is set on the backdrop of Chicago, in 1927. It touches upon race, art, religion and the exposed unfair … Continue reading ““Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” trailer shows 1920s Chicago”

‘Chicago Med’ cast & crew return from quarantine

The cast and crew of Chicago Med are back on set at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios after a two week quarantine period. The NBC series has had more than its share of delays from the Covid-19 virus. The onset of the coronavirus in March, halted production on Chicago Med before they were able to complete filming Season 5. After just one week into production … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ cast & crew return from quarantine”

Chicago P.D. starts up and filmed on location last week

Chicago P.D. is up and running in their first week of filming for Season 8. Cautiously following all Covid-19 guidelines, the Chicago P.D. masked crew began shooting last week at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and on location over the weekend in a near south side Chicago neighborhood. With the onset of Covid-19 in March, Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. starts up and filmed on location last week”

2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete list … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”

‘Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med’ Who’s in? Who’s out?

Last month, we reported that NBC‘s top-rated (even in reruns) Wednesday night, dubbed “One Chicago,” would return on November 11. With production reportedly set to resume on Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and Chicago Fire  on October 6, the Reel Chicago team thought it was time to look at cast additions and subtractions. Chicago Med Coming: Chicago … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med’ Who’s in? Who’s out?”

Leo Burnett delivers new campaign for Foxtrot

With all of the challenges 2020 has brought, Foxtrot is launching a new campaign rooted in the idea that enjoyment can be found in the ordinary everyday. Good Stuff Delivered celebrates the small moments that feel memorable in today’s world, like grabbing a cup of coffee, picking up a bottle of wine, or ordering delivery … Continue reading “Leo Burnett delivers new campaign for Foxtrot”

Chadwick Boseman’s final film, ‘Ma Rainey’ delayed

Netflix has halted the release of the new Chicago-set drama, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom starring Chadwick Boseman due to the shocking and devastating news of his death. The star was 43, and lost his 4-year battle to colon cancer.  A virtual preview of first-seen clips from the film was scheduled for Monday, as well as a … Continue reading “Chadwick Boseman’s final film, ‘Ma Rainey’ delayed”

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”

Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’

Chicago Public Library announced that the upcoming group of celebrity readers for the popular “Live From the Library” program will celebrate the beginning of Major League Baseball. “Live From the Library” which features a combination of librarians, authors, celebrities, and notable Chicagoans, will highlight notable representatives of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox organizations, … Continue reading “Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’”

Lightfoot tells Trump what she won’t tolerate

President Trump stated that Chicago is next on the list for his “law and order” campaign. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says “there has been a lot of saber-rattling from this administration.” Local Chicago Government officials, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, were initially outspoken against the insertion of federal agents into cities with the intention to quell civil … Continue reading “Lightfoot tells Trump what she won’t tolerate”

#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music

To celebrate Chicago’s music history and support the city’s creative communities, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago invites the public to participate in the #ChiMusic35 campaign. Music has always had a sweet home in Chicago. It’s where Louis Armstrong cut his first big records in the 1920s. It’s where Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf made the … Continue reading “#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music”

FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’

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 story … Continue reading “FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’”

The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge

David Eigenberg hosts a trivia game for contestants from Chicago Fire: Kara Killmer and Miranda Rae Mayo. Chicago P.D.: LaRoyce Hawkins, Jason Beghe and Tracy Spiridakos. Chicago Med: Dominic Rains, Brian Tee and Nick Gehlfuss. All while raising money for myfooddrive.org As part of their continued efforts to support the community, the One Chicago family … Continue reading “The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge”

KitchenAid, Tan France hold virtual Mother’s Day Brunch

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful moms out there. Are you missing your traditional brunch due to restaurants being closed? Well, smile. Yesterday, Queer Eye’s Tan France held a Mother’s Day Get-Together on KitchenAid Instagram Live (@KitchenAidUSA) with with Emmy-award winning TV personality Maria Menounos and NYT Bestselling cookbook author Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest. … Continue reading “KitchenAid, Tan France hold virtual Mother’s Day Brunch”

