FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series

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 a … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series”

Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn recovering from coronavirus

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 ICU … Continue reading “Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn recovering from coronavirus”

FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus new WTTW digital docuseries

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 series produced … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus new WTTW digital docuseries”

New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set

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”

Facets returns to in-person programming with Anne at 13,000 Ft

FACETS announced that the 46-year-old organization has selected the film Anne at 13,000 Ft. by Canadian director Kazik Radwanski to mark its long-awaited return to in-person programming, following an 18-month hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic. .  Anne at 13,000 Ft. will have its Chicago premiere from Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19; it will play again from … Continue reading “Facets returns to in-person programming with Anne at 13,000 Ft”

Pritzker mandates vaccine for all healthcare workers, teachers, students

As COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates across the state continue to increase, particularly in downstate communities with the lowest vaccination rates, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced vaccine requirements for individuals in high risk settings. All healthcare workers, including nursing home employees, all pre-k-12 teachers and staff, as well as … Continue reading “Pritzker mandates vaccine for all healthcare workers, teachers, students”

Asian Pop-up Cinema season 13 celebrates best Asian-centric cinema

Asian Pop-Up Cinema: Season 13 will present 30 films at an in-person and drive-in festival, with select titles available for online streaming. The festival opens September 15 through October 12, at AMC River East 21, The Davis Theater and ChiTown Drive-In. The programming celebrates the best Asian-centric cinema, with new work made by filmmakers from China, … Continue reading “Asian Pop-up Cinema season 13 celebrates best Asian-centric cinema”

Chicago athletes to compete on American Ninja Warrior

A total of 13 athletes who manage, coach or train at Chicago-based Ultimate Ninjas gyms will compete on Season 13 of the NBC wildly popular American Ninja Warrior (ANW) show. Two of the athletes, Maggie Owen, age 15, from the Chicago area and Sam Folsom, age 18, of St. Louis are youth who were selected … Continue reading “Chicago athletes to compete on American Ninja Warrior”

Guidelines for Illinois Phase 5 full reopening on June 11

Phase 5 will go into effect on June 11 and mark the full reopening of all activities and businesses. Businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and seated-spectator venues will be able to operate at full capacity for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said this was a defining moment … Continue reading “Guidelines for Illinois Phase 5 full reopening on June 11”

Fox takes leap, greenlights Chicago-produced Big Leap

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”

Fellowes celebrates the return to ‘Work from Work’

Fellowes, a leader in commercial-grade air purification, has launched a new advertising campaign from O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul that informs the public of its smart technology solution for achieving clean air in shared work and public spaces.  The campaign is being introduced as companies and employees prepare for the shift from ‘work from home’ to … Continue reading “Fellowes celebrates the return to ‘Work from Work’”

After 11 seasons Chicago says goodbye to Shameless

After 11 seasons and 134 episodes, Chicago said farewell to Showtime’s Shameless as it came to an end on Sunday evening, April 11, 2021 with its emotional and very timely series finale. Warning: This story contains spoilers from the Sunday, April 11, finale of Shameless. Recap of Shameless finale The series’ patriarch, Frank (William H. … Continue reading “After 11 seasons Chicago says goodbye to Shameless”

Chicago Film Rep launches photography art show

Jim Deloye of The Candy Store, known across the land as independent rep for Live Action, Animation, Design, Interactive & Experiential studios has been busy in his Coronavirus QuARTintine  bubble. He’s now got a brand new photography show up at Archie’s Cafe in Rogers Park.  This new LightWerks Photography show represents Jim’s travels and adventures from places like New … Continue reading “Chicago Film Rep launches photography art show”

Illinois launches 14th mass vaccination site. See full list

4,747,845 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois, representing about 30% of residents 16 and up receiving their first dose. And on April 12, vaccines will be available for everyone. Illinois is launching its 14th mass vaccination site in Forest Park. Governor JB Pritzker and local officials announced the Illinois National Guard supported site, which will … Continue reading “Illinois launches 14th mass vaccination site. See full list”

How Chicago ranks in the Happiest Cities in the U.S.

You may not realize that where you live may also determine how happy you are. Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are. For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and … Continue reading “How Chicago ranks in the Happiest Cities in the U.S.”

