Behind the Scenes: Amazon series ‘Tales From the Loop’

Tales From the Loop, a new eight-episode series now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, explores the goings-on in a small Ohio town situated atop a mysterious machine that has made the stuff of imagination into an everyday reality for the local residents. Based on the paintings of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, the series was written … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: Amazon series ‘Tales From the Loop’”

Walmart prepares online challenge to Amazon Prime

With more than 4,000 stores in the US alone, Walmart is by far the nation’s largest brick and mortar retailer. But online, it ranks behind Amazon, which claims nearly 40 percent of US online retail sales. According to a recent story published in VOX, Walmart is about to challenge Amazon’s dominance with a new online … Continue reading “Walmart prepares online challenge to Amazon Prime”

Lifetime’s original Holiday Movie on Amazon Prime

The feeding frenzy has begun as Christmas movie fans binge 24/7 on originally produced seasonal fare from Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel, including Lifetime’s original Holiday Movie, Solstice. The annual holiday tradition of originally produced cable movies began 25 years ago with the independently produced award-winning Christmastime drama. Written, produced and directed by then fledgling … Continue reading “Lifetime’s original Holiday Movie on Amazon Prime”

Chicago’s ‘PRGirl’ comes to Amazon Prime

Ever wonder what the life of a public relations woman in Chicago is like? Now’s your opportunity to soak up all the spilt tea. Entering its second season, PRGirl is an original reality series on showcasing the lives of leading ladies running the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle public relations in Chicago. Season 1, featured 24-year-old … Continue reading “Chicago’s ‘PRGirl’ comes to Amazon Prime”

Amazon to film ‘On The Spectrum’ at Cinespace

Coming-of-age comedic drama follows the lives of three roommates on the autism spectrum who are “striving for the same things that we all desire” Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, one of the largest film studios in the country, based on the west side of Chicago announced a deal with Amazon Studios to begin filming the half-hour … Continue reading “Amazon to film ‘On The Spectrum’ at Cinespace”

DePauw and DePaul’s “King Rat” on Amazon Prime

“It was either go to grad school or just make a movie right now, and I decided to just make a movie.” Writer / Director Henry Johnston DePauw University and DePaul University alumni teamed up to create King Rat – a feature film that utilized university resources to take a meta look at the graduation … Continue reading “DePauw and DePaul’s “King Rat” on Amazon Prime”

Cinespace signs production deal for Amazon’s ‘Utopia’

Digital content distributor to film Gillian Flynn-remake of the British thriller at Chicago’s West Side studio campus   Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, a 1.45 million square foot studio facility on the west side of downtown Chicago with additional studios in development at 31st and Kedzie, has inked an agreement with Amazon Studios to begin production … Continue reading “Cinespace signs production deal for Amazon’s ‘Utopia’”

VSA’s Justin Leyba: this Amazon Echo spec is no joke

VSA Partners Content Creator Justin Leyba wrote, directed, and edited an endearing spec for Amazon Echo that creatively demonstrates the value of Alexa’s humor in the context of one woman’s atrocious day. Titled, Worst Day Ever, the spot was created by one of the rising creative stars whose work will be featured during SHOOT’s 16th … Continue reading “VSA’s Justin Leyba: this Amazon Echo spec is no joke”

Amazon’s Kindle Fire pad to revolutionize indie film access

The Reel is honored that award-winning indie filmmaker and Columbia College professor Julian Grant will be sharing his valuable insights as well as news about Chicago’s thriving indie scene.

CINEMA 2.0 IS ON ITS WAY, in the form of the new Kindle Fire from Amazon that was just announced and ships next month.  The much-in-demand tablet styled E-reader boasts a low sticker price of $199 and a gateway to all of your purchased Amazon content.

Blue Chip repositions Splenda as a wellness brand

A new campaign from agency Blue Chip repositions Splenda as a wellness brand, with the top low-calorie sweetener being the first step toward a healthier lifestyle. Whereas sweeteners have been about restriction for calorie counters, the new Splenda courts wellness conscious consumers who follow food trends and seek balance in eating. Ads target people who … Continue reading “Blue Chip repositions Splenda as a wellness brand”

Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo ‘Change is a Tough Pill to Swallow’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled Change Is a Tough Pill To Swallow airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode Change Is a Tough Pill To Swallow: Charles helps Dylan with a longtime patient who was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia. Stevie, Maggie … Continue reading “Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo ‘Change is a Tough Pill to Swallow’”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Burnside’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Burnside is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: As the team works to solve a deadly shooting in Burnside, Atwater realizes he has a very personal connection to the case. Below are exclusive set … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Burnside’”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Two Hundred’

This week Chicago Fire celebrates their milestone 200th episode appropriately titled Two Hundred. Number 200 airs Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: In the show’s milestone 200th episode, Casey makes a life-altering decision. Gallo, Ritter and Violet agree to an interview and photo shoot. Brett … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Two Hundred’”

On set with cast and crew as Chicago Fire celebrates their 200th

Currently in its 10th season and as popular as ever, Wednesday night mainstay and mothership to the One Chicago universe, NBC drama Chicago Fire crosses the milestone 200th episode on Oct. 20 (8-9 p.m. CST) with an episode appropriately titled “Two Hundred.”  Here are the photos that were captured during the recent celebration on set with … Continue reading “On set with cast and crew as Chicago Fire celebrates their 200th”

Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’

Chicago filmmakers release the Indie crime drama feature, The Cleaner. Distributed by 1091 Pictures, the story follows a middle-aged house cleaner who gets caught up in a violent crime after being hired to locate a client’s estranged son.  The Cleaner stars King Orba (DC’s Stargirl), Shelley Long (Modern Family), Shiloh Fernandez (Burn), Luke Wilson (Old … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’”

The reinventions of Irene Michaels

Irene Michaels, who will be singing with the ensemble, OUR HOUSE at the Jazz Showcase on Monday, October 18, continues to reinvent herself with an impressive list of adventures. She has transitioned from being a dancer to a model, actress, producer, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, Beauty & Luxury Lifestyle Expert, product developer, best-selling author, award-winning equestrian, and … Continue reading “The reinventions of Irene Michaels”

Optimus Promotes Zach Scheitlin to Audio Engineer

Optimus today announced that Zach Scheitlin has been promoted to Audio Engineer. Scheitlin’s elevation bolsters an already formidable audio team under the leadership of Senior Audio Engineer Marina Killion, and drives the department forward as it serves a rapidly expanding production and post business. “Zach has been a pinch hitter for us since his first days at Optimus,” … Continue reading “Optimus Promotes Zach Scheitlin to Audio Engineer”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘The Right Thing’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled The Right Thing is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Kidd spreads her wings as a lieutenant. Chief Hawkins rides with Ambulance 61 to learn more about Brett. Casey takes a trip out of town. A Ritter date … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘The Right Thing’”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘In The Dark’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled In The Dark is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: When Upton and Ruzek answer an emergency call to an abandoned house, their investigation leads them down a dark path. Below are exclusive … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘In The Dark’”

Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo Status Quo aka The Mess We’re In

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled Status Quo aka The Mess We’re In airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode Status Quo aka The Mess We’re In: Charles helps Dylan with a longtime patient who was recently diagnosed with … Continue reading “Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo Status Quo aka The Mess We’re In”

Roger joins forces with SG+Partners for midwest representation

Creative agency Roger has signed with SG+Partners for Midwest commercial representation. Roger joins a collective of premier production, post, and VFX talent represented by SG+Partners, led by Sarah Gitersonke.  “Combining top-tier talent, animation, live-action, and editorial, Roger is a fully integrated powerhouse that’s been on fire lately with their latest for Disney+, HBO, and General Mills,” says Gitersonke, who … Continue reading “Roger joins forces with SG+Partners for midwest representation”

Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo Be The Change You Want To See

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled Be The Change You Want To See airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode Be The Change You Want To See: Dylan and Will deal with a dishonest patient whose lupus is in … Continue reading “Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo Be The Change You Want To See”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics and promo ‘Counting Your Breaths’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled Counting Your Breaths is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Griffin learns the truth about his father’s death and reveals why he really came to visit Casey. Gallo, Ritter and Violet take steps to expand … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics and promo ‘Counting Your Breaths’”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘The One Next to Me’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled The One Next to Me is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Halstead’s past resurfaces when a former Army colleague is implicated in a deadly blast; as the FBI launches an investigation into … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘The One Next to Me’”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Rage’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Rage is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: When a P.D. informant is murdered, the team digs in to track down the perpetrator only to learn a shocking truth; Voight and Ruzek strategize … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Rage’”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics and promo ‘Headcount’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled Headcount is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: A video of Casey from the roof rescue goes viral. Mouch sets up a Little Free Library at Firehouse 51. Herrmann breaks protocol. Below are exclusive set … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics and promo ‘Headcount’”

Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo ‘To Lean In or To Let Go’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled To Lean In or To Let Go airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode To Lean In or To Let Go: Vanessa and Archer disagree on how to handle the victim of a … Continue reading “Chicago Med: this week’s pics & promo ‘To Lean In or To Let Go’”

Official cast photos for Season 7 of Chicago Med

Welcome back to the cast of Chicago Med! The halls of Gaffney Medical Center are busy again but there’s a couple new faces in the Season 7 official cast photos. The season premiere had a shake up of cast as we ushered out Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) and … Continue reading “Official cast photos for Season 7 of Chicago Med”

Official photos of the Chicago P.D. cast for Season 9

Welcome back! The entire cast of Chicago P.D. has returned for Season 9. The season 9 premiere welcomed the start of the new season and the release of the official cast photos. The team returns with Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) fighting for her life as the team scrambles to find her kidnapper, and Sergeant … Continue reading “Official photos of the Chicago P.D. cast for Season 9”

Chicago Fire official cast photos for Season 10

We’re back! The official cast photos have been released for Season 10 of Chicago Fire. Now that it has been revealed that our team has survived the life-threatening underwater rescue it is safe to show the photos of our beloved cast of Chicago Fire for Season 10. We are hoping there won’t be any tearful … Continue reading “Chicago Fire official cast photos for Season 10”

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”

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’”

PodcastOne scores NFL quarterback Jay Cutler for podcast series

PodcastOne announced that it has signed retired NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback Jay Cutler for an exclusive podcast and vodcast series called Uncut with Jay Cutler. Cutler is a former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback who played for 12 seasons, primarily with the Bears, Broncos, and Dolphins. Launching August 25, 2021 via PodcastOne’s SportsNet, Uncut with Jay Cutler‘s upcoming guests include Country music star … Continue reading “PodcastOne scores NFL quarterback Jay Cutler for podcast series”

Exclusive set photos of Lightyears filming on location in Blue Island

Chicago’s southwest suburb of Blue Island had an exciting day of filmmaking when the TV series Lightyears starring Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons (Spider-man, Spider-man: Far From Home, Zack Snyder’s Justice League) filmed on location at a home near 127th and Western, and at the Blue Island Police Station. Reel photographer, Sandra Plaza-Javier, captured the … Continue reading “Exclusive set photos of Lightyears filming on location in Blue Island”

CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced the formation of the organization’s Chicago Industry Exchange (CIX), the new name for its year-round industry programming, along with the launch of CIX:Lab The CIX:Lab is a year-long creative development lab focusing on 4-5 feature film projects made by diverse voices and underrepresented filmmakers in the region. CIX will build on … Continue reading “CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab”

Kanye’s mother, Donda West, is celebrated in new book

On the week of the Kanye West ‘DONDA’ album release comes a new book, Donda’s Rules: The Scholarly Documents of Dr. Donda West (Mother of Kanye West). The book delivers Dr. West’s philosophy as a professor, writer, world traveler, and mother of Kanye West.  Edited by Chicago State University professor Garrard McClendon, Donda’s Rules highlights 70 tips on how to write creatively. Donda West said … Continue reading “Kanye’s mother, Donda West, is celebrated in new book”

South Shore’s Regal Mile Studios receives city approval

The Regal Mile Studios, a proposed $60 million film studio planned for Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood received preliminary approval from a Chicago commission. The Plan Commission unanimously approved a proposal for a “state-of-the-art media campus” with 220,000 square feet of studio space on a 6.5-acre plot in the far southwest corner of South Shore. A … Continue reading “South Shore’s Regal Mile Studios receives city approval”

Attend a Red Carpet screening of The Breakfast Club

Get your hair crimpers, neon shades, double Izods, acid wash jean jackets, and Tretorn sneakers ready for a fun evening with the Chicago screening of The Breakfast Club, along with Anthony Michael Hall who is in Chicago filming his new movie, The Class. On Monday, July 26th  6:00pm, Generation Z meet Generation X at the Classic Cinemas … Continue reading “Attend a Red Carpet screening of The Breakfast Club”

Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week

Paper Girls completed filming scenes in Wheeling this week. According to a tweet from the Wheeling Police and Fire Department, production ended last night. The new Olive Productions /Amazon Studios /Legendary Entertainment series Paper Girls will continue filming in the Chicago area through mid September. “That’s a wrap! Film crews from Olive Productions, LLC in … Continue reading “Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week”

The Bear: Production begins around Chicago

The new FX pilot, The Bear, has started filming around the Chicago area. The new Disney-owned series stars former Shameless star, Jeremy Allen White, as a young chef who returns to Chicago to run the family restaurant in the half-hour series. FX gave the project a pilot order in March. The series comes from Ramy executive producer/director Christopher … Continue reading “The Bear: Production begins around Chicago”

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”

