American Egg Board: Issues TikTok challenge

As the nation emerges from pandemic shutdowns and capacity limits, local restaurants around the country are getting an eggstra boost from a popular menu mainstay — the incredible egg — and a healthy dose of hometown competition. Igniting America’s pashttp://tiktok.comsion for eating out, the American Egg Board (AEB) has partnered with celebrity chef Connie Lovely … Continue reading “American Egg Board: Issues TikTok challenge”

Eggs are the holiday gift they are cracked up to be

Launching on November 10th, the American Egg Board’s new campaign, and our Reel Ad of the Week, is “The Gift of Eggs.” The LOL campaign from Energy BBDO pokes fun at holiday extravagances in order to celebrate what really matters during the season — family, friends, special memories together and FOOD! The campaign’s two short … Continue reading “Eggs are the holiday gift they are cracked up to be”

Move over Taco Tuesday… here comes WEGGSDAY!

Much like Taco Tuesday, WEGGSDAY embraces the popularity of marrying a day of the week with a popular food. A two-minute original music video, titled “Wednesday Is Officially WEGGSDAY!,” has been created to hilariously introduce the concept. The animated video also highlights the versatility of eggs, reminding consumers that eggs are an incredible meal solution … Continue reading “Move over Taco Tuesday… here comes WEGGSDAY!”

Egg Board introduces ‘dinner egg’ mockumentary

The American Egg Board has cooked up the biggest food discovery since the breakfast egg. Say good evening to… The Dinner Egg! A new mockumentary, created by AOR Energy BBDO, explains the discovery and origin of the new food. Supply and Demand’s Amy Nicholson, takes a Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy type of approach in … Continue reading “Egg Board introduces ‘dinner egg’ mockumentary”

Energy BBDO gets ‘Incredible’ with American Egg Board

Reviews are beginning to pour in for Disney / Pixar’s all-new “Incredibles 2” and the film looks to be… an incredible hit!   As covered in “Reel Chicago,” the American Egg Board relaunched The Incredible Egg by re-framing the answer to the age-old question, “How do you like your eggs?” to showcase the infinite number … Continue reading “Energy BBDO gets ‘Incredible’ with American Egg Board”

Energy BBDO cracks some eggs, makes an omelet

For me, nothing beats a fried egg sandwich with whisky-maple bacon on a croissant in the morning. Yeah, I just displayed my “bougie.” More than pancakes. More than waffles. More than peanut butter French Toast. I like my eggs in egg form. Why am I going on about how I like my eggs? Because Energy … Continue reading “Energy BBDO cracks some eggs, makes an omelet”

Producers Elise and Gregg Jaffe: ?We survived!’

Elise and Gregg Jaffe were all grins as 75 friends, family, vendors, freelancers, and clients celebrated their Chicago-based Big Teeth Productions’ five-year anniversary as a one-stop production shop.

The husband-wife duo described their momentous occasion with one simple word ? surviving. “We’ve scraped and clawed and come out alive,” says Elise Jaffe. “We’re really proud.”

Big Teeth Productions (BTP) landed its first “real” Twitter job with deal-of-the-day Chicago phenom, Groupon, last year.

A La Turka is a cushy Lincoln Ave. joint where stuffed eggplant, zucchini pancakes are awesome

It was around 3:30 p.m., time for a break from work, which sometimes must involve a small glass of wine.

I’d told Chezne, a producer who works for me and dining guinea pig: “I can only walk until I see a restaurant I’ve never eaten at. No matter what, that is where we stop.”

We hadn’t strolled down Lincoln Ave. for five minutes when I saw the specials board outside of A La Turka at 3134 N. Lincoln Ave. Lunch was still being served and the place was bone empty. Perfect, in we go.

The interior was dark. A waited nodded and waved his hand for us to sit anywhere.

Hard Rock launches burger inspired by brand ambassador Lionel Messi

Hard Rock Cafe announces the global launch of its brand-new menu item – the Messi Burger – as the latest innovation in Hard Rock International’s LIVE GREATNESS campaign in partnership with global soccer legend Lionel Messi. Starting today, this culinary delight, crafted by Messi himself, is now available for fans to order at Hard Rock Cafe … Continue reading “Hard Rock launches burger inspired by brand ambassador Lionel Messi”

25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival begins this week

As the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center prepares for its 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), they pause to pay tribute to the people of the Ukraine. Our thoughts and hearts turn to Ukraine as we prepare to open our 25th EU Film Fest: Ways to Help … Continue reading “25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival begins this week”

For the first time ever McDonald’s introduces fan-inspired hacks to menus

‘The hash brown goes where?’ Hacks this delicious deserve a spot on the menu (at least, for a limited time.) From putting a crispy Hash Brown in between their Sausage McMuffin with Egg, to adding Chicken McNuggets to their favorite sandwich, our fans are always coming up with different ways to make a McDonald’s meal … Continue reading “For the first time ever McDonald’s introduces fan-inspired hacks to menus”

11 Dollar Bill launches Post-Production facility in Raleigh

11 Dollar Bill, a leading independent post-production studio specializing in creative design, editorial and finishing services, has opened a facility in Raleigh, North Carolina. The site boasts resources for creative editorial, design, motion graphics and animation as well as color correction and editorial finishing. It shares a high-speed connection with the company’s studios in Chicago … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill launches Post-Production facility in Raleigh”

Casts of Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. invite you into their kitchens for the holidays

In a special treat for the holidays, the casts of Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. invite you into their kitchens as they share some of their favorite holiday recipes in the One Chicago Holiday Cookbook. The book is filled with holiday recipes and family photos, along with the memories that make them special. From Hanako Greensmith’s … Continue reading “Casts of Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. invite you into their kitchens for the holidays”

