The Last Dance: Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls

ESPN’s Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance” will debut on April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The 10-part documentary series takes an in-depth look at the the Chicago Bulls‘ dynasty through the lens of the final championship season in 1997-98. The Bulls allowed an NBA Entertainment crew to follow the team around for that entire … Continue reading “The Last Dance: Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls”

Chicago’s United Center becomes Federal Vaccination Site

The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks will be used as a mass vaccination site that prioritizes access for seniors and equity for the hardest hit populations. The Biden Administration is opening pilot Community Vaccination Centers across the country. The United Center site will open on March 10 with the capacity to administer … Continue reading “Chicago’s United Center becomes Federal Vaccination Site”

Chicago teams launch “We Are All One Home Team”

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot in partnership with Chicago’s sports teams launched the “We Are All One Home Team” campaign to encourage the city’s youth to wear masks, practice social distancing and follow the latest public health guidelines to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. Building on the City’s recent “We Are Not Playing” … Continue reading “Chicago teams launch “We Are All One Home Team””

‘Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago’ lineup

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the lineup of Chicago and national celebrities who have come together to celebrate and pay tribute to the over 35,000 graduating high school seniors across Chicago. “Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago.” is a live, commercial-free 60-minute ceremony hosted and co-created by the City of Chicago and Citadel to … Continue reading “‘Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago’ lineup”

Cinespace joins Sweet Home Chicago live stream event

Sweet Home Chicago Relief & Recovery live stream event packed with Chicago celebs airs May 16 at 5PM CDT on NBC Sports Chicago, the telethon will also simultaneously stream on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.   The Chicago CEO COVID-19 Coalition, founded by John Koudounis, is excited to announce that Wintrust Financial and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios have joined Calamos … Continue reading “Cinespace joins Sweet Home Chicago live stream event”

Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face

Right now, social distancing due to the horrendous coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, is now the norm. But the Chicago Stunt community is finding ways to still be creative while keeping a safe distance. Inspired by stuntman Aaron Toney, (Avengers: Infinity War/End Game and Black Panther), to create a “worldwide fight,” local stuntman Shawn Bernal (Batman … Continue reading “Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face”

Windy City Bulls design t-shirt to benefit food pantry

The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, announced today that they have partnered with Hoffman Estates-based screen printer Blink Tees to produce a limited edition t-shirt that will be sold during the month of April, with proceeds benefitting the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry. The t-shirt … Continue reading “Windy City Bulls design t-shirt to benefit food pantry”

Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced a groundbreaking campaign, “We Are Not Playing,” in partnership with Chicago’s professional sports teams to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Each of Chicago’s hometown professional sports teams –  including the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky, White Sox – has signed on to the initiative, … Continue reading “Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’”

Wieden+Kennedy does ‘Chicago Style’ for Nike

Windy City people and pride abound in new 60-second ‘Sport Changes Everything’ commercial Chicago sports, culture, and attitude come to life in a new spot for Nike’s Sport Changes Everything campaign by Wieden+Kennedy. Titled, Chicago Style, the minute-long commercial packs a no-nonsense series of references and metaphors into a food order at a classic Windy … Continue reading “Wieden+Kennedy does ‘Chicago Style’ for Nike”

The Chicago advertising connection to ‘Space Jam’

LeBron James scores off an assist from a Windy City boutique that launched Michael Jordan’s off-court media stardom In many ways, the thrill ignited by LeBron James’ decision to produce a Space Jam sequel started in suburban Oak Park, IL, nearly three decades ago. That was where, in 1992, Chicago-based Creative Director Bernie Pitzel heard … Continue reading “The Chicago advertising connection to ‘Space Jam’”

Chicago actor Max Jenkins gets “Lost in Space”

Exclusive interview with the cast member of the Netflix’s series premiering today At 12-years-old, one can’t really say Lincoln Square resident Max Jenkins has had a long and storied acting career yet, but he has certainly had an impactful one.     The mandolin player in the band “Cowboy Jesus and Sugar Bum” made his … Continue reading “Chicago actor Max Jenkins gets “Lost in Space””

The Reel Chicago Black List: Patrick Wimp, filmmaker

Patrick is the first MFA graduate from DePaul University Digital Cinema. Throughout his career, he has written and produced films, commercials, and TV series all over the world. Pat is the co-founder and owner of Digital Hydra, an Emmy award-winning production company that has crafted commercial and creative content for a variety of major brands … Continue reading “The Reel Chicago Black List: Patrick Wimp, filmmaker”