Illinois Lottery celebrates first instant ticket 7-11-21

The Illinois Lottery launched its very first instant ticket, 7-11-21, in 1975, bringing players millions of dollars in prizes over the past 45 years. With the actual date of 7/11/21 occurring this year, there is no better time to celebrate this legendary ticket! To make the most of these numbers aligning, the Illinois Lottery is … Continue reading “Illinois Lottery celebrates first instant ticket 7-11-21”

Seed adds multi-talented Director, Kali Bailey to roster

Seed Media Arts announces the addition of Director, Kali Bailey, to its roster. This continues Seed’s recent run of partnerships with experienced cinematic storytellers all having expertise in numerous aspects of filmmaking. Bailey is an accomplished Director with a strong background in Writing, Cinematography, and Editorial that is proudly rooted in the LGBTQ+ community. Kali … Continue reading “Seed adds multi-talented Director, Kali Bailey to roster”

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”

The Chi producer plans $60M film studio on South Side

Film and TV production in Chicago is 100% up and running, and expanding to the south side. The executive producer of The Chi television series, Derek Dudley is joining forces with Loop Capital Chairman and CEO, Jim Reynolds with plans for a film studio that they expect will bring thousands of jobs to the South … Continue reading “The Chi producer plans $60M film studio on South Side”

The Mill announces Patrick Coleman as Head of Design

Creative production studio The Mill announced Patrick Coleman as their new Head of Design in Chicago.  With over a decade of experience with a focus in 3D motion design, Coleman’s beginnings began at OPTIMUS in 2004. He then went on to become Creative Director at Sarofsky. Since 2017, Coleman has been working closely with The Mill’s … Continue reading “The Mill announces Patrick Coleman as Head of Design”

Anthony Michael Hall & Debbie Gibson to film in Chicago

Monaco Films is set to begin production on The Class this summer in Chicago. The coming of age high school drama will star Anthony Michael Hall and Broadway actress and pop icon Debbie Gibson. Also joining the cast is an ensemble of the newest generation of Hollywood’s rising television actors. The Class, written by Nicholas Celozzi, (Shattered, The Lost … Continue reading “Anthony Michael Hall & Debbie Gibson to film in Chicago”

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 producer, director offers NFT distribution

Chicago Producer Anthony Gibson and Director Zach Lona are introducing a new distribution mode with their feature film He Who Lives in Hidden Lakes, a wacky mockumentary comedy about faith and folklore. The film will be released this year via Film Hub, but only after it has been auctioned off as an NFT- that’s a … Continue reading “Chicago producer, director offers NFT distribution”

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’”

EXTRA Gum offer fresh start to post-pandemic life

EXTRA Gum is all about shared moments of human connection—many of which have unfortunately, become distant memory due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until now: we can finally reconnect IRL! After a hard year of not seeing one another (and frankly, not being very mindful of how your breath smells) EXTRA is there to help give you … Continue reading “EXTRA Gum offer fresh start to post-pandemic life”

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’”

J.K. Simmons replaces Ed O’Neill in Chicago series

O’Neill was announced in March 2021, but had to leave Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi drama series Lightyears due to “family reasons” as reported by Deadline. Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons will co-star alongside fellow Academy Award winner, Sissy Spacek. Lightyears is one of the four new series to be filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios this … Continue reading “J.K. Simmons replaces Ed O’Neill in Chicago series”

‘One Chicago’ fans, get ready for May Sweeps

May sweeps are here and that is good news for One Chicago fans. Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire will run new episodes every Wednesday in May until the finale on May 26. The Reel Chicago staff has been planning a One Chicago finale party. If you’re planning to do the same, here’s a … Continue reading “‘One Chicago’ fans, get ready for May Sweeps”

Your cheat sheet for unique gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Show mom you care this Mother’s Day by gifting her with something a little more interesting than a foot massager. We’ve done a little window shopping and have come up with several top picks to ace this Mother’s Day.   This list is full of the best affordable gifts for all kinds of moms: the one … Continue reading “Your cheat sheet for unique gift ideas for Mother’s Day”

Optimus promotes Joanna Woods to Executive Producer

Leading production and post house Optimus today announced it has promoted Joanna Woods to executive producer (EP). Woods joined Optimus from Beast/Company 3/Method Studios as a senior producer in 2018 along with Editors Angelo Valencia, Matt Glover and Emily Hayes and VFX Supervisor Ryan Wood. Woods has post-produced campaigns for brands including Allstate, AutoZone, BCBS, … Continue reading “Optimus promotes Joanna Woods to Executive Producer”

Chicago’s Paul Raci wins Spirit Award for Metal

Chicago was once again represented at an awards show and no, the film didn’t begin with Trial or Ma. After being shut out of Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and winning a BAFTA, Chicago-born Paul Raci won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his critically-acclaimed performance in Sound of … Continue reading “Chicago’s Paul Raci wins Spirit Award for Metal”

37th Chicago Latino Film Audience Choice Award wins

The 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces the winners and runners-up for the Audience Choice Awards. The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature went to The Heist of the Century, Argentinian director Ariel Winograd’s heist comedy about the most famous and audacious bank robbery in Argentina’s history starring Guillermo Francella (The Secret in Their Eyes) … Continue reading “37th Chicago Latino Film Audience Choice Award wins”

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’”

Burnett, DDB, FCB represent Chicago at Andy Awards

The Andy Awards announced their winners on April 12 and Leo Burnett, DDB Chicago and FCB Chicago represented the windy city for their work on Kraft Heinz Country Time, Miller Lite and Coors Light respectively. Burnett The Chicago office took home an Idea Andy for their work on Country Time Lemonade’s Littlest Bailout. , which … Continue reading “Burnett, DDB, FCB represent Chicago at Andy Awards”

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”

Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU

Chicago State University (CSU) connects local film and television professionals with industry leaders during a free virtual four-day Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference, April 27-30. Sponsored by the Department of Communications, Media Arts & Theatre Department at CSU, this power-packed event features keynote speaker Louis Carr, President of Media Sales for BET Networks. Among … Continue reading “Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU”

Coda Collection acquires Dave Grohl’s What Drives Us

Dave Grohl has been one of the most beloved and respected figures on the international music scene since his recorded debut with Nirvana on 1991’s generation-defining Nevermind. Grohl took center stage with Foo Fighters’ 1995 self-titled debut, the first album in a massive 12-Grammy-winning catalogue, including the band’s most recent release Medicine at Midnight (2021). … Continue reading “Coda Collection acquires Dave Grohl’s What Drives Us”

Sonixphere adds Matt Brooks, Int’l Business Development

Sonixphere, the award-winning music and sound creators for advertising, series TV and film, announced that Matt Brooks has joined the company as Head of International Business Development. The addition of Matt comes at a strategic time for Sonixphere as it continues to build a global presence. Matt was previously Regional Director of Operations at Sofar … Continue reading “Sonixphere adds Matt Brooks, Int’l Business Development”

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’”

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””