Zoom Interview: Chicago Fire’s Daniel Kyri

With Pride around the corner, it’s exciting to chat about the importance of representation in media with those who work hardest to make change happen.  Daniel Kyri, who plays Darren Ritter on Chicago Fire/ Chicago PD, is one of those people.  Daniel Kyri is a Jeff-nominated Chicago-born actor, writer/director, filmmaker, singer, and curator.  A Windy … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: Chicago Fire’s Daniel Kyri”

Show your love for #OneChicago with a tweet

This Wednesday night, Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago, which includes the dramas Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., ends their seasons prematurely this week due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 sweeping the world. That said, the shows are certainly not ending their seasons on a quiet note. Chicago Fire, which ends its 8th season, this week … Continue reading “Show your love for #OneChicago with a tweet”

Watch ‘Chicago Fire’ cast torch new music video

There hasn’t been a new Chicago Fire episode since March 25 when S8 Ep 18, I’ll Cover You where we saw Severide (Taylor Kinney) teaming up with Seager (Ally Allo) and the OFI after a motel structure fire turned suspicious. We also saw the Firehouse 51 members become amateur sleuths following a Reddit post involving … Continue reading “Watch ‘Chicago Fire’ cast torch new music video”

New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set

An NBC staff member whose name we cannot release has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and is currently in Chicago undergoing treatment. The staff member, who was in a department that effected all three Dick Wolf Chicago shows, is from California and has been in Chicago since the Christmas hiatus. He is said to … Continue reading “New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set”

‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is hitting the media and entertainment industries hard.  With local, state and federal shutdowns occurring across the United States and theater chains closing, larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago, all thriving entertainment hubs, are being impacted hardest as many in those communities – from actors to crew – … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis”

Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the second largest film studio in the country, with 36 studios and more than 2 million square feet on the west and south sides of Chicago, is pleased to welcome two pilots to its campus this season. NBC has greenlight Ordinary Joe and Fox has given a pilot offer for The Big Leap. Ordinary … Continue reading “Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC”

Cinespace sponsors 7th annual Mex Talks

Event produced by Latinos Progresando spotlights culture and contributions of Mexico and Mexican-Americans   Latinos Progresando — a Chicago community development organization working on the issues of immigration, peace, health, and education — yesterday presented MEX talks, an exciting speaker showcase featuring a panel of Mexican-American filmmakers, authors, politicians, activists, and media personalities who delivered … Continue reading “Cinespace sponsors 7th annual Mex Talks”

New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace

“neXt” — a modern-day series about technology run amok — will start shooting in Chicago this Fall Cinespace Chicago Film Studios announced today that Fox’s new American drama series, neXt, will film at its West Side campus this fall. The studio announces the news less than 24 hours after unveiling its 2019 production schedule, adding … Continue reading “New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace”

Gentleman Jack, Codeblack get reel at Park West

Winner of national competition will receive $10,000 and an opportunity to screen at the American Black Film Festival Last week, Gentleman Jack Double Mellowed Tennessee Whiskey partnered with Codeblack Entertainment at the Park West to showcase the creativity and talent of rising Chicago Black filmmakers. Award-winning actor, producer and writer Omari Hardwick, who appears on … Continue reading “Gentleman Jack, Codeblack get reel at Park West”

Cinepocalypse unveils 2019 lineup

The June 13-20 Music Box Theatre fest opens with the World Premiere of Glenn Danzig’s “Verotika” Cinepocalypse, Chicago’s premiere festival for electrifying and provocative genre cinema, returns to the Music Box Theatre June 13th for eight days of features, shorts, events and surprises, including eight fantastic break-out world premieres! We’re proud to announce our new … Continue reading “Cinepocalypse unveils 2019 lineup”

Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur

Chicago native, Northwestern grad held top editorial roles at EBONY and JET while co-piloting Myth Lab Entertainment, and fighting for media diversity   Kyra Kyles is a multi-platform senior-level media executive, a public speaker on issues of diversity and representation, and an award-winning writer.   Journalist Kyra, former EBONY Editor in Chief / Senior Vice … Continue reading “Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur”