Local 727 Members join in the Fight Against COVID-19

Local 727 members joined in the fight against COVID-19 at the United Center, working to convert space in Parking Lot E outside of the arena into a mass COVID vaccination center. Members assisted in the installation of a remote clinic set to serve the people of Chicago by distributing vaccinations beginning on March 9. Run … Continue reading “Local 727 Members join in the Fight Against COVID-19”

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”

NBC Chicago launches docuseries “Vaccinated State”

Amid continued questions about the Coronavirus vaccine in Illinois, NBC Chicago explores the issues and response to one of the most sought-after medicines of our lifetime in a new docuseries, Vaccinated State. Vaccinated State launched Sunday, February 21, on NBC Chicago’s Roku and Apple TV channels, documents the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Illinois, … Continue reading “NBC Chicago launches docuseries “Vaccinated State””

NBC 5 & Telemundo Chicago grant applications are open

NBC 5 Chicago/WMAQ, Telemundo Chicago/WSNS and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation will present their Project Innovation grant challenge in Chicago for a fourth consecutive year when grant applications open on January 8, 2021.   Local nonprofits that are helping to move communities forward by encouraging a culture of equity and inclusion, creating pathways for individuals to … Continue reading “NBC 5 & Telemundo Chicago grant applications are open”

Upcoming schedule and storylines for Chicago Med

Since returning to production in October, Chicago Med has had more than its share of delays from the Covid-19 virus. The onset of the coronavirus in March, halted production before they were able to complete filming Season 5. After just one week into production on Season 6, the first of Dick Wolf’s One Chicago series was forced to hit the pause button again when … Continue reading “Upcoming schedule and storylines for Chicago Med”

WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago

In Chicago, your birthplace often determines your destiny. Children born in one West Side census tract between 1978 and 1983 grew up to have a median annual household income of $16,000, according to Opportunity Insights. WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago in a documentary series, reported stories, expert talks, and community discussions. In FIRSTHAND: Living in … Continue reading “WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago”

CDPH plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccine by Dec 14

Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced distribution plans for the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available with a commitment to allocate initial doses to all 34 hospitals in the city and to ensure the individuals and communities most impacted by the pandemic are prioritized in the weeks and months to … Continue reading “CDPH plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccine by Dec 14”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and include … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”

Artist Jeremih hospitalized in hometown Chicago ICU

Chance the Rapper, 50 Cent and more stars showed support for Jeremih amid a report that he is hospitalized with coronavirus. “Pray for my boy @jeremih he’s not doing good this covid s–t is real,” 50 Cent, 45, wrote via IG on Saturday, November 14. “He’s in ICU in Chicago.” Chance the Rapper, 27, made … Continue reading “Artist Jeremih hospitalized in hometown Chicago ICU”

Gov. Pritzker Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’

With a new wave of COVID-19 sweeping the nation and concerning trends here in Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker launched a new awareness campaign. ‘Healthy Holidays to You’ created by O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul encourages residents to take safety precautions throughout the upcoming holiday season to protect themselves and their families — and ultimately save lives.  The Illinois … Continue reading “Gov. Pritzker Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’”

COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced today a business curfew will begin Friday in the city of Chicago. On Monday, the Mayor warned residents that some coronavirus restrictions could return in Chicago if the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continue to rise. City health officials said cases have risen by more than 50 percent over … Continue reading “COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew”

‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021 summer release

Say Candyman five times…in 2021. After numerous delays, Universal and MGM’s reboot of the supernatural slasher film is scheduled to hit theaters on Aug. 27, 2021. Jordan Peele wrote Candyman, which was directed by Nia DaCosta. Like many films slated for this year, the film had to postpone its debut numerous times during the coronavirus … Continue reading “‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021 summer release”

‘Chicago Med’ cast & crew return from quarantine

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”

2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete list … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”

‘The Great Chicago Fire’ to air on WTTW

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 of … Continue reading “‘The Great Chicago Fire’ to air on WTTW”

Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination

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 was … Continue reading “Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination”

Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square

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 20 … Continue reading “Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square”

‘The Batman’ to shoot in Chicago September 30?

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 has … Continue reading “‘The Batman’ to shoot in Chicago September 30?”

Chicago’s new and reimagined World Music Events

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 of … Continue reading “Chicago’s new and reimagined World Music Events”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

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 total … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”

Navy Pier closing after Labor Day

 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, which … Continue reading “Navy Pier closing after Labor Day”

#Act4Impact fundraiser hosted by Queen Latifah

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 within … Continue reading “#Act4Impact fundraiser hosted by Queen Latifah”

Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest

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 in … Continue reading “Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest”

FX sets September premiere date for ‘Fargo’

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’”

Gov Pritzker and OKRP launch $5 M awareness campaign

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 broadcast … Continue reading “Gov Pritzker and OKRP launch $5 M awareness campaign”

Chicago PD, Fire & Med return to production in September

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”