Sci-fi drama ‘Lightyears’ preparing to shoot at Cinespace

Oscar winner Sissy Spacek and three-time Emmy-nominated Modern Family star Ed O’Neill are set as the leads in the sci-fi drama, Lightyears, currently in prep at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Amazon has issued a series order for, Lightyears, an hourlong sci-fi-drama produced by Legendary TV, from writer Holden Miller and producer Daniel C. Connolly. Connolly will serve as showrunner and … Continue reading “Sci-fi drama ‘Lightyears’ preparing to shoot at Cinespace”

Dave Helem: D.J. The Chicago Kid – Rose Bowl special

Taped in a drive-in set-up during the pandemic at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the special is an hour-long roller coaster of things that have made Dave Helem, the comedian and former math teacher, who he is. From his glory days in the classroom, to how protesting doesn’t look the same for everyone, and … Continue reading “Dave Helem: D.J. The Chicago Kid – Rose Bowl special”

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””

Wild Turkey designs guided tasting for Alexa and Google

The award-winning bourbon brand Wild Turkey announces the first-ever guided tasting for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voiced by a legendary distillery family – the Russells. Using the skill is easy. Whether you want to learn the basics of whiskey or refine your palate, just say to your Alexa device, “Alexa, enable Wild Turkey Tasting” … Continue reading “Wild Turkey designs guided tasting for Alexa and Google”

Cheetos wins 2021 Kellogg School Super Bowl Review

Don’t get Super Bowl fatigue just yet. There’s a little bit more to our roundup. Cheetos is the big winner in strategic ad rankings with its “It Wasn’t Me” ad in the 17th consecutive Kellogg School Super Bowl Advertising Review. Other brands that earned top marks include Amazon, Bud Light Seltzer, Doritos, and Indeed. Not all advertisers had … Continue reading “Cheetos wins 2021 Kellogg School Super Bowl Review”

OKRP Creatives weigh in on Super Bowl ads

Despite the CBS All-Access crashing right at kick off. Despite a somewhat lame, yet spectacle-laden Half-Time Show thanks to “Should have been nominated for a Grammy” The Weeknd. Despite atrocious ref calling. Super Bowl LV was a historic telecast as we saw the oldest NFL coach Bruce Arians, 68, and the oldest QB Tom Brady, … Continue reading “OKRP Creatives weigh in on Super Bowl ads”

Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature

Chicago’s Ravin Gandhi made many people think he was crazy for shooting 100 Days to Live, an award-winning, suicide-based thriller debuting this week on Amazon, Apple and several other platforms. After pitching the film in 2017, the fledgling writer/director decided not only to finance the script that he had written, but also to temporarily relocate … Continue reading “Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature”

Evanston Indie bookstore flips ‘You’ve Got Mail’ theme

When Nina Barrett opened a new branch of her independent bookstore Bookends & Beginnings on the main commercial street of downtown Evanston this weekend, she defied the trend of small-business collapse in the time of COVID. She also reversed the narrative arc of the popular 90s rom-com—You’ve Got Mail—in which an aggressive new chain bookstore drove a beloved … Continue reading “Evanston Indie bookstore flips ‘You’ve Got Mail’ theme”

‘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: Film Editor Bill Ebel reflects back

Editor’s Note: In 2020, the world changed right before our very eyes. Ad agencies, production companies and post houses were forced to adapt and begin a “new normal” working, living, exercising and entertaining out of home. Now that we have just entered 2021, we asked around our industry friends to reflect back on the year and … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Film Editor Bill Ebel reflects back”

Burrell spot for Toyota Sienna celebrates spontaneity

The adventurous life awaits! “The Sienna Life” campaign, kicking off today, welcomes a refined and versatile minivan featuring bold design, available all-wheel drive, and enhanced fuel efficiency: the all-hybrid and all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna. The fully integrated campaign was developed against Toyota’s long-standing Total Toyota (T2) marketing model, fully considering the transcultural mainstream audiences across … Continue reading “Burrell spot for Toyota Sienna celebrates spontaneity”

ArtClass partners with SG+Partners as Midwest rep

Bicoastal production company ArtClass has partnered with SG+Partners for Midwest representation. ArtClass joins a collective of production, post, and VFX talent represented by SG+Partners, led by Sarah Gitersonke, who launched the agency in 2017 after working in the Chicago production scene as a producer and executive producer for more than a decade. “ArtClass is unlike any other company in … Continue reading “ArtClass partners with SG+Partners as Midwest rep”

Interview: CIFF Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman

Today is the beginning of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival. Unlike other years, the prestigious festival is a bit different than the ones we have experienced in the past. With an ongoing pandemic and COVID on the rise in Illinois, the fest is combining streaming on-demand and appointment screenings and an in-person drive-in theatre … Continue reading “Interview: CIFF Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman”

Chicago Latino Film Fest announces lineup of films

Chicago Latino Film Festival announces their lineup for their 36th anniversary. The festival will shift to a virtual format and will take place from September 18-27. Since the beginning, the Chicago Latino Film Festival has consistently presented a significant number of features and short films that throw a spotlight on the continent’s diverse indigenous cultures. Until recently, most of … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest announces lineup of films”

Imagine living in a world without a superhero

Although most of us know that Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday night at the young age of 43 due to aggressive Colon Cancer, only played Black Panther in a movie, for most of us it feels like the actual superhero Black Panther died. Chadwick was bigger than life. He was more than an actor, he … Continue reading “Imagine living in a world without a superhero”

TDH welcomes Lisa Groot as VP, Account Director

Craft creative agency, Tom, Dick & Harry Creative Co. (TDH), has hired Lisa Groot as Vice President, Account Director, Managing Partner Greg Reifel announced today. In her new position, Lisa Groot will lead several of TDH’s clients and play a significant role on the agency’s growth team. “The first time we met Lisa we felt … Continue reading “TDH welcomes Lisa Groot as VP, Account Director”

FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast

FX has set the extraordinary ensemble cast that will star with Chris Rock in the fourth installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning limited series Fargo. Peabody, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winning Executive Producer Noah Hawley (creator/showrunner/writer/director) and his production company 26 Keys will lead the creative team for the latest all-new “true … Continue reading “FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast”

SCC takes Small Agency of the Year, Silver

Chicago-based independent creative and technology agency, Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) won its second Small Agency of the Year Award in three years taking the Ad Age Silver. The metaphoric icing atop the agency’s 30th birthday cake, Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) has pushed boundaries by taking its mission statement, “We work for humans,” to heart through … Continue reading “SCC takes Small Agency of the Year, Silver”

Chicago filmmaker Kris Rey talks about her 4th feature

Chicago filmmaker, Kris Rey talks with Reel Chicago about the making of her newly released indie feature “I Used to Go Here” opening today at the Music Box. It’s always fun watching a film and seeing local Chicago names, faces, and locations being showcased.  Couple that with the talented female filmmaker, Kris Rey who is making … Continue reading “Chicago filmmaker Kris Rey talks about her 4th feature”

Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, today announced this year’s Industry Days will be held virtually for a global audience, October 12-18, 2020. Early Bird accreditation is now available for qualified participants to secure registration at the lowest price. Registration prices will increase to the regular rate on August 21. Film and media professionals interested in … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual”

Back-to-School ads down 50% with uncertainty of opening

Numerator, the Chicago data and tech company serving the market research space, has launched a Back to School Index to understand how brands and consumers are managing through the uncertainty of school openings. The index monitors ad spend, promotional activity, and purchase behaviors versus a year ago to quantify shifts in everything from advertising strategy to … Continue reading “Back-to-School ads down 50% with uncertainty of opening”

Brooke Foley & NFL 1st female coach launch Critter Fitter

Brooke Foley, Creative Director & Founder of Jayne Agency and Dr. Jen Welter, the first female coach of the NFL, announce the launch of Critter Fitter, a social, emotional and physical wellness platform for kids ages 0-10, written in response to families having to shelter in place during the Coronavirus pandemic. The goal of the … Continue reading “Brooke Foley & NFL 1st female coach launch Critter Fitter”

How did Blacks get into advertising anyway?

Jim Glover has worked for general market and black advertising agencies and his work has always been on the cutting edge, which many believe is why he has won so many accolades in the biz. Jim is now the founder, President, Creative Director/writer of MultiCultural Creative Consultants (MCC), author of the thriller novel, Mad Man and a … Continue reading “How did Blacks get into advertising anyway?”

Seed adds Director/Photographer, Sam Ciurdar

Roy Skillicorn, owner and EP of Seed, envisions Sam Ciurdar making it big. “Sam has an artist’s eye for beautiful imagery that blends perfectly with his vision as a director and his interest in compelling storytelling. A true visual thinker and focused artist, he is the right fit for us.  His films capture emotion within the reality … Continue reading “Seed adds Director/Photographer, Sam Ciurdar”

Antidote for lockdown: 10 reasons to get out of town

We may not be ready to hit the road yet but GoTraveler offers the next best thing to packing a bag. Riding an elephant, going through an African safari, joining an Irish brewery tour, and gazing at the Eiffel Tower are all travel experiences of a lifetime. There’s a lot to learn about the world … Continue reading “Antidote for lockdown: 10 reasons to get out of town”

Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA

Congratulations to our friends at Leo Burnett and mcgarrybowen. Each agency took home three Gold statues from the American Advertising Awards which were announced April 28 virtually. Oh, and the agency at 35 West Wacker also took home “Agency of the Year.” Well done. Both agencies also took home awards in the “Best of” categories. … Continue reading “Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA”

Michael Fassnacht to serve as Chicago CMO

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and World Business Chicago (WBC) Vice Chair Mellody Hobson today announced that WBC will name Michael Fassnacht as the Chicago Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Working alongside City agencies and its public and private partners, the CMO will create a unified, citywide marketing, branding and business development strategy to elevate perceptions of Chicago as an … Continue reading “Michael Fassnacht to serve as Chicago CMO”

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

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

‘Shooting Heroin’ is hosting a Virtual Live Red Carpet

Shooting Heroin, one of the first narrative feature films on the current opioid epidemic in North America, is hosting a virtual Live Red Carpet Premiere with cast and crew on April 3 at 2:30pm PDT. Shooting Heroin, written and directed by Spencer T. Folmar (Generational Sins) tells the story of a small-town Pennsylvania community that comes together … Continue reading “‘Shooting Heroin’ is hosting a Virtual Live Red Carpet”

REEL WOMEN: Christina Varotsis, producer, UPM

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Christina has produced a wide variety of studio and … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Christina Varotsis, producer, UPM”

‘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”

Zevia Partners with Haberman & Sarofsky for Zevia Kidz

Please tell me this isn’t just for kids. Zevia, a leading zero sugar, zero calorie beverage company, recently kicked off the integrated spot-market campaign heralding the release of its new product line, Zevia Kidz. The ‘It’s Everything You Wished For’ campaign was conceived and brought to life by full-service marketing agency Haberman, through digital video, digital banners and … Continue reading “Zevia Partners with Haberman & Sarofsky for Zevia Kidz”

Inside look at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit

Chicago will become the center of the TV and film universe when it hosts the eighth annual ScreenCraft Writers Summit at the Hotel Allegro next month from April 24 to April 27. Agents, producers, show runners, financiers, studio execs, and, of course, writers are scheduled to share their wisdom. Designed to connect blockbuster movie professionals with emerging … Continue reading “Inside look at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit”

Reel Women: Emily Dell of ScreenCraft Writers Summit

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Emily Dell is the Executive Director of the ScreenCraft … Continue reading “Reel Women: Emily Dell of ScreenCraft Writers Summit”

MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy

Erica Duffy, a transplant from San Francisco, has been part of the Chicago film community for 6 years and counting. No stranger to film production, she’s the proud owner of Camera Ambassador, a local rental house in Chicago. Camera Ambassador provides resources and services to filmmakers such as workshops and screenings.  The space also hosts … Continue reading “MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy”

Zanah Thirus, producer + director

Zanah Thirus, director and producer, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Zanah Thirus is … Continue reading “Zanah Thirus, producer + director”

Maestro Rob Churchill joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor are very proud to announce the addition of Rob Churchill to their Chicago staff in the position of VFX Director. The announcement was made by Flavor’s Executive Producer, Neal Cohen. According to Churchill and executives from Flavor parent Cutters Studios, this momentous development also involves Churchill as a … Continue reading “Maestro Rob Churchill joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor”

Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker

Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker and co-founder of OTV Studio, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, house music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. … Continue reading “Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker”

Veronica Dillard, actor, voice artist, producer, comedian

Millennial creative actress, voice-over artist, producer, and comedian Veronica Dillard is already having another busy and promising year. The Windy City native recently finished producing Passed Over, the story of five coworkers who discover that praying often makes the best defense in violent situations. A handful of her film accomplishments from 2019 are not only … Continue reading “Veronica Dillard, actor, voice artist, producer, comedian”

Behind the scenes of the Jeep ‘Groundhog Day’ spot

Chicago-based Highdive Advertising reinvigorated an existential pop sensation through Groundhog Day, a commercial that became a classic before it even premiered during yesterday’s Super Bowl. In a fast-forward recreation of the identically-named 1993 film, the 60-second spot stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a weatherman caught in a kink of the space-time continuum. In scene … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of the Jeep ‘Groundhog Day’ spot”

Emmy-winner Jane Lynch joins STORY

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

‘The Dawn’ sends shivers from Minnesota to California

Executive Producers Chris Charles and John W. Bosher have expanded their Midwestern canon with the award-winning paranormal psycho-thriller The Dawn, which was released in select theaters, digital, and on-demand throughout North America on January 10, 2020. Filmed in Minnesota and California, The Dawn follows a young woman in post-World War I America who is sent … Continue reading “‘The Dawn’ sends shivers from Minnesota to California”

