2019 Academy Awards Review

3+ Colin Costello recounts the thrill passion, and spectacle of Hollywood’s biggest night of the year There’s no way to prepare for the spectacle that is the Oscar celebration in Hollywood. Frankly, I was blown away. The, pomp, the limos, the security and the enormous amount of international press – the cameras, the microphones, the … Continue reading “2019 Academy Awards Review”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

0 Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. This year, the CityArts Program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”

Gary Sinise to receive LMGI Humanitarian Award

3+ Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise will receive the esteemed Humanitarian Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards. Celebrating the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First,” the 2020 Awards will honor the exemplary commitment that Sinise and his foundation have made to give back to those who sacrifice for our nation and create … Continue reading “Gary Sinise to receive LMGI Humanitarian Award”

TimeZoneOne wins two awards for Navy Pier campaigns

3+ TimeZoneOne (TZO), a global creative communications agency, has been recognized for its creative work with Navy Pier, earning two Communicator Awards. The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for marketing and communications professionals. The Award of Excellence honors TimeZoneOne’s work for Navy Pier’s successful “More Than You Imagine” brand campaign focusing on changing locals’ perception … Continue reading “TimeZoneOne wins two awards for Navy Pier campaigns”

Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries

5+ Content competition introduces new categories while seeking submissions from creators of all regions and languages Following its 40th anniversary as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards today opened its annual call for entries, offering several exciting new categories that signal the continued growth in creative … Continue reading “Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries”

Jon Favreau to receive Renaissance Award in Chicago

4+ Robert Downey Jr. will Interview Favreau during the Siskel Center’s annual event June 15 at the Four Seasons The Gene Siskel Film Center today announced that it will honor acclaimed director, producer, screenwriter and actor Jon Favreau with its 2019 Renaissance Award on Saturday, June 15 at the Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E. Delaware. … Continue reading “Jon Favreau to receive Renaissance Award in Chicago”

Mode Project lands Gold Davey Award

2+ Creative studio’s After School Matters fundraising video honored by Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts Mode Project taps into the human experience in a way that captures minds, hearts, and awards. In recognition of the Chicago-based design and production studio’s outstanding work, the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts recently presented Mode Project with … Continue reading “Mode Project lands Gold Davey Award”

Lake Forest Academy doc to air Oct. 25-27 on WTTW

3+ A new film by Mike Leonard and Mary Kay Wall highlights the school’s unique approach and diverse experiences (Chicago — 5 October 2018) Lake Forest Academy is proud to announce a new film about the school’s global approach to education. Global Generation will have a free public screening on the LFA campus on Monday, … Continue reading “Lake Forest Academy doc to air Oct. 25-27 on WTTW”

Kartemquin to award $150k grants at 11/1 event

1+ Luncheon to honor emerging documentary producers and acclaimed 2018 releases “America to Me” and “Minding the Gap” (Chicago, 24 September 2018) Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary not-for-profit organization, will for the first time announce recipients of $150,000 in grants for up to 15 films at the 2018 Kartemquin Films Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon, … Continue reading “Kartemquin to award $150k grants at 11/1 event”

Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news

8+   Angelina Jolie wins at Annie’s The Vince Lombardi trophy wasn’t the only award handed out this weekend. In Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America and The Annie Awards honored their own for excellence in directing in film and television and animation, respectively Angelina Jolie wore a silver gown and brought two of … Continue reading “Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news”

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

7+ 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 … Continue reading “SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news”

Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award

6+ Chicago once again proved that the city possesses a great wealth of talent as comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and wife, writer Emily V. Gordon, took home Best Comedy for their addictive interracial romantic comedy, The Big Sick, at the 233rd Annual Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The awards are bestowed annually by … Continue reading “Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award”

“Anything’s Possible” as Lottery wins Batchy Award

THE LATEST AWARD for the Illinois Lottery was the top “Batchy Award” bestowed upon its multi-faceted “Anything’s Possible” campaign by NASPL (North American Assn. of State and Provincial Lotteries) in the Corporate/Beneficiary category. It competed with submissions from 40 other US and Canadian lotteries.

Jerry Springer to host 55th Emmy Awards show Nov. 3

TV staple Jerry Springer, returning to Chicago after a four year absence, is the surprising – and always controversial — host of the 55th Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards ceremony to be held Nov. 3 at the Alhambra Palace, in the West Loop.

The decision to invite Springer by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), however, was not eagerly embraced by all members of the committee that proposed him.