Reel Black List: La Donna Tittle, Renaissance Woman

Acting on Showtime’s hit series “The Chi” is just one of the versatile artist’s many career success stories Native Chicagoan La Donna Tittle is an accomplished actor, model, radio personality and CEO / producer / host of Cookin’ Wit’ Tittle … Bon Appetite, Let’s Eat, a spirited show about food and drink on CAN TV … Continue reading “Reel Black List: La Donna Tittle, Renaissance Woman”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: Larger … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

“Chicago Fire” | “PD” | “Med” ping pong battle

Stars of Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise will play for the 100 Club of Chicago at SPiN Chicago on Sunday September 30 The stars of Chicago-based shows’ Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. will battle it out with a friendly table tennis competition to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago. The participating teams will consist … Continue reading ““Chicago Fire” | “PD” | “Med” ping pong battle”

Hollywood Comes to Chicago — 1979

“Blues Brothers” director John Landis describes impending explosions while scouting locations in John Davies’ vintage short film In 1979, Chicago filmmaker John Davies produced a short titled, Hollywood Comes to Chicago, that featured a tour through the Windy City and its film production industry. He planned to submit the piece to WTTW’s Image Union, a … Continue reading “Hollywood Comes to Chicago — 1979”

Charles Andrew Gardner at Black Harvest Film Fest

“We are starting to have a way for our stories to be shared, told, and heard … it’s only gonna make us and the entertainment industry stronger … It’s time” Charles Andrew Gardener, President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago, was among the guests enjoying the reception following Black Harvest Film Festival’s opening night at The Joffrey Ballet. … Continue reading “Charles Andrew Gardner at Black Harvest Film Fest”

Chicago to receive its own night on NBC fall schedule

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”

VER to merge with Production Resource Group

VER Chief Executive Officer Digby Davies announced today that VER will merge with Production Resource Group. One of the world’s largest production equipment rental operations, VER boasts offices on six continents, including a 95,000 square-foot facility in McCook, IL, a suburb bordering the west side of Chicago. Production Resource Group, founded in 1995, is “the … Continue reading “VER to merge with Production Resource Group”

Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley

Christine Dudley rarely goes to the movies. That may seem odd for the Director of the Illinois Film Office, but she’s dedicated to a job that begins before most of the scenes are even shot and ends, like, never. So what does she do?     When Dudley’s not pitching Hollywood studios, she’s reading the … Continue reading “Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley”

Reel Women: Kamelya Alexan, Filmmaker

Born in Tehran, Iran, Kamelya Alexan moved to Chicago when she was five-years-old, where she was raised. Kamelya has worked on and completed over twenty-five projects including documentaries, shorts, music videos, and feature films such as The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, and The Express.   Her most recent film, Before the Fall, won Best Editing … Continue reading “Reel Women: Kamelya Alexan, Filmmaker”

SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news

SAG Awards tee up “Three Billboards” for Oscar run Sunday night, the SAG Awards made it very clear that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a frontrunner for the Oscars. Chicago-born Frances McDormand was named Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture. In the film, McDormand portrays Mildred Hayes, a distraught mother … Continue reading “SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news”

American Film Market sees significant attendance rise

The American Film Market 2017, which opened its doors last Wednesday and just ended November 8 in Santa Monica, has reportedly seen a significant surge in participants this year with 445 exhibiting companies attending, an 18% increase over 2016. Notable growth comes from around the world, including South Korea (+13), Italy (+9), Romania (+9) France … Continue reading “American Film Market sees significant attendance rise”

Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival announced its winners Friday night and one of the films awarded was a Cutters Studios post project by writer / director Stephen Cone called Princess Cyd. The film was given “The Chicago Award.” A Chicago-based filmmaker, Cone is best known for 2015’s Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, which was hailed … Continue reading “Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest”

12:40 p.m. — Sheila Brown, CineCares Foundation

“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”

New TNT show scheduled to film at Cinespace this fall

During an exclusive conversation with ReelChicago yesterday, Cincespace CEO Alex Pissios informed publisher Barbara Roche and editor Daniel Patton that the pilot for TNT’s The Deep Mad Dark will begin production at the Chicago studio this fall.

“They’re moving into offices September 11, shooting in October,” he said. “It’s a done deal.”

Swanberg’s “Easy” one of 3 new TV series filming here

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.

