FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series

3+ FIRSTHAND: CoronavirusOne-Hour Special Compiled from WTTW Digital Documentary SeriesMonday, May 18, 9:00 pm and Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 pm on WTTW#FIRSTHANDwttw In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WTTW hit the streets of Chicago to film the 15-part digital series FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus, produced and released in real time, that explored the personal, firsthand perspectives of … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series”

Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn recovering from coronavirus

3+ At a time when the coronavirus case numbers continue to climb, we are happy to pass along the encouraging news that Kartemquin’s co-founder, Gordon Quinn continues to improve. On March 20th Reel Chicago reported that Quinn was admitted to the ER at Northwestern Hospital for symptoms of coronavirus and shortly after was transferred to … Continue reading “Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn recovering from coronavirus”

FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus new WTTW digital docuseries

3+ The coronavirus pandemic is a public health crisis unlike any that Chicago has faced in living memory. How are our citizens reacting to its challenges, and who is stepping forward to help keep the city safe and functioning as COVID-19 sweeps through Chicago, America, and the rest of the world? In a multi-part digital … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus new WTTW digital docuseries”

New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set

5+ 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 … Continue reading “New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set”

‘The Great Chicago Fire’ to air on WTTW

2+ This fall, WTTW tells the dramatic story of a defining and prescient moment in Chicago history, the Great Fire of 1871 when Chicagoans faced destruction, rebuilt, and prepared the city for a thriving future. The Great Chicago Fire, a one-hour Chicago Stories special, premieres on Friday, October 9 at 8:00 pm, the 149th anniversary … Continue reading “‘The Great Chicago Fire’ to air on WTTW”

Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination

1+ Daring to break the traditional agency mold, Highdive is producing exciting work that pushes the envelope in new ways. Most recently, the Ad Age Small Agency of the Year partnered with Jeep to create a Super Bowl spot celebrating the 90’s classic Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. The commercial resonated with audiences as it … Continue reading “Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination”

Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square

0 Chicago Immersive, in collaboration with interactive travel agency First Person Travel, is proud to announce the new interactive walking tour WANDER: Lincoln Square—A Chicago Walking Experience. This guided tour of the North Side neighborhood includes live agents and prerecorded historical scenes to facilitate exploration of the town’s present with the discovery of its past. Each showing will include up to … Continue reading “Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square”

‘The Batman’ to shoot in Chicago September 30?

3+ To say DC FanDome was a hit with fans would be a mild assessment. As millions of DC fans tuned in from around the world to see the virtual event Saturday, they were treated to new footage from several highly anticipated projects. One of the most anticipated project is Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which … Continue reading “‘The Batman’ to shoot in Chicago September 30?”

Chicago’s new and reimagined World Music Events

1+ The Year of Chicago Music will celebrate Chicago’s Jazz and World Music Festivals with virtual performances over the Labor Day holiday and Sundays throughout September. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced today new and reimagined Jazz and World Music events as part of the Year … Continue reading “Chicago’s new and reimagined World Music Events”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

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

Navy Pier closing after Labor Day

0  Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, will implement a temporary Pier-wide closure starting Tuesday, September 8 in an effort to limit the financial burden and impact of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the organization. The closure will put a halt to all Pier-wide operations, including that of Navy Pier’s more than 70 small local businesses, … Continue reading “Navy Pier closing after Labor Day”

#Act4Impact fundraiser hosted by Queen Latifah

1+ The American Lung Association announced its first–ever livestream fundraising benefit, #Act4Impact, to be hosted by Queen Latifah on September 26, 2020. The money raised will go towards defeating COVID-19 and decreasing health disparities by supporting and safeguarding lung health, particularly in underserved communities. As coronavirus spreads deeper across America, the pandemic has shined a spotlight on the health disparities … Continue reading “#Act4Impact fundraiser hosted by Queen Latifah”

Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest

2+ Charles Andrew Gardner’s Long Ride Home will compete for Best Short Film this week at Academy Award® winner Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. In the powerful short film, Long Ride Home, Brandon is an affluent African-American who has climbed the ladder to success, resenting anyone not willing to put in the same amount of discipline. However, his perspective … Continue reading “Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest”

FX sets September premiere date for ‘Fargo’

4+ 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 … Continue reading “FX sets September premiere date for ‘Fargo’”

Gov Pritzker and OKRP launch $5 M awareness campaign

1+ Governor JB Pritzker and OKRP launched a new $5 million awareness campaign today to encourage Illinois residents to wear a face covering every time they’re in public — because it only works if you wear it. Following the data-driven approach that has guided Illinois’ coronavirus response, the campaign uses local information to advertise on … Continue reading “Gov Pritzker and OKRP launch $5 M awareness campaign”

Chicago PD, Fire & Med return to production in September

55+ 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 … Continue reading “Chicago PD, Fire & Med return to production in September”

Possible ‘Empire’ spinoff in development

0 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 … Continue reading “Possible ‘Empire’ spinoff in development”

Colonie’s remote capabilities tapped for State Farm

2+ The Marketing Arm called on The Colonie’s remote-savvy team to provide editing, color grading, and creative services for a recent State Farm spot with a message of encouragement and support for those financially impacted by COVID-19.   The two Chicago-based companies collaborated remotely on the :30 spot. Titled New Norm, the broadcast commercial features live-action … Continue reading “Colonie’s remote capabilities tapped for State Farm”

Lightfoot claps back at McEnany, calls her “Karen”

1+ The lesson here is – not that the current White House ever learns – don’t mess with Mayor Lori Lightfoot. After White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany referred to Lightfoot as “the derelict mayor of Chicago” during a press briefing, the mayor clapped back, tweeting “Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth.” Middle-aged White women — … Continue reading “Lightfoot claps back at McEnany, calls her “Karen””

Brooke Foley & NFL 1st female coach launch Critter Fitter

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