Filmed in Chicago, Station Eleven is a hit on HBO Max

Station Eleven, a ten-episode limited series drama filmed in Chicago, premiered last Thursday on HBO Max. No, it’s not just another sensational tale of global pandemic. Station Eleven, receiving a whopping 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, is based on the international award winning bestseller of the same name, by Canadian novelist Emily St. John Mandel. A … Continue reading “Filmed in Chicago, Station Eleven is a hit on HBO Max”

Chicago Med recap of winter finale ‘Secret Santa Has a Gift for You’

It’s that time of year again! Decorate the tree, get a nice cup of cocoa, and cozy up on the couch to watch the One Chicago dramas presenting their holiday episodes. Chicago Med did not disappoint with their final episode before holiday hiatus. Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. will return with new episodes on Wednesday, … Continue reading “Chicago Med recap of winter finale ‘Secret Santa Has a Gift for You’”

McDonald’s and Mariah Carey unwrap surprises with 12 days of deals

The Mariah Menu is arriving on Dec. 13, and we can’t think of a better way to ring in 12 days of deals on the McDonald’s app than by unwrapping more surprises, including exclusive Mariah x McDonald’s merch and a festive TV commercial that will have you dancing and singing all the way to your local McDonald’s. … Continue reading “McDonald’s and Mariah Carey unwrap surprises with 12 days of deals”

Wrigleyville Wonderland brings the holiday spirit to Chicago

19 Wrigleyville businesses transform into holiday themed spots for everyone offering picture-perfect moments, movies, food and drink specials and more. The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of one of Chicago’s favorite holiday celebrations, Wrigleyville Wonderland, running now at select venues through the end of February. Wrigleyville Wonderland brings the Holiday spirit … Continue reading “Wrigleyville Wonderland brings the holiday spirit to Chicago”

List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5

The 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be a virtual presentation held on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. Comedian Pat McGann, the South Side Chicago native who hosted the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2020, returns to emcee the show this year and legendary Bob Newhart is expected to make a guest appearance. The virtual presentation … Continue reading “List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5”

Ace Hardware lights up for its annual Thanksgrilling trend

Ace Hardware is lighting up its annual Thanksgrilling trend as the company’s recent survey this Fall season reveals over three-fourths of Americans are either hosting or attending a Thanksgiving gathering this year. As less people (17 percent) plan to quarantine this holiday versus last year (40 percent), Ace is helping customers to think outside the … Continue reading “Ace Hardware lights up for its annual Thanksgrilling trend”

The Colonie ‘Sponsor Reel’ is a hit across all three AICP award shows

Before the official AICP winners were even announced, The Colonie won a major honor. For the first time in its history, the Chicago based post-production company was selected to create the Sponsor Reel for the National AICP awards show.  The Colonie’s reel played across all three AICP shows during their virtual premieres; the AICP Show, … Continue reading “The Colonie ‘Sponsor Reel’ is a hit across all three AICP award shows”

11 Dollar Bill helps Piggyback create a buzz for Cheeba Chews

11 Dollar Bill ended things on a high note in providing editorial, graphics design and post services for a new social campaign for Cheeba Chews, a maker of bite-size cannabis edibles. Conceived and produced by Piggyback Productions, Denver, the campaign consists of a series of weed-infused cooking videos with Nicole D., star of the TikTok … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill helps Piggyback create a buzz for Cheeba Chews”

Yolanda Macias joins AbelsonTaylor as first Director of Diversity and Inclusion

AbelsonTaylor has appointed Yolanda Macias, a specialist in workplace diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), to the newly created position of director of diversity and inclusion. Macias will develop initiatives that promote and sustain DEI objectives across all levels of the agency, working in partnership with department directors, managers, and other key staff. She will also … Continue reading “Yolanda Macias joins AbelsonTaylor as first Director of Diversity and Inclusion”

Cutters, Flavor help bring Distillery Project’s Meijer campaign to life

In a continuing effort to share the many ways consumers can shop Meijer, The Distillery Project, with post help from Cutters and Flavor, is launching ‘Stop & Go’, a 15-second spot that shows the many options to traipsing through crowded, potentially germ-incubating, retail environments.  ‘Stop and Go’ takes place in a Meijer’s parking lot. A … Continue reading “Cutters, Flavor help bring Distillery Project’s Meijer campaign to life”

Doritos launching SOLID BLACK multi-platform initiative

Black voices and stories are too often unheard. In its 2020 #AmplifyBlackVoices work, Doritos recognized this and is now launching SOLID BLACK, a new multi-platform initiative backed by action and funding designed to bolster the voices of Black innovators and creators and provide them with resources to continue driving change. In total, Doritos will invest … Continue reading “Doritos launching SOLID BLACK multi-platform initiative”

EXTRA Gum offer fresh start to post-pandemic life

EXTRA Gum is all about shared moments of human connection—many of which have unfortunately, become distant memory due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until now: we can finally reconnect IRL! After a hard year of not seeing one another (and frankly, not being very mindful of how your breath smells) EXTRA is there to help give you … Continue reading “EXTRA Gum offer fresh start to post-pandemic life”

Take a virtual tour of the infamous Gallagher house

If you’re still crying in your f**ken beer about Shameless ending after 11 seasons, stop acting like a p*ssy and take this opportunity to look at the Gallagher house one last time. Right after the series finale, Showtime posted a virtual farewell event open to all fans of the hit comedy series. The two-part experience, … Continue reading “Take a virtual tour of the infamous Gallagher house”

Blue Chip launches recipe campaign for White Castle

To expand meal occasions for its iconic, Original Sliders, White Castle is showing consumers how to use Sliders as ingredients in new seasonal recipes. For Spring, agency Blue Chip created three classic Easter and brunch recipes that serve as the basis for a social media and influencer campaign to broaden the brand. Content pairs recipes … Continue reading “Blue Chip launches recipe campaign for White Castle”

Wild Turkey designs guided tasting for Alexa and Google

The award-winning bourbon brand Wild Turkey announces the first-ever guided tasting for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voiced by a legendary distillery family – the Russells. Using the skill is easy. Whether you want to learn the basics of whiskey or refine your palate, just say to your Alexa device, “Alexa, enable Wild Turkey Tasting” … Continue reading “Wild Turkey designs guided tasting for Alexa and Google”

Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature

Chicago’s Ravin Gandhi made many people think he was crazy for shooting 100 Days to Live, an award-winning, suicide-based thriller debuting this week on Amazon, Apple and several other platforms. After pitching the film in 2017, the fledgling writer/director decided not only to finance the script that he had written, but also to temporarily relocate … Continue reading “Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature”

Think you know everything about Groundhog Day?