Best 48HFP teams win 27 Judges and Audience Awards

The 12th annual Chicago 48 Hour Film Project wound up with a presentation to 27 winning teams, out of 53 entrants, whose short weekend-made films were deemed best by judges and audiences, at Music Box Theatre last Thursday night.

“It was an amazing show and the talent, enthusiasm and excitement that our Chicago filmmakers brought to the competition was truly inspiring,” comments Jerry Vasilatos of Nitestar Productions, who produced the event for the second consecutive year.

48 Hour “Best of Chicago” awards screening Thursday

Judges and audiences of the 12th Chicago 48 Hour Film Project have weighed in with their decisions on the 21 films that will receive “Best of Chicago” awards at the Music Box screening Thursday, Sept. 15.

The Audience Award film is among them – “and it will be announced at the screening,” says Jerry Vasilatos, the 48 Hour city producer of the event for the second consecutive year.

Chicago hits record income from TV series filming here

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.

Smith’s indie starts filming in Chicago & Michigan

The dramedy, “Mercury in Retrograde,” Michael Glover Smith of White City Cinema,  filmmaker, author and film studies instructor, starts filming Aug. 4 for 15 days in Chicago and Southwest Michigan.

Smith, the screenwriter, will direct the shoot in Ukranian Village, Rogers Park and Wilmette and then move to 10 days of filming in historic Fennville, near Saugatuck.

Big TV, film production season is underway

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.

Lee Daniels’ “Empire” launches Chicago pilot season

Chicago’s pilot season starts off with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business scheduled to shoot here. Fox Television has greenlighted “Empire,” a drama from “The Butler’s” team of executive producer/director Lee Daniels and writer Danny Strong.

“Empire” will headquarter at Cinespace and shoot for 12-13 days in mid-to-late March.

Cinespace aims to be world’s largest studio complex

Whether he was aware of it or not, Nick Mirkopoulos, the late owner of Cinespace Studios, was a proponent of Chicago’s motto, “Make no little plans.”

Thanks to his meticulous planning for the company’s future, Cinespace Chicago will seamlessly continue to host major entertainment projects – and grow to become the biggest studio complex in the world.

Actor Stolte signs with Orlandino’s “Anita” feature

VERSATILE ACTOR CHRISTIAN STOLTE will play the role of American seaman John Griggs, in Joe Orlandino and Lucia Mauro’s historical indie feature about Brazilian freedom fighter Anita Garibaldi (Leticia Sabatella). Screenwriter Mauro says she has admired Stolte’s work in Chicago theatre since her days as a theatre critic and is delighted to be working with him. 

Season of TV series and movie filming gets underway

ENTERTAINMENT FILMING has begun in earnest with action on features and TV series from now through October.  Although teen sci-fi “Divergent” wraps July 17 after a large second unit shoot, The Wachowskis’ sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending” officially starts rolling July 13. It will film at Cinespace and on many locations around the city.

Radar collaboratively teams with L.A.’s Eden FX

RADAR STUDIOS has formed a partnership with L.A.’s Eden FX, a leading high-end provider of 3D, compositing, digital environment, animation and conceptual design for features, TV shows and commercials. 

By working together, says Radar EP Graham Gangi, “Each company will be able to offer a broader range of capacity and service to its existing clients, and the partnership will offer each company a chance to branch out into new areas of work.”

Mike Nussbaum leads Seanachai’s fundraiser Sept. 11

THE FALL THEATER SEASON is in full swing, and with it comes an array of autumnal soirees. Tuesday, Sept. 11, Seanachai Theatre Company – the company steeped in Irish storytelling tradition — brings in theatre legend Mike Nussbaum and Steppenwolf Theatre actress Ora Jones for its fundraiser, “An Evening of Entertainment,” readings, music, and comestibles. It runs 7-10 p.m. at the Den Theater, 1333 N. Milwaukee. 

NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ starts filming here in mid-July

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.  

MoFest7 a mo’strous hit with 900 guests

One hundred to 200 guests who turn up at an industry event is standard, 300 is darn good – but the 650 people who work as crew members attending last Saturday’s MoFest7, organized by producer Mo Wagdy, was spectacular.

