Dick Wolf adds two new series to unscripted slate

Wolf Entertainment has two new series in the works, LA Fire & Rescue and Final Moments. Dick Wolf enters the unscripted space with the docuseries LA Fire and Rescue, following the real-life heroes of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The new docuseries coming to NBC later this year is a joint production with Universal Television … Continue reading “Dick Wolf adds two new series to unscripted slate”

Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise is building out its cast

Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD are about a month away from a wrap, but we know when they return next season there will be a few changes to the cast. The Dick Wolf One Chicago franchise is building out its cast. Chicago MedMargaret Colin is joining Chicago Med in a recurring role opposite Torrey DeVitto as Dr. … Continue reading “Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise is building out its cast”

‘Chicago PD’ Hailey Upton, assigned to Dick Wolf’s ‘FBI’

The popular Chicago PD character, Hailey Upton, played by Tracy Spiridakos, was dispatched tonight by her commanding officer, Hank Voight, played by Jason Beghe, to serve a temporary assignment at the New York Bureau of the FBI. In an exciting twist for television fans, Spiridakos will guest star as Upton on the Dick Wolf popular … Continue reading “‘Chicago PD’ Hailey Upton, assigned to Dick Wolf’s ‘FBI’”

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”

NBC renews Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise

Nearly 35 million regular viewers watch the Windy City trifecta every Wednesday night Chicago production community rejoice, you will have even more crime, fire and sickness to deal with next year. NBC has announced that the network plans to move forward with new seasons of all three of Dick Wolf’s dramatic “Chicago” series – Chicago … Continue reading “NBC renews Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise”

NBC renews all three Dick Wolf Chicago series

GREAT NEWS FOR THE CHICAGO PRODUCTION COMMUNITY Chicago Fire Chicago P.D. Chicago Med renewed for 2018-2019! Deadline and Variety today reported that all three of the shows in the Dick Wolf Chicago trifecta are officially set for another run. Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med — which film at Cinespace Studios — have been … Continue reading “NBC renews all three Dick Wolf Chicago series”

“Chicago Justice” now NBC/Dick Wolf 4th series here

“Chicago Justice” is now officially the fourth series in the NBC/Dick Wolf “Chicago” franchise, making Chicago the production center for what will be eight TV series by fall. Wednesday night’s backdoor episode on “Chicago PD” introducing the “Chicago Justice” characters drew 6.8 million total viewers.

The show stars Philip Winchester (“Strike Back”) as the lead prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office; Carl Weathers (“Rocky”) as the D.A., Nazneen Contractor (“Heroes Reborn”) and Joelle Carter (“Justified”) on the D.A. staff.

Dick Wolf recipient of Local 476 Honorary Gold Card

“Chicago” television franchise producer Dick Wolf was surprised and pleased last Tuesday when he was presented with the highest honor a film industry union can — and rarely does — bestow upon a non-union member.

Wolf received Local 476’s Honorary Lifetime Membership Gold Card “gratefully bestowed upon the bearer,” from union president Brad Matthys and business manager Mark Hogan.

Wolf Entertainment’s On Call will air exclusively on IMDB

Wolf Entertainment, which produces all three One Chicago shows, has announced On Call, a new half-hour drama will air exclusively on Amazon’s IMDb TV. The series follows a rookie and veteran police officer on patrol in Long Beach, CA with each episode tracking the duo as they respond to a new radio call, arriving on … Continue reading “Wolf Entertainment’s On Call will air exclusively on IMDB”

Swanberg’s “Easy” one of 3 new TV series filming here

If 2016 was considered a great year for the Chicago media and entertainment business, 2017 is starting to shape up as even greater. It could even be the year when the Chicago market eases into $1 billion revenue from film status.

Thanks to Dick Wolf / NBC Universal and to Fox TV, six primetime TV series currently film here at Cinespace Studios, with three new TV series expected to start production in early February.

Three “Chicago” series kick off fall season filming

STARTING JULY 20, Chicago’s film industry will take off like a rocket as NBC/Dick Wolf’s three primetime series — “Chicago Fire,” “PD” and “Med” — all begin shooting their new fall seasons on Cinespace stages.

By mid-September, eight TV series will be filming here. Cameras will roll for Fox TV’s hit “Empire” and new Fox entries, “The Exorcist” Aug. 3 and “ABP” Aug. 22. NBC’s “Chicago Justice” is scheduled to start for mid-September airing.

“Rocky’s” Weathers joins “Chicago Justice” pilot

The title of Dick Wolf’s fourth NBC “Chicago” franchise has been changed to “Chicago Justice” from “Chicago Law” and new cast members have been announced for the spinoff pilot.

Carl Weathers, known for his portrayal of boxer Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” franchise, will play the Cook County state’s attorney Mark Jefferies.

Nazneen Contractor (“Heroes Reborn”) plays ADA Dawn Harper; Joelle Carter (“Justified”) will be Lori Nagle, a tough-as-nails investor and Phillip Winchester (“Strike Back”) plays the lead prosecutor.

Sunday’s Film Summit & Expo earns 4 stars all around

In no uncertain terms, Sunday’s Film Summit & Expo was a rousing success – and a somewhat surprising one given the short time frame the organizers had for assembling the parts that made it so successful: the 1,000 professionals attendees, out of 1,500 who registered. The SRO panel discussions.  Dick Wolf’s candid speech.  The crowded roomful of exhibitors.

Chicago actors spotlighted in entertainment shows

Chicago talent is absolutely ready for its close-up, Mr. DeMille. 

Seven TV series and two features (to date) rolling into production now through the next three months will give local performers their best shot ever at TV and movie roles without having to leave town.

The first season of Dick Wolf’s NBC “Chicago Fire” generated more than 300 days of work for local actors during its first 22 episode-season.

Two (or more?) TV pilots to shoot here for 3 weeks

TV pilot frenzy is underway in L.A., with networks and cable stations having greenlit more than 75 pilots for the 2013-14 television season. 