Erica Duffy describes her Midwest Film Fest vision

For the past 15 years, the Midwest Independent Film Festival has been showcasing Midwest filmmakers at monthly screenings known as “First Tuesdays.” Over the past two years, MIFF leadership, board members, and volunteers have weathered personnel changes, programming challenges, and attendance ebbs and flows. Now, the Fest is embarking on a major transformation, led by … Continue reading “Erica Duffy describes her Midwest Film Fest vision”

‘Chicago Overcoat’ picked up for second run

Ten years after its world premiere, the locally-produced mob thriller Chicago Overcoat has been picked up for a second run by Indie Rights. A re-mastered version of the 2009 film is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, with more platforms to follow. Overcoat tells the story of an aging hitman and a washed-up … Continue reading “‘Chicago Overcoat’ picked up for second run”

The biggest stories of 2019

The City of Chicago reigned supreme in 2019. Advertising agencies blended social justice with clever branding. Content creators reinforced Chicago’s reputation for inclusivity. Film studios entertained the nation while helping the local neighborhoods. And a handful of friends said goodbye. Below is a list of Reel Chicago’s top articles for 2019, separated by category and … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”

‘Moving Parts’ to premiere at Siskel Center in January

The Gene Siskel Film Center will screen the Chicago premiere of the award-winning film, Moving Parts, on January 3rd, 6th, and 7th. Sponsored by IFP Chicago, Moving Parts is a narrative feature written and directed by Emilie Upczak. Filmed in the Caribbean and finished in Chicago, it tells the story of Zhenzhen, a Chinese woman … Continue reading “‘Moving Parts’ to premiere at Siskel Center in January”

Brita, mcgarrybowen help the earth with ugly sweaters

Finessing a time-honored custom with environmental flair, Brita and mcgarrybowen Chicago are offering consumers a chance to celebrate National Ugly Sweater Day with a bright and cheesy new line that calls attention to the urgencies of climate change. Five of the agency’s in-house designers created sweater designs that blend traditional holiday kitsch with imagery of … Continue reading “Brita, mcgarrybowen help the earth with ugly sweaters”

Pigeon Roost signs directors Jake Brusha and Julie

Chicago-based entertainment and branded media company Pigeon Roost has signed Jake Brusha and Julie to its directorial roster. Brusha and Julie will work on commercials and branded content for the company, which boasts offices in Memphis, Los Angeles, and Athens, Greece in addition to its original Windy City headquarters. The announcement was made today by … Continue reading “Pigeon Roost signs directors Jake Brusha and Julie”

Behind the scenes with Zack Schor

Former Chicagoan talks about his upcoming role on Amazon’s ‘Hunters,’ starring Al Pacino Actor Zack Schor lost 35 pounds, learned to speak Polish, and worked in a “sobering” recreation of historical brutality while performing his role as a young Meyer Offerman in the 2020 Amazon Prime series, Hunters. Impressive, indeed, but that’s only half the … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with Zack Schor”

Banner unveils branding and leadership re-launch

Blackhawks TV spinoff is a ‘little company with a big heart’ that pumps far beyond the world of sports Celebrating a decade of creating video content for clients such as the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, Google, Amazon, and Reddi-wip, Banner today announced the re-launch of its business under the direction of new leadership that expands … Continue reading “Banner unveils branding and leadership re-launch”

The Mill, Avocado teach kids about sustainability

Production company and sustainable mattress brand join forces to publish ‘The Little Blue Planet,’ a children’s book about the importance of sustainability Production studio The Mill and Avocado Green Mattress have partnered over a shared commitment to sustainability to develop a children’s book called The Little Blue Planet. With the aim of educating children and … Continue reading “The Mill, Avocado teach kids about sustainability”

Cow Lamp acquires a pair of Jack Newell films

Indie distributor scores ‘Open Tables’ and ‘Close Quarters’ by Second City’s Harold Ramis School Program Director Cow Lamp Films — the Midwest’s first and only full-service, independent film and television distributor — has acquired two movies by romantic comedy legend Jack C. Newell. In Newell’s signature style, both of the stories use food and humor … Continue reading “Cow Lamp acquires a pair of Jack Newell films”

‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch

Aemilia Scott, Holli McGinley film follows a single mother living on the edge of Chicago’s Humboldt Park The 55th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 5th edition of Industry Days: Three Hours, directed by Aemilia Scott and produced by Holli McGinley. The film follows a single mother living … Continue reading “‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch”

Tandem founder Tyler Jay to appear on ‘Shark Tank’

Chicago-based film director to pitch Plop Star, “the holy grail of toilet deodorizers” on Sunday, October 20 After sacrificing countless off-work hours transforming a product idea into a marketable reality, Tandem founder Tyler Jay will present the fruits of his labor to American television audiences. On the October 20 episode of ABC’s Shark Tank he … Continue reading “Tandem founder Tyler Jay to appear on ‘Shark Tank’”

Interview with OTV founder Dr. Aymar Jean Christian

Open Television author and creator is helping to bring marginalized creators and content into the spotlight of American culture   Over the last four years, Dr. Aymar Jean Christian has inspired a community of artists and intellectuals to disrupt one of the greatest institutions in America. With analytical expertise, online manipulation, shrewd outreach, and boundless … Continue reading “Interview with OTV founder Dr. Aymar Jean Christian”

ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch”

Five film projects to compete for $20,000 awards package of in-kind goods and services   The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of five narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched in front of a live audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch””

The universal appeal of ‘See The Light’

Chicago actor Veronica Dillard explains how a tragedy can bring hope to any “age, race, or gender” Chicago-produced short film See the Light will make its Windy City debut during the Women Behind the Lens program at the Chicago South Side Film Festival this Saturday. Recently awarded Best Inspirational Film at the Anaheim Film Festival, … Continue reading “The universal appeal of ‘See The Light’”

Nanfu Wang named keynote for DVID graduation

Award-winning filmmaker will help celebrate grads of the doc program organized by Kartemquin and the Community Film Workshop Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago are thrilled to announce award-winning filmmaker Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation, Hooligan Sparrow) will provide the keynote speech at the 2019 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) graduation on … Continue reading “Nanfu Wang named keynote for DVID graduation”

Hornitos & Chicago Ideas $10K “Elevator Pitch” contest

Entrepreneurs can win big bucks by convincing judges that they’ve got “a shot worth taking” Hornitos Tequila and Chicago Ideas are giving entrepreneurs a shot at turning their aspirations into reality. As part of 2019 Chicago Ideas Week, the premium tequila brand and the innovator platform will host A Shot Worth Taking Elevator Pitch Contest … Continue reading “Hornitos & Chicago Ideas $10K “Elevator Pitch” contest”