Chicago producer’s take on the Weinstein scandal

As a young woman working in the film industry, I can’t say the Weinstein scandal surprised me. Instead, I’m experiencing the routine bittersweet cocktail of emotions I get every time a story of sexism and rape culture makes the news. I’m sad for the women who were abused and sadder still to think about the … Continue reading “Chicago producer’s take on the Weinstein scandal”

Bulls’ Vines win NBA award for best digital content

At first, filmmaker Travis Rime Brooks thought the call from Luka Dukich, the Chicago Bulls’ digital content manager, was a prank. But the call was the real thing that resulted in a six-month assignment, millions of viewers and a prestigious award.

Brooks, a stop-motion and Vine expert, had been recommended to the Bulls by Vine, the 2013 Twitter-launched app of 6-second long looping videos.

Bulls enter their 50th season, still “Good as Gold”

When the Chicago Bulls players jog into the court at the United Center to the roar of the crowd tonight, Oct. 27, they will be starting their 50th season of NBA basketball.

Helping to celebrate the Bulls’ golden anniversary, the first of three new 2015-16 spots, with the theme, “Chicago Basketball is Golden,” will start air today.

Questar’s “Running of the Bulls” DVD the real things

Chicago has been host to many different kinds of events that fall into the sporting category, but the one scheduled Saturday, July 12 is hard to classify as it’s a version of the traditional Spanish Running of the Bulls. 

Called “The Great Bull Run,” it is one of eight such heroic displays of courage that are taking place across the US so far this year.

Jessica Rae to sing the Anthem at Bulls game

Singer-songwriter and Chicago native Jessica Rae launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her next album release.

She has performed extensively throughout the country showcasing her crowd-pleasing mixture of country and rock highlighted by her infectious vocals and strong musicianship.

Having launched her fund-raising effort March 15, she’s very close to reaching her $15,000 goal by the April 10 deadline.

15 Chicago area arts orgs win $25,000 Chase grants

CHICAGO AREA good works companies won the biggest number of grants – a total of $500,000 — in the just-concluded 2011 Chase Community Giving program that asked the public to vote on Facebook for the organization they deemed most worthy of Chase’s generous grant-giving.

Grants of $25,000 each were awarded to 20 local organizations, of which 15 were performing arts, including the Midwest Independent Film Festival.

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Taproot’s bullfight doc attracts broadcasters at Santa Fe festival; will play Chicago Latino

Taproot Productions’ bullfighting documentary “The Bulls of Suburbia” has charged its way through the festival circuit this year, drawing broadcaster interest at the Santa Fe Film Festival, where the film was nominated for best documentary.

“A cable broadcast entity was very interested,” said director Alex LeMay. “Hopefully we’re going to see this thing televised.”

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.

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Bob Love movie “The King’s Speech” of America

“Butterbean,” a $15 million movie in development -– called “’The King’s Speech’ of America” — is the true life story of 1970s Chicago Bulls basketball star Bob Love, who was handicapped all his life by a stutter so paralyzing and humiliating it rendered him nearly dumb.

The screenplay was written by producer/director Jim White after he met Love at a function a few years ago.  Stirred by the former NBA star’s inspirational story, White said to him, “Someone ought to make a movie of your life,” and Love replied, “You do it.”

NBA endorsement for Bob Love feature

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

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

Actors’ Dec. 13 Holiday Party open to all

Tickets to Chicago Bulls will be part of the big raffle Dec. 13 at Chicago Acting in Film Meetup Group annual Networking Night and Holiday Fundraiser.

Actress Grace McPhillips organized the group when first moved to because she wanted to gather together experienced actors who could share with and learn from each other in a safe, supportive environment, she says.

Screenplay makes finalist rank at Beverly Hills

PRODUCER/SCREENWRITER JIM WHITE may prove that lightning does strike twice. He just got the word that his screenplay, “Dinky Dau” (Vietnamese slang for “crazy”) was selected as one of the finalists at the 2010 Beverly Hills Film Festival’s Golden Palm Screenwriting Competition.

This will be White’s second visit to the festival and possibly his second win. In 2008, his first screenplay, “Butterbean,” the life-affirming true story of Bob Love, the former Chicago Bulls and NBA star, was selected as first runner up in Festival’s Golden Palm Screenplay competition.