While two of those 75-plus pilots have landed in Chicago thus far, Local 476’s Mark Hogan is confident about several others filming here – mainly two pilots for ABC and Dick Wolf’s NBC comedy, “Girlfriend in a Coma,” that, if picked up for a series, could efficiently piggyback on “Chicago Fire’s” established facility and resources here.

EP Chappelle ensures that ‘Chicago Fire’ keeps it real

If you happened to see an overturned car perched on an embankment at Wacker and Madison, threatening to lay waste to Lower Wacker, you have Joe Chappelle to thank.

The longtime Evanstonian is the executive producer/director of “Chicago Fire,” Dick Wolf’s new drama that’s scheduled to premiere Friday, Oct. 12.  Only a local, of course, would understand the enormous challenge of filming house fires in Chicago’s 100-degree summer weather.

NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ starts filming here in mid-July

Good news for Chicago entertainment production! NBC Universal not unexpectedly ordered a full season of Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Fire.”  The series will start shooting in mid-July and “will go at least through to the end of year and possibly into the spring of 2013,” says Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal.

The series is set to air on NBC this fall.  

Cameras roll this week on ‘Boss’ series, two pilots

ROLL THOSE CAMERAS!  Television production started last Thursday on Starz’ second season of “Boss” and the pilot of NBC’s  “Chicago Fire,” from Dick Wolf Productions, both of them shooting at Cinespace.  And executive producer/director Michael Dinner this week commences production on Sony TV’s “Dirty Medicine.” 

MTI’s long-awaited series “Underemployed” got pushed back from April to a start date of May 7, according to the Chicago Film Office’s always helpful Rich Moskal.

Cameras roll on three TV projects here next week

BUSINESS HEATS UP NEXT WEEK when cameras start rolling for two pilots and a TV series. Both Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Fire” for NBC Universal and the second season of the Starz series “Boss” swings into action on the same day, Thursday, March 15. Both are headquartered at Cinespace. 

“Chicago Fire” pilot shoots here March 14-April 1

THE “CHICAGO FIRE” PILOT is scheduled to shoot here March 14 through April 1, according to the Chicago Film Office’s Rich Moskal, who says no cast or director is confirm.  And, he adds cautiously, “There’s no guarantee the series will be shot in Chicago.” But given the fact the show is coming from “Law & Order’s” Dick Wolf, “There’s also a high expectation the series will be greenlighted and shoot here this summer.”

Official cast photos for Season 7 of Chicago Med

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

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

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

Chicago Fire official cast photos for Season 10

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

Chicago Med: How Season 7 deals with major cast changes

Chicago Med returns for its Season 7 on September 22, but when the One Chicago medical drama returns there are going to be two beloved characters Dr. Natalie Manning, and Nurse April Sexton notably missing from the halls of Gaffney Medical Center as well as the introduction of two new cast regulars. After six seasons … Continue reading “Chicago Med: How Season 7 deals with major cast changes”

One Chicago Wednesdays are back soon. Here’s the new trailer

NBC has released a dramatic new trailer promoting the upcoming new season of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD.  This emotionally charged teaser brings together the cast of all three One Chicago dramas. With less than two weeks until the season premiere, we get our first look at scenes from the upcoming Season 10 of Chicago Fire, Season … Continue reading “One Chicago Wednesdays are back soon. Here’s the new trailer”

One Chicago is keeping us close to our favorites until season premiere

One Chicago has done a good job keeping us close to our favorite characters on Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. while being very careful not to reveal any spoilers before the season premiere. All three shows closed last season with nail-biting, cliffhanger finales and the One Chicago series has given us quite a … Continue reading “One Chicago is keeping us close to our favorites until season premiere”

Sneak peek at Chicago Med ‘You Can’t Always Trust What You See’

We have the first sneak peeks of the upcoming Chicago Med season premiere titled You Can’t Always Trust What You See. Season 7, Episode 1 airing Wednesday, September 22 at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. The season 7 premiere should resolve the cliff hanger from the Season 6 finale. Although Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) has … Continue reading “Sneak peek at Chicago Med ‘You Can’t Always Trust What You See’”

First sneak peeks at Chicago P.D. season premiere titled ‘Closure’

We have the first sneak peeks of the upcoming Chicago P.D. season premiere titled Closure. Season 9, Episode 1 airing Wednesday, September 22 at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Judging by the title of the episode and the set photos, it appears that the premiere should provide resolution for Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari … Continue reading “First sneak peeks at Chicago P.D. season premiere titled ‘Closure’”

Sneak peek photos of Chicago Fire season premiere titled ‘Mayday’

We have the first sneak peeks of the upcoming Chicago Fire season premiere titled Mayday. Season 10, Episode 1 airing Wednesday, September 22 at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. The Season 10 premiere should provide resolution one of the most shocking and suspenseful season finale cliffhangers ever, leaving Severide (Taylor Kinney), Cruz (Joe Minoso), Capp … Continue reading “Sneak peek photos of Chicago Fire season premiere titled ‘Mayday’”

There’s a new doctor in town on Chicago Med

It seems there is a new doctor in town on Chicago Med this fall with the casting of television veteran Michael Rady in a new role for the show’s upcoming Season 7. As revealed by cast member Steven Weber on Instagram, Rady will be joining the cast of Chicago Med. We have received a confirmation … Continue reading “There’s a new doctor in town on Chicago Med”

Chicago Med announces new cast changes for Season 7

After the shocking departures of Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto near the end of Season 6 of Chicago Med, we all knew that those empty positions would need to be filled before filming begins. Chicago Med new cast openings have been filled by Guy Lockard (The Village and The Blacklist) and Kristen Hager (Condor and … Continue reading “Chicago Med announces new cast changes for Season 7”

Phillipa Soo joins Elisabeth Moss in cast of The Shining Girls

Grammy Award winner and Emmy nominee Phillipa Soo has joined the cast of Apple TV Plus’ Shining Girls, a metaphysical thriller based on the 2013 novel by Lauren Beukes.  Soo will be starring as the intelligent and sure-footed Jin-Sook, who does research at the Adler planetarium, Soo joins previously announced cast members Elisabeth Moss, Wagner … Continue reading “Phillipa Soo joins Elisabeth Moss in cast of The Shining Girls”

Exclusive photos of Chicago Fire first day of filming

The 10th season of Chicago Fire has officially begun and what better location to film on the first day than Engine Company No. 51. It was a beautiful summer day in Chicago, 73° and partly sunny when Engine 51 pulled out of the station house yesterday morning. The cast looked relaxed and refreshed and the … Continue reading “Exclusive photos of Chicago Fire first day of filming”

Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med begin filming the new season

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”

Hanako Greensmith returns as Chicago Fire series regular

After we reported the news that Chicago Fire Series Regular, Adriyan Rae exited Chicago Fire on “great terms” at the end of March, fans have been anxiously anticipating to hear if Violet would officially become a permanent fixture on the NBC hit show. It was announced by TVLine on Friday that Hanako Greensmith, who plays … Continue reading “Hanako Greensmith returns as Chicago Fire series regular”

ION Television lands Chicago Fire, series debuts June 15

ION Television has added Chicago Fire to its lineup, marking the first broadcast syndication deal for the long-running fan favorite series. Its agreement with NBCUniversal Global Distribution gives ION all nine seasons and 195 episodes of the popular drama from Dick Wolf’s highly successful One Chicago franchise.  ION will air Chicago Fire on Tuesdays beginning June 15, with episodes all day beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Chicago Fire joins sister series Chicago … Continue reading “ION Television lands Chicago Fire, series debuts June 15”

Spotlight: Michael Pressman EP/Director Chicago Med

As an executive producer and director on Chicago Med, Michael Pressman is a chameleon when it comes to creating television. He has worked behind the camera on half a dozen series, and is a key figure in developing the characters viewers have come to love. While they were preparing to shoot the finale for this … Continue reading “Spotlight: Michael Pressman EP/Director Chicago Med”

Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago

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”

Chicago P.D. finale set pics & promo for ‘The Other Side’

Chicago P.D. season finale is this week, titled ‘The Other Side’ airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Chicago P.D. finale promises to keep us in suspense. Last week Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) was assaulted and taken in the final moments of the episode. Will we be left with another cliffhanger? We’re told “Yes!” The … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. finale set pics & promo for ‘The Other Side’”

Chicago Med finale set pics ‘I Will Come To Save You’

Chicago Med season finale is this week, titled  ‘I Will Come To Save You‘ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  This is the season finale of Chicago Med and the finale for two original cast members. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) have not renewed their contracts and are moving on … Continue reading “Chicago Med finale set pics ‘I Will Come To Save You’”

Chicago Fire finale set pics & promo for ‘No Survivors’

Chicago Fire season finale is this week, titled ‘No Survivors’ airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Last week we caught a long awaited Brettsey moment outside Molly’s Bar as Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) revealed to Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) that he loves her, leaving Brett completely stunned. And what an amazing show-stopping scene … Continue reading “Chicago Fire finale set pics & promo for ‘No Survivors’”

Chicago Med pics ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies‘ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: In ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies‘ Crockett worries he made a surgical error when a recent transplant patient comes in … Continue reading “Chicago Med pics ‘Stories, Secrets, Half Truths and Lies’”

Chicago Fire set pics & promo for ‘A White Knuckle Panic’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled ‘A White Knuckle Panic’ is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: In ‘A White Knuckle Panic’ Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Casey (Jesse Spencer) try to find the best fit for Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo). Meanwhile, Ritter … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics & promo for ‘A White Knuckle Panic’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘The Right Thing’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled ‘The Right Thing’ is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: In ‘The Right Thing’ Voight (Jason Beghe) and the team pursue a ruthless crime ring whose business has hit close to home. As they dig deeper, … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘The Right Thing’”

Chicago Med says goodbye to two original cast members

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 Fire set pics and promo for ‘What Comes Next’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled “What Comes Next’” is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. “What Comes Next” involves Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) looking into another suspicious fire, this time at a factory. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: A fire … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics and promo for ‘What Comes Next’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Safe’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Safe is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. In “Safe,” Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) takes the lead on investigating multiple home invasions. She gets caught up in the case and finds herself with boss Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and partner/boyfriend Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) on … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Safe’”

Chicago Med set pics and promo ‘A Red Pill, A Blue Pill’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled A Red Pill, A Blue Pill airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  As we build to the final episode of the season in just two weeks, this installment is titled “A Red Pill, A Blue Pill” (a reference to The … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics and promo ‘A Red Pill, A Blue Pill’”

Chicago Med set pics ‘What A Tangle Web We Weave’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled What A Tangle Web We Weave airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: An auto accident sends Goodwin into a spiral as she tries to help a young boy … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics ‘What A Tangle Web We Weave’”

Chicago Fire set pics for ‘Don’t Hang Up’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled ‘Don’t Hang Up’ is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBChas made available for Wednesday’s episode: A mysterious caller who is in danger relies on Kidd to help save her and her brother. The firehouse helps Cruz get ready for fatherhood. Below are … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics for ‘Don’t Hang Up’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Trouble Dolls’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Trouble Dolls is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: The shocking murder of a young pregnant woman leads the team on a desperate hunt for the killer, revealing something even darker than expected. Burgess has … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Trouble Dolls’”

RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’

This week’s Chicago P.D., Due Process begins with Voight (Jason Beghe) participating in a press conference being held by Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) where she talks about how she’s very proud of the process and her dedication to “transparency” and the “rule of law.” She’s questioned about accountability when a journalist mentions … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’”

RECAP: Chicago Fire ‘Natural Born Firefighter’

This week’s Chicago Fire, Natural Born Firefighter opens with Casey (Jesse Spencer) finally seeing a doctor while Brett (Kara Kilmer) sits impatiently in the waiting room. He explains to the doctor that he’s having vision issues, and the doctor sends him to get an MRI because it’s possible he’s having “temporal lobe seizures” that could … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Fire ‘Natural Born Firefighter’”

RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’

This week’s Chicago Med, ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’ is a crossover episode with Chicago Fire and showcases Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) having to go in the field to aid a victim on-site, Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) dealing with a complicated patient. In addition, when Carol’s (Margaret Colin) condition … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Due Process’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Due Process is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: The team tracks down a crafty serial rapist; and in his quest for justice, Sergeant Voight finds himself resisting some familiar tendencies. Below are exclusive set pics and … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Due Process’”

Chicago Fire set pics for ‘Natural Born Firefighter’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled ‘Natural Born Firefighter’ is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Mouch (Christian Stolte) makes an incredible save, and all eyes are on a mystery man who helped save his neighbor. Meanwhile, Casey (Jesse Spencer) worries about his … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics for ‘Natural Born Firefighter’”

Chicago Med set pics ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med  titled ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Some behind the scenes news, this episode is directed by Chicago Justice star Carl Weathers. One Chicago fans know Carl from playing State’s Attorney Mark Jefferies on Chicago Justice, a role that he … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’”

Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios welcomes several new productions to its growing campus.  As the Dick Wolf, One Chicago series prepares to wrap soon for the season, Cinespace announced four new series filming at its facilities. The Midwest’s production hot spot and second-largest film studio outside of Los Angeles in North America, recently added another 105,000 … Continue reading “Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more”

Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’

In this recap of Wednesday’s Chicago Fire episode “A Couple Hundred Degrees” Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) is teaching a course at the fire academy, and begins a drill where the recruits have to climb up several flights of stairs, pick up a human sized mannequin, and carry it back down the stairs.  A recruit named Mercer … Continue reading “Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’”

RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Signs of Violence’

Chicago P.D. Signs of Violence aired on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and centered on Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) as she was triggered by a missing persons case which forced her to address her childhood traumas as she tries to navigate her relationship with her partner/boyfriend Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer). Chicago P.D. opens with Hailey and … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Signs of Violence’”

RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’

Chicago Med‘s Wednesday episode Letting Go Only to Come Together begins with Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) telling Natalie’s mother a suspenseful story. He’s at the Manning house, where Natalie’s mom (Margaret Colin) is doing her best to interrogate him regarding his family. She seems to be well aware of Crockett’s backstory, and he further reveals … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Signs Of Violence’

This week’s new episode of Chicago P.D. titled Signs Of Violence is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. Hailey Upton  (Tracy Spiridakos) tries to locate a missing family that has as a troubled relationship. That prompts Upton to think about her own family issues. Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) is there to support her. … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo ‘Signs Of Violence’”

Chicago Fire set pics for ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’ is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) goes head to head with a new recruit with connections. The team’s latest paramedic, Violet Lim (Hanako Greensmith) is getting some unwanted mail, and she and her new partner Sylvie Brett (Kara … Continue reading “Chicago Fire set pics for ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’”

Chicago Med’s ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med  titled ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’ airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. The plot line is centered around Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) treating a tennis player with an “unexpected” colleague and according to the promo, Goodwin’s new protocols cause a … Continue reading “Chicago Med’s ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’”

Chicago Med set pics ‘So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried’

A new episode of Chicago Med titled So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5. This week’s Chicago Med looks like it’s going to have plenty of drama in the Emergency Room, based on the promo and pics NBC has made available about this next episode. Here’s … Continue reading “Chicago Med set pics ‘So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried’”

Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, ‘One Crazy Shift’

This week’s episode of Chicago Fire titled One Crazy Shift is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. After sustaining yet another head injury in the last episode, it seems like the side effects might be more serious than the Casey (Jesse Spencer) is admitting. In Wednesday’s episode, even Gallo (Alberto Rosende) notices … Continue reading “Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, ‘One Crazy Shift’”

Chicago PD this week’s pics & promo “The Radical Truth”

This week’s episode of Chicago P.D. is titled The Radical Truth. In a new episode airing Wednesday, Adam’s (Patrick John Flueger) troublesome father (Jack Coleman) returns as Bob Ruzek. It’s Coleman’s first appearance in a few seasons and he continues to give his son problems when Ruzek has to rescue his father with the help … Continue reading “Chicago PD this week’s pics & promo “The Radical Truth””

Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins up for NAMIC Vision Award

Congratulations are in order for Chicago P.D. star LaRoyce Hawkins, who has been nominated for a NAMIC Vision Award in the Best Performance – Drama category. “I’m grateful. It means that we’re storytellers in the right direction,” LaRoyce said. “I’m always in it to storytell authentically about not just my hometown, but my culture. To … Continue reading “Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins up for NAMIC Vision Award”

Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo “Impossible Dream”

This week’s episode of Chicago P.D. is titled Impossible Dream is airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. We will be seeing more of Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) this week, and we might see more of Atwater’s backstory, since it takes place in a neighborhood that he’s familiar with. There’s also a hint that … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. this week’s pics & promo “Impossible Dream””

Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, “Double Red”

Chicago Fire airs Wednesday (as if you didn’t know it) at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. This week’s episode is titled Double Red. What we do know about this episode is several members of Firehouse 51, Mouch (Christian Stolte), Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende), Darren Ritter (Daniel Kyri) and Gianna Mackey (Adriyan Rae) report for training … Continue reading “Preview pics of this week’s Chicago Fire, “Double Red””

Preview pics of tonight’s Chicago Fire “Escape Route”

Tonight Chicago Fire returns to original episodes and while NBC has not released an official synopsis, we do have hints from the exclusive pics. One thing Chicago viewers can be assured about is Lieutenant Greg Grainger (recurring guest star Jon-Michael Ecker) is still temporarily working at Firehouse 51. Grainger is the firefighter who was immediately … Continue reading “Preview pics of tonight’s Chicago Fire “Escape Route””

Check out new stills from tomorrow’s Chicago Fire

NBC has released new stills from this week’s exciting Chicago Fire  season 9 episode 7. The episode, “Dead of Winter,” is very timely as we have just had 19″ of snow dumped on us and we’re still under a winter storm watch. The new photos, which NBC released, indicate that Chicago Fire will also be experiencing the … Continue reading “Check out new stills from tomorrow’s Chicago Fire”

Chicago Med releases pics ahead of tonight’s episode

NBC has released new photos from this week’s upcoming Chicago Med season 6 episode 6. Titled, Don’t Want to Face This Now, Dr. Choi helps a patient with chronic pain find a solution. Dr. Halstead considers a new path. Dr. Charles and Anna bond over a scary situation. Chicago Med viewers will know that Halstead (Nick … Continue reading “Chicago Med releases pics ahead of tonight’s episode”

‘Chicago Fire’ releases photos from new episode

NBC has released new photos from this week’s upcoming Chicago Fire season 9 episode 6. Titled Blow This Up Somehow, Gallo (Alberto Rosende) makes a split-second decision during a dangerous fire rescue leaving Casey (Jesse Spencer) steaming that his direct orders were not obeyed. Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) feels a strain in her relationship with Severide. … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire’ releases photos from new episode”

‘Chicago P.D.’ releases photos from upcoming episode

NBC has released new photos from this week’s upcoming Chicago P.D. Season 8 Episode 6. Titled Equal Justice, Halstead and Ruzek try to infiltrate a crime ring and encounter a complicated situation. The team recruits an unlikely ally to help solve a murder. ALSO READ: Chicago Med showrunners talk Covid and favorite stories NBC‘s streaming … Continue reading “‘Chicago P.D.’ releases photos from upcoming episode”

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”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

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”

Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker is mentoring Chicago kids

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”

‘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”

Chicago P.D. starts up and filmed on location last week

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”

‘Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med’ Who’s in? Who’s out?

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?”

Chicago P.D.’s Lisseth Chavez receives Imagen nomination

Every year the Imagen Foundation celebrates positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. This year Lisseth Chavez, Chicago P.D. received the nomination for Best Supporting Actress: Television, and the Dick Wolf franchises have received four nominations. Often referred to as “The Latino Golden Globes,” the Imagen Awards, which was founded by legendary television producer Norman … Continue reading “Chicago P.D.’s Lisseth Chavez receives Imagen nomination”

Alex Pissios talks future of Chicago production

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”

Zoom Interview: Chicago Fire’s Daniel Kyri

With Pride around the corner, it’s exciting to chat about the importance of representation in media with those who work hardest to make change happen.  Daniel Kyri, who plays Darren Ritter on Chicago Fire/ Chicago PD, is one of those people.  Daniel Kyri is a Jeff-nominated Chicago-born actor, writer/director, filmmaker, singer, and curator.  A Windy … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: Chicago Fire’s Daniel Kyri”

‘Conversations with Cast’ of Chicago Med, Fire and PD

We can never get enough of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD. Just in time to fill the void until next season resumes, you can have a one-on-one with the cast from all your favorite Dick Wolf TV series. Wolf Entertainment, who brings us the shows we love to love, has introduced Conversations with … Continue reading “‘Conversations with Cast’ of Chicago Med, Fire and PD”

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”

Monica Raymond director of FBI & Chicago PD crossover

For many years, Monica Raymund has been an active member of the Wolf Entertainment team. We have seen her on the screen, most notably in her role as Gabriela Dawson on Chicago Fire, and behind the camera for her directorial debut on Law & Order: SVU. Monica recently directed the special FBI and Chicago P.D. … Continue reading “Monica Raymond director of FBI & Chicago PD crossover”

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”

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”

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”

Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC

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”

Celebrating the “Six Degrees of ‘One Chicago'”

In the fall of 2018, NBC began airing Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD back-to-back-to-back as a trifecta called One Chicago on Wednesday nights. The decision generated lots of enthusiasm and a little bit of curiosity among fans of the Dick Wolf franchises. Everyone seemed to wonder: would viewers have the time and inclination … Continue reading “Celebrating the “Six Degrees of ‘One Chicago’””

NBC cast and crew launch ‘One Chicago Inspire Youth’

One day on the set of Chicago Fire, as star Eamonn Walker sat in a makeup chair and listened to the news before filming a scene at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, he learned that a nine-year-old boy from the south side had been shot the night before. Shocked and horrified, he had never witnessed such … Continue reading “NBC cast and crew launch ‘One Chicago Inspire Youth’”

Behind the scenes with Zack Schor

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

Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward

Newly installed office-holders explain their plans for keeping Chicago and Illinois on the path of success The thriving regional film industry is only going to get better, according to two of its recently appointed top leaders. Illinois Film Office Executive Director Peter Hawley and Director of the Chicago Film Office Kwame Amoaku described their visions … Continue reading “Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward”

‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two

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

Late summer media wrap

IL Film Tax Credit “Avengers: Endgame” Metallica “Skippers” “Solstice” SG + Partners in the news   Film Tax Credit extended til 2026 Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill extending the revenue-generating Illinois Film Tax credit until 2026. Officially known as Illinois Senate Bill 1981, the “Film Production Services Tax Credit Act of 2008” offers a … Continue reading “Late summer media wrap”

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup

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

Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley

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

NBC’s “One Chicago” suite to film six additional episodes

Chicago’s record-setting year of television production just got more record-settinger Dick Wolf’s award-winning trio of Windy City-based dramas — Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med — will collectively shoot a half-dozen additional episodes for the 2018 season, according to recent reports. Chicago PD executive producer/director Eriq LaSalle announced the news to fans in an … Continue reading “NBC’s “One Chicago” suite to film six additional episodes”

“Chicago Fire” | “PD” | “Med” ping pong battle

Stars of Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise will play for the 100 Club of Chicago at SPiN Chicago on Sunday September 30 The stars of Chicago-based shows’ Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. will battle it out with a friendly table tennis competition to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago. The participating teams will consist … Continue reading ““Chicago Fire” | “PD” | “Med” ping pong battle”

Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless”

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

Monica Raymund exits “Chicago Fire” after renewal

Upfront news continues to roll in Six-year “Chicago Fire” veteran cast member Monica Raymund will not return for next season.     Just after having her NBC hit series renewed, Monica Raymund, who has played Paramedic-in-Charge / Firefighter Gabby Dawson on Chicago Fire since 2012, has officially confirmed that she is leaving the Dick Wolf-produced … Continue reading “Monica Raymund exits “Chicago Fire” after renewal”

Fox picks up legal drama from “Empire” co-creator

Danny Strong is bringing yet another show to the Chicago production community. The co-creator of “Empire” has had his legal drama, “Proven Innocent,” greenlit by Fox for the Fall.   Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer with a hunger for justice, a wrongful conviction firm reopens investigations, putting the team’s own lives in … Continue reading “Fox picks up legal drama from “Empire” co-creator”

Chicago to receive its own night on NBC fall schedule

According to Adweek, NBC is setting up an all-Chicago night on Wednesdays with “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chicago P.D.”   “We flirted with doing this in the past, and didn’t for various reasons,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We looked at the landscape and thought, let’s try this together.” After several years of … Continue reading “Chicago to receive its own night on NBC fall schedule”

CBS orders Ava DuVernay drama “The Red Line”

More great news to end the week for the Chicago production community. The Red Line — a drama series produced by Ava DuVernay (Wrinkle in Time) and Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, The Flash) — has been green lit for the fall by CBS. Warner Bros. Television, where Berlanti Productions is based, is the studio. Written by … Continue reading “CBS orders Ava DuVernay drama “The Red Line””

Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this summer

Fatal Funnel Films announces cast for upcoming thriller   Actors from Chicago’s hottest shows to perform in inaugural feature shooting in Shawnee National Forest and nearby Carbondale     (Chicago — 7 May 2018) Fatal Funnel Films, an Illinois-based independent film company, today announces the complete cast and production team of their inaugural feature film, … Continue reading “Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this summer”

Cinespace helps Anixter raise thousands at annual gala

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”

VER to merge with Production Resource Group

VER Chief Executive Officer Digby Davies announced today that VER will merge with Production Resource Group. One of the world’s largest production equipment rental operations, VER boasts offices on six continents, including a 95,000 square-foot facility in McCook, IL, a suburb bordering the west side of Chicago. Production Resource Group, founded in 1995, is “the … Continue reading “VER to merge with Production Resource Group”

Chicago Int’l TV Fest celebrates “Art of the Commercial”

The awards ceremony for the 54th Annual Chicago International Television Festival packed AMC River East in Streeterville last Thursday night. The evening began with a reception in the Wine Room at the Lucky Strike bowling alley, restaurant, and lounge, which is located on the second floor of the building where the theater resides. Executive directors, … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l TV Fest celebrates “Art of the Commercial””

Reel Women: Jeanne Caliendo, “Chi Med” co-producer

Jeanne Caliendo is a born and bred Chicagoan who graduated from Columbia College with a degree in film. By her own admission, she has had “one fulltime job my entire life.” “I worked at Studio Lighting, which was absorbed by Essanay,” she explains. “I did a little bit of everything, until I found my niche … Continue reading “Reel Women: Jeanne Caliendo, “Chi Med” co-producer”

Reel Women: Kamelya Alexan, Filmmaker

Born in Tehran, Iran, Kamelya Alexan moved to Chicago when she was five-years-old, where she was raised. Kamelya has worked on and completed over twenty-five projects including documentaries, shorts, music videos, and feature films such as The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, and The Express.   Her most recent film, Before the Fall, won Best Editing … Continue reading “Reel Women: Kamelya Alexan, Filmmaker”

10:58 a.m. — Jeanne Caliendo, “Chicago Med”

Shortly before lunch, Chicago Med Unit Production Manager Jeanne Caliendo is preparing for the show’s regular “medical meeting,” which she describes as, “the biggest, most important meeting of every episode.” “We run through what the actor/doctors will perform, so that we have the correct props, prosthetics, makeup and special effects,” she says. “We’ve got blood … Continue reading “10:58 a.m. — Jeanne Caliendo, “Chicago Med””

24/7 — Studio Mechanics Local 476

The members of Studio Mechanics Local 476, the Chicago branch of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union, work behind the scenes of every Cinespace production. Without their contribution, the magic that comes out of Cinespace would be much more difficult to make. On a typical production, according to Business Manager Mark Hogan, … Continue reading “24/7 — Studio Mechanics Local 476”

New TNT show scheduled to film at Cinespace this fall

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.”

Networks unveil fall lineups at upfront this week

With a Writers’ Strike now averted, the networks can now get back down to business, and partying it up, when they announce their Fall schedules this week at New York’s Upfronts.

The Chicago Production Community can now also take comfort in knowing that many series are returning here this summer and fall for production.

“Chicago Fire” a $1 bb economic engine for the city

NBC’s “Chicago Fire” about the firefighters and paramedics at the firehouse of Engine 51, marked the airing of its 100th episode last week and with it, a high economic milestone for the Chicago film industry.

The show currently ranks as NBC’s second highest-rated series behind Tuesday night’s ensemble drama, “This is Us.”

Ratings have gone up from year-to-year. The Dec. 6 episode captured 7.774 million viewers, which certainly has to have a positive effect on tourism. And the odds are definitely in favor of a sixth season for the show.

First-ever book about teen movie master John Hughes

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

VER rentals’ new McCook branch to serve the region

When LA-based VER (Video Equipment Rentals) opens a 94,000-sf. ft. branch in Southwest suburban McCook in November, the Chicago film industry will boast its largest film and AV equipment rental facility to date.

Construction has begun on VER’s massive, single story warehouse and office facility it’s leasing at 8401 W. 47th St. in the McCook enterprise zone, less than a mile from the I-55 interchange.

Chicago hits record income from TV series filming here

Thanks to NBC, Fox TV, Amazon and other TV shows, features, and the large number of media and entertainment projects filming here, Chicago is ascending into the rarified strata of billion dollar film markets.

In just the span of five years, actually since the advent of Cinespace Studios in 2011, Chicago has recorded $1.3 billion generated by entertainment and commercial production.This means that the local economy has directly benefited by a  total of $3.25 billion from film production activity.

New Fox TV series greenlit; Cinespace to add stages

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.”

Burnett agency Arc gets top tier leadership overhaul

TOP ECHELON CHANGES in the leadership team at Leo Burnett’s Arc have put Chris Cancilla into the US CCO seat. Karuna Rawal was promoted to Arc US president and Chief Strategy Officer of Arc Worldwide, while Bob Raidt was upped from global president to global CEO.

Cancilla will oversee 150 employees in Arc’s US office and has the responsibility for driving the agency’s creative culture. He reports to Britt Nolan, Leo Burnett new US CCO.

The Wachowskis’ Netflix sci-fi “Sense8” to shoot here

NETFLIX’ “SENSE8” sci-fi series has returned to Cinespace, setting up offices there for filming scenes here June 4-14 for Season 2.  The series is written and executive produced by what have become the Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lily, and J. Michael Stracznski.

The story is about eight strangers around the globe who are connected through shared visions and thoughts. Stracznski said at a recent press tour that the fan response for the show has been overwhelming.

Good chance of NBC series shooting here for a while

“Chicago Fire” creators Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who created the franchise, have signed a deal with Universal TV, the studio producing the multi Chicago-set series.

Under the pact they will continue to be executive producers of “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med” and also on the “Chicago Justice,” the backdoor pilot that airs as episode 21 of “Chicago PD’s” third season airing in May.

Big TV, film production season is underway

By midpoint this year, Chicago production had come close to the number of shooting days it had enjoyed during 2013’s record-breaking run, reports the Chicago Film Office’s Rich Moskal. “At the end of June we had issued 638 permits to shoot on city streets, as compared to 650 last year,” he says.

Lee Daniels’ “Empire” launches Chicago pilot season

Chicago’s pilot season starts off with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business scheduled to shoot here. Fox Television has greenlighted “Empire,” a drama from “The Butler’s” team of executive producer/director Lee Daniels and writer Danny Strong.

“Empire” will headquarter at Cinespace and shoot for 12-13 days in mid-to-late March.

Cinespace aims to be world’s largest studio complex

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.

Season of TV series and movie filming gets underway

ENTERTAINMENT FILMING has begun in earnest with action on features and TV series from now through October.  Although teen sci-fi “Divergent” wraps July 17 after a large second unit shoot, The Wachowskis’ sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending” officially starts rolling July 13. It will film at Cinespace and on many locations around the city.

“Chicago Fire” top guns guests at sold out MWFF Dec. 4

“CHICAGO FIRE” EXECS – show co-creator/EP Michael Brandt and EP/director Joe Chappelle – will present the top awards to the winners of the Best of Midwest Awards Tuesday, Dec. 4 – an event that is totally sold out! Two other special guests are “Chicago Fire” star Lauren German and “Liberal Arts” producer Claude Dal Farra.

Radar collaboratively teams with L.A.’s Eden FX

RADAR STUDIOS has formed a partnership with L.A.’s Eden FX, a leading high-end provider of 3D, compositing, digital environment, animation and conceptual design for features, TV shows and commercials. 

By working together, says Radar EP Graham Gangi, “Each company will be able to offer a broader range of capacity and service to its existing clients, and the partnership will offer each company a chance to branch out into new areas of work.”

Gov. Quinn’s L.A. visit a ‘we’ll see’ situation

GOVERNOR’S L.A. UPDATE. Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment schedule for next week has not been completely finalized, says a spokesperson for the governor, which kinda suggests that he just might be able to make the important Aug. 1 TV Production Executives Dinner in L.A. after all. 

MoFest7 a mo’strous hit with 900 guests

One hundred to 200 guests who turn up at an industry event is standard, 300 is darn good – but the 650 people who work as crew members attending last Saturday’s MoFest7, organized by producer Mo Wagdy, was spectacular.

Held at the imperiled 1,200-seat Portage Theatre, the men (it’s safe to say that since women workers, wives and/or dates were few in number) had a great time talking, drinking and devouring massive amounts of food.

The number of guests hit an all-time high of 900 over the two-day Saturday and Sunday fest.

Sony TV to shoot an untitled medical drama pilot here

A CHICAGO-SET PILOT is set to actually shoot here, although the shooting date is unknown at this time.  Michael Dinner is the executive producer and director of the currently untitled medical drama pilot, about a female doctor who works for the mob in Chicago. 

Sony Pictures TV is producing for the Fox Network.  The pilot will headquarter at Chicago Studio City on the West Side.  

It’s a wrap for the season on One Chicago

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”

LeBron James, AT&T celebrate Black Chicago

This Black History Month, AT&T Dream in Black presents the return of Black Future Makers, a future-forward celebration of inspirational people in the culture. The campaign was announced via a commercial celebrating frontline workers and everyday heroes from Chicago in a spot voiced by NBA superstar, philanthropist and entrepreneur LeBron James. James is also one of this … Continue reading “LeBron James, AT&T celebrate Black Chicago”

Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations

Film Independent announced nominations for the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Not just another pretty face on the awards circuit, the Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit Film Independent’s year-round slate of programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry. Film Independent President Josh … Continue reading “Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations”

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”

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”

Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’

Chicago Public Library announced that the upcoming group of celebrity readers for the popular “Live From the Library” program will celebrate the beginning of Major League Baseball. “Live From the Library” which features a combination of librarians, authors, celebrities, and notable Chicagoans, will highlight notable representatives of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox organizations, … Continue reading “Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’”

Watch ‘Chicago Fire’ cast torch new music video

There hasn’t been a new Chicago Fire episode since March 25 when S8 Ep 18, I’ll Cover You where we saw Severide (Taylor Kinney) teaming up with Seager (Ally Allo) and the OFI after a motel structure fire turned suspicious. We also saw the Firehouse 51 members become amateur sleuths following a Reddit post involving … Continue reading “Watch ‘Chicago Fire’ cast torch new music video”

‘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”

Mayor appoints new DCASE advisory council members

Chicago City Council today approved the appointments made by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to the Cultural Advisory Council of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), including Council Chair Amina J. Dickerson and Vice Chair Alison Cuddy. “A robust Chicago arts community inspires us, engages us, questions the status quo, and has the … Continue reading “Mayor appoints new DCASE advisory council members”

Tessa Films taps Sydney Thomson as Head of Production

  Highly experienced line producer is well-known in the Chicago community   Tessa Films has named Sydney Thomson, an experienced freelance producer and production supervisor who’s a fixture in the Chicago production community, to the newly-created position of Head of Production. The appointment was announced by Lisa Masseur, Tessa’s EP and Co-Founder. The move marks … Continue reading “Tessa Films taps Sydney Thomson as Head of Production”

Gentleman Jack, Codeblack get reel at Park West

Winner of national competition will receive $10,000 and an opportunity to screen at the American Black Film Festival Last week, Gentleman Jack Double Mellowed Tennessee Whiskey partnered with Codeblack Entertainment at the Park West to showcase the creativity and talent of rising Chicago Black filmmakers. Award-winning actor, producer and writer Omari Hardwick, who appears on … Continue reading “Gentleman Jack, Codeblack get reel at Park West”

Local 476 elections reflect unprecedented growth

The Studio Mechanics’ record-setting year is is complemented by growing diversity in leadership and membership The Chicago Studio Mechanics Union Local 476, a chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), designated more than a dozen officers, board members, and trustees after tallying the votes of its December 10 election. Returning to positions … Continue reading “Local 476 elections reflect unprecedented growth”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: Larger … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

Cinepocalypse fest from June 21 – 28 at Music Box

A cornucopia of classic genre screenings, premieres, and events to take place at Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre.     From June 21st through June 28th, a cornucopia of genre screenings and events will take place at the Music Box Theatre for its second annual Cinepocalypse. The film festival grinds together a gory cocktail of … Continue reading “Cinepocalypse fest from June 21 – 28 at Music Box”

MIFF’s Nov. 15 Ad Shorts Night to premiere 12 films

The 7th annual Ad Community Shorts Night at the Midwest Independent Film Festival will screen Tuesday, Nov. 15 instead of its regular First Tuesday Nov. 1 date, deemed as being too close to Nov. 8 election night. They are:

Hell,” John Malkovich reads Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” while illustrations depicting humans’ worst atrocities animate edited, graphics by Ryan Gilbert and sound design by Brian Leitner.

“Boss” an important show for director Van Peebles

Say this for Mario Van Peebles: Despite the dark themes of Startz “Boss,” the director presides over a festive set.  Before filming ended on the second season July 10, Van Peebles shot a final scene at in a private suite at Arlington Park racetrack.

Despite the chandeliers and gratuitous Doric columns, Van Peebles wore lime green shorts and boat shoes. The rest of the largely Chicago crew wore hats – fedoras, panamas, newsboy – in honor of their day at the races, darting off to make bets in between scenes. 

Ad Community Shorts Night screens 15 films Oct. 1

The 3rd annual Advertising Community Shorts Night Tuesday at the Midwest Independent Film Festival, Tuesday, Oct. 1, presents the work of 15 filmmeisters from ad and marketing agencies, post/production houses, still photographers, Second City and Steppenwolf, from Chicago, Madison and Detroit.

Earlier this month a jury of knowledgeable souls from various aspects of visual media production judged an imaginative collection of entries from one to 16 minutes in length.

Corn Bred Films aims to reap bumper crop of projects

A chance meeting at a restaurant between two budding screenwriters 11 years ago led to more than love and an exchange of “I do’s” at the altar. It also resulted in the creation of a most ambitious new production company.

Husband-and-wife team Eric Anderson and Amelia Dellos launched Corn Bred Films, a moniker they thought fitting, since their projects will originate in the Midwest (a la “corn country”).

Historic Potter Palmers head Corn Bred’s film slate

A feature and a documentary about socialite Bertha Honoré and real estate developer Potter Palmer will be the first projects for River Forest husband-wife Eric Anderson and Amelia Dellos’ new production company.

The writer/producers’ Corn Bred Films is rolling out a diverse slate of features, “starting with a few projects we originated ourselves, then branch out as those projects take off,” says Anderson, who has written 13 screenplays in the past decade.

Local 476 electsTom Glynn as union president

LOCAL 476’S ELECTION OF OFFICERS retained Mark Hogan as business agent of the 800-member union for a second term, and voted in three new officers, president Tom Glynn, who replaces Dick Oakes. Bradley Mattys, recording secretary, replacing Dennis de la Mata and Patrick McGee a new executive board member.

Hogan said more than 50% of the membership voted, returning 407 ballots out of 760 mailed in October to members eligible to vote. Ballots were counted Dec. 14.

The new officers will serve a three-year term.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 2/7/04

“BARBER SHOP 2” BENEFIT MAKES THE CUT. Columbia College alums and “Barber Shop 2” producers George Tillman (left) and Bob Teitel (third from left) join college president Dr. Warrick Carter and film/video department chair Bruce Sheridan at the pre-release reception and screening last week at Piper’s Alley. The event raised $25,000 for the school’s Open Door scholarship program for minority high school graduates. Columbia College enrolls more African-American students in its film program than all other arts colleges in the U.S. combined.