Every February 2 on Groundhog Day, North Americans wait with bated breath to discover if there will be six more weeks of winter or if there will be an early spring as foretold by Punxsutawney Phil when he emerges from his “den.” Since 1887 the large terrestrial rodent (as well as his predecessors) has been … Continue reading “Think you know everything about Groundhog Day?”

‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker

Cinedigm has announced the release date for its recently acquired film – 100 Days to Live, a taut psychological thriller set in the world of suicide prevention and mental health. The film, which was shot over 3 weeks in Chicago, stars Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed, Rizzoli & Isles), Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf, Daredevil), Heidi Johanningmeier … Continue reading “‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker”

McDonald’s introduces new Chicken sandwich

2021 will see the Chicken Sandwich Wars rage on. McDonald’s has announced a new Crispy Chicken Sandwich, which is joining the roster of long-time favorites like the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Egg McMuffin and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, starting February 24. The new sandwich features a brand new crispy, juicy, tender fillet made with all-white meat that’s … Continue reading “McDonald’s introduces new Chicken sandwich”

Snowman transforms into Beerman for Coors Light

In a holiday season when nothing feels typical, Coors Light is introducing a festive tradition just for grownups – because, let’s be honest, adults deserve to enjoy the holiday season, too. Meet Beerman, a perfectly imperfect drinking buddy designed to keep your beers cold and your spirits up. In fact, Beerman is the holiday hero … Continue reading “Snowman transforms into Beerman for Coors Light”

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”

Transgender doc ‘Born to Be’ opens in Chicago 11.20

Born to Be follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting, a plastic surgeon at the groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City-where, for the first time ever, all transgender and non-binary people have access to quality gender affirming health and surgical care. CTMS is Mount Sinai’s large, interdisciplinary transgender health … Continue reading “Transgender doc ‘Born to Be’ opens in Chicago 11.20”

‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro

Felix Piñeiro has signed on to direct ​Doll Eyes​ written by award-winning screenwriter Amir Mohabbat. The horror film follows a developmentally disabled man who protects his sister from an abuser with “unique, desired eyes.” Piñeiro is a two-time DCASE Grant recipient and Finalist for the 2018 Chicago Filmmaker in Residence Award. His latest project is … Continue reading “‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro”

Kerrygold embraces family moments in new Xmas spot

The last two days of news are making the Reel Chicago team wonder if Energy BBDO  has a secret farm somewhere. In the agency’s new Kerrygold butter spot the Irish dairy brand celebrates people coming together and enjoying small moments over a home-cooked meal. The campaign, which launched yesterday, is supported by a new film … Continue reading “Kerrygold embraces family moments in new Xmas spot”

Social Justice Screenwriting Virtual Pitch Competition

The Chicago Film Office and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will host the Social Justice Screenwriting Pitch Competition, to be held online at Facebook Live Saturday, November 7, at 3pm CST The Law offices of Hal “Corky” Kessler and the Chicago Film Office present the Chicago Social Justice Screenwriting Competition. This competition aims … Continue reading “Social Justice Screenwriting Virtual Pitch Competition”

McDonald’s sweetens up breakfast with McCafé Bakery

Wake up and smell the…cinnamon rolls! For nearly five decades, McDonald’s is sharing some sweet news to give fans even more ways to experience the breakfast they love at McDonald’s with the new McCafé Bakery lineup.  Beginning Wednesday, October 28, customers can enjoy a new Apple Fritter, Blueberry Muffin or Cinnamon Roll at breakfast time … Continue reading “McDonald’s sweetens up breakfast with McCafé Bakery”

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 launches Snapchat Lens to encourage masks

The City of Chicago today launched another engagement tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago and encourage mask wearing—a Snapchat lens. The social media platform is popular amongst Millennials and Gen Zers, a demographic that has seen a recent rise in case numbers in Chicago, and which the City believes is key to … Continue reading “Chicago launches Snapchat Lens to encourage masks”

West Side HS invites Chicago Police to join rowing team

A Most Beautiful Thing, a documentary film that chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in the nation made up of young men from the West Side of Chicago, is set to launch exclusively on Peacock on Friday, Sept. 4. Based on Arshay Cooper’s memoir of the same name, the powerful documentary is … Continue reading “West Side HS invites Chicago Police to join rowing team”

WGN Reporter assaulted during live shoot

Over the last four years, it has become increasingly acceptable in some circles to assault and threaten journalists and on-air reporters. Of course, when you are egged on and visibly supported by the most powerful man in the country to do so, why not right? WGN reporter Gaynor Hall was delivering a weather update in … Continue reading “WGN Reporter assaulted during live shoot”

Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA

Congratulations to our friends at Leo Burnett and mcgarrybowen. Each agency took home three Gold statues from the American Advertising Awards which were announced April 28 virtually. Oh, and the agency at 35 West Wacker also took home “Agency of the Year.” Well done. Both agencies also took home awards in the “Best of” categories. … Continue reading “Burnett wins Agency of the Year from AAA”