Mayor Lightfoot gives thumbs up for ‘Halloweek’

City offers trick-or-treating guidance and previews ‘Halloweek’ activities to celebrate a Halloween unlike any other. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a plan to safely celebrate Halloween in Chicago that emphasizes social distancing and other safety precautions while allowing trick-or-treating and other fun activities throughout the week. … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot gives thumbs up for ‘Halloweek’”

Michael Jordan reacts to the weekend’s protests

With more than 80 people shot, a dozen killed and even more injured during protests, triggered by the murder of George Floyd, the weekend proved to be one of Chicago’s deadliest in recent memory. Now Chicago Bulls legend, Michael Jordan, has released a statement via his manager and spokeswoman Estee Portnoy. “I am deeply saddened, … Continue reading “Michael Jordan reacts to the weekend’s protests”

Tonight: Michael Jordan hosts classic 1991 ‘SNL’

Haven’t gotten enough Michael Jordan from ESPN’s uber successful The Last Dance? Jordan LeBron James, and Charles Barkley will headline opening night of this week’s marathon of classic sports-themed Saturday Night Live episodes on NBCSN, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Tonight’s NBA hosting trio – Jordan, James, and Barkley – have combined to win 10 NBA MVPs, nine … Continue reading “Tonight: Michael Jordan hosts classic 1991 ‘SNL’”

‘The Last Dance:’ Jordan, Rodman and Electra

When the Chicago Bulls acquired Dennis Rodman from the San Antonio Spurs for 7-foot center Will Purdue before the 1995 season, it transformed the frontcourt of an already uber-talented Michael Jordan squad into something akin to basketball’s version of The Beatles. Games on the road were as if the Harlem Globetrotters, Ringling Bros., Cirque du … Continue reading “‘The Last Dance:’ Jordan, Rodman and Electra”

Audio pro Jordan Stalling joins Another Country

Award-Winning sound designer / mix engineer brings considerable advertising campaign experience to Chicago studio Managing Director John Binder, Executive Producer Tim Konn, and their colleagues at the acclaimed sound design studio Another Country are very proud to announce the addition of award-winning Sound Designer and Mix Engineer Jordan Stalling to their staff. Effective immediately, Stalling … Continue reading “Audio pro Jordan Stalling joins Another Country”

Carr family hosts tribute to Bob Carr this Sunday

“I started to realize, ‘oh, he’s putting together these clips to tell a story.’ That’s really what he loved about (editing).” David Carr, on his father, Bob The family of editor Bob Carr, who passed away last month, will host a memorial celebration in his honor at Healy’s bar in Forest Park this Sunday from … Continue reading “Carr family hosts tribute to Bob Carr this Sunday”

Reel Women: Jacquelyn Jamjoom, Executive Producer

Jacquelyn Jamjoom is a film and television producer serving as Executive Producer of Chicago based film production company Digital Hydra. At Digital Hydra, Jacquelyn has produced internationally renowned TV series’, feature films, music videos and commercial content for brands such as McDonalds, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and Facebook. Jacquelyn also serves as contract producer and … Continue reading “Reel Women: Jacquelyn Jamjoom, Executive Producer”

Reel Women: Sheila Brown — Media Entrepreneur

Sheila Brown is a Chicago native who is Executive Director of the CineCares Foundation at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Sheila developed a desire for professional success early in life. She obtained her first job at age 15. Seven years later, Sheila began her career in broadcast television where she was fortunate enough to work alongside … Continue reading “Reel Women: Sheila Brown — Media Entrepreneur”

First-ever book about teen movie master John Hughes

IF YOU LOVED JOHN HUGHES’ MOVIES you’ll be especially engrossed in the first book ever written about the “philosopher of adolescence,” as Roger Ebert once called him. Jason Diamond, who like Hughes was a North Shore native and suffered painful teen years, has authored “Searching For John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned from Watching 80s’Movies.”

Equipment sale marks the end of Brad Barrett Lighting

All good things must come to an end, as the old adage goes. And one of those good things is the closing of lighting director Brad Barrett’s 15-year old AGLS — A Great Lighting Stage  — in Oak Park, which will hold “a huge equipment sale” Monday and Tuesday, March 28-29.

With his 8,000-sq. ft. building having been sold recently to an Oak Park-based specialty tile company, Barrett is selling now sell what he estimates is around $50,000 worth of equipment, at 222 Lake St. in the suburb, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Michael Mann to direct biopic about Outfit head

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

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

A new tune for Betty Rake as the music specialist joins Bosco Productions as audio studio manager

Starting Tuesday, Betty Rake will get off the bus one block sooner than her Wrigley Building destination of 20 years, when she starts another chapter of her career.