Held at the imperiled 1,200-seat Portage Theatre, the men (it’s safe to say that since women workers, wives and/or dates were few in number) had a great time talking, drinking and devouring massive amounts of food.

The number of guests hit an all-time high of 900 over the two-day Saturday and Sunday fest.

IFO calls for Shortcuts Short Film Contest entries

FOR THE 5TH YEAR, the Illinois Film Office is sponsoring its annual Shortcuts Short Film Contest that is open to Illinoisans 18 years old and older.  Basic requirements: All genres welcome (narrative, doc, live or animated) and no film longer than 15 minutes.  Industry experts will serve as judges. Deadline is Aug. 31. 

Stephen Baldwin to star in local $3 mm indie feature

More than a decade ago, local theatre and dance teacher and arts writer Lucia Mauro became intrigued with an equestrian statue on the Janiculum Hill in Rome: A woman wielding a pistol in one hand and cradling a baby in the other.

Mauro’s subsequent screenplay, “Mother of War,” reminiscent of Errol Flynn swashbucklers, brings to life Anita Garibaldi, the heroic woman memorialized in the statue. 

Aria’s Bob Schroeder named SAG’s Agent of the Month

Each month, Screen Actors Guild’s national office designates from the thousands of SAG-franchised talent agents as its “Agent of the Month” and this month’s title goes to Bob Schroeder, the dedicated and respected director of Aria Talent.

The honor, says Schroeder, “is fantastic and the recognition is especially meaningful as it comes from talent.”  

He was recommended to SAG by Aria actress Catherine Glynn, who described him as knowledgeable, protective of his talent and enthusiastic and caring about each of his actors’ careers.

CIFF opens Oct. 6 with Dennis Farina’s indie

The 47th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 6-20, pays homage to its home city by opening with the “The Last Rites of Joe May,” a quintessential Chicago-set drama, shot in Chicago and starring favorite son Dennis Farina.

CIFF has also designated a “Chicago Collection” section, where “Conversations with …” five notable natives take place throughout the festival, speaking of their remarkable careers or in connection with their latest movie.

Corn Bred Films aims to reap bumper crop of projects

A chance meeting at a restaurant between two budding screenwriters 11 years ago led to more than love and an exchange of “I do’s” at the altar. It also resulted in the creation of a most ambitious new production company.

Husband-and-wife team Eric Anderson and Amelia Dellos launched Corn Bred Films, a moniker they thought fitting, since their projects will originate in the Midwest (a la “corn country”).

“Last Rites of Joe May” in Tribeca’s exalted circle

STEPPENWOLF’S FEATURE, “The Last Rites of Joe May, was selected among a record 5,624 films for screening at the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York. It will compete with 11 other features for The Founders Award.

Joe Maggio wrote and directed what’s called “the classic urban drama,” and the ensemble cast includes Dennis Farina, Jamie Allman, Ian Barford, Meridith Droeger, Chelcie Ross and Gary Cole. It was shot entirely in Chicago last winter and finished in New York.  

Ch. 7 poised for new morning show

ABC 7 HIRED TWO DAYTIME PROS to create and oversee a new post-Oprah live, local morning show to originate from Ch. 7′ State Street studios.

Heading the production team of tentatively titled show, “Morning Rush,” are two producers with extensive experience in live, daytime television. Executive producer is Marlaine Selip, former EP of Ch.

Another Sony TV pilot shoots here in March

THE PILOT FOR “ATF” (short for the U. S. Justice Department’s Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Bureau) will be the third hourlong TV drama to film on Chicago locations, starting the end of March.

Executive producer Michael Dinner, TV series veteran of some 27 shows, including 2009’s Chicago-shot “The Beast,” wrote the pilot and will direct.

“ATF” centers on an ATF agent who hunts down the most dangerous criminals while trying to balance life as a dad to his teenage daughter who has re-entered his life.

Lucky Elder to shoot in Mexico in January

ALWAYS BUSY GEORGE ELDER of Luminair wrapped the Chicago shoot for the seventh season of “Mexico: One Plate at a Time.”

The half-hour TV shows are shot in Chicago at the home of restaurateur Rick Bayless, owner of top-rated Topo Lobampo, and in warm, sunny Mexico, where Elder, Bayless and crew will be headed in January.