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”

McDonald’s offers ‘Thank You Meals’ to first responders

In appreciation for the healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are committed to our health and safety, McDonald’s will offer free Thank You Meals, between Wednesday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 5, as a token of appreciation for their selfless service. While the majority of America is staying home, McDonald’s has remained open, with our franchisees and … Continue reading “McDonald’s offers ‘Thank You Meals’ to first responders”

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”

Motion salutes Women’s Day with ‘Our Focus Our Future’

The Motion Agency celebrated International Women’s Day by inviting dozens of industry guests to a panel discussion and networking event titled, “Our Focus Our Future,” at their River North office on Friday afternoon. Described as “20 Women Leading the Way in 2020,” the highlight of the program featured nearly two-dozen female executives and entrepreneurs answering … Continue reading “Motion salutes Women’s Day with ‘Our Focus Our Future’”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

Twelve screenwriters have been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, to take place March 4-5, 2020. One of the students selected is Chicagoan, Jason Park. The Intensive, a two-day workshop for select emerging writers and writer/directors from underrepresented communities, focuses on the development of first fiction features. Fellows … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

Victoria Lee, writer, creator, cellist

Victoria Lee, director and producer, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Writer, creator and … Continue reading “Victoria Lee, writer, creator, cellist”

2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news

Elevated Films’ 2nd Annual Chicago Shorts Night will light up the Chop Shop in Wicker Park on Wednesday, January 15th at 6 p.m. The special screening features ten Chicago-connected short films in a 100-year-old former auto body shop that is now the Windy City’s only sustainable butcher + deli + restaurant + bar. Be a … Continue reading “2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news”

Biscuit stars in new spot by EP+Co and Quriosity

Quriosity Productions captured the beauty of breakfast in a new commercial for Bojangles restaurant by New York and Greenville-based agency EP+Co. Directed by Mike Maes, the 30-second Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit is one of several TV and online spots designed to create a new look for the legendary franchise. The work is part of … Continue reading “Biscuit stars in new spot by EP+Co and Quriosity”

The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival

First-ever global event launches with inaugural screening at Empirical Brewery on October 17 Fresh off the fifth consecutive year of hosting its 60-Second Film Festival as part of the Ravenswood Art Walk, Big Teeth Productions is expanding further into the world of film festival production with the launch of the Big Teeth Small Shorts Film … Continue reading “The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival”

mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign

‘3 PM Slump’ delivers the kind of quick humor that is destined for internet memehood Office workers succumb to a corporate form of zombification in Slump, a new spot by mcgarrybowen for P3 Portable Protein Packs. Stricken by the energy sapping late afternoon, they drop like dominoes in the elevator, at their desks, and all … Continue reading “mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign”

Ordóñez joins FCB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer

Former BBDO leader brings big global brand ideas to life through innovation FCB today announced that Andrés Ordóñez has been brought on board as Chief Creative Officer of FCB Chicago, joining President Michael Fassnacht in leading the agency. Ordóñez will also work closely with Global Chief Creative Officer Susan Credle and join FCB’s Global Creative … Continue reading “Ordóñez joins FCB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer”

Gross, Pérez succeed Ordóñez at Energy BBDO

Musical creative director chairs continue in Chicago. With Andrés Ordóñez choosing to take the helm at FCB Chicago, Energy BBDO has announced the promotion of Josh Gross and Pedro Pérez from Executive Creative Directors to Co-Chief Creative Officers. The announcement was made by Tonise Paul, President and CEO, Energy BBDO. “For the past five years, … Continue reading “Gross, Pérez succeed Ordóñez at Energy BBDO”

Banner unveils new video for Google’s Chicago lobby

“The Living Street Art” is a 40-foot-long kinetic canvas featuring “Pinch” and a collection of “fairy tale monsters” Chicago-based video production company Banner Collective unveiled its latest creation for the lobby wall in Google’s Fulton Market office yesterday. Titled, The Living Street Art, the animated piece features work by Chicago artists Elloo and Penny Pinch. … Continue reading “Banner unveils new video for Google’s Chicago lobby”

Banner resurrects a bird for the Blackhawks

Complete with a bird costume and a giant egg, the story is as stupefying as the facial expressions on the “actors” Chicago production company Banner Collective parodied Eagle Insurance’s classically horrendous 1993 Eagleman commercial for a new Chicago Blackhawks spot. Starring former team members Patrick Sharp and Adam Burish, the 36-second commercial is, structurally, an … Continue reading “Banner resurrects a bird for the Blackhawks”

French Butter gives Thomas’ English Muffins a twist

Minneapolis-based MONO speaks to the “Mom Boss” in a colorful, unapologetic new campaign Thomas’, the number-one selling English Muffin brand in America, has launched a national ad campaign, Wake up to what’s possible. This work marks the introduction of a refreshed brand look and feel, which leans into Thomas’ distinct orange but incorporates a brighter … Continue reading “French Butter gives Thomas’ English Muffins a twist”

The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LIII commercials

The term “sucked” could have applied to the parade of mediocre, ho-hum spots that aired during Sunday’s big game. And so ends another Super Bowl season. The build up of anticipated commercials is finally (and mercifully) over until next January. If one were to say Sunday, “Well, that sucked the life out of me,” we … Continue reading “The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LIII commercials”

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”

mcgarry brings ‘heartfelt authenticity’ to Hallmark spots

With an abundance of simple yet passionate drama, the agency and the client add life to the #CareEnough initiative mcgarrybowen helped Hallmark Gold Crown travel down roads rarely taken by creating four new spots in support of the online and retail gift company’s #CareEnough initiative. Ranging from 30 to 120 seconds, the series features a … Continue reading “mcgarry brings ‘heartfelt authenticity’ to Hallmark spots”

Hollywood Comes to Chicago — 1979

“Blues Brothers” director John Landis describes impending explosions while scouting locations in John Davies’ vintage short film In 1979, Chicago filmmaker John Davies produced a short titled, Hollywood Comes to Chicago, that featured a tour through the Windy City and its film production industry. He planned to submit the piece to WTTW’s Image Union, a … Continue reading “Hollywood Comes to Chicago — 1979”

Big Teeth hosts 4th Annual 60-Second Film Fest

The program will run every 20 minutes with free popcorn and beer at Big Teeth’s Ravenswood studio September 15th & 16th (Chicago — 7 September 2018) For the fourth consecutive year, Big Teeth Productions is playing host to its 60-second film fest as part of the Ravenswood Art walk. This year’s festival will feature 13 … Continue reading “Big Teeth hosts 4th Annual 60-Second Film Fest”

Pearle Vision uses Billie Jean King to inspire

The latest in the “Small Moments” campaign from Energy BBDO breaks from promotional-driven spots in the vision category to capture genuine moments   I got misty-eyed watching this new Pearle Vision spot from Energy BBDO. Brought on board through Energy’s continued partnership with Free the Bid, director Elle Ginter of Sanctuary has delivered an elegant, … Continue reading “Pearle Vision uses Billie Jean King to inspire”

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””

New creative to get your week going — 05.08.18

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a collection of inspiring spots and trailers that got Reel Chicago’s attention.   McDonald’s Agency: Burrell Communications Nothing really spectacular happens in this new breakfast spot for the fast food giant’s Sausage, Egg and Cheese McGriddles, but it just leaves you with a warm feeling as son hustles to meet … Continue reading “New creative to get your week going — 05.08.18”

Jack in the Box introduces “Jackboxicus Major” for May 4

May 4 is synonymous with Star Wars, and also marks “National Space Day.” In celebration of these two pop culture moments, Jack in the Box is making history with fast food’s first-ever constellation — in the shape of Jack Box’s unmistakable head. Move over, Orion, there’s a new constellation in town. Created by the talented … Continue reading “Jack in the Box introduces “Jackboxicus Major” for May 4″

Reel Women: Elise Jaffe, Executive Producer

Elise Jaffe is the “spokes teeth” and Executive Producer of Big Teeth Productions, which she co-owns with her husband Gregg. She’s also known as “Little Miss Bossy Pants,” a title that appeared on her business card BEFORE Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants was published! Elise’s career began in Children’s Television at Reading Rainbow and Blue’s Clues. … Continue reading “Reel Women: Elise Jaffe, Executive Producer”

Big Teeth divides to conquer with two new entities

(Chicago — 12 April 2008) Big Teeth Productions has moved to divide the 12-year old company into two separate entities: Big Teeth Films and Big Teeth Animation. Both will continue to operate at their 2,000 square foot studio located in Chicago’s growing Ravenswood Corridor. The move allows Big Teeth to refine its focus and offerings … Continue reading “Big Teeth divides to conquer with two new entities”

Pacifico’s new campaign advises, “live life anchors up”

Hey dudes and dudettes, Cramer-Krasselt has launched the first national integrated campaign for Pacifico Beer. The brand was developed in 1900 and brought to Baja, California in the 1970s by surfers. It’s a long-time west coast favorite and is now one of the fastest-growing brands in the Constellation portfolio (Corona, Modelo). Poised at the intersection … Continue reading “Pacifico’s new campaign advises, “live life anchors up””

“A Tragedy,” “Blow Job” highlight MIFF shorts program

It’s a new month, and that means we are only days away from they Midwest Independent Film Festival’s monthly First Tuesday screening. Hosted by the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmakers, the event provides audiences with regionally produced independent cinema.     Led by the world premiere of A Tragedy, the … Continue reading ““A Tragedy,” “Blow Job” highlight MIFF shorts program”

Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news

Viral Chicago series Easy Abby returns for season two Easy Abby, the “Lesbian RomCom Series” that scored more than 30 million views with thirteen episodes in its first season, returns Dec. 15 on Revry, “the world’s first LGBTQ+ digital streaming platform.” Created, written, and directed by Chicago filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton, Easy Abby chronicles the … Continue reading “Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news”

Global Mechanic inspires kids in PBS vids

Well, this is a fun way to end the week. Long-time animation company, Global Mechanic, has released three of six minute-long video shorts for PBS Kids. With the overarching theme, “You, Me, Community,” the charming and colorful videos were created with the intent to reinforce civic themes such as hope, diversity and inclusion. The first … Continue reading “Global Mechanic inspires kids in PBS vids”

Laughlin Constable offers confidence to boys and girls

Dang, it’s been a rough week. Shootings in Vegas. The orange one passing paper towels like basketballs to homeless Puerto Ricans and Twitter-fighting with the mayor of San Juan. And I’m still scratching my head wondering what the hell is going on with American Horror Story this year. I clearly needed something uplifting to top … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable offers confidence to boys and girls”

“Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel

Netflix cancels ‘Stranger Things’ bar Pop-up pop-culture bars are all the rage. In New York and LA, Tim Burton fans can do dinner and a show at “Beetlehouse.” Los Angeles is also home to the Star Wars-themed “Villainy and Scum” Cantina. And since August, Chicago has boasted the aptly named, “The Upside Down,” a Stranger … Continue reading ““Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel”

Chance The Rapper, Sandro Miller propel AICP Next Awards

There are certain things you can be sure of when you’re attending an AICP event in LA.

You will see the coolest glasses collection this side of a designer optometrist on Rodeo Drive. You will dance to a DJ spinning old school songs that are so ancient, the sperm and egg that created him had not even connected at the time the song were actually popular. You will see beautiful women killin’ it so hard in their cocktail dresses that they deserve to be ranked by Entertainment Weekly and People’s Red Carpet reporters.

And beards, lots of beards.

Leo Burnett helps museum goers speak for specimens

Well, we’ve been “voicing” everything from bees to dinosaurs in film and TV for decades now, so why not start doing the same for specimens in museums?

That’s exactly what the Field Museum is doing via an experiential effort from agency, Leo Burnett. Burnett, who already cleaned up at Cannes for their fantastic Art Institute VanGogh Air bnb, is no stranger to bringing a museum’s exhibits to life.

Sarofsky’s design innovation continues to Marvel

Since early May, the Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has taken movie theaters by storm.

With the return of Peter Quill, Rocket, Baby Groot, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and friends to the big screen thanks to screenwriter, director and producer James Gunn, fans of great design worldwide have seized the opportunities to see the talents of Sarofsky — the Chicago-based, design driven production company — shine.

Facebook and Twitter celebrate Harry Potter 20th

Get ready to feel old. Like really old. Today is the official 20th anniversary of the release of the Harry Potter franchise.

The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (later retitled The Sorcerer’s Stone in America), was released 20 years ago, on June 26th, 1997.

To take our minds off the fact that we are closer to becoming dust, Facebook and Twitter have gone all out to celebrate by posting Easter Eggs on user’s social media posts.

Vince Lawrence honored for contribution to house music

Composer and musician Vince Lawrence was officially recognized by the City of Chicago for his role in creating House Music during a ceremony at Millennium Park over the Memorial Day weekend.

An estimated crowd of 40,000 — on hand for the city’s annual Chicago House Party event — cheered as Lawrence took the stage to accept the award with his wife Tara, his mother Jean, his son London and his daughter Yasmine.

“Looking at where we started and where house music stands today,” he said afterwards. “It’s amazing.”

Daily Planet president embraces vegan office philosophy

In the course of abstaining from all animal products, including milk and eggs, Daily Planet Productions’ president and dedicated nonmeat-eater Scott Marvel was enlightened by a recent epiphany.

“It dawned on me,” he says. “If I made Daily Planet a vegan company… we would be innovative.”

The ensuing effect of his philosophy on Daily Planet’s staff and operations is documented in a hilarious video — Exciting News from Daily Planet — that the company released yesterday.

Capacity crowd for May 16 AICE Awards, tix going fast!

BUY YOUR AICE TICKETS NOW as the national Awards Show is reaching space capacity, advises Optimus’ Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter. The show will be held Thursday, May 16, throughout the entire Museum of Broadcast Communications: cocktail reception on the third floor, awards presentations on the fourth floor, and after-party on the second floor.

Spot follows real life in Miller Lite’s “The Race”

Two guys from multicultural agency Commonground, which has a diverse group of creatives, from Millennials to Baby Boomers got into a friendly debate about which of the two represented the best generation, the Gen Xer or the Gen Yer. 

The discussion between the Gen Xer, VP/creative director Mike Williams and younger Gen Y copywriter Nate DeLeon picked up good natured steam culminating in one of them saying, let’s take it to the street, let’s race. 

Big Ten Network ramps up production with new docs

Two new weekly shows are establishing the five-year-old, Chicago-based Big Ten Network as a regular producer of sports documentaries.

Operating out of offices in the old Montgomery Ward building at 618 W. Chicago, and equipped with a four-camera studio and 12 editing bays, BTN has really ramped up production with a quick filming/editing turnaround via the 10-week “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012.”

DDB quietly absorbs Element 79; Williams to depart

Let’s put it this way. It wasn’t a good sign.

Quietly.  Ever so quietly, the deed was done.  Not in the dark of night, exactly.  But quietly.  So as not to disturb any positive thoughts gestating out there about the state of the Chicago advertising industry.

Yeah.  Maybe we were guilty of being too distracted by the fun and possibilities attached to the launch of the Pompous Society, a happy way to suggest there is maybe still some life in the old ad business here after all.

Gaffer Andrew Cook celebrates his 25th anniversary

Andrew Cook, Chicago’s only non-union gaffer who comes equipped with his own trucks and gear, is celebrating his 25th business anniversary.

To help mark the occasion, The Reel talked with the LaGrange Park-based gaffer about his lengthy and singular career in an ever-evolving industry.

REEL: Let’s start with your non-union status.  How did that come about in a big union town like ours?

Foundation rep panelists tell how to ace doc grants

INVALUABLE FUNDING ADVICE straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, will come from top-level representatives of four national foundations known for providing grant money to documentary filmmakers.

At the “Breaking Through: Fundraising for Documentaries” panel, they will reveal ways how doc makers can stand out from the crowd of funding seekers, at a Jan. 5 event hosted by Chicago Filmmakers.

Cracker Barrel spots herald new Euro RSCG creative era

We’ve been waiting and waiting for this one.  And finally it launched Monday.  This would be the new national brand campaign from Euro RSCG/Chicago for the homey Cracker Barrel restaurant chain.

Called “Handcrafted by Cracker Barrel,” the ad campaign, which includes television, radio, online and a music promotion component, is intended as a major refresh of the familiar restaurant’s image, which already is well-known to hundreds of thousands of hungry families in the nation’s heartland.

Same old same old with new Burger King spots

This is what worries us. McGarryBowen, with offices in New York and Chicago, in recent months has been pegged a super hot ad agency by marketing media reporters (ourselves included) for its string of big account wins.

Among the big wins that have just landed on MB’s client roster are the troubled retailing behemoth Sears, the troubled burger chain Burger King and United Airlines, now the world’s largest commercial carrier.

‘Chicago Connection’ shorts screen at Black Harvest Fest

SEVEN CHICAGO-MADE SHORTS, grouped under the title of The Chicago Connection, screen Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Black Harvest International Film Festival. 

One of those shorts is Swimmin’ Lesson, a 9-minut short by African-American studies Professor Shahari Moore of Olive-Harvey College, about a man remembering his life with his wife and son before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. 

Joe Pytka performs his emotional magic for ConAgra spots

Two spots directed by Joe Pytka for ConAgra Foods, the massive Illinois food conglomerate, that aired on an NBC Special March 26 were edited and finished by The Colonie’s Bob Ackerman four days after receiving the dailies, dailies, for an important show that came up quickly. 

The commercials were an integral part of the March 26 half-hour NBC Special with Al Roker on child hunger in America, co-sponsored by the Feeding America Foundation and Child Hunger and Fear. 

Slang Music offers new ‘house music’ iPhone apps

VINCE LAWRENCE’S Slang Music has added another service — creating iPhone apps under a new company, iLL Concepts, LLC, with partners Thomas Beckmann and Jack Eisenberg. First up is “House Music Ringtones,” whereby users can download the free app and have immediate access to four free house music ringtones.

“Users then have the option pay $1.99 for 21 more original ringtones and a reduced price for each additional library of future house music ringtones from other founding fathers of the genre,” says Lawrence.

New media meet-up group is fast growing

“Let’s Create New Media in Chicago” is a fast-growing meet-up group convening every other month that provides a setting to learn from one another and collaborate on new media projects.

Let’s Create was founded by producers Gregg Jaffe, Tim Jahn and video game artist Sean McMenemy as a way “to bring together people who are looking for community,” McMememy says.

Its next meeting takes place Tuesday, March 23 at Ascend Training at 6 p.m., and it’s free and open to beginners and professionals dealing with every aspect of new media production and content.

“Let’s Create New Media’ party Sept. 29

A “mini Convergence” networking event, hosted by a trio of new media content providers, is a first effort “to build an active, flexible new media community where people can help each other with their work,” says Sean McMenemy of Midwest Media Now!

The party will take place Sept. 29 at the North Side studio of Fig Media, an event-based company.

The party is being called “Let’s Create New media in Chicago,” and while it may sound like the bigger, established Chicago Convergence’s mission, their grass roots effort, says McMenemy, is targeted to “the other end of the spectrum.

Good sign for commercial production

SOME POSITIVE PRODUCTION NEWS. Judging by how busy casting directors are right now, late summer spot production for the city is lookin’ good.

For instance, casting director Mickie Pasal of Tenner, Paskal & Rudnicke, reports a torrent of casting calls for commercials, including those for Leo Burnett clients Secret, McDonald’s and Eggo; Budweiser, DDB and the Illinois Lottery/Energy BBDO.

Paskal is most pleased at having cast six Chicago actors for a Blue Cross-Blue Shield shoot in New York Aug.

Repositioned boutique rebounds stronger

After CD/art director Tony Williams took a hit when the agency with which he had partnered lost its major account, he reinvented his traditional Gavan agency as a creative boutique focusing on new media projects for small companies.

By adding “urban appeal” to the mix, his business has rebounded quite profitably for these difficult times.

Gavan was just underway as a traditional boutique when “we put all our eggs in one basket,” Williams says, by teaming with R. J. Dale Advertising and Public Relations in pursuit of the Illinois Lottery’s $105 million account.

The Jaffes’ Big Teeth Productions sinks its creative chops into international Navteq video web series

An international campaign for local Navteq, which powers Google Maps and supplies technology to many popular GPS production, has pushed three-year-old Big Teeth Productions into the high-end video marketplace.

The Big Teeth campaign, a series of videos for the Navteq website and retailer training, is the company’s first consumer-targeted spots after a history of B-to-B-centered marketing.

Bob Sliga joins Apple Computers in California

VETERAN COLORIST BOB SLIGA was snapped up by Apple Computers and is now working for the computer giant in Cupertino, Calif. He heads up Apple’s 2K Final Touch color correction software.

Sliga had become a specialist in the software, which Apple purchased from Silicon Color a few months go. He had freelanced for the past 18 months, after a lengthy stint as Film& Tape Works’ colorist.

A THIRD DI ROOM is in the works by a hush-hush group of post veterans, to be completed this month.

Dykeman of Lake County Fest launches Cinema Obscura DVD label in time for March 9-12 fest

Lake County Film Festival founder Nat Dykeman launches the new DVD label “Cinema Obscura” in time for the March 9-12 festival.

They are Ruth Leitman’s “Alma,” John Covert’s “Waiting for the Man,” Joe Pacheco’s “As Smart as They Are: The Author Project.”

Dykeman directly distributes the titles online and sells them to retailers through an imprint deal with New York-based Ryko Distribution with a target street date of May 29.

“We hope to move beyond distribution to licensing as well, working on TV licensing, digital downloads and foreign sales,” Dykeman said.

A sandwich is an event at Jerry’s Sandwiches & Deli also featuring WiFi and packaged take-out

At Jerry’s Sandwiches & Deli, 1045 W. Madison, you get more than 100 delicious options to chose from, or you can create your own from the plethora of ingredients.

My fave is the Sheila G. It’s packed with a hunk of roasted salmon, avocado slivers, soft grilled onions, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and oodles of Southwestern mayonnaise.

Trendy new Frasca pizzeria lives up to its hype with a plentitude of flavorful food and wine flights

I like to unearth little gems all on my own, so when there’s when mad talk about a trendy new restaurant, I lose interest and head off in a different direction.

Hence the reason it’s taken me a while to try Frasca, 3358 N. Paulina, the new pizzeria and wine bar in my Roscoe Village ?hood.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t tremendous portions, soul-satisfying flavors and a good wine buzz to go along with it.

It was easily the most stimulating meal I’ve encountered this year.

Trendy new Frasca pizzeria lives up to its hype with a plentitude of flavorful food and wine flights

I like to unearth little gems all on my own, so when there’s when mad talk about a trendy new restaurant, I lose interest and head off in a different direction.

Hence the reason it’s taken me a while to try Frasca, 3358 N. Paulina, the new pizzeria and wine bar in my Roscoe Village ?hood.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t tremendous portions, soul-satisfying flavors and a good wine buzz to go along with it.

It was easily the most stimulating meal I’ve encountered this year.

No simple place to eat anymore?? Stella’s Diner
was the answer after many restaurant strike-outs

This was one of those mornings when I couldn’t decide what I wanted for breakfast. ?Eggs and hash browns?? Tamales and caf? con leche?

The only to settle it was to get in the truck and drive with my friend Lisa for company.? ?Little did we know we’d make a dozen stops until found what we were looking for.

What ever happened to a quiet caf?, with no wait and good service?

A world of flavor in Andalous Moroccan’s array of authentic, made-from-scratch, warm dishes

While I’ve enjoyed Moroccan food all over the world, who knew that Chicago’s take on the difficult-to-prepare cuisine could be found at Andalous Moroccan at 3307 N. Clark St.

This cozy storefront is easy to miss because of the many popular haunts surrounding it. That’s why I loved it: Very few crowds and loads of attention from the barely-speaks- English staff.

I’m a big fan of appetizer samples, which allow me to taste several different house favorites. I started out with the incredibly fresh Andalous Combo Deal at $8.50, a total steal.

Calvin’s the place for homemade BBQ and sides

Lisa, a foodie buddy of mine, told me about Calvin’s BBQ, 2922 W. Armitage, a tiny shack on the outskirts of Logan Square.

She’s always on the hunt for rough-hewn places that look like they might churn out good grub. BBQ joints are always good for homey sides, too, so I decided to give it a go.

I arrived 15 minutes before Calvin’s opened, but a jolly fella who runs the place invited me in when he saw me shuffling around in the parking lot.

Don’t be fooled by the look: the cheap but good Moon’s Sandwich Shop shines above other diners

Moon’s Sandwich Shop, 16 S. Western, has a sign outside that’s barely readable after decades of city wear and tear. But as we all know about the best holes-in-the-wall, like a book, we never judge it by the cover.

It turns out that Moon’s is hands-down one of the best diners in the city, possibly even the Midwest.

Moon’s is a bona fide chop shop in a city full of dinky imposters and one that’s usually packed to brim with saucy characters.

New Styx music video created by Jones-Hale streaming on Apple’s iTunes Dec. 14

Come Dec. 14 Styx fans will see a locally-produced streaming video of the great band playing the Beatles’ “I am the Walrus” over Apple’s iTunes Web site.

Director Steven A. Jones and music producer Ken Hale of What the Hale Music, who had previously produced Styx music videos and motion backgrounds for tour projection, produced the “Walrus” music video.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes

AN ENVIABLE PROJECT. A post job for Leo Burnett and client Philips Sonicare dental hygiene that Machete editors started in May and kept growing and growing finally ended two weeks ago.

“Philips is an international player,” notes Machete partner Luis Landgraf, “and the number of spots kept growing and they were sent back and forth to Germany, Holland and Japan.” Everybody edited, he says, meaning: Marty Bernstein, Scott Cohen, new addition Kenan Legg and Mary Roland.

Jones follows Greenlight movie with indie “Outing Riley” premiering at Chi Film Fest

“Outing Riley,” Pete Jones’ independent followup to his 2002 Project Greenlight movie “Stolen Summer,” has its world premiere Oct. 10 at the Chicago International Film Festival.

“We’ve gotten some offers for a U.S. theatrical release but the money was not what we wanted it to be,” Jones said.

“We’re hoping we can catch lightning in a bottle in Chicago and find a studio to get behind the film. My biggest goal is to get my investors their money back, and get myself another job.”

Foodie filmmakers find adventure shooting TV pilot in remote Mexico

Filmmaker Misty Tosh and her friends are adventurous souls who also love to eat out in offbeat restaurants and cafes they find in unspoiled locales.

They combined their shared interests and “obsession with food” in a TV pilot “that takes people on a food adventure around the world,” said Tosh, the writer, director and editor of the self-financed show.

The Fatcake film foodies share their secret local restaurant finds with you. Use the Backtalk form to submit your faves.

Theatre industry shows clout

By Jonathan Abarbanel

The Fire Commissioner was there. Not his assistant, but the Commish himself. Ditto, the Building Department Commissioner and the Director of the Dept. of Revenue, and all because of six small Off-Loop theatres with barely 400 seats between them. Under normal circumstances, the honchos wouldn’t know these little places existed and if they did know, they wouldn’t care.

Collective industry voice is urged to defeat new added tax on rentals

Essanay’s Wayne Kubacki stresses the urgency for the industry to raise its collective voice to help defeat a disastrous tax increase if the County Board passes it at a Dec. 9 vote.

Kubacki, an IPA board member and representative of the city’s many rental equipment suppliers, is leading the opposition to the country’s proposed new taxes by asking that we attend a Nov. 19 public hearing and fax letters ASAP to the county commissioners.

Producer vows ?the magic will
happen’ to bring script to screen

“Sweet Home Chicago” up next for Epiphany Films’ Dan Halperin and Mark Frazel


WATCH FOR “SAUDI ARABIA, a Complicated Ally,” a special presentation of A&E to run almost immediately from Kurtis Productions. Bill Kurtis, Post Effects’ producers Scott Jacobs and Mitch Apley journeyed to Saudi Arabia last fall to tape the special. It will continue to air throughout the conflict. Michael Harvey was supervising editor, David Fortney edited; David Huizenga scored.