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

Master Classes with Oscar and Sundance winners are just a few of the events scheduled for October 17-20 program     The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the program for Industry Days (October 17-20, 2019) with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.   A … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda”

Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes

Yuri Rutman’s guerilla-filmed, psychoerotic short begins streaming tomorrow on ShortsTV Kiev-born, Chicago-raised, LA-based filmmaker Yuri Rutman endured 48 hours of the Windy City winter to make a film that becomes available for streaming in 33 million homes tomorrow. His 18-minute short, Trained, is a love story like no other. Offering a glimpse into the lives … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes”

‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two

Comedy Central orders another round of the show about “joy, ambition, and silliness” in the Englewood community   According to a story published today in Hollywood Reporter, the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series South Side has been renewed for another season. Created by Windy City natives Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, and Sultan Salahuddin, South Side … Continue reading “‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two”

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”

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup

The largest film studio in the Midwest prepares for a busy season of hit shows with 13 new interns Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, based on the west side of Chicago, and currently the second-largest film studio in the country, welcomes back many popular series and announces several new television shows now filming at its campuses. … Continue reading “Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup”

OKRP helps Ace tout in-store pickup & delivery

A new spot reinforces campaign to differentiate the store’s national footprint Just as Amazon’s Prime Day launches, Ace Hardware is amping up its support for its recently announced e-commerce delivery service in a new advertising campaign from O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul appearing on national television, online video, dynamic digital and paid social. A new :15 … Continue reading “OKRP helps Ace tout in-store pickup & delivery”

Walgreens shifts business to Ogilvy and VMLY&R

Grey NY to still handle B2B business, but consumer business to be divided between Ogilvy Chicago and VLMY&R Chicago Looks like Walgreens, the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., is stocking up on WPP agencies. According to Adweek, Grey New York lost a vast majority of the account as the Deerfield, IL-based brand chose the … Continue reading “Walgreens shifts business to Ogilvy and VMLY&R”

Liz Taylor named Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett

Former FCB Chief Creative Officer will assume leadership across Publicis Communications North America in new role Award-winning creative leader Liz Taylor will join Leo Burnett Worldwide as chief creative officer. Starting July 8, she will sit at the agency’s Chicago headquarters leading the creative direction of the global agency network. Taylor will work alongside the … Continue reading “Liz Taylor named Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett”

Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley

The woman who helped Illinois make hundreds of TV shows and generate $2.5 billion in revenue talks about the ever-changing Midwestern filmscape Christine Dudley joined the Illinois Film Office at the exact time when the Illinois Film Office needed Christine Dudley. Combining exceptional legislative knowledge with a “modest background in production,” she helped guide the … Continue reading “Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley”

Haroula Rose’s ‘Once Upon A River’ premieres May 10

The Chicago / LA director’s first feature film screens at Geena Davis’s Bentonville Film Festival n May 10 The world premiere of Haroula Rose’s first feature film, Once Upon A River, takes place at Geena Davis’s Bentonville Film Festival on May 10, 2019. Filmed in Northeast Illinois, Once Upon A River is based on the … Continue reading “Haroula Rose’s ‘Once Upon A River’ premieres May 10”

Werner Herzog to lead Master Class at Facets

Legendary director will discuss his career, philosophy, and approach to filmmaking Facets Chicago will present a master class with acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog on Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. With a body of work that spans over five decades and is still growing, Herzog has cemented his legacy as not only a trailblazer of … Continue reading “Werner Herzog to lead Master Class at Facets”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series 2019

From “Black Panther” to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Chicago’s outdoor movie schedule offers something for everyone The 2019 Millennium Park outdoor movie schedule is diverse and awesome. Taking place every Tuesday night from June 4 through August 20, it opens with Black Panther, finishes on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and offers Moonlight, The … Continue reading “Millennium Park Summer Film Series 2019”

Irish creative animation spreads around the globe

The fast-growing Irish digital creative industry has long been a cornerstone of a vibrant business sector It’s often said that Ireland is a nation of storytellers. As digital technology has advanced in recent years, Irish animators have become adept at creating unique IP for TV, film, games, mobile and VR/AR applications. A highly professional and … Continue reading “Irish creative animation spreads around the globe”

Tony Hawk helps spread “Concrete Dreams”

Chicago-made skatepark doc gains widespread distribution on legendary athlete’s YouTube channel Concrete Dreams, a documentary about public skateparks written and directed by Little Cabin Films co-founder Nick Nummerdor, has gained distribution through Tony Hawks’ RIDE Channel on YouTube. Concrete Dreams documents the decade-long struggle and ultimate triumph of Paulina Jimenez, a “suburban super-mom” who spearheads … Continue reading “Tony Hawk helps spread “Concrete Dreams””

Remembering Marc Hauser

Sando Miller, Tony D’Orio, and Tony Fitzpatrick pay tribute to their friend, the legendary Chicago artist Marc Hauser created memories that will last forever. From the start of his career in the mid-1970s until his passing in late 2018, the Chicago-based photographer built a genre of portraiture and editorial that will inspire generations. According to … Continue reading “Remembering Marc Hauser”

‘Rendezvous in Chicago’ hometown premiere at the Siskel

“You can make a good movie for $20,000 and a good film for $100,000, but you shouldn’t use the same script for both.” Michael Glover Smith Michael Glover Smith’s Rendezvous in Chicago will make its hometown premiere with four screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center in February 2019. On the festival circuit, the feature-length … Continue reading “‘Rendezvous in Chicago’ hometown premiere at the Siskel”

From beer to sci-fi: the many voices of Marshall Ross

“Structure matters and character point of view is a religion. You need to be really faithful.” Marshall Ross Long-time Cramer-Krasselt Chief Creative Officer Marshall Ross has been a storyteller for more than twenty years. Along the way, he has helped to create an enduring legacy of iconic branding, including Corona Extra’s now ubiquitous Find Your … Continue reading “From beer to sci-fi: the many voices of Marshall Ross”

‘Olympia’ at Chicago Comedy Film Festival

“Olympia” received rave reviews at the Chicago Int’l Film Fest and is the latest from Chicago’s growing film community (Chicago, IL — 23 October 2018) Right off of a successful three-screening run at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival, Cow Lamp Films announce the film Olympia to screen for college audiences at the upcoming Chicago … Continue reading “‘Olympia’ at Chicago Comedy Film Festival”

‘Art of Motivation’ at Chicago Comedy Film Festival

New web series features narcissistic characters who go about “undermining each other” with a kind of egotistical finesse that’s a joy to watch Open floor plans, clashing personalities, and corporate insincerity get a hilarious sendup in the first episode of Art of Motivation, a new web series created by John Cuneo. Described as “an episodic … Continue reading “‘Art of Motivation’ at Chicago Comedy Film Festival”