One of Chicago’s best known music specialists, Rake was named audio studio manager of fast-growing Bosco Productions, after two decades as ARU’s studio manager.

“We’re thrilled to have her here,” says Angelo Bosco, owner and executive producer of the low-key audio company he founded in 1990, that has grown into a thriving full-service production company.

Wottrich sells Voices Unlimited talent agency to national Innovative Artists

Chicago’s status as a talent center has been elevated to the national level with bi-coastal Innovative Artists’ purchase of Sharon Wottrich’s 17-year old Voices Unlimited.

Wottrich will continue as director of the agency, now called Innovative Artists Chicago, or IAC.

She reports to Hollywood agency veteran Marcia Hurwitz, president of IV’s national commercial and voiceover division, who will oversee the new Chicago branch.

Innovative’s entry into the market also marks the first non-SAG franchised Chicago talent agency in 15 years.

Mark Gross takes the Highdive into creating spots for Super Bowl LVI

We are now less than 100 days away from Super Bowl LVI. Seventy-five to be exact. While the first quarter of the Big Game has yet to be played, ad agencies, across the country, are in the fourth quarter of pre-production, or even production, for their showcase work. From the Budweiser heydays of DDB to … Continue reading “Mark Gross takes the Highdive into creating spots for Super Bowl LVI”

AbelsonTaylor’s Tarah Sperando talks brands, trends and creative challenges

Tarah Sperando joined AbelsonTaylor in 2011, shortly after earning a Bachelor of Arts in marketing communications from Chicago’s Columbia College. She started her career as a traditional copywriter before expanding into content strategy and finding her niche where creativity and strategy meet. Her work has been recognized with several professional awards, including PM360 Greatest Creators … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor’s Tarah Sperando talks brands, trends and creative challenges”

Hoop Dreams goes to series as Lena Waithe inks Warner Bros TV deal

Warner Bros TV has announced that Lena Waithe (The Chi, Master of None, Queen & Slim, Ready Player One) has inked a new deal that brings the acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams to HBO Max as a scripted series. Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions will produce the series that is based on the Kartemquin Films sports documentary Hoop Dreams, produced by Frederick Marx, Steve … Continue reading “Hoop Dreams goes to series as Lena Waithe inks Warner Bros TV deal”

Cutters Chris Claeys retires from editing

“Now is a good time to retire. After 37 years at Cutters and 47 in the industry, I’m ready to move forward and retire here at year end.” That’s the rare email message our friends at Cutters Studios received in late 2020 from Senior Partner/Editor Chris Claeys. The heartfelt message hit many emotional notes for … Continue reading “Cutters Chris Claeys retires from editing”

Yes, Anderson Cooper swore at Blagojevich on live CNN

When many Americans find themselves at a loss navigating a  constant stream of “fake news,” we should be grateful when a reporter like CNN’s Anderson Cooper has well armed himself with the facts, and doesn’t hesitate to cite them. In his recent interview of Rod Blagojevich, Cooper diligently refutes the Governor of Chicago’s defense of … Continue reading “Yes, Anderson Cooper swore at Blagojevich on live CNN”

Cascio’s ‘A Tribute to Valor’ honors Pearl Harbor vets

Eight years ago, Paolo Cascio began searching for the final survivors who were aboard the USS Arizona during Pearl Harbor to say thank you and honor their heroism through his art, which will be commemorated in the 2021 coffee table book, A Tribute To Valor. The quest marked the beginning of a coast-to-coast journey that … Continue reading “Cascio’s ‘A Tribute to Valor’ honors Pearl Harbor vets”

Stop Us Before We Disrupt Again

Chicago Film Society unveils lineup for Season 24, “dedicated to exhibiting neglected works of cinema in their original medium” The streets of Chicago are clogged with scooters in a cutthroat competition for marketshare, behemoth commercial landlord The We Company (nee WeWork) has positioned itself as a tech company in anticipation of its IPO, and Disney … Continue reading “Stop Us Before We Disrupt Again”

‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’ screens at MIFF

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is proud to present Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story, as part of our First Tuesdays screening series, directed by Scott Diener. Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history and a celebrated superstar for the Bulls in his hometown of Chicago. Rose’s gritty style on the court was forged … Continue reading “‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’ screens at MIFF”