FILM WISCONSIN: A cast and crew of 150 are filming “Road to Emmaus,” a drama based on a Bible story, Ozaukee County filming(northeast of Milwaukee).

Webisode star “Citizen Kate” shines at the DCN and RNC and her fame extends to other sites

POLITICOS WEREN’T ALONE IN THE SPOTLIGHT at the recent Democratic and Republican Conventions.

Producer Carey Lundin’s alter ego, “Citizen Kate,” star of the increasing popular website, www.citizenkate.com, struck high saturation pay dirt. “We proved that hard work, planning, creativity and just showing up, are all it takes to be successful,” says Lundin. At the two national conventions, “Kate,” aka actress Kate Soglin, got her share of the spotlight.

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 ?

Chicago-connected films and filmmakers head for Sundance; “Obama in Africa” gets local premiere

CHEVY CHASE hosts an evening at Sundance for the world premiere of Phil Ranstrom’s doc, “Electrified: The Story of the Maxwell St. Urban Blues” Jan 25 at Harry O’s in Park City.

Narrated by Chicago native Joe Mantegna, “Electrified” tells how Maxwell Street’s neighborhood led to the hard driving sound of the urban blues and ultimately to rock ?n’ roll.

Ranstrom’s companion film, “Cheat You Fair,” documents the last days of Maxwell Street market. Ranstrom began both projects in 1994 shortly before the Maxwell Street market was demolished.

Another TV pilot hits town; producers head to L.A.-Chicago bash; adwoman takes on new challenge

“LEVERAGE,” a TV pilot from Dean Devlin’s TNT Entertainment goes into production Oct. 6-15 in Chicago, having won out over Portland, Vancouver and Montreal, thanks to the abundance of perfectly suited office space available here that’s required by the story.

“That and Illinois’ tax incentives cinched the deal,” says the IFO’s Todd Lizak, who heads IFO scouting.

The story’s about a team of high stakes, high-tech thieves who circle the globe to rob from wealthy criminals, corrupt businessmen and venal politicians.

THE REEL THING: Egmom ends AICP presidency

MARK EGMON decided to step down as president of AICP’s Midwest chapter after an intense six years of service “to focus more intensely” on his growing branded entertainment company, Outer Radius.

The big Nov. 16 AICP Show will be Egmon’s seventh and he is predicting the biggest, with more than 800 attendees.

AICP board treasurer Joanne Bittmann of Crossroads also decided not to seek reelection next month.

IPA also will vote for a new board president as Eileen Willenborg, SAG/AFTRA executive director, won’t seek reelection.

THE REEL THING: Egmon ends AICP presidency

MARK EGMON decided to step down as president of AICP’s Midwest chapter after an intense six years of service “to focus more intensely” on his growing branded entertainment company, Outer Radius.

The big Nov. 16 AICP Show will be Egmon’s seventh and he is predicting the biggest, with more than 800 attendees.

AICP board treasurer Joanne Bittmann of Crossroads also decided not to seek reelection next month.

IPA also will vote for a new board president as Eileen Willenborg, SAG/AFTRA executive director, won’t seek reelection.

“Steel City,” only Illinois feature at Sundance, plays IFP?an interview with director Brian Jun

The only Illinois-shot feature at the Sundance Film Festival this year was 26-year-old Brian Jun’s gritty family drama “Steel City,” shot in his native Alton.

“Steel City” stars John Heard (“Prison Break”), America Ferrera (“Real Women Have Curves”), and Steppenwolf company member Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”).

Heard had starred in Jun’s short “Researching Raymond Burke” at the Fox Searchlab, after his earlier short “Jimmy Brown” screened at the Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

VINCE VAUGHN, whose every meal, drink and partying fills inches of column space, will give columnists serious delirium long after his film, “The Break Up,” wraps and the players return to Hollywood.

Vaughn plans on becoming a permanent Chicago resident, by virtue of the condo he’s in the process of buying and his shiny new Illinois drivers’ license.

100+ at Minority Vendors Summit learn film biz; unions challenged to change or lose tax credit

An estimated 100-plus vendors, many of them women and minority businesses certified to do business with the city and state, attended the Minority Vendors Summit to learn about business opportunities in the film industry.