Festivault brings a world of films to remote screens

New technology aims to offer thousands of films that might otherwise disappear after screening at regional festivals Chicago film entrepreneurs Saj Adibs and Hamzah Jamjoom are bringing film festivals to viewers around the world through a new web application called Festivault. Festivault allows users to screen select film festival programs on individual laptops, tablets, and … Continue reading “Festivault brings a world of films to remote screens”

‘Related Destiny’ is a fresh take on an old theme

Will Thompson’s directorial debut combines excellent production values, authentic performances, and likable characters   Related Destiny — a powerful short film written, directed by, and starring Oak Park native Will Thompson — was released on Amazon last month. Described as an “urban tale chronicling three days in the life of brothers Marcus and Chris LaFair,” … Continue reading “‘Related Destiny’ is a fresh take on an old theme”

Tandem creates unforgettable spot for Plop Star debut

Director Tyler Jay goes all out in a big way to help launch a new product that fights toilet odor Director Tyler Jay and his team at Tandem, Inc. wrote an exceptional script for a comedic testimonial video starring the founder of Plop Star, a new product that kills toilet odor. Plop Star works to … Continue reading “Tandem creates unforgettable spot for Plop Star debut”

From writing copy to writing novels: Jonathan Harries

“Arrogance is a terrible thing for a writer to have. I know what she’s thinking. I know what he’s thinking. You don’t.” Jonathan Harries   When I first met Jonathan Harries in the late 90s, I remember how engaging, funny and straight forward he was. I enjoyed his wit, humor and worldview over the ensuing … Continue reading “From writing copy to writing novels: Jonathan Harries”

Picture North expands international roster of directors

The globe-trotting Chicago and LA-based production company racks up more award-winning talent, top-tier clients, and hard-earned airline miles (Chicago — 11 October 2018) Production company Picture North, formerly 71 Degrees North, has rebranded and added Nate Camponi, Nic & Sune, Jake Zalutsky, and Markus Bader to its director roster. This collective joins director and executive … Continue reading “Picture North expands international roster of directors”

OKRP helps Ace become “The Home Convenience Store”

A bold and extensive new campaign takes on the big boxers and Amazon with broadcast, digital, and calls-to-action (Chicago — 24 September 2018) Ace Hardware is amplifying its presence while distinguishing itself from Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Amazon in a new advertising campaign from O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul. According to OKRP CEO Tom O’Keefe, the … Continue reading “OKRP helps Ace become “The Home Convenience Store””

“The City That Sold America” premieres at Chi Film Fest

Years in the making, the “snappy, engaging, and punchy” story told “through the voices of fifty people” unfolds with singular clarity Part of the glory about Ky Dickens’ new film, The City That Sold America, is that we’ve seen it all before. Beginning with Ronald McDonald, Charlie Tuna, Tony the Tiger, and countless other mascots … Continue reading ““The City That Sold America” premieres at Chi Film Fest”

Applications open for Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Docs

Kartemquin will award grants ranging from $5-$10K to individual DVID fellows (Chicago — 6 September) — Applications are now open for Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID), a mentorship program for Midwestern documentary makers of color organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Eight Midwest filmmakers will be selected from those who … Continue reading “Applications open for Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Docs”

Greer and Panitch’s “Service to Man” available on Starz

Co-directed by a Loyola U professor and post-produced in Chicago, the film is inspired by the true story of a white Jewish student in a HBCU medical college Service to Man, a narrative film co-directed and produced by Chicago’s Aaron Greer and Alabama’s Seth Panitch, is set to have a broadcast debut and be available … Continue reading “Greer and Panitch’s “Service to Man” available on Starz”

Digital Kitchen elevates Jason Esser to Creative Director

Besides contributing to client work, the ten-year veteran will add hiring, recruiting, and delegating across teams and departments to his responsibilities (Chicago — 4 September 2018) Digital Kitchen has promoted long-time agency vet Jason Esser to Creative Director / Resource Manager, with responsibility for leading the agency’s creative offering in its Chicago headquarters office. Esser … Continue reading “Digital Kitchen elevates Jason Esser to Creative Director”

The Mill promotes Erica Hilbert, hires Blake Nickle

Erica Hilbert is now Head of Production and Blake Nickle is Executive Producer at The Mill’s Chicago office The Mill is thrilled to appoint a new Head of Production and an Executive Producer to further bolster the growing production team at their Chicago studio. Newly appointed as Head of Production, Erica Hilbert has already taken … Continue reading “The Mill promotes Erica Hilbert, hires Blake Nickle”

Dakich & Steele and the story of “Chicago Bleeds Blues”

The opening track punches into a stomping drumbeat that lays the foundation for a triumphant guitar melody. In early 2018, Chicago musicians Dave Dakich and David Steele got together with the intention of making music for film and commercial productions. Two months and three recording session later, they had completed a full-length album that has … Continue reading “Dakich & Steele and the story of “Chicago Bleeds Blues””

Cow Lamp Films’ “Skeletons in the Closet” at Horrorama

The “hilarious” and “terrifying” anthology series starring The Widow and her dead husband, Charlie screens at the Davis Theater on September 7 (Chicago — 17 August 2018) Cow Lamp Films announce the World Premiere of its newly acquired indie horror comedy feature film Skeletons in the Closet by Chicago Directors Tony Wash and B.A. Lewandowski. … Continue reading “Cow Lamp Films’ “Skeletons in the Closet” at Horrorama”

“Louder Than Words” is a testament to Deaf Culture

“It kind of makes sense,” says Filmmaker Saj Adibs. “We would want deaf children to hear, but for deaf parents, it’s normal to be deaf.”   Filmmaker Saj Adibs was nearly moved to tears by the story of a deaf couple he met on a project for his company New Slate Films in 2008. “They … Continue reading ““Louder Than Words” is a testament to Deaf Culture”

Fresh Films shoots TV pilot in historic Chicago mansion

​Fresh Films​ is shooting the TV pilot for “Dearly Departed” this week with 14 local teenagers working every position on the set.   (Rock Island, IL — 19 July 2018) Fresh Films started as an after-school film program in Chicago in 2002; since then, it has been giving teens around the country the chance to … Continue reading “Fresh Films shoots TV pilot in historic Chicago mansion”

Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless”

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

Ericka Porter talks “Confessions of a Media Maven”

Through tales of abuse and triumph, the memoir emphasizes the difficult, rewarding, and perpetual journey that goes into self-love   This week, Ericka Porter, MBA (also known as Ericka Mauldin) published a memoir about her life, inside and outside the media universe, titled Confessions of a Media Maven. “It actually covers all areas of my … Continue reading “Ericka Porter talks “Confessions of a Media Maven””

Keslow Camera hosts open house at new space

After years of searching for more space, Keslow Camera expands its presence on the Cinespace campus Keslow Camera will celebrate its recent expansion with an open house on Saturday July 14 from 7-10 p.m. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows in a vintage brick building at 16th and Rockwell St., the company’s new second-floor addition is nestled in … Continue reading “Keslow Camera hosts open house at new space”