Bob Carr to be inducted into AICP Hall of Fame

Award-winning ‘great Chicago guy’ who mentored many and cut high-profile ads for Budweiser and McD’s to receive posthumous honor The late Bob Carr, an award-winning editor and co-founder of the Chicago post boutique NuWorld, will be inducted into the Post Hall of Fame at the 2019 AICP Post Awards, set to take place here on … Continue reading “Bob Carr to be inducted into AICP Hall of Fame”

Behind the scenes of ‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’

The real life tale of an NBA star who responded to his critics by playing like a legend on the court Director Scott Diener endured several last-minute NBA thrills to capture a real-life, feel-good, Hollywood-style ending for a film about basketball legend Derrick Rose. Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story is an upcoming Stadium Network special … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of ‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’”

Slang signs Grammy-winning producer Anthony Kilhoffer

Vince Lawrence cuts a deal with his longtime friend, the legendary trackmaster Slang Music Group, the company founded by Chicago House Pioneer Vince Lawrence, has signed four-time Grammy-winning producer Anthony Kilhoffer for commercial representation. The move elevates the studio to a level of expertise, talent, and wisdom that is matched by few, if any, in … Continue reading “Slang signs Grammy-winning producer Anthony Kilhoffer”

Reel Black List: Kwame Amoaku, Cinematic Samurai

Multi-faceted film pro who has collaborated with Russel Simmons and Spike Lee “would love to talk and build with Steve McQueen.” Kwame Amoaku’s vast experience as a writer / director / camera operator brings a unique vision to the cinematic experience. Combine that with years as a production manager / locations and assistant director and … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Kwame Amoaku, Cinematic Samurai”

CAFM celebrates 10th year of “Fun & Fundraising”

Holiday Hurrah at Carbon Arc features networking, raffle prizes, silent auction, “Winter Weekend Getaway” and more (Chicago — 5 December 2018) Tasty food, cool prizes, and dancing are on the menu as the Chicago Acting In Film Meetup (CAFM) celebrates the year with a film industry party, fundraiser, and networking night all rolled into one. … Continue reading “CAFM celebrates 10th year of “Fun & Fundraising””

Thanksgiving break: holiday viewing suggestions

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

Laughlin’s HIVE launches Bucks ‘Built to Stay’ campaign

The campaign by Laughlin Constable’s in-house production company will run on TV, digital, radio, and outdoor It was a great week for Milwaukee Bucks fans, as single-game tickets for the team’s inaugural season in the world-class Fiserv Forum went on sale on Wednesday. Milwaukee’s moves, like the addition of free-agent center Brook Lopez, have given … Continue reading “Laughlin’s HIVE launches Bucks ‘Built to Stay’ campaign”

Reverse-engineering creative so it will seem scientific

Every agency I ever worked at romanticized their data… a lot. —Steffan Postaer One of the things I’ve come to disdain about our business is how damn serious we take it. Not the craft itself — creating, curating and choreography — but the extemporaneous crap we built around it. Stuff like process and proprietary tools; … Continue reading “Reverse-engineering creative so it will seem scientific”

Why are so many clients (still) afraid of new creative?

After months of revisions, concepts either die in meetings or become compromised to a state of impotence Those of us in the creative department have asked the question so many times it has become rote. The best answer is not an answer. Clients are difficult. Period. Especially when it comes to approving work. Therefore, we … Continue reading “Why are so many clients (still) afraid of new creative?”

Reel Women: Laura Roeper, Assistant Prop Master

After earning a degree in advertising art design, Laura Roeper found her way into photography as a prop stylist, then as a studio manager. She eventually gained years of experience as an in-house art producer in the advertising industry before launching an extensive freelance career working with photographers as well as agencies.   Seeking more … Continue reading “Reel Women: Laura Roeper, Assistant Prop Master”

Reel Women: Wendy Jo Carlton — Filmmaker

Wendy Jo Carlton directed her first feature film, Hannah Free, starring Emmy-winner Sharon Gless, in 2009. Hannah Free won several Audience awards and is globally distributed. Carlton’s second feature, Jamie and Jessie are Not Together, is often described as the first lesbian romance musical. Written and directed by Carlton, Jamie and Jessie won Audience awards, … Continue reading “Reel Women: Wendy Jo Carlton — Filmmaker”

Cubs introduce W’ville

With the postseason here and the Cubs gearing up to #FlyTheW once more, it’s officially “W season” in Wrigleyville. And in a stroke of sports marketing genius, the Cubbies are converting Wrigleyville into a pop-up event right next to Wrigley stadium. ‘W’ville will feature free games, family-friendly entertainment, giveaways and opportunities to win 2017 Cubs … Continue reading “Cubs introduce W’ville”

No Limit, Comcast, NBC, charlieuniformtango in news

No Limit Agency has found its new president in industry and current independent consultant, Bryan Van Dyke.