Possible ‘Empire’ spinoff in development

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”

Colonie’s remote capabilities tapped for State Farm

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 footage … Continue reading “Colonie’s remote capabilities tapped for State Farm”

Lightfoot claps back at McEnany, calls her “Karen”

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 — the … Continue reading “Lightfoot claps back at McEnany, calls her “Karen””

Brooke Foley & NFL 1st female coach launch Critter Fitter

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

McDonald’s turns Monday into Fry-Day

Here is a reason not to groan about it being Monday. It’s National French Fry-Day and McDonald’s is offering free fries to celebrate. The golden arches are offering a free medium fries with no purchase necessary — today, July 13, in honor of National French Fry-Day. The offer will be honored at participating locations nationwide … Continue reading “McDonald’s turns Monday into Fry-Day”

Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2020 canceled

Event organizers and the City of Chicago announced the decision to cancel the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and all race weekend activities in response to the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. In regard to the unique set of circumstances surrounding the decision to cancel the 2020 race, the … Continue reading “Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2020 canceled”

Havas Chicago/Moen campaign – #UnlockWaterForAll

In a new campaign created by Havas Chicago, #UnlockWaterForAll, Moen is encouraging people to send a letter to Congress at FoodAndWaterAction.org, urging them to issue a national moratorium on water shutoffs during this time.  In creating the campaign, Havas leaned into the universal human truth that water is a basic right and people with fewer resources … Continue reading “Havas Chicago/Moen campaign – #UnlockWaterForAll”

Could Sundance be heading to Chicago in 2021?

The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating to business, especially hitting the film and TV industries. The 2021 Sundance Film Festival will now adjust to the pandemic by holding its 40-year-old event not just in Park City, but also in at least 20 different cities across the country, as well as in an online format. … Continue reading “Could Sundance be heading to Chicago in 2021?”

Mayor Lightfoot announces Chicago’s 4th of July events

Fourth of July signature events include a virtual House music festival, a virtual “Independence Day Salute” concert event, and at-home Salsa dance parties across Chicago.  Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced the City’s signature Fourth of July holiday events including a virtual House music festival, a virtual … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces Chicago’s 4th of July events”

Mayor Lightfoot says Chicago ready to move to phase four

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that Chicago is on track to transition to phase four of the “Protecting Chicago” framework on Friday, June 26, alongside the rest of Illinois. The guidelines are aligned with the State-issued guidelines, with additional specificity included for Chicago’s context, which has … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot says Chicago ready to move to phase four”

FCB Chicago reportedly lays off 5% of staff

FCB Chicago reportedly went through a round of layoffs last week, impacting approximately 5% of employees. According to AgencySpy who reported the moves, a spokesman for the agency issued a statement to Reel Chicago, “Due to changing scopes of work for a few clients impacted heavily by Covid-19 in our Chicago office, our team there … Continue reading “FCB Chicago reportedly lays off 5% of staff”

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss on returning to ‘Matrix’

While the three original films – The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – seemed to conclude the series – Neo and Trinity do die – there has been speculation that the world would return someday. That someday began last August when Warner Bros. officially announced that a fourth Matrix would happen. After … Continue reading “Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss on returning to ‘Matrix’”

Lilly Wachowski admits “rage” inspired ‘Matrix’

Like other big budget productions, The Matrix 4, directed by Lana Wachowski, has shut down until the current Coronavirus pandemic has cleared enough for studios to feel safe to go back into production. That day seems like it will come sooner rather than later as sister outlet Reel 360 reports California will reopen for film production this Friday, June 12. … Continue reading “Lilly Wachowski admits “rage” inspired ‘Matrix’”

Mezcla raises funds for femme filmmakers of color

Mezcla Media Collective is championing the film community by launching the month-long Mezcla Media Collective COVID-19 Relief Fund to raise $15K for its members in light of the Coronavirus pandemic . Members will be able to apply for $500 micro-grants of emergency relief once the campaign closes. A recent survey of Mezcla members found that … Continue reading “Mezcla raises funds for femme filmmakers of color”

AICP townhall: Crew Safety and Filming (video)

Yesterday, members of the AICP Midwest held their second townhall, discussing the best practices for the safety of crew and everyone on set while filming. With the Chicago Film Office scheduled to begin issuing permits for filming on June 15, this was an important meeting as the Chicago film and TV industry prepares to get … Continue reading “AICP townhall: Crew Safety and Filming (video)”