Held Feb. 26 at the South Shore Country Club, the Summit was a collaborative effort to increase diversity hiring of workers and vendors, a key factor in determining an extended life of the wage tax credit bill. The bill is due to end January, 2006.

But the bill’s extension could be stalled or ultimately killed, stated state Sen.

Independent Production Roundup

NATHYN MASTERS’ debut feature, the apocalyptic thriller “The Fourth Beast” about a former army ranger taking on the forces of the Antichrist, was released on DVD Feb. 15 by York Entertainment. “The Fourth Beast” stars Jon Ross, Katie Getty, Jason Walsh and Glenn Dhont. Masters was associate producer on Xenophobia Films’ dance feature “Open Your Heart” last December.

Masters, Ross and “Fourth Beast” producer John Rogers are producing Whitney Barber’s dark comedy short “La Petite Morte” in April.

4th Chicago Sketchfest spotlights 100+ comedy acts from US, Canada; includes writing workshop

The 4th Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, aka Sketchfest, at the Theatre Building is running on all three 150-seat stages simultaneously from now through Jan. 16.

One hundred-plus shows will be mounted by 83 local, national and Canadian sketch troupes chosen from more than 160 applicants.

Sketchfest’s special events include a comedy writing workshop, “How to be Funny Even if You’re Sketchy,” taught by John Vorhaus, veteran Hollywood comedy/sitcom writer (“Married?with Children”) Jan. 15. It will be followed by a panel of Chicago’s premier comedymeisters.

Independent Production Roundup

CRAIG JAMES PIETROWIAK of Squid Brothers and Scott Preston of American Stonehenge Films are joining forces to co-produce two back-to-back HD features next year.

First up in spring is Pietrowiak’s under-$75,000 “Wrigleyville,” a coming-of-age ensemble drama that he’s been developing as a TV pilot. He plans both feature-length and hour-long cuts, “to maximize exposure.” Financing is from retired People’s Gas employee, E.P. Patrick Hogan.

Independent production roundup

BOATHOUSE STUDIOS of Los Angeles started shooting its rock ?n’ roll slasher comedy “Stump the Band” Sept. 20 in Spring Grove, Antioch, Gurnee, and in Wilmot, Wis. “Stump the Band” follows a girl punk band being pursued by a former shoe salesman with a particularly acquisitive foot fetish.

Telling Truth in Chicago:
A Survey of Local Docmakers, Part II

This is the second in a two-part survey of local documentarians, who they are, their background and credits. Ranging from national leaders like Kartemquin, Towers and Kurtis Productions, to small to mid-size companies, they capture public imagination and affect social change by telling true stories.

Bob Hercules

Lesbian military drama script based on true story set for reading in L.A.

Catherine Crouch is set to follow up her debut feature, “Stray Dogs,” with the lesbian military drama “Half Life.”

Set during the first Gulf War, “Half Life” is a love story between a Chicago journalist and a career soldier, who are both investigating the case of a lesbian soldier being discharged after suffering chemical exposure in the Gulf.

Crouch adapted the script from an unpublished novel by producer Tracy Baim, publisher and managing editor of Windy City Media Group, which includes the weekly Windy City Times.

Chicago’s 200 theaters in full swing

By Jonathan Abarbanel

A warm and cordial welcome to Jonathan Abarbanel, whose regular columns many of you will remember from the Original Screen magazine. The theatre maven extraordinaire will keep ReelChicago readers updated on Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene on a semi-regular basis.

THE NEW SEASON among Chicago’s 200-or-so theater companies is in full swing, with more than 40 theater openings in September and another 40-plus in October.

Steve Dahl opts out of “Soundstage;”
music series starts July 3 on Ch. 11

Steve Dahl has split with HD Ready Productions, the company he founded with music producer Joe Thomas to produce the new HD version of the “Soundstage” music series with Ch. 11. Dahl gave as his reason the need to concentrate on his radio show.

He also didn’t realize how time-intensive producing a show like this was, said his assistant, Deb Cullen. “Now that the project has wings, I’m free to pull back,” Dahl had told the Sun-Times’ Rob Feder.