Prior, Van Dyke spent nearly two years as chief operating officer for AutonomyWorks. Before that, Van Dyke was with Razorfish for eleven and a half years where he led client engagement for a decade and served as managing director before his departure in June of 2013.

Founded in 2008 as a social media agency, No Limit Agency bills itself as a “biography agency,” telling brand stories through all communications channels.

Internationally-experienced Dolan joins Onion, Inc.

THE ONION named award-winning international media producer Michael Dolan as director of strategic brand partnerships.  In his role, Dolan wil lfocus on selling Onion Productions’ comprehensive video production and post-production services. 

Dolan reports to Kristine Desrochers. VP/strategic partnerships.  Prior to joining Onion, Inc., he had been Bridges Media’s global business director for two years.

Hollywood actors in Digital Hydra/Aaron’s TV pilot

Digital Hydra, LLC  partners Patrick Wimp and Hamzah Jamjoon are currently shopping their spec TV show pilot, Dine and Dash, created and hosted by Chicago comedian Matthew Aaron, host of the LA-based podcast, The Matthew Aaron Show.

Shot at trendy Beverly Hills restaurant Scarpetta, in February, it features Hollywood name actors Joe Carnahan, Kate Walsh, Common, Lucy Lawless, and Dermot Mulroney.

NEP’s Trio no longer handles crewing for CSN events

Despite forthcoming lost revenue from the NHL players’ lockout, Trio Video’s first six months under ownership by mobile TV giant NEP has gone smoothly.

“It’s helped out a lot,” said Gary Meagher, who stayed on with Trio co-founder Jack Walsh to provide stability of management as vice presidents for Chicago’s longtime leading remote-truck production company.

Theo Ubique, Hypocrites dominate non-equity Jeffs

THE NON-EQUITY JOSEPH JEFFERSON AWARDS, presented at Park West on Monday, June 4, showed the many strengths of Chicago’s smaller theaters – or what co-emcee Vanessa Greenway, who shared the job with Terry Hamilton, described as “the backbone of the Chicago theater scene.”

From reimagined Greek epic to chamber musicals to disgruntled English school kids, the big winners Monday demonstrated the breadth of talent and ambition on tap here.

3 L.A. script pros topline CSN Pitchfest July 14-15

Screenwriters in the Flyover Zone who have traveled to Hollywood to pitch their story ideas to The Right People can save their travel expenses and time by attending the first ever Chicago-direct-to-exec pitch, hosted by the Chicago Screenwriters Network.

The two day Mini-Pitch Session/Workshop, with three of Hollywood’s very respected, knowledgable and successful screenplay pros, takes place the weekend of July 14-15.

World’s biggest mobile TV firm acquires Trio Video

After 29 years as a privately-held provider of mobile HD production facilities, Trio Video has been acquired by Pittsburg-based NEP, the world’s largest truck vendor operating more than 50 trucks throughout North America.

Owners Gary Meagher and Jack Walsh, who founded the business in 1983 with the late Dick Shapiro (hence the Trio name) closed the deal at 11 a.m. March 21.  Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Odd Machine’s Fahey to direct “Nine Twelve” feature

Director Sean Patrick Fahey, of hybrid production studio Odd Machine, will direct and co-produce “Nine Twelve,” an indie feature which explores the lives of three people who must confront a tragedy related to events around September 11.

Sean’s newly formed Boat Tattoo Productions, LLC, will handle production in association with Chicago’s Odd Machine.  Budget is not yet determined.  Boat Tattoo plans to start filming in early spring 2012.

“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.  

A pair of lavish Oscar night parties

Two exciting parties will celebrate the 81st Academy Awards just blocks apart on Oscar night, Feb. 22

One is Hub the 51 Awards party, where Richard Roeper will challenge guests’ knowledge of movie trivia for more than 35 valuable prizes, and the other is Chicago’s only officially sanctioned Oscar Night-America Party for the 15th year at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Funeral services Nov. 4 at Willow Creek for multi-talented soundman, composer Patrick Yacono, 38

When Patrick Yacono of Electronic Arts met his associates for dinner downtown last Friday he complained of not feeling well, indigestion, perhaps.

The next night, Oct. 27, the multi-talented musician, composer and audio expert, who said he lived his dream of working features, died of massive heart failure at Alexian Brothers hospital. He was 38.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 4 at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 East Algonquin Road, South Barrington. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. with services at 6 p.m. and a reception immediately following at 7:15 p.m.

“Happyness'” Chris Gardner in Wal-Mart spot

CHRIS GARDNER, whose determination to succeed was amazingly chronicled in the movie “Pursuit to Happyness,” appears in a Wal-Mart spot celebrating Black History Month.

Directors Corners’ Al Hawkins directed for E. Morris, Barb Stieglitz produced for the agency, The Whitehouse handled post and Gamebeat Studios the music.

Four local directors’ features to screen at Latino Film Fest; Frausto, Islas’ are world premieres

Four films by Chicago directors are among the 58 features from 20 countries presented at the 21st Chicago Latino Film Festival April 9-21 at more than a dozen venue across the city and suburbs.

Juan Frausto’s “La Migra” and Ricardo Islas “Para Matar a un Asensino” are world premieres.

Returning after successful festival runs are Marisol Torres’ “Boricua” and Alex LeMay’s “The Bulls of Suburbia.”

For “Para Matar a un Asesino” Islas, like Frausto, brought Mexican screen stars to the U.S. for his production.

Director/indie filmmaker Ron Lazzeretti joins FCB in new creative development director post

Award-winning spot director and independent filmmaker Ron Lazzeretti joined FCB as SVP/creative development director, a position created exclusively for him.

“How many agencies have an accomplished director in house? Ron gives us a real edge by making our culture more creative,” said ECD Tom O’Keefe.

Added Jonathan Harries, FCB Chicago chairman/CEO: “Ron is a funny guy. He knows funny, he thinks funny and we want funny.”

In 2003, Lazzeretti and partner Ed Amaya started 59 Films, after a three-year stint at Spoke Films.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 6/24/04

MOVIEMAKING AT THE MUSEUM. A tremendous amount of work went into “Action: An Adventure in Moviemaking,” the exhibit at the The Museum of Science & Industry. Presented by BankOne, the exhibit goes through the gamut of filmmaking, and includes such fun stuff as more than 100 artifacts including costumes from “X2: X-Men United” and the MagLev car from “Minority Report.” There’s a “Meet the Filmmakers” section Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m.

Feature doc of local filmmaker’s quest to be a bullfighter screens April 20

Alex LeMay was well into production on his feature doc “The Bulls of Suburbia” when he got the call from Universal Pictures.

“They asked if we had any bullfighting footage they could use, and I told them I was on my way back to Mexico, so we upgraded to Super 35 and they bought 30 seconds to use in ‘Seabiscuit,'” LeMay recalled. “As far as I know it’s the only existing Super 35mm bullfighting footage.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes 1/7/04

MARTIN ON HIS OWN. Ace editor Alarick Martin amicably departed Spots BME after three-and-a- half years to work as an independent editor. “It was time to move on,” he said. “I’m going to freelance in the short run and see how it goes,” he said, noting he is positioning his talents nationally. Up first is a package of Chrysler/BBDO spots via STS Editorial in Southfield, Michigan, with which he has a work and representation arrangement. Martin is no stranger to the Detroit market; he edited for Griot Editorial for several years. Reach him at 312/909-3876.

Spot production up 70% over 2002

If it feels to you like the spot business has picked up over last year, you’re absolutely right.

The Chicago Film Office, which keeps track of these things, reports a whopping 70% increase in the number of commercials shot here to date (as of Aug. 13).

CFO noted 61 commercial projects have filmed in the city, representing 104 shooting days to date. Compare that to last year’s 42 projects and 74 shooting days.

Among recent commercials produced:

Artisan of L.A.

Production scene

“It’s great to be working on something more meaningful than vegetable peelers,” said Angle Park producer Martin Baumgaertner about the job that sent them throughout Chicago taping beautiful exteriors of improved neighborhoods.

The seven, 2-minute videos they produced highlighted the neighborhood improvements made by the seven winners of the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, held Feb. 6 at the Hyatt Regency.

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