Lilly Wachowski on why she left Hollywood

Like other big budget productions, The Matrix 4, directed by Lana Wachowski, has shut down until the current Coronavirus pandemic has cleared enough for studios to feel safe to go back into production. The third sequel to 1999’s original blockbuster was co-directed by Wachowski and her sister Lilly. Lilly is not returning to the co-director’s chair … Continue reading “Lilly Wachowski on why she left Hollywood”

Chicago Film Office begins issuing permits for filming

In the following statement, the Chicago Film Office announces that it will begin issuing permits for filming, with specific guidelines. The City has indicated that Chicago’s key health metrics are on track to allow for a transition from Phase 2 (Stay at Home) to Phase 3 (Cautiously Reopen) in early June. This means that some … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office begins issuing permits for filming”

WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team

WGN America, Nexstar’s cable network, has announced the official weekday and weekend anchor lineup for its live newscast, News Nation. The three-hour nightly news show will debut Sept. 1 and will be led by a team of journalists from WGN-TV, the Nexstar station in Chicago and across the country. The team will be led by … Continue reading “WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team”

Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD

With 699 arrests, more than 80 people shot, a dozen killed and even more injured this was one of Chicago’s deadliest weekends in recent memory. As mayhem and chaos spread across the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago P.D. and eventually, the National Guard attempted to maintain peace as more than 3,000 protestors, including … Continue reading “Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD”

Mayor Lightfoot has two words for Trump – “F U”

During a press conference held today, Mayor Lori Lightfoot lashed out at President Donald Trump for his tweet which promoted violence against Minneapolis protestors angered over the killing of George Floyd. The Mayor, who is never one to hold back said, “I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s two … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot has two words for Trump – “F U””

Chicago one of Hub cities being considered for NHL

With a season completely dismantled on March 12 due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is considering a plan that would bring the Stanley Cup Playoffs to NBC and the NBC Sports Network in late July and early August to replace the hole the now-canceled summer Olympics have left. During a 15-minute conference … Continue reading “Chicago one of Hub cities being considered for NHL”

Mayor Lightfoot releases guidelines for phase 3 reopening

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials from around Chicago, today released industry-specific guidelines for businesses, employees, and customers to follow as the city prepares to begin safely reopening in early June. Industry-specific guidelines include details such as how businesses can … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot releases guidelines for phase 3 reopening”

PERG guidelines for safe return to work

PERG Safe Return to Work Guidelines: Precautions for Preventing Transmission of COVID-19 for Camera and Lighting Rental Operations, Sound Stages, and Production Vehicles. This guidance document provides measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus for camera and lighting equipment rental operations, facilities that rent sound stages, and for trucks and vehicles used by rental companies. … Continue reading “PERG guidelines for safe return to work”

DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’

Millennium Park at Home begins Memorial Day weekend with House Music, Gospel Music and Blues Music concerts to launch the new online series of music, arts and recreation programming. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced new virtual events for everyone missing Millennium Park’s renowned cultural programming. The new online Millennium … Continue reading “DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’”

gyro lays off 5% of U.S. staff

B-to-b agency gyro, a part of Dentsu Aegis Network, reportedly went through a round of layoffs at the beginning of May, according to AgencySpy. The report says approximately 5% of the team in gyro’s U.S. offices, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, New York and San Franciso, were affected. Apparently, Kash Sree, New York’s creative lead was … Continue reading “gyro lays off 5% of U.S. staff”

Chicago’s own host the National Memorial Day Concert

Chicago’s Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host a special presentation of PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert: America’s Night of Remembrance. Featuring a Tribute to our American Heroes on the Front Lines of the Pandemic Crisis. PBS’ multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns for a special presentation hosted by Chicago’s Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise with new … Continue reading “Chicago’s own host the National Memorial Day Concert”

UPS delivers 5 Millionth meal to rural students & families

 UPS announced the delivery of the five millionth meal through the Emergency Meals-to-You program, designed to deliver shelf-stable, nutritious meals to students in rural areas of the country. The program is a partnership between McLane Global, UPS, USDA, the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, and PepsiCo to deliver meals to students in rural areas … Continue reading “UPS delivers 5 Millionth meal to rural students & families”

#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music

To celebrate Chicago’s music history and support the city’s creative communities, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago invites the public to participate in the #ChiMusic35 campaign. Music has always had a sweet home in Chicago. It’s where Louis Armstrong cut his first big records in the 1920s. It’s where Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf made the … Continue reading “#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music”

