Burrell taps ESPN’s Ryan Smith to moderate Town Hall

0 Award-Winning Burrell Communications Group Taps ESPN/ABC News Correspondent Ryan Smith to Moderate Virtual Town Hall Event, “Black Lives Have Always Mattered to Us” Burrell Communications Group has announced that it will host a virtual town hall, “Black Lives Have Always Mattered to Us,” on Thursday, July 30 at 1 p.m. CT. Moderated by ESPN/ABC News correspondent Ryan Smith, … Continue reading “Burrell taps ESPN’s Ryan Smith to moderate Town Hall”

TeamWorks’ Globetrotter doc bows on ESPN 2/26

Harlem Globetrotters owner Mannie Jackson is on a mission: to raise the historic profile of Reece “Goose” Tatum, a star for the team in the 40s and 50s and a trailblazing sports entrepreneur.

Last year Jackson led a successful campaign for Tatum’s belated admission to the Basketball Hall of Fame.  And Goose, the documentary about Tatum that Jackson’s Boxcar Entertainment produced with TeamWorks Media, premieres Feb. 26 on ESPN.

Axiom to produce ESPN 2011 football promos

Laura Szymber’s Axiom Megamedia is working with ESPN to develop a series of Monday Night Football promos for the cable network’s 2011 NFL season.

The full-service production company was named ESPN’s “preferred Chicago video production resource for upcoming network game promotions” in December, after acting as the Chicago production company for last fall’s promos for the Bears/Packers “Monday Night Football” game.

Fletcher supplies cameras for new ESPN-HD cable

For more than five years, Tom Fletcher has tirelessly promoted high definition and watched the market for the high-end digital technology expand, albeit, more slowly than originally expected.

But now, as of March 30, HD takes a quantum leap forward?like an overnight sensation who’s been honing his chops for years?when ESPN, the mother of all sports outlets, launches its all-HD cable outlet.

Radio host McNeil fired after ‘Degrading’ tweet

1+ Chicago-area radio host Dan McNeil was fired by the station’s owner, Entercom, after a “degrading and humiliating” tweet about ESPN reporter Maria Taylor. On Monday, Taylor was working as the sideline reporter for ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, when McNeil compared Taylor’s outfit to a porn … Continue reading “Radio host McNeil fired after ‘Degrading’ tweet”

Emmy Award winning director Jeremy Pinckert

3+ We’ve all seen great composition, lighting and a story from a variety of directors, but there’s one in Chicago who stands out. Jeremy Pinckert, founding member of Explore Production Company, is an award-winning director of commercials and branded content. Time and time again, Jeremy has proven that he has the eye-catching vision for monumental … Continue reading “Emmy Award winning director Jeremy Pinckert”

Mayor Lightfoot Launches “Boards of Change” by FCB

0 Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today launched the “Boards of Change” project by FCB – a civic engagement initiative to encourage participation in not only the 2020 U.S. Census, but also in democracy as a whole through actions such as registering to vote, going to the polls, and engaging in public dialogue. The Census is … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot Launches “Boards of Change” by FCB”

Chicago takes a home a bundle of Telly Awards

1+ The 41st annual Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, has announced the 2020 winners. With a collection of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, Chicago-based standouts range from Bottle Rocket Media’s “Nicholas Brinley Experiences” and Studio 1847’s “Make It With Menards: Glassblower Jason Wein” to There Be Dragons LLC’s “Dustburgs” and Iron Light, PACO Collective, … Continue reading “Chicago takes a home a bundle of Telly Awards”

Tonight: Michael Jordan hosts classic 1991 ‘SNL’

1+ Haven’t gotten enough Michael Jordan from ESPN’s uber successful The Last Dance? Jordan LeBron James, and Charles Barkley will headline opening night of this week’s marathon of classic sports-themed Saturday Night Live episodes on NBCSN, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Tonight’s NBA hosting trio – Jordan, James, and Barkley – have combined to win 10 NBA MVPs, … Continue reading “Tonight: Michael Jordan hosts classic 1991 ‘SNL’”

A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II

1+ A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO, narrated by legendary journalist Bill Kurtis, is a comprehensive telling of nearly everything that happened in Chicagoland during World War II.  This one-hour documentary won the 2018 Chicago International Television Festival Gold Plaque Award for best nonfiction program, and is currently airing on more than 130 public television stations … Continue reading “A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II”

‘The Last Dance:’ Jordan, Rodman and Electra

3+ When the Chicago Bulls acquired Dennis Rodman from the San Antonio Spurs for 7-foot center Will Purdue before the 1995 season, it transformed the frontcourt of an already uber-talented Michael Jordan squad into something akin to basketball’s version of The Beatles. Games on the road were as if the Harlem Globetrotters, Ringling Bros., Cirque … Continue reading “‘The Last Dance:’ Jordan, Rodman and Electra”

The Last Dance: Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls

4+ ESPN’s Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance” will debut on April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The 10-part documentary series takes an in-depth look at the the Chicago Bulls‘ dynasty through the lens of the final championship season in 1997-98. The Bulls allowed an NBA Entertainment crew to follow the team around for that … Continue reading “The Last Dance: Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls”

Chicago becomes center of basketball universe tonight

4+ In a few short hours, the United Center will become the heart of the basketball universe as hoop fans around the globe witness the thrills of the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night, airing on TNT at 7 p.m. Chicago time. The program will bring together a legion of NBA stars competing in a trio of … Continue reading “Chicago becomes center of basketball universe tonight”

Reel Black List: Phil Lee, editor, director, Spin Artist

9+ Phil Lee, director and editor at Spin Artist, 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 ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, house music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Phil Lee, editor, director, Spin Artist”

rEvolution horses around with Continental Tire

6+ Chicago sports and lifestyle agency rEvolution created a horse mascot with high-flying basketball skills to score mad points for Continental Tire in a new campaign called Inspiring Confidence. The stallion soars over the airways on a 30-second broadcast spot titled, Training Days, and lands on the courts of select arenas in a slam-dunk spectacle … Continue reading “rEvolution horses around with Continental Tire”

Cutters signs new East & West Coast representation

5+ Bobby Rowe and Sean C. Sullivan are the new faces in New York and LA, Collective Management remains in the Midwest The principals of international creative company Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the immediate appointment of highly accomplished industry professionals Bobby Rowe and Sean C. Sullivan as the firm’s new representatives on … Continue reading “Cutters signs new East & West Coast representation”

mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign

3+ ‘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 … Continue reading “mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign”

#WomenWorthWatching aims to level the playing field

5+ mcgarrybowen and the US Tennis Association enlist Billie Jean King to encourage fans to share highlights of the female athletes who inspire them mcgarrybowen and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) have developed a win / win / win situation for female athletes, sports fans, and women around the world. Beginning on Opening Day … Continue reading “#WomenWorthWatching aims to level the playing field”

Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards

5+ AbelsonTaylor, Daily Planet, Delack, KemperLesnik, Mimi, rEvolution, Richter Studios, Spirit Juice, Strange Loop among 2019 winners The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners on May 21. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, the awards represent the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens. Entries were judged by jury members from … Continue reading “Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards”