The 5th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase sponsored by Resolution Digital Studios and Cinespace Chicago Film Studios takes place at Resolution Studios on Saturday, March 12, 2022. This fundraiser is an exhilarating way to hang with local Chicagoland Film Industry professionals while helping us celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Patrick Lives On. Relax while … Continue reading “Cinespace and Resolution Digital Studios sponsor Film Showcase”
Alex Pissios has confirmed that Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and Cinespace Toronto, the amazing empire that he and his uncle Nick Mirkopolous built on a dream, has been sold to TPG Real Estate, a West Coast based global alternative asset manager. “It’s a done deal!” said Pissios. “I’m around for six more months.” After that, … Continue reading “Cinespace Studios has sold for $1.1B to TPG Real Estate”
This weekend, Filmscape 2021 holds their hybrid model of online and in-person events for this year’s event taking place on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot August 28-29. They will be hosting three educational tracks of in-person and online classes, geared towards the needs and interests of those involved in Grip & Electric, Production & … Continue reading “See you at Filmscape 2021 on Cinespace lot this weekend”
The Independent Film Alliance of Chicago (IFA) and AbelCine are collaborating on the development of a community center on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot. Programming will address the business, creative, and technical aspects of independent production. The organizations will focus on developing the potential of local independent producers and filmmakers and introducing them to … Continue reading “AbelCine & IFA collaborate on The Hub @Cinespace for Indie filmmakers”
Filmscape announces a hybrid model of online and in-person events for their 2021 show taking place on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot August 28-29. A nonprofit based in Chicago, Filmscape was founded with the goal of providing continuing free education for the film and television community in Chicago and beyond. Now in their … Continue reading “Filmscape gears up for the 2021 show on Cinespace lot”
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”
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”
The Michael B Jordan AMC drama series 61st Street has begun shooting at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. 61st Street, which has been ordered as a two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a propulsive courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, a promising, black high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. … Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan’s ’61st Street’ filming at Cinespace”
SHOWTIME has picked up THE CHI for a fourth season. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common. Season three of THE CHI was up double-digits across platforms over last season and doubled its audience on streaming platforms. Season three cast included Ntare … Continue reading “The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4”
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios‘ president, Alex Pissios has confirmed that the Michael B. Jordan AMC drama series 61st Street is on campus and they will begin shooting in 2021. 61st Street, which has been ordered as a two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a propulsive courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, a … Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan’s 61st Street is on campus at Cinespace”
Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, HBO’s new drama series from J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele and showrunner/executive producer Misha Green, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY debuts Sunday, August 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows … Continue reading “HBO debuts ‘Lovecraft Country’ filmed at Cinespace”
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios has released their own set of Production Safety Guidelines and announced their partnership with ServPro, which will be the exclusive cleaning service allowed on campus. These updates come as the City and State move further into Phase 3 of Re-opening. Among the industries reopening- with strict safety guidelines- are: childcare businesses, libraries, bars and outdoor dining at restaurants. Cinespace president, … Continue reading “Cinespace releases their Production Safety Guidelines”
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”
This week, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios surprised 200 healthcare workers and caregivers at Mount Sinai Hospital with a warm dinner from Inspired Catering & Events of the Stefani Restaurant Group. The nutritious meals were a gesture of gratitude from the Film Studio’s executives for all of the selfless work the teams at Sinai Health Systems have … Continue reading “Cinespace hosts dinner for 200 healthcare workers”
Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. We now work, live, exercise and entertain ourselves in our homes. This is the new normal. In this new on-going series, we check in on ad agencies, production companies, post-houses, and anyone else who wants to talk about their personal experiences during this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Located … Continue reading “New Normal: Cinespace more than just a studio”
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is donating 20,000 square feet of studio space to the Greater Chicago Food Depository for storage of food boxes for families affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On Friday, officials announced eight more deaths in Illinois related to the pandemic and 1,105 more cases statewide, raising the death toll to 65 … Continue reading “Cinespace donates 20,000 sq. ft. to Food Depository”
Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”
West Side production studio Cinespace has issued a statement after a California-based female producer on the FOX TV series neXt, which has production offices on the lot, tested positive for COVID-19. “We at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios received a call last night, March 9, 2020, from FOX, a Cinespace tenant. They informed us that one … Continue reading “Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19”
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the second largest film studio in the country, with 36 studios and more than 2 million square feet on the west and south sides of Chicago, is pleased to welcome two pilots to its campus this season. NBC has greenlight Ordinary Joe and Fox has given a pilot offer for The Big Leap. Ordinary … Continue reading “Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC”
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is proud to announce a five-year pledge of $50,000 to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital in support of the Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit. The doctor’s “office on wheels” takes primary care to children in underserved communities on Chicago’s South Side. The 38-foot-long Comer Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mobile Medical … Continue reading “Cinespace pledges $50K to UC Comer Children’s Hospital”
AMC announced today from the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour that Emmy Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Lovecraft Country, Genius) will star in its upcoming thrilling courtroom drama 61st Street, from BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, The Night Of, Your Honor) and executive-produced by Michael B. … Continue reading “‘61st Street’ to begin shooting at Cinespace this April”
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios — located on the west side of Chicago and currently the second-largest film studio in the country — received the Campadre of the Year Award from the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and the Little Village Rotary Club. The award was presented during the Chamber’s annual holiday celebration at Mi Tierra … Continue reading “Cinespace is Little Village’s ‘Campadre of the Year’”
Cinespace Chicago Film Studio President Alex Pissios received the Distinguished Community Leadership Award from SOS Children’s Villages Illinois during the organization’s Annual Meeting last week. The event took place at Drinker Biddle & Reath, where staff, board members, and corporate partners gathered with friends were to celebrate the occasion and review the year. During the … Continue reading “Cinespace President Alex Pissios honored by SOS Illinois”
World-class studio’s Manager of Ops, Dino Mirkopoulos, to attend 2019 Awards Screening at Music Box Theatre on September 25th The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings return to the Music Box Theatre September 22nd through the 23rd with the Red Carpet Best of Chicago Awards taking place on September 25th. The screenings spotlight 45 … Continue reading “Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards”
Event produced by Latinos Progresando spotlights culture and contributions of Mexico and Mexican-Americans Latinos Progresando — a Chicago community development organization working on the issues of immigration, peace, health, and education — yesterday presented MEX talks, an exciting speaker showcase featuring a panel of Mexican-American filmmakers, authors, politicians, activists, and media personalities who delivered … Continue reading “Cinespace sponsors 7th annual Mex Talks”
Chicago Film Studio partners with PAWS Chicago to spread awareness and showcase “amazing pets” available for adoption Production at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios was temporarily disrupted yesterday when a half-dozen dogs appeared in a patch of grass at Rockwell and 16th. Frolicking, rolling around, and generally being adorable without really trying, the pooches were … Continue reading “Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day”
“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”
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”
Photographer Natalie Lising has “grown up” around film sets while receiving a lifetime of support from the Pissios family To aspiring artists, a show at Cinespace marks a great milestone in one’s career. It can sometimes take years and many dollars to produce. Hundreds of blockbusters and classic television shows have been shot, organized, and … Continue reading “12 year old to host art show at Cinespace”
#Voices4FosterCare supports the “ever-changing landscape of child welfare in Illinois and beyond” Christian Bale gave a heartfelt boost to foster children and foster families during a press conference at Cinespace Studios yesterday afternoon. Arriving via red eye from Los Angeles, the award-winning actor joined a five-member crew to kick off the SOS Children’s Villages Illinois … Continue reading “Christian Bale launches SOS campaign 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”
Chicago Film Studio’s generosity honors a tradition of community support established by Cinespace Founder, “Uncle” Nick Mirkopoulos Cinespace Chicago Film Studios will donate $25,000 to enable Greek schools to modernize curriculum and enhance student participation, as announced by the Chicago Greektown Educational Fund (CGEF). The announcement renews support from CGEF’s “Nick Mirkopoulos Scholarship” partner one … Continue reading “Cinespace donates $25K to educational foundation”
The President of one of the world’s largest film studios works with Chicago afterschool program to promote volunteering and youth mentoring On Wednesday, March 13, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios President and CEO Alex Pissios volunteered at Sinai Health System as “Caregiver for a Day” during the afterschool program with students from Plamundon Elementary School. Mr. … Continue reading “Cinespace’ Pissios “Caregiver for a Day” at Sinai Health”
Chicago film campus will be home to the musical drama that became an “internet favorite” after last summer’s pilot premier Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, one of the largest film studios in the country, announced an agreement with Netflix to film ten episodes of the musical drama Mixtape, starring Jenna Dewan, Callie Hernandez and Madeleine … Continue reading “Cinespace signs production deal for Netflix’ ‘Mixtape’”
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’”
The studio’s Mirkopoulos Internship Program grows stronger with legislation backed by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi A roomful of esteemed film industry leaders spent their lunch hours paying tribute to less than a dozen entry-level employees at Cinespace Studios last Friday afternoon. They came for a press conference hosted by Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who spoke … Continue reading “Cinespace community outreach gets Congressional nod”
The new Dub TV studio set includes elements of Cookie’s bedroom from season one of the hit show “Empire” Whitney M. Young Magnet High School’s Dub TV Studio received a major upgrade yesterday when Cinespace Chicago Film Studios donated a new set to the show that is created by students of the West Side … Continue reading “Cinespace donates studio set to Whitney Young’s Dub TV”
The Midwest’s biggest film and television production event will feature guest speakers, comprehensive courses, and access to vendor products Barbizon Chicago presents CineTech 2018, the Midwest’s premier education event for film and television lighting and support, on September 8 at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Sponsored by IATSE Local 476, DePaul University, and Cinelease Chicago, the … Continue reading “CineTech returns to Cinespace in September”
Each of the 31 stages on the 1.5 million sq.-ft. original campus are booked, so the studio had to expand. “It’s a good problem to have,” says President Alex Pissios. Chicago Cinespace Film Studios expanded its West Side campus by arranging to purchase a former steel factory at 3355 W. 31st St. last month. … Continue reading “Cinespace adds new Chicago facility”
Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are bringing their new HBO series to Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Titled Lovecraft Country, the series is based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name. According to IMDb, the story is about “a young African-American (who) travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing … Continue reading “Peele and Abrams bring new HBO series to Cinespace”
Chicago film industry scores one of the year’s most significant milestones while helping people wih disabilities Last night on the campus of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, hundreds of guests raised thousands of dollars for people with disabilities during the Anixter Center’s 7th annual gala, held this year in honor of Cinespace President Alexander Pissios. Temporarily … Continue reading “Cinespace helps Anixter raise thousands at annual gala”
Chicago filmmakers have longed dreamt about turning Chicago into a Midwest Hollywood. Now, Cinespace Studios‘ president, Alex Pissios, has taken the steps to make that dream a reality. What has been in the works for two years came to fruition this past Wednesday when City Council passed an ordinance allowing the 1.45 million sq. ft. … Continue reading “Chicago’s Cinespace Studios to add outdoor backlots”
Alex Pissios just finished giving a tour to a group of people who do not seem to be directly connected to the film industry. That’s fine with him. “My Uncle Nick was big on giving back to the neighborhood,” Pissios explains. “He used to tell me that, ‘these people have lived here a long time. … Continue reading “1:53 p.m. — Alex Pissios, Cinespace President”
During an exclusive conversation with ReelChicago yesterday, Cincespace CEO Alex Pissios informed publisher Barbara Roche and editor Daniel Patton that the pilot for TNT’s The Deep Mad Dark will begin production at the Chicago studio this fall.
“They’re moving into offices September 11, shooting in October,” he said. “It’s a done deal.”
321 Fast Draw studio is currently working on unique animations for two high profile sporting events: A 2.5-minute segment for Fox TV’s Super Bowl’s Pre-Game Show this Sunday and a 60-second continuing segment for the NBA’s new show, “NBA Countdown,” that starts airing Feb. 12 on ESPN and ABC-TV.
DePaul University, in the fourth year of its 10-year studio rental lease at Cinespace, added a second sound stage in the program the school informally calls “DePaul-to-TV pipeline” because of the jobs it offers students.
DePaul’s new Cinespace facility, 12,500-sq. ft. Stage 16/17, one of Cinespace’s 30 stages, is a further commitment to Cinespace’s and DePaul’s larger partnership with the School of Cinematic ARts in the College of Computing and Digital Media.
PARTICIPANT MEDIA’S $25 MILLION FEATURE, “Captive State,” will lead off movie production in Chicago in 2017, having opened an office, production, wardrobe and construction mill space at Cinespace.
The sci-fi epic was co-written and will be directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and EP of “The Exorcist” series).”
Recording company BAM Studios, a major provider of ADR to many of the network TV series and Hollywood features filming here, has opened its fifth ADR studio at Cinespace, after a summer of construction.
Fox Television announced that two of its four dramatic pilots that filmed in Chicago this winter were greenlit for series production. While not officially stated, there’s strong reason to expect new series will return to Chicago.
“That would be extraordinarily good news,” notes Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal. “This surge of activity points to the quality of our crews, talent and facilities and Chicago’s ability to be a major player in episodic television.”
Fast-growing 321Fastdraw, having outgrown its offices and its owners eager to be back in the bustle of production, in early spring will move into new space in Cinespace’s Main Building at Rockwell and W. 16th St.
Cinespace continues to expand — this time with the conversion of two former massive “Boss” sets into office space to accommodate the Fox TV staff moving in for the upcoming production of three Fox pilots.
“Transformers” director Michael Bay will return to Chicago later this year to produce the fifth installment of his franchise, he told WGN’s Dean Richards. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg!
Here’s what ReelChicago learned is ahead for our production market in the foreseeable future, all headquartering and filming at Cinespace.
Chicago Deputy Mayor Steve Koch was among the speakers Thursday at a street-naming ceremony that honored the late Nikolaos “Nick” Mirkopoulos, the visionary owner of Cinespace Studios that transformed Chicago’s film industry and the studios’ North Lawndale neighborhood.
Fortunately, Cinespace is a monster-sized film studio so it can easily accommodate the hundreds of guests expected to attend GalaWeen, a bewitching costume party Halloween night, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. until midnight, to support CineCares Foundation.
Chicago’s infrastructure got another big boost with the official opening Monday of AbelCine’s new Learning Point at Cinespace — this region’s first-of-a-kind combo interactive showroom, classroom and community space.
Block parties are always fun, but when the party brings together music, movies, food and drinks for a good cause, it’s bound to be a huge success. And that’s what the producers of CineFest Backlot Block Party are setting up Aug. 28-30 on the Cinespace Studios’ campus.
The expansion of Michael Nehs and Jonathan Bross’ full-service Periscope Post and Audio over a full floor at Cinespace that began in May is expected to be finished in the next 90 days.
Claire Simon Casting will be making the first major change to its business since Claire Simon opened its doors 19 years ago, by moving into what she claims will be “the Taj Mahal of casting offices” at Cinespace.
Cinespace continues to expand its stage capacity, with four new sound stages now under construction that boost the total number of stages to 21.
“We took one big space that we had, not really a sound stage, and are in the process of constructing two stages, each 25,000-sq. ft. and two that are each 18,000-sq. ft.,” says Cinespace president Alex Pissios.
Based on the success of DePaul’s Cinema School teaming up with Cinespace for on-site stage and classroom space, the studio is moving forward with plans to open the doors of a production incubator this fall.
New York-headquartered camera sales and service provider giant AbelCine will settle in at Cinespace in mid-summer, offering a unique Learning Point for on-going educational workshops and seminars, an interactive sales showroom space for hands-on equipment evaluation, and a welcoming center for community activities.
By the time Sun-Times had headlined Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demand that Cinespace return a $10 million state grant, studio president Alex Pissios had already sent the uncashed check, plus interest, to the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Fox Television has greenlit two dramatic pilots for production in Chicago. “Love is a Four Letter Word” and “Runner” will headquarter and shoot at Cinespace, joining Fox’ hit “Empire” and NBC Universal’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.”
For the past three years, Cinespace Studios has hosted a Holiday Party, with Santa Claus in attendance, games, gifts and good things to eat, for the children in the Lawndale neighborhood where the studio is located.
“Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” cast members will be in attendance, along with 400 expected other guests, at the End of Summer Soiree benefit being hosted by Cinespace for its neighbor, Mount Sinai Hospital Saturday, Sept. 6.
PRODUCTION IS RAMPING UP as four TV shows get underway at Cinespace starting this Friday, when NBC Universal’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” get underway this Friday, July 18, for seasons three and two, respectively.
No film school in the country has got what DePaul/Cinespace’s Cinema and Interactive Media program will be rolling out this summer: a custom-built, 3-ton grip and electric truck for student production use.
The $100,000 truck was designed and built by John Corba, Assistant Director of DePaul/Cinespace and DePaul MFA alum, and Joe Lyons, DePaul/Cinespace equipment manager, both with decades of feature crew experience.
Whether he was aware of it or not, Nick Mirkopoulos, the late owner of Cinespace Studios, was a proponent of Chicago’s motto, “Make no little plans.”
Thanks to his meticulous planning for the company’s future, Cinespace Chicago will seamlessly continue to host major entertainment projects – and grow to become the biggest studio complex in the world.
Phone calls and Emails of sympathy, gratitude and shock been pouring into studio executive Alex Pissios’ office at Cinespace since the news of the death of Cinespace owner Nick Mirkopoulos on Saturday swept film industries from Toronto to LA.
With an incentive that will reduce Cinespace Studios’ real estate taxes to further enable it to “put more money into the infrastructure,” says president Alex Pissios, the studio will complete 25 stages, one of which will a rare “water stage.”
On Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel, a supporter of the film industry who understands its positive economic impact, proposed a property tax reduction of $3.5 million over 12 years for the studio.
IN THE SPIRIT of cross-border camaraderie, Cinespace is making its Chicago and Toronto studios available to host both Canada Day festivities for the Canadian Consulate in Chicago on July 1 and Independence Day festivities for the US Consulate in Toronto on July 3.
Besides 2013 being the year of Chicago’s major breakthrough as a favored location for Hollywood entertainment projects and a giant film spend increase pouring into the local economy — this summer also will mark the year of the biggest stage expansion ever.
Both Cinespace Studios and Chicago Studio City are gearing up for expansion to accommodate the anticipated new business from Hollywood that’s starting to head our wave in droves.
It’s axiomatic that college grads go where the jobs are and in the film industry that points to Los Angeles. But wait! With the announcement of a partnership between DePaul University’s cinema studios and Cinespace, graduates now may have the option of a successful entertainment film career in Chicago.
When a famous Hollywood movie star returns to his native Chicago in March, the local film industry will have its first informal ambassador to Hollywood, to interest other Chicagoans in the movie business to come back home to work.
Actor Billy Zane –star of “Titanic” and an amazing 110 other movies and TV shows over a 28-year span – has joined Cinespace studios as executive producer.
The proposed V-SPANN cable channel has edged forward in its goal towards becoming the state’s first TV channel dedicated to the needs and stories of military veterans, by settling in at Cinespace Studios.
Tremendous progress in elevating Cinespace Studios as the central core of Chicago’s film infrastructure in just 14 months, since Gov. Pat Quinn cut the studio’s opening ceremonial ribbon on the “Boss” TV series set last May.
A year after Gov. Pat Quinn led the groundbreaking ceremonies, $80 million Cinespace is starting to come together like the major Hollywood-like studio complex it promised it would be.
Gala Catering is the first L.A.-based company to announce setting up permanent shop at Cinespace, with full-scale plans for expansion ready to go.
“With them, we are getting off to a great start in building our vision of a total, one-stop, film friendly community,” says Cinespace general manager Alex Pisseos, with more vendor move-ins to follow shortly.
It was all about jobs. And if the media and people assembled for the Cinespace ribbon-cutting and press conference Tuesday didn’t get it the first time, Gov. Pat Quinn made sure they did by repeating, “It’s all about the jobs, the jobs, the J-O-B-S” when questioned about the value of the Toronto-owned studio to Chicago.
Jobs, indeed, were at the heart of the $5 million Illinois Jobs Now! Capital program grant to Cinespace, of which $3 million was reportedly given to the studio prior to Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony helmed by Gov. Quinn.
A minor remodeling accident last week at Cinespace Studios blew out of control when a freelancer allegedly suspected asbestos contamination and decided to play hero and call in an EPA inspector.
The freelancer works on the production of “Boss,” the 8-part TV series – that originally had planned to film in Pittsburgh — headquartering at Near West Side Cinespace. The production occupies large offices on the studio’s fourth and fifth floors.
The timing couldn’t be worse. The much-anticipated Cinespace Chicago film studio was into construction on the first phase of the soundstages when the House rushed to pass Senate Bill 4 that calls for ending Illinois’ tax incentives in five years.
The 350,000-sq. ft. soundstage is the first of the plan for be eight contiguous stages on the 48 acre former Ryerson Steel Campus between Ogden and Western Avenues on the Near Southwest Side.
Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled Show of Force. The episode will air this Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Boden (Eamonn Walker) is about to go up against some powerful people in defense of Pelham. Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) will also stand up for Pelham. Here’s … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for ‘Show of Force’”
Here are the pics and promo for a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. Brian Tee returns as Dr. Ethan Choi which will give us an update on his recovery and further the storyline of his struggle whether to reconcile … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo ‘What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You’”
This week’s pics and promo for a new episode of Chicago P.D. titled To Protect, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. As the promo suggest, the team works together to identify the head of the brutal Los Temidos gang. While Voight dives deeper into his informant Anna Avalos, his choice could have life-threatening consequences when … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘To Protect’”
Chicago P.D. is the latest TV series to fall victim to the Omicron variant Covid-19 surge, requiring a pause in production Thursday morning after a number of positive Covid tests were reported. Some of the cases were in Zone A, which includes the cast and those who directly interact with them. Our sources say that … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. pauses filming due to positive Covid tests”
This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Lies is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Voight employs his new informant to help solve a tricky drug trafficking case. Atwater, who once again struggles to reconcile his personal and professional life, reaches a decision. Below are … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Lies’”
There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled The Things We Thought We Left Behind airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Crockett and Blake clash with Randall when a famous alcoholic football player needs a liver transplant. Dylan is reluctantly reunited … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo The Things We Thought We Left Behind”
Chicago Fire returns to high ratings for the second half of season 10. This is another new episode titled Fog of War. The episode will air this Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: On a call with Station 37, a firefighter is struck by a … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for new episode Fog of War”
Chicago Med begins the second half of Season 7 with the episode titled No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago airing this Wednesday, January 5 at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. In the first episode of 2022, Goodwin finds herself under fire after word of the Vas-COM scandal makes waves. She clashes with the new hospital compliance officer … Continue reading “Chicago Med begins 2022 with No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago”
This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Home Safe begins the second half of Season 9 airing Wednesday, January 5 at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. This episode marks their 2022 premiere date. In the promo for the premiere episode, Burgess feels it is time to set some boundaries with Ruzek to help protect Makayla. Here’s the … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. part II of Season 9 begins tonight”
Chicago Fire returns with lots of action and surprises for the second half of season 10 in a new episode titled Back With a Bang. Stella Kidd is back! And if that isn’t enough excitement for one night, the entire team at Firehouse 51 joins in to put out a dangerous potassium fire in a tunnel. The … Continue reading “Chicago Fire is ‘Back with A Bang’ for the second half of season 10”
Here are the top 21 stories on Reel Chicago in 2021. There were over 2500 stories between Reel Chicago and our sister publication Reel 360. With a record breaking total of 1.4 million views this year. Whether our stories were about the resurgence of film & TV production, the Reel Ad of the Week, or … Continue reading “Reel Chicago top 21 stories for 2021”
Kidd and Severide spoiler alert! Do not read if you have not watched the mid-season finale of Chicago Fire! Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) finally returned home to the apartment she shares with Severide (Taylor Kinney), very briefly during the last few seconds of the mid-season finale. The question remains, after almost ghosting Severide and … Continue reading “Chicago Fire fans should be worried about the future of Kidd and Severide”
During the 200th episode of Chicago Fire, after nearly 10 years and 200 episodes, Jesse Spencer‘s character Matthew Casey made a life-altering decision to move to Oregon, which led to him being written off of the series. The character Matt Casey decided in the episode prior that he was going to leave Chicago because he … Continue reading “Plans for Brett and Casey in the second half of Chicago Fire”
In the spirit of giving, the One Chicago franchise has gifted fans with Christmas episodes of all our favorites including our heroes on Chicago Fire, with a very special surprise! The Chicago Fire episode titled Winterfest begins with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) looking at his text messages before soberly leaving his home to go to … Continue reading “Chicago Fire mid-season finale recap Winterfest is full of surprises”
Not to be outdone by Chicago Med and Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. has gotten into the holiday spirit by gifting fans one of the most intriguing mid-season finales ever. The episode titled No Way Out begins at Roy’s grave where Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) is given a choice by Special Agent Walker North (Alex … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. recap of mid-season finale No Way Out”
It’s that time of year again! Decorate the tree, get a nice cup of cocoa, and cozy up on the couch to watch the One Chicago dramas presenting their holiday episodes. Chicago Med did not disappoint with their final episode before holiday hiatus. Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. will return with new episodes on Wednesday, … Continue reading “Chicago Med recap of winter finale ‘Secret Santa Has a Gift for You’”
This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled No Way Out is the winter finale airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. This will be the final episode for Season 7 in 2021. Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. return for their 2022 premiere date on Wednesday, January 5 It’s time to tie up loose ends … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. releases teaser pics for the winter finale”
Chicago Med has a new episode titled Secret Santa Has A Gift For You airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. This will be the final episode for Season 7 in 2021. Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. return for their 2022 premiere date on Wednesday, January 5 With more than one character keeping … Continue reading “Chicago Med final episode in 2021 Secret Santa Has A Gift For You”
Chicago Fire gets into the holiday spirit this week with a new episode titled Winterfest. The holiday fun has begun at Firehouse 51. The decorations are up, the gifts are under the Christmas tree, and we will even have an opportunity to see Ritter’s dalmatian, Tuesday who has become the unofficial 51 dog. But it’s … Continue reading “Chicago Fire gets into the holiday spirit by saving Santa in ‘Winterfest’”
Chicago Fire is in the middle of Fall hiatus until December 8 when a new episode drops. This break gave us an opportunity to share our favorite moments in Season 10 so far. From the onset of Season 10, Fire has been packed with surprises. From being uncertain if our team would survive being trapped … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: our favorite moments in Season 10”
The family-friendly holiday movie Christmas with Felicity, directed by award-winning, Chicago-based filmmaker, Jack C. Newell (Monuments), will premiere on AMC+ Thanksgiving Day, November 25. While Christmas with Felicity is primarily set in the fictitious Wisconsin town of Aspen Grove, the majority of the film was shot on location in Historic Downtown Long Grove and included … Continue reading “Chicago made Christmas with Felicity premieres on AMC+ on Thanksgiving”
This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled What Happened At Whiskey Point is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Severide and Herrmann clash over office space. Boden looks at Pelham’s past as he considers making him permanent. Gallo’s resentment of Pelham comes to a head. … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘What Happened At Whiskey Point’”
There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled Just as a Snake Sheds its Skin airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Dylan’s loyalty to Med and the police department is challenged when an old family friend and veteran cop exhibits … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo Just as a Snake Sheds its Skin”
This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Fractures 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 investigates the stabbing of a father with two young daughters, they begin to suspect there is more to the story than meets the eye. The … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Fractures’”
Brett Dalton has been added to the Chicago Fire cast in a recurring role as interim Lieutenant Jason Pelham after Jesse Spencer’s departure from the series. Dalton made his debut in this week’s episode. As Reel Chicago reported in October, during the 200th episode of the series Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) made a “life-altering decision” … Continue reading “Brett Dalton added to Chicago Fire cast after Jesse Spencer’s departure”
This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Trust 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: As the team works to bring down a drug ring, Voight builds trust with a new informant. However, it soon becomes clear she has a plan of her own. … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘Trust Me’”
This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled Whom Shall I Fear is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Gallo clashes with the new lieutenant temporarily filling in for Casey. Severide closes in on a dangerous and deadly arsonist. Below are exclusive set pics and the … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Whom Shall I Fear’”
There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled A Square Peg In A Round Hole airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Crockett helps Dr. Blake replace a patient’s liver. Vanessa tries to prove herself. Will continues to pursue the truth about Cooper. … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo A Square Peg In A Round Hole”
There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled When You’re a Hammer Everything’s a Nail airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode When You’re a Hammer Everything’s a Nail: Stevie’s personal and professional worlds collide when her mother becomes her patient. Dylan’s … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo When You’re a Hammer Everything’s a Nail”
This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled End of Watch is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Ruzek reunites with an old colleague to take down a crime ring but when things don’t add up, Voight and Burgess do some investigating of their own. Below … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘End of Watch’”
This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled Dead Zone 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 major security breach in the city’s computer networks forces Firehouse 51’s senior leaders to take matters into their own hands. Severide gears up for an arson investigation. Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘Dead Zone’”
When Reel Chicago reported about the Season 10 premiere of Chicago Fire in September we mentioned that Jesse Spencer had not publicly confirmed whether his contract had been renewed. At that time we were speculating about the relationship between Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer). It seems that his contract has not … Continue reading “Jesse Spencer leaves Chicago Fire after 10 seasons”
IFA Chicago’s inaugural Fall Into Film Block Party event, celebrates the growth of the film industry in Chicago, the arts, creatives & filmmakers, and the local community. Whether you are a creator/filmmaker, member of the community, sponsor, business in the neighborhood or a local community member…all those looking to support our mission – this event … Continue reading “IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry”
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’”
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’”
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’”
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”
The One Chicago franchise hits another major milestone as Chicago Fire films their 200th episode. Our friends at Chicago Fire shared these exclusive photos as the cast and crew celebrated the filming of episode 200. This is an amazing milestone and a rare celebration that the majority of shows never experience. Here’s the official information … Continue reading “Chicago Fire hits 200 and we have the celebration pics”
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’s disenchantment with filmmaking, and how Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the largest film studio in the U.S. partners with their neighbors. The film industry has steadily been growing into a booming business for the City of Chicago and while the business has provided a substantial increase in revenue and jobs for Chicagoans, not everyone is … Continue reading “Chicago’s love/hate relationship with major film productions”
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’”
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”
At the September 30th Committee on Budget and Government Operations meeting Retiring Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly said filmmaking is “significantly up” in Chicago. A record 15 television productions are currently in the city including 61st Street, The Chi, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Work in Progress, Paper Girls, Light Years, … Continue reading “Filmmaking in Chicago is ‘significantly up’ with record breaking production”
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”
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’”
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’”
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’”
The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the program for Industry Days, to be held October 14 – 17, 2021, with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community. Highlights include this year’s Keynote talk with Brenda Gilbert, President and Co-Founder of BRON Studios, which has received six Academy … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days”
Last night, the 73rd Emmy Awards were held with Cedric the Entertainer hosting on CBS. While most of the big Emmy news for Chicago will be pointed (deservedly so) toward Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis’, who studied here at the IO Theater, Second City and Anonymous, and co-creator, co-star and Chicagoan Brendan Hunt’s wins, another Chicago-based … Continue reading “Lovecraft Country represents Chicago with two Emmy wins”
Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and the Rialto Theater in Joliet, the Fox TV series premiere of The Big Leap is this Monday, September 20. The Big Leap is a contemporary tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. The show revolves around a group of diverse underdogs from all different … Continue reading “The Big Leap TV series filmed in Chicago premieres this Monday”
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”
After walking away with three Grammys for his 2016 record, Coloring Book, Chicago artist Chance the Rapper set out to perform a concert like no other. The private concert was held at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios back in 2017 for a select group of fans and intentionally staged and filmed as a movie, Magnificent Coloring World. … Continue reading “Editor Ariana DeSimone of Optimus teams with Chance the Rapper”
As we reported earlier in the week, the Illinois Film Alliance (IFA) is partnering with, and moving into, the AbelCine space on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot, as they collaborate on The Hub @Cinespace for Indie filmmakers. If you are interested in lending a hand in the move, they are asking for help in … Continue reading “The IFA is looking for assistance on their move into AbelCine”
As the Season 4 finale of The Chi ended with a cliffhanger on Sunday, series creator Lena Waithe announced the news during an Instagram Live that SHOWTIME has renewed The Chi for season 5. “Season 5 of The Chi is coming. It is done. It is written,” Waithe told fans, thanking them for their loyalty and viewership. … Continue reading “Lena Waithe announces SHOWTIME has renewed The Chi for Season 5”
Welcome home! The cast and crew of Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med have returned for the new season and are prepping at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios to begin filming this week. Last season was a struggle to get through the new Covid guidelines, a delayed start to filming and a reduced number of only 16 … Continue reading “Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med begin filming the new season”
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair regarding his upcoming Alien TV series, Fargo creator, showrunner, and director (of 4 episodes) Noah Hawley dropped some information about his plans for the FX series Fargo. While no official word has been announced by FX, he hinted that IF there was a 5th season, it would likely … Continue reading “Fargo showrunner hints fifth season may be the last”
It’s the end of the road for the characters of HBO’s Lovecraft Country. The horror drama series will not be receiving a second season order, HBO told Deadline. “We will not be moving forward with a second season of Lovecraft Country,” HBO said in their statement. “We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of … Continue reading “It’s the end of the road for HBO’s Lovecraft Country”
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”
As we say goodbye to our favorite heroes from One Chicago for the summer, it’s fun to look back on all the amazing TV shows set in the Windy City over the years. Chicago has been a production powerhouse for decades and has given us some of the best movies and TV shows that were … Continue reading “Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago”
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”
Fox has debuted its trailers for the Fall’s new comedies and dramas for the 2021-22 TV season, including the Scott Foley-led, Chicago-based series, The Big Leap. Charlie Collier, CEO, Fox Entertainment, did the unveiling of the network’s slate to the national advertising community during its virtual Upfront Presentation. That included the Glee-like series, The Big … Continue reading “Fox previews The Big Leap during Network Upfronts”
As NBC’s Chicago Med is nearing the end of their 6th season, Chicago says goodbye to two original cast members, Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto. The departures come as the initial contracts of Chicago Med’s original cast are up for renewal. DeCosta chose to leave at the end of her contract and quickly received an … Continue reading “Chicago Med says goodbye to two original cast members”
Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med officially wrap today for the season. Congratulations to the cast and crew. You are our heroes! 2020 was a hard year for everyone on the planet. Keeping our favorite TV shows on the air through these difficult times was a HUGE endeavor for all involved. While the actors … Continue reading “It’s a wrap for the season on One Chicago”
Great news for Chicago production community. Fox Entertainment has given a series order to Chicago-produced The Big Leap, starring Scott Foley, Teri Polo and Piper Perabo. It comes from the minds of Liz Heldens, Jason Winer, Sue Naegle, 20th Television and Fox Entertainment. The ballet-themed dramedy, which Deadline reports has received an initial 10-episode order, was met with an … Continue reading “Fox takes leap, greenlights Chicago-produced Big Leap”
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”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, DCASE, and the Chicago Park District announced “Arts 77” — a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas, representing an initial investment of over $60 million to support local artists and organizations. Additional updates regarding financial grants and programs to support arts recovery will follow in … Continue reading “Chicago Park District announces “Arts 77” arts reopening”
Production of new single-cam, mockumentary style comedy series Zen Room is set to commence early March after news of Cheri Oteri (former SNL cast member, Grown Ups 2) joining the cast as lead, executive producer, and writer. While plenty of film production has been shuttered due to Covid-19, actress and writer Ashley Joyce (Gilmore Girls, … Continue reading “Production set to begin on Zen Room this spring”
What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. It … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”
Panavision has named Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys to lead the company’s Chicago office as Vice President and General Manager. Borys will ensure Panavision’s customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support throughout the commercial, television, and feature sectors, and will be supported by Chicago Operations Manager Stan Glapa. Sharon Walker Retires Borys’ appointment … Continue reading “Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago”
One person’s determination can really make all the difference, and Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker is proof of this. To set the scene, Firehouse 51 may not have the magnetic Wallace Boden if it weren’t for the one-on-one encouragement Eamonn received from a school teacher at nine years-old. It was London in the 1970’s and Eamonn … Continue reading “Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker is mentoring Chicago kids”
IFA Virtual Soirée Silent Auction – NOW OPEN! How would you like to have virtual cocktails with producer, Bob Teitel? Or a two-day shoot on a Cinespace stage with grip/lighting equipment included? Bid on these and other priceless items at the virtual IFA Virtual Soirée Silent Auction – NOW OPEN! Items include experiences with our Luminary Board members … Continue reading “IFA Virtual Soirée silent auction is open for bids”
In an announcement yesterday, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) launched a new citywide strategy – “Protect Chicago” – an effort to help Chicago bend the COVID-19 curve for the second time. “Chicago has reached a critical point in the second surge of COVID-19, demanding that … Continue reading “Film Production not affected by new COVID restrictions”
Next week, TV’s highest rated night of drama returns to WMAQ NBC-5. Filming on One Chicago Night, which includes Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. has been underway at Cinespace Studios for approximately a month and a half now. With premieres scheduled for next Wednesday, November 11, NBC has provided Reel Chicago with new … Continue reading “New photos from One Chicago’s Premiere Night”
The 56th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 6th edition of Industry Days: Go to the Body, written and directed by Kyra Jones (co-creator of The Right Swipe) and produced by Angellic Ross. The film follows Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer who is sexually assaulted by a fellow activist … Continue reading “CIFF announces ‘Go to the Body’ as winner of The Pitch”
The cast and crew of Chicago Med are back on set at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios after a two week quarantine period. The NBC series has had more than its share of delays from the Covid-19 virus. The onset of the coronavirus in March, halted production on Chicago Med before they were able to complete filming Season 5. After just one week into production … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ cast & crew return from quarantine”
This past summer, director and writer Sean Sankalp Raju won the Camera Ambassador Community Builders Grant for his project A Nickname. The autobiographical short film tells the story of how the filmmaker received the moniker, Sean, as an Indian American child. In an economy where funding an independent film is especially difficult, Raju was ecstatic … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador Grant winner Raju faces challenges”
Chicago P.D. is up and running in their first week of filming for Season 8. Cautiously following all Covid-19 guidelines, the Chicago P.D. masked crew began shooting last week at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and on location over the weekend in a near south side Chicago neighborhood. With the onset of Covid-19 in March, Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. starts up and filmed on location last week”
The 56th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of four narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched live in front of a virtual audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Now in its sixth year, The Pitch at Industry Days has established itself as a leading industry showcase spotlighting bold, original work from the Chicago region. Past projects from The Pitch at Industry Days have gone onto completion, including Jennifer Reader’s Signature Move, and two films showing at last year’s Chicago International Film Festival: Knives and Skin, also directed by Jennifer Reeder, and Haroula Rose’s Once Upon a River. This year’s filmmakers represent a diversity of voices that continue to reinforce the breadth and vitality of Chicago-area filmmakers and projects: from a sci-fi comedy horror film set in the suburbs to a drama set along the Mexico-American border, to the story of a sexual assault within a Black community and an estranged daughter in an Iraqi-American family who impersonates her recently deceased father. See below for loglines. The winning pitch receives an awards package of in-kind goods and services worth tens of thousands of dollars. Contributors include Keslow Camera, IFA Chicago and The Story Stage at CineSpace, Chicago Media Angels, Ramo Law PC, and the Sundance Institute. “Right now, during the pandemic, it’s the perfect time to develop, workshop, hone, and fine-tune feature film projects and make them great,” said Chicago International Film Festival and Industry Days Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman. “The Pitch is a terrific way for the Festival to support and encourage local filmmakers and help push their projects forward.” This year’s Pitch will be hosted by IFA Chicago Executive Director and producer Angie Gaffney, and this year’s jury includes: Bronwyn Cornelius, producer of Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Clemency; Ilyse McKimmie, Deputy Director for Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program; and Yvonne Huff Lee, co-CEO of Lagralane Group. The selected projects for 2020’s The Pitch at Industry Days are: Anchor Baby After witnessing his father nearly beat a Mexican immigrant to death while patrolling the desert border, a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in the Arizona Border Militia finds solace in an unlikely place — the arms of the new undocumented migrant girl in town. Screenwriter: Anna Hozian Director: Danny Mooney Producer: Dale Armin Johnson Go to the Body After Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer, is sexually assaulted by a fellow activist, she tries to push past her trauma and return to her normal life. The only thing standing in the way is her fianceé, Kendrick, an overprotective boxer who has his own idea of justice. Writer/Director: Kyra Jones Producer: Angellic Ross Invasion of the Housewives … Continue reading “CIFF selects four IL film projects for “The Pitch””
Amazing news for the Chicago production community – the new season of Chicago Med is officially underway. According to Deadline, the highest rated drama on NBC’s One Chicago Wednesdays has resumed production after being stalled back in March due to the pandemic. But production has been deemed safe for cast and crew to return to work at … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ has begun production on Season 6”
Last month, we reported that NBC‘s top-rated (even in reruns) Wednesday night, dubbed “One Chicago,” would return on November 11. With production reportedly set to resume on Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and Chicago Fire on October 6, the Reel Chicago team thought it was time to look at cast additions and subtractions. Chicago Med Coming: Chicago … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med’ Who’s in? Who’s out?”
The wait is over. Lovecraft Country, which was filmed at Cinespace Studios, premiered Sunday night on HBO to 760,000 viewers, the best since Watchmen. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle … Continue reading “What reviews say about ‘Lovecraft Country’”
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”
The novel coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating affect on film and TV production this year. But recovery is slowly beginning. Last week, Reel 360 reported on a few CW Network shows (The Flash, Riverdale, Superman and Lois) returning to production late last month and Marvel’s Falcon and Winter Soldier, along with Loki and Hawkeye … Continue reading “FX sets September premiere date for ‘Fargo’”
Filmscape 2020 goes virtual August 29 & 30. Exhibitors get a virtual booth on a dedicated page on the Filmscape website. Every year, Filmscape Chicago, an educational nonprofit focused on skill building for technicians and artists in the Chicago film and television industry, holds an annual event which hosts high-profile vendors, educational workshops, panels, and … Continue reading “Filmscape 2020 goes online with virtual exhibitor booths”
HBO’s Lovecraft Country, which was filmed at Cinespace Studios, debuts on August 16. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across … Continue reading “Meet ‘Lovecraft Country’s’ showrunner Misha Green”
Sources tell Reel Chicago that the Chicago P.D. team will begin to return the second week of August with a scheduled Chicago shoot date on September 22. A few Chicago P.D. production personnel have begun to prep for COVID regulations before the crews arrive. Chicago Med and Chicago Fire are also said to follow the … Continue reading “Chicago PD, Fire & Med return to production in September”
The former FOX Network juggernaut Empire, which was filmed at Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, have ended prematurely last spring due to the rampant novel coronavirus COVID-19, but you clearly can’t keep a Lyons down. There is now talk of a spinoff series starring Taraji P. Henson as matriarch Cookie Lyons. According to TheWrap, the project is … Continue reading “Possible ‘Empire’ spinoff in development”
The State of Illinois and City of Chicago are now operating in Phase 3 of their respective reopening plans and there is a lot of film production news and information to share. In addition to the Chicago and Illinois Film Offices issuing Phase 3 film production guidelines, last Friday, SAG-AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, and the Teamsters released “The Safe Way Forward”, COVID 19 Safety … Continue reading “Next phase & beyond protocols, guidelines & what’s next”
“The Chi” Season 3 premieres this Sunday, June 21st at 8 PM CT on Showtime. Created by Chicago’s own Lena Waithe and filmed entirely in Illinois, “The Chi” is a coming-of-age drama series about a group of Black teenage boys from the city’s south side. An average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to … Continue reading “Season 3 premiere of Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’”
Nowhere can the pandemic’s financial impact be felt more than in the city’s once thriving production industry. Shows such as Empire, the Dick Wolf “Chicago” shows, Shameless and commercials positioned Chicago as the midwest hub for networks and studios. Once productions were forced to shutter, everyone from actors to craft services suddenly found themselves out … Continue reading “Alex Pissios talks future of Chicago production”
Asian Americans have been a silent voice in American Media since the birth of cinema. While many other demographics have found a way to break through to mainstream markets, few filmmakers and actors of Asian descent have risen to the top. Asians currently make up the majority of the world’s population, and continue to be … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: Richard Song of Eleven04”
HBO’s new drama series, Lovecraft Country, which had a large portion filmed at Cinespace Studios debuts this August. The series, based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff of the same name, follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark … Continue reading “Watch trailer for Peele and Abrams’ ‘Lovecraft Country’”
This is the way to end a series. Empire signed off with its premature series finale on Tuesday night, after the coronavirus forced the Fox show to shorten its production at Cinespace Studios. The final episode delivered a 0.8 rating and 2.9 million total viewers. That represents the show’s highest rating and largest audience since … Continue reading “‘Empire’ finale delivers best ratings since October 2019”
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. Karolyn Raphael, President of Winger Marketing, with more than … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Karolyn Raphael, Pres, Winger Marketing”
As we all isolate ourselves for COVID-19 quarantines, it’s opened up the discussion about what a lack of community and connection can do to our mental health. But what if the communities that make us feel seen and safe were less visible to begin with? In 2019, only 4% of the general U.S. population said they … Continue reading “Trans Lifeline, Burnett address isolation crisis”
When audiences and comedy lovers think Improv, they usually think Chicago, home to popular destinations like the infamous The Second City and iO Comedy. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the closures of all schools, theaters, and public venues has also hit the improv world hard. Not only has the COVID-19 Pandemic forced these popular establishments … Continue reading “UPDATED: Second City, Annoyance, iO, ComedySportz go virtual”
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. Colette Gabriel is the General Manager of Keslow Camera … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Colette Gabriel, GM of Keslow Camera”
An NBC staff member whose name we cannot release has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and is currently in Chicago undergoing treatment. The staff member, who was in a department that effected all three Dick Wolf Chicago shows, is from California and has been in Chicago since the Christmas hiatus. He is said to … Continue reading “New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set”