Bill Murray, Guy Fieri have Nacho Average Showdown

In this kitchen, weighing in at god-knows-what, are Bill Murray and son Homer. In the other kitchen, weighing in at probably way more are Chef Guy Fieri and his son Hunter. Let’s… get… ready…. to…. build…. some…. nachoooooooooos. Welcome to the Nacho Average Showdown The comedian/actor and the Food Network personality and host, will food … Continue reading “Bill Murray, Guy Fieri have Nacho Average Showdown”

82-game season for Cubs, Sox could start on July 4

Major League Baseball’s 32 owners have approved a strategy for players to return to summer’s official sport in early July. The plan calls for an 82-game season with teams playing their divisional rivals and other nearby teams to minimize travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Spring training could begin in early to mid-June, a person familiar … Continue reading “82-game season for Cubs, Sox could start on July 4”

Mayor Lightfoot announces plans for reopening Chicago

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced the “Protecting Chicago” framework that the City will be using to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. The framework – organized into five phases in alignment with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan – will advise Chicagoans on how to safely exit from … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces plans for reopening Chicago”

PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19

Faced with the magnitude of the global health crisis linked to the spread of COVID-19, Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) is putting its skills to work to make a difference in the fight against the virus in Europe and The United States. Known for live event, entertainment and scenic production PRG is leveraging its know-how … Continue reading “PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19”

OKRP’s Illinois Lottery spot goes beyond monetary prizes

A new spot from the Illinois Lottery pays tribute to the winning spirit of the people of the State of Illinois, through the story of a family and how they face the trials of everyday life when the mother in the family cannot go home. The spot was created by the Lottery’s creative agency, O’Keefe Reinhard & … Continue reading “OKRP’s Illinois Lottery spot goes beyond monetary prizes”

Zoom Interview: Richard Song of Eleven04

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”

Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads

Gerety Awards has a new deadline extension to May 29. They confirm its judging will be remote this year and announced they will not be accepting Covid-19 related ads! Gerety Founders said: “An online petition called for award shows to place a ban on COVID-related entries, we agree with the sentiment that this is not a … Continue reading “Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads”

‘John Wick’ directors help out with ‘Matrix 4’ stunts

When the Wachowskis’ The Matrix premiered in 1999, it gave film audiences some of the most ground-breaking, jaw-dropping action sequences of the time. Who can forget in the opening minutes, Trinity (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) springing into the air, freezing and the camera spinning around her? Even if the subsequent sequels were not as beloved, … Continue reading “‘John Wick’ directors help out with ‘Matrix 4’ stunts”

Energy BBDO uses drones to film Woodford Reserve

Nothing says, “May” more than the annual running of the Kentucky Derby. Originally slated to run May 2, the 146-year-old derby will now be postponed until September 5 due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the first time the race won’t be held on the first Saturday in May since 1945. At the time … Continue reading “Energy BBDO uses drones to film Woodford Reserve”

Bochian details fundraising plans for Seth Rogen Charity

Actress, author and philanthropist Ina Bochian, knows how to pull a team together for a good cause. This year, to help Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller’s not-for-profit charity raise donations, Bochian has enlisted Dr. Irene Yaymadjian, founder of Hillside Wellness Center, The Defunked Band members Danny Jay and Eric Johnson, and Facebook community Bricklayers, started … Continue reading “Bochian details fundraising plans for Seth Rogen Charity”

Zoom Interview: with David and Joan of O’Connor Casting

There are two sides to every camera story: those behind it creating movie magic, and the talented performers in front.  What many may not consider are the people who bridge the gap between the two worlds; one of these departments being Casting.  One company that’s been adjusting during these turbulent times is O’Connor Casting, run … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: with David and Joan of O’Connor Casting”

Potbelly returns $10 million small business loan

After succumbing to public pressure, Chicago-based sandwich chain Potbelly said Saturday that it will return its $10 million loan from the Paycheck Protection Program intended for small businesses. The $350 billion total allotment ran dry earlier this month, stirring outrage against large-cap public companies who received the assistance. The government allocated at least $243.4 million … Continue reading “Potbelly returns $10 million small business loan”

Midwest resources for music creators from Grammys

The Recording Academy’s Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio chapters are committed to sharing resources for music creators and professionals affected by the covid-19. In the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, music creators and many of the professionals who support them have been greatly affected. The chapters are committed to creating, amplifying, and sharing resources that will … Continue reading “Midwest resources for music creators from Grammys”

Remembering John Prine 10.10.46 – 04.07.20

(Editor’s Note: Maywood, Illinois’ John Prine died on April 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Music journalist Morgan Enos, who has bylines in Billboard, TIDAL and Vinyl Me wrote this piece that first appeared in the Grammy Newsletter about Prine’s legacy.) John Prine got his most famous acknowledgment from Bob Dylan, who praised his songs as “Proustian … Continue reading “Remembering John Prine 10.10.46 – 04.07.20”

‘Empire’ finale delivers best ratings since October 2019

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”

Chicago creatives create filters for social distancing

Chicago creatives may be social distancing and shut in due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, but their creativity is not shut down. If anything, the Reel Chicago team has seen over the last six weeks sparks of creativity whether it’s  D-Nice throwing virtual dance parties on his Instagram or Energy BBDO creating a fabulous Uncle … Continue reading “Chicago creatives create filters for social distancing”

Burrell supports Girl Scouts’ Virtual Cookie Booth

Burrell Communications is showing their love for Girl Scout Cookies by supporting the organization’s new Virtual Cookie Booth. By posting a green square to their Instagram account, the agency is in solidarity with The Girl Scouts of America– and with the Scout’s relief efforts during COVID-19. When in-person cookie booths and door-to-door sales for the scouts … Continue reading “Burrell supports Girl Scouts’ Virtual Cookie Booth”

DDB Chi reportedly reduces staff by 30

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect ad agencies, causing reductions of staff, salary cuts and furloughs. DDB, Chicago is the latest agency forced to slightly restructure. The agency has reportedly laid off 30 people including global business director for Unilever, Mark Mulhern, and chief people officer, North America Britt Hayes.  Last week, our sister outlet Reel … Continue reading “DDB Chi reportedly reduces staff by 30”

Mayor Lightfoot launches citywide ‘Make a Mask’ drive

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) today announced that the City of Chicago is launching the “Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask” citywide cloth mask drive on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Through the citywide drive, residents can make and donate homemade cloth … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot launches citywide ‘Make a Mask’ drive”

BCBS commits $3 Billion to members and first responders

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced that the network of 36 independent and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP), have committed nearly $3 billion to date in support of members, health care workers and local communities to aid in the ongoing fight against … Continue reading “BCBS commits $3 Billion to members and first responders”

Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG

During her appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told host Margaret Brennan while the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted the United States in unthinkable ways, the virus has been “devastating” for black communities. This can be attributed in part to the underlying health conditions that disproportionately impact people … Continue reading “Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG”

Joint Letter: from the unions and guilds to the workforce

These are unsettling times as COVID-19 has impacted our personal and professional lives. Or unions and guilds have come together to assist the working professionals in this industry. In a display of unity, the following joint letter was sent to entertainment workers from the major entertainment unions and guilds, including the AFM, DGA, IATSE, Teamsters, SAG-AFTRA, … Continue reading “Joint Letter: from the unions and guilds to the workforce”

Jeep debuts new spot during ‘One World’ global special

As part of the One World: Together At Home globally televised and digital special on Saturday night to support frontline health care workers and the World Health Organization, FCA premiered an all-new television commercials for the Jeep® brands. The 30-second video, “Seven Continents” for Jeep, aired during the two-hour TV special as part of the globally televised … Continue reading “Jeep debuts new spot during ‘One World’ global special”

New Normal: October, in their new production landscape

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. October … Continue reading “New Normal: October, in their new production landscape”

As EMPIRE series ends, here’s our Top 10 favorite episodes

Golden Globe-nominated EMPIRE is now in its sixth and final season as one of television’s most popular and groundbreaking shows. A powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and often dangerous world of hip-hop music, the show revolves around the Lyons and their media company, Empire Entertainment. Tuesday is the EMPIRE Season Finale, … Continue reading “As EMPIRE series ends, here’s our Top 10 favorite episodes”

New Normal: Cinespace more than just a studio

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”

Mayor Lightfoot is back with more stay-at-home tips

Welcome to Week number five of staying-at-home due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. While Chicagoans are hunkered down, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been busy with creative agency partner Havas Chicago creating another lighthearted PSA. The goal this time – inspire the city to stay home and fill out their Census forms. The Mayor, should … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot is back with more stay-at-home tips”

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”

New Normal: multitasking at The Colonie

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. The … Continue reading “New Normal: multitasking at The Colonie”

ECD Matt Kuttan serves help to restaurants with new app

There are now 22,025 confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases and 794 deaths in Illinois. The pandemic has ravaged the economy from local independent movie theaters to Boeing. One of the hardest hit industries has been hospitality, which has been shut down since Governor Pitzker ordered them shut across Illinois on March 15. With over 3 million … Continue reading “ECD Matt Kuttan serves help to restaurants with new app”

Show your love for #OneChicago with a tweet

This Wednesday night, Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago, which includes the dramas Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., ends their seasons prematurely this week due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 sweeping the world. That said, the shows are certainly not ending their seasons on a quiet note. Chicago Fire, which ends its 8th season, this week … Continue reading “Show your love for #OneChicago with a tweet”

New Normal: 11 Dollar Bill at home until Mayor says OK

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. 11 … Continue reading “New Normal: 11 Dollar Bill at home until Mayor says OK”

Chicago gets creative with Mayor Lightfoot memes

Lock them up in a room for a while and Chicagoans will get into mischief. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has taken on the serious roll of protecting the citizens of Chicago from the spread of the coronavirus. She’s been driving a firm message for everyone to stay at home and they are poking back. Instagram has … Continue reading “Chicago gets creative with Mayor Lightfoot memes”

Tandem creates inspiring video for Chicagoans

There is now a total of 16,422 positive coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Illinois with 528 deaths. Even with the sobering numbers on the rise, that has not stopped Chicago-based production and post-houses from creating inspiring work for the community. Yesterday, we reported on a new video Utopic created for KOVAL Distillery. Today, we add Tandem … Continue reading “Tandem creates inspiring video for Chicagoans”

Utopic partners with KOVAL distillery for COVID-19 video

While the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to have a damaging effect on Chicago and Illinois, post-production house Utopic has now partnered with Chicago local distillery, KOVAL, to create a video to promote the company’s response to the health. As soon as the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) removed restrictions for Chicago distilleries, KOVAL converted … Continue reading “Utopic partners with KOVAL distillery for COVID-19 video”

New Normal: Bottle Rocket Media finds unexpected perks

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. Bottle … Continue reading “New Normal: Bottle Rocket Media finds unexpected perks”

‘CHICAGO TONIGHT’ provides local coverage of COVID

CHICAGO TONIGHT, correspondent/producer Paris Schutz reports live from Chicago neighborhoods highlighting community challenges and solutions The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered everyday life for Chicagoans as they try to adjust to a new normal. Now more than ever, our communities need fact-based news and trusted information about this developing public health crisis. … Continue reading “‘CHICAGO TONIGHT’ provides local coverage of COVID”

New Normal: staying at home with STORY

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. STORY … Continue reading “New Normal: staying at home with STORY”

McDonald’s donates 750,000 masks for frontline workers

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the McDonald’s Corporation today announced a new donation of 750,000 N95 face masks to support healthcare professionals and personnel as well as first responders aiding in the citywide response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The City of Chicago will add these masks into its repository and determine where allocations are needed … Continue reading “McDonald’s donates 750,000 masks for frontline workers”

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’”

Mayor puts foot down in witty new PSAs from Havas

Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot is educating the City of Chicago on how she’s staying home and saving lives through baking, decorating, playing music and sipping tea. Through a series of PSAs the Mayor promotes home activities and social distancing as cities across the country move to bend the curve of the pandemic. To produce these … Continue reading “Mayor puts foot down in witty new PSAs from Havas”

Serta, Leo Burnett and ICF want you to “stay home, send beds”

As COVID-19 continues to spread through communities, health care workers struggle to provide resources from their patients and themselves. In addition to last week’s announcement of a 10,000-bed commitment to the state of New York, Serta Simmons Bedding in collaboration with ICF Leo Burnett, has launched, “Stay Home, Send Beds.” The Institute for Health Metrics … Continue reading “Serta, Leo Burnett and ICF want you to “stay home, send beds””

When Dressed for Success means pajamas

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. Anne … Continue reading “When Dressed for Success means pajamas”

The New Normal – Sarofsky Studios

Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. In a span of three weeks, movie theaters closed. Restaurants went to delivery or take-out only. Non-essential businesses shut down. States ordered individuals to stay home. Unemployment has skyrocketed. Wall Street is shook. Disneyland and Disneyworld closed indefinitely. We now work, live, exercise and entertain … Continue reading “The New Normal – Sarofsky Studios”

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

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

‘Shooting Heroin’ is hosting a Virtual Live Red Carpet

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

Cottonelle, FCB asks Americans to #ShareASquare

As the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to put additional stress on consumers around the world to locate their most essential products, Cottonelle is calling on Americans to #ShareASquare to alleviate the toilet paper needs of friends and neighbors. The #ShareASquare social media initiative, from AOR FCB Chicago, is meant to celebrate acts of generosity … Continue reading “Cottonelle, FCB asks Americans to #ShareASquare”

Trans Lifeline, Burnett address isolation crisis

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”

McDonald’s assures its customers they are here

After a weekend that saw 31 more known deaths and 1,570 new known cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 reported in Illinois — including the loss of an infant and the state’s largest single-day increase in new cases, Chicago-based McDonald’s is sending out a message of hope to its customers. McDonald’s wants to assure its customers that the QSR is … Continue reading “McDonald’s assures its customers they are here”

UPDATED: Second City, Annoyance, iO, ComedySportz go virtual

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”

Cinespace donates 20,000 sq. ft. to Food Depository

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”

Submit for Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love is Blind’ here

Single Chicagoans, here’s your chance to be cast on the second season of the popular Netflix Show Love is Blind. The first season of took viewers by storm with its absurd premise: Is Love Blind? Can a group of single men and women, having only spoken through a wall, never seeing one another face to … Continue reading “Submit for Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love is Blind’ here”

Jack Daniels, Energy BBDO respond to social distancing

With social distancing the new normal, due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, many brands are now looking at their marketing and developing new strategies to reach their consumers. Our sister publication, REEL 360, has looked at McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. Now, a Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey film shares the new reality we are all facing … Continue reading “Jack Daniels, Energy BBDO respond to social distancing”

DCASE shares list of support resources for the arts

Due to the enormous economic impact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having an on our local arts community, the City of Chicago is aggressively exploring financial supports for this sector. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) shares a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts … Continue reading “DCASE shares list of support resources for the arts”

A message from the cast of Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago

Even with the new normal of “social distancing,” the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to take its toll on Chicago and Illinois. Officials announced four more deaths related to the new coronavirus and 250 new cases, bringing the state’s death toll to 16 and the total number of cases since the start of the outbreak … Continue reading “A message from the cast of Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago”

Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19

There are now 134 reported new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 422, with at least four deaths. This according to the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, among those new cases is Chicago’s acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn. Quinn, whose credits include Hoop Dreams and recent Oscar nominee Minding the Gap, … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19”

Can out of work film crews help prepare for COVID-19

Workers in the entertainment industry have been particularly hard hit as production sets and performance venues find themselves completely shut down as a precaution against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. According to IATSE who spoke to The Wrap, 120,000 below-the-line production people are out of work in Hollywood.  Tobin Neis is the Director of Marketing at … Continue reading “Can out of work film crews help prepare for COVID-19”

Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants

Social distancing is now the new norm. And with restaurants and bars having seating areas closed and overcrowded supermarkets out of stock in major cities across the United States including LA, Chicago and New York, take out and food delivery is norm as well. Chicago-based Grubhub has now announced a collaboration with the mayors of … Continue reading “Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants”

‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is hitting the media and entertainment industries hard.  With local, state and federal shutdowns occurring across the United States and theater chains closing, larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago, all thriving entertainment hubs, are being impacted hardest as many in those communities – from actors to crew – … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis”

New legislation & Local 727’s fight for its members

Over the weekend, the House passed legislation (Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201) in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the key provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act impacting workers includes: 1) requiring employers to give paid sick leave in addition to what employers currently provide for those directly affected by … Continue reading “New legislation & Local 727’s fight for its members”

The Chicago Advertising Federation goes remote

In an email sent today by the Chicago Advertising Federation Executive VP, Richard Roche announced that effective immediately in order to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 their office will be working remotely. In a detailed outline, he stressed their concerns for the health and wellbeing of their staff, members, event attendees and industry partners. … Continue reading “The Chicago Advertising Federation goes remote”

UPDATED: ‘Chicago Med, PD & Fire’ halt production

All three Chicago Dick Wolf shows Chicago Med, PD and Fire have halted production and will not be returning until next season. In addition to the Chicago shows, the list includes other Wolf series Law & Order: SVU for NBC and FBI for CBS, as well as NBC’s New Amsterdam — all from Universal Television — upcoming limited series for Peacock Angelyne starring … Continue reading “UPDATED: ‘Chicago Med, PD & Fire’ halt production”

IATSE President calls on Congress to pass relief package

In the wake of film and TV shutdowns IATSE just released a statement from International President Matthew D. Loeb where he urged the Federal Government to step in to deal with the economic fallout for Entertainment workers whose events/projects have been cancelled because of the COVID virus. Matthew D. Loeb, International President of the IATSE, … Continue reading “IATSE President calls on Congress to pass relief package”

Pritzker mandates shutdown of public events over 1,000

Today in a formal announcement, Illinois Gov JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot have join other states by placing restrictions on large gatherings. Pritzker asked that events of 250 people or more be postponed or cancelled. He then further mandated that all events of more than 1,000 people are banned in an effort to … Continue reading “Pritzker mandates shutdown of public events over 1,000”